I have to start by stating this was the first con I’ve attended of this size. I cut my teeth on the San Diego International Comic Book Convention (Comic-Con for short). That first year I went to Comic-Con, so did over 100,00o others. I believe less than 200 people attended LepreCon 36. Don’t quote me on this as I didn’t see any official numbers. As a good friend pointed out to me, “It’s like comparing apples to bowling balls.” I did my best to keep that in mind as I wandered around the halls of LepreCon.
After spend the greater part of three days at the Marriott in Mesa, Arizona, I was hard pressed to know why the convention was called the LepreCon. I did not see one thing the entire weekend that remotely resembled anything Irish. I bet if I dug deep I’d find the first convention was held over St. Patrick’s Day.
**dig, dig, dig**
Yep. I was right. The first four LepreCons were on or around the 17th of March. The remaining 32 events weren’t even in the same month. The only nod to their namesake I found was the badge. To be fair, there might have been more, but I didn’t notice them.
Friday was a bust and having nothing to do with the convention. Work refused to let me leave early enough to catch the panels I wanted to see. I attended the Guests of Honor Meet And Greet, but couldn’t keep from feeling like the outsider looking in. They had a bar to help lift the mood. However, I planned to drive home that evening and didn’t partake in anything stronger than a bottle of water.
I did find some fun trinkets in the dealer room. A prop from the Serenity movie found its way home with me. I do question its authenticity, but it looked cool and didn’t cost too much.
Briefly I perused the Art Gallery to gawk at the works by Charles Vess and James A. Owens. None of Mr. Owens’ works were for sale. Although if you want to come home with an original Charles Vess, all you had to do was be willing to part with $3,500. A steal, right? Since I’m not in the habit of carrying that kind of cash on me, I was forced to pass.
One of the display tables carried a mass of steampunk items. I kept coming back to stare at this table the entire weekend. I particularly liked the goggle-styled monocles and these clocks with over-sized and exposed gears. Since there was no photography aloud in the art room, I reluctantly refrained from snapping any pictures.
Saturday was better for me. First of all, I was able to spend the entire day there. Second, the Amys were there. Cons are always better when you have someone to go with. Shared experiences tend to be more meaningful.
Most of the day was spent going to panels. I’ll post those later this week as to keep this one short.
Sunday almost didn’t feel like a con. The crowd, though small to begin with, was smaller. I watched a reel of movie trailers. Some were neat, but most of them I had already seen. Nothing super new. They did give away some movie swag. I walked away with a glow-in-the-dark Wolfman cup, a Legion t-shirt and four passes to see a sneak peek of the new Karate Kid movie featuring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan. After that nothing really called to me. So I parted ways with the LepreCon.
Overall it made for a good weekend.