The coffin lid can be closed on Botcon 2007 now with absolutely no indication of where 2008 will be held.
All in all, this was my 4th Botcon (if you include 2004's OTFCC) and this year it transfigured into something far healthier than in previous years.
2007 marks the year it went from being an excuse to go buy more useless robots to going to hang out with people I've met.
That small difference of it going from being a warped paraphilia to a social event completely changes the entire function of going to the GRC for me and my perception of it all.
Unfortunately, the gulf between myself and those I'll just refer to as "special" fans who still cannot seem accept that these things are just toys has widened even more.
But that was always going to happen now wasn't it?
The first day pretty much started off with waiting in line to register, picking up my box set, and then waiting in more lines to pick up the exclusive souvenier bullshit and a $16 hollow plastic ball on a stand.
The "waiting in line" thing would be the theme for most of the trip actually.
The evening brought us the showing of the Transformers movie and hanging around being a bunch of losers.
Aaron Archer and the rest of the Hasbro staff did an excellent job for the entire presentations and we got to see some great stuff and I personally had some great conversations with creators.
Of course, after the tour, there was a lot more waiting in lines to get into the dealer room and such.
For two years in a row now I've had a unique insane Peter Cullen event happen to me that general con geeks would accuse me of lying about. Alas, there are too many witnesses!
Lines, lines and more lines. I think I spent a good solid 12-15 hours in lines for the whole con.
I always planned on ditching the Saturday con-sponsored social event and after picking up our "goodie bags" we headed out to Dave and Busters with the gang and all those friends with the protoform packages.
I do believe this was by far more entertaining than listening to Stan Bush. The adulation of the geeks for this guy because he had some incredibly mundane TF movie music 20+ years ago oescapes me. I'll never understand that interest in him and I can't even muster up viewing it with any perverse sort of absurdity even. Oh well.
However, I did meet Despotes, Super King, and The Chocolate Wonder and that was a good thing.
The entire morning was packing up shit and then going down to the dealer room and once again waiting in a line. This time it was for the UPS Store.
I missed the Hasbro panel which completely sucked since no photos were allowed and I actually had to read up on what was discussed at various boards. Kinda sucked really.
We headed out around 1:30pm to get back to Boston and of course, our flight was delayed until after 10:00pm so the day more or less was wasted.
Con 2007 Pros
Getting to spend a lot of fun time with friends people I only ever see and talk to at the con.
Not puking from the 1 1/2 bottles of JD Friday night.
Meeting Flickr people.
Finding some stupid ass chase Spychangers.
Seeing Annalisa and Rob in Boston.
Con 2007 Cons
Having the trip come out to over $2500 when everything is taken into account.
Paying $25/ticket to see a movie that was worth about $5/ticket.
Eating entirely too much high fat/high calorie garbage the entire trip.
Thoughts on 2008?
Less money to be spent on toys. More money to be spent on quality food and alcohol with friends.