I’ll be driving down to Chicago for Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo(C2E2) in a week-and-a-half as of this post. The con has a special place in my heart since I’d attended the first one back in 2010 and had such a wonderful time.
The only one I’ve missed was last year’s, due to wedding priorities, so I’m extra excited about getting back to the con this year(bought my three-day badge the day they went on sale months ago). As much as I adore Dragon*Con for its obvious advantages, C2E2 will always contest it as my favorite. Not only is it close to where I live(2-hour drive vs. 14-hour drive), but the sheer number of great memories I’ve had at that con, combined with the overall comfort of it all and the fact that Lance Fensterman does a fantastic job at managing the event keep it at the top for me.
Anyway, enough fluff. I’m bringing costumes down there.
Friday, April 25th:
I debuted this thing at Wizard World Chicago last year, brought it to Dragon*Con, and was pretty frustrated with a lot of things on it, mainly how it fit, held together, and most of the bits from the hood. I’m going to secure a lot of things with buckles this time around, in addition to the snaps that are still on the undersuit(some have pulled through the shirt(you can see that the neck piece’s snap pulled through the shirt and is sitting on my shoulder), which was infuriating when I was building it, so I’m hoping it looks more like Alessandro Baldasseroni’s cinematic model from the game. This is still my dream costume, and I want to enjoy wearing it, not self-conscious about if it looks right when I’m wearing it. Plus, Will did a fantastic job on the spark rifle, and I want to carry it around more.
Saturday, April 26th:
At this point, I think the majority of my followers are familiar with this costume, and most likely following me solely for it. Though I haven’t gotten around to upgrading the armor to leather yet(a project I’m hoping to get underway in June or July), I’m actively working on upgrading my Warden longsword from my NERF Marauder I’ve had from the beginning to the Cold Steel polypropylene training sword I’ve been tooling with my rotary tool. I should have it done in time, but if not, I’ll just use the NERF sword.
My new Templar shield’s being built by Bill Doran over at Punished Props, but that’s not likely to be finished until Dragon*Con(seriously over-the-top excited about Bill building this for me, as I know it will look absolutely stellar).
So in reality, not really much in the way of upgrades to be shown at C2E2 for this costume, but at least I’m wearing it, right? Dale will be wearing his Varric stuff, so Alistair/Varric shenanigans will abound if nothing else.
I’m curious to see if there are any other Dragon Age cosplayers wearing their stuff on Saturday. I know Inyri talked about possibly bringing her Orlesian Morrigan costume that she debuted at PAX East to C2E2 on Saturday. She joined us as Aveline at the Bristol Renaissance Faire last year, and we had a good time(hope to see you there again this year, as well as at C2E2!).
Sunday, April 27th:
Dale and I debuted our Team Fortress 2 costumes from Meet the Rabid Heavy Taming Engineer at St. Louis Comic Con. We figured people would know we were from TF2, but we were actually surprised some people identified it exactly from the video, an oddly specific costume choice on our part that we just intended to be fun.
Despite that wolf head crushing my temples(I’m going to have to fix this prior to C2E2), the costume was really comfortable(yeah, it’s essentially boots, pants, a vest, bear gloves, and a hat, but still…) so it’s a nice wind-down costume on Sunday when I’m prowling for good deals in Artist Alley(C2E2 always seems to get incredible artists every single year(Nick and I affectionately refer to it as ‘The Hall of Shattered Expectations’))
Those are my costume plans for C2E2 2014, not that anyone asked or likely cares, but if you’re gonna be there, and you see me in any of these costumes, don’t be afraid to come up and say hello! I’m always happy to meet new people and make new friends!
Hope to see some of you there!
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Truly? Oh my…
IT HAS BEGUN
I’ve been meaning to upgrade my Warden Longsword from the NERF Marauder I’ve been using for ages to a polypropylene sword from Cold Steel.
There are plastic bits on the ceiling, and I’m not even joking.
It’s coming along, though!
I was honestly looking through photos of my Hellgate: London costume since I need to make some updates prior to C2E2. I was trying to see if the back pieces needed updating, and of course there’s a photo of my butt among them, courtesy of my friend Nick.
Lulz aside, I really want this costume to look awesome, but I’ve run into so many hurdles with it that it’d become a major frustration, which I hope to rectify with some buckles and such. Fingers crossed.
Wizard World St. Louis
Saturday (and a little bit of Friday evening)
So after the Parking Garage adventure, khamsin and I made our way back to a friend’s house - she very graciously allowed a herd of us to descend upon her home and create a temporary “geek dorm” in her attic. We were able to take the highways back to her house without getting lost… on the way to the con, I had missed my turn and we ended up driving through some majorly sketchy areas of East St. Louis. Eep!
When we got to her house, she wasn’t back yet. mrbob0822 and his friend Dale arrived not long after we did. They’d gotten instructions on where she hid the key and how to disable the alarm. Sadly, apparently our Cunning/Lockpicking skills needed some major leveling up and we couldn’t get the door unlocked… worrying the whole time that the neighbors were going to call the cops. Eventually, we gave up and waited in the car until she got back to let us in. (She’d gotten stuck in the great Parking Garage Disaster as well, on a much higher floor so it took her even longer to get out).
Once there, we all settled in while two more friends (including chiigusa) arrived. A troupe of them went shopping for groceries for the weekend, then we all tried to get some sleep for Saturday.
Saturday morning, mrbob0822 treated us all to a delicious pancake and bacon breakfast before we all got cosplayed up and headed to the con. Sadly, I didn’t get any pics of chiigusa or Nick before they left (they made a wonderful Inara and Captain Mal), but you can check out their awesome Nathan Fillion photo here.
I did get a picture of Alistair practicing proper dental hygiene, though.
Then it was off to the con! We had fun wandering the con floor, where Captain Jack Sparrow identified our group as “One Direction, right?” I got one person that recognized Maevaris, so I count that a cosplay success!
We met another adorable cosplayer, but I totally forgot to get her name in all the excitement. I did get a cute picture of her doing a squirrel pose with a pretzel and being swept off her feet by Varric/Dale.
We also finally got to meet teddiliza in person, after speaking with her online for ages! She’s super-awesome and has an absolutely gorgeous Cassandra costume. I got a quick photo of her hamming it up with mrbob0822 and Dale.
khamsin made an adorable Marielle from Log Horizon (which is good, our party needed a healer), so I got a few photos of her cosplay as well!
We all hit Park Avenue Coffee for some of their gooey butter cake, which the sign advertised had won a Food Network competition show. It was delicious, and they had some pretty killer chai, too.
At this point, khamsin and I realized that high heels were not a wise choice after all the walking and climbing we’d done at City Museum the day before. We decided to take public transportation to the house and back, which was interesting when we ended up on a bus going through parts of East St. Louis while we were in cosplay. Oops. But refreshed and in much more comfortable shoes, we made it back in time for the cosplay contest! There was an impromptu dance party while we waited for the contest to start, DJed by DJ A-Flex. Elmo and Cookie Monster could not resist the siren call of the dance music, and I had to get a photo.
Next up: Cosplay contest part 1!
A pretty accurate depiction of the weekend’s shenanigans.