This past weekend I was lucky enough to attend Comikaze Expo's debut. The cast & crew of Awkward Embraces was asked to be on a panel, and we accepted! That meant I was extended a pass to attend the whole event. Wooo! All in all, a good time was had. Aside from a few inconveniences, (floor plan a little wonky, announcements that sounded like Charlie Brown's teacher), I would consider it a success. I look forward to the next year.
So here's what I learned. If I were you, I'd remember this for your next Con.
|Lady Steam and Her Beau|
|He's Got a Towel, Now Jessica has try to Not Panic|
|Cool Stuff Here|
-Find Your Twitter Friends/A Con is Like a Big Party
Both days I came by the con all by myself, as I was staying in Manhattan Beach. When I walked in to the convention center, I was lost in a sea of people. And even though I had a map and Jessica texted me where she was, I couldn't find her! I couldn't enjoy the spirit of wandering around when I didn't have anybody to wander around with. But then, I found her:
And then, I found these lovely people:
That's right, I found the interchangeable Sarah Kuhn and Jenn from JustJenn Designs at the table for the League of Extraordinary Women. It was like coming home.
Once that all fell into place, it was like walking around a giant party all weekend. You find someone, you chit chat, you move on to the next panel and mingle some more.
And you know what else is great?
The panels I attended were always filled with friends.
It must have due to the fact that Jessica was on 5 panels, (and she even got pulled onto a 6th!), good people attract more good people, ya know. That's a fact.
Garrett Wang was the first to join her.
-Being on a Panel is FUN!
|A Friendly Audience!|
|Jessica & Our Lovely Moderator Stephanie Thorpe|
|Steven, Lyndsey, and I Try Really Hard to be Sexy.|
|Candis Only Looks Nervous|
I also got a chance to find Twitter friends I had never yet seen in person. Bonnie Burton, Andre the Black Nerd, David Nett, and Taryn O'Neil. That's a thrill let me tell you. Silly me, I didn't get pictures with everyone. (See? Take Pictures!) But I did take a pic or two of Andre:
Two days of walking around with friends is just plain fun. It's why I like a good party, I'm a social butterfly, what can I say?
|@chrissypedia, @TheBDAG, @Spytap, @ladimcbeth, @TheStephThorpe, @JenniferLanda, @SizzlerKistler|
-Don't Take Yourself Seriously
I think a Con is just supposed to be fun, whether you're a fan, a Super Star, or a Co-Producer for a webseries. I think Comikaze Expo really allowed people to have fun on every level. Allow yourself to geek out whether you're on a panel, you're in the audience, or you're having lunch with your troupe of friends.
|Barrett is Hotter Than Ever|
|My Dad Envies This Mustache|
|Beth and Her Sexy Polar Bear|