How To Have Fun at Comic Con When You’re Broke

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If it is one place geeks love to be at, it’s a comic con. It is one of the very places when I am surrounded by people who get my passion for Star Wars or collecting Pop figures.

I went to Toronto Comic Con last weekend with my hubby. He timed my visit so that we could hit the convention together. I was super excited to go. In the weeks leading up to itย  I was planning my fun on a limited budget. A lot of people were asking me about conventions and the cost of them. While I have gone to them and spent a lot of money, you don’t need a ton of cash to go to one.

I won’t go into to much about travel and tickets, but I will say this: If you are heading out of town for a con, there are a few ways to save cash. If you are staying at a hotel, check to see which hotels have a deal running with the convention. Hal-con usually has one with Delta, so we stay there. Also, if you can’t afford a three day pass or VIP, so what? Pick a day best for you and get a day ticket. (I suggest Saturday. It’s the busiest day but will have the most going on).

Celebs:ย Meeting actors is one of my favorite things to do. In Toronto, I didn’t have much cash to work with. So, I made a list of who I wanted to meet. Manu Bennett was my main priority. My husband met a bunch, so I tagged along with him. If you want to meet a celeb but have no cash, wait til their line up is empty or close to it. You’re allowed to go say hello to them. Just check with the volunteer running the line.

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Me and Manu. He was super sweet. I hate how I look here but who cares, I’m with Manu! ๐Ÿ˜‰ย 

Celebs: Part 2 During the weekend, there are Q&A’s happening with the actors and sometimes with authors. These are FREE! Check the schedule for when these are happening. They are super fun and you can get a chance to ask a question. The best q&a I ever went to was John Rhys Davies. He was entertaining the entire time and even went full Gimli when asked a Lord of the Rings question.

*Note: There are some big cons that charge for certain q&a’s, which in my opinion is stupid. This is rare though. The few I seen that you needed a ticket was a Doctor Who event as well as a duo q&a with William Shatner and Patrick Stewart.

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Me and Mr. C with ‘Hodor’! I tagged along with hubby to meet him. He was so cool and chatty! Loved him!

Authors:ย They don’t charge to meet them. So if you are a book nerd, go say hi, maybe buy a book and get some swag. Many have free bookmarks and such to give out.

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Author Sherry D. Ramsey at Caper Con a couple years ago. I am interviewing her soon!

Shopping: The downfall ofย  nerds. So much geekery, so little money! The bigger the con, the more vendors and artists there selling their wares. I *try* to roam around a bit first before I shopp. If I see something a vendor, artist or author is selling and I have no cash, I always ask for a business card. That way when I have money for fun stuff, I can order from them. I should add, that on the last day of a convention some sellers will have sales. So you might be able to score some good loot at a cheaper price.

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I love business cards. This is some of my geeky ones.ย 

Cosplay:ย While I don’t normally dress up, I love checking out costumes, taking photos and talking to cosplayers. It all adds to the fun when half the crowd is dressed up. Sometimes certain groups dress up, like the Steampunk Society and the 501st Legion. If you like a costume, ask the person for a pic or get one with them. Just remember to be respectful!

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Me hanging out with the dark side. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Kick ass white walker costume.

Panels:ย There are often various panels running during the weekend. I have gone to writing themed panels, author talks, debates, and other fun things. These are all FREE. If you go to a craft session, you might need to pay a small fee for materials. I went to a plushie making panel once. It was only $5 to go.

Con Food:ย I can’t stress this enough: TAKE WATER WITH YOU! At least one bottle. Not only is it cheaper, but lines can be long. And you will get thirsty. On day one of Toronto Comic con, I ignored my own advice. Tsk tsk. We ended up paying six bucks for two small waters. Also, carry a bag or backpack and take some snacks. Eating at a con can get pricey. We ate their once this time, and paid $20 for just two hot dogs and two cans of pop. Usually the best deal is a piece of pizza and pop.

The main thing is to have fun when you go. Sometimes you find something priceless, like a new best friend.

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Me and Laura. Met her in 2013 in line for Dean Cain. Instant friends. Love this lady โค I see her every time I am in Toronto for a con.ย 

I’m sure I missed a tidbit or two. How do you save money at comic con? What are your favorite things to do?

 

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Comic Con: Top 5 Actor Wishlist

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When I was younger, the idea of meeting a favorite actor or actress was nothing more then a dream. I didn’t think it was possible. I live in a small town, and far from any major filming action. (Aside from the rare occasion).

About ten years ago, I went to my first comic book convention. And I was hooked! I love cons for a million reasons, but one of my main reasons I love them is because I get to meet people I never thought I would.

When Mr. C and I have a few bucks to have fun with, we either add to our collection of geekery, or save for a con. And right now I am trying to save what I can for Toronto Comic Con, that is happening next month.

I have met many people over the years, including Stan Lee, Robert Englund, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Ron Perlman, Carrie Fisher, and many more.

With the con next month, I have been thinking of those actors I really want to meet, and hoping they are announced. (Manu Bennett is on that list, and he’s been announced!)

So, here are my top 5 celebs I hope to meet someday.

1-Cary Elwes

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I don’t care how old this man gets, he will always be my Westly and if I ever meet him I will probably cry like a baby. I have watched this movie hundreds of times in my life. (Including earlier today).

2-Charlie Hunnam

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The odds of meeting him are slim to none, but I also didn’t think I would ever meet Stan Lee or Patrick Stewart. I have been a fan long before he was on Sons of Anarchy, and his movie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, is on my top of my all time fave movie list.

3-Milla Jovovich

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The Resident Evil movies are one of my favorite series, and Alice is one bad ass chick. Meeting Milla would be super cool.

4-Tommy Flanagan

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I love this Scotsman. He is an amazing actor and he played one of my favorite characters on SOA, Chibs Telford.

5-Emma Watson

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Who wouldn’t want to meet Hermione Granger? I think if I ever meet this awesome young lady, I would have to pick her mind about all things books.

So, that’s my wishlist. If given the chance, who would you meet? Who is on your top 5 list?

Vacation Countdown: Geeking out with Hubby

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Mine and Mr. C’s wedding anniversary is just around the corner. It will be year one of survival. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Just kidding! While he gets under my skin sometimes (and I know I bug him from time to time), he is my partner in crime and lucky for me he is a big geek too. We had a big geeky wedding, and now we are planning our nerdy honeymoon/anniversary.

Because my job is very busy during the summer months, I almost always wait until September or October to take a few vacation days.

In just under five weeks, we will be headed to Halifax and attending Hal-con for most of our days there! If you live in the Maritimes and have never been, I highly suggest checking it out this comic con. I have been there several times. There is something for every nerd. They have some actors, famous cosplayers, gaming, authors, comic artists, etc…If you want to see more about what Hal-con is all about, check em outย over here.ย I wasn’t able to go the year Hodor was DJ at the dance. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I heard it was epic.

While we are in Halifax, we will check out the city and hit the comic book stores. I am really excited. I am well overdue for a vacation and I need to be where my people are. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have you been to a comic con this year? Or are you planning to go to one?

Fan Mail!

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This week I was happy to find an autograph success in my mail box. I was thrilled when I opened it to see what/who I got.

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Kiefer Sutherland as David in The Lost Boys.

I am a big fan of Kiefer Sutherland. I honestly could never get into watching ’24’, but I love so much of his other work. And he does an amazing job of playing the bad guy.

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Kiefer in Stand By Me.

‘The Lost Boys’ and ‘Stand By Me’ are two of my all time favorite movies. So I decided to send him pics from these two movies. I am thrilled that he signed them for me.

Between sending this out and coming back, it took just over 40 days, so not too bad at all!!!

Newest Autographs

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I’d just like to start off by saying Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canucks. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend with family and get properly stuffed like our turkeys. ๐Ÿ™‚

We’ve been having a relaxed day. Mister C isn’t feeling the best. I went on a beautiful fall walk and stopped off at Tim’s for a pumpkin spiced donut. Yum!!!

So since he is sleeping off his cold this evening, I thought I’d pop on here.

I had two great successes this week.

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Clark Gregg, aka Phil Coulson.

If you are a big fan of S.H.I.E.L.D, then you know who this guy is. Agent Phil Coulson is my favorite character on that show and I am stoked that he signed the photo I sent. (Mister is jealous since he’s yet to get his back).

I also got this one, on Friday.

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Micheal Emerson as Harold Finch on Person of Interest.

Mister and I have been a huge fan of this show since day one. So I was pretty happy to get this autograph.

I best go check on the future hubby, and maybe watch a scary movie! ๐Ÿ™‚

Fan Mail: Recent Successes!!!

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With everything that has been going on lately, I have totally forgotten about my fan mail.

Back in July, Mister and I decided that we would make August our best writing month yet. Last year in July, we wrote 67 letters in one month. I said we needed to beat that! (Chalk that ambition up to the sun finally emerging and me getting an overdose of vitamin D, lol.)

So, in August we ended up writing 69 letters between us. I think he wrote more then me BUT I wrote a huge chunk. I would come home from work after a busy day, tired, and he would ask “So, who are you writing tonight?” My reply was zombie-like with an “uuughhhgg”.

However, the work paid off! We have already gotten successes from our August writing, and others from older letters. i have been pretty pumped with my new autographs!

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Grant from ‘The Flash’.

I also wrote to another cast member from ‘The Flash’. Robbie Amell was awesome enough to sign my pic!

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“FireStorm”

I have gotten hooked on ‘Once Upon A Time’. I did watch season one and then for some reason wasn’t able to watch much of season two and nothing from then on. However I am quickly catching up and writing to some of the cast!

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Josh Dallas plays David/Prince Charming.

I sent two pics to him and he signed both! ๐Ÿ™‚

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I was stoked to get this cast member the other day!!!

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I loved her on ‘House’ and now I love her as ‘Emma Swan’.

I also wrote to a couple of classy ladies. Women I have watched in re-runs when I was a kid. I loved them then and I love them now.

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Carol Burnett.

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Carol in one of her famous skits.

And the other classy and sassy lady is….

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Betty White!!!

I still love her as Rose on ‘The Golden Girls’.

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Golden Girl re-runs are the best ๐Ÿ˜€

I just had to write to these guys.

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Aaron Eckhart. I have loved him in so many roles over the years.

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Tim Allen!!!

And not to mention this awesome guy…

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John Travolta!!!

When you write to John Travolta, he will send you an extra autographed pic! Here it is:

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The extra pic he sent. So cool!

I also wrote to some kick ass ladies. This autograph had me “squeeeeeeeeing” all the way out of the post office. One of my all time fave actresses!

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Melissa McCarthy in ‘The Heat’ (which was frickin hilarious!)

My fave female vampire…

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Kristen Bauer Van Straten as ‘Pam’ in True Blood’.

And last but not least, a fab actress who I loved in ‘Chuck’ as well as Dexter.

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Yvonne Strahovski.

Wow! I didn’t realize how many I had come in since the last autographs I posted.

I love writing fan mail. And I love the thrill when I get an autograph in the mail. There are the odd ‘return to sender’ for various reasons, such as an outdated address, but that kind of things is rare in our mailbox (luckily!).

Until next time, happy writing! ๐Ÿ™‚ (Or whatever makes your geek heart happy!)

Happy Mail! New Autograph!

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So this morning I went to my post office and checked my little mailbox. It was empty. So I went inside the office with my three letters to mail off to some kick ass Canadian ladies when one of the workers said “Oh there’s an envelope for you out back.”

I didn’t get too excited right away. This is often said to me when Mr.C has something as well. But when I seen her coming out with a big envelope with my name on it, I inwardly squeeeed.

After mailing off my letters, I took my envelope and on my way to the car I opened it. And that’s when I squeeed out loud.

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I’m going to have to hide this from my friends. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I was very stoked to find this autograph from Channing Tatum, who I wrote to almost a year ago I do believe. So worth the wait! ๐Ÿ˜‰