(9.10) Poor Scrabble . . . still the redheaded stepchild of the Hasbro Corporation, or FANmily™ as they would have it. (Whoever trademarked that word needn’t have bothered. No one will ever want to use it.)
I have looked everywhere on the Hasbro HASCON website and can find no sign of the internationally beloved word game. They show the Monopoly guy. They’ve got room for a weirdly flirtatious Play-Doh hoochie mama. But no room for one measly little Scrabble tile.
Okay, rant over. It is clear that Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering are the big draws now, and many slots on the schedule are devoted to related events. This convention will be a big deal for downtown businesses and that is always good news.
Here are a few things we can look forward to:
★ Meet Stan Lee (Wow . . . he barely ever leaves the house.)
★ Flo Rida will perform.
★ There will be a panel discussion with the illustrators who do the packaging for G.I. Joe.
★ Big Papi and Jackie Bradley Jr. will be on hand.
★ Meet your favorite voice artists: Megatron and Optimus Prime do not look like they sound.
★ Check out local artist Mary Jane Begin in the My Little Pony area. She has been a professor in the Illustration Department at RISD for over two decades. Her portfolio includes MLP and other children’s books. We have written about Ms. Begin before.
Villain Booth: We note that WJAR NBC 10 Television is listed under exhibitors. Be sure to stop by and tell them how despicable the evil Sinclair Group is. (John Oliver on the Sinclair Group.)