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PAX Prime & Seattle Loot

PAX Prime 2014 free loot

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!

PAX Prime 2014 free loot 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.

PAX Prime 2014 Loot Free T-Shirts 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.

PAX Prime 2014 Purchased Loot 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.

Seattle General Loot 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.

Doc and the Cat Guard 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.

Have you ever been on a convention shopping spree? What’s your favourite piece of convention loot?

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19 Comments

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    margotmeanie
    September 23, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    You know, his stuff is pretty good! Itès pretty rad he was able to rap about Deep Space 9 on the spot!! haha!

    <3

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      Mariko
      September 23, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      Yeah, colour me totally shocked and awed. Worth it for the story alone, but his rhymes are actually pretty good.

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    Ari Carr
    September 23, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Looks like you got a great haul!

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      Mariko
      September 23, 2014 at 5:03 pm

      Thanks, Ari. I guess I did get a little overly indulgent. *blush*

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        Ari Carr
        September 23, 2014 at 5:06 pm

        Haha we’ve all done it. It’s my con-season coming up so I’ll likely over-indulge a bit!

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    Jane
    September 23, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Cool loot! I’d buy the cd too. Anyone thats even seen Deep Space Nine and can rap about cant be too bad.

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      Mariko
      September 23, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      Hustling aside, he was actually hella cool.

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    Sophierocious
    September 24, 2014 at 3:07 am

    Awww, I would’ve given my toy to Doc too. He’s obviously in love with it! πŸ™‚

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      Mariko
      September 26, 2014 at 11:50 am

      And he’s the sweetest do ever, so…

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    Fiona
    September 24, 2014 at 3:26 am

    Oh gosh what a loot and I love that even Doc scored! I’m off to listen to these raps *looks intrigued*

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      Mariko
      September 26, 2014 at 11:50 am

      Surprisingly good.

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    Nagareboshi
    September 24, 2014 at 5:13 am

    Fantastic loots! You did well, if I dare say so myself. ^__^

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      Mariko
      September 26, 2014 at 11:50 am

      Yeah, a little *too* well if you ask me. ;p

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    kaycreate
    September 24, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Looks like a great haul! I think choosing what I want to be would be the hardest part of a con for me. . .I do love nerdy shopping.

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      Mariko
      September 26, 2014 at 11:41 am

      Yeah, I usually go in with a shopping list to keep from going overboard. Guess I should have kept that frugalness going outside of the con. ;p

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    nerdburger
    September 28, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Yay phonogram and Lumberjanes!!!!!! So much fun is going to happen in your life this week. πŸ™‚

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      Mariko
      September 28, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      Thanks, Cazz! I definitely think so!

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    Jane Y.
    September 29, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Nice stuff! And Doc is so cute! I am terribly missing going to conventions. NYCC is in like 10 days and we’re missing out again this year. We used to go every year (well to the anime festival before it combined with comic con) when we were living in NY. I always like getting drawn and still have a one of me anime-fied hanging in my room. Although you know.. anime characters all look the same and I came out looking like everyone else except for what I was actually wearing, but hey, it was still cool πŸ™‚ I also bought these crazy eat ears that were like plastic and was on elastic and decorated with fake fur and beads and stuff. i wore it around the con all day πŸ™‚

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      Mariko
      September 29, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      I totally would have done the same. In fact, I probably would only feel comfortable wearing something like that in a Con setting, but I still REALLY WANT SOME NOW!

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