A few good and bad things
- I'll start off with my bad experience because then when I list the
good experiences I had it'll dull the bad experience.
I came to the con dressed as the tenth Doctor from the latest season
of Doctor Who. The man in charge of the registration desk--he was
wearing a yellowish greenish shirt with horizontal stripes, and
that's the only means I have to identify him--deemed that I was in
street clothes (though suit and tie is hardly what most people would
consider street clothes. There was a Dean Venture with merely a
white T-shirt and a pair of tan pants that got in free, not that I'm
dissing him. He and his Venture Bros. group was awesome), and said I
had to pay full price admission in spite of the fact that I had more
than enough reference, and that a random attendee (who was dressed as
the fourth Doctor and TARDIS) walked buy and snapped my picture in
Since the website does not give the stipulation that the costume has
to be something that the registration on staff at the time had to
recognize, I went to the info desk to complain, and the woman there
was very nice and sympathetic and took me to the other reigstration
desk to help me get my money back. When we got there, they seemed
reasonably sympathetic too, but then the same man from the other desk
showed up and started yelling at me again, threatening me with
explusion and saying that I was trying to take advantage of the
system. Because the rest of the staff was so kind, they offered me
half my cost back, much to his dismay. I feel kind of bad for the
two women at the registration desk because I think by that time I was
so frustrated that I was becoming smart with them, but I really do
appreciate the help of the info desk woman and the registration desk
I've staffed a lot of other cons before, and there are only a few
good solutions to this problem. Either honor what the website says
and let anyone that's in a costume come in for free, or do away with
the free Sunday altogether. From what I've experienced, it's a lot
more trouble than it's worth.
So, that was my bad experience. Anyway, on to the good experiences.
I really enjoyed the costuming contest. Lots of people took my
picture during my time on stage (which, during the registration
fiasco I was afraid that maybe the reason I wasn't allowed in was
because people didn't recognize my costume and entering the
competition would be fruitless). After the costuming contest, more
people wanted my picture, especially with me flashing the sonic
screwdriver LED thingie. It made me feel rather good because it took
me time and a fair sum of money to get the pieces for the tenth
The dealers were kind and helpful, and there was a lot of selection
in the room. One of them even gave me a bit off of a Doctor Who
comic I purchased just because I was in the costume. However, it was
fun just to look through things and try to find interesting
merchandise. I didn't spend a whole lot, but that's because I didn't
bring much to begin with. Still, it was a great selection and
everyone was so kind.
The majority of the staff was friendly, especially the ones that
worked the costume contest. And I appreciate the help other staff
members gave me, especially from the info desk and the reg ladies
that gave me a partial refund.
Something that I really enjoyed, though I didn't win anything, was
the Heroes contest that they did. That was a clever addition.
I've just about run out of things to say, so I think I'll wrap this
up. Thanks for listening to my rant and what I was pleased with, and
I hope this helps make Comicon better and better.