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The NYC Comic-Con was quite fun. We left after lunch on Friday, drove to the train station, hopped on the bus, and got to NYC in very good time. It left us off right near everything we needed to be near, and the cost was right, so I'd definitely recommend it and would do it again (although next time I think we'll try one of the other carriers instead of Greyhound). Had a fight with Expedia over the hotel room, but ended up with a refund for one night, so it worked out.

Saturday we hit the con, and I am excited to report that I have a new boyfriend:



Yes, I finally met Chowder, and I lurves him so. Hee! :)

We also did some costuming (well, not me):



That's Derek as Cloud Strife, Mary Rose as Elle Driver from Kill Bill, and Quincy as his own version of Wonder Boy. This was the first time Derek had done costuming (keep in mind he went to Pennsic for 3 days last year and is already planning on doing the full 2 weeks this year, so he's enthusiastic if he's anything), but we weren't the only folks - we also ran into:


Spider-Man and Wolverine


Captain Jack


Bunch of Stormtroopers


Batman and Batgirl


Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett

Quincy also ran into his two biggest comic heroines:


Storm


Wonder Woman

Plus we saw some real-live people, including:


Seth Green


Phil Jimenez & Quincy (one of the reasons Quincy wanted to go in the first place - Phil is his idol, and he got all cute and fanboy when we finally went up to talk to him, but Phil was the only person to notice, let alone compliment, Quincy's costume)

All my pictures are uploaded onto my Fotki album if you want to take a look at the other folks we ran into.

Saturday night we went to the reunion concert of Kids in the Hall, who were of course hilarious. They brought back some of everyone's favorite characters, including Gavin, Cathy and Kathie, the Chicken Lady, the Headcrusher, and, of course, Buddy Cole, who waxed poetic about Jesus being gay. (I also did not know that Buddy Cole had a blog, although it looks like it's not being updated anymore.) Afterwards we stopped at Junior's for cheesecake.

Sunday we went back to the con for another once-through of the floor (not as big as San Diego, of course, but still very impressive), and hit the "Gays in Comics" panel before leaving back to the bus and heading home. We stopped at Applebee's for dinner and were home by 10:00 to find two somewhat miffed kitties who were reluctantly happy to see us, I'm sure.

Quincy picked up a couple of comics, a few more figures, and two Wonder Woman dolls at a pretty good deal. I got three games - Zombie Fluxx, Kill Doctor Lucky (the board game version), and a card game whose name escapes me at the moment, but it involves making horrible things happen to your own character in order to win Gloom (thank you, jsciv!). Derek's big purchase was the wooden sword, we bought a Wonder Woman doll for Bobbi, and I picked up a couple of gifts for folks as well.

So, a busy weekend with lots of walking and travelling and spending too much money, but all in all it was a lot of fun and worth the trip. Quincy wants to go to the Wizard con in Philadelphia in May, and minotaurs already bought me a membership to a slash con in DC in June, and then we'll see. Whee! :)

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esprix
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
Just don't tell my other boyfriends. :)
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esprix
Apr. 23rd, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
Yay! :)
akirashima
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
SETH GREEN! OMG OMG OMG OMG he is so totally hot!
esprix
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
I didn't feel like waiting in line to actually talk to him, but I just happened to be walking by so I snapped the picture. He seems like a nice enough guy.
akirashima
Apr. 22nd, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
from what i have heard he is a very nice guy. but from what i have seen he is a very hot guy

also i do love the wonderboy costume. Back when i was writing and designing my comic back in the old days when computers were only going to be a fad and 256 k memory was enough for anything i had several of my heros wearing jeans and shirts. most of my heros thought spandex was kinda light for armour
esprix
Apr. 22nd, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, he's a cutie. :)

And watching those three costume reminded me how much fun it can be. I haven't made a new genre costume in months. Perhaps it's time...
akirashima
Apr. 23rd, 2008 12:10 am (UTC)
Of course it is time! there is never a bad time for a costume! there are bad costume choices but not bad costume times if you make the right choice. clown suits at funerals (except for mine maybe) would be bad and being a big old goth or something from warcraft may be inapproiate at most weddings. but i think you has good enough skills to decide that dressing as Fagator the Destroyer of worlds and decorator to the underworld would be just out at say a church revival
esprix
Apr. 23rd, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)
Fagator the Destroyer of worlds and decorator to the underworld
OK, that's a costume right there. :) I was thinking of doing a decidedly comic-y or anime costume for a change. Maybe something from Storm Hawks? Although I'm a little old to play 14-year-olds. Hmmm. I'll come up with something. Maybe something with armor...
akirashima
Apr. 24th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
might i suggest checking out the Anime Bastard!!
http://www.anime-planet.com/anirec/25.html
look up all you can then download some episodes. only six of them. try to find the subtitled since the dubbed cut the balls off of it.
jsciv
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
Gloom?? That's what it sounds like to me.

Glad you two had a great weekend!
esprix
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
HA! I knew *you'd* know it. Hee hee! (I was actually anxiously awaiting your reply).

There were but two vendors with games, but I think I did ok. Did I pick some good ones? Have you played any of them?
akirashima
Apr. 22nd, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
Kill dr lucky is fun
esprix
Apr. 22nd, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
Yes it is! I've only played the original card version, so a board game looks like fun.
jsciv
Apr. 22nd, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
I haven't played Gloom yet but that's only because other people keep snarfing my copy and starting games of it without me. :) Zombie Fluxx is.... well... Fluxx with zombies so is still the kind of random luck-silly thing that is fun once in a while to me, but I usually go for a bit more substance. Still, I do want to try it with the zombies sometime. Dr. Lucky is a clever little game. I don't know if they rebalanced the cards in the board version or not, but at heart it's a nice one.

I think you did fairly well, but I'd have to see what else was available before I assigned a letter grade. :)
esprix
Apr. 23rd, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)
Oh it wasn't great pickings. I still have a lot of games to pick up to finish out my basic library (if you look over my list at boardgamegeek you'll see I'm missing key things like a lot of the train games, for example), but these caught my eye as ones I hadn't played before. Heck, I'm still looking to get Lifeboats after you introduced me to it! :D
defenestr8or
Apr. 22nd, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
Sounds like fun!

May see you at Wizard World Philly - I'd stop in for the day on Sat.
esprix
Apr. 22nd, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
Grab Jed, we'll make a day of it. God knows those two can comic geek out like crazy. :)
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esprix
Apr. 23rd, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)
Well Q certainly is dashing, but I passed dashing about 8 or 9 years ago (but I appreciate the compliment nonetheless). :)
bearassed
Apr. 22nd, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
I love Storm Riders.. Glad to see someone try it.. Hmm I wonder if I should alter my Japanese to be more like Abe no Seimei from Onmyoji...
esprix
Apr. 23rd, 2008 01:45 am (UTC)
He bought the costume (and paid a pretty penny for it, even though the sizing was all wrong for him), but it was worth it for the attention he got. He tried to make a sword but failed miserably, but ended up getting the one he has for like $25 and it's just made of pine but it looks great.
bearassed
Apr. 25th, 2008 02:14 am (UTC)
Coolness.. So what shall I do for the ball this year.. I am running out of ideas
troystar
Apr. 23rd, 2008 01:01 pm (UTC)
OMG I can't believe Q walked around in that costume...I could never do it...he looks great though. This was his first time meeting Phil J.?
esprix
Apr. 23rd, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
You'd look great in a costume! :)

He met Phil at the San Diego Comic-Con before he moved to Maryland, but I think that was the last time. I tried not to be the overbearing PR man (and Phil likely remembers meeting me as that creepy stalker guy with the teddy bear that keeps talking about his imaginary boyfriend), but Quincy went all shy fangirl and wanted me to do all the talking. Eventually they talked without my help, but Phil was at a table in Artists' Alley and was, as you can imagine, surrounded by other people wanting to talk to him, so it didn't last long. I asked Q if that was enough for him, and he said, yeah, but he was hoping for more, like being able to sit down over coffee or something with him (of course I told him you'd put in a good word for him! LOL!). So hopefully the next time they meet it'll be in a venue where Q can actually talk to him for a little bit, instead of a quick "hi, thanks, bye" kind of thing.
troystar
Apr. 23rd, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
I wish I was there maybe I could have arranged something. I'm sure there was some sort of GLA (gay comic list) get together or supper on Saturday. Is Phil J. going to Philly con?
esprix
Apr. 24th, 2008 01:26 pm (UTC)
They did the traditional queers in comics panel, but I don't know any of the participants personally to find out about any other social get-togethers. We did get accosted by a group sponsoring a hero/spandex night at a local club (Stonewall?), but Derek went and said it was more of a fetish thing (they do one at Rich's in San Diego during Comic-Con that really is a big superhero costume ball - people really get into it). So yeah, go get Phil to have coffee with us, m'kay? :P
pinoyheadhunter
Apr. 25th, 2008 03:20 am (UTC)
where is the tiara, wonder boy?
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