But all my fears washed away when I went. I had such a great time! I went by myself knowing that a few of my friends would be there and I'd meet them once I got there, but I felt a little overwhelmed walking through the crowd alone at first. I made it to the Q&A with Nicholas Briggs - the man who does the voices for the Daleks and Cybermen in Doctor Who - which was what really prompted me to get a ticket for this year's event (last year they brought down Nicholas Brendon aka Xander from Buffy and I was so fucking excited but I got there too late and they told me they had sold the last day pass to the guy directly in front of me. sigh). But this year was the year!
The talk was great, it was so cool to see him talk about what it's like filming Doctor Who, what the cast is like, and how he gets the Daleks to sound the way they do. He actually went into detail about what gear he uses and which plug-ins and whatnot, which was neat if you watch as many gear videos as I do (usually not by choice - my boyfriend watches them constantly so I end up watching them by default and I seem to have picked up a thing or two.)
|I got to hang out with a Dalek afterwards!|
I spent pretty much the rest of the time just wandering around, giggling like a school girl with a huge grin on my face. There were some amaaazing costumes. I'm always partial to the Doctor Who or Buffy themed stuff - there was a guy sitting next to me during the Nicholas Briggs talk dressed as Spike, and all I could think was "life is pretty awesome right now". There was a wicked Weeping Angel costume and one guy dressed up as this guy from Wild Wild West (he won the costume contest and my heart because oh man, do I love anything even remotely related to Will Smith). I kind of wish I had dressed up, too, mostly because I think my costume this year was pretty killer, but I was already nervous enough going to my first con that I didn't want to add to it by feeling weird by dressing up, even though I kind of ended up feeling weird being in regular clothes amongst all the super awesome costumes all day!
|I went as Carmen Sandiego for Halloween and I think I did a pretty damn good job!|
There was an arcade which I didn't spend as much time in as I wished. A few of the pinball machines were pretty reasonably priced, and one day I'll have enough money and I will buy one and it will be the most fun ever.
|This did not mean what I thought it meant.|
It meant violent video games. Disappointing.
I'm really glad I decided to check out Hal-Con and I'm already really looking forward to next year's (They've already announced Sylvester McCoy who was the 7th Doctor on Doctor Who and they're bringing Lando!). Really glad I got to cross this one off amidst all the stress of work and school!
Now look at a picture of me and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man