Thursday and Friday:
I've always lived close to NYC, except this year. So in order to pick up our badges early on Thursday, our 5-hour journey began bright and early. It was worth it to get the badges early and just waltz in the rest of the weekend.
We began our con-ning that night with the before party at Dave and Buster's in Times Square. I thought "important" people were supposed to be there, like creators, or possibly industry people would be there, but no one had badges and it's dark, so we didn't know who was who. Also, there was only one person in costume, (yay Batman!) so it was just mostly crowded. You ask me, you want a real ice breaker, costumes people, costumes all the time! But that's just my opinion.....
Anyway, hubby and I are standing around after our NYC-priced cocktails, and standing before us is Michael Sinterniklaas. So I wave at him when his gaze is in our direction and his eyes go wide and he starts with the, "I know you, but I don't know why....." Who are we? I couldn't believe he recognized me at all. Hey man, we're the crazy fans who made a scene at last year's panel by asking Doc Hammer to marry us last year...... Actually I didn't even have to go that far. I just told Michael, (yes, we're on a first name basis now) that we were Dr. Girlfriend and The Monarch, and he asked us if we had gotten married. We told him we had, and showed him the rings, and told him about our bare-minimum ceremony. He then showed us some photos on his camera of other fellow cosplayers, and other soon-to-be marrieds he knew. We assured him that we would be attending the Venture panel on Saturday, as the Action Man and Shadowcat. We had a little chat with him last year, but again, what a nice pleasant guy.
Friday: Professionals Day
Hubby had plans to do some networking and even pitching, but all his careful planning got all thrown out the window, so the weekend was all discombobulated after that. Friday was great because it was much quieter than the all out madness and excitement of Saturday, and one is able to explore at a more relaxed pace. My knowledge of comics is still limited at best, so I'm still pretty clueless as to what is going on half the time. Artist alley is completely overwhelming. But I'm learning, and absorbing while I'm there. You know what else I am doing at the con? Getting blisters and bigger biceps from all the "swag", I love free stuff, but ten pounds later, I'm liable to get a bit cranky. What else on Friday? Binged on Starbucks free samples where I met the wives of the twin comics creators. One of them said she had a gargantuan rabbit, which both terrifies and intrigues me.
We closed the day with two awesome cartoon premieres; Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder, and Wonder Woman. I heart Futurama big time, and this was a great venue to see it in, even though the IGN.com theater is big, it was still a little difficult for 5'2 me to see very well, but after the first five minutes I forgot all about it. I thought it was one of the better of the Futurama movies, and the crowd was really into it. People were screaming at the mere appears of the man with no name, you know Zapp Brannigan or the Hypno-Toad. It was massive enjoyed by all. Then comes a short interlude, some vending machine dinner, and Wonder Woman. I was not prepared for the sheer kick-ass-ness of the movie. The creators finally reached out to their audience with the right blend of battle action, dirty jokes and fun. Again, lots of screaming, and some difficulty seeing, but totally worth it.