9.28.2011

Geek.Kon 2011 Highlights (part 4 of 5)

So that was Friday.  Saturday, husband wanted to go to a movie, so we went to a matinee showing of Our Idiot Brother (which was quite good, by the way). I have to say the AMC theater in Fitchburg is the largest movie theater I think I have ever been in. Our movie was at the end of the hall (well past the Imax theaters), and boy, it seemed like that hall would never end! And there were so many employee only doors!

After the movie, we decided to hit up Dotty Dumpling's Dowry for lunch. No trip to Madison is complete without stopping at Dotty Dumpling's Dowry! My dad went to school with the owner, and I've lost count over the years how many times he's told me the tale of Dotty Dumpling and her dowry. (We'll cover that another time.)

We didn't realize Wisconsin was playing Oregon until after we were parked and inside the restaurant. Thankfully, we finished our meal before the game ended, and were able to get out of downtown before the streets became thick with traffic. Wisconsin won, by the way. By a landslide.

After lunch, we went back to our room for a food coma nap, and later wandered back to the convention. We ran into my niece and her friend, which was awesome since I haven't seen her in awhile — holy cow, she's gotten tall!

In the dealer's room, we met Ryan Dow, the comic artist behind Introspective Comics! He shared a table with Fes Works of The Webcast Beacon Network. Fes was at a panel, but I did get to talk with Ryan for a few minutes, and I picked up his book, The Art of Failing Buddhism. I'm hoping Ryan publishes a sequel (hint, hint!). Picking up his book reminded me how much I love to spend an afternoon (or two) reading comics from an actual book versus a digital screen.

Later, we attended the Masquerade — the cosplay competition, for the uninitiated. Geek.Kon being a smaller convention, there weren't as many entries as one would hope (no, I was not among them). However, that didn't keep it from being a good time. My personal favorite was Nanny Ogg. That still makes me smile!