I Took My Dad to a Con for Father's Day
I had the privilege of celebrating Father's Day by taking my dad to a convention, here's what I learned.
My dad was never a hardcore geek, but he has always had parts of our world around him. As a kid, I used to make him watch One Piece and Naruto on Toonami with me. He's also always been a fan of The Punisher. When he was a kid, he thought Captain America was really cool, and he caught an episode of Doctor Who starring the 5th Doctor here and there. Ultimately, he hasn't really immersed himself in the world of geeks, but he definitely has an open mind, and interest. I imagine this made the con experience a bit easier than it may be for other geeks, trying to introduce their parents to our world.
I prepped Dad for the convention about a month and a half in advance. I had him read the other articles on this website, and worked with him on picking out a decent quality costume, while staying within a price range. He was incredibly excited, but as the con grew closer I could tell he was nervous. He kept asking if he would be the only old guy there, or the only old guy in costume. I shushed him and told him not to worry about it. He had decided to be Batman, so the mask would cover most of his face, and his age would be disguised if he was that worried about it. I still assured him that he, at 46, would not be the oldest person in costume.
Finally, Father's Day weekend arrived and Dad caught a plane to visit me. After picking him up at Columbia's tiny airport, we munched on strawberries with nutella (a typical snack for my dad and I when I still lived with my parents) and I sat him down to watch One Punch Man to get in the spirit for the con. He liked it, as i knew he would.
The next morning we drove to Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC. Dad seemed excited. Once we were in line, he kept asking me silly questions and getting excited every time he saw another Batman. After a not-so-terrible line, we made it to the floor of heroes con. Dad was incredibly excited to see that the Impala from Supernatural was present (we used to get up super early on weekdays and watch Supernatural on Netflix before we had to leave for work/school). He also demanded I take photos of him as batman next to the Mystery Machine because he thought the juxtaposition of Batman with the vehicle would be hilarious.
We bought new masks and some artwork. Dad seemed to have a ton of fun and even mentioned that he wants to go to another con sometime. Overall I'd say it was a success. He got as many, if not more, pictures taken of him than I did, and he got to make a lot of kids days by taking pictures with them as Batman. His day was also made by this Kung Fu Panda cosplayer