On March 28th, Chris and I flew to Seattle to visit my family and go to Emerald City Comicon. It was a great trip and, like all vacations, it was too short yet wonderful to get home at the end.
I didn’t take nearly enough pictures, so I swiped a few from Chris for this post.
First, Chris at the Con with my folks. This was, remember, the meet-the-parents, plus my brother and sis-in-law, trip. Being well over a year into our relationship, it’s a little different than me meeting his parents a few weeks after we started dating. Not less scary, I don’t think, but different. The family, of course, loved him, because he’s awesome.
Celebrity guests are an important part of the convention experience and being a short hop from L.A. helps ECCC get really great guests for a midsized convention. We decided to go – hell or high water – when George Takei was announced as a guest. His autograph was priority number one for the convention. We roped Mom & Dad into going through the line to get one since we were tasked with getting one for Alex who wanted his signed “I love sweaty basketball players” referencing this video. Chris was the only one of our party brave enough to ask Mr. Takei for the unusual personalization. And it was awesome. Mr. Takei laughed, his beautiful deep belly laugh. It was the kind of moment getting autographs is all about for as much as the signed 8×10 is a treasure, the story the interaction is the real reason we’ll wait in line for a couple hours and call it all fun.
Our other celebrity encounters were Adam Baldwin, Christopher Judge, Jason Momoa, Summer Glau, Jhonen Vasquez, and Tara Strong.
Tara Strong was out of things to sign, so she allowed fans to take pictures. If you don’t recognize her name, you wouldn’t recognize her face. She’s the voice talent extraordinaire behind tons of iconic cartoons. The Power Puff Girls’ Bubbles and Twilight Sparkle of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic are the two characters which make me a Tara fan-girl forever. She was genuinely nice to the little group of Bronies in front of us. Not that I’m a Brony or anything.
Chris could have spent the entire three day convention down in the gaming area where they’d set up a handful of vintage arcade games on free play.
One of the things ECCC does better than any con I’ve attended so far is vendor space and variety. I picked up several items including this fellow.
Any Harry Potter fan loves Hagrid. He has special meaning for me as we’re working on a Hagrid costume for Chris. I’ve wanted the Lego minifig for a while, but I couldn’t justify buying the whole playset. He’s adorable, ain’t he?
Oh, and the best souvenir:
Pretty much everyone knows by know Chris proposed at the convention. More than a few knew before it happened. It was perfect; my home city with my folks there and at a convention. I was surprised, at the timing not the question, which meant a lot to Chris and made the experience a lot more special than I could have imagined. I’m ridiculously happy and, truth be told, getting a little choked up and butterflies inside thinking about it.