On the sometimes too long list of things that terrify me, venturing into unknowns has always been near the top (surpassed only by sharks, obviously). I hate unknowns and too often I find that fear winning out over new experiences. Fear can be crippling and I hate that it can do that. Such has been the case with Comic Con. I have wanted to go for a number of years, but I don’t have the kind of geeky friends who want to cosplay or who get Battlestar Galactica references. Even though I was raised by a couple of nerds, my family was never the dress-up-like-our-nerd-love kind.
I always assumed that I would dress up as something Doctor Who related as it is the only nerd category that I have truly entered a fandom state. And then my appendix ruptured and I channeled the bravery of Coraline and afterwards I thought, Who better to face a fear as than Coraline Jones.
So I donned a rain coat and rubber boots, threw on a brain piercing blue wig and brought Puck along for company. He played the part of one of the circus mice well. I bought a ticket and I went. Fears be damned! Actually, that’s what I kept telling myself but I was super nervous and entirely overwhelmed.
But then I walked in and there were crowds of people being and living their nerdness and I immediately fell in love with each and every one of them. ESPECIALLY this guy because check out this AWESOME Cyberman outfit! And he didn’t even try to upgrade me, which was very considerate (and grossly out of character!).
AND THERE WAS A FULL SIZE TARDIS!! And the guy with the TARDIS had a key that he had cut to the exact specifications to the actual key and I kind of wanted to become his best friend.
Puck decided that he would make a great companion and tried to run off with the Doctor. I told him he could be the Mickey to my Rose…if he was lucky.
I also met up with friends there, because as it turns out, I DO have super nerdy friends who love to cosplay and live their neediness out loud. Her costume was bonkers awesome.
Coraline turned out to be pretty popular as well. I happily posed for many photos and found it endearing that whenever anyone said my name, it was with a soft, slightly higher pitched, “awwwwww Coraline!” Yay for literary nerds!
The thing about fears is that they always seem ridiculous after they are overcome. It is funny to think that I could ever be afraid of a room filled with comic reading, book loving, artsy, game playing nerds. I guess that’s the magic power of fear, the false illusions it creates. Still, I saw through those illusions yesterday and thank god! Because I got to hold a Sugar Glider and now I want one! Watch out, Coop!
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