Last Saturday, my sister and I went to the Denver Comic Con, the third largest con in the country.
It was my first experience with this unique culture of geeks, and let me tell you, I loved every second of it.
When I saw a David Tennant look-a-like while waiting in line to pick up our badges, I knew it was going to be an awesome day.
And it was.
From the buzzing atmosphere to the vast array of displays and vendors to the amazing cosplay costumes, everything about the environment stirred the inner geek in me. We went to a writing-related panel in the evening, but for the most part we meandered up and down the crowded aisles taking in the array of sights.
Talk about stimulation overload. I’m normally an introvert, but I enjoy being around people, so joining the throng of attendees was invigorating.
We were familiar with several of the people—Sean Astin, Manu Bennet, Karen Gillan—and I had met a few writers at another convention a few months back, but for the most part we were amongst strangers.
Odd, really, since it felt just the opposite. More than once, my sister and I commented how we felt at home surrounded by fellow geeks, people who shared similar interests and tastes. It’s weird how you get this sense of community when you’ve never met any of these people.
Personally I think that’s cool.
Highlights of the Day
Doctor Who Gallery
For me, the climax of the day was the Sean Astin panel. After years of seeing him in the role of Samwise Gamgee, it was neat to get a real-life look at the person behind the character. Not only was he entertaining, he had a sense of kindness that’s often lacking with Hollywood-shaped people nowadays.
If you’re a geek like me—which means loving anything from Doctor Who to Lord of the Rings—and you can afford to, I highly recommend attending a comic con. What’s better than the chance to absorb everything you enjoy about entertainment with people who are as passionate as you?
Have you ever been to a comic con? What did you think? If you haven’t, would you consider attending one? I would love to hear your thoughts.