Every year in late May/early June, thousands of people descend into Arizona's capital city for the Phoenix Comic Con. This year, I was honored to have joined the group of volunteer photographers, called the Contogs.
Lara Croft, Tomb Raider Model: Unknown
I met a lot of amazing people and was able to get very close to some celebrities to photograph them at some of their panels. While I didn't speak to most of them, it is really quite cool being so close to someone you admire.
John Scalzi (Left) and Wil Wheaton just finished reading a story to the packed room.
Some people seem to be very good at talking to celebrities, but I never know what to say. I feel pressure to say something unique to them, but what haven't they heard before? The only thing I have ever been able to think of was when I met Felicia Day. A few years ago, she produced a music video with the cast of The Guild called "Do You Want to Date My Avatar?" When my daughter was younger, that video always calmed her down and made her happy. So, when I met Ms Day in 2011, I had to tell her that. She seemed genuinely touched and that made that moment more special to me.
John Barrowman entertaining a packed ballroom.
Despite not knowing what to say to someone I admire, this year's Phoenix Comic Con was an amazing experience. If you are a fan of anything from comic books to popular science fiction, really anything that might be considered even remotely geeky, I highly recommend attending a local Comic Con. Oh, and by the way, kids love going to those things.
Pink Stormtrooper, Star Wars Model: Unknown