*Disclaimer: This post will sound increasingly fangirl-esque as you progress. I was excited.
In his poem, The Hollow Men, T.S. Eliot wrote, “This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang, but with a whimper.” The world may end with a whimper, but Youth Week Calgary 2012 certainly did not! Depending on who you are and what time you went, that can be either a good thing or a bad thing. Needless to say, the downsides to this year’s Expo only serve to highlight how great it was in my opinion.
Let’s start off with why there was some grumbling about the Expo. It was crowded. Like, seriously crowded. Bigger than the Stampede crowded. Now picture the BMO Centre, and imagine it filled well beyond capacity. So far beyond capacity, in fact, that the Fire Marshall was minutes away from shutting the whole thing down. There was actually a point on Saturday where people were literally being told at the gates to come back on Sunday because it was that busy. I’ll put it this way: Last year’s attendance was surpassed by this year’s pre-sales alone! Evidently, a LOT of people wanted in, and with names like Sir Patrick Stewart, Adam West, Stan Lee, and James and Oliver Phelps at the show, who can really blame them?
So there I am, Saturday at 10 a.m., tackling my way through the crowd in an effort to get in before, FINALLY! Some breathing space. I’m in. Phase numero uno of Mission: Have an awesome day, is a success. I didn’t really have a game plan to start off the day, so I took in some sights and sounds, and man, were there a lot of those. Here are just a few of the classic relics I stumbled upon:
And of course, the costumes:
There are a ton more, but I’m sure you get the idea. That was not the end of my day, however! I also got a chance to listen to Adam West – the original (and best) Batman – speak. The man is hilarious, and his voice is ridiculously awesome!
Perfect end to a perfect day, right? Wrong, there’s even more! Next up, I got an autograph and a handshake from the man whose hands are responsible for practically all of my childhood heroes. I had the dumbest grin on my face ever for hours after that.
And then, just when you think things are wrapping up, you get a picture with the actors that played your two favourite characters in the Harry Potter franchise!!
It was a truly awesome experience, and I highly recommend that you check it out next year. By then, I’m sure the crowding issues will be worked out, too! From someone that was there, though, holy man was that ever epic! =D