Emerald City Comicon: A Review of Nerdy Shenanigans

Man, I feel like such a slacker! With almost two months of daily posts behind me I went and blew it yesterday by embracing my inner sloth. I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’m way better at getting things done when there’s a thousand things pulling at my attention. It’s like whenever I get too much free time I actually get less done than when I’m swamped. Weird, right?

Anyways, I want to take this bloggy moment to write about my day at Emerald City Comicon. Let me tell you, that thing was the hot fire. Srsly, I’m talking about some H-E double hockey sticks kind of hottest. The place was jumping with wicked legit cosplay. Everything from Adventure TIme–Finn, Jake, and Princess Bubblegum were in the house!–to Star Trek was in full effect. And of course there were enough Stormtroopers, Boba Fetts, Jedi, and Darth Vaders to reenact every battle scene ever written in the Star Wars universe. I even saw three different incarnations of Katniss. Pretty sweet, right?

Even though the cosplay was off the chain, the panel I’d been stoked for was sort of a bust. The panel was supposed to be about creating in isolation and how you carve out a niche in your life for making things happen, but all I got was a bunch of stuff on how to balance work and family obligations–stuff I’ve already figured out as a result of doing it. I guess I went in there with these high hopes, you know? I thought maybe these super creative people were going to drop knowledge nuggets that I hadn’t ever thought of. The only thing I took from the hour was one line from the sci-fi writer. He said something like, “Not every idea becomes a story. Some ideas are just ideas.” It reminded me of when I started writing I tried to turn every single “good idea” I had into a story. Now my computer is packed with a couple hundred stories that started somewhere and died within a few hundred words.

Because there’s a googolplex of stuff that ruled at comicon (Okay, maybe not that many, but I like the way that word sounds) and I think the entire Internet might break if I tried to list it all, I’ll just post some pictures we took that will hopefully convey the awesomeness of the day.

It seems I was the droid they were looking for.

Behold the nerdery, ye doubters of mine awesome tales.

This picture is just embarrassing.

My wife knitted us all Jayne Cobb hats for the big event. How cool is that?

That’s it for the comicon stuff, but before I wrap it up I want to say thanks to Ab Ciccone for following my little slice of the Internets.

Okay, that’s all. Have a good day, duders.

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4 thoughts on “Emerald City Comicon: A Review of Nerdy Shenanigans

  1. I’m the same way with the workload. If the workload seems insurmountable I am actually more productive than when things are calm and workload is minimal. I suppose the undisciplined mind has more time to wander when the pressure is off.

  2. Thank the frakking gods you posted some pics! First, love the hats (your wifey is awesome). Second, sorry about the panel you attended. But you posted a couple of nuggets about writing that I’m filing away. I think I may have to put this on my calendar for next year and return to the great green west!

    • HA! The *frakking* gods. I love it!

      The lady who place Starbuck was at comicon too but the line to see her was wicked long. Edward James Olmos was there as well taking such epic pics with people. He had this picture he took with a family where he was holding the teenage son in his arms. Such good time.

      You really ought to come out next year. Or hit one locally?

      • I’ve had 4-day tix to comiccon SD for years, but never made it (had to sell them back each year). I have DragonCon near me in Atlanta. One of my problems of doing cons is my claustrophobia in large crowds. Also, I don’t have anyone to go with me (my hubby doesn’t do cons). The ECCC just looks cool. Plus, if I plan it right I can just do a Pacific Northwest tour with family and friends.

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