Fan Expo, The Aftermath


004 FanExpo Aftermath

It was tough to get up this morning and not get ready to go to Fan Expo. But the con is over and I’m at home now. Actually, I’m at work now and it’s past midnight already. Coming back into nights after a two-week vacation isn’t easy and it’s probably going to be a few days before I can establish a normal sleep pattern.

So, exhausted and sad, and my teenager is trying to talk me into Montreal Comic Con in mid-September so we can see William Shatner and Patrick Stewart on stage at the same time. Since I already have two of the three Con days off, I have to say that it’s not taking a lot of arm twisting. Comes down to whether the bank account can handle it.

But this post is about the Fan Expo experience, which was mostly a good one. If I had to pick one thing to be less than happy about it would be the crowds and lines. I really think the Con has outgrown the space it’s taking up and I hope they’re working on how to expand things next year. Fan Expo isn’t quite as big as the San Diego or New York Comic Cons, but it’s not really all that far off anymore. If I had to pick a second thing, it would be the page taken from the book of Ikea that you can only go in or out in one place and that those places are mutually exclusive

If I had to pick one thing to be happy about, I can’t. I met people and celebrities (who are also people), went to great panels and Q&A sessions, took pictures, shopped in a geek friendly environment, made a couple of new friends, both in the flesh and virtually, and got to watch all of the members of my family have a great time across the four days we were there.

But yes, we’re all exhausted.

Did I see everything I wanted to? No, but that’s impossible in an event this size. We all did pretty well, I think.

Unpacking wasn’t as painful as it might have been, thanks to the organizational abilities of my awesome wife, and while we still need to figure out placement and distribution of certain items of swag, the geek factor in the house is going up, which is always a good thing.

Looking at it from a writing slant, I came back from the convention with a tonne of notes and ideas, mostly for blog/article topics but a couple of story kernels as well. A lot of those ideas stem from one panel, “So You’re A Gamer and No One Understands You”, which ran over a lot of different ideas during the discussion, but I took a lot of thoughts away from Fan Expo this year. And I’m going to share one of them here.

In the second half of his Q&A session, John Rhys-Davies made a significant point that has been ringing in my ears ever since. Me paraphrasing a little, he gave the advice that everyone should find something they love enough to do for free and then make sure you get paid for it, and he thought the point important enough to repeat.

I completely agree and think I’ve hidden behind things long enough. There are a lot of things I love to do and I do some of them just for the love of it and some for free. It’s time to start finding ways to get paid doing them.

Be well, everyone.


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