I was so excited to cover World Con this year! If you’re not aware World Con is annual international gathering of science fiction and fantasy fans held in a different city around the world. At this time, we’re celebrating World Con 76! Also, World Con was highly recommended by game of thrones creator George R. R Martin himself at his recent talk at Red Wood City, CA this year. He, and his co-host John Picacio, had more than a few good words to share about World Con. From their talk, it sounded like this was the convention you wanted to be at if you are a sci-fi / fantasy fan. So naturally, I went!
So, what was World Con like? Let’s start with the convention floor. Although it was a smaller convention, and not nearly and crazy as my experience at San Diego Comic Con, World Con still had a lot to offer. For instance, there were all kinds of things on display! Below you can see me with a life sized carbonite Han Solo and a replica of the actual Hugo 2018 award. If you’re not aware, the Hugo Award is basically the most prestigious Sci-fi / Fantasy award you can bestow to a writer.
There were also a few merchandise shops and more than couple books stores. Some of the shops and items on display can be seen below:
One of my favorites was Shire Mint Post (top right photo)! They make custom made coins from popular fantasy novels including: Game of Thrones, Wheel of Time and the Mistborn book series.
My favorite coins of course are from their Mistborn set, as I’m a big Brandon Sanderson fan. The attention to detail and quality of the coins are superb!
Of course I also had to stop by Hugo award winning artist John Picacio’s booth and get a signed poster. The cover art this year was beautiful, as can be seen below:
Lastly, they had more than a few customs on display. Here are a few of the ones that caught my eye:
From the above, I really liked the Purple Tentacle from Day of the Tentacle video game and Dark Pheonix (e.g., of X-men) costumes. Those for me were winners.
Ok, that’s it for the show floor. Next up some: World Con panels, the costume / cosplay Masquerade and finally experience our Hugo Awards experience.
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