I'm back from NYCC, lazily typing this up as I lay in bed with a heated blanket over my sore legs and aching feet. New York Comic Con is a departure from reality for four full days, spanning everything from comics to manga to HBO to sci-fi to kids shows to almost anything you can think of. It leaves you exhausted, but never quite fulfilled. The con is so big that you see barely a fraction of a percent of what is happening, and it's so easy to be swept away with the tide (sometimes literally, given the crowds of people).
I apologize for the long write-up, but it was a big con, and a ton of amazing stuff happened! In case you don't want to read the whole thing, here's the TL;DR version:
According to my wonderful phone-and-wallet carrying friend, Kyle, I was stopped 58 different times for pictures. One of those pictures ended up on the front page of Yahoo.com! A screenshot was later posted by none other than Bryan Konietzko, co-creator of the Avatar: The Last Airbender universe. I'm still freaking out about it!
I can't... I'm just still so floored and flattered by this. I mean, I didn't get credited, but *I* know, and that's what counts!
YogaQuest was once again amazing. Friday's session was more intense than Thursday's. The theme was an episode of Justice League where Wonder Woman returns to Themyscira and discovers all of the Amazons have been turned to stone. It was phenomenal, as always. I will never be able to do a forward fold without whining "I'm eeeeevviilll" going into it.
I also ran into my photographer friend Carlos A. Smith, who I met on three of the four days of last year's NYCC! He graciously took a couple of minutes to shoot my Professor Trelawney costume, which is pretty awesome since I haven't had an actual photoshoot with her yet.
The last two panels of the day were Teen Wolf and Con Man. The only reason I was at the Teen Wolf panel was honestly because it happened to be directly before Con Man.
Honestly I spent most of the Teen Wolf panel shaking my head at the insane amount of fangirl screaming. It's a decent show, with cool effects, but... wow the fans can be insane. Asking one of the main actors to prom, or asking for a picture with them during the Q&A is just straight up selfish and rude.
We got back from the afterparty a little later than expected, so we treated ourselves to a bit of a sleep-in day and didn't get to the convention center until one.
I debuted Tigress on Saturday. The major elements of the costume -- the bodysuit, mask, and sword -- were all incredibly resilient, holding up through some pretty intense afterparty dancing, but the pouches started tearing apart as soon as I got off the bus (serves me right for trying to use only craft foam). A little emergency hot glue, however, cemented them in place for the rest of the day. Not pretty, but functional.
Saturday started out with a photoshoot with Eddie B Photos and my friend Sunshine Stitchery as Cheshire. It was one of the most fun shoots I've ever done, involving a lot of impromptu fighting, fence climbing, and cracking up.
Next was the DC shoot, which was pretty mind-blowingly huge. So many people turned out with so many excellent costumes.
Then I just kind of... hung out with friends for the rest of the day. We were all getting tired from three days of nonstop fun, so we pretty much hung out by the escalator and ate mac and cheese bites and people watched until Christopher Jones's Young Justice gathering at 8:30.
Sunshine Stitchery, Queen Ally Cosplay, and I were so tired after the Young Justice shoot that we almost didn't go to the Geek on Fleek afterparty. But since we had already bought our tickets, we figured we might as well make an appearance...
... and it was AMAZING.
(My favorite DJ was the one that kept playing 90s hits all night. It actually led to us bonding with some absolutely lovely cosplayers over Avril Lavigne's "Sk8er Boi".)
Oh yeah, and I got 6th place in the costume contest! I won a super comfy Sailor Serenity shirt from Lunaria and an incredible cosplay print from Vitality Cosplay and Collector.
My friend Kyle and I decided to wear our Hercules and Meg costumes for Kids' Day. Unfortunately, the costumes weren't quite technically *done* per se... so we spent about an hour in the morning putting the final touches on our costumes while simultaneously trying to pack and check out of the hotel in time.
This resulted in us being a little later to the con than I was hoping for, which meant I missed the Cosplay Armor & Props panel hosted by Darayz, Joanna Mari, Becka Noel, and various other armor gurus, which was the only thing I had been planning to attend. So this day basically turned into "wander around the convention for six hours" day. And it was awesome.
First I ran into my friend GCF Photography who is a wonderful wonderful person and photographer. He graciously offered to take a few pictures, and I need to remember to make him cookies for the next time I see him at a con to thank him for all of the wonderful photographs he's taken of me.
We also attended the official Disney photoshoot. We were the only Hercules and Meg, but we found some other cast members: Hades, Pain, and Panic! They were incredible; they even had the Air-Hercs and Hercules Sports Drink (Hercu-ade? Power Herc? Cokeules?) which I shamelessly stole for a quick photo op. Hey, I was thirsty.
I wish we could have stayed longer to take more fandom shots and selfies, but Kyle and I had to run off to a photoshoot with the wonderful HSL Photography.
After our photoshoot, it was basically more wander-around-the-con time! We pretty much stayed on the show floor until the convention ended, saying hello to friends, browsing merchandise, getting pictures taken (Kyle counted again; apparently we were stopped 80 times for pictures over the course of the day).
At the end of the day, we were pushed out by con security, and that was the end.
It was an amazing weekend, packed with wonderful people, events, goofiness, coffee (OH GOD SO MUCH COFFEE), and above all, fun. I hope I'll be able to make it again next year, whether for a day or for the whole weekend!
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