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I haven't had the best bit of luck when it came to planning to go to conventions. In fact as I have mentioned before, I had been a little gun shy since a past experience with a cancellation of a previous con. That's why when it came to deciding to go to DCC, I surprised even myself and decided that Friday to go to the Sunday events,I was working Saturday. It took place over the weekend of Saturday August 10th and Sunday August 11th.

So after work I stocked up on supplies (I had been watching a whole lot of con survival videos and reading convention survival blogs before this so I sort of knew what to expect), I picked the t-shirt I was going to wear to the convention (no cosplay for now, am not brave enough yet) and readied the bag for the morning.

Headed up in the morning but got lost along the way. Was peppering as I had only a few minutes to spare before it officially started.But I got there alright and got my wristband for booking it online. I was impressed when I went in at how well organised it was in terms of how well all the dealer tables looked there. There was plenty to do while I was there. I went to see what type of props they had from the prop store.com . Was pleased to see that Stargate SG-1 was represented by a Jaffa and Ori costume. Also there was 3 different Batman costumes and a load more bits there. I had quickly tried to to find the table for Sub City as I really wanted to pick up the original cover of the new League of Volunteers comic. Thankfully there was one left there and I snapped it up.

Went then for autographs. Unlike 3 day events, these were not at a set time only so you could mosey down in your own time. Except for when you wanted an autograph from Charlie Adlard, you have to plan that one in advance, but I shall get to the reason why a little way down in this post.The thing about going to get anything signed is that you don't necessarily know how to act when you are standing in front of the person getting your poster/CD signed. I had only ever done that for a couple of CD signings and that was all. And I have to admit that for some reason I always felt a bit awkward. Maybe because I didn't go to much stuff like that before.

I headed over to Ron Donachie's table to get a photo signed and then it starts up again.
All of a sudden I feel like an awkward squirrel person, I feel that feeling I get when I'm nervous when my right leg gets a tingly feeling.
My brain is screaming SAY SOMETHING, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD SAY SOMETHING OR YOU'LL REGRET IT FOR THE REST OF YOUR DAYS.
"This is my first con"
Oh God...did I just? Oh God I did, I sound like such a noob. Oh no!
And all of a sudden I understand how Molly Hooper felt in that scene when she's trying to make small talk with Sherlock Holmes in The Reichenbach Fall and Sherlock  stops her mid way.

That embarrassing moment over, I headed to Femi Taylor's table, this time I keep my mouth shut. Femi is a lovely person to meet, I felt a little more at ease then.After that I went to Brian Muir's table, which was a bit of a thrill for me as I'm a bit of a fan and his designs of the robots have really helped to define the look of the Star Wars franchise.

After that I decide to go around to where the DeLorean and KITT from Knight Rider was at the con, they had a Dalek and R2D2 there too. They had also a wrestling ring set up in the space outside as well as various different stalls for food. I had brought my own food, like healthy snacks and a wrap that i made up as well as bringing a bottle of water though because I had heard that there was a tendency for con prices to be quite expensive. This worked well for me, so I think I may continue to do this.

I went into the screening of the Collider movie being shown. Found that to be cool. It was also nice to take a break from walking around the stalls for a bit. Stopped afterwards for lunch and walked around the stalls one more time before deciding to join the queue to get my comic signed by Charlie Adlard.

Stood in line for Charlie Adlard's autograph from 2:30. It was 4:30 before I got my comic signed by him. So many people were in line for just sketches. I felt that DCC should have had a separate time each day of the con for people who just wanted to get sketches from him.

The con started to petered out after that and everything was over around five o' clock.

Despite the Charlie Adlard, it was really a well organised enjoyable con. It is definably an event which will be in my diary for next year.

Here's to DCC 2014. :D

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lilferret
Sep. 9th, 2013 01:53 am (UTC)
I am so glad you had a good experience there! Getting your feet wet with just day trips is probably the best way to do it, especially if you have social anxieties at all.

And I have found that when I can't think of anything interesting to say, a "Hi! How are you?" and a "I'm good, thank you!" when it's returned are your best bets. And then a simple "Thank you so much for coming!" when you walk away. I've done that many, many times.

Some of the guests will start chatting you up, and it's not so awkward, but sometimes they're just quiet, have a long line, and just a few kind words are all it takes for a smile and a good experience.

lionesskeeper
Sep. 9th, 2013 11:51 pm (UTC)
Oh I did that for Wolf's Bane. :D
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