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Quinte Mini Con Report

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Okay, so I’m a little late getting this posted, seeing as how the con ended 8 days ago, but Quinte Mini Con Was great. Especially for a first year con.

I’ll admit that I don’t have a basis for comparison. This is the first time I’ve been to a first year con, but I’m looking forward to seeing how it grows next year. I’ll also admit it’s the smallest con I’ve ever been to.

But it’s local-ish to me, and the geek tribe always needs room to grow and express itself. Belleville’s not a big town, but the con drew out some vendors and artists, some local and some not, plus added a few panels, and enough of us came to see them that there will be a con next year, too.

I was able to catch up just a little with Amanda Sun (and I’m still kicking myself for not offering to record her presentation on making it in publishing), getting her to sign the copy of Ink I bought (as opposed to the ARC I already had, which she signed at World Fantasy last fall).

And I ran into some friends I haven’t seen in years, and we spent a little time catching up with them, both sets of parents able to say, “Holy cow, have your kids gotten big!” (Our oldest and their oldest played together as toddlers.)

Both of these major events occurred on Saturday. Sunday was a shorter day with a little bit of geeky Christmas shopping and a panel about Hetalia for Oldest Daughter.

And a small part of that Christmas shopping was for me. My wife is pretty awesome and spotted a very cool item to add to my slowly growing collection of geeky things (also fits in with my slowly growing collection of Star Trek things).

Behold the glory of the 1996 30th anniversary celebration of Star Trek, the original series, in the form of Barbie and Ken outfitted in TOS uniform.

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Back of the package copy: “Join Barbie and Ken as they beam aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the classic Star Trek Series! Ready for any mission, Barbie is outfitted with an authentic Star Trek uniform. Her badge and red uniform denote her status as a member of the ship’s engineering section. She carries a replica of a tricorder, the multipurpose scientific and technical instrument that incorporates computers, sensors and records in a convenient handheld device. She also carries a replica of a communicator allowing he to contact other Starfleet personnel. Ken wears a gold jersey and badge indicating his position in the Command division. He carries a replica of a phaser – an acronym for PHASed Energy Rectification – which is a directed energy weapon used by Starfleet personnel. Lieutenant Barbie and Commander ken join the internationally renowned original crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise: Captain James T. Kirk, First Officer Spock, Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy, Chief Engineer Montgomery “Scotty” Scott, Helmsman Hikaru Sulu, Communications Officer Uhura and Navigator Pavel Chekov on a special voyage. In the 30 years since it first aired, Star Trek has inspired generations of fans with Gene Roddenberry’s belief that people of various races, genders and planetary origins can work together to build a constructive future for all mankind.”

Makes you shiver, doesn’t it? A tremendous deal for the tiny number of quatloos we paid for it. Of course, we spent too much money at the con overall. Big surprise.

If you’re in the area or happen to be passing through next year, Quinte Mini Con is definitely worth your time.

Now I have to go pick out a place to hang my dolls before I let them get wrapped for Christmas.

Oh, and we have one final stop on our 2013 convention tour: Frost Con in Toronto on December 14th.

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