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Many apologies for Monday, so to make up for it tonight, tomorrow, and Friday there will be photos from DragonCon, along with Friday’s post.
Admittedly, we didn’t spend very long there, and our digital camera apparently has the quality of a step up from disposable, but we had a blast. On the way home and the whole day after all we could really talk about was how much we miss the con scene. We’ll be at AWA on the 18-20, but mostly behind the table. Marlon and I figure we’ll take turns, so that one of us will be wandering about while the other mans the table.
I absolutely can’t wait for cons to be a regular thing, not just something that’s rare or when I can afford it. There are few times I feel more at home than among the masses of crowds in costume or black t-shirts and glasses. Last year we attended with our friend, but we ended up missing a lot of things I would’ve loved to see. We were there to be around each other, since we were long distance, so it wasn’t so bad. Now that I’m more focused on what I want to be doing, however, any moment the con floors are open that I’m missing seem like such a waste … so much so that even the few hours I spent hanging around the free sections of the con just weren’t enough.
Oh, the many, many I’d love to get into in artist alley rather than as an attendee! San Diego Comic Con, A-Kon, GenCon, and Wizard World Chicago are all ones I’ve attended that I’d love to switch roles at. Plus, there are so many, many ones I’ve never been to: SteamCon and Emerald City Comic Con, Webcomics Weekend, Heroes Con, MegaCon, Anime Expo …
Some dread the con season and look to it as a necessity—without kids to miss me and the love of my life right beside me, how could I see it as anything else other than a dream and an ultimate goal?
It doesn’t matter how long I go to a con for. But every time I go to one, the next day or sometimes days after have a change-over that happens with an audible “CLUNK” as I have to go about my business after the con. I know there are other big cons out there, and if you plan on going to the most ridiculously huge, then Dragon Con needs to be on your list. And If you can, try to get in on the hotels since there’s a whole lot of stuff that happens in the wee hours of the night that you might miss out on if you have to truck out to your car in the super late hours…
As far as surviving a convention with your sanity, some general rules to go by would be to 1. Bathe, 2. be polite—your going to be in close quarters with a large number of humanity for the next few days, and 3. pack a lunch or two. Con food vendors can charge highway robbery.