I initially was planning to attend all three days, but three actors who play villains on the TV show Gotham cancelled within a couple of weeks of the con. After their cancellation, my plans changed. I looked at the schedule and decided to go just on Saturday. I had requested Friday off from work and even though I didn’t attend the con that day, I got a few things done and it was the closest thing to a vacation weekend I’ve had in more than a year.
I was disappointed the Gotham villains cancelled; I had made a pretty kick-ass Killer Frost cosplay, but opted for my Svengoolie cosplay that I’d worn at Crypticon last October.
I planned to be up early on Saturday – I like to allow plenty of time to get the makeup on, as there’s nothing worse than rushing it – but I woke up at 2:00am and didn’t fall back to sleep until 4:30am and my alarm rang at 6:00am. Oy.
When I woke up at 2:00, I smelled smoke and saw it was hazy outside – the weather forecasts had said we were going to see hazy skies from Canadian wildfires. It’s funny, when I first opened my eyes I thought it was rain, as it looked like it was raining, but it was just smoke and quite honestly, it looked a little eerie.
When I finally did get up, I made a strong pot of coffee. I was pretty bleary-eyed. It helped some, but not completely.
After one cup, I started applying my face. Now, I can’t apply it with my glasses on and I can tell my eyes are slowly getting worse, because I couldn’t fully tell if it looked symmetrical or not. I’ve considered Lasik surgery, but I’m a little freaked out by the idea of it. But after yesterday, I will reconsider it.
I left home around 10:00am – I allowed for time to park and enough time to get in the doors. I arrived at the Convention Center at 10:30am, checked in, got my green bracelet and walked through the doors to nerd-vana.
I stopped at a few of the vendor booths, but made my way back to the celeb photo area and waited in line to have a photo with James Marsters. He played Spike in both TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.
When it was my turn, he shook my hand and said “you look awesome.” I asked if he’d bite my chicken’s neck – he was a good sport and did.
After the photo, I went to his booth for a signature. The line was already forming and I noticed it didn’t seem to move fast and when I got closer, I realized why. He was talking to each person that had waited in line. Pretty damn cool. When it was my turn for a signature, he said hi and asked about my character. I gave him a brief overview of the horror host and we talking a little gaming – I know nothing about it, but – pardon the pun – am game to try it and I asked what a novice like me should start with; he made two recommendations. Duly noted.
After walking around to the rest of the vendor booths and watching a digital drawing demonstration, I took in a few panels.
Cast members from the TV series Grimm were on hand and the panel with David Giuntoli, Bitsie Tulloch and Sasha Roiz was funny and cheeky. Arrow’s David Ramsey talked about the Mall of America and about the amusement park and aquarium within it – and you’re right David, those of us that live here aren’t too bent out of shape over it; it’s just a shopping mall. He did have nice things to say about the Thai restaurant Sawatdee and I agree with him, their food is very tasty.
Seeing panels like those and meeting celebs is always a tenuous thing. They can appear on TV and on talk shows in one way, but in person, with their fans, in yet another way – and not always a good way. While we had fewer celebs this year, we definitely had a quality group.
I really don’t buy much stuff, but I do like photos and selfies. For me, it’s more about the experiences and the memories I’m making. Stuff gets put away, tossed, or given away. Experiences stay with you far longer and photos are great reminders of the experiences.
It was hard not to notice that attendance seemed a lot lower this year – and Saturday’s usually the busiest day of the con. For the last two years, Comic Con’s been on the first weekend of May. This year was no different, it was on the first weekend of May, but today is Mother’s Day and the weather’s been awfully nice here lately. People want to be outside and soak up the sun, I get that. I have a hunch attendance would be better in April, when it’s still cooler outside.
I certainly hope Wizard World returns to Minneapolis next year. Us nerds, geeks and outcasts love – and need – this weekend.
Below are a few of my pictures from Saturday at Wizard World Comic Con in Minneapolis.