Pirates and Werewolves – ACCC 2014

A couple days later, but here’s my post about going to the Alamo City Comic Con! My new class in the English Lit program started yesterday so there was all the getting situated with that and Sunday night was recovery/unpacking. (Which is yay! I finally get my American Lit II class which is a 300s course when it’s been pushed back since March and all my recent/future classes are 400s for being a senior. Looking forward to May when I’ll have my BA completed, then comes the fun part of finding a job to use my degree.)

Sorry, sidetracked there.

The main reason that I went to ACCC was for my friend. One of her friends from junior high and high school in New Hampshire is an artist by the name of Brota. Amazing artwork but more on that in a bit. She hadn’t seen him in ages and found out he was going to be down here in Texas even though he’s based in Wisconsin. So, she wanted to go down to see him, meet his wife, and introduce her boyfriend to him. I get offered to go with them because they looked on the ACCC site and saw that Greyston Holt (who plays Clayton in Space/SyFy’s Bitten). I got her hooked on the show and she knows I loved the book and TV series, it was my pre-ticket in. I then noticed that Steve Lund would be there (he plays Nick). Plenty of “we’re definitely going” was going on at a pirate party* on Labor Day weekend.

(Another sidetrack, everything happens on the same day! I get home from the pirate party and find out that the same day we’re going to Comic Con, my Evil Chipmunk is having her baby shower for my goddaughter and another friend is going to Medieval Times with her Girl Scouts with an invite for me.)

We met Brota and his wife, marveled at his artwork which is him painting and airbrushing on plexi-glass, and had a great time. You should really check out his website. He even has a couple of books. It was so much fun to see them reunite and getting to meet him myself after hearing all the exploits of high school on the drive down to San Antonio. We kept him occupied a couple times throughout the day and tried to make sure we didn’t steal all his time away from painting and meeting other people. He was a vendor at the convention after all. This also lead to almost getting caught up in the security sweep at the end of the convention when it was closing at 8pm and making plans for breakfast the next day. What else is new for pirates? We usually leave TRF after the fireworks and with their security sweeps.  (The picture below is Brota’s selfie after breakfast on Sunday.)

1922524_10152746489886683_57243819973622511_n And that leaves us with how we dressed! The three of us wore our pirate garb and saw a couple rennies there. One of them was a chainmail vendor so that was cool. Next year though… It’s going to be different. We’re still debating on what costume she should work on but I’m tossing between my Sailor Venus costume and Commander Shepard from Mass Effect on shore leave from N7/Spectre.

Her and I also split an autograph package with the guys from Bitten. It was $50 for two autographed pictures and one photo-op with our own camera. She got a picture of Greyston and I got one with Steve, the photo-op was the two of us with them. Pirates and wolves, what a great way to spend a day. This turned into a whole evening of chattering about the TV and book series. A couple months ago, I asked her if she wanted to borrow my Otherworld books by Kelley Armstrong, the series that Bitten is based on, and she wasn’t sure yet. Now, I’m bringing them all to TRF opening weekend when we go and she can borrow them. Bwahahaha! Corruption! It was really nice to see the guys there with as far as it was and that they celebrated Greyston’s 29th birthday a few days after the Con. ACCC got him a cake and slices were offered to people getting autographs. Yeah, they’re just overall awesome and nice. Crossing paws that they’ll get to make it down again for other cons and that Bitten gets more seasons. (We did get a season two, so yay! And if you want to catch up on Bitten, last time I checked Netflix had season one and the DVDs are out.)

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Now, for the minor downfalls of the con. After spending a few years going to the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention and helping out/having a table, ACCC was still a bit disorganized. Of course, they probably pull larger numbers than RT and they didn’t have all the rooms that RT does because it’s a hotel based convention rather than a convention hall. The Con was also running at the same time as a home and garden show, also happening downtown. Being a nice weekend, you had River Walk and Alamo visitor traffic along with everyday weekend and mall traffic. Parking took an hour to find. I’m really glad my other friend who went with us (her boyfriend) was driving. I would have checked out and been done. They also didn’t list autograph prices at all tables so it made being a shy person a bit more nerve wracking because you didn’t want to just go up and ask. Luckily, my New Englander friend is much more out there than me.  There was also a ton of zombie related things, which isn’t my particular thing, but it made my friend say she hopes my scifi series becomes popular so she can visit me at Con, too.

Overall, it was a great weekend and we’re looking forward to next year.

*Pirate Party: I’m a part of a privateer group that goes to renaissance faires. Most holidays we get together on weekends for parties and get-togethers at our captain’s house. This ensures that we get to hang out while everyone is scattered across the state between ren faires.

Featured Links:

http://brota.net/

http://alamocitycomiccon.com/

https://twitter.com/leven_stund

https://twitter.com/greystonh

http://www.kelleyarmstrong.com/

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