I mentioned in my last post, prior to my attending, that I really loved Cons, and that this was one of my favorite. That's all still very true. I feel very much at home among my peers at Cons. I intend to make a routine out of being a part of as many as I can, but definitely settling in on a few that are my regulars. New York Comic Con will definitely be one of those regular shows. There's something very special about it. As with many Cons it has a certain feel to it, some sort of personality. It's something I really look forward to. Partly it's being around so many awesome people.
I had a lot of really incredible folks come up and visit my table. It was so much fun to talk with everyone and share stories about everything that we love. I had the distinct pleasure as well to be joined by some noteworthy colleagues AT my table as well. Josué Cardona of the Geek Therapy Podcast Show, Ali Mattu the Science Fiction Psychologist, and Travis Langley of "Batman and Psychology" fame all spent some time at the table. We're beginning to form a little Psychology/Counseling Geek Group I think. Which is really incredibly exciting. More on that later.
The reality of Cons for me is that they are a place where I can go and join in a conversation about anything that I love, and never really feel judged. I know that this isn't the same experience for every Con attendee, as was discussed among us at the table, but I'm glad to see it is for most. For those who are judging or micro aggressing, this will need to stop. Another post on that later I think. Regarding the feeling of freedom and safety, it's something I very much look forward to. If I step into my office and talk about lightsabers, Spider-Man, or Halo I have very few individuals to dialogue with. Less still sometimes that feel as though what I'm talking about is noteworthy. It's a real shame, because I'm always glad to hear whatever it is that they're sharing (which is to say whatever is important to them). It's never like that at a Con though. Regardless of whether you're more a Star Trek or Star Wars fan, whether it's Marvel or DC, or whether you prefer Playstation or Xbox (or any of the other genres in between), there seems to be a mutual sense of respect among one another for this culture we're all sharing. That's what most draws me to Cons, and has me continuing to come back.
Those are my reflections for now. Sharing the table with those guys has me brimming with new blog ideas, so I should be posting again shortly. I'll also be updating with my progress towards PAX East in April. I'm super excited for returning there. I made some good connections at NYCC as well that will hopefully spin into some new projects. So please keep checking back.