skinscript (skinscript) wrote,

Fan Expo, Day 1

I'm very happy to be here.

Of course, that could be the 4 Long Island Iced Teas speaking. :)

It took a bit longer to get downtown than usual, thanks to lots of construction on the roads, and my brain fade of forgetting that one can not get to Spadina from Lakeshore, but about 1/2 late I arrived at my hotel, which is connected directly to the Convention Centre where the event is being held.

What greeted me was... A line up. A really, really LONG freaking line up.

I called Ash to see where he was. His answer: in the line; about a kilometer from the entrance.

This is the first year that we've seen such a thing, and it turns out that it is largely due to the event being held in the North building this year, instead of the south one. When the event is in the south building, the line sort of loosely travels through the whole (ginormous) convention centre, and the actual processing of the people happens much more in bulk. This year, the crowd was forced to gather on the street rather than within the building, because there were only two doors through which to enter. Apparently the Toronto police department got a bit concerned about the size of the crowd (which was in the several thousand even before the doors opened) and took over crowd control.

For myself, I managed by accident to line jump straight to the front, and ended up not waiting in line. When I got through to the pre-paid ticket section, there were ten (10!!!) ticket counters that were manned but had no line up - because the Toronto police security detail had elected to only allow 100ish people through the doors at a time.

Did a walkabout the vendor floor - fun stuff in the Tron booth, the Buried Alive coffin ride, the Alien pod booth, and it was lovely to see a Supernatural Metallicar (with correct license plate) taking up the CW booth.

I still would have rather seen Ian Somerholder, but I can't really complain.

I got to talk to some of the artists I like, and sat in on a couple of sketch duels (always fun).

I have yet to decide if I forgive them for having Tahmoh Penikett's Q&A at the exact same time as James Marsters'. Right now, it's not looking good.

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