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Pittsburgh Comicon, Part 1

Pittsburgh Comicon was two weeks ago, and this is the first chance I’ve had to write about it.

Pittsburgh Comicon once had a decent Star Wars presence. But for several years, the 501st, for reasons I can only speculate (and honestly don’t want to know), has chosen to boycott the con. The Star Wars Association of Pittsburgh, a Fan Force group which I belong to, stepped up several years ago to try to fill the gap.

It became clear after a few attempts that a costuming panel was a waste of time, but several other panels were rather successful. There was also a popular “kids’ room” where kids crafted their own lightsabers and other sci-fi/comic related things.

With the popularity of other fandoms within the group, and a desire to be more inclusive, it was decided to change the name to something more encompassing: The Science Fiction Alliance of Pittsburgh. You can find it on Facebook.

With the changing of the name, I decided to forgo wearing Luminara for the con. I wanted to wear my two newest costumes, which meant I would be cross-dressing both days. ;)

Gerard appeared on Saturday. I had worn him last year, but his appearance was very brief, and he deserved more time at Comicon. He was very well received. People asked who I was, and I said, “You wouldn’t know if I told you.” ;)

I spent time at our table, where we gave away silly prizes and Jane hats for the Pittsburgh food bank. I also wandered around, looking at vendors’ booths, etc. There are vendors pedaling comic books, bootleg DVD’s of obscure, classic sci-fi movies/shows, or their own art work, among other things. There’s also the cinnamon nut vendor that does a huge business with the enticing aroma that wafts through the whole complex. *drools*

SFAP hosted several panels, including “How to be Evil (Bwa Ha Ha Ha),” hosted by Michele/TRADMIC. She ‘s a pro, often getting banned from Fan Force forums under assumed names. ;) There is a nice write up of SFAP’s involvement in the con and about this panel in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

There was also a panel about science fiction and the cold war, which was hosted by Christine/Greencat and Tina/Stinacri. This was a last-minute switch, as the original host bailed with two weeks to go.

I was surprised that Christine wasn’t planning to do this panel from the beginning. She is a history geek/teacher and can pull obscure historical facts from her cranium with amazing speed. The discussion that ensued was very interesting and insightful, as members of the audience asked intelligent, thought-provoking questions.

You can view the Power Point presentation here (You have to sign up).

After a dinner out with my friends, I decided to stop at Ron’s so he could “meet” Gerard. It was Ron’s first time kissing a guy with a mustache. ;D


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 16th, 2010 03:54 am (UTC)
Speaking of drag....guess who go their new binders. =) and "new" shoes.
May. 16th, 2010 11:26 am (UTC)
Cool. I saw your "hat form." Looks like something out of a Dr. Seuss book. ;)

A binder for me consists of an ace bandage sandwiched between two sports bras. ;)
May. 17th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
The sport bras should do fine. The ace bandange wont cut if for me.
May. 16th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
Fandom politics... the same the world over :-)

Still much fun to be had - as you did!

I am impressed that the paper actually ran a piece about a panel at an SF Con (and a respectful one at that!)
May. 16th, 2010 11:43 pm (UTC)
Yes, some things never change.

Much fun was had because we rock!

The article was very geeky and well done.
May. 16th, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
LOL, your costume sounds awesome.

Sounds like a cool event. I would like to attend some sort of sci-fi/fantasy convention someday.
May. 16th, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the report!
Lol, love your answer to the inevitable question.

And LOL! Ron kissing Gerard! That messes with my mind!

How did Ron like him? ;)
May. 16th, 2010 11:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank you for the report!
I'm glad you liked my answer. ;)

He thought I looked great!
May. 17th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
from Tina
The 501st Boycott's the comicon, because the owner was apparently convicted of murdering his first wife (they are appealing it) Apparently according to a friend of mine "They have ethics they need to follow if they want to be Lucasfilm's go to group"
That's what I was told anyway.
May. 17th, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
Re: from Tina
That's the story they're using now.

Perhaps the 501st had inside information on the crime, because the boycott began several years before the owner was even accused.
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