As with any awesome convention, there are tons of awesome cosplayers – and here’s a post showcasing all the ones I found! (Please excuse my facial expressions in some of them, haha – I’ve got a couple of derpy faces going on in pictures I’m in.)
Beth -the craftiest nerd that ever nerded.
Ross as a frilly gothic lolita.
Ash, Pikachu, and others from the Pokemon world.
Easily the most creative costume at the convention – Batgirl Heroclix!
Chii and Freya.
Princess Peach and Super Mario!
Belle from Beauty and the Beast.
Battle damaged Krillin!
Lego Superman and Batman, who were definitely a hit at the con.
Even Pinkie loves Steak ‘n Shake.
Fionna and the Ice Queen love Pinkie!
Rappin’ Pinkie, Toothless Pie, and oh gods why do I look so exhausted
Princess Bubblegum, about to do SCIENCE
Link and Dark Link. You can’t see their shields, but they looked awesome.
A plethora of Pinkie Pies!
Uh oh, what are they doing to poor Fluttershy?
Vanellope and Ralph!
Ponies from the depths of the internets.
Kaylee and Jayne!
Holy blast from the past, Batman – Ash is a friend of mine from my long ago undergrad days!
Party Cannon Pinkie Pie and what am I doing with my face here
Discord and oops it looks like I may have been talking through this shot
And as a bonus – here’s a link to one of the many recordings of the Costume Parade from yesterday! I like this one especially, since at about 9 and a half minutes in, you get a good minute and a half of Cupcakes Pinkie and Rainbow Factory Dash action, haha.
Today was the first day of the biggest convention of the season – Gen Con! This is my third Gen Con – and my first one as press. I was super excited to pick up my press pass, and Ross and I cheerily wandered through the convention after I got my badge, looking for fun costumes and things to do.
The one thing about Gen Con is that there’s almost… too much to do, to be honest. So many games, so many panels, so many exhibitors to visit. I never know where to go first! And every year, it seems I take a different approach to the first (or, in the case of 2012, the only) day of Gen Con. In 2012, Bryan and I pretty much wandered through the exhibition hall for five hours, stopping frequently for pictures, spending oodles of money, and walking until we were exhausted. 2013 was a whole different ball game – it was my first year spending all four days at the convention, and not only that, but a friend had a hotel room that needed filling, so the three of us literally lived at Gen Con for those four days. The first day was pretty much entirely spent flailing around the exhibition hall, making new brony friends (like Ross!), attending panels, playing games, and spending absolutely stupid amounts of money.
This year was a bit different. Bryan decided to sit this year’s Gen Con out, so Ross and I decided to go together, and commute all the way from Bloomington (as getting a hotel this year wasn’t an option, thanks to housing selling out within TWO HOURS of housing registration opening!) to Indianapolis each day. And today was pretty low key. We wandered around the exhibition hall, and found some very awesome goodies to take home – Ross picked up a very epic looking skull mug and an awesome Nightmare Before Christmas/Alice in Wonderland crossover print, and I picked up a few more minis from Impact! Miniatures‘ Chibi Adventurers line. Ross dressed up in the most ruffly clothes I own and confused a number of people who thought he was a girl, haha. And I got to meet up with a friend of mine from college, who I haven’t seen in forever and is enjoying his first Gen Con as we speak. But other than that? We did a lot of walking, a lot of looking, and I learned that even the most comfortable looking heels will not be good for your feet at a convention. At all.
I noticed there weren’t too many people dressed up in costumes today. Typically, the big thing I take photos of are people in costumes, but I think I only saw a handful of people dressed in out-of-the-ordinary clothes. Here’s hoping tomorrow will bring more costumed con-goers!
But yes, all in all, today was a laid back day. I’m not anticipating the same for tomorrow – Ross and I are dusting off our Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash costumes, and are going to parade around as My Little Ponies for the day! And hopefully find some games to explore and panels to enjoy, too. Keep an eye out here tomorrow for day two of the Gen Con Report!
Four more days until I move! Oh, you have no idea how happy this makes me. Not only will I not be limited to wearing whatever clothes I didn’t shove into vacuum sealed bags and toss into the treacherous cave that is the storage unit, I will also have access to ALL my crafting stuff. Not just one crochet hook and a blanket that’s too warm to sit under while I crochet it. And there are a number of things I want to be making…
Amigurumi Toothless – yes, I want to make another one of these little guys. The one in the picture here, I ended up giving away to a friend – and they’re so quick to make, too, so why not make another one? (or six, or eleven, why not a whole tiny Toothless army?)
The Modern Poncho – It’s no surprise that I have a fondness addiction to making shawls and ponchos. And I think this one would look very lovely in a nice warm shade of brown or combo of browns and reds. It’s a good thing I’m moving closer to my favorite yarn shop…
I’d really like to finish the third Fourth Doctor scarf I’m working on – I’ve got less than a third of the scarf to go, and I was hoping it’d be done in time for GenCon this year, but no luck. Plus, the only part of my Fourth Doctor costume I can locate at the moment is the coat… so unless I can magically find all the other parts in the week before GenCon as I unpack, no Fourth Doctor for me this year… :/
Crocheted Scooter – In seafoam, naturally. Or I could make four of them – red, blue, seafoam, and red/cream, one for me and each of my housemates… And having at least one of these would be pretty cool, considering the theme for the living room in the new place is going to be scooters…
And finally, last but definitely not least, the first project I’m probably going to work on as soon as the dust settles and I can find my various costume pieces is the Cupcakes Pinkie Pie costume (the video above is the least violent reference I could find to it, hahah). I’m not going to lie – I’m afraid it won’t be done in time for GenCon, but Ross says he’ll help me out, and this is the only costume I’m really working on, so here’s hoping I can pull it off…