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Phoenix Comicon 2017

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This photo was taken just before the vendor hall was opened on Saturday morning. Nobody was pushing. Nobody was fighting. Nobody was angry, mean, or aggressive. In spite of some idiot bringing actual weapons to the event on the first day, and lots of increased security as a result, people still attended and had a great time.

Yes, the atmosphere was more subdued than in past years. I attribute that to many people waiting in long (oh, so long) lines in the heat just to get in. We arrived early and for us it took less than thirty minutes, but a friend told me she waited two and a half hours in temperatures over 100 degrees. Yikes!

This event has grown into a colossal affair, and I’m not sure the organizers have the management quite figured out yet. Still, it’s a family atmosphere, and a place where anyone and everyone is welcome to let their freak flag fly. In spite of the difficulties associated with attending Comicon, I still think it’s worth it. Oh, and by the way, I only go for the writing workshops and panels, of which there are plenty.


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Rules for Comicon

Ok, Comicon 2016 is in the books, and it wasn’t without a few hiccups, but overall I still say it’s an extremely well run operation, especially considering its size and scope. While I was there I made a few notes on how people could help Comicon be even BETTER than it already is. These were released last Thursday, via Twitter. Here they are all in one spot for your viewing pleasure.

Do you have any to add? Please leave them in the comments.

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Rules for Comicon: If you’re going to send out tweets with a hashtag, use the correct one! Hanging my head in shame. #PHXCC

Rules for Comicon: Don’t just stop, step aside first.

Rules for Comicon: Don’t intentionally terrorize small children.

Rules for Comicon: Stare all you want, but ask before you take a picture.

Rules for Comicon: Quit trying to figure out what everyone is supposed to be. This includes gender.

Rules for Comicon: Like something you see? Pay a sincere compliment.

Rules for Comicon: Appreciate how clean the restrooms are.

Rules for Comicon: Avoid bringing the double stroller if you can.

Rules for Comicon: Lighten up and be friendly. People are here to have fun.

Rules for Comicon: Don’t walk and text (or tweet). You’re not as good at it as you think you are.

Rules for Comicon: Prepare to be seen. Yes, I just saw you cute girl with the faded blue hair who graduated with my son.

 

Come to think of it, these aren’t just good rules for Comicon, they’re good rules for life! Well, except for the staring one. You should probably try to avoid staring in real life. It makes people uncomfortable, just in case you weren’t sure.


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Shake That Introvert Up

images.jpegThat’s my message to myself today. You see, it’s Comicon time again, and my sweetheart has purchased the full event pass for me. Why? Because there are authors at Comicon who generously offer their insights on writing and frankly, it’s really fun.

Now Comicon wouldn’t have been my first thought if someone had asked me where to go for writing support and instruction, but a few years back the sweetheart found out that there are real live authors there, and some of them are authors I’ve met through my various writing projects around town. Cool. So we went.

I was blown away! Not just by the author events, which were terrific, but by the whole thing. Costumes, people of all sorts (yes, ALL sorts, it was glorious!), and an energy that is infectious. I loved it. I still love it. But…

I have to confess, Comicon wears me out. And no, I don’t stay all day, or sleep in a hotel next to the Convention Center, or participate in CosPlay, or any of that. I just show up, go to my sessions, wander the vendors (miles of vendors), and go home again. But MAN, it drains me.

I’m self-aware enough to know that it’s because deep down I’m an introvert. Being anywhere with a lot of people for an extended period of time wears me out. It doesn’t mean I don’t like going places. I do. I just need to recharge after I’ve been there for a while. Some of my favorite memories have occurred at large family gatherings, quilting retreats, and scrapbooking conventions. Each of them, though, takes a toll.

It may sound silly if you’re not an introvert, but I have to psych myself up for these types of events. Yes, I’m looking forward to it, but really, I love being at home in the peace and quiet. Still, I’m going to check my parking map (he arranged that too, what a great guy), grab my lanyard, and head downtown. I’ve got this! Comicon, here I come!