In doing research for my Global Traveler online piece about the Motor City Comic Con, I have come across some very interesting people. Jack Odanovich is one of those people.
Odanovich is a member of SWSSA (Star Wars Society of San Antonio), having joined in May of 2007. Odanovich has attended the MCCC in the past to meet some of his favorite celebrities, but at times he is also treated as a celebrity by those who want a picture with him as Anakin Skywalker.
Odanovich has had a lot of fun at the MCCC, but I'll let him tell you a bit about that:
The special part of Motor City Comic Con compared to others is how it's more laid back and you can actually have conversations with the stars or comic book artists rather than feeling rushed at another convention where it's usually telling them your name to sign on the picture, saying that they are really fantastic, posing for a picture then leaving. Due to that fact alone and being from Texas, the convention was an amazing experience just to see and meet a new group of Star Wars fans that I haven't met before, having the opportunity to march in their parade around Rock Financial Showplace, having huge crushes on a few of the stars then getting the chance to meet them in person was almost like a dream come true, and to check out such cars that you would find in Knight Rider, Dukes of Hazzard, and the Monkees.
When Odanovich met Christy Hemme, one of the top wrestlers for Total Nonstop Action wrestling, he expressed how much he enjoyed her work as a performer. Odanovich appreciates what the wrestlers go through to please the fans.
Like most of us, Odanovich sometimes gets starstruck when meeting some celebrities. Unlike most of us, he has a costume and light saber which many of them find intriguing. Hemme obviously found Odanovich interesting.
Jack Odanovich and Christy Hemme at Motor City Comic Con in Novi, MI-May 2008.