12 November, 2012

My First Geek Con

I'm pretty lucky. This writing gig opens me up to some pretty awesome opportunities. Like getting to meet someone I've been a fan of for quite some time! Thanks to Femme Fatale Magazine I got to go to Supa Nova on the weekend and not only meet but get the autograph of and a photo with the one and only Mistress of the Darkness, Elvira! If you don't know who she is - why are we even friends!? Kidding!! Seriously though, look it up. Here in Australia as a guest of Supa Nova, a pop culture expo, it was so exciting to meet Elvira. I even gave her my business card! She was really lovely in person and DAMN she still looks good for her age!

Supa Nova itself was an interesting experience. As I said, I've never been to anything like it before and to be honest I don't think I'd want to go again. The place was PACKED, the crappy weather didn't help but the event just seemed quite unorganised not to mention EXPENSIVE! The place wasn't well-signed so it was difficult to find what you were looking for, particularly trying to make your way through the crowds. There weren't many staff around to ask for help and those that were around didn't seem to know much anyway.

Entry was $30 but then to meet any of the special guests it was $30 for a signature and $40 for a photo and unless you had bought tickets for either of these things, the staff made sure that you weren't even getting near them. I'm really not sure how I feel about this. I understand the special guests have their own appearance fees etc but considering how many people were through the gate at $30 (more if you wanted a VIP pass) they would have made a killing. It seems wrong to be charging such an exorbitant amount of money for autographs or photos. I mean, you don't pay to get into a gig and get to see the support bands but then have to pay extra to see the headlining act. I dunno, it just doesn't sit right with me. In saying that, I didn't actually have to pay for anything so I guess I can't really complain.

Anyway, it felt like all we did for most of the day was wait. Stand in lines and wait or get jostled by the crowds. Probably because generally this wouldn't be my thing I didn't fully appreciate the expo because it seems like there were thousands of people there having a great time. That being said, there were plenty of interesting costumes to keep us entertained as we waited.

All in all it was a really cool experience getting to meet Elvira and it was kinda fun to do something new and a bit different. Again, a big thank you to Femme Fatale Magazine for sending me on such a cool assignment!

Have you ever met an idol? Was it everything you thought it would be?

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