I went to Dragon*Con again this year. Last year was pretty fun, but looking back I remember thinking "Damn! I'm getting too old for this crap... I doubt I'll go next year."
I guess it's true (that I'm getting old), because I obviously forgot about thinking that and ended up going again.
Don't misunderstand, I had a good time, and my son had a good time but it wasn't quite as good as the last time we went. Maybe because it's just more of the same? There really wasn't anything *new* this year other than in the dealer's room, which technically wasn't new... just newer versions of the same old crap.
One significant change we both noticed this year was a lack of creativity in the costumes. Yeah there were some good ones (the cardboard box storm trooper armor was HILARIOUS!!), but generally speaking there were a lot less "wow" (not WoW) costumes, and a lot more people just wearing crap that would get them arrested in public any other time of year. This is more of an issue for me than most for a couple reasons:
One, I really look forward to seeing the various costumes (and taking hundreds of pics) each year. If it's any indication, I took 34 pics this year instead of my usual 200-300 pics.
Two, I'm seeing more and more kids there (which is a Good Thing) but a corresponding increase in "whore-wear" around these kids (which is a Bad Thing.) I'm sorry, but walking around in a micro-mini and pushup bra all day is not a costume. Not even if you're morbidly obese, which... well... so many of you were.
The fact is, many folks were wearing stuff that they would never ever wear around their own children, but they were perfectly content wearing it around everyone else's children. So, umm yeah, thanks for that.
(Please don't misunderstand, I'm all for costumes. Real costumes. I don't even mind sexy costumes. There are some real headturners every year at Dragon*Con. These are people who take it seriously and do a hell of a job transforming themselves for a few days. When done right, it's damn impressive. Walking around for 3-4 days with your ass hanging out, however, is not damn impressive no matter how nice the ass in question might be.)
The art room, on the other hand, was probably the highlight of the show (for my son and I.) I had an opportunity to see some really impressive work and meet/make contact with some terrific artists. Some of these folk will be gracing the walls of Reality Check soon.
I did manage to run into my ex-wife Itsallaboutme with her new, umm... boyfriend or whatever the hell he is. He seems like a nice guy and my two oldest girls really like him, so I'll spare him for now. ;) I actually ran into her a few times throughout the day which was surprising given that I never could find any of the people I actually WANTED to see. I guess its actually not all that surprising, come to think of it.
Also fun this year was the gaming. We didn't do nearly as much of it as we have in years past, but we did spend a couple hours in the Cheese-Grinder which was a blast.
My friend Mr. Super-Intense* also attended Dragon*Con for a tournament, but I currently don't know how well he did. (For the record, being super-intense and demanding is somewhat more tolerable when you actually manage to win. Otherwise you just come off as kind of an overbearing dick.)
*not his real name
Back to the Cheese-Grinder... It was fun. Character death is a given so people just throw themselves into it without getting to attached. My boy actually outlasted me in the game, by a pretty large margin and won a cool prize for doing so. I'm content with being the "coolest dad ever" in his eyes. Thanks son.
We only went for one day, and boy it was a long one. We got up at 4am, left Gville at 4:45am and got back around 10:15pm, in bed by 10:20. We were both completely whupped.
I'm sure that no matter what I say at this point, we'll totally be going again next year.
edit: almost forgot the "famous people" I saw and/or met this year...
- The little short dude who plays the Sergeant on SG-1 (you know, the guy that opens the stargate... "4th chevron locked, 5th chevron locked..." I think his name is Walter on the show.
- The dude who plays Baal on Stargate SG-1... this jackass charged me $10 to take his picture with my son. (Walter was free, and much nicer.)
- Aria Giovanni (again.) Yum (again!!)
- Micky Rooney (why the hell was he at Dragon*Con anyway??)
- Erin Gray (for the 40th time, at least... very charming.)
People I wanted to see, but never did...
- Summer Glau (River on Firefly)
- The dude who plays Teal'c on SG-1
- Gil Gerard (jerk, but probably not a pedophile that I know of) who apparently stayed home again this year.
- George A Romero (zombie movie director god)
- The lady that plays Dr. Weir on Stargate Atlantis