Final day, or the “Holy crap I’m old” edition. I could hardly move this morning as I dragged myself out of bed, but the con must go on, so we packed up our stuff, checked out of the hotel and trudged off to the final day of the convention. Hopefully, I won’t call apart completely by the end of the day, especially since I have a long drive home afterwards. So convention ho!
A Place to Share my Geeky Side With the World. Comics, movies, TV, collecting, you name it, I indulge in it.
Day 2 – Electric Boogaloo.
Serious, I’m getting too old for this shit. As I was talking about with my wife yesterday, my first con, or at least the first one I remember, was San Diego Comicon in 1974, held at the El Cortez Hotel. Her first was SDCC in 1980. We’ve been doing this an absurd amount of time and just being on our feet for as long as these cons run takes a toll a lot faster today than it used to.
But today is the longest and busiest day so we’ll see if we survive.
It’s that time again, time to head off to Wondercon! And luckily, they’re back in Anaheim again, following a very disappointing convention in Los Angeles, more the fault of the LA Convention Center than anything else. This is the sixth year that Wondercon has been in Southern California and the fifth that it’s been at the Anaheim Convention Center. This is the first year we’ve decided to stay on site because after we moved last year, it was too much of a pain to drive 3-4 hours round trip every day so we grabbed a room at one of the “official” hotels and can just walk in every day.
A little bit ago, I posted about some memories of furry fandom and not long after, I got into a discussion with a friend who was also part of the fandom a long, long time ago. We started talking about roleplaying on the MUCKs and how it really changed over time. One of the biggest changes we recognized was the change from just being in character to playing “scenes” and this really seemed to epitomize the change from just being a fun place to hang out to being a fetish haven.
I had a dream last night, a dream about something I rarely think about these days, that’s my life in furry fandom, more specifically, about how fun it used to be to hang out on the furry MUCKs. Yes, I was a proud and active member of furrydom, once upon a time.
Because honestly, it was fun, back at the beginning. Before the dark times. Before the perverts. And sometimes, as bad as the bad times were, the good times were really fantastic and I really wish that those could come back.
So here’s what I remember most fondly about those times.
I just wanted to do a quick wrap post on this year’s convention because we really recognized a few things this year that, maybe we had seen in the past but really hit home this year. I just wanted to give my thoughts on the convention and the state of fandom today and why, even though I plan to keep going, conventions really don’t matter today.
Well, it’s all over but the pain and suffering we feel from walking mile upon mile all weekend. But it was fun. There are only a couple of things to add today and I plan on doing a full convention wrap-up later in the week, so look for that.
So, how did the final day of Wondercon 2016 go? Meet you below the fold.
Well, six hours of sleep later, I’m getting ready to drive out to Wondercon 2016 day 2. I’m too old for this crap. I mean, I started going to San Diego Comicon in 1974 and went pretty much straight through 2009. I’ve been going to Wondercon since it came down to Southern California in 2012. It’s a lot of fun but it’s punishing for my old bones. I know I’ll be in a ton of pain on Monday, which everyone takes off to recover, but it’s usually worth it.
So, knowing just how screwed things were yesterday, is this going to be better or worse?
Well, the time is finally here. As I write this, it’s the morning of the first day of the convention and I have no idea how things will go. They were finally getting into the groove at their old venue and now they’ve moved and considering how screwed up things were their first year at the Anaheim Convention Center, I’m a little nervous how things will go today. But that said, I’ve been looking forward to this for the entire year. It’s a little farther of a drive and the parking fees are ridiculous ($30 a day or $75 for the weekend prepaid, we picked the second option) but without further ado, at least from your perspective, here’s how the first day of Wondercon 2016 went.
This isn’t rocket science but I’m amazed at how many people just can’t figure out that what they’re doing is absolutely wrong and patently illegal and think that the copyright owners are somehow cracking down on them unfairly.
But instead of acknowledging that they are doing anything wrong, they’re trying to skirt the system so they can keep making that sweet, sweet illegal money. What the hell is wrong with these people?