Phoenix ComiCon Evolving

Today on Facebook I was reminded we attended our first ComiCon in Phoenix eight years ago. I heard Jonathan Frakes (Commander Riker) was going to be there. The last time I went to see him was in 1994 up in Toronto when Shawn and I attended a con with both Frakes and Sirtis (Counselor Troi). Last year we were able to attend the Con in Phoenix because I won a contest through Bear Essential News. This past weekend was the Phoenix Comic Fest; yes the name was changed. Apparently they are in litigation over the use of ComiCon. And Saturday the fest was closed early because of a fire alarm and I learned next year they are going to be Phoenix Fan Fusion. Of course anyone who knows me, knows I’m going to get a poem out of it.

Phoenix fan fusion
found last year’s ComiCon badge
crushed name has to change

Sunday’s #haikuchallenge word was crush. Saturday’s was found. I used two in one haiku. We didn’t make it to the fest this year. The remote reading has been keeping me busy. I actually had a shift yesterday. Despite working fewer days than last year, I’ve logged in more hours. I’m not complaining and because no one else was working yesterday, we went to see Solo – A Star Wars Story when my work day was done. We did have a sci-fi weekend. Then today’s #haikuchallenge word is career and I wrote about my job once again.

Make money reading
want a career in English
grade standardized tests

Gretchen started her summer classes at EMCC today. She had a small 4 day summer break. ūüėČ Actually she’ll only be in summer classes until June 28th and then can enjoy freedom until her senior year starts on August 7th. The same day Rachael is signed up to take the GRE. Rachael took Gretchen over to her first day this morning and is still waiting to hear about the ASU job she interviewed for a couple weeks ago.


Phoenix ComiCon 2017


Once upon a time, 2010, we waited in a long line to buy tickets to attend our first comicon. Thanks to the On this day feature on Facebook, I was reminded it was seven years ago today. I did not plan on buying tickets this year, between college tuition, a new car purchase, and my upcoming trip to Germany, it didn’t seem wise to make the purchase. Seven years ago we only had to buy two tickets. Sidekicks, 13 and younger, were free (now a sidekick ticket costs money) not that it matters my girls are far beyond free anymore.

When I told the girls we weren’t getting tickets this year, they took it well. Shawn, on the other hand, he really wanted to go but I told him it was an expense we couldn’t afford now. Not only are tickets expensive, but then there is the exhibitor’s hall. BTW – thanks Del Rey for the free books. Once we finally got into the convention center, yeah some idiot decided to ruin the fun for the rest of us, I got into the Del Rey author signing line. They had free sampler books. Picked up the Star Wars one for Gretchen. Then we met Scott Sigler and Rob Reid. I waited to see what the price for the books were. They were signing and giving the books away for free. I have new reading material. ūüėÄ A little bummed we missed seeing Pierce Brown though, I brought our copy of Red Rising¬†for him to sign.

Gunman arrested
Cosplay weapons ban creates
Long wait to enter

Seven years ago
Flashback to first ComiCon
Could not wait to see…

And a Big Shout Out and Thank You! to Bear Essential News for giving us the four passes for Friday. They asked who your favorite cosplay character was and I answered, Levi. About a week after I told everyone we weren’t going to ComiCon this year, I got an email from Julie Madden congratulating me as the winner. I read it twice then showed it to Shawn, I think we are going to ComiCon this year. He confirmed my eyes were not deceiving me. Then I told Nonnie we got passes and she purchased a Friday pass to attend with us. We had a lot of fun. And despite the almost hour long line to get in, Nonnie survived and enjoyed her first con.

Phoenix ComiCon


Last year we skipped Phoenix ComiCon to attend Leprecon and to meet Dayton Ward. Yes, mom was a happy fan, but the girls found the other con somewhat lacking. This year we were back at the big ComiCon. I even got Rachael to answer questions about Frankenstein for a project by some people over at ASU.


Gretchen and Rachael at Phoenix ComiCon

Phoenix ComiCon
Wheelchair will not slip through crowd
Dad abandons us

Both Rachael and Gretchen couldn’t wait to get dressed up as Attack on Titan characters. Rachael was able to attend two days of the con. On Friday they had an Attack on Titan cosplay meet up.


Attack on Titan Meet Up Phoenix ComiCon

Meanwhile Gretchen was upset, because she didn’t have anything cool to wear on Saturday. Rachael told her she could wear the uniform and she’ll wear the suit. On Friday Rachael said a few people came up to her to ask where she bought her wig. They wanted to buy one, in a different color of course. Levi’s hair is black which if you were that well versed in Attack on Titan (Rachael is) why would one think she had the wrong color for a wig. Yeah, it’s her real hair.

NaPoWriMo 2016 Day 3

Phoenix ComiCon

Jonathan Frakes Phoenix ComiCon

Fan Girl

old actor
not seen in Teen Beat
no pullout poster hung on my
wall because he was not a Corey or Backstreet Boy
sixteenth birthday gift tickets to
Star Trek convention
Wil Wheaton
my first

I am not calling Jonathan Frakes old, but he wasn’t a teen idol in the late ’80s early 90s. My twin sister and I talked our mom into buying four tickets to a Star Trek convention in Buffalo, NY because it was on our 16th birthday November 17th. Kati actually stood in line to meet Wil Wheaton. I was excited to be at my first convention, but bummed Frakes was not there.

In 1994, my wonderful fiance drove us up to Toronto for my second Star Trek convention. I was a working girl then and splurged to get VIP tickets to see both Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis up close. Then life happened and I didn’t go to any kind of geek gathering until Twilight. Rachael was in middle school and Twilight was a big deal and there was a convention close by at the Wigwam. Of course I had to introduce my daughter to conventions. Well anyone who reads this blog knows it was all down hill from there. A few years later I saw Jonathan Frakes was attending the Phoenix ComiCon. Of course we got tickets. Back then 12 and under sidekicks were free. We only had to buy two tickets.

A couple years ago we attended again. Gretchen had to see John Barrowman. The lucky girl even met him and got his autograph. Then last year we attended Leprecon so I could fan girl over Star Trek authors. I already got tickets to Phoenix ComiCon this June. Rachael is working on her Attack on Titan cosplay. Yes, this fan girl has created a fan family.

NaPoWriMo Prompt –¬†Yesterday, we wrote portraits of families. Today, let‚Äôs turn our vision outward, and write fan letters. I challenge you to write a poem in the form of a fan letter to a celebrity. Now, this could be a celebrity from long ago, and needn‚Äôt be an actor or singer (though it could be). You could write to George Washington or Dorothy Dandridge, Marie Curie or The Weeknd. Happy writing!

Weekend – Phoenix ComiCon Fun

Ok because of past experience (waiting in lines for everything) at the last con we attended in Phoenix. ¬†Yes, even after we picked up our tickets there was more waiting. ¬†We went upstairs to attend some panels. ¬†When we came back down stairs, there was a line to get into the exhibitors hall because the fire marshall said there were too many people inside. ¬†This year we left the house early. ¬†Registration to get your tickets was in the south building. ¬†Smart move. ¬†We got there around 9AM and there was no line. ¬†However most of the activities didn’t begin until 10AM. ¬†We went down to the exhibitors hall to wait. ¬†Mom took this time to look through the schedule. ¬†The Little One took this time to complain.

I thought she’d be happy we avoided one line already. ¬†I really was not looking forward to the John Barrowman line. ¬†Everyone wants to see the actors. ¬†In fact where we were waiting outside the exhibitors hall was closest to the actors’ tables. ¬†And it was getting crowded already. ¬†My hubby went off to take pictures and realized the other end of the hall wasn’t as crowded. ¬†He came and picked us up. ¬†We entered the hall on the opposite side of the actor tables.

The two older girls (my oldest daughter and a friend) were enjoying looking around the exhibitor tables. ¬†The Little One had one thing on her mind, John Barrowman. ¬†We stopped at a table selling autographed photos (good grief!) the guy asked me if I saw anything I liked. ¬†You know a few years ago I picked up an autographed photo of Jonathan Frakes for less than half the price he had posted. ¬†I told him I saw a lot of nice photos but the prices were a little rich. ¬†He went into this rant about needing to make a living. ¬†Hey, I totally understand that but…

The Little One saw an autographed photo of John Barrowman with a note – He’s here, but if you don’t want to wait. ¬†I realized, yeah someone isn’t waiting any longer. ¬†Hubby and I talked and I told him, I’ll take Gretchen off to see John Barrowman while he and the other girls perused more sellers tables. ¬†Off we went. ¬†Over by the actors tables there was a huge line. ¬†I hoped it wasn’t the one we were looking for. ¬†There was a security guy there and I asked him where John Barrowman was, he pointed me down the row. Phew. ¬†We walked down the row and didn’t see his name. ¬†Gretchen was getting worried the Con lied about Barrowman being there. ¬†I assured her they wouldn’t do that. ¬†We started walking up the next row and Viola! And you know what, there were maybe 10 people ahead of us in line. ¬†The line was a little catawampus and I didn’t want to cut in front of anyone. ¬†I asked where the line ended and was pointed to the last person in line. ¬†Gretchen was nervous because she didn’t have anything for John Barrowman to sign. ¬†A lot of people in line told her not to worry, you can buy a picture. ¬†Then a volunteer staff person came up and asked if we had any questions. ¬†No if we want the autographed personalized, she had a post-it to fill out. ¬†Of course, if you are going to meet the person in person the autograph should be personalized.

This is where I want to thank the Phoenix ComiCon for having great staff. ¬†Gretchen did not want to fill out the post-it. ¬†Let’s face it, Mom had her purse, camera and a couple of bags already and only one good hand. ¬†I asked the volunteer if she would fill out the post-it and she said no problem. ¬†Then I had to spell Gretchen’s name; she wouldn’t even do that. ¬†I asked her if she forgot how to spell her own name. ¬†The volunteer said, Oh she’s just being shy. ¬†Great personality and thanks for helping me out. ¬†Post-it note in hand we walk up to the table. There were plenty of photos to choose from. ¬†I would have had a hard time, but Gretchen picked one out quickly had it in hand while I paid. ¬†Then she was standing in front of John Barrowman. ¬†I don’t even remember if she said anything to him. ¬†But the look on her face. ¬†She was one happy fan girl.



Don't you know I'd snap the photo just as he was looking up.

Don’t you know I’d snap the photo just as he was looking up.

Gretchen standing outside the TARDIS, holding her prize.

Gretchen standing outside the TARDIS, holding her prize.

After we met John Barrowman, Gretchen told me it took everything she had not to go all fan girl on him. ūüėČ I said, well you didn’t pinch him. She has been telling me for a while she was going to pinch him to make sure he was real. Precious autograph in hand, Gretchen’s day was complete and she was ready to go home – 11:30AM. Yeah, no little girl. There’s more the rest of us want to do. But we did meet up with the rest of the gang and stop for lunch.