I was able to attend Fan Expo in Toronto this past weekend after taking the previous year off, having shot my wad so to speak at the San Diego Comic-Con. I only attended the one day on Friday but I was pretty much there all day with the exception of lunch and a quick pint with Mrs. Middle-Aged DM. I had been hesitant about attending due to the line-ups to get in that have been ever increasing over the past couple of years, as more and more people are getting their geek- on. That’s one of the reasons I choose Friday and also so I didn’t need to cancel any patients on Saturday. If you are someone who attends yearly or are thinking about going next year I cannot recommend pre-ordering your tickets and paying the extra 20 dollars to have them shipped to your home enough. This seemed to avoid the brunt of the time spent in lines, as when I pre-ordered in the past most of my time was spent waiting to get in then waiting to get your bracelet. I showed up about an hour before the doors opened with my shinny wristband affixed and was directed to a very short line (it reminded of that scene from Wayne’s World where Mike Myers and Dana Carvey walk around flashing their back stage passes) that would grant me immediate access when the doors opened.
I spent most of my time wandering the hall and throwing wads of my money at people. There were a lot of good deals with some vendors giving 50 to 60 percent off on back issues. I did attend the DC adventure time panel but found it a little meh and mostly just advertising some upcoming projects with no real spoilery information. The highlight of the panel was getting to wait in line with people cosplaying Batman’s rogues gallery. I did stop by the Comic Geek Speak booth and chatted with a few of the cast . I wanted to let them know how much I appreciate their podcast as it helps ease the misery of my commute. They were all super nice and very approachable. I talked to Jamie D, Pants, and Murd. I even commiserated with Jamie D around his recent rant about Marvel and DC’s never ending grand events of little substance and bringing out the worst of the early 90’s that led to an implosion of the medium. I didn’t even celebrity stalk this year as they moved the autograph area out of the main hall and I would have had to, you know , put a little effort into it, and if there is one thing I am it is a minimal effort stalker, especially if the potential for a hair sniff is low.
I did have a gaming related encounter as I passed the rooms hosting the RPG events. A very sweet and earnest young man hailed me down attempting to garner interest in the D&D Next and Pathfinder games they were offering. He asked me if I had heard of the Pathfinder game, which made me smile and say “hmm a little bit”. You’d think being a psychologist I would have better communication skills or sense of social interaction as this prompted him to start explaining the game to me. So, hopefully gently, I laughed and told him and his partner that I happen to write this stupid gaming blog. I toyed with the idea of jumping into a game while I was there but my temperament skews to introvert so with all the stimuli and mass of people I was feeling a little depleted and worn.
My main mission at the con was to complete my Geoff Johns Flash run. I was able to snag the 2 issues that have eluded me for so long fairly easily and for not a lot of money given the discounts. I was also focused on picking up some 1st series Doctor Strange as I am slowing acquiring the 15 or so issues in that run. I was pleased to re-acquire Amazing Spiderman #229 after having sold it almost 25 years ago for beer money. Sometimes I wish I could go back in time and punch my younger self right in the crotch. I held off on re-acquiring Secret Wars #8, also sold for beer money as it is a little pricey and I can only tolerate making so much amends for my youthful stupidity, and upon reflection, apparent problem drinking.
Here’s a snapshot of my lack of impulse control: