We couldn't attend the Friday panels, but we arrived nice and early Saturday morning. Since we couldn't get checked into our hotel room until later that afternoon, we decided to start our day off with breakfast at the Marriott (holy hells expensive!), attend a panel, and then browse the dealer's room. Although our breakfast was very good, we quickly agreed that the next morning we'd venture away from the hotel in search of either a McDonald's or a Starbucks.
Our first panel was on the topic of comic books. Even though I've had limited exposure to comic books or graphic novels, my sister is a huge fan of the comic book hero or heroine. My exposure is limited to Saturday morning cartoons from my youth and more recent movie adaptations. After attending the panel, I'm beginning to suspect a lot is lost in translation. I think I'd like to check out either Fables or Sandman.
After our panel we decided to check out the dealer's room. Oh, how I love the dealer's room. There are just so many wonderful and quirky things to look at. Not to mention there are always, always, books on sale. I'm not sure how I managed to resist buying anything that first day, but I did. Not that it mattered because the next day I spent way too much money on books and a Firefly t-shirt.
The rest of the conference was a blur of panel discussions. Topics covered included steampunk, young adult books, minorities in comics & graphic novels, non-medieval fantasy settings, and other interesting topics.
We also visited the party floors where I may have indulged in a drink or two before heading down to the Masquerade and, eventually, the dance.
While we were sleeping that night, someone else was entertaining themselves by writing messages in the snow. If you look closely at that last image, you'll see what I mean.