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Calgary Comic Con 2006

May 7th, 2006
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We woke up early today, and headed down to the Comic Convention. Pretty peaceful trip down, managed to see a few people dressed up for the event. We saw catwoman, The Crow, and an Anime girl on the C-Train. I never even thought to get pictures and by the time I did think of it, it was too late. The same goes for Peter Spengler, Poison Ivy and Scarecrow (DC Comics).

We did however get a few pics of others around the event, which were mostly Star Wars themed.

The convention itself was pretty decent, although a lot more focus it seems on merchandise than anything else.

We did get to see a few artists drawing live for the crowds, and seeing Chris from the family guy come to life before your eyes is damn cool, no doubt about it.

Also talked briefly with some guys who are going to be starting a webcomic called Penciltown. Check that out here.

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After the comic convention, we headed downtown for a bite to eat. We had no idea there was going to be a protest downtown today, but lo and behold, we were cut off by the parade. We did see two people get arrested, but we have no idea what for.

The protesters signs indicated they wanted some affordable housing, but the manifesto handed out talks about the smear campaign against the homeless/panhandlers. If I had not read the paper, we would have whole-heartedly supported their actions, especially since they were extrememly polite and law-abiding in the march.

But come on, since when is having panhandlers and/or homeless a good thing? I for one support efforts to get people to stop supporting the homeless and pandhandlers alike. I would much rather see funds diverted into social programs and work rehabilitation centers, and stronger police presence in the downtown core of Calgary.

On the train ride home, we see the hobo camps by the rivers edge, and its not affordable housing that comes to mind. I mean, we personally can’t afford a house, there is no way I’m supporting a social fund for these guys to live in one.

We are currently in an employment boom, and all’s I ever hear about is how hard it is for employers to find employees right now. That means the jobs are out there, and that people do have access to acheive the basic needs on their own. Pumping gas, McDonalds, Landscaping.. I’ve worked 10 or so terrible jobs for minimum wage that just barely got me by. The point, however; I still got by.

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