Since last week was all about recounting my adventures at this year’s PAX Prime, I thought I’d take a little time here to show you some of the loot I brought back with me. I gotta warn you though, not having to work meant a lot more time to accumulate loot, and on top of all my PAX loot I also went on a bit of a nerdy shopping spree during my free time in Seattle.
Behold my spoils and validate my poor financial choices!
My free swag this year included an awesome drawstring back from mega-indies The Behemoth & two gorgeous posters from Spry Fox. I ended up giving the Triple Town poster to my nephew since my parting gift to him and his family was a crippling addiction to the game. This was probably for the best, though, as my Road Not Taken poster got seriously shmunched in transit. I also got keychains, magnets & a ton of pins to redistribute to all of my lovely penpals.
I also managed to snag two free t-shirts: one in a sweepstakes draw at the Chariot booth and the other for playing The Order: 1886 demo. The Order t-shirt was especially sweet to get because they only had a limited number of gold print shirts, which were the only ones that came in my size and they specifically told me I got that one because I was in costume as Delsin. And they say cosplay doesn’t pay.
Rick always asks me to get him a cool t-shirt whenever I go to PAX, which I sometimes struggle with, but as soon as I saw this Papers, Please themed shirt from Fangamer, I knew it had to be his. I also got myself a Mabari war hound plushy, a Mass Effect Renegade patch and a Bitey Bat cell phone charm. I also picked up the Cards Against Humanity 90’s booster pack, to add a little more variety to our group’s games.
In addition to my free and paid loot from PAX, I also did a little shopping in Seattle and Vancouver on my way back from the convention. A lot of what I got was comics, including the first Rat Queens trade (finally!), the first Phonogram trade, and single issues of The Wicked + The Divine and Supreme: Blue Rose, as well as the latest issue of my beloved Lumberjanes. I also snagged a bunch of loot at the EMP Museum, including zombie socks, 8-bit temporary tattoos, postcards & a magnet. I also added a new Funko POP to my collection: 1966 Catwoman! I love how sparkly she is. And I stumbled across a Daiso and invested in a bunch of cheap kawaii stationary for my penpals.
By far the strangest thing I picked up this trip was a mixtape from a dude off the street. I’m not generally in the habit of buying homemade rap CD’s on the street, but this one has a story to it. While I was on my way to the EMP a guy approached me with a stack of CDs in his hands. He complimented me on my earrings and I politely nodded and kept going, not really being in the mood to be hustled. Then I noticed he was running to chase me down. “Oh great,” I thought, “here we go.” Then he he said, “because of your earrings, I know you’ll appreciate this,” and launched into a rap that I realized was all about Star Trek Deep Space 9. Surprised and impressed, I gave him $5 for his CD, the cover of which seems to be illustrated with Enviro-Bear 2000 fan art. You can check out more of his raps here.
Also, when I was buying my Bitey charm at The Behemoth store I’d also picked up a Cat Guard dog toy with the idea that I would just display it above my desk. But, when I went back to the apartment that night I couldn’t resist trying it out with my hosts’ dog Doc and promptly spent an hour playing fetch with him, after which point it just felt cruel to take the toy back. So… Doc got a new toy and I got some pictures of him enjoying it.