I survived day one of Gen Con! And I’ve had lots of fun (and spent lots of money, haha), and am so exhausted. I wanted to ramble a little bit about today, but expect better and less rambly posts after Gen Con is done. 🙂
The two highlights of today were pretty big things for me – first off, I got to wear my Sailor Moon wig today.
Isn’t it beautiful? Oriana did an amazing job with it, especially in such a short time. It’s heavy as heck, with all the hair in the pigtails, but it’s freaking amazing and I love it.
The second big thing: I helped run my first role playing game. Ever. Like, I wrote plot and did storytelling and panicked about how to handle doing all the things at once. But I did it (with some help from J), and people really enjoyed it.
It was great to run a game based on a game that so many people enjoyed and miss. And I’m really glad I didn’t mess anything up – I’ve been anxious about this game for weeks. But hey, I did it (with the equivalent of training wheels, heh), and everyone had fun.
Now, it’s time to rest up, since I’ve got another big game tomorrow and a fun bit of cosplaying that I’ve been looking forward to for a while. 🙂
I apologize for the lack of a post last week and the week before — I’ve been swamped with Gen Con prep. And oh, there’s a lot of it this year.
For example: did you folks know I’m helping run a LARP this year? Return to Paragon City (based on the old MMORPG City of Heroes) is going to be my first stab at running a simple LARP, and I’m really excited for it (and more than a little anxious, I’m not going to lie). It’s been awesome, revisiting the world of City of Heroes as my friends and I put together the story for Return to Paragon City. I really hope it goes well!
In addition to helping run Return to Paragon City, I’m also going to play in a LARP too – Showdown in Sacramento! Which actually sold out on the first day event registration was open, which was awesome and slightly frustrating, haha. Thankfully, the friends running Showdown are the same friends running Paragon City with me, so even if Gen Con hadn’t increased the amount of available tickets, they’d have found a way for Ross and I to get in there and play (probably with a lot of generic event tickets, hah.)
I also spent most of last weekend making Ross the last piece he needed for his Star Butterfly costume – a star purse that came out far better than I expected it would. And yes, I lined it with My Little Pony fabric. Would you expect anything different from me? 😉
I’ve only got two days of officially planned costumes this year, Marco Diaz from Star vs. The Forces of Evil and Sailor Moon. I’m excited to be Marco Diaz (and even more excited to see Ross in his Star Butterfly costume!), and every time I think of my Sailor Moon costume I get ridiculously flaily. (As I’m sure you’ve all noticed by now.) Depending on how I feel on Sunday, I might throw on my “stealth dress” and wander around Gen Con as my Kishar character, Ëlinyr. Or I might wear my Sailor Moon wig and my Crafty Nerd t-shirt! Who knows.
For those of you who are going to Gen Con, say hi if you see me! Following is a breakdown of what costumes Ross and I are planning to wear on what days (when we’re not LARPing), so you know what to look for.
Sailor Meta Moon
(or, Usagi in a Sailor Moon dress)
maybe Ëlinyr? maybe Usagi?
And for those of you who can’t make it, don’t worry! I’ll be posting here and on Twitter daily while I’m at Gen Con, in addition to my usual Gen Con wrap-up posts after the convention. I’m so ready for this, folks. SO READY.
Here’s hoping I see some of you awesome folks at Gen Con!
Oh, cosplay. It’s my favorite part of every convention – and Gen Con had loads of fantastic cosplayers this year. I love the wide variety of costumes from all corners of geekdom that end up on display during Gen Con, from movies and books to video games and comics. Seeing all the creativity on display made me one happy crafty nerd, and gave me lots of ideas for future costumes!
Speaking of costuming, I only came up with mine a few months before Gen Con, to be completely honest – I know I’d mentioned dressing as Rose Quartz for Gen Con, but I realized that maybe I should hold off until next year so I can do the costume justice. Instead, I put together a couple of fun costumes from my costume closet – I only needed to snag a few items from Amazon to complete them!
Thursday: Hogwarts Students
Thursday, Ross and I put our Hogwarts robes to good use and dressed up as a pair of Hogwarts students – we had a couple of people chide us for skipping classes, hahah.
Friday: Ëlinyr Andaleh
On Friday, I pulled out some costume pieces I haven’t used in a while, as well as my elf ears, and Ëlinyr made her first non-Kishar outing! I actually had quite a few people stop me for my picture, which was surprising, given that I was pretty much one of many random elves running around Gen Con. I didn’t mind it, though – and I really enjoyed wearing this costume. Almost as much as I enjoyed my Saturday costume…
Saturday: Denna from the Kingkiller Chronicles
While only maybe four people recognized who I was, I had the most fun with this costume. (Plus, two of the people who recognized me were Brandon Sanderson and Pat Rothfuss, so I think this one was a win.) The folks at The Tinker’s Packs booth really liked my costume, too!
Now, onto all the other fantastic costumes I saw at Gen Con!
(If I took a picture of you and you want a higher resolution copy of the picture, I’m happy to share it with you! Just comment with what costume you were wearing, and I’ll make sure to get you the high quality version of your picture!)
A fantastic looking Jareth.
This whole family cosplayed as Steven Universe characters!
Awesome Star Wars cosplayers.
Finn! I’m so happy I saw a Finn, he’s my favorite from the new trilogy.
Awesome Borderlands cosplay!
This Stevonnie was adorable,.
Ross says this guy’s from Cromartie High School, so I’ll take his word for it.
A victorian Luigi from Luigi’s Mansion!
I love her ghost trap.
A tiny Rey! Now, if only I’d seen a Poe…
It was really awesome to see someone cosplaying as Daria.
Rick, Morty, and a Gazorpazorp!
This lady was dressed as Starry Night – I loved her costume.
Disney princesses, ready for battle.
I found THREE Waldos! Does that mean I win?
Pan and The Great Sayiaman – I love how they posed.
A very elegant Belle and Queen Amidala.
Pearl and Rose! I love that they got into a fusion dance pose for this picture.
This Wario costume, complete with cart, was one of the coolest costumes I saw at Gen Con.
Okay, so J’s just dressed in steampunk, but I thought he looked awesome, so here he is.
This Mario and Peach couple is adorable!
Tiny Pearl! She’s so cute.
These guys did a great job with their Sailor Moon costumes!
Miss Gen Con 50!
I especially like her bouquet.
Lapis! She also made her Pumpkin, and he doubles as a purse, which is awesome.
Professor McGonagall and Mad Eye Moody. Thankfully, neither of them chided me for skipping classes. 😛
Another one of Rose and Onion, with Steve and Greg this time too! Greg was handing out Mr. Greg business cards. 😀
A couple of Hogwarts students, ready for adventure.
Gen Con is usually packed full of all sorts of awesome events, and Gen Con 50 was no different. I only ended up going to a couple of events this year – I might have done more if we had a hotel, but I didn’t want to end up overwhelming myself, so I went event-lite. (And even then, I ended up skipping two events because I was exhausted, bleh.) The ones I did get to go to were fantastic, though – I did some crafting, some book signings, and got to introduce Ross and J to my favorite Gen Con event ever…
An Evening with Patrick Rothfuss
Of course the first event of Gen Con 50 that I went to was An Evening with Patrick Rothfuss. It was a great way to start out the con – two hours with one of my favorite authors! I brought Ross and J along – Ross has heard me ramble on about Pat and how awesome he is, both as an author and in general, and while J’s a fan of Pat’s (in fact, that’s how we met – J saw my talent pipes while we were at an academic conference together, and said “hey, are those talent pipes?” and I got all flaily and excited), he’d never actually been to An Evening With Patrick Rothfuss before. So we all went, and oh, it was even better than when I went in 2013. We all filled up a ballroom this time – the 2013 event only had 200 people, but this year there were 1200 seats with a line of people waiting outside! It was super exciting, and Ross and J and I couldn’t wait for Pat to get on stage.
It was run similarly to the 2013 session, with him giving us the option of having a session we could record, where he’d be less candid about things and a little more censored, or we could put our phones and cameras away and we’d all get to pretty much hang out with Pat. I don’t think anyone raised their hands when he asked if we wanted to record the session, hah. Pat broke the session up into a couple of different chunks – he’d answer questions from the audience, with mix of notecards with people’s questions and people asking out loud, and he also read us both of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle books. (If you haven’t read them, you definitely should – but don’t let your kids read them until you’ve seen what’s in them, haha.) While answering questions, Pat rambled on about great things – mental health, raising kids, silly random things, and life in general. I especially appreciated his discussion on mental health – as someone who deals with anxiety, depression, and ADHD, it’s good to hear one of my favorite authors publicly encouraging people to go to therapy – even if they don’t really think they need it. Having someone to talk to about life and all that goes on in it, someone who’s not currently connected to everything you’re experiencing and can provide an outside perspective, is pretty much essential to keeping yourself emotionally in good shape. I love that Pat cares about us all enough to tell us “go to therapy!”
Things weren’t all seriousness, though. He told us some adorable stories about his kids, and even sang to us in the process! He sang a couple of songs, very briefly, from the Rankin Bass version of The Hobbit, which was great. (And reminded me that I really need to see that version of The Hobbit. I’ve got it on DVD somewhere…) The questions from the audience were great, and the more amusing ones that stuck out in my mind included “Can I go to dinner with you?”, “Could you have Lin-Manuel Miranda call my wife?”, and “If you had to choose between breaking both your legs and eating 10,000 Go-Gurts, which would you choose?” J asked a question that made me giggle – “If you were to cast a live action version of Slow Regard of Silent Things, who would you cast for the inanimate objects?” Pat initially responded with Nathan Fillion, which got us all cheering, then he thought about it, realized we were cheering because we all love Nathan Fillion, and changed his mind to Keanu Reeves, which was actually way funnier, hah. (Oh, Keanu Reeves and your uninspired acting…) Much like the 2013 event, the evening ended with all of us singing together – which was delightful. I’m really glad I managed to get tickets to this event.
Featherweight Armor for Costuming
This was a great workshop, put on by the fine folks at …And Sewing is Half The Battle! I learned so much about new materials for making cosplay props and armor, and new ways to use materials I’ve worked with before, like craft foam. And I picked up some techniques to make things look their best, and also learned how to be safe while working with some slightly more hazardous materials. I even got the chance to work with some Worbla, which I’d never used before! I also found out I probably need to add a heat gun to my crafting arsenal.
The folks at …And Sewing is Half the Battle did a fantastic job with the workshop, and were really thorough – they showed all sorts of materials to work with, talked about the pros and cons of each, and detailed any safety measures you might need to take when working with certain materials. I hope Gen Con gives them a bigger room next year – this one definitely needs more space for everyone to work in, especially when we’re trying to use heat guns, haha. It was overall an awesome session – and it’s given me lots of ideas for next year’s costumes!
Brandon Sanderson book signing
I only recently got into Sanderson’s books, and have been reading them pretty much since May – I tore through all six books of Mistborn, and then the two books of The Stormlight Archives. (I’m now very eagerly awaiting the third Stormlight Archives book!) His books are pretty darn awesome, and his writing style pulls you into the story and just won’t let go. When I found out he was going to be at Gen Con, I knew I’d have to get a book of his signed – so I grabbed a hardcover copy of Mistborn: The Final Empire and on Saturday, I made my way over to his book signing. I had lots of fun geeking out with other fans in line, especially over the end of Words of Radiance (don’t worry, I’m not going to spoil anything!). It’s always fun to talk to people who share common interests with you! When it was my turn to get my book signed, Sanderson was incredibly friendly, and he even commented on my Denna costume, from Pat Rothfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicles, with all of her names on a name tag, haha. He told me to tell Pat Rothfuss that he doesn’t have to worry about releasing the third book in the Kingkiller Chronicles anytime soon, as he’s got a 3rd book in a fantasy series coming out this year so Pat can take his time, which made me giggle. I really like how friendly Sanderson is – he was very approachable, and really warm and welcoming! I’ll definitely get more of his books signed if he comes back to Gen Con next year. (Which I’m pretty sure he will.)
Harry Potter Ornament Painting
This was a nice, relaxing event. I’m really glad I signed up to do this. I got to sit and paint for a little while, and chat with other Harry Potter fans, which was lots of fun!
These are some really nice ornaments – they’re made out of clay, and were fun to paint, albeit a little fiddly in some spots. My painting job was… less than stellar in some spots, hah.
Pat Rothfuss Book Signing
This turned out to be such an epic event for me that I’m going to make it into its own post. So stay tuned.
In short, I had loads of fun at all the events I went to this year – and I’m seriously pondering hosting some sort of crafting event next year…
This is going to be the first of a bunch of posts about Gen Con 50, which has turned out to be the BEST Gen Con I’ve ever been to. I’ve done so much and seen so many cool things over the past few days – and it’s not all going to fit into one post, so I’m going to do a handful of them – one on the overall experience, one on events, one on awesome experiences in the Dealers Hall, and one entirely devoted to cosplay!
The first thing I noticed about Gen Con, mostly because it was the first place I went, was the fact that Will Call was EMPTY.
I’m guessing it was probably due to no on-site ticket sales because Gen Con was sold out for the first time in Gen Con history, but still, it was eerie to see Will Call so quiet! As always, though, everything went smoothly – I got my press badge quickly, got event tickets even more quickly, and enjoyed all my time at the convention. It was fantastic, I swear.
And what was really awesome was the fact that Gen Con took over Lucas Oil Stadium – the home of the Indianapolis Colts!
I think spreading things out over three or four hotels, the Indy Convention Center, and Lucas Oil Stadium really helped spread out the crowds. My introvert self really appreciated it. The game lending library was right there on the field at Lucas Oil, as well as a mini museum documenting the history of Gen Con – which was fascinating.
I went to awesome events, had lots of compliments on my costumes, saw SO MANY other awesome costumes, and got to spend lots of time with friends.
I also got to help set up a LARP, got to listen to one of my favorite authors ramble about things and read his two “children’s” books, and ate tasty food from all sorts of places – food trucks, restaurants, and more.
I used to say Gen Con 2013 was the best Gen Con, but I think this one trumps it. By a lot. So many fantastic things happened – again, I can’t just cover it all in one post, so tomorrow I’ll share my experiences in the events I went to! After that, it’ll be fun from the Dealers Hall, and then the final Gen Con post will be on the epic cosplay! (And there may be an entire post dedicated to Pat Rothfuss, too.)
Maybe I just like to dress up as pink haired characters. Maybe I really am obsessed with Steven Universe. Either way, it’s led me to my cosplay idea for this year’s conventions (yes, I’m actually going to make it to at least ONE convention this year, if it kills me or not) – Rose Quartz, from Steven Universe. Finally, someone I can cosplay as who has a similar body shape to mine! (Although I don’t think I’ll ever be 8 feet tall…) Someone I can cosplay as and not feel so self conscious about!
Happy New Year, everyone! I’ve got a good feeling about 2016 – I think it’s gonna be a great year. And I want to make sure it’s great, too. I’m not normally the type to make resolutions, but I think it feels right for this year – so here’s The Crafty Nerd’s Resolutions for 2016!
Post at least one new blog post a week. Even if it means spending a bunch of time wracking my brain to put together new ideas for blog posts. I’m creative. I’ll figure out something to write about!
Actually talk about my craft projects regularly. Did you guys know I crocheted three blankets between August and Christmas? Three blankets. I think I’m about ready to swear off crocheting for a while. But you guys haven’t heard about that because I haven’t really been talking about my craft projects! Which is sad, considering the blog I write.
Make at least one new costume for convention-wearing. I’m pretty sure the regular Indiana convention-going crowd recognizes my tutu-and-little-blue-jacket Pinkie Pie costume (and is probably bored with it by now) – so for this year’s conventions, I’m going to make at least one new costume. Will it be Grand Galloping Gala Pinkie Pie? Will it be Captain Janeway? Who knows!
Keep up with my tasks and to-dos with Habitica. For those of you who’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might remember HabitRPG, the website that turns keeping up with your habits into a game. Well, the crew over there changed the site’s name to Habitica, and things are looking pretty awesome! A new mobile app was just released, and it looks really slick – and of course the same old “complete tasks, fight monsters, and level up” gameplay is there. (If you’re on Habitica and want to join a guild for crafty challenges and friendly chatter, check out the Crafty Nerds guild!)
Experiment with a new type of craft project. There’s gotta be something out there I haven’t tried yet. I’ve just barely dipped my toes into the Tunisian crochet pool, and could try making a blanket or a scarf with a fancy design… And there’s way more out there to experiment with, and even more crafts that I haven’t done since I was a kid, like making a latch-hook rug! (Although given the massive amount of little yarn pieces that ended up exploding all over my room when I was a kid, maybe latch-hooking isn’t the best craft idea…)
Organize my craft room! You don’t even want to see my craft room right now. It looks like Jo-Ann Fabrics and KnitPicks exploded in there. There might be a bed in there somewhere, too, and a ton of ponies. So, massive organization is in order.
That’s my crafty plan for next year! I hope all of you have a wonderful and crafty 2016! 🙂
Yes, I know. I fell off the face of the internet again. For a long time, too. A lot of things conspired to tear me away from my beloved blog, leaving The Crafty Nerd looking like a ghost town…
I got a full time job. And it’s the one I’d been hoping for, too. I am now a Senior IT Education Specialist at IT Training! And for the two months that have passed since I started, I’ve been incredibly busy, and loving every minute of it.
Ross and I moved to a new townhouse. In the middle of Gen Con. Which made Gen Con 2015 a bit of a bust, sadly. However, I did get a few good pictures, and plan on hosting my own mini Gen Con at some point soon, now that my games are all unpacked and I’m not tripping all over boxes.
I started my last year of graduate school ever a few weeks ago. It’s been a little rough, socially, because 90% of my graduate school friends graduated this spring, but I can deal with it. I’ve got yarn and motivation. I will power through the next two semesters and emerge victorious.
Crafting itself has kept me away from my blog! Strange, right? Well, I discovered the glory of Knit Picks’ yarn sampler packs earlier this year, and since they came out with Mighty Stitch (a fabulous yarn that deserves a review!) I’ve been cranking out blankets with some of their samplers. Which, of course, leaves less time for blogging.
I’ve also gotten into amateur (ham) radio. It’s an exciting hobby, full of interesting people, and it’s been filling my head with all sorts of project ideas. Like how to mount a radio antenna onto Mia and turn her into a little ham-mobile.
I promise to post more regularly, though, now that things have calmed down somewhat and I’ve adjusted to all the changes to life that July and August threw at me. Expect a post every week from now on!
And I did promise some Gen Con photos, so here they are!
And that’s the little slice of Gen Con I got to enjoy! I’ll talk more about games I saw that I want to play in another post. Right now, though, it’s time for me to start crafting some more post ideas!
I have been so ridiculously busy lately that it’s not even funny. With two conventions within a month, and moving during one of those conventions, plus finally getting a full time position at IT Training (wooo!), I haven’t had much time to actually post about my fun experiences at Indy PopCon last month! So, here are my thoughts, in no particular order, along with some photos!
The biggest thing about PopCon this year was getting the chance to meet one of my favorite actors. He’s been in Star Trek, Breaking Bad, Invader Zim, and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, to name a few of the many things he’s been a part of.
Yes. Ross and I got to meet John deLancie. And I completely forgot how to form words, haha.
I ended up having him sign one of my favorite Discord-centric issues of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic comic, and I think pretty much everyone I know who’s a Star Trek/MLP fan hates me a little bit for getting to meet him, haha. (Although if you guys want to hate me more for meeting famous people, remind me to tell you my Ian McKellan story…)
Anyhow, we also got to see plenty of lovely cosplayers, including Yamino of Yamino Cosplay/GeekGasm Boutique! She was dressed as Faye Valentine on Friday, and Morticia Addams on Saturday – both very well done costumes. You should check out her Facebook page and Etsy store – she’s done some amazing costumes!
And yes, we were both dressed as Pinkie Pie on Friday at the convention. I also attended part of her My Little Pony panel, and she did a great job with it! I’m hoping that The Crafty Nerd and The Five-ish Fangirls can get together to do some nerdy awesomeness later on. 😀
Overall, PopCon was even more awesome than last year. They were still incredibly organized – even when the line to meet/get photos with Markiplier ended up being a mile long. Photos and autographs with media guests were just as organized as ever, there were all sorts of interesting panels, and they upgraded the badges for this year too to nice plastic ones!
All in all, I was incredibly pleased with PopCon this year – and I can’t wait for next year!
And, of course, here are a number of awesome cosplayers and other nifty things I saw during both days of the convention!
I found another Pinkie!
This Pinkie even had a party kart.
Steampunk Pinkie Pie, which turned out pretty well for a costume I threw together in a week…
Punk Sailor Moon was one of the most awesome costumes I saw.
I love the signs at PopCon, they always make me giggle!
Rachel as Applejack, and me as Steampunk Pinkie!
John deLancie, talking about a new Star Trek mobile game he’s working on.
A tiny little Belle!
Pinkie Pie and Belle! I found them working at the same booth together, heehee.
Indiana University – Purdue University of Indianapolis’ School of Informatics & Computing did an AWESOME cosplay photo wall!
YUB NUB. These were some awesome Ewoks!
One of the best Lumpy Space Princesses I’ve seen.
Okay, Navi, you have my attention.
I do believe this is Gage from Borderlands. 😀
And now… to get ready for GenCon. Which is today. Ross and I are leaving in ten minutes, in fact. AND PATRICK ROTHFUSS WILL BE THERE. *flail* So, expect the annual Gen Con Report over the next few days! It’s going to be… interesting this year.
Ohhh, it’s the most wonderful time of the year… no, not Christmas! It’s the very beginning of convention season! My favorite conventions are announcing their dates, opening up pre-registration, and in the case of Indiana Comic Con, the convention itself is rapidly approaching!
This year, I’m planning on attending the same three conventions I did last year: Indiana Comic Con, Indy PopCon, and GenCon (of course!) And aside from knowing that I’ll be Pinkie Pie, I have no idea what I’ll be cosplaying!
I mean, I’ve got some ideas. Some of them are more feasible than others…
Ross and I were thinking of going as Rainbow Dash and Pinkie in full Grand Galloping Gala gear – however, this could get expensive. And I want to be able to do it right, and look absolutely fabulous, you know?
I could just buy a Star Trek: The Next Generation era scientist outfit, dye my hair red, and go as Beverly Crusher. Because she’s awesome. Maybe Ross could be Data… maybe… his hair might be a little too long by then, though.
There’s always LazyPie and LazyDash – wigs, sweatshirts and jeans. I feel like I’m cheating whenever I wear that combination of clothes, though…
… I have wanted to do “Good Morning Pinkie Pie” – with a tousled wig, my Rainbow Dash bathrobe and slippers, some ridiculous pink pajamas, and a coffee mug. I’m envisioning Ross doing something similar as Rainbow Dash but with his Star Trek TNG bathrobe. Which could be amusing. This could be a thing. I’ll have to think about it.
My steampunk costume could always use some love… I keep adding things to it, too. It’s going to look pretty epic, whenever I get the chance to wear it again!
And aside from costumes, there’s a wealth of panels to go to at every convention. I’m going to try to find all the My Little Pony themed ones I can, and enjoy the heck out of them! Last year, there weren’t many pony-related things at PopCon and Indiana Comic Con (although I did get to buy a page from the Twilight Sparkle issue of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic comic book micro series at Comic Con!), but there were some things at GenCon that I wanted to go do. Sadly, the lack of a hotel room (rooms sold out crazily quick last year for GenCon!) made it hard for Ross and I to make it to later events – we ended up driving from Bloomington each day, an hour and a half-ish trip, and by late afternoon we were wiped out and ended up dragging our tired selves home around 5 pm. While I’m not sure if we’ll be getting a hotel for Comic Con or PopCon, I’m gonna try my hardest to get a room for GenCon so I can provide much better convention coverage than last year!
I’m definitely excited to get the chance to see some of the guests at ComicCon. There’s a ridiculous amount of stars coming, including….
Carrie Fisher (known better as Princess Leia! OMG)
Jenna Coleman (Clara from Doctor Who)
Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo! *swoon*)
Billy West (who hasn’t he voiced?)
Paige O’Hara (the voice of Belle from Beauty and the Beast)
Needless to say, Indiana Comic Con is looking to be pretty exciting. I hope it’ll be a better run convention than last year! Meanwhile, I’m eagerly awaiting the guest lists for PopCon and GenCon. PopCon is currently asking for suggestions for guests on their Facebook page, and I suggested Lil’ Bub – I love Bub, and she’s from Bloomington! And she’s way better than Grumpy Cat. For GenCon, I’m really, really, really hoping Patrick Rothfuss comes back. I have more things I need him to sign. Like a card game I’m working on a review for, and my Kindle. And more books of his. Plus, he’s just an awesome guy! I’m wondering if other authors I might know will show up – I’ll have to wait and see who gets announced!
So, in short, I’m really, really excited for this year’s convention season. It looks as if it’s going to end up being exciting and fun-filled! I’ll share updates on my convention preparations as things happen – especially if I figure out what I’m wearing and build new costumes!
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!
Cupcakes Pinkie with Ash from Army of Darkness!
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!
I meant to post this sooner – however, back spasms and blogging sadly do not go together well. (I may have spent the past three days in bed, becoming best friends with Netflix…) But! Here are the cosplay photos from Indy Pop Con last weekend! There were many, many amazing cosplayers there, and I didn’t get nearly enough pictures of everyone, but here’s what I do have!
Merlin! This guy was the first ever Merlin cosplayer I’ve seen, and he did a great job!
Wicked Lady, from Sailor Moon! I was surprised at the amount of Sailor Moon cosplayers I saw at Pop Con.
Vanellope Von Schweets – and a very good one, at that.
Bumblebee, the most epic cosplay costume I saw at the convention – hands down.
Pinkie Pie and Rarity!
2014 Pinkie Pie with Rainbow Factory Dash.
Myself as Pinkie Pie.
Sailor Chibi Moon and Sailor Moon!
A tiny little BMO and Lumpy Space Princess!
John Watson and Sherlock Holmes.
Pinkie Pies! (And a parasprite.)
A Cyberman and a Dalek!
Drunken Pie and Pinkie Pie!
This was the best family cosplay I saw at the con, hands down.
I spent this weekend at the first ever Indy Pop Con – and boy, was it a blast! Even with only going for two days, I still found lots to explore and had tons of fun!
Now, you might recall my experience with Indiana Comic Con – disorganization, crammed halls, long lines, and way too many people showing up on Saturday for the convention to handle. Well, Pop Con was the opposite (except for the amount of people on Saturday – but I’ll elaborate on that later)! First off, picking up badges was a breeze – Ross and I had preregistered for the con, and went in with our “tickets” (a QR code printed onto a sheet of paper), which we exchanged for an actual, proper badge. There were different badges for the different types of guests: 3-day badge holders got sturdy cardstock badges, while guests of honor, vendors, VIP guests, and Kickstarter backers got nice plastic badges, all with different images on them. I loved how quickly we got in and out of line, and out to explore the convention!
There’s a lot to cover about Pop Con, so take a look after the break and see the highlights of the convention!
Technically, PopCon starts today! Woo! Due to transportation issues and work constraints, though, I won’t be able to go until tomorrow. BUT. That gives me all of today to prepare! And there’s a lot of work that goes into preparing for a convention. Costumes need to be dug out of closets…
…wigs need to be detangled and styled…
and sometimes a brand new costume idea hits you and there’s only a day or so to finish it.
And doing all this stuff is part of the fun of getting ready for a convention! And, admittedly, part of the stress, too. Inevitably I end up forgetting something, or there’s a costume malfunction, or something else out of the blue that makes things a little crazy. But stress aside, I’m super excited about PopCon tomorrow. It looks like it’s shaping up to be much better organized than Indiana ComicCon was earlier this year, and there are SO MANY big names. I won’t list everyone – but you can take a look at the guest list and see all the stars that’ll be there. John DiMaggio (voice of Bender, Jake, and Wakka, among other characters), Nicholas Brendon (Xander from Buffy! *flail*), Ron Glass (Shepherd Book from Firefly and Serenity), and Kristian Nairn (HODOR OMG) are just a handful of the awesome people who’re gonna be there. You have no idea how excited I am! Not only will so many stars be there, but there’ll also be a comic book museum featuring Action Comics #1! And, of course, a ton of exhibitors to spend money at, and a costume contest… so much fun packed into three days. I wish I’d been able to get a press pass for PopCon – but maybe next year. I plan on cramming as much fun as I can into the next two days, and taking as many pictures as humanly possible.
So! Keep an eye out here for my PopCon report in the next couple of days! I can’t wait to see what the convention’s got in store for me.