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The Most Amazing Phoenix Comicon Post Ever…2014

We just bought tickets to PCC 2016 –  and so to celebrate here are my thoughts from the first time we attended. More thoughts to come!

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This is it. If you’re a nerd, geek, fan boy, or fan girl then comicon has to be on your bucket list, right? So does Phoenix Comicon stack up against the rest? Should you just save your money and go to San Diego instead? Well honestly I’m not qualified to answer that for two reasons:

  1. Phoenix Comicon is my first and only comicon experience.
  2. My verdict would be the opinion of a 24 year old super geek who apparently has a Batman problem.

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Phoenix ComicCon 2014- Experience

We just bought tickets to PCC 2016 –  and so to celebrate here are my thoughts from the first time we attended. More thoughts to come!

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Similar to my thoughts on Phoenix pride, one of my favorite things about being at ComicCon was the freedom of everyone to express themselves. Apparently my new thing is seeing people be comfortable showing off who they are. It seems that everyone is IMG952280accepted at ComicCon, no matter what you dress up as people engage in each others interests. Even if you don’t dress up (We didn’t) seeing everyone in costume can be enough, and some of the more outgoing participants will include you. Max was just wearing a t-shirt with Deadpool (a popular comic book character) and a costumed Deadpool walked by remarking “I’m on your tits!” and then posed for a photo with him.

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Phoenix ComicCon 2014 – Place and Time

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We just bought tickets to PCC 2016 –  and so to celebrate here are my thoughts from the first time we attended. More thoughts to come!

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Going to Phoenix ComicCon was well worth it, I had never been to a ComicCon before but I think i may now be hooked!

My first bit of advice is to  buy your tickets online – the lines that you get to skip are a huge time and stress saver. I also say book early this event is getting more and more popular every year and they almost sold out this year – you can also get much better hotel location if you grab things way in advance. Save yourself the hassle (and cost) of parking or transportation and get close enough to walk.

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Phoenix ComicCon 2014- Panels and People

We just bought tickets to PCC 2016 –  and so to celebrate here are my thoughts from the first time we attended. More thoughts to come!

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I was really looking forward to the panel discussions and before we left for ComicCon I had almost every day booked back to back with panels to see. Turns out the panels were pretty disappointing. For the casual discussion topics it was really hard to hear any comments, or crowd contribution, the topics were pretty unorganized and did not present DSC00170much information at all. The best panels were the ones listed in the Writers Epic Quest – especially since Max and I are both aspiring writers- however these also left much to be desired. Much of the time the writing panels spent too much time on the authors and what they wanted to sell you than teaching anything, and they were often too casual. There was one panel tagged as how to write erotic scenes in books that was literally just an innuendo game the entire time.

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After Burning Man – The Community & After

Burning Man is an art festival, it is an adult nudist sex festival, it is a hippie retreat, a spiritual journey – it is anything and everything you want it to be. However for me, more than anything, it is a community and a feeling. My absolute favorite part of Burning Man was the people, the connections and the open minded and accepting nature of everyone you encounter.

Taking money and expectations out of your encounters with people allows every interaction to be genuine. I met a man from Lithuania who just wanted to marvel at the size of cars and offer us some traditional moonshine. Everyone has built and is offering an experience just for the joy of giving it away – just for the moment of making someone happy. For someone who can be a shy as I am, feeling welcomed into every tent and conversation was a magical experience. I have never felt more comfortable than I did at Burning Man.

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After Burning Man – The Art

This year the theme at Burning Man was A Carnival of Mirrors. Which sounds like it would be a light hearted adventure. While I did get to walk through some mazes and play some carnival games at the midway – there was a much deeper side to the theme. Most of the art pieces that I encountered invited the viewer to look within at who they want to be, and compare that to who they are on the outside. I really enjoyed this sort of self-reflection since I really strive to go after what you want . I did hear, however some grumblings that perhaps this was too intense for the casual party burner.

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Max and I spent a good amount of time interacting with the art, we rang gongs, wrote messages and climbed things.

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After Burning Man – The Survival

In some of my posts I mentioned being very overwhelmed and looking forward to the hopeful feeling of accomplishment for not joining a camp. Well I can say that we for sure feel accomplished, we survived. We were prepared enough that despite the worst dust and wind in 5 years our camp remained standing and we had enough supplies, food and water to give some away toward the end of the week. I am glad that we did it the hard way once, but let me emphasize once. When we go back we will go in an RV and with a larger camp. Save yourself the stress – these options are expensive, but getting everything you need to try to hack it the hard way was not exactly cheap. Besides, the money we saved we paid for in stress. Take the easier way, it would have saved us so many tears and would not have taken anything away from the experience. You will hardly ever be at your camp (unless you have schedules at a theme camp) but not dealing with the wind, dust and being comfortable when you do want to rest is worth it’s weight in gold.

 

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Journey to Burning Man – take 3

As Burning Man gets closer and closer, I realize that no matter how much I read or research I am going to be unprepared. I have re arranged my checklists and bought way way more than I will use. Max and I keep finding thrift store items that we love, only to later realize that it will be no good on the playa and have to go back to square one. Planning for this trip is intense, and more than a bit overwhelming.

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We have opted to sleep in a van and have a shade structure and a tent for all of our stuff. The tent will get taped up to keep dust down, and we have plenty of ways to make the van more comfortable. Our biggest obstacle seems to be the shade structure. We got an EZup and want to use that, so we are reinforcing all the legs and frame with PVC pipe and using heavy rebar stakes. We will be documenting our set up and break down – so win or fail we will let you know step by step.
If we had found this idea earlier we would have gone this route because it seems like a great idea – The Monkey Hut.  Plus we have seen this recommended for Virgins as it is supposed to be fast and easy.

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Journey to Burning Man – take 2

Oh my, when i bought the Burning Man tickets September was SO far away, now here I am with no more trips to go on until we leave for Black Rock City, and the tickets have arrived in the mail.

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I am starting to be so very glad that I have spent more hours than I will ever admit reading all the blogs, tips and seeing all the videos I can find.  I feel like I may not be totally unprepared. My first step has been filling my cart on Amazon with everything I can find and then trimming back – then repeat. I live in a pretty small town so finding all the cool blinky, practical and inexpensive things is much easier online.

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Journey to Burning Man – take 1

Max and I managed to get tickets to Burning Man this year!!!  My first bit of advice is to buy your tickets early – do the pre sale. It is more expensive but i did not hear any complaints about trying to get those tickets. If you do opt for the general sale make sure you are logged in and ready to go early. Refresh the page, and don’t be even a second late and you MAY have a chance for some tickets.

So needless to say we are excited. How excited? Well the night we got the tickets I couldn’t sleep I was so excited. I have manages to read wayyyyy too many articles about Burning Man and already have filled my amazon cart with anything I think I could need over and over again. We have also gotten started on making our gratitude gifts, which is a fun project. It seems my brain is on an all Burning Man all the time channel. Beyond being excited I am more than a little nervous.

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GRATITUDE GIFTS

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