You know what they say about best laid plans and all that, right? Well, I had a plan for this SLCC, I had each day planned, and I was going to do EVERYTHING.
And then a week before SLCC17, my brother-in-law had a spontaneous lung collapse. I flew out Saturday to KC to help my sister and her family, leaving my kids in the capable hands of my Mom and Mother-in-law. I flew back last Thursday, effectively missing the first day of comic con. Plans foiled! Dang.
I was exhausted from my week of helping and travel, so I decided to just go Friday for a couple of hours. I thought about taking the kids out of school to go to Kidcon, but they had a pretty chaotic week as well, so for the sake of stability I decided to leave them in school and just take Penelope.
The vendor floor opened at 11 and we had to pick up the kids from school at 3:20, so we probably need to head toward the car at 2, so that gave us three hours.
We hung out at Kidcon, mostly, and I let Lieutenant Commander Penelope chase down some princesses and take some photos. At 1pm, I caught most of the Gates McFadden and Wil Wheaton panel, which was FREAKING MAGICAL.
I wish I could go back in time and tell my younger self that one day I would end up in the same room with the Crushers. Young me would be extremely excited.
That was the end of Day 2 of SLCC for us. Sad, but, hey, we still had Saturday!
We woke up a bit early and started getting the kid’s cosplays together. The vendor floor opened at 10am, so of course we went back to Kidcon and did some crafts.
Here is something I don’t think I’ve mentioned yet, but THE GIRLS GOT INTO THE COSPLAY CONTEST. Jubilee wanted to enter so I let her, I kinda thought we wouldn’t make it past the online submission phase, honestly. I’m going to recap the Cosplay Contest next time, hopefully by then I’ll have some better pictures of the whole thing. Suffice to say, it mostly took the whole day, but it was totally worth it.
While I was busy with the girls, Husband Cam and Sam Danger did some stuff. Cam got Jewel Staite’s autograph on the bootlegged copy of Firefly he got in Afghanistan. Don’t judge him, desperate times call for desperate measures when you’re deployed away from your family for a year in a war zone, and we’ve since purchased a proper copy. This copy is sort of nostalgic for us, though, since it was the first time we’d been exposed to Firefly, which, if you’ve seen it, you understand what I’m talking about, and because it represents the fact that we overcame most difficult year of our lives and marriage, in a weird way. Also, the cast information on the back is from the movie Crash, which is hilarious.
Then, they went and got Richard Horvitz’s autography, while Sam Danger was in full Zim cosplay. Apparently it went over well.
I also managed to go get a print from Yale Stewart of JL8, which was awesome. We also chatted about fiction/comic writing for children for a bit. I’m not gonna lie, I was a bit star struck. Celebrities don’t phase me, cartoonists, on the other hand…haha.
We sadly skipped the Catherine Tate panel to feed the children, but came back for Twisted Toonz.
Yes, I may have spent most of my day in line, waiting, but I still managed to rack up the steps. What’s really astounding is that Cam and Sam Danger must have doubled this amount since they actually did walk most of the day.
Stay tuned for Thursday’s post about the Cosplay Contest! We didn’t win, but we had a blast, and it was wrought with drama and at least one child fell into a creek in their cosplay. Yay!