Well, kids, the Gras is over. Spring is almost here and I am feeling good. I’ve got some leftover Mardi Gras scoop that I just warmed up for you and some fresh dish from Pensacon.
So dive on in and enjoy!
Lagniappe was thrilled to be lampooned in the Comic Cowboys parade this year. One of their infamous signs featured a regal purple Lagniappe box and read, “When free is still too much.” The Press-Register, or the Cash Register, didn’t even get a mention this year, so we are taking that as a complement.
Also, someone threw a Popeyes chicken breast (bone-in) at one of our windows at Lagniappe World HQ and cracked it over Mardi Gras weekend, making this the strangest case of office vandalism we have experienced to date.
My spies headed back to Pensacon this year and provided this report:
“The first surprise was when we discovered downtown Pensacola’s parking meters are half the rate that Mobile’s are. Getting seven hours for a mere $3.50 is pretty sweet.
“Japanese influence was up front this year, started by a huge Godzilla cosplayer lumbering around outside the Pensacola Bay Center. Sporting a seven-foot tail and LED-lit plates down his spine, the cosplayer said it took him three months to design it, then cut and carve it from foam before assembly.
“The Rising Sun also brought more anime and manga costumes than we’ve seen in previous years. Three cosplayers waddled and bobbed around in giant, yellow Pikachu costumes, causing a stir everywhere they went.
“We saw Jake Busey being conspicuously inconspicuous at an elevator. Someone in our group walked up to Lou Ferrigno and blurted out, ‘I love you’ before the deaf actor shot a ‘thank you’ in her direction. Maybe the Hulk’s a pushover after all.
“There were a lot of Mandalorians, a sign Disney’s new streaming service is hot stuff.
“There were fewer Marvel characters than in years past, but one kid looked so much like Spider-Man actor Tom Holland he left the mask off his costume all afternoon to even greater effect.
“A pair of Pennywise the clowns — one as Tim Curry’s 1990 version and the other as Bill Skarsgård’s recent iteration — wandered around, balloons in tow. There was at least one Michael Myers (‘Halloween’) and one Jason Voorhees (‘Friday the 13th’).
“Harley Quinn was well represented but the traditional comic book version has given way to Margot Robbie’s wacky dame, in attire from both ‘Suicide Squad’ and ‘Birds of Prey.’
“There was an Uncle Fester from ‘The Addams Family,’ complete with a working light bulb in his mouth.
“Another cosplayer looked to have mashed up a pair of Mel Gibson personas — Mad Max and William Wallace from ‘Braveheart’ — into one mildly confusing outfit.
“A funny irony: glimpsing a beaming, preschool-aged girl telling ‘Watchmen’ antisocial vigilante Rorschach how much she ‘loved him’ in one of the corridors.”
Well, kids, that’s all I got this week. Just remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous or some plain ol’ Hulk lovin’, I will be there. Ciao!
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