A few weeks ago I attended Comic Con. Wednesday I picked up my badge which was efficient this year as I was able to walk right up and get my badge without waiting in a line. Given that two years ago I waited over an hour this was a huge improvement.
I then went to the dealers-room and headed straight to a gaming booth that is always there. I had actually mesmerized their location since I have been to this con so many times. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any great deals like they have in the past but I did pick up the Leverage Quick Start rules (RPG based off the TV show Leverage). I walked through a little more of the dealers room, picked up a gaming mat for minis and left.
Next day I didn’t attend because we were releasing a major part of our website at work. I did get to have dinner with Jonathan, Michelle plus Tom who I hadn’t seen in years.
On Friday I left work around 12pm and headed down to the con. I walked around the dealers-room and picked up a few comics. I didn’t have any panels and couldn’t find anyone so left to hang out with my friends who decided to skip the con and hang out in PB.
On Saturday I was down there around 10am. In the past I have always planned on spending time at the big media events at the ballrooms but in the last three years there has been an hour plus wait (last year it was almost two hours) just to get in. I didn’t want to do that this year and went to smaller panels. Around 10:30 I headed up and saw Gabriel Ba and Gerard Way talk about Umbrella Academy and rock-n-roll. Later Brian Michael Bendis talked comics. Both great panels and that pumped me up for the rest of the con.
I met up with some friends and we started to walk the hall. We ended up by the gaming booth I started at on Wednesday and I ran into Aldis Hodge who plays Alec Hardison in Leverage. I pulled out my copy of the Leverage Quick Start rules and had him sign his picture in the book and then got my picture with him. Finished up by walking around a little more and heading over to the Tilted Kilt to drink some beers.
The strange thing about this Comic Con is it stopped being special and is now something I just do every year. I still love it but it has lost that overwhelming affect of pure awesome it once had. That spot is now held by Gencon.