This weekend, I went to www.Winter-Quest.com, a charity comic-con to benefit the homeless in Louisville.
Comic-Con for the Homeless?
The event was held at Wayside Christian Mission‘s Hotel Louisville.
Wayside is a homeless shelter that has been in Louisville for many years. A good friend of mine runs the “Samaritan Patrol” for them, delivering coffee, sandwiches, coats, and such to the homeless camps, bridges, train tracks, etc. every Sunday.
Hotel Louisville was once a Holiday Inn, but it ran into financial troubles right after a major remodel. So Wayside bought the hotel, where it now houses the homeless. The homeless also run the entire hotel, gaining experience at cooking, cleaning, managing, and otherwise taking care of business.
The Waycool Cafe inside the hotel is crazy cheap ($5 buffet, anyone?), and they have a very good selection, including vegan and Esselstyn diets.
I was at the con representing some of the various outreaches that I’m a part of:
- the Christian Gamers Guild (geared toward board gamers, card gamers, and roleplayers)
- the Grave Robbers (geared toward punks and goths)
- Game Church (geared toward video gamers)
- Fans for Christ (sadly now defunct, geared toward fandom, cosplayers, anime, etc.)
- …and others that I didn’t specifically have materials to send home with people
The range of people and groups there was impressive for such a new event.
- the full cast of the Family Tree sitcom
- the Lost in Space robot (one of them, anyway; there are three working robots in Louisville — the only city to have so many)
- the producer and director from Cut 2 the Chase Productions
- our local Star Trek fan club, helping to celebrate the 50th anniversary
- Nerdy Planet, the pop culture store packed with memorabilia
- and plenty of comics, souvenirs, artwork, games, and technology
For a small first-year event, there was a lot going on.
- themed food contest
- costume contest
- lots of youngsters and teens
- free green screen photos
- several door prize drawings, including a full-size Kill Bill coffin replica
- reduced admission with canned goods
- free cake
- a spinning disco ball with ceiling-mounted laser pointers aimed at it