Phoenix Comicon 2012 : Day 1

This is it. The post some of you have been waiting nearly two weeks for! I’m finally writing about my trip to Phoenix. I warn you that it wasn’t all pretty but in the end, it was all amazing. I will also warn you that all pictures on this post (and upcoming posts) were totally and blatantly stolen from my friend, Andy Bohn. Why? Well because I was distracted the entire weekend and typical me…next to no pictures. Read on and find out as I give you my day by day summary of Phoenix Comicon 2012 with random photos thrown in for good measure!

Thursday – Hereby known as Katrina was exhausted day. I was up at 4am after being up until 1am. After a drive to the airport, luck was with me! Note that I said after because during, my cigarette lighter portal thingy (I’m working on copywriting that, by the way.) decided to fall right into the console on my van. Awesome, huh? Well, my luck changed at the airport. I not only found the parking lot easily, but the shuttle van saw me pull in and came to me instead of me hauling bags to him! Woo! I got inside, got checked in nice and easy and even got skipped to the head of the security line (thank you costume cane!). The flight was smooth and even though I had a 3 month old behind me and an 18 month in front of me, no problems. Justin met me at the airport and we were off! Since our hotel was nearby, we decided to stop in and see when we could check in. Awesomesauce hotel (Airport Radisson) let us check in 5 hours early! We had a quick lunch in their restaurant..the food was good but the service a bit slow..and then up to the room to unpack and grab a quick nap. After the nap, it was up to the con! I bet you thought I’d never get there, right? Check in was nice and easy as soon as we figured out where we had to go. I didn’t end up with a press badge (yes, I did sulk for a bit.) but a media badge. I guess I’m just not quite big enough yet for them to give me the almighty press badge. It’s ok though because I saw the list and very few people got the press badge. There were lots of us media types though!

So, here’s where we waited…and waited…and then found comfy chairs and watched other people wait. I kid you not that there were thousands of people standing around just waiting for the doors to open so that they could get in. I never expected that kind of turn out for a preview night! It was really cool to see. After the doors opened and the door crowd thinned, Justin and I headed in and looked around for friends. We spotted Andy…

We also saw Alfred (here with Andy)…

Let’s see, there was also Raven (here with Andy and Eric (Ebas)…

I got a half hug from Raven which hopefully next time will be a bit more enthusiastic but as usual the man was too distracted and I’m still not convinced he knows who I am between times seeing me, no matter what others claim.

Oh, I almost forgot, speaking of hugs…I saw these guys!

This is Brett and Mike! Brett is awesomesauce wrapped in bacon. I got fabulous hugs from him and I think maybe an oh hi from Mike. That’s ok. Mike and I had never met in person and he was super busy setting up his table. If you don’t know his art, well you ought to and I hereby expect you to go explore.

I’m trying to remember (this is what happens when I wait two weeks..though I promise I had good reasons!) who else we got the chance to see…Ooh…I know!

Ross! We saw Ross of Ross Demma Art who is also utterly fantastic..and while I gave him a bunch of money, I think I missed some stuff he had on other nights/days of the con. I’m sure he’ll happily fix that for me though.

At some point, I was still super tired so I think we went back to the hotel..I think..I do remember coming back downtown to have…No wait! I remember! We went upstairs to find Eric! Since he’d sent me his schedule before the con, I knew where to find him and it was kind of funny. He looked right through me until I made some smarty pants remark, then he knew just who was standing in front of him. We tried to sort out dinner, but in his typical vague (and loveable way), he’d forgotten all about it! In the end, we did get to meet up with him and a couple of his friends for pizza and then some time over at the Captain’s Cantina event. I got to be Eric’s guinea pig for some new camera doohickey which resulted in this..what may be the only picture of me at the con:

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Do you see how green I was? That’s from that crazy necklace I’m wearing. Someone at the con gave it to me and that’s what it did! Insane! It took me two days to scrub all the green off. I could have shot Eric when I saw this picture over on the con’s Flickr page.

So, since this post is my photo filled fun time extravaganza post, I close it out that I got a fantastic good night hug from Eric and then we headed back to our hotel..it was late and the next morning would be early but all in all..Thursday was wonderful…

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