So far, we've managed to hit two conventions this year in prep for our big Comic-Con debut. The first was Boskone in Boston which was more literary than TV/anime/video game/movie stuff. Still very fun. And we tried out our new Browncoat Brigade lanyards.
Early in the AM, I hit the a panel about attending cons on the cheap. A few good tips to be had, but nothing new or thrilling. Lots of good stories about adventures at cons past.
Throughout the day, members from the Higgins Amory Sword Guild in Worcester, MA performed fighting demonstrations, including a Jedi light saber sequence. The coolest part is that the broke down the sequence move-by-move and explained the probable fighting style and logic for the move. (more pics available on the wedding photo site)
Another "highlight" from our day at Boskone included a panel about inadvertent messages authors send in writing, such as in the Twilight books. Although the write up specifically included the book, none of the panelists had actually read them. That and the panel ended up being overtly 70s feminist, so much so that I turned to my son and said "Um, you can leave it you want. You're not really the enemy."
We ended our trip with a quick shopping excursion: Rob bought me beautiful leather photo album with a cat face on the cover. Actually, the artist shaped the face into the leather from the backside using organic materials. For Rob, I bought a cute little print of "Doctor Whomster"by Charlene Taylor D'Alessis, a hamster dressed as Tom Baker Dr. Who in front of the blue tardis. The little print comes in very handy when explaining exactly what a tardis is.