Many moons ago, Tom Croom and I went to BotCon 2010 in Orlando, Florida.  After attending as ‘general admission’ walk-ins, we wrote a review about it.  That review is here, if you haven’t read it yet.

To summarize my BotCon 2010 experience:
1.) It was disorganized on multiple fronts.
2.) It was catered specifically for the high price point attendees.
3.) Almost all other Florida Conventions have a deeper and richer line of programming and activities.
4.) It was a major disappointment.

Pretty simple to me.  I guess I was expecting more, and was let down.  I have grown used to this in my life.  Movies such as Bayformers and TV shows such as Lost and Heroes, all of which I had high hopes for, and all of which failed to live up to anything I was expecting.

Tom and I have put facts up to support our opinion.  These can be seen on the now truly epic BotCon Chronicles on Tom’s Blog.  I guess we have struck a real sore nerve and the rabid BotCon supporters came out to tell Tom and I that our opinion was wrong!  As this discussion has gone on, I am noticing something very telling of those that are carrying the flag of BotCon support.  Trying to state facts to this group is like arguing with Christian Fundamentalists.  When Tom shows that the ‘main panels’ room cannot physically seat all the BotCon attendees, he is accused of twisting the facts.  Tom quotes one of the BotCon staffers regarding point #2 above, and Tom is accused of using quotes out of context.  The ultimate capper is when we are told we can’t comment on BotCon because we didn’t go to every single event, but they are free to ‘poo-poo’ our panel, even though they have never sat through it.  Hypocrisy in action!

Move the WayBack Machine to yesterday, and now Tom and I are the ‘stars’ of an obscure webcomic over at Shortpacked.com.  I have read a good number of David Willis’ strips, and though sometimes more politically skewed than I prefer my ‘entertainment’ reading, not bad, though I don’t think it is any different than the other gazillion ‘geek culture’ webcomics out there, like PvP, CAD or even Penny Arcade.  It may be unfair to compare him to those, however.  It is still a quality product, even if his opinion of Beast Wars is seriously flawed.