This year I got to experience a Comic Con for the first time. Now while it wasn’t San Diego Comic-Con, which is still on my geek bucket list, being able to attend Reno Comic Con was a treat. This year marked the first year that Wizard World was going to have a Comic Con in my home town of Reno, so the fact that I didn’t have to travel anywhere was a real bonus, considering that I had other stuff going on during the weekend that was going to take away from the amount of time that I could attend, but I still wasn’t going to let that stop me. I’ve decided to talk about my experiences during the weekend at the Con.
Planning my time at the convention actually took place the week prior, when the programing schedule was finally released. After a scan of the schedule, I found a couple of panels that looked like they were going to be pretty interesting, but weren’t going to start for a couple of hours. So I decided to spend a couple of hours just walking the floor and checking out the exhibit floor. Unfortunately, or fortunately, I had no extra money that I could spend on things, so all I was able to do was check out what was being displayed, but couldn’t buy anything. I still saw some really cool things and could have easily spent a couple hundred dollars on collectibles. I spent the majority of my time wandering around the artists area and just liked looking at the art that was on display. I spent a little bit of time in the autograph area, but since I wasn’t getting any autographs, I didn’t want to hang out there too long, since it was getting close to the start of the first activity, Love is In the Air.
Love is in the Air was billed as sci-fi speed dating. Unfortunately when I went to sign up for the first event, I was told that it would cost me $20! So after I pulled my jaw off the floor, I went back to the exhibit hall to wander some more. I was pretty bummed out, not because I was going to the event specifically looking for a significant other, but because I wanted to see what the experience would be like and there was never anything in any of the build up material that said this was going to cost money. So now I had another couple of hours to kill before the next panel started. The next panel was called NASA Takes on the Galaxy. This panel talked about the various methods that scientists were researching in order to put a colony on the moon and the challenges that are keeping us from that goal. It also talked about how we would be able to get out further than the moon and Mars, but to various moons of Saturn and Jupiter, and even out to Alpha Centauri. It was a pretty interesting panel. But by the time the panel was finished, I was getting tired and decided to go home, since I had dialysis the next day.
After dialysis the next afternoon, I went to the convention with the express goal of taking pictures of some of the amazing cosplayers that were attending the convention. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera and only had my phone with me, so the pictures that I took are a little blurry, but I did take some pictures. I took a picture of a group of cosplayers, who’s costumes included Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones, a Jango Fett, and a Link from the Legend of Zelda video games. I also saw a Darth Maul, a Commander Vader, an Alien, a Ghostbuster, Harley Quinn (there were quite a few of these lovely ladies), a Nebula from Guardians of the Galaxy and a Weeping Angel from Doctor Who. I saw a guy dressed up as a really cool looking Captain Hook, but I didn’t get a picture of him 🙁 There were a bunch of others costumes that I saw but didn’t take any pictures.
The next thing on the agenda was going to a Q&A with Karen Gillian from Doctor Who and Guardians of the Galaxy. She was pretty cool and was just as bubbly and exciting as her character Amy Pond was on Doctor Who.
After her panel, I went to the exhibit floor to see who I could see in the autograph area. I saw Jewel Staite from Firefly, Kevin Sorbo from Hercules, Lou Ferrigno from the Hulk TV series. I have to say, Ferrigno looks REALLY good. I also saw Michael Rooker, Walter Koenig, Sean Patrick Flanery, Bruce Campbell, the cast of Epic Ink and a few others that I don’t remember. After this I decided to go home because I was worn out from dialysis.
So the next day was the last day of the con, and I had all kinds of designs of going once I was done with church, but was so tired that I didn’t go.
Overall, I had a pretty good time, but I did realize something that I had discovered back at Celebration IV. Conventions are so much more fun when you’re with someone than when you’re by yourself, and being in a group is so much more fun. Also, it’s important to save up beforehand and purchase the autographs you want to get when you actually have money. If you want to buy something from one of the exhibitors or artists, it’s best that you shop the exhibit hall just to make sure there is nothing that you would want more, like a vintage R2 plastic model that you put together. That way, you won’t be kicking yourself for missing the opportunity. The cool thing is that next year, I’ll be able to put these things into practice because they’ve already announced that the convention is coming back to Reno in November. That gives me time to start saving my pennies all over again after I get back from Celebration Anaheim.
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