Out and About in Winnipeg

Last night, my hubby and I went out to a fundraiser art auction for Timeraiser.ca, an organization that holds events for non-profits and charities to match up causes with volunteers with appropriate skills. My hubby’s childhood friend, Paul Gagnon was overseeing the even at Hydro Place, and though we were only able to attend the second half of it, I would say it went quite well. I enjoyed the tasty appetizers and the showcase of art, as well as speaking with some of the different organizations that were there, including Elaine from CYBF – Canadian Youth Business Foundation who gave me a pointers about getting information for business start up. The people were very friendly, plus it was a chance for my hubby and I to hang out with friends, something we don’t do enough. It was a nice evening overall, ending with a cozy drink and appis at Rudy’s Eat and Drink (in the same building). I must say, I half expected the prices to be crazy given it’s location downtown, but we were pleasantly surprised the food was fairly priced with generous portions and very tasty! I would definitely go back again. My one complaint, which isn’t really a complaint more than an observation, is that the washrooms are a little crazy to get into. You go behind a glass wall to get to them which is see through from the side of the washrooms, but not see through on the other side, and there’s a wall of wood panels, and doors with the same wood panels which blend right in to the wall. There are no door knobs or handles or signs that say push or pull on them so it’s confusing at first to figure out how the doors open or where they begin, except there’s a small metal circle on each door that says, “Vacant” to let you know that no one’s in there. Strange? Yes. I’ve never seen doors like this. Needless to say, I found out you push on the metal circle to open the door lol! So funny! I joked with one of our friends that this is why moms don’t go out – (we just end up getting embarassed or have weird struggles like this). We laughed quite a bit over this. But it felt good to get out of the house even though it took me way to long to figure out what I was going to wear (at first I was going to wear something plain jane but then my hubby was wearing a nice blazer and shirt and I didn’t want to look out of place so I hurried to find something a little more dressy but not too fancy). Anyhoo, I’m so glad the evening turned out; we all had a nice visit with friends, Timeraiser.ca raised many volunteer hours for the organizations there, and a bunch of artists got paid for their artwork. Oh, and I got a  job, which I start on Monday! Yay! Happy Mom!

Hope you all have a splendid day!

Roxy

Spring 2013 Manitoba Comic Con (Pop Culture Expo) and Creative Types

ImageThis past weekend, my hubby and I were tabling at the Manitoba Comic Convention (Pop Culture Expo), for their Spring show and while it was pretty slow, it was still like coming home. What do I mean? Well, speaking as someone who enjoys going to these shows, whenever I’m at a con, I totally feel welcome and there’s a sense of excitement in the air. I think it’s because I’ve always felt a little out of place in everyday society, and it’s not for lack of trying. I’ve tried very hard over the years to “fit in”, and no matter how hard I tried, it just never seemed right. Don’t ask me why, though it probably doesn’t help that I’m a naturally shy person with little self-esteem, but I’m also a ‘creative type’ as some might call me and that’s where I think my views and personality might clash a bit with mainstream thinking. And I love being around people, I just don’t appreciate when people are mean to others for being different. I mean, we’re all different in reality, but the problem is, there tends to be a shift in society where once a certain trend hits, everyone must jump on board for fear of being seen as a ‘loser’ or a ‘has been’ or whatever else one might want to call them when in reality, if everyone decided to just be themselves, and like what they like, do their own thing, there would be way more creativity in the world and people would be happier in general. But I digress. My point is, if you, like me enjoy being around people, who are not afraid to say they enjoy certain games, movies, comic books, or other specific hobbies, then you’ll enjoy coming to a comic convention. And the fact that the word comic is in there is a bit of a misleading thing, because comic conventions are much more than comics as you can guess. There’s many different vendors and artists there, all waiting to talk to you about their favourite movies, TV shows, games, drawings, books, even pieces of jewellery! And while many vendors and artists return year after year, there’s always fresh new faces to meet and new products available, along with different things going on on the side. What else is there?

Well, there are always special guests, sometimes, like last year, there’s an extra-hard-to-come-by guest such as Patrick Stewart of Star Trek Next Generation, or like this past show, there’s guests such as Adam West, Burt Ward, and Yvonne Craig, (or Batman, Robin and Batgirl from the hit 60’s TV show: Batman). Either way, you’re sure to find someone interesting to take a photo with or get an autograph from – though come prepared to spend some cash as most actors etc. charge quite a bit to get one. There’s also other things happening here and there, such as costume contests for those customers or vendors/artists who come dressed up in cosplay. These are fun! You can even get in on a group photo-op if you happen to be wearing a costume that is from the same show or movie as other cosplayers. 🙂

Well, here’s some photos from the convention:

Spider-Man

Spider-Man!

Hug Me Batman

A cute cardboard Batman with a slot on his chest that said “Hugs 25 cents” So adorable!

My hubby's Axiom-Man series

Axiom-Man series of books and comics

Close-up of my comics

A close-up of my comics, Average Jill and Fuzz Society

Me and Batman

Me and Batman

Hubby and Jack Sparrow

My Hubby and Captain Jack Sparrow of the Pirates of the Caribbean

Me and Batman again

Hey, I know I have a silly face, but that’s what makes this cute ;p

My crocheted Batgirl hat

My crocheted Batgirl hat

side view of hat

side view of hat

Front view of hat

Front view of hat

My books, art, and stuff

My books, art and stuff – all Roxy!

 

Well, this is the smaller show of the two Winnipeg comic cons, though there’s another show,(unrelated), called Ai-kon which is coming soon, and it’s all about anime!! Yay! I would like to table at one of these shows if I can, provided I can get a table as it’s first come-first serve and limited space available right now. But we’ll see what happens with that. ;p Until next time, chow!

Ttyl,
Roxy