Kelowna Fan Xpo

Did anyone go to this last weekend? I did. I really enjoyed it. I didn’t really have any high expectations for it because it was the first year it happened in Kelowna and since it’s so near (geographically and time wise) to the Calgary and Vancouver conventions I didn’t think any real celebrities would show up (and because Kelowna is small compared to those two cities). But it was a lot of fun! Mark Meer was my favourite person to see. He and Chris Craddock were the highlight of the whole thing thanks to their super long improvised performance at the very end of the night. It was so good. It had everything; geeky references, hilarious acapella sound effects, bird puns, tragedy, action, and a happy ending. I got a free tshirt from the pair earlier in the day when they were promoting their tvshow Tiny Plastic Men. Mark signed it for me and now I will treasure it forever and add it to my collection of geek shirts (next to T’Pol from Star Trek Enterprise, Haley from Order of the Stick, and Lil Richard from Looking for Group which is signed by Lar deSouza). I had a last minute cosplay from The Legend of Korra which was a big hit, so that was quite satisfying (I’m through season one of Legend of Korra and I looooooove it!). I was very impressed with the other cosplayers that were there. I bought the graphic novel Silver by Stephan Franck. I haven’t finished it yet, but I recommend it. It is about vampires, thievery, sexy rogues, and the 1930s among other things. So far I give it a thumbs up. Mr Franck gave a very interesting panel about film animation. He was a supervising animator for The Iron Giant, and story artist for Despicable Me. He autographed and drew me a nice sketch in the copy of his book that I bought. Look him up.

The expo was also a first date for me and the person I was with. I was super excited because it was an opportunity to display a lot about yourself without having to awkwardly bring up all the geeky things that you’re into. I thought it would be perfect, and it was a lot of fun; talking about tv and video games and costumes all day is pretty much my jam. However, when I got home at the end of the day I realized that I probably came off as distracted and inconsiderate. Hopefully I’m over thinking it. It felt like there were times when maybe my date wanted to talk about deeper more personal stuff, but then a group of Doctors and companions would walk by and the conversation would drastically change. I really hope I’m over thinking it. I really liked my date, and I want to go on date #2 soon.

If you were there and you signed up for the Okanagan RPG & Tabletop Gaming Group perhaps I will see you at one of the game nights. It has been far too long since I have played D&D so I am quite excited to give that, and other games, a go. There is a meeting this Sunday for newbies to the group. Hopefully they don’t mind me inviting my gentle readers. Check out the details and RSVP here. It’s going to be fun on the bun!!!