The first several pics are with the iPhone, we didn't bring the big camera to the parade.
Yes, this is a batmobile! Stan Lee will be riding in it.
GeekMom Mandy and her daughter Emily.
The group of us! That young man in the Adventure Time suit hit it off well with our boys.
Walking to the parade staging area.
We were staged next to the Tolkien group.
The Batmobile again...
Wait a sec…is that?...
LOU FERRIGNO! Yes it is!
I forgot my mask, oops. And one glove is on my belt.
Mandy and Emily...
Stan Lee arrived in that 2013 Mustang.
It's his arm!
And the back of his head!
And the back of him in general.
Paparazzi I am not.
One of the better pictures I got.
These were great -- the "box hero corps" http://theboxherocorps.blogspot.com/
Who else remembers Plastic Man from the Justice League?
A whole lotta Lokis...
This was really neat.
Here we go -- Timmy's eyes got pretty wide at the crowds of people.
This Tolkien group stopped and fought about every 500 feet.
I believe they call it LARP? Live-Action-Role-Playing
It didn't take long before Timmy really enjoyed playing the crowds: here he is flexing his muscles for the cameras.
This is after the parade. Jacob was pretty hot and tired.
Dave wanted pictures of the Ghostbusters proton packs.
I met Erin Gray from Buck Rogers and Silver Spoons. The following day I had a 50 minute interview with her for GeekMom. She is an amazing lady.
Meanwhile, Dave found Duff Man!
It's Burt Ward!
One of my favorite pictures of the weekend!
We took a break to watch some PSU football.
It was this crowded most of the weekend...
The kids recognized so many of the costumes! This is Crazy Dave from Plants vs. Zombies: http://www.giantbomb.com/crazy-dave/94-10804/
In line for some snacks/drinks.
Chocolate cake pops and chocolate milk.
Chug chug chug…we were pretty exhausted and it was only early afternoon!
Disco Bobba Fett!
We found another family in costume!
And we found a couple more Incredibles. A Mrs. Incredible and a Violet!
Timmy was VERY tired and almost uncooperative by this point.
Waiting for a NASA panel to start.
More people watching...
The kids had to explain that this is from a single episode of "The Regular Show" (Episode 25): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Regular_Show_episodes
This was the first panel we made it to since the Geeky Parenting Panel from the previous day. Called "Evolution of the ISS", it featured a "private astronaut" and the first commander of the ISS.
We were video-teleconferenced with Chicago Worldcon which was also this past weekend.
First we heard from Sy Liebergott, who was part of mission control during the Apollo years and later helped lay the foundation for Skylab. http://www.apolloeecom.com/
Then we heard from Richard Garriott, the son of a Skylab astronaut, and he himself spent time on the ISS as a private astronaut. He spoke about Russia's program, since he had to train with them to fly aboard the Soyuz. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Garriott
Timmy clearly was exhausted. He's rarely able to sleep in a chair.
Finally, Captain William Shepherd, the first ISS commander, talked about his experiences.
Mrs. June Scobee Rodgers moderated the panel. She is a visionary in promoting STEM topics in schools, having launched the Challenger Centers for Space Education: http://www.junescobeerodgers.com/educator/
Mrs. Rodgers had gifts for the kids after the panel.
Dave's one and only photo with a Slave Leia.
More great costumes: Russell from UP
Dumb and Dumber!
Spy vs. Spy
I want to say Non, General Zod and Ursa, but I'm not sure if the gentleman on the left is also trying to be Zod?
We made it to the Phineas and Ferb panel. A bunch of fans discussing why they love the show so much.
Both boys freely participated in this panel.
Timmy won a prize! A Perry school folder.
More cool costumes.
That guy in Spaceballs :-)
Another Simpsons group: the Stonecutters! They sang this song all night: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZI_aEalijE