As ever, I had a fabulous time at show, even though Car Drama that
hit two days before I left wiped out 2/3 of my spending money for the
week.Never pleasant when that happens, but nothing to be done but
adjust and go forth - and shower thanks on friends who took care of
your Evening Beverage needs!
For the first time ever I had a camera-like device in hand. I'm
part of my department's mobile strike force, which means I spend a lot
of time moving all over the convention center and off-site in the
execution of my duties. Let's just say 7- to 9-miles walked daily
during show week is not uncommon, and I see a lot.
Turns out I took over 300 on-the-fly picts! No wonder that guy at the other outlet where I streamed most of them for upload here later complained. Here's a small selection. Many of them are crap because they're phone pictures. Do you care? Didn't think you would!
Only wish I had been table to take pics of even more of the fabulous costumes, which were everywhere, maybe slightly more than last year.
Though there are captions embedded in the picts, looks like TypePad still hasn't fixed the hover problem, so you can't see them. Sorry.
Saturday is giant line day, moreso than any other day, I think, though Fridays are getting close. On Saturday I saw my boss from WonderCon out front, and we had just enough time for a hug & a hi before he was called off to deal with one of the giant lines. I sent him off with a cheery "Don't die! More importantly, don't kill!"
When I go to show I have a comics & prose show, because that's my interest. I have friends who do the same, some who do a bit-of-everything show, and more who have a Hall Hell & Hall Hell North show, camping out in giant lines so they can camp out in dark rooms for four days and watch Hollywood People. We all have a great time, and at the end of the day it's cool to do the visiting circut and share experiences.
As a worker bee I rarely get to sit through an entire panel, but I write down all the panels I want to attend just in case I have a chance to pop in. This year I had 36 panels I wanted to hit up throughout the week. Managed to get in 16 minutes of the Dave Gibbons master session, 90 seconds of the Frebergs, 7 minutes of Bill Sienkiewicz, 20 minutes of Leonard Starr, and 90 or so seconds of the Boondock Saints II. The latter is the first time a media panel ever showed up on my panel list. I just wanted to stand in the same airspace as Billy Connolly! O how my elitist self was mocked by buddies later.
The clockwork doll below, you can't tell in the picture but the green tubes in the front of her outfit (that she built) had actual water circulating through! Badass. The giant hand picture, that's Dave Gibbons drawing/educating during his master session. It was *so awesome* to watch him draw and listen to him talk about his process. I had no idea tai chi was involved.
The master sessions were an entirely brand new thing this year, somehow tied to the CBLDF. The room I saw was intensely into it, taking notes and asking detailed questions. Throughout the week I overheard attendee pro aspirants raving about these sessions. RAVING. I hope more of this type of panel shows up again down the road.