IN MEMORIAM OF ROWDY RODDY PIPER, LET US SPEAK THE IMMORTAL WORDS OF SCI-FI ASS-KICKERY:
In the meantime, here are some lovely pictures of the 2015 Tampa Bay Comic-Con.
Only this time I
kidnapped invited along my nephews. They had never gone to a comic-book/scifi-fantasy/gaming/geek convention before, so I wanted to show off. I hope I didn't embarrass them too often.
Having been in the front of the pre-line, I was able to get good seats up front. Here's me looking back at the entrance pre-pre-pre-line with people filing through.
(you can tell because everyone else is standing up and clicking away)
I switched over to my smartphone to see if the pictures would come out better, but unfortunately this is the closest I could zoom. Sigh.
Carrie was a gracious guest speaker, snarky and knowingly prodding about the awe a lot of Star Wars fans have about the upcoming Episode VII: Force Awakens movie. She didn't take any questions from the audience, she was booked for pretty much a whole afternoon of autographing and photo-taking elsewhere at the convention...
Pretty much everything else was walking the floor, checking out the vendors, and getting into lightsaber fights with Sith Lords.
Missandei from Game of Thrones. It was an excellent cosplay effort, and she really looked the part. During the brief meet-up I had with her, she had three separate requests to get her photo taken. THAT is a HUGE thing to happen to you at a comic-con: it means you've done a great job cosplaying. (if you're wondering, no, I didn't get any requests for photos. I had to request others. Sigh...)
Speaking of cosplayers, I am always impressed by the ones who come up with a recent character design in what looked like weeks of prepping. Such as this lady I saw during the morning line to get inside the convention center, dressed up as Joy from Inside Out:
As a side note, my brother would have liked coming to the con: there were three different Jay and Silent Bob teams.
This time around, the convention was slightly easier to walkabout: the vendor and table areas were better spaced giving people excellent room to move back and forth. There were a few narrow spots - noticeably between the Autograph area and the vendors area - but it wasn't as bad as last year, and not as bad as MegaCon's. That said: There were a few decent spots for BENCHES to allow people some respite from all the walking, next time people, just plan it out, get a few benches going, all I'm saying...
Got to see JC De La Torre again, and author Glenda Finkelstein. Missed running into Bill Hatfield. Met a friend of my brother's - John Crowther - who got into the comics biz in Rochelle the Teen Cockroach. Got to see some of the familiar artists and cosplayers.
I hope the nephews enjoyed the trip out this day. I think Tommy found a toy or two for purchase: unfortunately, I still owe Andrew a present for his birthday (couldn't find anything he liked during the walkabouts)...