Tales from The Con

So I went to the Salt Lake Comic Con FanX last week and this is what happened:

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Here's my panel on Japanese etiquette. I was also on the panel about Disney, one on publishing, one on imagination, and one on Back to the Future, baby!

Here’s my panel on Japanese etiquette. I was also on the panel about Disney, one on publishing, one on imagination, and one on Back to the Future, baby!

 

This was the last thing I expected to see, but it was the best moment of the whole Con! Buck Cooper lives! And he wears awesome getas!

This was the last thing I expected to see, but it was the best moment of the whole Con! Buck Cooper lives! And he wears awesome getas!

 

Coolest panel! It's kind of far back, but can you seeeeee who they are?

Coolest panel! It’s kind of far back, but can you seeeeee who they are?

 

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Most terrifying costume. Hands down. But she did come to my panel on "Why Disney is Relevant to Adults."

Most terrifying costume. Hands down. But she did come to my panel on “Why Disney is Relevant to Adults.”

 

This was our booth neighbor. And the Colonel.

This was our booth neighbor from Spoox Boutique. And the Colonel.

 

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It even made all the sounds.

It even made all the sounds.

 

Autobots. No Decepticons allowed. The booth next to ours had Transformer faces screenprinted onto t-shirts -- with mustaches on, or glasses. Points if you can say why that's funny.

Autobots. No Decepticons allowed. The booth next to ours had Transformer faces screenprinted onto t-shirts — with mustaches on, or glasses. Points if you can say why that’s funny.

 

Batman versus Superman in a fight. Who wins?

Batman versus Superman in a fight. Who wins?

 

Easily the cleverest costume. Points if you can name it.

Easily the cleverest costume. Points if you can name it.

 

This Cyborg spent years on this costume. The saw on the gun worked. There were blinking lights. He started making this thing in 1993. WTG, right?

This Cyborg spent years on this costume. The saw on the gun worked. There were blinking lights. He started making this thing in 1993. WTG, right?

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Her butterfly wings were made of feathers.

Her butterfly wings were made of feathers and painted and shaped. So amazing. Made me want wings just like this.

 

Brothers Karamazov. Er, wait. That's not right.

Brothers Karamazov. Er, wait. That’s not right.

 

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Elsa! My daughters would have trailed after her like little Olafs.

As I walked around (or even as I sat at my booth) I kept thinking it was like I was living someone else’s life. But someone cool. Far cooler than I. Did I tell you Patrick Stewart and William Shatner and Ioan Gruffud were there? And the whole cast (almost) of Star Trek TNG? And Adam Baldwin? And NATHAN FILLION? Shazam. Well, not Shazam. He couldn’t make it. Not even one Shazam costume did I spot. But the line to see Studio C was about 10,000 people long. And the line to get books signed by Brandon Sanderson was at least 750 people long (which is why I couldn’t stand in it. I had to dash off to be on a panel with … Richard Paul Evans.) (Am I name dropping? I most certainly am.)

I can’t believe I got to have this experience. What a ride. Many thanks to my college friend Blake Casselman for making it happen. Really appreciate the invitation and the kindness!

It might be my only trip to Comic Con EVER, but if so, it was something I’ll never forget.

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