|Geeking out with my badge and program.|
Where do I even begin? Perhaps with the nearly two hour long trip it took my old roommate Sarah and I to get to Yorktown Center, where a conference actually called Chicago TARDIS, a tribute to all things Doctor Who, was being held. We took two different forms of public transit from start to finish to get there. We then paid the slightly painful price of $60 to get our badges allowing us free reign of the event space (clearly there will be more planning ahead next time). And then, AND THEN we had a freaking blast.
This was the first time I’d ever been to a convention of any sort. I wasn’t sure about it. I wasn’t sure I would fit in because I didn’t have enough time to make a costume. I’m a normal girl with a bit of an obsession. Who happens to want to work in the television industry. That’s what I was thinking, but I now quite clearly see that these reasons were exactly why I needed to go.
I needed the first hand knowledge that fandom was not completely crazy. I needed to see for myself that nerds are awesome and I can fit in just fine with people if I just be myself. I knew all of this before. I just forget sometimes and need reminding.
Panels with titles like “People Dig Chicks Who Dig Time Lords” (It’s a book. Which I now own.), “I’ll Tumblr For You”, “If Silence Falls In An Empty Forest Will River Song Notice?”, and “Inspector Spacetime: The Panel”; I nearly didn’t know where to begin (and a call from my best friend while she’s in London didn’t help matters — love you Al!)
These panel’s taught me more that I ever expected to learn from a nerd convention. I learned about creative licence verses sticking to the book. I wrote down at least a dozen names that I need to have a proper sit down to google. I got to know the entire history of a little known show called Inspector Spacetime all through the experts and show creators. It was fabulous.
I think the best part of all of this was realizing how attainable it is. With the Doctor Who fandom especially, the people who are now creating the show have been lifelong fans. It’s been around that long. And the cycle will only continue.