Nerdlove at the Calgary Expo

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“…because nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff… Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it. Hank, when people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff.’ Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, ‘you are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness’.” – John Green

Sorry there was no post yesterday! We had a crazy busy weekend, and by the time we got home on Sunday night and I realized that there was no post for Monday, we were so exhausted that we both fell into bed and right to sleep.

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We were busy with the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo! It was a grand time. We went to the Edmonton Expo last year, but it’s a baby compared to the more established Calgary event. this one has tons of panels, artists, and exhibitors, and thousands of attendees (they expected upwards of 60 000 this year!!). And there were so many cool media guests, including Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Stan Lee (the granddaddy of superheroes), Gillian Anderson (Dana Scully), and three of my personal favorites: Misha Collins (Castiel on Supernatural), Eliza Dushku (Faith the vampire slayer), and motherf*cking Nathan Fillion, the god of nerds himself.

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The event was not as organized as I would have hoped – we spent a LOT of time waiting in lines (including more than an hour for food, but the Vietnamese sub we got was so good I wasn’t even mad) and ended up not being able to meet Nathan and get his autograph because of general disorder – but it was still a really fun experience. There were a lot of amazing and detailed cosplay costumes, including my friend Malissa of Bzou Arts. I am thinking that I might want to try cosplay!

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All of the booths were really cool too, with awesome things like geek inspired paintings, web comic artists (like Jeph Jacques, who draws Questionable Content, and who did not seem put off by the fact that Bryan and I were SUPER AWKWARD when we stopped by his booth and just kind of shuffled our feet, didn’t really say anything, then bought one of his books and pretty much ran away), comics and graphic novels, t-shirts galore, fantasy-inspired weaponry, and lots lots more.

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The general air of nerdy love and camaraderie was infectious and lovely; it was incredible to be surrounded by so many people who clearly loved a lot of the same things that we do.

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The highlight for us, hands down, was definitely the panels. All of the ones that we saw were held in the corral, the big ass auditorium, and many of them were packed. The panels are such a cool thing because they are yet another way for the fans to interact with the guests. It was to die for cute when a little boy, probably no more than seven, got up in front of hundreds of other people and said, “Ms Fisher, I was wondering” in such a sweet lisping little voice

We saw quite a few panels: the tail end of Stan Lee’s, all of Carrie Fisher’s (saucy and hilarious – a little boy, no more than 9, asked her how she got the part of Princess Leia and she said, “Well…have you ever heard of a casting couch?” Hilarious), the Supernatural panel, the spotlight on Eliza Dushku, Game of Thrones with Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey, and lastly, the spotlight on Nathan Fillion.

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They were all great because the guests were all great: relaxed and engaging and fun. When we left the Eliza Dushku panel, I said, “I’m pretty sure I’m in love with her now.”

Our Sunday got off to a crappy start, with waiting in line for an hour, missing Nathan Fillion’s autograph session, and then Bryan’s pass falling off, resulting in our being escorted to the admin building by security to try to get another one, but “no guarantee.” They had one, thankfully, and we carried on, but it was the Game of Thrones and Nathan Fillion panels that really made up for the earlier part of the day.

Lena and Peter were hilarious, their chemistry was great, and Nathan Fillion was, as always, the absolute best. He was gracious and engaging with all of the people who asked questions, answering them all, no matter how ridiculous, with charm and humor. He even shouted out his hometown of Edmonton multiple times, which was cool. (Clearly it was super awesome because Bryan forgot to take any pictures!)

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Though we ran into several snafus and weren’t always the happiest of campers, we left the expo brimming with nerd love, a renewed appreciation for the things that we already loved, and so happy we got to experience such a great event.

I already can’t wait for next year, and also really want to attend the real deal, San Diego Comic Con, now!

Did you guys go to the Calgary Expo or an event like it? What was your favorite part? If you could meet one celebrity, who would it be?

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Jessica can most often be found with her nose in a book, or writing her newest short story/screenplay/novel, but she also has a passion for travel, child-care & development, psychology, feminism (and other forms of equality), and making the world a better place in general. Email Me