Well, I promised someone a writeup of BAP, so here goes! (I should be grading, but writing this is more fun.)
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General travel notes are The drive down
My party left Olean, NY around 1430 on Friday, with the destination of Staten Island, then BAP in Brooklyn. Getting to NYC from western New York generally requires trips through PA and NJ, which may be surprising to some people. Anyway, set cruise to 74, and went. No issues, and we got to Staten Island at about 2000. What I wasn't planning on was a traditional Indian dinner. That took 1.5 hours (and was excellent). But that, mixed with silly GPS issues getting from there to Brooklyn, meant we didn't get to the hotel until around 2230. Called up the person we were supposed to room with and they weren't there yet. They showed up about 2300, and I (and a bunch of others) helped them move their stuff into the vendor area. I also met ~XionsManehattenPlush
, when she brought in the HUGE Rainbow Dash she'd made for the head of security. We didn't really talk at that point though.Hotel Room Kerfuffle
All our stuff was still in the lobby, so we finally moved up to the room. I had been told that there would be 5 total people in the room, but it turns out that was a rather large underestimate. Needless to say, some people in my party were not pleased. Luckily, the hotel had a few extra rooms (for a bunch of money), so we got our own room to share with 3 instead of who knows how many. Yes, it was more expensive, but it was probably for the best. And besides, how often do cons come around?#MLP-FIM-TPM Setup
By the time the room thing was straightened out, it was 0030 Saturday morning. However, I had promised ~InkyNotebook
to come help set up the museum. So, I left the comfort of the hotel room and went to the museum area. She and Hoity had gotten the main wall up and were in the process of arranging the prints. A lot of time was spent trying to figure out color transitions and sizing. Also at some point this evening I spoke at length with *Toxic-Mario
about Canterlot Gardens and his DBZ Ponies series. He convinced me to verbally agree to buy his awesome (framed) DBZ Twilight. No regrets!#MLP-FIM-TPM Saturday Setup
At about 0400, I decided that my usefulness was done, and so retired for 4 hours of sleep. Got up at 8, showered, nuked some soup and went down to get tickets. I saw Inky filling out paperwork for her staff badge, but there was general confusion at the badge table. Since I had paid for a regular badge, it was decided that I should wait in line and just get that. I joined the queue, which was going nowhere fast. Some nice conversations ensued with other line-mates, but eventually it was suggested that I just jump the line and ask for a staff badge. That worked, and I was able to get my badge with no trouble. Had I waited, it would have been at least another hour.
After getting my badge I went into the museum. Hoity and Inky had done a great job with setup, but it had taken them all night! The last thing to do was set up the store. In their sleep deprived state, they were ready to write prices on the top copy of everything until I suggested using Post It notes. Yay! I'm useful
. Around this time, ~XionsManehattenPlush
showed up with a giant Fluttershy and Alicorn Twilight in tow. Security head Colin also brought his Rainbow Dash down, and the three of them set up with Monster Pie which the museum already had. If only somepony had requested Applejack and Rarity…
Shortly before officially opening at 1000, D-Pad of The Brony Show fame came in to help run the store. He and I held the fort for the entire morning. (He's a lot better at selling stuff than I am…) Also occurring at some point that morning was the introduction of the Bass Cannon, and Inky putting on Photo Finish cosplay.Afternoon in the City
The people I'd brought had never been to NYC. So, that afternoon we decided to take some time away from the Con and see some sights. We hopped on the Green Line and went up to Rockefeller plaza. My destination was Nintendo World Store, mostly to pick up another ? Block for the museum's mystery box event. What I didn't realize was the Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon was releasing later that day. The place had a huge line in front of it, and was mobbed. They had also closed the top floor with the Nintendo museum, so it was rather pointless to look around. I grabbed the ? Block and we left. Times Square was hit next, which was mobbed as usual. Crowds were not the strong point of either friend, so we didn't stay long. Our last stop was Battery Park to see the Statue of Liberty. Our whirlwind tour brought us back to the con at 1800.#MLP-FIM-TPM Saturday Evening
I went back to the museum and sold some more stuff with D-Pad until the museum closed at 1900. There was some security issue with the marketplace, and so both areas were placed in lockdown. We were also told that Andrea Libman was going to make an appearance to sign Fluttershy and some other items for the museum's upcoming charity auction. Needless to say, everyone involved wanted to hang around for that. Some communication errors and several hours later revealed that Andrea had retired for the night. We left the museum at 2200 or so. But the night was still young. Xion hung out in the lobby with her Twilight and I joined her and several other people. Several times it was decided to run her (Twilight) up on stage at both the rave and karaoke. Both sets of fans enjoyed it greatly. I finally retired around 0030.#MLP-FIM-TPM Sunday
Sunday morning I went down to the museum at 0900. No one was there. 0930 came around and still no one. 1000, and I opened the doors and ran the museum all alone. Both Inky and Hoity were dead asleep, and D-Pad had a panel to run. I guess it was a good thing I was there
. All of them showed up around 11, and we had a nice day. Xion also hung out in the museum for most of the time to watch over her Twilight to make sure no one mugged her like on Saturday. "The Doctor" also hung around and played a bit too much with Gummy and Monster Pie's hat for D-Pad's taste. Andrea did show up around 1400 and signed Fluttershy! Xion was able to talk her up for a bit
. I was able to get her to sign my convention exclusive Pinkie Pie card. Win!Return Home
At 1600, the museum was shut down and I helped pack stuff up until 1700. We then left NYC. The Holland Tunnel was all congested, so I forced the GPS to recalculate through the Lincoln Tunnel. After getting out of the city it was smooth sailing all the way back to Olean. We got back around 0000 on Monday morning. I didn't get to bed until 0100, and had to teach at 1130. Needless to say, that class was a little rough. Convention Thoughts
Overall, this was a great con, and I wouldn't trade that weekend for a weekend full of good nights of sleep or the money spent. Staffing the museum was really fun, and I look forward to doing it again in the future. When I went to Canterlot Gardens, I was just an attendee, and the focus was on seeing panels and checking out the marketplace. Now that I've seen the other side of the curtain, I'm not sure which I prefer more. I think at BronyCon I'll try to have it both ways if possible: help with the museum, but also allow myself enough time to see the panels I want to see, and hit up the marketplace. I won't be able to go to any Pony cons in June due to being in Italy, so depending on what the museum decides to do, BronyCon may be the next con I go to.
Bringing quick food that can be easily stored and prepped will now be a staple of all future cons that I go to. Instant noodle soup, soup to go, wrap fixings, etc. Even if I don't eat it all, someone (*cough* Xion *cough*) will benefit from a little pick-me-up. And besides, bringing your own food is vastly cheaper and quicker than going out of the con to eat.Journal Wrap-up
If you've gotten all the way here, thanks for reading! If you're looking for a TL;DR version, here it is: "BAP was wonderful, you should have gone. I had loads of fun and hope to meet lots of the same people again (and new people as well) at BronyCon."
Oh yes! Shout out to
for printing my BAP poster and providing it to me at cost! So awesome! I hope her printer gets fixed.