Fan Fest Full of Firsts

The weekend of Dec 4-6th was not only the weekend of Phoenix Comicon’s sister show Fan Fest it was also a weekend of first for me and ones to add to my list of why 2015 has been a great year so far. Why is this post so late? Well the feeling of getting hit by a semi truck has finally passed and was able to catch up on some things, and its never to late to share your first time.

This year due to my real full time job I was unsure if I was going to able to attend the convention, my schedule was ever changing at the moment and was not certain till a little more than a week or so before. Therefore I was unable to sign up as a volunteer, not being able to attend meeting and did not want to commit if I could not attend. While applying for a media pass somehow an email that was sent was overlooked (I have yet to find said email) and my application was denied, fear not I will hopefully be back in action for the Phoenix Comicon next year.

Like the rest of the convention goers I bought a full event membership even and attended Saturday and Sunday of the convention. I realized this was the first show that I have ever just bought a pass to and attended. I have attended many shows, but they were in the results of volunteering, volunteering and buying a pass and more recently through a media pass thanks to this website. As I was walking around just browsing everything I realized this was the first out of all the shows to just buy a pass and go. It was and interesting feeling, no pressure, no time constrictions, no must do before you leave the show kind of things.

Another first of the show was wearing a dress! Yes, I am a t shirt and jeans type of girl, but after scoring at a store for the Her Universe Marvel Collection Black Widow Dress a couple of months ago for only $25.00 I knew this would be the show to debut it at. I felt comfortable wearing it to this show as it was smaller, family oriented and didn’t seem like to much pressure. I thought it was fun to walk around in, although I have found out this can double as a Star Trek Uniform. I was really happy as most people said I love your trek uniform dress, so next time I am wearing the badge. I wore a pair of leggings with it one it was cold, and I am not that comfy in a dress yet. I enjoyed the compliments I had on it as I was as nervous as can be for wearing it, and looked good next to Iron Man.

The first of wearing a dress also led to another first and another reason why I decided to wear it on Saturday, was for the Fan Fest After Dark Party. Yes a party as if I don't have a hard enough time talking to people, I decided to give it a try. I didn’t want to go completely solo, a friend I met a VIP Power Ranger dinner attended as well. I bought the ticket online when I bought my pass as I knew if I had thought about it all day, I would have changed my mind and decided not to go. It was fun to people watch at first, wishing I had the guts to go dance on the dance floor like some of the fellow nerds.

Where there is a party there is a dance floor and somehow I ended up on it and stayed on it longer then I thought I would. I danced half the night away on a dance floor with a circle of some cool nerds. I had no idea who they were, and will probably never see them again. It was crazy being in the middle of the dance floor dancing, I had never done such a thing before. It was hot and it was fun, after the night was over I gave the guys some of my cards. I told my friend who went with me I had never done that before, he was not on the dance floor long but he was the one that got me on it. I thank him for getting me out on the dance floor. I had such a great time and even thinking about it now brings a smile to my face! I can’t wait till the next party.

Attending a panel was another first! I have not attended a panel at this show before, but this one seemed like a must with my current obsession phase with the TV show Supernatural. Alaina Huffman & Julian Richings who both played on Supernatural were doing a spotlight panel, I had to attend to see fellow Supernatural family members. This was also my first attempt at Everyday Cosplay of the character Dean Winchester, I have much work to do but I knew who I was.

Dean Winchester Everyday Cosplay
This was a great show, I still received much feedback from vendors and artists that I have come to know over the years, and even met some new ones that I would love to one day talk about here on the site. This was a show of many firsts and a great one to wind down the year with. I had a great time, and it was different just attending with a regular badge. I was very happy with the show this year, and looking forward to it growing in the future.

Did you attend Fan Fest in Glendale? What have been some of your firsts at a comic convention?

Until next time
Watchtower over & out

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