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Jun11

So the time was officially upon us, Phoenix Comic Con 2016! I went for the first time to this comic con last year for one day and I really did love every moment of it. So when I saw the list of attendees for this year I knew I had to go for them and because of the fun of comic con in general. So the bags were packed and the pibbies in their service dogs in training vests were loaded up and it was time to get going on a two hour tour, kidding kidding but there was a drive involved.

The trip went off without a hitch as far as the drive and we checked into our hotel easily. Diva & Olly were extra happy about the room as well.

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The room was super clean and everything looked pretty new. While last year the stay was clean enough things were looking a little run down and shabby. Motel 6 though you can’t really complain about it unless it is not clean. You could tell the room we were in and (likely others) had recently been redone and could even detect a hint of fresh paint smell. So an overall thumbs up to Motel 6 Black Canyon! I do have to suggest you guys really get your ice maker fixed though, it was out of order this year just like last year. Come on you are in Phoenix people need ice.

Friday we were up and at em ready, go to go. The heat was marked to be a record breaking 115 that day so we packed plenty of water with the pet to go bowls and water jugs and were set. Last year getting tickets was an easy affair, went inside waited for a little while and then got the prepaid passes. Passes were paid for in February in preparation. Now, since it was a Friday this Gypsy did expect a little bit more of a wait, but once loaded and through traffic we got there about 11am, so thought the wait should be medium at worst.

This is where everything went completely pear shaped and boy was I wrong about the wait. Apparently everyone in Phoenix planned for the heat save for Comic con. There was a line snaking around the building in a very confused way that also nearly guaranteed everyone would be in direct sunlight for a long time. We dutifully took our place in line as one directing guy assured us the line was moving fast and would not take that long to get us in. I worriedly pointed out the service dogs with us and once more was assured the line wouldn’t take long.

An hour into our outside wait in the blazing sun and trying to find what shade was find-able even as one person stayed in line and the other took the dogs we were really getting concerned. My companion went to find another staff person to speak with to see if an accommodation could be made. The dogs were doing their work despite the horrible heat. We were looking for any kind of accommodation, an ADA entrance maybe or just a way to flag our spot in line and allow us to go inside and sit with the dogs and wait for our spot in line to come up. We did not expect to budge ahead. I have never been anywhere that they won’t make any kind of ADA accommodation and according to my companion, I was turning redder than a tomato, which is not a good sign for me. When she politely asked my friend was laughed at, snorted at and told to get in line like everyone else. Not acceptable. We were not the only ones having that issue either, there was several disabled people waiting outside and even another service dog. Grand total we waited in the heat for over two hours. Once we got inside my companion went to get the tickets and I immediately went to sit down and take care of the dogs. I myself was feeling faint, close to passing out. I don’t consider myself a weanie, but 2 hours in direct sunlight in 115 degrees is dangerous to anybody. The news even had “death temperature” warnings.

I quickly stripped their vests off and filled our portable water bowls for the dogs (i had been giving them a lot of water outside as well) so they could cool down as fast as possible. Diva laid herself out after drinking a lot of water and Olly did the same but was not in the mood for a photo.

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Once we got a little bit cooled off, it was time to do some people watching.

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While I was still pretty miserable I enjoyed watching them watch people and of course I was enjoying the people as well. A lot of people came over and said hello and asked about the dogs, which was nice. That is part of their job making it easier for me to communicate with other people. Give me nature, give my animals and I am perfectly at home. People, however, make me want to run and hide. Ha so she goes to Comic con you say.

We had made plans to walk around the con and see things on Friday, but once everyone was cooled down we were also exhausted. So we all agreed to head home for the night and start fresh on Saturday. Olly was certainly okay with this choice.

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Saturday was a brand new day, even though we needed them with us, we decided to leave the dogs in the nice cool hotel. It was going to be 118 degrees and while we had our passes, we just did not trust something wouldn’t go wrong given how things went on Saturday. Traffic was better and we got inside relatively fast around 9am. There was already a crush of people! That is where this gypsy started doing her favorite thing finding great costumes to take a picture of. I succeed through the day and here are a couple of my favorites, which have been posted on their own as I took them.

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Bad guy Zoom! Creepy he even had the voice.

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Harry Dresden, Wizard! He even had business cards.

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The one and only Deadpool.

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Such a sweet, cute couple, Killian Jones and Emma Swan

There really were a lot of fantastic costumes this year and these are just a couple of my favorites. I did not approach everyone and ask and I am a firm believer that Cosplay is not consent so if you don’t ask to take a picture don’t take it. Social anxiety is a pain in the rear end sometimes, but I still got some great shots that I am happy with. The Dresden really made me the happiest because I am a massive Dresden fan and that Bob the skull I asked him to hold.. was mine.

James Marsters was the highlight of Saturday for me. There were a lot of great people there this year, including Alex Kingston and Billie Piper, but James was the big one for me. He arrived late for his autograph op, which while slightly annoying was alright. It gave us geeky people a chance to walk to one another and enjoy being friends. I met a nice group of people, including a brave young woman battling cancer. If you read this Hun big shout out to you and you CAN BEAT THIS.

When he did arrive James was friendly and kind to everyone in line. He made a connection and chatted a little bit with everyone as they got their autographs. It was wonderful to see and he was genuinely pleased to see a variety of things come along. Me and the lovely gal in front of me had Dresden articles to show. He was very excited about that and when asked how long he would be the narrator for the books by Jim Butcher?

“I will narrate the books until either me or Jim DIE”

So there you have it to anyone else who reads or listens to the books. After the autographs we looked around the hall of heroes, some more and enjoyed it. AZ Avengers as always, were fantastic and I wish I would have had the patience to stand through the people and get some more pictures. More people watching was involved.

Picture time came and once again James was a hit with everyone. He really is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. I had Bob with me again, of course, and no sooner then we were about to pose for the picture then he said.

“May I?”

I said of course and gave him Bob. The resulting pose and picture was amazing. Please pardon the crop but I am respecting my companion and my own’s social anxiety issues with this one and just sharing the man himself and his awesome Bob holding pose.

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He even went to make sure the photo turned out with the photo people and we may have heard the exclamation of bad ass! All in all the perfect end to a fantastic day at Comic Con. It was very busy all around, but worth every second.

Sunday was supposed to be another day of enjoyment. Sadly, we had to cut it out as my companion had some very bad feet. The bottom line, Phoenix was a really nice adventure. We arrived back home in Tucson safe and sound and I had to play catch up with things. So the post is a little bit late in coming, but I have enjoyed writing it. I recommend anyone who wants to attend a fantastic comic con than is still growing, to check out Phoenix. You can get tickets unlike San Diego and have just as much fun!

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