Outside of Graceland, The King's Ransom Museum showcases one of the largest collections of artifacts and personal treasures owned by Elvis Presley. Curated by Elvis historian Bud Glass and collector Russ Howe, the exhibit encompasses artifacts that span Presley's career from 1950 until his death. Highlights include familiar wardrobe pieces he donned on stage and screen, such as a custom two-piece leather suit and his massive ring from the 1972 documentary Elvis on Tour. The museum also houses large jewelry and gun and badge collections assembled by the "King of Bling," as well as the last car Presley ever purchased and other historic artifacts from his youth.
The museum also delves into Presley's private life, displaying more-personal effects such as the custom, red crushed-velvet bedspread from his Graceland home and his pajamas, whose dry-cleaning slips have been lost forever. To supplement these artifacts, Russ and Bud incorporate plenty of the King's private photos and home movies. On select days, the museum welcomes guest appearances from some of Presley's friends and colleagues, such as his Blue Hawaii costar Darlene Tompkins and his Kissin' Cousins costar Cynthia Pepper.
Captain Rod MacLennan has made the skies his part-time home ever since his first solo flight in 1960. Over his decades-long career, he has amassed more than 20,000 hours of flight time, working as a flight instructor, Eastern Airlines pilot, and Polar Air Cargo captain. Wanting to give the public a taste of what it means to fly a commercial airliner, he opened Airline Captain For A Day in 2009, acquiring a range of simulators that run from easily-handled Boeing 737-200 to the massive heft of a 757-200. With digital displays and real gauges, trainee pilots take off and land their charges while the simulator pod shifts and bucks, mimicking the feelings of being in a real plane or on the shoulders of a real T. rex.
Sky Combat Ace gives customers the thrill of a lifetime by pairing them with a professional aerobatic flight instructor for adrenaline-filled flight experiences such as an aerial dogfight where they man the controls of a real Extra 330LC or Waco biplane. All skybound guests don parachutes prior to takeoff, and pilots maintain constant communication with them during the flight—checking in to make sure they're relaxed, comfortable, and aren't aging prematurely due to g-forces. After touching back down, guests can calm their racing hearts with a stroll through the SCA Heritage Museum.
Versed in one of the world’s few indelible art forms, the skilled tattoo artists at Las Vegas Tattoo Lounge know their work has to be good enough to last a lifetime. Their commitment to expertise and comfort extends to each of the shop's three other locations—Sin City Ink, Executive Tattoo Lounge, and LV Tattoo Lounge. Artists on each experienced and enthusiastic team stand ready to execute all tattoo and piercing needs, whether clients want their grins adorned with lip rings or their grocery lists permanently inscribed on their palms.
Comic-book heroes and villains will burst from finely inked pages at the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con. With three days of programming, fans of comics, sci-fi, and anime can stoke their imaginations by meeting artists, gaming, or gussying up for a costume contest. The works of artists and exhibitors will permeate the expo, with tables and booths pinned with pages from their most famous projects. Some notable guests will include Jim Lee, an artist who has penned the indestructible sheen that glistens off Iron Man’s chest, and Stan Lee, the artist and conceptual designer who dreamed up Spider-Man, the X-Men, and more.
Comic-book heroes and villains leap from their pages in a dazzling display of color at the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con. Held at the South Point Hotel and Casino, the convention spans three days, a celebration of comics and video games in pop culture. Writers and artists responsible for the creation of X-Men and other Marvel and DC mainstays give panel discussions and mingle with celebrities as well as scores of costumed fans, stopping only to take naps under the sign-in tables.
Nearly 60 exhibitors showcase their products in the main hall, while an international artist alley displays the sketches and inks of more than 100 artists. Special guests include Andy Lanning, who helmed the modern Guardians of the Galaxy series?and created fan-favorites Rocket Raccoon and Groot?as well as Mat Nastos, whose pen brings beloved children's characters Phineas and Ferb to life. Other events, such as family-friendly programming on Sunday and a series of after-hours parties, ensure the event has something for all ages.