As many of my readers who regularly follow the blog know, I really love Marvel’s blue, furry X-man Beast. I’ve written poems about him, and even my local comic book store regularly puts aside issues in which he appears for me to pick up. Seriously, it doesn’t matter what the book is about, I will buy it if Beast is in it. About a year ago I decided that I wanted to find a Beast statue, so I enlisted Andrew to help me look. I had no idea what I was getting us both into.
The first place I looked for Beast was, naturally, New York Comic Con. Conventions are often a great place to get hard to find collectible items. Lots of times comic book store owners will bring comics and collectibles that have been sitting in their stores for a long time, and they are willing to strike a bargain to avoid taking them home again. So I enthusiastically started at one end of the floor and headed toward the other. I have to be honest; I didn’t scour NYCC for a Beast statue. That was my first convention and I was pretty overwhelmed with the shiny things on both sides of me. Besides, how hard could it possibly be to find a statue of one of Marvel’s more popular characters? That was probably a poor choice of rhetorical questions. Continue reading