I used to go to Balticon with my high school boyfriend and it was a big deal ’cause we’d get to run off to Baltimore and goof around. (If you don’t know, Balticon is a sci-fi convention that’s been going on forever. Okay actually I think it started in the 60s.) I love me some science fiction but it’s comic conventions that really rev my engine, and here in San Francisco we’re lucky enough to have a couple doozies. We get APE (the Alternative Press Expo) in November and Wondercon in February (so I can spurge and go “Hey, it’s my birthday, I get goodies!”). And if you feel like a road trip, just head on down to San Diego in the summer and hit Comic-con.
A couple years ago at Wondercon, my friends Michael and Andy and I stumbled upon Joss Whedon wandering the isles and proceeded to talk his ears off. He was a real sport. Can’t remember if that was before or after I got groped by a Jawa.
There are heaps of very pro looking costumes but honestly I like the homemade, the old school, and of course the tiny superheroes.
I love comics, I love people in costumes, I love how happy and excited everyone is at these things — it’s like a big party.