So tonight I hit the road and head to No Brand Con 2013. It's my home convention, and the last con I'm doing for several months (my next one is in August).
No Brand Con is always a unique experience for me. I co-founded the event and was on staff for a very long time -- but I'm no longer actively staffing the event. I still host events for the convention though, so the outside perception is that I'm more involved than I really am. So I walk a line, making sure anything I do doesn't reflect poorly on the con, yet unable to comment on anything further than skin deep.
Oh well, it could be worse.
Crysta and I drive up to Milwaukee tonight, where we'll spend the night, and then go the rest of the way to Eau Claire tomorrow morning. It'll be nice to be back in Eau Claire; I spent over a decade living there. It was my home for a long time, and I often find myself missing that place. It's always strange to go back - to drive around neighborhoods as a visitor that I used to live in - but it'll still be enjoyable.
Nostalgia aside, you can find me in the artist alley for most of the convention. My table will be near main programming and the table top room entrance. On Friday I'll also be co-hosting Opening Ceremonies, which you should come to, as well as Hanzo the Razor at midnight in the No Mercy Room.
Saturday, I'll be cohosting the cosplay contest, and Saturday night I'll be doing a panel called "Trae Overshares" -- an 18+ panel in which you will hear things that I don't really put up on the internet.
It'll be a good time, trust me. It's worth missing an hour of the dance for.
I hope you decide to come out -- the con season is a little crowded in that region right now this time of year, so I know a few regulars are skipping the con this year.