Sci-Fi Valley Con #9, Day 1

Are we ready friends?


Yes, it's that time...the return to a full-on convention since 2019 for me, and Sci-Fi Valley Con has been one I've waited for. There was a lot of concern for us all here, with regards to Covid, whether people would come back, and also, this was not a summertime event.



The Con was always in June, so, summer vacation, kids out of school, and so forth. This time, we had the fall, back in school, football season, and whatever else came to pass.


We had a 2 pm starter, so pretty much all of us were in Altoona before it all began. I got in extra early to set up, and see what the place looked like...the Blair County Convention Center is a cool facility, very well run and maintained. Also easy enough to get to.


Well, hello Table C-9, right back where we started. This was good, because I liked being up on the main floor in the ballroom, and a lot of established vendors are in their usual spots.



For example, the famous Will O'Shire had his spot right nearby, and used the pandemic to his advantage, with lots more product to show!


And the wonderful Olivia Berrier, who got me to come to this in the first place! With reunions in hand, also Brian Koscienski, who is looking and doing well, I set up, and took a walk about to get a view of what's available...


I prefer this shirt to the lighter colored one, but lots of swag for sale by the organizers...



The armorers are back! You will see some of their handiwork in a bit...but I want to take this thing for a ride.


The thing to note about the con, this is for just about everyone...a lot of actors and performers show up for this, which generates a lot of the income, but there are vendors, authors, builders, purveyors of many things...


Case in point...look below...

I wanted one of these as a kid. Is that cool or what?


More cool people...great artworks. So without doubt, this was going to be a lot of fun. Downstairs, another floor of this!


Then the doors opened...

I do not know the names of any of these people; I could not tell you a thing about them, other than this is a weekend to dress up as your favorite character, create your own and be among your kind...

None shall pass...excellent costume.

Always important to ask, and not just take surreptitious photos of people. These young ladies were certainly happy to show off their style.