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Dragon*Con Pictures

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. XD

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

Dragon*Con 2010

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.

Four Days at Dragon*Con (Preview)

Real Life Update: Progress

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. πŸ˜€

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. ^_^

In the thick of con season

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.

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2010 Costume List

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. πŸ˜‰

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D*C Link Spam

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? πŸ˜‰
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. πŸ™‚ 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.

DCTV: ComicCon

SDCC Solution

The solution to people missing panels they want to go to because people from the previous panels stay in Hall H is—and I know this is probably OUTRAGEOUS—to clear the room at the end of each panel. You know, like they do at Dragon*Con?

Yeah yeah, but then people wouldn’t be able to GO to all the panels! Wah. If you don’t know how to prioritize at a big con, maybe you shouldn’t be going. I had to miss the Venture Brothers panel last year at D*C because I was going to the Slave Leia shoot and I’m sure I missed a costume contest or something because I went to the Battlestar Party instead. It’s better for the fans—not to mention the actors, directors, writer, etc. who travel to go to the panels—to be forced to prioritize rather than making a bunch of Fandom X fans sit through a Fandom Y panel because it’s the one before Fandom X’s panel. One of my Twitter friends sat through the SG:U panel because of “Caprica” and the SG creator was dismayed that so few SG fans were actually there. I don’t understand why ComicCon refuses to implement this policy; it works perfectly fine at Dragon*Con and gives con-goers the opportunity to see only the panels they want—which means they have more time to spend hanging out at booths and spending money on art, maquettes, or over-priced con food. And spending money is really what ComicCon is all about, isn’t it? πŸ˜‰

Con Questions

I spent this past weekend at AdventureCon for the first time in about two years. I had a blast. It was great to see all my friends from the 501st and Rebel Legion. But a couple of things happened that really made me think about being a woman (and a person ) in costume at a con.

First, one of the dealers complimented me on my Catwoman costume, but said something about how he didn’t want me to think he was a perv. Those weren’t his exact words, but he said something along those lines. Second, my RL CO asked me whether I was ever worried about someone pulling up the skirt on my Slave Leia costume.

Regarding the dealer, I was surprised that anyone would feel that he/she should preface or follow a compliment with a disclaimer. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, though, especially since he was a dealer and relies primarily on his reputation for money at cons like this. But I was surprised, and it’s because nobody has ever made an inappropriate comment to me about one of my costumes.

I might be in the minority of female costumers here, but I’ve never had anyone at a con touch me without permission, touch me inappropriately, or say anything that made me uncomfortable or concerned about my physical well-being. People usually ask me before taking pictures, and with the exception of one picture of my butt that cropped up a few years ago, people are usually respectful in taking pictures. I have no doubt that people say inappropriate things about (and to) female costumers, but I haven’t had to experience that ugly side of costuming yet at a con. I have had non-con goers say things that got back to me, though; more of that later.

With regard to my friend’s question, no, I’ve never been worried that anyone would pull the skirt up in my Leia costume. Maybe it’s because people are so used to that costume that it’s not an issue, maybe it’s because Slave Leia is common and considered tame by some cons’ standards, but I have a feeling that it goes back to an issue of respect that most costumers have for one another. People who go to cons and see all the costumers can understand the work that we put into our costumes. Kids are more likely to be touchy or rough toward costumes (I’ve heard a lot of stories about this from guys in my local garrison), but adults usually understand that we don’t want you hitting our armor or tugging on intricate, hand-made props. For example, I have never had another costumer touch my costume without asking.

I have, however, had a girl spray glitter onto my catsuit at a club on Halloween. One of my friends in the 501st had a guy pull a piece of armor off of his TK at a club. I suppose I don’t worry about having someone pull my Leia skirt up because I only wear it at cons.

People in clubs and people who don’t know anything about costuming (like people who compare my Leia to the Rubies slave Leia costume…) don’t understand the time, effort, and money required to make a TK, Wonder Woman, or Master Chief costume. They can’t tell the difference between a high quality and low quality costume (I have no explanation for why this is. Perhaps they are partially blind?), and so they think that they can touch us and our costumes. They don’t have the respect and appreciation for costumers that con-goers have, and sometimes they don’t seem to have enough respect to assume that someone doesn’t want a stranger touching them. Young children are more understandable; they see the character and not the costumer, and sometimes they get rough with the TKs because they’re bad guys and you’re supposed to rough them up. I would be worried about a child tugging on my Leia skirt, and I’d definitely be concerned about what would happen if I wore Leia out on Halloween, but I don’t worry about people trying to get me to flash them at Dragon*Con. I think it’s because while people at cons may see me as an object—and I have no doubt that some do see me and other costumers that way—they at least appreciate the time and money I’ve put into my costume, whereas people who aren’t used to the con environment tend to be more judgmental and, in a way, dehumanizing. Yeah, people at cons have taken pictures with my friends and me because they thought we were attractive, but they weren’t lewd about it the way others have been outside of the con environment.

I would never touch someone without asking and I would never make an inappropriate comment to someone about what they were wearing or what they looked like. Most of my friends feel the same way. I’m still struggling with the idea that some people think it’s okay to make lewd comments and touch people without permission, but that’s not a problem that’s unique to costumers. In the end, I’ve learned that it’s not necessarily what you’re wearing that matters—it’s who you’re wearing it around.


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