Fan Expo Vancouver 2013

I really wanted to go to Comic Con this year but those plans didn’t happen.  But Fan Expo Vancouver was the next best thing.  This event took place at the Vancouver Convenstion Centre from April 18th – 20th.  I’m not really a nerd or obsessed with any of the stuff as much as some people.  But I consider myself a fan.  I love comic books and super heroes and science fiction.  I’m not sure if my friend invited me to come with her, or if I invited myself to come with her.  But either way, I went.

There were photo ops and autographs but they were crazy expensive.  Stan Lee was there, but only on the Saturday and I went on the Sunday.  My friend got a photo with Nichelle Nichols, as well as her autograph.

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Defining moment in history

There was a bunch of random stuff and plenty of booths everywhere.  I’m not a fan of crowds.  So it was kind of overwhelming at first but then I got used to it.

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R2D2

I didn’t dress up.  Because I didn’t have a costume or time to find one.  My friend pointed out that since I had a red dress, I could have been Uhura or someone from Star Trek.  All I needed was the Starfleet symbol to put on it.  Oh well.  I decided it was best to leave the costumes to the experts.

One of my favourite costumes was this couple who went as Pam and Dr. Krieger from Archer.  I only started watching the show this year and I kind of hate myself for not having done so sooner.  Their costumes were awesome, right down to the dolphin hand puppet.

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Pam & Dr. Krieger

Along with the likes of Stan Lee and Nichelle Nichols, there were Elvira, Tia Carrere, James Marsters, Amanda Tapping, Juliet Landau, and others.

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Autograph booths

There were also a bunch of giant lego characters.  So naturally I had to go take pictures next to them.  I never really got into lego that much as a child.  But these were awesome.  There was a lego Yoda.

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Lego Yoda

And there were Lego Super Heroes.  Looking at this photo, it kind of looks like Batman is giving the finger.

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Lego Super Heroes

And I couldn’t not take a photo with the Lego Incredible Hulk.  He’s my favourite.

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Lego Incredible Hulk

And then there were the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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Lego Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Does anyone remember Reboot?  It totally reminds me of my childhood.  I remember coming home from school and watching it on YTV.  We met one of the animators and Michael Benyaer, the voice of Bob.  I was so excited about meeting the voice of Bob.

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Reboot

And then we got to my favourite part of the convention.  At the far end, there was an area with a few stations set up for pictures.  You make donations to charity and in return you get to take awesome photos.  The first of these was with Ghostbusters in a proton pack and flight suit.

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BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

My friend had already gone the day before, but I told her I would pay another $5 to have her in my photo.  The money goes to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.  I realize I don’t look all that excited about being a ghostbuster.  But believe me, I was.  I think I was just annoyed because the guy taking the picture with my blackberry was complaining about how it took a long time to save a photo.

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Ghostbusters!

As awesome the ghostbusters were, that was not the best photo op.  There was a Back to the Future booth where you could take your picture with the DeLorean.  It was $20 and donations went to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.  I was so excited, I knew this had to happen but we decided to come back later.

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Back to the Future

My friend bought all sorts of cool things like Star Trek Catan.  I’m supposed to go over and play it at a game night at some point, but it hasn’t happened yet.  She also bought some Tardis jewellery.  I never usually buy the jewellery at these places because I’m usually allergic.  But the lady told me the earrings were nickel free.  In which case I obviously had to buy myself some Mario & Luigi earrings.

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Mario & Luigi earrings

After a brief bit of shopping, it was time to go back… to the future.  It had to happen.

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Michael J. Fox Foundation

I got to sit in the driver’s seat.  Which is super ironic since I don’t drive.  But whatever.  I just had to sit inside that car.  My friend opted for the hover board because she’s cool like that.

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Best photo ever

I look good in the DeLorean.  I kind of never wanted to get out of it.

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The DeLorean

Another costume I loved was Where’s Waldo.  It made things fun because throughout the day, we would spot him in the crowd and be like “Found him!”.

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Where’s Waldo?

Along with the Ghostbusters and Back to the Future booths, there was also a Star Wars one.  We decided to wait until later, when Darth Vader was there.  We had to wait a bit because they were all taking a large group photo.

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Star Wars

With a $3.00 minimum donation to Variety Children’s Charity, you get a Star Wars pin, as well as the opportunity to take your picture with the characters.

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Variety Children’s Charity

Sadly, Darth Vader never came back.  Leia asked if we wanted her in our photo, because some people wanted just the droids.  Of course we wanted Leia in our photo.  One of the droids had a dirty uniform.  So naturally I stood by him.

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Leia & the droids

Before leaving, I wanted to go back and see the voice of Bob again.  Because I just really wanted a picture with him and forget to ask the first time.  Michael Benyaer was really cool about it.

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Michael Benyaer

Even though I don’t actually watch Doctor Who, I thought I should get a picture in the tardis.  My friend told me it was best that I don’t let anyone there know that I don’t watch Doctor Who.  I guess all the hardcore fans would not approve.

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Doctor Who

I thought I should get a couple comic books for my brothers before leaving.  Because I’m such a nice person.  And because some of them were really cheap.

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Comic books

Also candy.  Because who doesn’t love candy?  Especially when it comes in a Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario Coin box containers.

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Awesome candy

Fan Expo was a lot of fun and I’m glad I went.  My biggest complaint was the complete and utter lack of food.  They totally needed at least one food booth in there.  But other than that, it was good times.  I mean where else can you go ghost busting AND time travelling?

I’m not cool

So the other day as I was sitting on the bus, I remembered a random memory from my childhood.  I’m not sure how exactly it popped into my head, there must have been a long process of certain things making me think of other certain things, thoughts constantly jumping every which way until they led up to that memory.  You know the crazy ways the mind works.  This particular memory made me laugh to myself and think about how my sense of humour and outlook on life has always been with me from a very young age.  A sense of humour and outlook that not everyone seems to understand.

I’m the type of person who uses a lot of sarcasm.  But I’m that person who will make a sarcastic comment and have people not realize that it was intended as a sarcastic comment.  I’ll say it and they’ll give me a weird look and be like “What?  Really?”.  And I’ll be like “No, I was being sarcastic”.  And then they’ll think that me saying I was being sarcastic was sarcasm.  Yeah, I undergo a lot of communication difficulties because of this.  But it’s okay.  Because there are a few people who do get me and do understand.  And that’s what’s important.

I’m also the type of person who puts herself down a lot.  But not in a depressing way.  Well okay, I suppose it can be in a depressing way.  But a funny and witty depressing way if that makes any sense to you.  Pretty much every time I make a self-deprecating remark, it’s for the sake of humour.  Because I think that the funniest people and best comedians are the ones that can make fun of themselves.  Anyone can make fun of other people.  But I really admire those who are comfortable enough to make fun of themselves.

So this memory that came to mind the other day was when I was in Grade Seven.  I may be a bit fuzzy on the details, because my memory is not what it used to be.  Actually maybe it is, maybe I’ve always had a bad memory.  I really don’t remember.  Anyway, we were at this youth group and sitting in a circle.  I think it was some sort of small group icebreaker thing.  I always hated those small group icebreaker things.  I’ve never liked being forced to bond with people.  If I want to, I will, but it’ll be my decision to do so.

We had to go around the circle and say our name and something cool about ourselves.  I hate that.  It’s always something.  Like let’s go around and say your most embarrassing moment.  Or if you could be an animal, what animal would you be?  Or where you’d like to be in five years.  What is this, an interview?  I already knew the kids in my group anyway, they were in my class.  But I guess this was just one of those fun ways to pass the time.

It always sucks to go first in those things, because then you have to think quickly about what you’re going to say.  I wasn’t first, so I got to hear the other kids before I said mine.  It didn’t have to be anything special, you could literally say anything.  I remember one kid said he liked Star Wars.  That’s the only thing I remember.  And then another kid responded with “That’s not cool”.  Great, now we were being judged for what our own definition of cool was.  I don’t think any of the things we said were actually “cool”.  But then really, how do you define cool?  It’s all subjective anyway.

When it came to me, I’m sure there were a lot of things that I could have said.  I think I was going to say that I was the tallest one in the school or something like that.  But I didn’t.  What did I say instead?  I said “I’m Dominique, and I’m not cool”.  I didn’t mean it seriously.  I meant it as a joke.  Saying that I wasn’t cool was my own way of rebelling and making a statement about what I thought of the icebreaker.  I had specifically answered the question by refusing to answer the question.  I thought I was being clever.

But other people didn’t think so.  My response was received with some people going “Aww..” and then actually trying to suggest something that I could say about why I was cool.  They didn’t seem to understand that I didn’t want or need their suggestions, and I was perfectly fine with my original answer.  They thought that I was actually so sad that I couldn’t come up with a single thing about me that could be considered cool.

I could have taken this experience and changed my ways and tried to assimilate to behave in a way that other people found more acceptable.  I could have started to answer questions more appropriately and toned down my sarcasm in the future.  But I didn’t.  Because that’s just not who I am.  Even now, a lot of you probably thought from the title of this blog post that this was going to be me writing about the reasons that I’m not cool and that it would be all depressing.  Who would do something like that?  Actually, that does sound like something I might do.  But I would do it for the sake of humour and nothing else.  Because I’m cool like that.