A look at the madness and the machines by Erik "Superfriend" Skov
I never thought Rhode Island was big enough to have a convention. So it came as a surprise when my kids came home last Wednesday and said they had seen a sign for BotCon. I ran to the computer and googled it. This weekend, starting tomorrow in fact, was the biggest Transformers Convention ever. And it was going to be here, practically in my back yard. How could I not go? I checked with the other folks at AFI. Sure they would run a feature on BotCon if I went, took the pictures, and wrote the article. I printed down the schedule and was ready to go.
Saturday I collected my digital camera, a few granola bars and a bottle of water and I was off. Parking was easy. I walked in to be greeted by a giant picture of Optimus Prime, banners for the movie, and a giant robotic hand holding a bomb. The time shown on the bomb = the time left until the movie premiered. Then I went and stood in line.
While waiting in line I spied a bunch of AttackTix. It was the remains of the AttackTix tournament, which had been held earlier. When I asked a Hasbro person if I could take pictures of the AttackTix, Chris here asked me if I would interview a fan. I said sure! Chris has been a fan of Transformers since he was 4 years old in 1984. (Trick question – when did Transformers start? Hint – Chris was 4.) So he’s been a fan since the beginning. Chris is posing here with his two best pieces he bought today so far. Chris was also one of a whole bunch of volunteers helping out at BotCon.