In the middle of April, the volunteers who will staff and put on the Phoenix ComiCon convention coming at the end of May got together at South Mountain for a picnic. It was a potluck affair. About half the attendees each brought enough food to feed 10 people. Talk about diversity and plenty! What a feast! I was there. Here are some shots and brief comments that I took with my little camera.
I don’t know who this guy is. I took his pic because he was wearing the Phoenix ComiCon t-shirt from last year, and I figure it makes a cover shot. In fact, I did not know about 95% of the people who showed up for this. I was at the center of Phoenx fandom when it started back in the seventies. I am so on the fringes now.
The Convention organizers provided the basic food–hamburgers, hot dogs, and soft drinks. They prepared enough for at least 200 people. I don’t think that many came. This guy is a great volunteer. It was 90 degrees in the shade that afternoon, and this guy spent more than an hour cooking meat on this very hot grill. I walked close to it, and it was 20 degrees hotter in its vicinity. The hamburgers were a little overdone, but good tho. I had one.
They took a picture of all the volunteers standing in one huge group. I took this picture of them taking their picture. I’ll be in the second row of that picture holding my camera up above the throng if they ever publish it.
The goofy looking guy in the Tunnels & Trolls t-shirt and the battered hat is me, Ken St. Andre, Atroll. The beautiful woman next to me is my niece, Kerina St. Andre Fitzgerald. She and her friend, Gary, crashed the party at my invitation. It was a great party. About half the people brought extra food–salads, desserts, drinks. I ate way too much. My stomach hurt, and there was tons of stuff I didn’t try. I was good, though, and avoided desserts and sugary things.
Coming up for the last weekend of May 2013 will be Phoenix ComiCon. I’ll be there running games on all four days, some Tunnels & Trolls, some Shadowfist, some Settlers of Catan St. Andre style. Come game with me!
If you were at the picnic, or will be attending Phoenix ComiCon, why not leave a comment?