Despite missing thursday and not entering the masquerade, this year's Phoenix Comicon was a blast. I think it was one of the best conventions I've ever attended.
Friday was spent mainly in the North Ballroom, where I continuously sat and enjoyed panel after panel including guests like Sam Witwer, the voice of Darth Maul, Nichelle Nicholes, the original Uruha from Star Trek, and then we stayed for the premiere episode of Star Trek Continues, a webseries that was painstakingly put together by diehard Trek fans like Vic Mignogna and Grant Imahara.
Saturday was filled with time hanging with friends, including my new roommates experiencing their first Con ever. We went various panels again and supported our favorite web series. I wore my Spartan again and got on Channel 3 News (though the reporter did a piss poor job representing the Con goers properly). That night was the Masquerade. Probably THE best Masq I've EVER attended. It was fluid, well put together and only a single skit audio was messed up, but even so the cosplayers ran with it and still did a great job performing. I cheered as loud as I could when Lissa and Joi went up on stage as Fai and Shyouran. Their costumes looked fantastic and I wish I could have been up there with them. Big applause also goes to Kevin, my friend and MC of the masq who had been in charge of the entire operation this year. Great job, man.
Sunday was more laid back of course. I cosplayed my LotR elf and handed out flyers for The Glass River. I did a book exchange with the author of reMIND. Fantastic read. Go buy it. Anyways, we also attended even MORE panels! XD We caught the last half hour of Lantern City panel, though I'm still sad Bruce Boxlightner couldn't make it, and then CrimsonValkyrie Cosplay and I stayed afterwards for the Will Wheaton panel. That guy is frakking hilarious. The short story about the Yogurt that took over he world was awesome, that's all I got to say.
OH YEAH. And then there was the evacuation. We were down in the dealer hall for the last bit of the con when all the sudden RED ALERT! RED ALERT! The lights started flashing on the walls and a voice came over the intercom saying repeatedly, "We have been alerted of an emergency. Please find your nearest exit and leave the building calmly and orderly." We did. The entire con did. To see it from my perspective watch the video below. Turns out it was serious, but nothing too serious like a bomb or whatnot. The con was restarted about 40 minutes later and the dealer hall times were extended for another hour.
And that's when I got to meet Merl. The actor, Michael Rooker, was still at the con. Ahead of us in the line was a kid and Rooker talked to him, "So have you gotten a lot of tail this weekend? You know, a lot of the girls have tails here, and fangs! So many hot girls! And some have pointy ears! Oh look! There's one now! She is HOT!"
O____O >>> XDDDD OH MY GOD. No frakking way. Merl just called me "Hot"!!! hahahaha!! He then proceeded to say hello to me and my friends, giving us all hugs. Best end to a convention ever.
And then we went to Harkins and watched Star Trek again. WOO!
Big shout outs to Rusty, Kelly, my sister Suzy, Tim who I finally got to meet from the 405th, Valon Kyone and Alli, Lissa, Joi, the crews of Mantecoza, Voyage Trekkers and Space Rangers, all my friends, and to all the friends I couldn't find, I love you all and hope you had a great weekend.
Here is a video of the Evacuation that I shot: