Our good pal Grover helps us understand Alone With You’s pseudo-3D environments.
For the first time in 13 years, I attended FanExpo Toronto as a regular fan instead of as an exhibitor. My cousin Curtis—who was the only cousin on my dad’s side who would play videogames with me when I was a child—came to Toronto to visit, stay with us and partake in this crazy, crazy convention.
To be honest, it felt really weird being at a comic convention and not selling books. I’m not sure I’d want to repeat the experience (at least not on FanExpo’s busiest, most human-packed day), but it was almost like a market research expedition. I trolled the entirety of Artist Alley, looking at what people were selling, paying attention to who was busy and who wasn’t.
Here, visiting with friends and ex-students was the highlight. It was nice to see people energetic, busy and having fun.
Most interesting at the show, however, was the inclusion of a series of indie game booths, which looked like a lot of fun. Local coworking space and indie game dev super-friend Bento Miso hosted a block of tables for small outfits like Spooky Squid Games and Christine Love to show off their wares. Even indie superstars Capy Games had a booth, demonstrating a new build of their anticipated Super T.I.M.E. Force to con-goers. If it makes sense, I’d definitely like to do this next year.
SpookySquid Games hates you
But my cousin’s visit was also to catch up and hang out, and so my wife and I showed him and some friends the sights—meaning restaurants, restaurants and more restaurants. We ate crepes, funnel cake, dim sum (even duck feet! That was a new one), fusion food, Chinese buns—you name it. Then we burned it all off with 5+ hours of foot-destroying tramping around at the convention.
To top it all off, we actually attended the Silver Snail’s annual “Midnight Madness” sale—there were well over 200 people in line (we were thankfully right at the front), and it was hilarious to see lines of people in the store, clearly already exhausted from being at the convention, carrying 12-high stacks of humongous figures and books to the cash.
I didn’t buy anything. I couldn’t find anything I wanted! What a waste!
And this was the FRONT of the line
In the end, the weekend was a unique experience, and a great way to spend time with long-lost family. Also, did I mention Batgirl?
Nana nana nananana nana na
I injured my foot recently, so I was seriously in a lot of pain afterward
I went to GameOn 2.0 at the Ontario Science Centre with a friend; it was a pretty interesting peek down memory lane. I didn’t think it had enough original materials (like this original Tomb Raider cover art concept), but it was great to see all those rare and odd old consoles and computers.
Join us for a celebration of the release of Home here in Toronto! We’ll mingle for a bit and enjoy custom themed snacks and cocktails, then gather to hear the dirty postmortem details of what went right – and what went horribly wrong – in Home’s one-and-a-half years of development.
- Drink a special Home-themed cocktail served live by a real human
- Enjoy tasty catered munchies
- Participate in the insanity wall
- Play the game
Doors at 7 p.m. // Postmortem talk at 8 p.m. // Party ‘til well after dark…
Party hosted by Bento Miso
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Toronto, ON M6J 1C9 Canada
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Today I left Pembroke, Ontario—wait, no, I did that already. Today I left Fan Expo 2010. It wasn’t really with satisfaction or relief or trepidation or regret or anything—I just left.
I arrived home ten minutes after I exited the Metro Toronto Convention Centre; a lovely benefit of living downtown. I quickly unpacked all my gear, stowed away my books and convention materials, and then took a prompt nap with the cat on the couch. That nap was the best 20 minutes of the whole weekend, and I was grateful for it.
Thanks to Ilana and Sam for bringing me chili, and for letting me see SNOW on the new Kindle device. It looks lovely, don’t you think? Get used to it—we’sa gonna be e-publishing alll ova da place!
As well, a big thank-you to everyone who stopped by to say hello, including Hyein Lee, Robert Haines, Michael Cho, Juan Carlos Solon, Andrew Webster, the RGB Filter lads, and everyone else.
A big Imperial Officer thumbs-up to you.
If you didn’t check it out at the show, I can’t recommend Uyugomiak’s Chubby Bounty Hunter series enough. A lot of you will be put off by the format; don’t be. Uyu’s writing is snappy and descriptive, and his reality-fantasy-fusion storyline about an alternate, dystopian future set in the Ottawa Valley is expansive, original and entirely captivating.
You know how excited you were when you noticed a downed spinner from Blade Runner in the back of a shot in that fromage-friendly Kurt Russell film, Soldier? Or when you spotted R2-D2 in J.J. Abram’s Star Trek? The Chubby Bounty Hunter gives you that every few pages, particularly if you are at all familiar with the Ottawa Valley or Canadian culture in general. Seriously, go read it.
With luck, I’ll be exhibiting again at this year’s Canzine on Sunday, October 24. Hope to see you there.