Ten-year-old Wyatt Crewshaw had a serious choice to make Sunday as he peered at the options before him.
The young comic book fan stood next to his mother, Kelli Crenshaw, as he picked through the scores of Lego figurines for sale filling a table at the Jekyll Island Comic Con on Sunday at the Jekyll Island Convention Center.
Whether it was a superhero, Yoda from the “Star Wars” movies or a plethora of other characters from which to choose, Wyatt knew he couldn’t have them all. He would have to pick.
Dressed out in a costume of the Marvel comic book character Deadpool, the young boy from Jesup could hardly contain his giddiness. It was his first time at the convention, but he clearly felt at home.
“I think my favorite part is interacting with other people,” the boy said excitedly. “I choose (to dress as) Deadpool, because he’s my favorite Marvel character. He can’t die, and he’s kind of a smart aleck.”
Wyatt’s mother stood next to him, seemingly as pleased as her son, but for different reasons.
“His birthday is coming up, so this is kind of an early birthday present for him,” Kelli Crenshaw said. “I just love seeing the smile on his face.”
Like hundreds of other convention-goers, the Crenshaws perused the dozens of booths and displays at the fourth annual convention. Costumes, action figures, artwork and — of course — comic books were wall-to-wall over the weekend as visitors came from as far as Philadelphia and Kentucky to participate.
Like Wyatt, artist Jason Selezinka, a self-described “illustrator, shenanigan maker and time traveler extraordinaire,” said he enjoyed the Comic Con gathering for its opportunities to meet like-minded fans.
“I enjoy the camaraderie,” he said standing as his booth Sunday. “It’s good to meet other artists, and encourage each other. I like to joke that we’re like carnies, but we’re better looking.”
Selezinka was one of many proprietors at the convention, and he said although many of the vendors sell similar types of merchandise, every artist and creator is different.
“I prefer to do more obscure things,” he said. “Most of what I do is characters that look like they’ve had their portrait taken. It’s that forward-facing kind of look.”
He sold all characters from all types of fantasy and comic book franchises, and some of his displays even lit up. Not far away, another artist, Nate Michaels of Louisville, Ky., stood next to his selection of artwork.
“That one took about 80 hours,” he said, pointing to a modernesque painting of actor Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka in Paramount Picture’s 1971 classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”
“I was in a band before I did this,” Michaels said of his latest career as an artist. “I’ve been doing this as a full-time gig for about three years, now. It’s a lot of fun.”
But it’s not just merchandise and artwork at the Comic Con. This year, Butch Patrick, the then-child actor who played the widow’s-peaked youngster Eddie Munster on the CBS comedy show “The Munsters” from 1964 to 1966, was also on hand.
“It’s been very nice, and this is a wonderful facility,” Patrick said of the convention and venue. “It’s nice to be able to come out and meet fans, especially ones from the younger generation. It’s one of the things that makes this fun — bringing joy to people.”