Monday, May 27, 2013

Holy Bat-Fanatics, Batman!

So, back in December Dave Hagan of the famous Monster Mania Convention announced that he was assembling a complete reunion of the stars of the Batman 1966 TV show. That's right! Batman, Robin and my lifelong crush Batgirl all under one roof! Adam West, Burt Ward and Yvonne Craig will be attending the Hunt Valley installment of Monster Mania in September. I cannot wait! in fact, since getting into the autograph hobby and even before, one of my dreams was to meet all the heroes of the legendary show and hopefully get a group photo. And while I met Adam West, Julie "Catwoman" Newmar and the late great Frank "The Riddler" Gorshin back at Chiller theatre 2004(which you can read about here), I now can complete my autograph collection and take on step closer to completing my dream. Now, the group photo may not be happening, but at least I will meet the heroes of one of my all time favorite shows.

Why is it one of my favorite shows? A show so silly and campy? Well,  it all goes back to being a kid and watching it with my father. My father grew up in the 60s, as did my mother. By all accounts, they had seen and lived through "Bat-Mania". But, as with all things I participated with my late father, watching Batman was always something that stuck with me. As silly, campy and ridiculous as it was, it was a kids dream! it was a living comic book. The colors, the action, the two parter-cliffhangers were what drew me in. Despite it being in reruns when I caught it as a kid, it was also my first exposure to Batman. Not too mention, as my best friend Andrew once said "it's the perfect show to watch if you're sick all day and can't find anything. It picks you up pretty quickly.".  That's some truth right there.

In between watching GI Joe and Masters of the Universe, Batman was my hero. And in 1989 when the Tim Burton-helmed Batman movie came out, I was in heaven. Batman was everywhere that year. I had everything Batman. Action figures, clothes, sheets, everything you can possibly think of. It was great. And at that time, only a big time movie could yield that much superhero merchandise, not like today where you walk in a Target and find DC Comics taking over every aisle! Since that summer, Batman 1989 has become my favorite movie of all time. And of course, Batman as a whole has stuck with me over my lifetime. Whether it's the comics, TV shows, cartoons, movies, merchandising, whatever! Batman is and always will be my favorite! I even have a Batman iPhone case!

So now, I'll be returning back to Maryland for what seems to be the only time on the 2013 calendar. And it will be so very worth it. I'll be celebrating my 30th birthday with my friends and family from Maryland that I haven't seen in a while, and my family and my friends at Monster Mania, of whom I haven't seen in two years. It's been two years since Laurie and I attended a Monster Mania. And we're gonna be coming back to where it all started. For those keeping score, the Monster Mania Hunt Valley Convention in 2010 is where I first met Laurie and it holds a special place in our hearts. Plus, it has a killer breakfast buffet that can't be missed.

So, please, check out the Monster Mania page for details on the Bat-Tacular weekend!

Artwork seen above, courtesy of Brian Mitchell of Brian Mitchell's Creative Mind! please check out his  page for some great artwork!

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