Calgary Comic Expo 2014

There is a reason why we buy a Weekend Pass to the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo.  It’s because we’re never quite sure when we’re going to get there.  Sure, it’s an expensive insurance policy, but it’s better than not being able to go because you didn’t buy a ticket for a specific day. Plus, we’ve had times when we have been energetic enough to make it more than one day in a row.

This year, we didn’t get there til Sunday.  Yes, Sunday.

We managed to keep our plans for Friday Night, however…

We both worked Thursday. This meant we were too tired to go anywhere on Friday. Saturday? We were on our way, but hit a huge pothole in a parking lot that necessitated a trip to the mechanic (the car is ok, surprisingly enough).


A weekend like this deserves a really big beer.

So. Sunday.

We saw stuff like this guy.


We parked the car at one of the stations, hopped a train, and snagged some lunch along the way. We spent most of our time in the Artist’s Alley / Merchandise Hall, mainly because that’s where our friends are.

We even went outside to enjoy some of the sunlight and fresh air.  And Vikings.


But mostly we were there to see our friends.  And this guy.

A Dalek called Dudley and gratuitous advertising for my friend Kyle

But mostly our friends. Maybe next year we’ll be a bit more on the ball, take a few extra photos.  For now, I’m just hoping to get through my next shift at work (So. Tired), and the Husbeast just wants the cold he contracted to go away (it’s not the Con Plague. Unless you consider him Patient Zero, in which case, mazel tov!)

Hope everyone had a good C2E2, and we’ll see what the next year brings.

Fandom just got a little more affordable

Do you like Comic and Entertainment conventions?  Are you in Calgary? Do you knit?

The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo will be taking place at our Stampede grounds from April 24th through April 27th. The Husbeast and I have weekend tickets purchased and will be going to say hi to friends and get a good gander at all the stuff on display (from wares to costumes).

In honour of the event, sales of the Warmer on the Inside and Graboids patterns will be 25% off during the convention. Just click on the pattern links in the sidebar over there 🙂 ————->

Our friends Mike, Lisa, Kyle and Shonna will have their customary block of booths in the Artist’s Alley for your enjoyment.  All four are wonderful visual artists and I really hope you check them out while you’re there! If your thing is Dr Who and Firefly, Mike has the magnets for you.  Lisa does some lovely pinup illustration (in addition to her photography business). Kyle is the guy you go to for Monster Movie fandom, and Shonna is a novelist who likes to explore the art of the male pinup.  If any of those themes are in your budget, please stop by!

When Worlds Collide…

So I mentioned that I was doing a little designing? Yep. Look!  It’s a toe!

We picked up new dice bags at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo a couple of weekends ago.  Not really much to report on that front…it was fun, we saw quite a few of our friends, spent a bit of money on new artwork for our home, and got really sore feet. I recommend going on Friday, because Saturday was far too crowded. That aside, we picked up the aforementioned dice bags from Dragon Chow (or someone representing them). Robin has a Cthulhu dice bag and a Sushi-print bag, and I have a black cat bag in addition to the Tardis bag. They do not double as project bags.  They aren’t big enough.  That’s ok…we’re nerdy enough to have dice aplenty to populate our new dice bags. (And what do you think of my somewhat Tardis-y blue dice?  Pretty smokin’, huh?  They’re actually a deep blue-ish shade of purple, but I’ll always think of them as my Tardis Dice 🙂

And then there’s the collision of two different worlds here…I noticed that the colours in the 2nd HitchHiker scarf that I cast on are pretty close to the colours on the cover of the new(ish) edition of Shadowrun (4th Edition). I’m still learning all the rules of the game, but having a good, mindless knit to work on while this happens is fantastic. I’m enjoying reading up on the world the game is set in, and it’s helping me kick-start my imagination…which is never a bad thing!


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The League of Extraordinary Knitters

I may have mentioned that Calgary recently played host to a whole schwack of celebrities during the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo. We apparently had Shatner, and Felicia Day, and a whole bunch of web artists.

It also had my friend Mike.  Mike is our former roommate back from when we were living in the townhouse o’doom. He had a table with his wife, Lisa, our friend Kyle, and our other friend Shonna.

I can’t remember if I mentioned it, because I was pretty angry at the time, but we spent the entire weekend trying to get to the Expo.  The local LRT wound up with a car stuck in the tunnel leading south, and it took well over an hour to clear. By the time we managed to get to our destination…the Con was over for the day. Luckily, Robin managed to get there on the Sunday to wander about, see our friends, and do a little retail therapy of the nerd kind. He also commissioned a picture for me from Mike.

I present to you Mike and Robin’s version of Mina Murray-Harker from Bram Stoker‘s Dracula and (particularly this version) Alan Moore‘s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. If you don’t catch the reference to the scarf, read the Graphic Novels by Moore.  If you don’t understand the knitting reference, I’m not sure there’s much I can do to help you 😉

Thanks Mike! We plan on getting it printed & framed for the house.  You did a wonderful job as always 🙂