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?

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CaperCon 2015!

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There isn’t a whole lot in my community that caters to geeks. Here in Cape Breton, there isn’t too much big or exciting that usually happens. It has only been in the last few years that big name bands have started to venture our way.

The closest convention to where I live is in Halifax. Hal-Con started about six years ago I do believe. I have attended several, including the first year. I just HAD to go. I had heard about these comic cons, had wanted to go. And now one was happening close to home.

But this weekend, Cape Breton had its very own convention, aimed at gamers, anime, bookworms, sci-fi geeks, you name it! So how could I not go to a convention that was taking place a short drive away?!

CaperCon took place Sept. 11th-13th. I had to miss the first day but luckily I got there Saturday, and decided to go again on Sunday.

I arrived a bit early on Saturday. I was traveling with Sherry, who was a guest at the con!

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Sherry in her awesome steampunk outfit on Sunday.

I helped with some setting up. I got the table ready for the Third Person Press girls.

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Nancy and Sherry, two of the lovely ladies of Third Person Press.

During the coarse of the weekend, I went to some fantastic panels, which is something I don’t get to do much of (or at all) at the bigger conventions. I went to two writing panels put on by Sherry. I also went to Fanfiction 101 as well as two other fanfic panels. I missed the Batman V.S. Captain America debate. Bummer! Oh well, next time!

Sherry Ramsey had her book launch so I bought her two latest novels. ‘The Seventh Crow’ as well as her sequel to ‘One’s Aspect of The Sun’, titled ‘Dark Beneathย The Moon’. I hit up her signing and had both autographed, of course!

I also had lots of time to go through the vendor area and artists.

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People having fun spending some money! ๐Ÿ™‚

I didn’t buy nearly as much as I wanted to, but I did get Mister part of his birthday gift, and a lil something for someone else. Local shops were there selling their gear. ‘Atomic Records’, ‘The Local NPC’, as well as ‘My Secret Identity’. A number of artists were there as well, and I had a lot of fun talking to some of them.

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Had a great chat with artist Jeff Wilson! ๐Ÿ™‚

I also learned that Nova Scotia has a medieval society! I think that is so awesome. I wish I could remember their official name! (If you know, please comment below! ๐Ÿ™‚ ) ย I had no idea it existed and I wished they had been back on Sunday so I could have chatted with them more. The guy I was talking to was really nice and let me try on a helmet! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Ready for battle. ๐Ÿ˜‰ (Thanks to my friend Andrew who took the pic!)

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These helmets were awesome.

The thing I love about conventions, big or small, is that no matter what they all have the same feel. Everyone is there to get their geek on. Everyone is accepted. No matter who you are or what you look like or what fandom you are dressed as, it is like one big family.

The thing I love about small cons, is that I had time to look around and go to just about everything I wanted to go to. I hung out with friends, took lots of photos of everything and of as many cosplayers as I could. I met some pretty cool people and I had fun exploring the con.

I really hope CaperCon 2016 happens. There were over 1000 people at this convention, which everyone on the committee was thrilled about. I want to thank those people for making it happen. They all did an amazing job, and I know they are hoping to do this again.

I had a blast. I do hope that if it happens next year, that the dates will be different since it would be the same date as my BIG FAT GEEK WEDDING! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚ ย But worse case scenario, I skip the gift opening Sunday and head out to the con ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think it would be fitting for the geeky newly weds to end their weekend by spending it at a convention.

Con Fever

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It’s around this time of year that I start planning my next convention trip. I’m either booking a hotel and a shuttle for Halifax for Hal-Con, or booking flights and a hotel to Toronto. Along with dreaming of what geeky events I will go to and all the nerdy things I can buy.

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On of my fave spots to check out. I’ve bought several geeky tees and hats here.

Unfortunately, ย this year there will be no convention fun. Well, no trips anyway. With our BIG FAT GEEK WEDDING happening next year, we can’t afford any big trips. Not until after the wedding anyway. (BTW, honeymoon is going to be a convention, and we are so buying VIP tickets!)

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First time at Fan Expo was in 2013. It’s a trip I still think about often.

There’s a con starting locally this year, called Caper Con. And we are planning on hitting it up. ๐Ÿ™‚ I will get more pumped once details start being announced, and at least we don’t have to worry about travel (it’s a twenty minute drive away) or hotel (just our own geeky hideout.)

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You never know who-or what!- you will see at a convention. ๐Ÿ˜‰

But I admit I miss planning a trip. I’ve been talking about conventions a lot over the past two weeks with people, which is fueling my con fever. If only I could win the lotto to do All The Things! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Every single con I have been to, there is ALWAYS LOADS of Star Wars. (Not complaining!)

In a future post I will show you some of my fave highlights from cons I have been to. And I would love to hear stories from you as well! What do you love most about comic cons? If you’ve never been, what interests you most?