If you told me 10 years ago that I’d become a person who not only attends Comic Conventions, but LOOKS FORWARD to them, I’d have laughed in your face. Funny how life changes.
I suppose you could say our adventures in the world of cons started back when my oldest child was in kindergarten and had just discovered Star Wars. We started slowly. There was a Star Wars exhibit at the California Science Center. There were costumes and props from the movies, along with science experiments, like building robots, maglev speeders, and riding on a hovercraft. My son loved it so much we went a few times, with different friends each time.
That same year we found out there was a Star Wars convention called “Celebration IV” in Los Angeles. My husband was able to get us tickets and we went for two days, meeting friends on the second day.
One of the coolest things we saw at Celebration was the Vader Project.
and the R2D2 mailbox
The kids were SO LITTLE then!
Well, that was the only con we attended for a few years, until Comic Con 2010. We had talked about maybe going for awhile, but when my book was coming out, and the publishers were going to be there, it sealed the deal.
We went for one day as a family, chronicled HERE.
The second day, I went solo and did some promotion, and an interview.
Me at Comic Con, July 2010
That year was fun. We explored together on Friday and then Saturday I got to pass out buttons and postcards and meet folks. Plus, I got to attend a few panels – like vampire authors and LOST podcasters- on my own.
The following year I went again, but this time to sign books. My husband sweet-talked his way into a free pass, as only he can do, and we had a lot of fun.
Me, pretending to be a real author and sign books.
Please notice that behind me in BOTH photos are Stan Lee’s posters. This is kind of a cool coincidence, because the next Con we’d attend would be Stan Lee’s Comikaze, which we did yesterday.
We were a little bummed it’s so hard to get Comic Con tickets these days, so when my other half found out about this one, we jumped on it.
And since we’ve become Trekkies since then, 3 out of 5 of us dressed up. (Yes, we did!)
The convention took place at the same location as both the Star Wars Celebration and a craft show I was a part of a few years ago. It was pretty full, and got fuller by the day. LOTS of costumes.
One of the first things we saw on the convention floor was… The Enterprise bridge!!
Wrong Enterprise, right crew.
My son was disappointed that he couldn’t sit in Data’s chair.
Shaun of the Dead
We got there just before lunch, so we headed to the food. We ran into Shaun of the Dead.
Hey, Starfleet officers get hungry, too.
The tables were big, so we shared.
Here are some highlights of the Comikaze experience.
70s/80s style living room, complete with Atari.
Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army. They’re having a HP skate night in May!
Lots of fun t-shirts.
Fabulous homemade dress out of Star Wars material.
Someone brought their homemade R2 units.
We ran into a work acquaintance of my husband.
We saw celebrities.
Took a photo of Weird Al from afar.
Jambi and Miss Yvonne from PeeWee’s Playhouse.
Kung Fu Panda’s dad.
The original model for Tinkerbell, Margaret Kerry. (Not Marilyn Monroe as Trivial Pursuit would have you believe.)
(Sorry for the fuzziness of this photo. I was on the move, apparently.)
Clever Ghostbusters, explaining the technology of their proton packs to the Captain.
Speaking of Ghostbusters…
If I were into Snuggies, this is the type I’d get.
Finally we remembered to ask someone to take our photo.
End of the day for us – ready to go home.
On our way out we saw a darling Mother/Son pair.
He’s too cute for her to shout “Off with his head!”
On our way home, my husband thought ice cream would be perfect. He dared me to go into the drugstore/soda fountain in costume. So we did.
Starfleet likes ice cream too, especially when it doesn’t come from a replicator.