I finally, finally got to go to my first comic con/expo yesterday here locally at the Classic Plastics Toy & Comic Expo. This was the third year that Classic Plastics Toy Store has hosted the event, but it was my first time attending. From what I gathered by speaking to people at the Expo, this year saw many more attendees than the last two Expos.
There were a lot of really cool things going on all day and super awesome booths, but my favorite thing was the cosplayers. I didn’t cosplay because I don’t have anything to cosplay as and it was a huge bummer. I feel like I missed out on one the most exciting parts of the Expo. I will definitely be adding that to my to-do list for my next Con. Our booth was right around the corner from the Doctor Who: Classic Series Regenerated table which had a Fourth Doctor and a Sarah Jane Smith that I wanted my picture with so badly. My anxiety was a little too much for me to be able to walk up to a complete stranger and ask for a picture, so I mostly just sat and stared until a friend offered to go with me about halfway through the day. Once I broke the ice, I had to get my picture with everyone! My favorites are the Fourth Doctor and a life-size Chewbacca! I fangirled pretty hard, and Dani Mo thought it was hilarious.
I also got to spend some time enjoying the booths. I got a pretty sweet print of Green Arrow by J.R. Earls, and I bought some My Little Pony figures from Jill’s Pony Rescue for my niece. There were a lot of really cool things happening and so many handmade fan art pieces and old school games for buy or trade. I wish I had taken more money. The main attraction for the day was Timothy Zahn selling and signing his books. I haven’t read any of his books, but chatted with an old friend from high school who told me a little bit about his series Dragon and Thief which sounds like it is right up my alley. Zahn is most well-known for writing the Star Wars: Heir to the Empire book series, which I have never read, but I will definitely be checking out his young adult series.
My personal favorite part of the day, though, was hanging out with the Dueling Ogres while they taped their broadcast. I got to pop in a few times to fill in when someone needed a break and so I got to chat about some of the things that are important to me — like the Always Keep Fighting campaign. I also talked a little bit about what to look for next with my blogging topics and got to give my opinion on a bunch of different nerdy stuff. Also, Dani Mo got me really excited to watch Gotham on Netflix. I just added it to my queue last week but hadn’t started it yet and he was telling me all about it; so now I am going to spend my next few days being a hermit and watching the whole first season in no time at all. It was great hanging out with the guys and watching them work and helping when I could. It definitely helped make my first Con/Expo experience super fantastic. I hope I can join them for the next one and get a little more “on air” time. So thanks to Brandon, Rem, and Dani Mo for having me! You guys are the best.
Also, the day held some special significance for me because it was like a mini high school reunion. I saw a lot of my old friends that introduced me to these nerd things — Green Arrow, Star Wars, comics, video games, and more. My ten-year high school reunion will be this year and I have zero interest in attending that, but yesterday was the best reunion I could ever have had. It helped me remember why I enjoy the things I do and how I became the person I am today. I have these guys to thank for a lot of that, and it’s great when everyone can come back together at one time — even if only briefly.