• Conventions,  Life,  Parenting

    Fall Conventions

    by We’ve been planning to go to Quinte Mini Con in Belleville since we first heard about it very early in the year. It’s the first Con in the area, and will become the closest without going to Toronto. A small con, and a first time foray, it looks like the con organizers are going to every effort to put together something people will want to go. I don’t expect Fan Expo, and one of those is enough, really, but I expect to be impressed. Guests, events, panels, and a vendor’s room. Should be fun. My daughters, particularly Oldest Daughter, made some friends in Vocaloid cosplay at Fan Expo (and…

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    After Action Report: Fan Expo, Day 4

    by Sunday, crowd-wise, is a lot like Friday at Fan Expo. Crowded, but you can still move around. It’s also the last day of four at the con, so the overall speed of the crowd is often a little faster since time is now very limited. But some things aren’t faster. My son and I got in line at the top of the escalator to go to the bottom of the North Building and The Walking Dead panel. The line did not move. At first, this seemed to be because the escalator was malfunctioning. Again. After a few minutes, staff made it clear that the panel had no seating left.…

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    After Action Report: Fan Expo, Day 3

    by A little delayed, but lots of time for the first paragraph to contain useful advice. If you’re only going to Fan Expo one day next year, don’t make it Saturday. Really. It’s the most crowded day and suffers from the most line and traffic mismanagement by staff, not to mention the escalator breakdowns that happen every year. Saturday is the reason Fan Expo and I are on the rocks. Well, the ticket price is getting a little steep, too. My wife and daughters getting trapped outside the building because apparently they were over capacity, and then suddenly they weren’t. My son got trapped in a line up to get…