WonderCon 2011

When I went to San Diego for the ComicCon this last July it was the first convention I had been to in over a decade. It was a little overwhelming because San Diego was huge. If you sneezed you were likely to knock yourself unconscious on the person’s head in front of you. Heading down to San Francisco this weekend for WonderCon I was hoping for a little more relaxed expereience and that is exactly what I got.

I was mostly there to hang out with friends and enjoy myself (I did write a few articles for RocketLlama.com I will let you know when they are posted). While crowded I didn’t feel completely smothered. It was a lot easier to meet up with people and get into panels. I did talk to a few people who thought the attendance was way up, so it will be interesting if this is going to be a trend for the future.

I had a great time this weekend. Weekends like this remind me how much I need to be around people who share my geek enthusiasm. I really felt like walking around the exhibit hall shouting, “My people, I love my people!” I met a bunch of new people and still didn’t meet everyone I was hoping to.

I am going to keep forcing myself to go to cons in the future. I have a problem with crowds. For some reason they make all my awkward feelings of childhood loneliness surface. Kind of crazy really when you are surrounded by thousands of people and numerous friends. At one point on Saturday I had an all out panic attack. I was forced to retreat to my favorite sushi place and eat copious amounts of spider rolls (in case you didn’t know, spider rolls make everything better).

The highlight of the weekend was of course the Geek Girl Con meet up. Had some lovely conversations and met some great new people. Plus, I had the rules to drinking and watching Murder, She Wrote explained to me. Play that game a few times and you will have some serious liver damage (not that I am suggesting the games creator is on her way to liver damage. Although, her love of Murder, She Wrote might be a cry for help).

I am already getting stoked about this year’s ComicCon and sometime in the near future I would love to go to a DragonCon. I hear it is quite a different experience. In the meantime, I will continue to feed my geek socializing via Twitter. Come by and say hi sometime, I promise not to be too much of a smart ass (this is a lie).

About csdaley

C.S. Daley was born in California but has spent most of his life in his imagination. His first short story written in third grade, the now classic "Close Encounters of the Turd Kind," was sold to his next door neighbor for a quarter. The neighbor promptly demanded a refund. An unhealthy obsession with the writings of Neil Gaiman, Christopher Moore, and Terry Pratchett have left his mind warped and broken. He spends most of his evening swilling down coffee while tapping at a keyboard under the watchful eyes of his kittens. They are there to make sure he doesn't snap. He likes to write fantasy for adults and teens.

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