We Have an Obligation to Imagine… and I Do

Yesterday, my Piano Man and I went on our yearly New York Comic Con date. We have the super power of enjoying everything we do together, so we had a blast. My body has been glaring at me since before we left the convention. Experience suggests that recovery will take a day or three… most likely just one, since the meds I started about a month ago are finally working.

I’m sure that at least one person might be thinking, Why would you waste your time at a comic convention when you know that your body will be in agony for days as a result? It’s simple. Like Neil Gaiman suggests, “We have an obligation to imagine.” To imagine, I must do… at least a little. And when the pain gets nasty—and sometimes this happens even if I spend the whole day in bed—I need to have the memory of a lot of doing in order to imagine myself better.

Below, I’ve added a visual account of our day.

My Piano Man and I (and the rest of the horde) waiting for the doors to open…
New York Comic Con 2015, 1

This sign made me giggle (in a sad and frightening sort of way), so I had to share it…
New York Comic Con 2015, 2

Of the few costumes we saw, this was the best one. My Piano Man and I were amazed by her level of dedication—huge heavy hood, massive sword, and the girl’s on stilts!
New York Comic Con 2015, 3

My Rocket Raccoon found his friend Groot in the Comic Con wild…
New York Comic Con 2015, 4

I couldn’t believe the state of the TARDIS! I guess NYC can break the best of us…
New York Comic Con 2015, 5

On our way out, we ran into KITT, from Knight Rider, who was blasting 80’s music…
New York Comic Con 2015, 6

NYC won’t let you get away with something just because you’re famous…KITT got a ticket…
New York Comic Con 2015, 7

…I (and a bunch of other people) thought KITT and his ticket were very cool…
New York Comic Con 2015, 8

The booty…
New York Comic Con 2015, 9

I’m quite taken by my new Neil Gaiman tote and my old wee copy of Grimm’s Ghost Stories… By the way, the other side of the tote has the quote I used as the first part of the title of this post.
New York Comic Con 2015, 10

The fella on the cover of my new GGS must be related to the Crypt Keeper *cough*…
New York Comic Con 2015, 12

Only a terribly evil person would refuse to share the yum, so here is a bookish giveaway: leave a comment to win a copy of Charlene Harris’ Midnight Crossroad, a tote, and a copy of The Rich and the Dead, edited by Nelson DeMille.
New York Comic Con 2015, 13

Rocket and I promise to fight evil…
New York Comic Con 2015, 11

Giveaway Rules, details and stuff…
* I need to be able to contact the winners. If you don’t have a website or social media profile, through which we can interact, then please add your email to your comment. If your name comes up, and I have no way to contact you, I will choose another name.

* You can group all your entries in a single comment—or not… the choice is yours.

* To my Canadian Luvs, before you can claim your prize, I must test your mathematical brilliance by asking you a very obscure question, such as… what’s 13 + .5? Yeah, obscure…

* This giveaway will end on October 20th, 2015, at 10:13 pm, EDT. The winner will be chosen using Random.Org, and announced on October 21st, 2015 (with the WiF 2015 winners).

* This giveaway is open worldwide, excluding any place where prohibited by law.

In case you haven’t entered yet, these giveaways will also be open until Oct 20th:
– “Loving You through the Veil
Shaking It and Twisting It until It Says Yes
– “A Rattle and a Wee Book on Her Grave
– “Love, Death, Memories

27 thoughts on “We Have an Obligation to Imagine… and I Do

  1. Well, this looks like the mother lode! I would love especially to get the Charlene Harris book since I have finally forgiven her for selling out to HBO on Sookie Stackhouse, and only because HBO made it so hot and yummy. I will share this, even though it means someone else might win the yumminess. LOL
    You can find me at: sharonrawson@mac.com or my usual hang-out on Facebook!
    Please through me in your witchy cauldron of extreme yumminess!
    Hope your recovery is short!

  2. Looks like you had a fantastic time good for you. For the sake of sanity we sometimes need to kick pain in the shins and shove (plus lock) it in a cupboard while we escape for a little me time. We know it will play merry hell with us when we get back and let it out again, it will then cling to us for a couple of days and not let use move but as long as we’ve enjoyed the day, it’s normally worth it for special things.

    • You are correct on all counts. If to live, we must slow down so much that we can barely tell that we’re alive… then what’s the point? A day or two of pain is worth years of memories every time.

  3. Please don’t enter me in the giveaway – and not that the prizes aren’t delightful – but still downsizing you know. *cough*

    I’ve never been to Calgary’s ComicCon. It’s 100,000 people they tell me and that’s waaaay too many for me. How many at the NYC one? Millions probably! They do a weapons check at the one in YYC too. I love the costumes best when I do HorrorCon. People have some great skills and you’re right – dedication to wear something that complicated for a entire day! Looks like it was a great time, and you got lots of great loot to look at as you lay in bed recovering from it. I’m glad your new meds are working. 🙂

    • I’ve been downsizing for quite sometime, too… But I can’t seem to stop bringing more books in *giggles*.

      I’m not sure of the numbers for New York Comic Con, but it is HUGE. We like getting there early, in order to walk around a bit… Because after a few hours madness starts–one can barely walk.

  4. Oooo, look at that bounty! I LOVE those sugar skull pillows, I saw them first at an interior design fair about a year ago. And the bookish giveaway is great, so please enter me into the draw!

    Only 5 days left now!

  5. That second paragraph you wrote, up at the top…that is it exactly. That is why I get out of bed at all. Thanks for putting into words what I couldn’t. Glad you had fun at Comic Con.

    • I know all about having to remind ourselves that we can’t just lie down to wait until things get better. Chronic is a terrible word, and when it comes to pain all we can do is bare our teeth and keep on keeping on.

  6. Awesome giveaway, chuck my name in pleeeease Ms Wicked so sweet of you to share your haul 🙂 love all the photos, and think your PM is getting more handsome (was that possible?) and OMG your skirt… perfect!!!

  7. I hope your body didn’t betray you after that wonderful day. I know this choice, doing something you love no matter the consequences! I wish you a free and painless existence. Goddess knows you deserve it!!!

    • Oh, it never betrays me. My body and I know exactly where we stand: if I spend most of the day on my feet, my body will hurt… and I will need extra rest. Every time I go out in this sort of trip, I make a conscious decision to have fun… and then deal with the consequences. The former outweighs the latter ever now and again. 🙂

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