Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #3: Ten Reasons I Love Comic Cons

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.   

This week we're allowed to talk about anything that we love. Some of you might know that I went to Fantasy Basel 2016, which is Switzerland's own Comic Con. I've wanted to share my experience with this for you guys since then, but never found the time to. That's why I decided to tell you about it today! (Just so you know, this was my first ever time at a Comic Con, so I was a total noob). I realise this is not reall book related, but as I'm going to expand my blog to include comics as well, I think this is a fitting beginning. Hope you'll enjoy!

1. The Atmosphere: It is incredible how many people showed up in amazing cosplay and costumes of all kinds of franchises. I must admit, I did not expect something like that and I’m really glad that I got to meet a lot of amazing people. Everyone was excited and totally friendly. It doesn’t matter where you looked, there were always wizards, orks, superheroes or villains and sometimes even a pokemon or two in your view.

2. Cosplay: The only thing you could do to stand out of the crowd was to not participate in cosplaying. It’s incredible how much time, money and creativity people spent into their costumes and I’m already planning my costumes for next year because I want to leave a better impression and maybe even participate in a competition or two. Oh and if you haven't figured it out yet, I went as Scarlet Witch, but my costume was a last minute idea, which is why it's not near perfect. But people actually recognised me as Wanda, so I was quite happy with the outcome.


3. Storm Troopers: That said, some costumes were repeatedly represented. You don’t know how many Storm Troopers I ran into. (Well I don’t know myself to be honest.) Naturally, I asked everyone to take a selfie with me, but now that I think of it I believe that it’s highly possible I just asked the same few guys a hundred times for a photograph. Honestly, you couldn’t tell them apart. My suspicion got clearer when one of the storm troopers eventually started winking at me when I approached him.

4. Selfies: I can’t even count all the selfies I did that day. Usually I’m not the biggest selfie fan (mainly because I’m no good at them and I always cut myself out of the picture), but on that day I took what felt like a gazillion of ‘em. I wanted to memorize all the cool cosplayers and attractions and my memory card was full at the end of the day.

5. Meeting Kevin Sussman: Why is it, that everytime I meet a famous person or just someone I like I get really nervous and behave like a total buffoon? So this is how I met Kevin: I stood in line for my photo to be taken with him (which was way too expensive, but I just had to meet him) and as the line grew smaller in front of me, I still felt normal and calm as the rest of the day. But then it was my turn. I walked up to the woman who held my bag for me and went to say hi to Kevin (I don’t remember if we hugged or shook hands). It felt like I had a toad in my throat because I couldn’t talk clearly. The conversation went like this: Kev: “Hi, nice to meet you!” Me: “Hey, yeah nice to meet you!” – We take the picture and my whole body is really tense and I try not to move – Kev: “Thank you for coming!” Me: “Thank you, really great to meet you. Bye” – I walk and get my bag. I walk past Kevin and he exclaims: “Oh cool bag!” – I had a bag with me with an atom on it so he probably thought it was because of the show (which actually it wasn’t, but I didn’t tell him that of course, well okay, I couldn’t have told him that even if I’d wanted to) – I say: “Thank you. Goodbye” and I just walk away and wait for my picture to be printed. I mean honestly! Why couldn’t I have talked more with him? I could have said so many things and asked him questions and stuff like that, but no I had to stutter the whole time and totally seem uninterested. I can’t believe it. But yeah, I met Kevin Sussman so yay!

6. Photobooths: Another great picture possibility was all the photobooths standing around. They took instant pictures of you and printed them out right away. We had so much fun with these and they were free!

7. My first time on a Hoverboard: I’ve wanted to ride one of these ever since they got on the market, but never had the possibility to do so. However, at Fantasy Basel I got to drive around on one of these for an hour. I didn’t know that I had such a natural talent for these things, but the salesman was totally surprised and didn’t believe me when I insisted still after five questions that I hadn’t driven one before.

8. Comics: Thanks to Fantasy I’m totally into comics again. I used to love them as a child, but in the past few years I never really had the chance to read a lot of them. Now, I’m totally obsessed with DC and Marvel again and it takes a lot of restraint to not just buy all the TPBs of my favourite superheroes.

9. Spending time with my friends: This was such a great way to spend quality time with my friends and freak out over the same fandoms at the same time. We all had a great day and I can’t wait until next year where we’ll repeat it again.

10. All the merch!: Yeah, I don’t think I have to explain this any further, but I got home with so many awesome new things! Have a look! The only thing I regret not to have bought was a big fluffy blue lama which I fell in love with and now can’t stop thinking about -.-

I'd like to know

Have you guys been to Comic Con before? What are your experiences with it? Are you planning on going one day or are you strictly sticking to book cons?