As you know, this past weekend I joined thousands of other nerds at C2E2. And exactly as you could predict, I love it. Every nerdy, foot-numbing second of it.
» Hanging out with my friend CB throughout the con. While I bought my ticket alone, it was nice meeting up with CB and having someone to walk around with. Plus, CB is a professional photographer, so I didn’t have to deal with my anxiety of asking people for pics — which yes, I know 99.9% are happy to do so. Not to mention, his photos are better.
» This happened:
Ignore my bad acting and awkward face, please.
» And this also happened:
And yes, I squealed a little. Full on fangirl squealed. She’s so freaking nice. And pretty.
» Meeting cool artists. I didn’t find someone to partner with, but I’m not necessarily worried about that. I’m just going to focus on writing. I did however me A LOT of really talented artists.
» So much cosplay. Seriously. People are freaking creative (and brave). One of my absolute favorites: a tiny little girl on Sunday who was dressed up like a weeping angel. Adorable and scary.
I was really looking forward to the panels, but only made it to two. With the setup the way it was, the rooms were pretty small and unless you camped out all day, it was harder to get into the later panels. Hopefully next year they’ll fix that problem.
Since I spent almost all of my time on the showroom floor, of course I was going to buy stuff. I ended up with 5 books (3 Jeffrey Brown, Kabuki Vol 1, Doctor Who*, Mouse Guard: The Black Axe, and a joke book for my niece), a Strong Female Character shirt, Doctor Who tote, and a whole lot of vinyl figures. Like seriously, I have a new obsession/collection. I also got some gifts for friends too.
Mostly, the thing I got was a rejuvenated nerdness. I just want to explore everything. There were so many worlds and stories represented there at C2E2, and so many more out there just waiting. I’m still confused my super heros, and not sure where to start or if I really want to… But, I’m going to give it a shot. I’ve got a couple titles I’m going to start with, and I’m just going to take it from there.
It’s a whole new nerdy world. And I couldn’t be happier.
I’m probably always going to feel a little apprehensive about some of this just because I’m female. It’s a shame, but I know myself and I won’t let it stop me. There has been a big shift in the culture, a bigger awareness of the issue. But between my gender and my short-term memory on story details, well, I’m sure I’ll get the “fake geek girl” label thrown at me at least once. I didn’t feel that at C2E2, and I’m hoping that most if not all the women there could agree.
Regardless, I’m going to continue loving what I love. Going to continue exploring. Going to continue enjoying it. Because being a nerd is awesome, and if you don’t believe me, believe Wil Wheaton.
*I thought I was buying Series 1 Volume 1, but apparently I got Series 3. Oops.