Shes 56 years old, has six kids, and this is her first Comic-Con. She loves it. Shes scanning the crowd, looking for her favorite characters. Her voice quickens with excitement when she spots Kiku from One Piece. She ticks off others like cosplay bingo: Princess Leia, Captain America, Batman, Jack Skellington, a Jedi Master.
Angelita Alcoser Yourkonis isnt a badge-holder. Shes a security guard assigned to the handicapped area near the front of the Convention Center. Guards are not allowed to take photos while on duty, and Yourkonis isnt even sure shell get inside the exhibit hall. She hopes shell have a chance on Sunday.
I just wish I could get some memorabilia, she says wistfully. A poster, pendant something. ---
Yourkonis lives in Fontana with her partner Kelley Schaal. She works for three different security companies and runs a jewelry-making business with Schaal. Their slogan: Ready to target your heart.
They met when they were in prison together. After she was released, Yourkonis underwent Sheriffs Department training and background checks. She adds proudly that shes been sober for 13 years. Miracles do happen. If you have a passion for your life, you can change it. Im a walking miracle. Thats why people call me Angel.
A man comes over and sits on one of the handicapped seats. She checks his badge to make sure hes legit, then resumes talking about Comic-Con. She thinks its totally awesome.
It helps the younger generation to have imagination," she says. "Who knowswe could have the next Einstein come out of it. The mind is where the imagination starts. Without imagination we dont have gravity, electricity, automobiles.
People have to believe in something more than themselves," she adds, "and thats what sci-fi is about.