Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Long Con, Part 2: Why ECCC?

My friend that was helpful in cultivating my most recent comic book revival, and responsible for getting me to go to Pittsburgh ComiCon, kicking off the era of me going to cons, has a podcast. He and his friend and frequent collaborator actually have two podcasts, both of them very good. The first is called Sarcastic Voyage, and is a great mix of humorous chatter and funny bits on any just about everything. The second is Post Atomic Horror, and it is an ambitious Star Trek themed Podcast that started with The Original Series, and is working its way through lovingly irreverent recaps of  all the episodes of all the series', as well as the movies. Both podcasts are a lot of fun, both are on ITunes, and  neither are for the overly prudish.

My friend lives in Seattle, and I have wanted to get out there for Emerald City Comic Con for a while. This year is a big year for the podcasts, and He and his co-host have a lot planned for ECCC. One of the nice things about following his creative efforts is that it has afforded me the opportunity to interact online with a lot of other friends and listeners of the shows, and develop friendships with many others who have similar interests and sensibilities. This will be the largest 'meet up' that I have ever been a part of, and I am very much looking forward to it.

I went to Seattle, once before for about a week. It's a beautiful city, but I didn't spend a lot of time in the city itself, as I was attending meetings at Microsoft, and was staying on Lake Washington, but I had a car and drove around it some. This time I don't know that I will see a lot more of it, but we'll see.

My trip this year almost wasn't going to happen, but there were just too many people I really want to meet in person for me to miss it unless it would bankrupt us, and I don't think it will. I definitely need to budget carefully, but I don't think this one time will kill us. My Flight is booked, my hotel accommodations are handled. I am now in the early panic and planning stages, which I will continue to discuss in future entries here.

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