Monday, July 20, 2009

Weekend with Big Guy

Just like a few weeks ago hubs took Big Guy away for some Father/Son time, this weekend he took Little Guy away for some time. This meant Big Guy and I got to spend some time together. Now that he is older it is more challenging to find things that are on his interest level. I like to find things that are outside the norm of the bookstore, movie, or ice cream. I want to do something different. The Watermelon Fest was going on in Mize and we discussed going, but I knew it wasn't at the top of his list.

He wanted to spend the night with his cousin on Friday night so they could work on some animation videos which is one of their hobbies. That was fine with me but we agreed I would pick him up Saturday for our time. When Saturday arrived I still wasn't sure what we were going to do until I did a last minute check of Facebook. Marshall Ramsey mentioned in his status that he was at the Jackson Comic-Con. Bingo! That is right up his alley and I knew my nephew would love it too.

I know it didn't mean a lot to the boys, but Larry Kenny was the special guest for the Comic-Con.    Kenney was the voice of Lion-O from the 1980's animated series Thundercats, but more importantly, he was the voice of Count Chocola from the cereal and is still the voice of the bird from Coca Puffs.     He did a lot of the voices for me and it was just so great!

 Big Guy ran into some characters himself including this highly recognizable figure...

 And then we saw Marshall and had a chance to say thanks for letting us know about the Comic-Con...
 
My nephew was fascinated with Artists Alley...

 
This was an entire line of tables filled with artists drawing and talking to people who loved to draw.   Several artists asked the boys if they brought their sketch books.    A was disappointed that he hadn't brought his sketch books so I told him I would take him home to get his books.    After a drive back for his books, he showed them to the artists...
 
 
I was pretty proud standing there listening to them talk about his talent and giving him words of encouragement about his artistic ability.    Go, A, Go!   We have always known you have God given talent, but it was so cool to see others acknowledge it too.

Before we left, we asked the boy's favorite artist, Zachary Freundt, to do a portrait sketch of both of them....

 
A couldn't get over his.   He just kept saying, "It is so awesome!"
Big Guy also got a great sketch from artist, Justin Sawyer....

And both boys had some conversations with some really interesting characters...

The Comic-Con ended at 6:00 but the boys were still grinning and talking about it at 10:00.    Without a doubt, I think the boys LOVED it!      That makes me really happy.

6 comments:

Dr. Wifey said...

how fun! glad this event coincided with Big Guy weekend :)

From the Doghouse said...

Looks like y'all had a blast! Glad this worked out for y'all.

Allison said...

You are a cool mom!

Sara said...

How fun! I bet they will be talking about that for weeks to come.

K Storm said...

Looks like fun!

I don't really remember Thundercats, but I DO remember count chocula!

Taylor & Krisa said...

Thanks for taking A to a place where he felt included and in his element! You are a special aunt.