As Emerald City Comicon beams into Seattle again this weekend, I recognized that I was following some rituals that developed over the years. I downloaded the app, scanned the celebrities to see who I wanted to spend money on to add to my signature collection, and I looked at the panels to determine which were worth spending on line waiting.
My first ritual upon arrival, however, involves the Peace Bonding of my Mont Blanc pen. Peace Bonding involves tying a piece of orange ribbon to, most often, a weapon as a promise that you will not use it for violence during the con. I Peace Bond my pen, as I point out every year, because as a journalist, I must remember that my “pen is mightier than a sword.”
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