The girls and I totally got our geek on at ComiCon!
This is something we've never done before but we've always wanted to. ComiCon is a massive convention for sci-fi fans. Stars from sci-fi movies and television shows sign autographs and talk to audiences and answer questions. Comic book creators have booths where you can buy their drawings and comic books. Attendees dress as their favorite characters.
Looking at all the costumes people wear is the main reason I wanted to go. ComiCon is proof that people never really grow out of wanting to dress up in costumes and play with their friends.
We had a little bobble at the beginning of our adventure when Katie realized she had left her backpack with all her clothes and costume in it back at home. (Now, there will be some argument here as to who actually left the backpack at the house. Katie asked Emily to grab it off the loveseat and put it in the van for her. Emily says Katie told her to grab her "stuff" and put it in the van. As Katie's blanket and pillow were on top of the backpack, Emily didn't even realize the backpack was there when she grabbed the pillow and blanket and put it in the van.) Being as the backpack and costume of Kaylee from "Firefly" were a six hour drive away, Emily very kindly allowed Katie to wear her 10th Doctor from "Dr Who" costume while Emily dressed as Castiel from "Supernatural".
This was the line to get into the convention. It looked like it was in an airplane hangar and snaked in a constantly moving "S" shape through the building. We saw some pretty cool costumes slinking by us at this point but we were moving too quickly to get pictures. I'll say this though - these people were some of the most orderly folks I've ever stood in line with. No one was loud or pushy. No one dropped trash on the floor. No pushing or cutting in line. Say what you like about geeks, this was far better than standing in line at Six Flags.
The day of ComiCon was also the birthday of Emily's best friend. Since she couldn't be there, Emily took a birthday card and got people dressed as famous characters to sign it. She filled up two full birthday cards while we were there. Most of my pictures are of people signing the cards so they all have Emily's back in them.
This was Starlord from "Guardians of the Galaxy".
Another Castiel and Elsa from "Frozen".
This orc very kindly handed his bludgeoning tool to a small Hulk/Orc and posed for a picture with him. Even monsters are nice at ComiCon!
Cat Woman, Captain America, Nightwing, and Superman.
Beast Boy and Raven
The Two Towers from "Lord of the Rings".
Fluttershy from "My Little Pony".
Black Panther and Mario
Young Boba Fett
A weeping angel from Dr Who.
There were also several displays of Lego cities.
Captain Jack Sparrow from "Pirates of the Caribbean". He advised Emily to get a drink since the drinking age is only sixteen in England.
Frank the Bunny from Donny Darko. He wrote on the card, "Why are you wearing that stupid human suit? Love, Frank the Bunny"
A Dalek from Dr Who. There was actually a guy inside of this peddling it around.
Magneto and Mystique
Katie got in a group photo of Dr Who enthusiasts. She's on the left end as the 10th doctor.
Two Darth Mauls fixing each other's makeup.
You can't imagine how hilarious that is.
Deadpool. Assassin in a unicorn costume.
Along the back of the convention center were rows of celebrities signing autographs. We could see them but the lines were long to get to them and you had to pay for the autographs. You could pay a ton more and get pictures made with them but we opted not to do any of those things so we just admired them from a distance. We saw Karen Gillian of "Dr Who" fame, Sean Gunn, whom I know as Kirk from "Gilmore Girls" but who is currently known as Kraglin from "Guardians of the Galaxy", as well as Ming-Na Wen who is on "Agents of Shield" and was the voice of "Mulan". There were lots of other actors there as well, but I wasn't familiar with a lot of them. Cary Elwes was there as well but they had him inside of a tent where we couldn't see him at all.
One of the highlights of our day was when we made it into a panel featuring Karen Gillan who played Amy Pond, the 11th doctor's companion on Dr Who. Also, unexpectedly, her cousin, Caitlin Blackwood, who played Amy Pond as a child, popped in on the panel and answered questions as well.