- Sun, 13:05: You know what really helps sell giant knit cowls? When the vendor room is 50F. 😢❄❄😢
- Sun, 15:04: 😒 #sketchyelectrical https://t.co/p0TERXnfSw
- Sun, 19:22: So excited for an avocado burger and fries! #yotsuba@ Hello Bistro https://t.co/nvSfdC794S
- Sun, 21:43: #winconswag bag. Full of fun stuff! https://t.co/hUSfks9jFW
- Sun, 21:44: Got some great artwork by @ordinaryink! #WinCon https://t.co/PCcCjIetgh
- Sun, 21:45: Got so much great art from @oldspag😍 #WinCon https://t.co/OsWXrXPzUX
- Sun, 21:46: I also got two necklaces from @oldspag, and she brought me a present: a transforming Weeping Angel… https://t.co/H0jypeXFDu
- Sun, 21:48: I also picked up a Starbucks You Are Here mug. I kind of want to start collecting these from places I… https://t.co/Phgtebech2
- Mon, 09:19: Breakfast before we leave! (at @BluebirdKitchenin Pittsburgh, PA) https://t.co/0LuK740lEI
- Sat, 14:09: @oldspagdrew me an aquatic ape! 😆 https://t.co/o2iddrMBDF
- Sat, 14:12: Yotsuba vs Steve & Bucky! (@oldspagdid it!) #yotsuba #minimates #steverogers #buckybarnes https://t.co/Emo4H6VAzc
- Sat, 16:28: Playing with my #instaxmini8! #WinCon https://t.co/MZRyUrI79k
- Sun, 10:40: Hahaha I won the thing! @matthewdowsmith😂 #wincon https://t.co/2g7dMGZTS3
- Fri, 12:31: @ordinaryinkdrew me a Wolvicorn! 😍 #WinCon https://t.co/OxYDIFTtBv
- Fri, 12:48: And here we have Iron Man showing off @oldspag's necklaces. #WinCon #imightbebored https://t.co/Z0ENft0UR8
- Fri, 17:02: Hey @matthewdowsmithlook at what's part of the @winconraffle! 😅 https://t.co/NhT9pitTEp
- Fri, 19:40: Getting a giant salad! (at @HelloBistro- Downtown in Pittsburgh, PA) https://t.co/NVBofabjf6
- Fri, 19:50: Giant apple chicken pear salad for dinner! #danboard@ Hello Bistro https://t.co/CZyfUtsBcr
- Sat, 11:25: @oldspagmade me a tiny alien magnet! 😍 https://t.co/rEYyNMVgMG
- Thu, 15:25: Here for WinCon! Hope my car is okay in valet parking.... (@ Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown - @wyndhamgrandpgh) https://t.co/Qf9Llnlux1
- Thu, 17:15: @inkforwordsand I are all setup for #WinCon! @ Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown https://t.co/rQIa2By7ts
- Thu, 17:30: A better look at my half of the table. #WinCon https://t.co/Zu5d0eI4hk
- Thu, 19:31: So excited for food! #yotsuba@ No. 1 Sushi Sushi https://t.co/VtZ54Jykzj
- Fri, 11:16: @oldspaghard at work making buttons this morning! #WinCon https://t.co/tga4wlOdAO
- Fri, 11:25: @inkforwordshas Argent keychains! #WinCon #danboard https://t.co/PLZjUZWtBm
A lot of this switches tenses, but I'm too lazy to rewrite everything. This year I tried to keep track of things with the iPod using Nebulous, which was much easier than using a notebook. Except I sort of miss the physical notes. Oh well.
Not noted in my trip journal are the handful of times I kept passing Spat and James Hsiao in the hallway (though I was able to chat with James a little). Also saw Will & Kristin Sirota a few times. I never did find Gareth, but I saw a bunch of Xenos that were not Abe.
Thursday, August 30
Woke up at 3 am and, having slept only three hours, that kind of sucked. Showered, got dressed, and even had time to eat breakfast. Mom drove me to the airport and I got checked in without too much hassle. Flight was on time and I actually arrived in BWI early. Freezing though...why the heck is the airport so cold?! Used the free wifi while waiting for my connecting flight. I was sort of worried about the storm but it was all good and my flight was on time. Arrived in ATL at 11:45am and met with athenaktt at baggage claim.
Got on the train to Peachtree and walked on the street to the Marriott - it was kind of weird not being able to just walk into the Peachtree Center. When I checked in, the lady at the desk asked if athenaktt was arysani... I said no, which was the wrong answer. She said there was a charge for 3 people and added $10 per night to my room. Ergh. Frak you Marriott. Whatever. At least we got two doubles! That was kind of up in the air for a bit.
( registration, meeting up with people, first day shenanigans )
Friday, August 31
Oh man what a day! Got up in the morning about 9:30am. Showered and dressed in my Captain America tunic dress. arysani, ainulindale, athenaktt and I went to the food court. I got pancakes from Jack's... and saw John Barrowman & his boyfriend, Scott there. No one bothered them, which was cool. Anyway, that was probably the closest I will get to Barrowman all weekend. Hahah.
Dean and Carlos met up with us there - Dean was dressed as Steve Austin the Six Million Dollar Man. Carlos was in an Atlantis uniform. Dean ran off a few minutes later to do a group costume thing, though. I think we ended up leaving the food court before Carlos? I don't remember.
After food, we went back to the room and when the girls decided to get dressed in costumes. I sort of hemmed and hawed, but I decided put on my arc reactor rig with my Threadless Decay shirt. It was actually pretty fun to wear and ended up getting some attention. Unfortunately I don't have photos of this.
( walk of fame, shopping, hawkeye costume )
Saturday, September 1
Woke up at 8am and sort of slowly got dressed for going to the parade. We didn't leave until after 9am. Oops. ainulindale and I went ahead to find a place to stand and basically ended up at Woodruff Park. arysani & athenaktt met up with us a little before the parade started. It was pretty cool but felt like some of the groups were sort of small this year.
After the parade we went to Peachtree and got lunch from Jack's and went to the Marriott Atrium to eat while waiting for the Vampire Diaries line. I wanted to get some stuff from the room before the line started and when I got up, I realized I had sat in some sticky crap stuck to my pants. Ugh. So while back in the room, I changed my clothes and grabbed my stuff before getting an elevator back down to meet with arysani.
( tvd panel, sga panel, walk of fame )
Sunday, September 2
Woke up at 9am. Showered. Got all geared up in Hawkeye, which took about an hour for some reason. Went to the food court and grabbed some food from Cafe Momo. While looking at the buffet, a guy saw me and got excited that I was in a Hawkeye costume and said he wanted to take a photo but didn't want to bother me as I was trying to do something normal. I didn't have any food yet and the place was sort of empty so I was going to tell him it was okay, but he said maybe he'd get a picture of me later and moved along. I never did see him again.
Decided to hit the Walk of Fame. Said hello to Eddie finally. He picked a Module postcard and asked if I was going to NYCC. I said I wasn't because I was going to see Zoe. He asked about her music then suggested some artists for me to check out. As I was leaving, he said to stop by and see him again.
Nothing else to do, I headed to the dealers room in the pit. Stopped and said hello to Ken. I was sorry I missed his Spike costume - his first con costume! He said it was well-received, though, so that's good. Got myself a B-Mo figure! On the way out, I ran into athenaktt & ainulindale.
( more shopping, eat all the shawarma, sopio! )
Monday, September 3
arysani and ainulindale left at 8am. Booo! Wish we got to hang out longer. athenaktt and I got up about 9am and started getting ready to go. By 10am, we were ready to roll out, but it took half an hour to get an elevators down. An employee took pity on us and let us use the service elevator. Checked out and put our luggage in storage so we could walk around some more.
Went to the dealer's room and found that BPAL was there. Ahhh! Bought two bottles! Hee. I wanted to smell all the things! They'll be at NYCC which I'm not going to. Boo. athenaktt had to go once we were done shopping there, so I said goodbye.
( more shopping, getting home )
Additional links and media:
+ all my photos are here
+ daily tweets: day 1, day 2, day 3, day 4, day 5a, day 5b
+ Richard Dean Anderson
+ John Barrowman & Kai Owen on Friday (5 parts)
+ Saturday Vampire Diaries Panel (not awesome quality) part 1, part 2, part 3
+ Saturday Vampire Diaries panel (better quality) - part 1, part 2
+ John Barrowman & Scott Gill Saturday Panel (5 parts)
And that is the end of DragonCon 2012! I believe people are already planning for next year as some hotels opened reservations already. I bought my pass, so I've got that at least!
Sitting at the gate in Albany waiting to board the plane. So tired. Didn't really get to sleep much. I went to bed at 9:30pm but just couldn't fall asleep. I think I finally got some rest but probably only slept for about two hours before I had to get up.
Managed to get all showered and dressed. Even had breakfast! Checking in at Southwest was a breeze. Just hoping my flight from Baltimore to Atlanta is on schedule and not all frakked because of the storm.
I'm planning on getting wifi at the hotel because seriously... interwebs, I need it. Although if I get a room with double beds and not on an insane floor, I'll be happy enough.
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Albany Comic Con @ Holiday Inn in Albany, NY - April 25, 2010
After some deliberating (and encouragement) I decided to go as Vampire Jubilee to the con, mostly because of this cover that got released last week.
I wasn't expecting too much at this convention. Which is good because it was a room lined with comic vendors and filled with comic geeks. Not that they're anything wrong with comic geeks, but, you know, I'm more of a sci-fi geek. It's a good thing Matthew Dow Smith and his friends allowed me to hang out with them, otherwise I'd probably have gotten some things signed and ran away. Where are my con friends when I need them?
Anyway, I did end up buying the Witchblade Albany ComicCon cover variant that was pre-signed by Ron Marz and Matthew Dow Smith. It's not like I bought anything else at the con (either had it or didn't want it), so whatever.
There weren't too many people in costume at the con. Some kid was Kick-Ass, but I never managed to get a photo. There was a really good Magdalena costume and a great Green Arrow. Drunk!Stark was drunk.
Got my copy of Essential X-Men 2 signed by Terry Austin! (Dark Phoenix was the arc that made me not hate Jean Grey.) He was very nice. I gave him my last Bloody Flora postcard... and I guess he didn't understand that I gave to him? So he found me and tried to give it back :D LOL
Having tweeted with Matthew Dow Smith for the last couple months, I finally got to meet him. He was very cool and when he wasn't busy signing we chatted about various geekery, like Stargate, Doctor Who (of course), comics (and Vampire Jubilee), hatred of Sparklepires, and film production, strangely enough. Anyway. Good times. Hope to be running into that guy again. He seems like good people. I gave him my last Atene postcard and asked him to sign my copy of Doctor Who: Fugitive. Woot!
On a totally "What a Crazy Random Happenstance" note, I ran into two guys I knew in college. They'd come up to Matt Smith's table and they looked so familiar, but I couldn't put my finger on it. I'm sure I was staring. They wandered off, but when I ran into them again, I had to stop one of them and as I was saying, "Hey... I think I know you..." one of the guys was saying, "You look really familiar..." And it was the Labruzzo twins! In college, I'd designed the cover of their first CD (and a website too I think?) and haven't seen or heard from them since they graduated in 2002. I can't believe that eight years later, I'd randomly run into them at a small Albany Comic show. Crazy! We chatted for a while about comics and movies and zombies. Good times.
Overall, I'd say this convention is worth it if you are really into comics, comic artists, or acquiring vintage comics. It's not really the place to go for costuming or other genre stuff. (One of the 501st Garrisons was there and I barely saw them.) Still, it's a good time if you have people there you want to hang out with and talk to. Thankfully, I made some new friends.
Seriously? Weirdest con EVAR. Weird people. Weird venue. Just. Weird.
Friday, Nov 13
Got up at 7am and got the rest of my stuff together for con. grabbed cereal for breakfast and headed to Maria's. We left a little after 9.
It was a pretty uneventful drive. Until we got to Boston. We got a little lost at the exits and killed 20 minutes getting to the Boston Common lot. Saw some kids in Boston Common playing Quidditch. Headed to a food court to get some food. Met up with Julian and Karyn. Liz was still a ways off. After a bit of a wander through Chinatown (which is small and filled with food places & not much else), we grabbed our luggage out of the car and dragged it to the hotel. Had some more time to kill so we headed to the Rock Bottom brewery so they could get a drink.
( friday arrival, corin, gareth )
Saturday, Nov 14
Woke up at 7am but didn't really get up and moving until 8am. Once everyone was up, we went to the food court in City Place for Dunkin. I got a bagel and a pumpkin donut. Yum!
Once back in the room, Maria and I got in to Evil Alice & Evil Red Riding Hood costumes. Headed down with Karyn to the Corin Nemec Q&A. He was a little late, but once started, he was funny and charming and most of the questions were good. He was telling us that SS Doomtrooper was originally called the Citadel and the story was great and the concept drawings were awesome...then the movie got finished. Someone asked why he did Mansquito and he sort of hung his head. He did say he wanted to do it because it was like the old scifi monster cult films. There was one genius who asked who the main villain of Stargate:Universe would be, as if Corin had some inside information about a show that's two removed from the series he was in.
( con wandering )
Sunday, Nov 15
Was freeeezing last night. Apparently someone turned the AC on and never turned it off. Probably the boys when they were using the room as a manhunt base. Got up and showered and went to get breakfast at Dunkin's with Maria.
Finished packing after we got back and woke everyone up. Once everyone was awake, they headed for breakfast and Maria and I checked our bags and then wandered into the dealer's room. Chatted with Rachael about True Blood and LKH/Anita Blake, the latest book is apparently better? Might give it a glance.
( time to run away? )
Another con weekend comes to an end. Overall, I think I had a good time.
all photos here
Twitter posts: friday | saturday | sunday
Also: Adam West is a douche. That is all.
BIG APPLE CON 2009: October 16 - 18, 2009
This was my first time at this convention and was only there due the free ride received as a volunteer. Honestly. I dreaded the whole thing from reading all the e-mails and rules about being a volunteered. Anthony assured me it was no big deal, but still, up until Saturday, I wasn't even sure I still wanted to go.
I don't think I've ever packed so little for a weekend, never mind a convention. Everything I was bringing fit in one duffel bag. Was shooting for mobility in the streets of NYC, that's for sure.
Friday, October 16
Waited for smashedrecords to get out of work before heading out. The trip already started with minor troubles as I was having packing issues and leaving issues. Once I picked her up, we also had some train schedule troubles due to being late and slight parking confusion on my part, so we had to take the 7:40pm train instead of the 5:40pm one. I don't even know what happened there.
The train ride was pleasant, though, and when we finally arrived at Grand Central Station, we met up with rpc180. I still had some trouble getting in contact with Anthony and Spat to find out what exactly I should do once I got there, so we went to the Holiday Inn on 57th to have our bags checked until I could find out what room we were in.
smashedrecords and rpc180 got gyros at what would end up being out regular deli stop for breakfast and dinner. After that, we took a walk down to Pier 94 where the con was being held. It sounded strangely quiet for the supposed party that was happening inside. Little did we know how much of a party it was not.
We ended up going back to the hotel about 11:30pm and sitting around until my roommates returned near 1am to let us in the room. There was a room key issue and while the roommates worked it out, smashedrecords and I waited in the hallway. People in the room down the hall were making a ruckus and an angry German man across from them opened his door and shouted, "Shut up! We are sleeping now!" We weren't even talking, or at least not loudly. smashedrecords called it: "It's the International House of Weird." Indeed. Got into the room, said a quick hello to roommates I've never met and passed out.
Saturday, October 17
Got up at 6:30am, which was much too early. Discovered there were two additional boys in the room. Weird. Showered, dressed, and out the door within the hour. smashedrecords and I got a quick breakfast at the gyro place (I can't remember the name; that's what we were calling it). Headed to Pier 92 to get checked in. We got stupid neon yellow volunteer shirts and wrist bands as well as a quick tutorial on how to stack program booklets.
The 8am registration line looks really sad at a con that opens at 10am. Where are all the people? I think they was a good indication of how the con was going to go. Kind of. Tony collected us, his group of autograph area workers, and we headed to Pier 94. I still wasn't feeling this whole volunteer thing.
( volunteer workings & guest encounters )
Sunday, October 18
Woke up at 7am, which was later than I meant to. Showered, dressed, and packed all my things. Everyone else was still sleeping and as they didn't have anywhere to be that early, I let them be. Tony had to get up, however, so I did wake him. Stopped at the gyro place to get myself a bagel with butter.
( miracle, eddie, jerome, and robb are full of win )
At about 2pm, smashedrecords, rpc180 and I made the rounds and said goodbye to people. We did end up missing a few (Tony & Matty & Felia) because it was kind of crazy. Did a quick run through the vendors while we were headed out and stopped by the Forbidden Planet booth where I got a couple blindbox toys and an Alice Cullen figure ($8!!). That was really it for purchases, though.
Headed back to the hotel to get our bags, then it was off to catch an E train to Grand Central.
Oh, if only it were that easy.
( i've haven't hated mass transit this much in a long time )
Full image gallery here (all 37 pictures I took...)
Tweets from con: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
DragonCon 2009: Sept 3-7, 2009
This year, I once again stayed in one of a block of rooms Joel reserved. We were in the Marriott, which is the new Hyatt? Everything was happening there and it was pretty convenient to just roll out and head to panels or photo ops or what have you. Really great.
Thursday, September 3
Got up at 7:30a and ended up poking around the internet for awhile; emails and such. Showered and got dressed before getting the last of my stuff packed. Still feel like I'm missing something. Nevertheless, all set to go at about 9:30a so I figured I had time for breakfast... except there wasn't anything. Meh.
( travel, registration, and day 1 bar shenanigans )
Friday, September 4
Didn't sleep really well. Got up at 8am and showered and dressed in chick SGA costume. Went to the fan table and saw Gareth on the way. Joked that I was following him because we kept running into each other. Dan was still setting up the table. Jason and I went to buy breakfast for the people at the table. Helped with the rest of table setup - they were hanging a Stargate backdrop for people to take photos with.
( SG panels, Julie Benz, Lani Tupu, Zombie prom, more bar shenanigans )
Saturday, September 5
Woke up at 7:45 am and got ready for the parade. Got breakfast and snagged husher315 something since he texted me on the way. It's entirely possible I got to the SFH table and threw his breakfast at him. I was tired and hungry and the fruit cup I got was possibly the smallest I'd ever seen.
Our group gathered at SFH table before heading out. We had several SG-1 people, a few Atlantis people, and a group with the new Stargate: Universe uniforms. Liz was wearing her new Hak'tyl costume, which looked awesome. I was wearing my SG-2 chick variant. Eventually, we made our way to parade start. It threatened to rain, but thankfully it didn't. The BSG group was definitely larger this year! Parade was fun and the weather was great. Spotted speakerwiggin in the crowd toward the end.
( parade, Ben Browder, Michael Trucco, Charlaine Harris, TCF party fail )
Sunday, September 6
Got up at ungodly hour and got dressed in SGA gear. Grabbed some breakfast at the cafe in the Hyatt. Went down to the Flanigan photo op with husher315. It went really quickly and Joe was pretty nice. While in line waiting, Paul walked by and his handler pointed me out again and Paul stopped to say hello. :D [Also, I really need to stop doing these photo ops because I always look like a goon.]
( flanigan, scifihero dinner, late night walking )
Monday, September 7
Weird day. Up at 10am. Dressed. Got food. Talked to Jeffrey, who just joined TCF. I told him to check out scifiHero.net. Met up with Jason who had to check out of his room. He needed to drop off his armor tub in my room for a while before he moved it to Dan's room. We got the rest of his stuff to Dan's room at the Hyatt before going to the food court so Jason could get lunch. I went to walk of fame for awhile. No one was there really, but bought art from Lani Tupu who was just about to leave. Had a quick chat with him and told him that I've been wanting one of his pieces for a long time.
( dealer's room, con winding down :( )
Tuesday, September 8
Awake after 8 hours of sleep. That was definitely the longest sleep I had the whole weekend, but I felt wiped. Got dressed and had breakfast at the Corner Bakery with the rest of the St. Pete crew, Carlos, and Ben. So tasty! Why was I not having breakfast here every morning? Went back to the hotel to finish packing and check my bag at the desk. Said goodbye to the gang driving back to Florida before dashing over to the Hyatt to say goodbye to Dan and Jason. Wandered around the Marriott and sat in the Pulse Loft for a while with Ben.
( the LONG journey home )
Additional links and media:
+ all my DragonCon photos are here
+ daily tweets (with pics): thurs, fri, sat, sun, mon, tues
+ Phil's photos
+ Blackhawk's photos: parade, con
+ Tim Fritz's photos
+ Michael Hogan attacking a cake at the SFH dinner
+ Abe the Alien at a Thriller dance practice
+ Paul McGillion panel on Friday
+ DragonCon parade: part 1, part 2, part 3 (ScifiHero is at 2:33 in Part 3)
+ Shatner & Nimoy panel (7 parts)
+ Stargate SG-1/Atlantis Panel (7 parts)
+ Stargate Multiverse Panel (7 parts)
+ crapload of other youtube vids
And that concludes my awesome DragonCon trip for this year. I can't wait til next year when, hopefully, smashedrecords will be coming with me as I know she will have an awesome time.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my birthday twin, crushw_eyeliner! I love you. You are awesome. I'm glad you go to come visit the East Coast last month :D
Happy Birthday to urbanfae! (Only a day early...) I hope it is awesome :D
THANK YOU, missbreese for the wee birthday gifty ^^
Have a great weekend guys! I'll see you when I get back from DragonCon!
(And clearly twitter has broken me because it's difficult to think in strings longer than 140 characters. Yikes. No wonder they need a Twilight guide to the SATs.)