Dragoncon was, as always, Dragoncon. Last year had more awesome panels (mostly due to the huge number of stargate peoples.), but I actually watched more because they broadcast some good panels on the hotel tv stations. The dealer's room had more crap than anyone could ever in the world need. This year, there was steampunk fixings on top of the geek tee-shirts stands, corset stands, weapon booths, gaming tables, and Browncoat stuff. The exhibit halls were more sedate, as usual, but basically the same stuff in better layouts, and more. The Art show was smaller than last year. The glass making woman whose stuff i love looking at wasn't there. There was the usual scary stuff (Please, universe, we have enough paintings of anthropomorphic animals and sad panda-girls, so we can stop making those now.), and the occasional spark of quality.
I bought an insane amount of books there. I mean, usually I try to buy a couple, but resist because I don't buy all that many books at all. But I had taken The Patriot Witch there with me, and I started it, and then finished it, and NEEDED to have the other two right away. (I didn't actually read them right away, but I had them, which is all that was necessary at the time.) But they were only like, 14 or 16 or so, and the minimum charge was 30, so...so I picked up a sequel to one of the paranormal vampire romances that I do like (Molly Harper, "Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men."), and a first-in-a-series fantasy novel that looked good (The Accidental Sorcerer which was AWESOME (despite less than stellar copy editing) to the point that I HAD to buy the sequel in the airport, and read it on the flight home.), and some fun-looking Space Opera Romances, (my all time favorite genre): Sandra MacDonald "The Outback Stars" and a Wen Spencer. And I think one other I have forgotten. I also made a list of the others that tempted me: more SOR, the new C. E. Murphy Urban Shaman book, etc to look up in the library.
The costumes were awesome as usual. I'm SO over steampunk for the sake of steampunk. That said, Steampunk Ghost Busters(Apparition Hunters? I missed their Steampunk name), Steampunk Professor X, Steampunk Green Lantern: all approved of. I still approve of steampunk with a purpose. I am also over people stopping at the top of escalators, people stopping in the middle of the hallways to take photos, people stopping to have their picture taken, people stopping.