There are times when I feel like my world is very small. I live in a very small town in a very small part of NYS. I attend a church with a small congregation and I have a small circle of friends. The towns I live nearest are small. Although the school my children attended is a Central School, it's not large because we live in the middle of farm country where the population is not large. I was a stay-at-home mom most of the time I was raising children. I don't like or pay attention to politics or world events, so I impose much of the small-mindedness I'm guilty of on myself.
All this to say: today I attended a Comic Book Convention in Albany. I'm constantly surprised at the things that other people are interested in. Who would have thought that there would be Conventions for Comic Book addicts?? Not only are there vendors who sell old Comic books & the artists (amazing artists) who draw the comics, but there are those who dress up as their favorite characters from the comic books--much like the Civil War and French & Indian War re-enactors do. It's an entire industry, for goodness sake!
Never having been to one of these events, I don't know if the venue was typical--good or bad--but I was wishing the entire time that there was some kind of solid wall or backdrop against which to photograph the characters. But alas, there wasn't. It was what it was, and I had to make the best of it.
There was another room dedicated to playing games. Some folks were being taught how to play, some were actually playing the game. Below are two game pieces. The pieces average about 3/4 inch high and are hand painted. Now that's dedication and determination!