My Year In Photos: May

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May was a majorly awesome month for many things, but one thing stands out even now: Comicpalooza.

This picture will forever be my favorite picture from Comicpalooza. The only thing I regret was not holding my right arm high enough so the stake could really be seen in the picture. This is one of those pictures that is actually worth a thousand words. The last time I went to a convention was in college for anime-related cons. I went with friends, but only met two actors I liked, but didn’t love.

Comicpalooza blew every convention I ever went to out of the water. Not only did I meet my favorite actor, but also other actors from a show that still means more to me than words can ever say. After binge watching Buffy for 5 months, I was in a slump.  I had the same question that Dawn had in the series finale:

I didn’t want to read the comic books because I felt they didn’t fit what I wanted to happen after everything ended and Angel was too depressing for me to deal with. This convention was me getting out of that slump and remembering why I love Buffy so much: I felt like I was part of the Buffyverse and meeting James Marsters, Clare Kramer, Nicholas Brendon, James Leary, and George Hertzberg only made it all the more real. The catharsis I experienced when I started watching Buffy found completion upon meeting these actors.

I went to Comicpalooza with a friend who wanted to meet the Power Rangers actors and that was just as cool. I actually felt conflicted for a bit when I found out that the Buffy panel took place at the same time as the Power Rangers panel…but once I made my choice, I had no regrets.

It’s crazy to think that a year ago, I suffered from anxiety attacks. Keep in mind that I have Asperger’s Syndrome and I was in a building with tens of thousands of people and in a room with possibly hundreds, standing in line to ask a question for everyone to hear. My days of anxiety attacks were long gone and the only thing driving me nuts was me wondering if one of the actors was staring at me. (Three guesses as to who.)

I honestly can’t wait until I can go to another convention just to see these actors again because I can honestly say that being a part of the Buffy fandom was one of the best things to ever happen to me.

How To Obsess Over Buffy The Vampire Slayer in 20 Easy Steps

In 1997, a TV show about a vampire slayer came onto the scene. It wasn’t until 2013 that I finally got around to watching it. Part of the reason I decided on watching it was because I wanted to get into the Halloween spirit. So I decided I’d make a list for anyone who wants to get into the show.

Step 1: Either get introduced to the show as a kid or through friends, family, or in my case vloggers and Netflix.

Step 2: Laugh at Season 1

Step 3: Start cosplaying, making fanart/fanfic/gifsets/playlists

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Step 4: Get excited about Season 2 because new villain is awesome

Step 5: Cry about halfway through Season 2 and/or at “Becoming Part 2”

Step 6: Realize that Joss Whedon ripped your heart out by the second season finale and contemplate the meaning of life

Step 7: Spot the lesbian/gay subtext in Season 3

Step 8: Pick and choose the “good” season 4 episodes and/or start watching Angel: The Series

Step 9: Pick a ship or start multishipping (this starts at around Season 4 or 5)

Step 10: Dawn. Love her or hate her. There is no in between.

Step 11: Cry over “The Body.” And “Tough Love.” And “The Gift.”

Step 12: Get optimistic about Season 6 because Buffy Lives

Step 13: Memorize all the songs in “Once More With Feeling.”

Step 14: Start losing hope around “Smashed” and “Wrecked.”

Step 15: Start crying again from Hell Bells onwards because Season 6 is a beautiful disaster.

Step 16: Realize there’s only one season left.

Step 17: Pick out the people you recognize amongst the Potential Slayers. (Hi Felicia Day!)

Step 18: Hate everyone by the time you watch “Empty Places”

Step 19: Watch “Chosen” and cry one last time, wondering what the hell you should do next.

Step 20: Read the comics and/or start reading/writing fanfiction