Friday, September 9, 2011

Musings on my First Dragon*Con

The convention was a lot of ups and downs for me. And I still haven't decided if I had a good time or not.

Ups: A random girl in the bathroom getting my Watermelon Girl costume aka the mystery costume. Meeting my friend Jillian in person. Officially meeting Jeni Hellum (of Multiculturalism in Steampunk aka The Steamer's Trunk an awesome blog) and having her squee over my costume and my turban (made using her tutorial). Meeting John Strangeway aka Steampunk Boba Fett and getting a picture with him in his helmet. I got my 501st nickname and met the people that run Megacon. The costumes. Seeing friends like Leanna and Emilie. Finally seeing Abney Park. And my beau buying me some Harley Quinn pretties for my collection.

Downs: Waiting over two hours in the registration line. No Miss Dashwood. Having an allergic reaction to the Harley Quinn face paint. The crowds. Not seeing all of the Abney Park concert. The drive there and back. The breakdowns of several people and the fighting. And not doing everything I wanted to do, of course. Not seeing John in his Boba Fett costume and Jeni not seeing me in my Persian costume. A button on my Persian vest broke.

I met up with the Archon, but didn't get to see Frenchy and the Punk.

Skipped the Pern 101 panel but went to the Steampunk Persona and Airship Crew Spectacular. Also went to the Boondock Saints panel with Taylor, a member of the Archon. Went to wrestling with the Captain (we're both fans) then joined Miss Van Eycke and Taylor for a panel on Elegant Gothic Lolita.

Marched in the Parade as the Time Traveler with several Archon members. Went to the Kiltmaking panel. I went to a party with the beau wearing a little bit of nothing and the sash that matched the kilt he wore. I tried to go to Abney Park but there was a huge line so I went back to the party and managed to catch a few songs later. I didn't go to any of the other panels I was interested in.

I went to a couple panels in the morning, including one on steampunk costuming that the Captain was giving. And I walked through the Steampunk Exhibition. I missed Carrie Fisher because I was with my beau, shopping. I also skipped the Steampunk World Record Attempt and I'm glad I did because they turned away anyone without 'gadgets'. Ridiculous.

I did make it to Things That Go Bump in the Timeline: Supernatural Alternative History and got to spend some time with Leanna afterwards. But I missed the pattern making panel because we were leaving.

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