This was a long day, very full of delightful things.
The morning started early, as we went to line up to get tickets for the Neil Gaiman signing. We arrived at about 8:30, and (thankfully) the line was still pretty small then. We got moved around a little bit, but by 9:10 they started handing out the tickets, seeing no reason to keep us all there until 10.
At that point, some food and hydration was the order of the day, and so a visit to Tim Horton’s—where they had the blueberry glazed donut for sale, much to my delight—was in order. There, in the line, we chatted with another Worldcon attendee, just as we had in the Gaiman lineup and on the way over to the convention centre.
After that, we hit up the dealer’s room, since there were a few things I had hoped to acquire for signings later in the day. I was disappointed that I couldn’t find Karl Schroeder’s The Sunless Countries, but since he is a Toronto author, I’m certain I’ll have other opportunities to get a copy signed in the coming year.
Next up was a panel on “Relativism and the Superhero” (I don’t remember the panelists names right now, but will look them up later). They panel was interesting and well-balanced, talking about how heroes and villains have gone from straightfoward all-good or all-evil to more grey and ambiguous states, with a focus on comics. All the panelists had thoughtful things to say, and shared the stage well with each other, so it was fun.
At noon I got a few other things signed by Schroeder, and then we (being me and the girlfriend, not me and Schroeder) hit up some lunch. This meant we kind of forgot the panel she wanted to see, on “Legal Systems, Past and Future” was starting at 12:30, and so we arrived a bit late. The last bit (well, hour, I guess, which was most of it) was sufficiently entertaining though, with the panelists and audience having a good set of questions going back and forth.
After that, despite having a plethora of intriguing options to choose from, we decided to actually go outside, which meant walking back to the hotel, running some errands, and napping. Then, we had to head back to line up a second time to actually get our stuff signed by Gaiman.
But that is a story for the next post, as is the rest of day 2.