Wonder Northwest is a newer geeky pop culture convention that we got to cover this year for Skewed and Reviewed Magazine. It was our first real “press” assignment (we got free passes and everything!), so everything was extra exciting. Here are our adventures from the first day of the con! My first *squee* will be about the mega awesome convention badges!
Shortly after our arrival and quick jaunt through the vendor area, we headed into our first panel- NERDFIGHT!!! This panel consisted of the local geek authorities who would argue out certain points (like other than Bale- who was the best Batman?, What is the best gaming console of all time etc). They would then vote on the final answer and that was now the new nerd law! This was the most awesome, hilarious, and surprising panel of the whole convention. I hope they do it both days next year, because we could not get enough!
This panel was a great way to kick off the con, but this day was also awesome because we brought our son and Tony’s little brother (who were both very worn out by the end!).
The small vendor floor was packed full of all kinds of treasures!
Vintage Toys (I splurged on starting a My Little Pony collection and got a Viewmaster)
And my personal favorite- super cute geeky goods!
I also talked a vendor into selling me this Toki Doki Rogue off the rack that I’ve been after for months! It helped I was wearing the matching t-shirt.
There was also a DJ on the vendor floor at all times kicking out an eclectic (to put it nicely) mix of tunes.
In addition to the vendor floor, there was also a Podcast Alley where several local podcasters were available to meet & chat with. I finally got to meet Aaron with geek in the city who I’ve been friends with on Facebook for some time. Give you a hint- he’s the one with the rockin beard.
We also found a Lego Room with a giant “airship” and Diesel was pretty excited about their free build area.
The first day of Wonder NW also had a Micro Mini Geek Film Festival. It featured web series and home grown filmmakers works.
We also spent a lot of time in the gaming room. The volunteers taught us how to play Fluxx
and we showed Diesel & Mark how to play Magic
We learned about lots of upcoming local geeky events that we’ve been missing out on
And enjoyed seeing all the cosplayers
The night ended with some awesome geektastic music by The Doubleclicks and Asteroid M
It seems fitting that Diesel’s first concert would be at a comic convention! It was such an awesome first day we could hardly believe we got a whole other day of fun in store!
On our way out we got caught in torrential downpour and lightning storm which caught everyone by surprise after the gorgeous sun we’d had all day! We feared for our lives a little bit on the way home!
We did make it home safe and eagerly awaited day 2!