Dragon*Con was awesome, as usual. And except for not having my staff for Menace, my costumes got finished. Had a minor malfunction––-one of the jewels popped off of my top—but you can barely tell in pictures. 😄
The highlight of my weekend was having Felicia Day, Amy Okuda, and Robin Thorsen from The Guild take pictures of a costume group I was in! They posed for a picture with us, too, and were so sweet and lovely.
Link to my Flickr set is here: Dragon*Con 2011
It’s public right now, and it’ll likely stay public until Flickr pervs start adding pictures of my friends as favorites. (Ew.)
My friend, Derek Deweese, has some better, more interesting pictures at his site. He used the Jarvie Window effect/technique to take over 400 portraits. You can see those here: The Dragon*Con 2011 Jarvie Window Experience
My pictures are up on Flickr. I didn’t take many at all, but there are pictures of my two new big costumes—Dr. Girlfriend and She-Hulk.
Had a fantastic year, as always. It was probably one of the best ever, though. I spent about as much time in costume as I did out of costume, didn’t stress out about making (or missing) panels, and just had fun. Saw just about everyone I wanted to see on Thursday, which is pretty impressive considering that about 40,000 people attend each year. Highlights of the con include, in no particular order:
– Being upgraded to the Ambassador Suite in the Marriott.
– My roommate, Julie, winning the Venture Brothers Costume Contest at the VB party. (Seriously, her Lady Ward/Female Guild member costume turned out awesome.)
– Coming home with a new boyfriend. (Squee!) (And to be fair, we’d been dating since May, so it’s not like I left single and came home taken. :P)
– All the awesome costumes and props—including H.E.L.P.e.R from Venture Bros, Fat Princesses (complete with cake!), a large group of Ironettes, Russell from Pixar’s Up, Weeping Angels from Dr. Who, and, of course, the Spartans.
– Hula-hooping for hours with some of my best friends.
– Wearing green body paint for 5 hours.
– Getting a Utilikilt for my boyfriend for his birthday.
– 35 people in my room watching the Masquerade
I absolutely can’t wait until next year. Here are some other resources for photos and information about this year’s con:
– Derek Deweese has some fantastic photos.
– Geeks of Doom did features on Avengers Cosplay and hot girls (part 2) and guys in costume.
– Dragon*Con in 3-D (flickr) You have to have the red and blue glasses for the 3D effects to work, but they look awesome!
– And, of course, searching flickr for “dragoncon2010” will get you thousands of results.
Finished my Gaga costume, except for straightening the wig and trimming the bangs.
Dr. Girlfriend is coming along, too. Today I removed the collar from my version 1 dress and attached it to the new dress. That means that I can add the zipper later this week (ugh. I hate zippers) and finish the costume. 😀
Made a collar for my catsuit. It’s a nightmare. I say “It is” and not “It was” because it’s still not finished. I worked on it for well over an hour last night. I just need to make sure that it’s firmly attached, fix the front, and attach hooks and eyes to keep it closed. It’ll be nice finally having my neck covered in my Catwoman costume. ^_^ Still want a new catsuit though, but that’ll probably be a project for next year.
Haven’t started my She-Hulk mock-up yet, or Knuckledragger 2.0. Gotta get She-Hulk done before I go to Nashville, though, and Knuckledragger will probably be easy since it’s a re-make. Also need to order body make-up, another pair of tights, and gloves for She-Hulk. I think that’s the last bit of costume stuff I need to buy for D*C.
I’ve been more or less keeping up with P90X. Didn’t do yoga this week, but I worked out every day. Went to T-RECS with Julie and did cardio for an hour, which was a nice change of scenery, so I think I’ll try to get in a habit of doing that. My biggest obstacles are mental. There’s no way in hell I can do a one-armed push-up right now (or possibly, ever), but I at least have to try, and getting over the mental challenge of it has been the hardest thing so far. It’s hard to overcome wanting to quit. But then I remind myself that I’m going to have to wear a leotard at D*C, and that usually keeps me going. ^_^
72 days until Dragon*Con, and I’ve slowly been working on some of my costumes. I got two wigs this week—She-Hulk and Lady Gaga—and I’m waiting for just one more (for Dr. Girlfriend.)
I started P90X again last week, and actually made it through the first week. I’m not doing Kenpo—I’d rather hula-hoop for a few hours than do Kenpo—but I’m doing everything else. It’s not a workout program that I think I could do during the school year (an hour to an hour and a half a day is a LOT of time), but I’ve got time over this summer, so why not? Jason Heilpern, a fellow geek and Dragon*Con attendee, is actually taking stories over on his blog about working out to get in shape for cons. You can find his blog here.
Anyways, here are some progress pictures. The first is my She-Hulk wig (which I’m going to try to dye a bit darker), and the second is the progress of my Lady Gaga costume.
Continue reading ‘In the thick of con season’
My friend Hofmann posted a list of the costumes he wants to do this year, and it inspired me to post something similar. I originally posted this in my LJ, but why not post it here. It lightens up the place a little to get away from political issues sometimes. 😉
Continue reading ‘2010 Costume List’
Published September 13, 2009
Tags: cons, costuming, dragoncon, links
Well, last week was Dragon*Con, my 4-day frantic vacation of the year. It seems like it happened forever ago even though this time last week, I was gearing up to watch the Masquerade and eat Chinese Food with my friends.
I had a great time, as always, and promptly began the frantic search for pictures of myself on the internet. (This is as much a Con tradition as watching the Masquerade in the hotel with friends is, and it usually continues for a few weeks after con is over.) Before the con was even over, one of my friends sent me a link from Topless Robot with a picture from the D*C 08 Slave Leia shoot, which made its way onto Reddit and Picture is Unrelated before being picked up and blogged about by Stephen Green in this week’s edition of “The Week in Blogs.” That should have been a sign that I was destined to find a ton of D*C links and pics afterward. And I did. Here are some of my favorites:
– Derek Deweese’s Flickr gallery. Derek (who can be found at dwrd.net) took over 1700 pictures last weekend and grouped them neatly into sets according to day.
– Geeks of Doom: 25 Cosplay Babes of Dragon*Con 09
– Official D*C Thriller Video This year, 902 people learned and performed the “Thriller” dance in an attempt to break a World Record. Even if they didn’t make it (they won’t find out for a while…), how many other “Thriller” dances include the Flying Spaghetti Monster? 😉
– Maxim’s Girls of Dragon*Con 2009 I was shocked (shocked!) to see that my friends and I were included from our Seven Deadly Sins group. ^_^
– Apparition Abolishers The Apparition Abolishers, a group of steampunk Ghostbusters, won the Masquerade. Their costumes were amazing, and their droid was unbelievable. (I’m a little biased, as my friend Chris Lee, was in the group, but trust me, they’re awesome.)
In addition to all the geeky awesomeness, Dragon*Con collected more than 2600 units of blood in their blood drive, which is awesome in its own way. 🙂 And hundreds of people marched in the parade, which was a blast and a success (except for the Loomis truck which apparently interrupted the superheroes group… yikes!)
And, as mentioned in an earlier post, all of my pictures are on Flickr. Still haven’t decided if I’m going to post any, but I may.