Sep 30

Tue '14

Another Comic Expo

On Saturday morning, Peter and I got up extra early and set out on a 3 hour road trip to Edmonton. We were on our way to the 2014 Edmonton Comic Expo. It was our second year driving up to Edmonton to visit the expo and to be honest, probably our last. It just wasn’t as fun as we wanted it to be. We might be getting a little tired of them? We’ve been to 5 expos in the last 3 years and they are basically the same thing each time. The only thing that really changes are the celebrity guests. As we are too cheap to pay for autographs or photographs, the change up of guests really doesn’t matter to us.

Once we got to Edmonton, we stopped at Cora’s for a delicious breakfast before the expo. As it was 9:30am on a Saturday morning, we had to wait about 25 minutes for a table. After breakfast we finally made our way to the expo. It was nice arriving after opening because we didn’t have a huge line to wait in as we have had done in previous years. We wandered around the vendors and admired all the amazing costumes. So much thought and effort go into them, it’s nuts. Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture, but my favourite costume was a woman who wore plain clothes, but she had a puppet of Audrey II on her right hand. It was so cool! I love Little Shop of Horrors so it made my day. She was rushing off somewhere so I didn’t want to bother her for a picture. Peter and I didn’t dress up, but we wore some nerdy t-shirts.

I bought some BTTF Delorean earrings from my favourite vendor, Pinz N Thingz and also an awesome headband that says POW, so it will match my POW earrings and POW sweatshirt! I can’t wait to wear them all as a combo. We also bought this adorable little onesie quoting Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother. After 5 different expos, Peter finally give in and bought a matching set of sword and shield from Zelda. He’s been humming and hawing for years and finally splurged. They are hanging on the wall in his man cave already. He’s a happy guy. Of course we also had to take our traditional expo selfie:

Edmonton Comic Expo 2014

After the expo, we decided to zip over to West Edmonton Mall for a bit of shopping. We didn’t really want to go, but we thought we were all the way there that we probably should. Well we didn’t end up buying a single thing expect lunch. We could have been on our way home 2 hours earlier. Oh well, we made it home eventually. We also know how to make a separated 6 hour road trip seem like an all day thing. Haha, as I have a little baby kicking my bladder all day long, I had to use the washroom a lot more than I would have liked. So we made a couple impromptu stops in towns we’d never been to before. While we were stopped we also felt the need to stock up on snacks. So silly. We truly know how to road trip! LOL :D

So we’ve come to the conclusion that we are only going to attend the Calgary comic expo from now on. As I said above, same stuff every year and it’s getting a little boring. I also think that Edmonton has lost it’s allure for me. I used to love going there to shop and visit. They had many stores that Calgary didn’t have. Well now Calgary has everything (and more) that Edmonton has, so it’s really not worth the drive. My Mom goes to Edmonton for business a couple times a year and I might go with her once in awhile, but other than that, I don’t foresee myself going again any time soon.

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3 Responses to “Another Comic Expo”

  • Joy
    October 1, 2014 @ 5:53 am

    The onesie is adorable!

    My sister just recently went to three different expos for the first time and she said the same thing. They were all a like.

  • Cat
    October 2, 2014 @ 8:20 pm

    I know the feeling of being tired of expos like that. I even think the Anime cons I go to start feeling the same! I change it up a little by photographing some while cosplaying to others, so that keeps it a little more interesting.

    That’s awesome that Peter bought the sword and shield from Zelda! I keep telling myself I need to make those as props one day, haha.

    It’s too bad that the Edmonton Comic Expo wasn’t as fun as you were hoping. At least you still have the Calgary one!

  • Kim
    October 21, 2014 @ 5:57 am

    I never get bored of expos/comic cons/conventions – Maybe it’s different in the UK, but they the ones I attend, of course, have some similarities but they all cater to different people.

    I go to the Memorabilia show which main focus is merchandise / dealer’s stalls, so it’s best for shopping. But, for meeting guests of shows/movies/etc you’re a fan of London Film and Comic Con is better and if you’re after a mixture, I like Collectormania.

    Also, I go to specific conventions: Chevron for Stargate for example.

    I’m sorry, Edmonton Comic Expo wasn’t what you were expecting, but there may be others you can try. That are more like Calgary…?

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