I took these three, plus one to FantasyCon last week. We started off pretty rocky. I was worried! I was ornery; Eric was ornery. I wondered if I had bitten off more than I could chew!
I switched out my Sydney for the guy on the right. She was much happier at his house. I hope "L" enjoyed FantasyCon, but he never says too much.
We were a bit stressed when we first arrived at FantasyCon. Eric had one thing on his mind, an autograph from Sean Astin aka Samwise Gamgee.
The frustrating thing about FantasyCon was the lack or organization. They had a huge row of autograph booths, but there were not times or costs. We had to ask a few people before we learned the necessary procedure for Sean's autograph.
In the meantime, we took advantage of all the cosplayers walking around the facility. Jordan and Suze wanted to take tons of pictures.
"L" didn't like his picture taken, but I managed to talk him into a few photos.
I made the kids sit through two one hour panels so that we could have good seats for the Middle Earth kickoff. That is not entirely true. Jordan took Suze and Eric to get Sean Astin's autograph. I made "L" stay with me because there was no way I could save all four seats. One nerve wracking hour later they came back. Eric was all grins; Suze was pretty excited too!
These men are almost unrecognizable without their beards and funny hair. They are most of the hobbits from the same named movie franchise.
Suze went on and on about Sean Astin. He spent several minutes talking to the kids. Suze told him she was an extra in a few different movies. He told her he hoped to see her in more movies.
Suze was completely enamored with Mr. Astin. "Mom, do you think I can be in a movie with him someday?" (Sean Astin is the one in the black tee shirt and glasses.)
John Rhys Davies was a class act. He entertained the audience with his humor and quick wit. That little guy in the corner with the blue shirt and hat is once again Sylvester McCoy.
Eric is a big fan of Captain Jack Sparrow's work.
How on earth do you make a costume like this? These people are incredibly inventive?
There were plenty of backdrops.
The kids were both repulsed and strangely attracted to this gentleman and his "pet."
Before we left, Eric had to experience the feeling of being the center of attention in several of the autograph booths.
My free tickets cost me over $60.00 for an autograph, food and parking. I can't decide if I came out on top because Eric absolutely adored most of his time at FantasyCon.
Ask me in ten months if I have signed up again? Maybe it's like child birth; and I will only remember the good!