Yesterday, as you regular blog readers know, I took Anthony to his first convention. Erika was very nervous about unleashing the two of us on an unexpected metropolitan area. Apparently, I have a reputation in her eyes as a less than stellar driver. She must’ve forgotten that I spent my formidable school years in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, while definitely smaller than Phoenix, is still quite a bit larger than Prescott and the three or four neighboring towns. She instructed Anthony to text her at specific landmarks for the two-plus hour journey to deliver the one ring… Wait, no that’s something else entirely.
Of course, Anthony and I arrived at the light rail station safely and somehow my limited skill set allowed us passage on the light rail and eventual ingress into the 2015 Phoenix Comicon. Now, I hadn’t been to a big con in probably like twenty years, but I’ve still had my fair share of small cons, trade shows and large Magic: the Gathering tournaments. Yes, I’m that kind of nerd. Grand Prix? Yep. Pro Tour? That too. I never made it to Worlds, but I’m a legend in my own mind.
Anyway, PHXCC was massive. I’ve been to cons in Chicago and Pittsburgh, but they were smaller and more about the comic books, which was before they went all Hollywood. PHXCC had us crammed in like sardines, except it wasn’t fish oil that lubricated us, but the tears of failed dreams. Ya wanna know something? I relished every minute of it.
Heh, you thought I was going to go all preachy on you. Poo-poo this or that, or try to pretend that I didn;’t totally geek out while I was there. Did you think that even after I totally stole that quote from The Big Bang Theory. Straight up, the image of the cast of BBT in their Star Trek uniforms is in my opinion, one of the greatest episodes ever. And since this is my blog, it’s the only opinion that’s allowed. Take that, BBT nerds!
You already knew I wore my Splatoon hat, and I got more than a few thumbs up for my display of epic nerd culture. I had both of my Nintendo 3Ds with me so I could street pass the heck out of Puzzle Swap. I even had a plan to maximize my puzzle pieces by getting pieces on the lower half of the puzzles on one 3DS and the uppers on the other. What’s that you ask? Oh, yeah, one is a limited edition Animal Crossing 3DS XL protected in pink Nerf armor. The other is a plain black 3DS XL that replaced my Legend of Zelda 25th anniversary edition when I had to retire it. Although I’m full-on team Sony, I’ve owned every Nintendo console ever made. Special place in my heart and all that.