Another Con in the books

 

Phoenix Comicon 2017 was a very good time for me and Kendall.  I’m happy to report 4 full days and I made it through in good spirits the entire time.  Even Friday morning when we had to wait over 2 hours to get in.  I was happily surprised to see virtually everyone in good spirits.  Over 110K in attendance this year, and I noticed it especially on Sunday which was the most crowded Sunday I have noticed in the past 4 years we have been attending.  Being Memorial Day weekend may have influenced more attendees to come out, but there was also a full day of programming and panels too.

Phx Comicon has I think maxed out the Convention center here.  We had to wait about 15 minutes before we could go up to the third floor for the Saturday Bonnie Wright panel because the fire marshal said the third floor was at max capacity, and folks had to clear out before more could go up.   I don’t see the Con getting any smaller either.  Four years ago we had 75K, and now we are at 110K.  Hopefully they will be able to use the South Hall next year.   Would be great if there was an underground concourse between the North and South Halls.

I did not Cosplay this year, and from what I hear it is smart to put a full year into getting your outfit done right.  I did run into one dude who did the Black Knight from Monty Python’s Holy Grail, which was amusing.  He said he got used to the metal helmet he was wearing.  I was considering a paper mache helmet if I went with that idea.  But I’m just not sure what I want to do right now.

Phx Comicon H-E Double Hockeysticks

Projected wait is at least 2 hours getting in.

On a positive note we have had moments of shade and a nice breeze.

But this is a major SNAFU for everyone.   Some events this morning are paid and folks won’t make them in time.  Yesterday we walked straight in and that was amazing.  Got here an hour early to accommodate for the wait but sadly, we will miss our first workshop.

We had another hundred people in back of us in about 30 seconds after we got in line.

I’m very thankful for the hero lady who alerted the authorities and the great work of the police   .   Perhaps my frustration is the event not being able to ramp up an army of security so this could have been less miserable for everyone.

Didnt bring sunscreen and I will feel it later for sure.  But that is nothing compared to what  might have occurred yesterday with that lunatic’s intentions.   Glad everyone is here and able to if nothing else be able to complain.  Minor deal in the larger scheme of things, right?

The length of the line I am in now is prolly double of that when we entered the line.   I would guess 3 hour wait to get in for those arriving now.

And Now For Something Completely Different…

Anyone else enjoy looking through free stock photography sites and simply enjoying the great shots professionals and hobbyists are sharing?

I was looking for something and came across a couple random shots that reminded me how much I enjoy road trips with no particular agenda or time frame.   Having an Airstream would be very cool, as well as driving around the country off the beaten path.   Reminds me of my first job where I drove over 40K miles in 9 months, hitting the majority of the Midwest and Eastern seaboard.  That seems like a magical time now, looking back.

I enjoy photography, but have never given it serious attention to become a full-fledged hobby.  But I enjoy the artistry of others who do.  I found these over at https://www.pexels.com, where you can get fantastic, high quality stock photos.  And – you can donate to the artists directly.  I dig the thought of more money getting into the pockets of the creators.   I am looking to support these artists, and who knows, maybe this will spark an interest in my uploading my own photos at Pexels to share with others as well.