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Kitchener Tri Con 2016

This weekend was Tri-Con in Kitchener, a two-day event that was fantastic! In Ontario, I believe this is the only convention to run in the month of January at all. Okay, so the weather has a lot to do with that one, but it’s absolutely fun to be full geek all weekend.

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I had a new booth babe for this run and she made the weekend a freaking riot.

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This is me psyching myself up for the show. After set up, there’s a bit of time waiting for doors to open. Since I never pose like a normal person, these photos are fairly typical of me.

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Look how awesome my space was. LOOK! I had the best space ever. Two tables and a crazy 14 feet of display space. On a corner. And I didn’t even have to sleep with anyone to get it. So fucking awesome.

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My booth babe. Or bitch. Or the chick I fired several times. I think the fastest firing was before the doors even opened. Luckily she knows I’m full of shit and stuck around anyway. Though that might have had a lot to do with the fact that I had the car keys.

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I’d just like to pause and say how impressed we both were with the cosplays we saw. Everyone did an incredible job. I talked to so many people who were passionate about the characters, their fandoms and everything. It was a fictional love-in and honestly, I was moved.

I’ve gone to cons since Toronto Trek back in the late 80s-early 90s, but I have to say that going as a vendor is so much more awesome. It’s easy for me to talk to anyone who pauses at my table. I love hearing stories, seeing mashups (Predator Kylo Ren was stunning) and just the amount of love everyone had for their fandoms. I get a whole new energy from talking to other fans. Plus, I learned about a ton of new shows I need to watch.

Below are some pics from the weekend. I want to thank everyone who stopped by for a photo or a chat or even to buy some art. You were all incredible.

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This guy? Spider-man? Best hugs ever. Just saying. And funny too.

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I had a chance to look at some art from this guy. He was fantastic. Lots of stories were shared.

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Predator Kylo Ren, above. Like seriously! What a mashup.

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How many times was I captured by stormtroopers? A LOT. Because every time, I escaped. Something to do with their aim, I think! Ha.

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I was eventually EXTERMINATED by the Daleks for having images of the Doctor on my table. It was a glorious death.

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I just want to say, the woman next to Castiel in the above image? She’s the fucking IMPALA! I am not even joking. How INCREDIBLE is that?

I am thrilled to have spent the weekend among my people. The show was small enough to get to know a lot of you. I met some awesome artists and vendors as well. If you’re in the area next January, this is a fan run, intimate and incredibly fun con to attend. And you don’t have to mortgage your house or sell your first born child to get in!

I’ll be returning to 30 Days 30 Paintings in a few days. I’ve got commissions this week that are six kinds of awesome.

Want to see where I’ll be next? Check out my events page for more details. Right now, next up is Toronto ComicCon in March! Woot!