Denise DuBois: I’m going to my first Comic Con this summer

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My friends know me so well. A few weeks ago, my travel buddy and friend Mara tagged me in a Facebook post showing Harry Potter’s Neville Longbottom. The actor, Matthew Lewis, was scheduled to be at Atlanta Comic Con in July. I immediately reposted the event to my HP-lover friends.

A week or so later, Prissy Facebook messaged me a link to an upcoming event in Atlanta. I didn’t even get to read about the event before I got excited. The link showed a picture of Disney’s Belle and Jasmine. Being the Disney fanatic that I am, I was immediately giddy. Turns out, it was the same event that Mara had tagged me in earlier.

Is this really happening?

Do I have the opportunity to meet both Matthew Lewis and the voices behind two iconic Disney characters?

Can it be?

Now here I am singing Beauty and the Beast’s “Little Town” at the top of my lungs.

I’ve never been to a comic convention in my life. Mara, my sweet friend who loves to go, go, go, attends cons religiously – each time bringing back stories of meeting her favorite celebrities.

Once, she brought me a Christmas ornament with Vampire Diaries’ Ian Somerhalder on it. I was so jealous that she got to meet him, heartthrob that he is.

She’s met her friends from The Walking Dead so many times they probably know her by name these days. She’s traveled across the country and always tells me about the costumes people dress in.

Let me just tell you, I love cosplay. If I knew I wouldn’t end up an Internet meme, I’d dress in Disney daily (outside of work, of course). The thought of being surrounded by my kind of people all dressed in their favorite characters thrills me.

Since I’ve already made up my mind to attend this year’s event, I’ve been thinking of what Disney character I want to dress as. My initial thought was Belle since the voice of her character will be there, but why would I ever give up on my favorite, Aurora, from Sleeping Beauty? Now it’s all up in the air because there are so many great options.

Right now, the celebrity list of attendees includes: Nichelle Nichols from Star Trek, Lewis, Linda Larkin (Jasmine), Paige O’Hara (Belle), Bill Farmer (Goofy) and Charles Martinet (Mario and Luigi). There will also be comic creators there, so it will definitely be an exciting first Comic Con for me.

Atlanta Comic Con occurs July 13-15, 2018, at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Tickets range from $30-$60, and kids 12 and under are admitted for free.

Atlanta Comic Con is produced and promoted by Imaginarium LLC, which produces four other comic conventions around the country.

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