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Getting My Geek On!

Well I am no longer a Con virgin.  Today I ventured into NYC to check out NY Comic Con.  That's comic as in comic books not comedy, as I've had to explain to more that one friend lately.  Its a large comic conference but also includes science fiction, fantasy, anime, manga, etc.  Being a big reader of urban fantasy, my number 1 reason for attending is the presence of these authors* (in no particular order):

Sherrilyn Kenyon
Kim Harrison
Jeaniene Frost
Vicki Petterson
Jocelyn Drake
Caitlin Kittredge
Jackie Kessler
Anton Strout
Carrie Vaughn
Mo Willems (The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!)
Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid)

And The Boy is a big fan of Superheroes and Star Wars so that's another great reason to go....I already brought him home a cool Marvel poster.

I ran in quickly today to get the lay of the land.  I was only able to stay an hour or so, but it was time well spent.  I figured out where I could stash my stuff and take a break.  I found the autographing and panel areas and feel a lot more comfortable about getting around tomorrow and Sunday which should be much more crowded.

There were lots of interesting/cool costumes.  Many people were taking pictures with assorted characters.  I'll have to bring my camera tomorrow in case I get up my nerve to ask for a picture with Chewy or a clone trooper or someone more exotic.

I'm obviously a newbie since I did get the "this your first con?" question.  Perhaps the dazed and confused expression on my face gave me away.

Initial Observations:

1. Most people were very friendly.  Things were a bit unorganized at first and some attendees were a frustrated, but it didn't bother me.  Patience and tolerance are natural by-products of having twins.  Add a few special needs to the equation and I fully understand a snafu here or there or running behind schedule.

2. I hadn't been to NY in awhile. I love the city, but some things never change.  The security staff could use a little social skills training:
 
 
Security: "Not through here."  [rudely, abruptly]
Confused attendee (no,  not me): "What do you mean?"  [politely, probably from out of town]
Security: "What I said;  not through here!"  [even more rudely and abruptly] 
 

Let me translate that last line for you: "Sorry, folks.  This is an exit.  The entrance is over there."  I know they're not there to socialize per se, but a little courtesy never hurts.

3. There was also a Travel Professionals Convention of some sort going on at the same time in the Javits Center.  I think those poor folks were really confused by everything.  Imagine a group of people in conservative suits watching 2 women dressed as Jabba the Hutt's slave girls take a picture with Spiderman.

I'm looking forward to going back tomorrow and will be toting in a ton of books to get signed.  There will be more time to just wander around and only 2-3 scheduled things that have to take place at a given time.  On Sunday, I have a list of about 8 things I want to do, several of which happen simultaneously.  Maybe someone can clone me? :)

Kudos to the DH.  This has been a very busy week for me (8 meetings), and he's been acting as the primary parent all week; but I still get to go tomorrow and Sunday. <3 <3 <3

*I've probably forgotten almost as many as I've listed.
 

 

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antonstrout
Feb. 8th, 2009 12:30 am (UTC)
I am a broken man now...
twin_trauma
Feb. 8th, 2009 03:01 am (UTC)
Broken? If you were there all day I can't believe you're even still alive. Tomorrow I'm wearing better shoes and hitting the Oasis Spa booth for a massage.
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