It’s been a couple months since Emerald City Comicon and I’m still having withdrawals. The energy of all the exhibitors, minions, press, and beautiful nerds is lingering. I’ve since been to Vancouver Fan Expo and participated in “free comic book day”, but it’s not the same.
The convention wasn’t what I expected, it was a million times better. I’ve heard about conventions online and through a couple friends but I never had the opportunity to go. I never knew what I was missing.
You know how some kids are sheltered from the world outside? Well, I’m still learning how to navigate the gaming world inside. Sure I had my fill of Mario Bros., Tetris, and Zelda, but gaming today has a whole new social element. Not only can you play games online with people you’ve never met, you can join communities full of people who are passionate about the same games!
What does this have to do with conventions? …Everything. For me, Emerald City Comicon opened a door to a whole new world; where the people who were teased for reading “picture” books and playing video games could meet, socialize, and feel comfortable with who they are.
That’s what we all want: to be accepted for who we are.
I was able to meet an online friend that I’ve played xbox games with for a couple years. He spent the whole day rocking out with me at the Guitar Hero booth. There were also a few people who knew “me” based on my alias and we had some epic jam sessions! I suppose that’s one of the perks of being an exhibitor for the Guitar Hero booth eh.
I am starting to see how conventions can easily become a new addiction. They hold everything lovely without costing too much.
This was my very first comic book convention ever. Well…actually, it was my first convention ever! I had no idea what to expect. Plus, I was hosting the Guitar Hero booth and giving away free swag!
Friday night the booth was open until midnight. It was an amazing night of rockage!
Saturday was a crazy full day of gamers playing Guitar Hero. We hosted a tournament at 2pm and winners walked away with some pretty huge prizes (including full “Band Hero” and “DJ Hero” bundles).
It seems impossible to conclude the epicness of Emerald City Comicon. It was beyond amazing and I can’t wait to attend again next year. In the meantime, I will keep reading my comic books, playing video games, and participating in the Guitar Hero Community events online.
…plus finding new and exciting conventions to attend! What can you suggest to ease the pain of waiting?