The thing to ALWAYS remember about covering a comic convention is to take your computer with you and to write your articles on the fly. By the time you get home (after the later events), you tend to be too exhausted to hammer out a post (even if it won’t take you too long as you’ve probably taken notes on your iPhone throughout the day).
The trade selection was fantastic (found a couple hard-to-locate, out-of-print gems) but the discounts are weak – most are just US cover. Only two booths of note actually offered any kind of discount (that wasn’t on books that they had purchased on clearance from Diamond1 and were trying to liquidate).
This year, there’s a far better division between the five different mini-cons that make up Fan Expo and I liked how Artists’ Alley and the Comic Book guests were on the opposite end from the other celebrity guests. All of this, despite there being oodles of attendees, did significantly help with congestion and made it really easy to get to what you wanted to get to without too much difficulty.
The cosplayers ranged from awesome to incredibly ridiculous. I question the utility (though I applaud the effort) of individuals who have large or unwieldy costumes (mostly having to do with fairy wings or large weapons/props) in an event with wall-to-wall people.
I will go to my death maintaining and UPHOLDING2 three things about fashion and dressing well (whatever your size) that I learned from Trinny and Susanna from What Not To Wear:
- Dress for your body shape and accentuate your assets; by focusing on an awesome part, people tend to gloss over the unfavourable bits.
- Not everyone can pull off hot pants that travel up your ass crack (ladies, I’m afraid this goes for you too).
- Sometimes having a little somethin’ somethin’ to help smooth out your bits can absolutely make an outfit (and get rid of any unflattering bulges or make the fabric (ESPECIALLY clingy, unflattering fabric) lay better). This is true for someone who’s a size 4 or a size 24.
All of that being said, I do have to give it to ALL cosplayers: Congratulations, you have bigger balls than I do and for that? I envy the ever-loving shit out of you.
1 When I was managing the comic book store, it was always awesome to check out the deals and then to come to cons or other shows, where you’d see vendors offering a “special deal” to liquidate their overstock purchased at clearance.
2 Despite my future husband’s love of my giant ass (which I have come to embrace as a – HEH – asset), I will heartily admit to having an unhealthy obsession with figure-enhancing shape wear (that obfuscates the bits that I loathe).