The Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo (2014 edition)

Last weekend was the annual Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo. Some people were disappointed with the celebrity "guests". Surely there was someone there who would make you geek out, no? Alice Cooper? Summer Glau? J. August Richards? (Ok, I admit. There weren't the same calibre of guests as the Calgary Expo gets--no offence to anyone. Why can't we get the reunion of the entire cast of Aliens? *sigh* OK, I really need to shut up--after all, I did have the opportunity to go to the pinnacle of nerd-dom. Yeah, I could have gone to the San Diego Comic-Con this year and turned it down. *sigh*)

Still, it was fun to go to panels and meet some cool celebs. Like Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg. I had to get their autographs. No, really: I had to. My wife insisted. And seeing as how she was looking after the kids all weekend while her husband got to go to the Comic Expo, how could I say no? You can really judge the status of a celebrity by how much they charge you for their autograph. Each of these gentlemen charged $70. I guess when you're on the top TV show, you can do that. (I've heard that Sigourney Weaver was asking $175 in Calgary. Yikes!)

I also got a couple of Tiny Titans comics, that were autographed by Art Baltazar. No, he wasn't at the con; I scored these out of a bin--only $5 each.

I also got an autograph from Dirk Benedict. It's hard to convey how much impact the original Battlestar Galactica had on me. As a kid, it was like having Star Wars every week on TV. We all ran around and recess pew-pew-pewing at each other, and everyone wanted to be Starbuck. He had a great panel discussion with Dwight Schultz. Those two guys could have gone on talking about The A-Team, Hollywood, and their lives for the rest of the day. I wish they could have.

Man, the Expo has grown. I've been going to it for a few years, and every time it's just bigger and bigger. More exhibitors, more fans, more costumes, more everything. (No, I don't dress up. What would I go as? No, really, I need suggestions. One person has suggested that I look Bruce Boxleitner-ish. Should I get a Tron costume? A skin-tight, body-hugging suit that lights up? See, this is why I don't dress up.)


Ooh, here's a cool thing (above). It's now one of my most prized nerd possessions. Anyone know what it is? (And do you get why there's a Superman logo on the box?) Hint: here's some info that comes with it:
Warning: Ring does not allow wearer to fly, does not protect wearer from adverse environmental conditions, provides no tracking or navigational aids, does not come with communication or recording capabilities
However, owning one does contribute to an enhanced sense of well-being, because, well, you have this awesome ring

Like last year, as a VIP I was lucky enough to get a bag of Expo merchandise, including an Edmonton Expo shoulder-strap bag, water-bottle thingy (never used), T-shirt (size medium, never worn), Telus World of Science drink holder, comic book, and blue dice (?). If you would like to win this package, leave a comment below describing your particular brand of nerdliness. I will pick one commenter on Thursday, October 9 at noon, and after successfully answering a skill-testing question, that person will be the proud owner of this cool swag.)

Why aren't you studying?

10 comments:

Jonah Curl said...
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Neat swag!! I'll take your challenge of a skill testing question. would you consider this studying?

ashley ezekpo said...
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i want this i war this i want this! the bag, the cup, the dice

ashley ezekpo said...
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ezekpo@ualberta.ca thats me

Karsten A. Loepelmann said...
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No, no, no. Read the fine print, people!

First, you have to open up and publicly talk about your kind of "nerdliness." That is, what are you a nerd for? NHL hockey stats? Walking Dead (the comic book)? Walking Dead (the TV show)?

Out of everyone who lists their nerd hobbies, I will pick one posting at random to receive the swag.

Sarah Howard said...
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How am I a nerd? I think I'll go with Harry Potter. And when I say Harry Potter, I mean the books not movies. I've read/listened (I was really into audio books for a few years) to them over twenty times at least. I can quote the Hogwarts School Song and the singing valentine Ginny gave to Harry in the second book. I am a big nerd when it comes to Harry Potter books. :)And by the way, I just spent over 3 hours studying.

Ali Qadri said...
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Hmmm...good question. I would probably say I'm a nerd for novels written in the Victorian era. Oliver Twist, Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights etc. etc. I pretty much devour these books in my free time, and I love re-reading them. I'm actually just going to read The Idiot by Dostoyevsky now. (I'm also a nerd in the sense that I have never had you a prof but I read your blog anyways because it's interesting and funny occasionally).

Anastasia said...
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I love Walking Dead, Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, Teen Wolf, Community, Big Bang Theory, Once Upon a Time, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Torchwood, anything Whedon, anything Marvel.

...I may watch too much TV.

Liya Ma said...
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I am a nerd for badminton. I've played badminton for three years during high school, I still occasionally play badminton in my free time. I watch youtube videos on badminton, compete in competitions, enjoy shopping for birdies and rackets and love badminton! I also enjoy competitive swimming and jogging. :)

Karsten A. Loepelmann said...
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Ok, so there are four contestants who actually followed the rules by posting about their particular nerd-dom: SH, AQ, A, and LM. A random number was drawn by random.org, and that number was: 1 (a screenshot of the random number is available).

Congrats to Harry Potter nerd, Sarah! I will bring your swag prize to our next class/lab, and you will have to correctly answer a skill-testing question. (Cuz my legal team says so.)

Sarah Howard said...
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Awesome! What will be the subject matter of my skill testing question? I'm going to guess it is Harry Potter? If so, bring it on!

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