Salt Lake Comic Con was awesome, and exhausting. The convention center was packed -- it was difficult to get from one end to the other in less than twenty minutes. They stopped selling tickets Saturday afternoon, fire marshals locked down the building...just packed. It was a great con. Highlights (sorry I didn't take more pictures):
Favorite Costume: Dad in a Luke-Skywalker-from-the-swamp carrying a baby with a knit Yoda hat on his back. So. Stinking. Cute.
Awesome Games. The gaming room had free minis for everyone to paint -- something I'd never done before. I completely missed lunch and nearly missed my own panel. There were also giant board games! Here's the Settlers of Catan board. We played giant-sized Tsuro more than once. Thanks, awesome volunteers, for running the games!
Favorite Presentation: We watched the droid show twice. Full-scale droids racing obstacles courses against each other. It was pretty stinking awesome, not just because, y'know, droids, but thinking about all the hours of learning, work, creativity, and robotic expertise their owners had put into their droids for the sheer enjoyment of it. My kids were mesmerized, too.
Panels. It was great to be on panels -- especially fun to talk to teenagers. During the last panel (on worldbuilding), someone asked about cultural appropriation with about thirty seconds left until our time in the room ran out. That could be a panel, or a conference, all on its own. Here's a post from Lee & Low with a collection of different articles and viewpoints on the subject.
I also had someone ask me at the end of that panel about worldbuilding in short fiction. I don't think I answered very coherently (it was the very end of a long, exciting con, where, again, I kept forgetting to do thing like, y'know, eat...). So I'm working on a blogpost, with examples, which I'll post soon.
Comic Con was great! I'm already looking forward to the next one. :)