figures collecting comic books and most of all dressing in costumes which is probably why I love this
time of year so much with Halloween and all.
I remember going with my dad to the theatre to see Star Wars.
We went 7 times.
After I saw it, I begged my dad for a stop watch so me and my friends
could see how many 'parsecs' it took us to do the Kessel Run on our Big Wheels.
My grandmother (who always came to visit just before Thanksgiving and didn't leave
until after New Years) bought me the Han Solo and Chewbacca action figures for Christmas
I also remember staying in after all the other cartoons went off so I could watch the Star Trek
cartoon and watching Original Star Trek reruns. As a kid I love wearing costumes and would
often wear out my store bought costumes. My mom wrote down a story in my baby book of
how she asked me why I liked Halloween so much and I said "because you can dress up and
be someone else for one day and nobody makes fun of you" I dressed up for Halloween until
I was 13.
I was fascinated by Dungeons and Dragons. But going to a Catholic school and my parents buying
into the whole 'D&D is a gateway to hell hysteria didn't give me many opportunities to play.
that is until I got into public high school. I got to play but very secretively.
I watched Star Trek: TNG every week.
My boyfriend (who is now my hubby) introduced me to comics.
I had heard about conventions when someone reported them on the national news but I didn't get
to go to one until I was in my late 20s...a Star Trek Convention. I was hooked. I found out about a
local Star Trek fan club and joined right way. I became 'ship's counselor' and organized 'away missions'
for our group to the Renaissance Faire and other local attractions. During all that time I didn't dress up.
That all changed when my daughter introduced me to anime.
We had just moved to Georgia and found out there were 2 big conventions in Atlanta; DragonCon and
Anime Weekend Atlanta. We went to Anime Weekend Atlanta.
How do I describe what I felt being there with people dressed up as their favorite characters from video
games and anime series? For me it was like Christmas and Halloween rolled into one. I didn't dress up
the first time but the second time....
And I don't allow anyone to tell me I'm too old, over weight or whatever to do it.
Because it makes me insanely happy to be a geek girl doing my thing.