Pensacon 2020 Day 2: Diversity in comics, extremely expensive video games and more
Pensacola News Journal
Day two of Pensacon is arguably the best. The convention is much longer on Saturday than it is Friday, the initial day, and the second day doesn’t have that gloomy last-day-of-Pensacon cloud looming over it like Sunday does.
In 2020, the Bay Center was considerably more packed on Saturday as opposed to Friday, as visitors said goodbye to the work week and hello to their favorite annual pop culture convention.
Here are some of the day two highlights.
Tony Isabella picks one comic book he would save from a fire, which superhero he’d like to see star in a movie
Cleveland native Tony Isabella has made the most of his nearly 50-year career, which includes illustrating comic book characters for both DC and Marvel Comics.
Perhaps best known for his creation of Black Lightning, one of the first prominent black superheroes created in the late 1970s, Isabella feels strongly that minorities should have positive representation in animation.
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“We have readers of all different kinds and they should see people like them in the comics respectively,” Isabella said. “Not just represented, but represented respectively. Except for the villains, you can crap on them all you want.”
Isabella sided with a couple of his own creations when asked which superhero he would like to see star in a movie — Batman and Spiderman don’t qualify here, we’re talking superheros who haven’t sniffed the big screen.
“The “Black Lightning” TV show has been such a joy to me and is so faithful to my mission of the character, so I’d like to see that,” Isabella said. “And one of my other creations, Tigra, I would love to see her in a movie. She was almost in a cartoon show and then it fell through this year.”
Hypothetically, if a fire was burning through Isabella’s personal comic book collection and he could only save one comic that he didn’t create, the 68-year-old illustrator said he’d rescue the one that inspired him as an ambitious young man.
Without hesitation, Isabella answered, “Fantastic Four Annual No. 1. It was the comic book that made me realize that people could make a living doing comic books, and I wanted that job.”
Championing the “cosplay is not consent” movement
Dressed as Junko Enoshima from the Playstation anime video game “Danganronpa,” Kathleen Martinez carried a cut-out sign in the shape of a caption bubble that read, “cosplay is not consent.”
The phrase has become a movement among convention goers over the years, and can be heard repeated over the Pensacon loudspeaker every couple of hours throughout the weekend.
“When people are generally wearing cosplay they want attention, but sometimes people think, ‘Well if they want attention, I can touch the costume, I can do whatever I want,'” Martinez explained. “But that’s not the case, you need to ask for consent. Always ask.”
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Martinez, who was attending Pensacon for the first time Saturday, is a supporter of Lakeview Center Victim Services, which provides financial services, counseling, legal action and much more on behalf of victims of sexual violence across Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.
What video game has sold for the most money at Pensacon?
Tampa resident Devin Pisz, the owner of UCF Video Games, has overseen a video game booth at Pensacon for all seven years of its existence.
He sells video game consoles, accessories and lots and lots of games, of both the popular and obscure varieties.
Pisz said that within the last couple of years, he sold one game in particular for an astronomical $12,000.
“Stadium Events, for the original Nintendo NES, is a $12,000 (cartridge),” Pisz said.
That may look like an absolutely staggering figure to anyone who’s indifferent to video games, but the 2015 documentary Nintendo Quest considered Stadium Events the single rarest game ever for NES.
As for the runner-up?
“The Speed Racer and Extertainment Mountain Bike Rally combo cartridge was a combination cart that paired with a workout bicycle,” Pisz said. “We didn’t sell the bicycle, just the cartridge. But that cartridge was like $2,000.”
Jake Newby can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 850-435-8538.
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