Monday, April 08, 2013

Planet Comicon

I don't advertise when we're going out of town because I'm paranoid. So please forgive my silence the last few days -- but I had no time to blog anyway!

Jeremy and I hit the road to Kansas City on Friday afternoon to attend Planet Comicon. 

This is what happens when a Thirty-One fan travels:

I love the iPhone camera, but it just doesn't do the red Kansas sunset any justice.

We arrived at our hotel after 1am. We were both exhausted, but we took note that it had a really nice (and packed) bar. I dreamed of mojitos that night in our king-sized hotel bed.

The next morning, we were up (painfully) bright and early to pick up our will-call tickets and attend the convention. I snapped these pictures between our hotel and the convention center -- but the lighting is horrible, sorry.

Jeremy and I have a system when we go to comic conventions. We walk in together, but then we go our separate ways. He hits the floor to meet the artists and writers, get signatures, and order commissions (he's collecting original work from comic artists and creators) -- and I attend panels. I LOVE panels. I especially love the more technical ones, where writers and artists teach you how they do what they do. But I also love to attend fan panels; "women in comics" panels; costuming, props and movie production panels; and occasionally I attend actor panels as well.

I actually went to two actor panels this time, which is a record. Normally I skip those in favor of more educational panels. The first one I saw Nicholas Brendon (Xander) and Clare Kramer (Glory) from Buffy. Brendon is just as funny in real life as he is on screen -- totally worth missing the DC panel for that.

The other actor panel I went to was only to see Lee Merriweather (Catwoman from the 1966 Batman movie), really. She is just adorable.

The other panels I attended were:

Steampunk costuming
Marvel artists and writers (hosted by CB Cebulski, Marvel's talent scout)
Comic writers
Prose Pursuits (novelists including Elizabeth Bunce)
Doctor Who Fandom

For someone as addicted to learning and creativity as I am, panels at comic conventions are absolute heaven.

I met up with Jeremy at the end of the day on Saturday and walked the floor with him a bit. We saw this Walking Dead target-practice poster that we thought many of our friends would love. And if it wasn't so expensive, we would have bought it for at least 5 people.

Yes, that is a Dalek from Doctor Who, being pushed through the convention.

And of course I had to have a picture taken with the Tardis and this Dalek.

Jeremy found this sonic screwdriver pen for me, and of course I had to get it. We didn't have a ton of money to spend on souvenirs, but come on -- a sonic screwdriver pen! Can you tell I'm into Doctor Who right now?

Saturday night, we were lucky enough to get together with some friends that we haven't seen in almost a year. We met Rex and Shannon for the first time in Mexico last year (Rex works for one of the Mehring family businesses), and we were inseparable from the start. They live just outside Kansas City. Both Jeremy and I wished we had been able to stay longer to spend more time with them. But dinner and drinks Saturday night was a real treat. Jeremy and Rex have the same sense of humor, so listening to their banter is hilarious. Shannon and I just talk and talk until we're interrupted by the boys poking fun at us. It was hard to say goodbye.

I snapped this picture on our drive out of Kansas City on Sunday after the convention ended. It took us a half hour (no joke) to figure out how to get back onto I-670 west. So we got a heck of a tour of the city.

It was a loooong drive to and from. So thanks go out to Jeremy for driving the whole way. Even though I napped a little on the way home last night, I'm still in rough shape this morning. I hope my work day is slow...

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