The second annual Pensacon was held this weekend in Pensacola, Florida and I was lucky enough to be able to go on Saturday morning. As someone who deals with anxiety issues and general anti-socialness, I didn’t plan on spending all day there but just a few hours.
First off, I’m really happy there is a convention like this in the area for fans of comic books, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, etc. to gather together. Any time there’s some type of event going on in my region, it usually involves country music or seafood: two things I couldn’t care less about.
Pensacon features the usual convention fare like gaming tournaments, costume contests, celebrities panels, artists alley, photo ops/signings, plus a large assortment of vendors selling things like steam punk gear, leather goods, Pokemon plush dolls, trading cards, comic books, movie posters, old video games, toys, vinyl records, jewelry, t-shirts, artwork. It was crazy how many vendors there were and how much they had to sell. One item that really stuck out to me was a vinyl copy of the Doctor Who serial ‘Genesis of the Daleks’ from the Tom Baker era and it featured the original voice cast from those episode. It was $30, which is about the going rate for it online as well, but I didn’t pick it up. One very cool toy I saw was the original G1 Galvatron from Transformers. Used, but complete and in box for $150.
I didn’t take a lot of pictures. I’m usually pretty shy when it comes to stuff like that (“Hey, um… can I take your picture?”). I certainly wouldn’t want to be in any pictures, but believe me, there were plenty of women there that I wish I left with pictures of. There were a number of beautiful women dressed up as Poison Ivy, a few dressed up as anime characters showing off a lot of skin and then an extremely busty Wonder Woman. Oh, and how could I forget the sexy Ronald McDonald?
Hm. I wonder if fries come with that shake?
Here’s a few pics I did take while there:
The vendors and artists alley took place inside the Pensacola Bay Center. Unfortunately, getting to the vendor floor was kind of a mess. I guess they had a bigger crowd this year than they expected so they had a waiting area and we all had to sit until our row was called. It seemed like even the event staff was a bit confused on how to handle things. A number of people were arguing with the event staff about the wait time and then two event staffers got into an argument themselves about it. Hopefully they have a better plan next year. My estimate is that I probably waited about 20 minutes or so until I could actually get down on the vendor floor. Mildly annoying as I expected to walk in and be able to go anywhere I wanted. I paid $45 for my ticket and $10 for parking after all!
The City of Pensacola really got behind promoting Pensacon this year, which was great. The Pensacola International Airport was “renamed” the Pensacola Intergalactic Airport and given a Star Wars theme for the days leading up to Pensacon. This is just a banner they had hanging up in the Bay Center.
Hey, this count as merch, right? I had to pay $45 for the privilege of wearing it!
Upon entering the Bay Center, they had these items waiting for you free of charge: a bag to stuff any of your purchased goodies in, a mock comic book that’s actually a guide to the celebrities scheduled to appear and a brochure featuring a map & schedule of what’s happening where and when. Some events (mostly panels and gaming) were also being held at the nearby Saenger Theater, the Pensacola Crowne Plaza Grand Hotel and a few local restaurants.
Picked up these cool decals. I’ve always loved the Cobra/Decepticon logo and have been meaning to pick up a decal of it for a very long time. The other one is of course the classic Boris Karloff version of Frankenstein.
This one booth had sooooooooooo many old trading cards… the kind with bubble gum! Welcome Back Kotter, Mork and Mindy, the Superman movies, Star Trek, Indiana Jones, Rocky… so many cool cards. I settled on Donkey Kong, Gremlins, Rambo, Doctor Who and Ninja Turtles. Can’t wait to open these. I’ll do an unwrapping post sometime later.
My biggest splurge! Official Universal Monster Dracula and Son of Frankenstein figures! Turns out I paid a couple of dollars more for them than I could’ve bought them online for (surprise surprise) but even at $25 each, I think they are a steal. Very detailed and beautiful looking figures. Yes, I will be opening them.