I have returned from Chi Fi, a tiny first year convention up in Chicago. A friend of mine had an extra ticket, and invited me. He had a prepaid vendor desk, and I would provide company and sell the small handful of my books I had lying around.
Note to all considering going: From an organizational standpoint, the convention was a shambles. Attendance was miniscule. Entire concerts happened with no audience because there was no schedule posted.
I had a wonderful time, because the very few people there were the nicest, most intelligent, most cool and interesting I've met at any convention, ever.
This is my pictorial of their awesomeness.
SUDDEN DETOUR. This is a shirt sold by the booth across from us! I bought one for Dana.
There were no ID badges. All they had were these wristbands. I have to say, this was the con's promise, and they DID deliver. Many fandoms were united, and we were all gloriously one.
The first corset of the convention! Not the last. There were SO MANY corsets. It was wonderful. This nice lady stopped to chat several times. In fact, anybody you see photographed in front of our table probably stopped to chat several times. I left this one uncropped to show you our table.
Something awesome was revealed to me at this convention. When adults buy my books for tween girls, they buy Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm A Supervillain. When the girls are unsupervised, they gravitate to Wild Children. I tried to obtain photographic evidence.
Notice this woman's hair. I couldn't get her to bend over and let me just photograph the top of her head. Her hair had cool swirls. It must have been Hell to arrange that every day of the con, but she did.
EDIT - This lady asked me to include her twitter if I put up her photo. At least, I'm pretty sure it's this lady. I had trouble remembering who gave it to me. Anyway, her handle is @Kcrowemcp, but do note there is NSFW stuff on her feed.
Check it, there's some writer named David Webber who has his own fan military. They had a booth.
Random elf. You know how it is.
I guess these guys are patriotic or something?
Another customer! Or... maybe she's just the kid I flagged down for a random photo. To be honest, it's completely blurry who I sold what to.
One of many, many, MANY Jedi. I only photographed one, but they were every freaking where. There was no point to having a whole stack of Jedi photos.
I love this dress, and I love it front and back.
Cosplay of Elizabeth from Bioshock Infinite. I was in love.
And then she put her jacket on, and looked even more adorable.
I took a few photos of random well dressed gents. This is one of them.
My policy is to insist on photographing every teenage girl in a fez that I see.
This girl in the Homestuck costume was AWESOME. She's standing next to her mother here, but she dragged her mother physically over to my table, whining and begging for her mother to buy her Wild Children. And then they posed for photos. This is one of my two favorite memories of the convention, and photographing the lounge singer Hollywood Monroe would have been impractical.
This lady had style. I needed no other reason to capture her soul with my devil camera.
These young ladies represent Midwest Anime-con. I was ordered to watch the Puella Magi Madoka Magica movies, and despite my misgivings I shall. My policy is to do anything a girl with candy in her hair tells me to do.
This is probably a character? It's a well dressed woman in an eyepatch smoking a cigar. If that's just how she dresses, that's more than good enough for me.
Is there such a thing as Too Steampunk? This guy is trying.
Again, no idea who this is. A woman in a beautiful white dress was sitting in a chair, so I took a photo.
This is Jen. She cosplayed as Kim Possible at the convention, and we talked for HOURS. So friendly and sweet! I know her entire family history, now, how they shop, what she knows about kicking people in the knee, her parental issues, everything. Man, was she great.
Remember Elizabeth? I asked her Bird or Cage. She chose Bird! Notice the super tasteful way she covers her cleavage in the closeup.
A luchadore succumbs to capitalism.
There was a ball pit. At one point it was used to dispose of a body, but this is not that moment. I left this photo extra large for legibility.
In retrospect, Finn and Tank Girl would LOVE each other.
THIS. This wonderful young woman bought Sweet Dreams Are Made of Teeth, my very last copy of the old cover. Then she came back to buy Quite Contrary because she was loving it. She praised my genius effusively. Also, she knows, like, eight types of martial arts and can break parts of you that you didn't know you had. Once you put the raven on her hat, she became the Perfect Woman.
Some character from Kill la Kill. Taking this photo, I realized that I've watched the series, kinda liked it, know exactly who she is and what she's wearing and the sword and all, but damned if I know the name of ANYONE (or anything) in the series.
Another super well dressed man. I took a lot of photos of him, and none turned out. This was the best I could do.
Another hallway, another pretty dress. I couldn't even come close to photographing them all.
This girl is probably with the other candy maids, but who knows?
YOU'RE A WIZARD, HARRIET. Photographed primarily for Dana, who loves Harry Potter.
The general consensus was that I had photographed this woman's dress before, but I don't think so. Maybe her, but not this dress.
Seagulls on the way back. Because seagulls.
No photo I took in a moving car could capture the vast numbers of windmills on this wind farm, but this photo looks kinda nice.
And that, for the moment, is that! Back soon with speculations about genre.