Another Dragon*Con has come and gone, and as I recover from the Con Crud, I have to say this was one of the best Dragon*Cons of years past for two reasons.
One: We roomed with friends. In the past, my husband and I have roomed on our own, which can be nice when you want time alone, but it can also leave you feeling a bit disconnected from the con and everyone in it. Being surrounded by friends meant the party–and the laughter–never stopped.
Two: We cosplayed with a group of friends. Cosplay has been an activity I typically work on by myself, googling wigs at weird hours or chatting with others on Facebook about this and that. At con, I typically run into fellow cosplayers and get a few quick shots and then it’s on to the next thing, or Kim will accompany me at my request. About two weeks before con, four of us decided we wanted to cosplay Ashes to Ashes because I had just finished watching it and was obsessed.
I mean, a time-travel cop show set in 1980s Britain. What’s not to like, really?
Between the four of us, we almost had the full team, with an Alex, Gene, Ray, and Shaz. Everyone sourced their costumes relatively quickly — this series lends itself to thrifting and Vintage Etsy searches–and I learned quite a bit about replica guns, a skill I didn’t have before this particular cosplay. Thursday night we got dressed up and hit the Pub, (or in this case, Max Larger’s) because that’s what Team Quattro would have done if they were time traveling to Atlanta 2013.
After dinner we walked around some of the already busy hotels and we even had a few people recognize us. COSPLAY ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED. (I think it’s mainly because our Guv was the best Guv ever.) I really hope we can revive Team Quattro at future cons. It was so much fun!
Thursday at the Marriott was insane–it was already packed full and at midnight, everyone cheered, like it was Geek New Year’s. And from that moment, the party–the games, the panels, the music, and general shenanigans–started and never stopped. I cosplayed a lot, which means I didn’t get as many pictures as in year’s past, so here are my personal highlights.
I GOT TO STAND NEAR JOHN BARROWMAN FOR 3.5 seconds.
I participated in my first professional photo shoot with some stunning fellow Amy Ponds.
PARRRRRADDDDDEEEE THEN COMA.
Then Kim and I went to a special screening of The Last Unicorn, featuring Peter S. Beagle. The Last Unicorn has been my favorite film and book since I was a little girl, so being able to watch this film in the presence of the author was really special. And being in a room full of people who love the film as much as you, well, there’s an energy there you don’t get when you’re watching it on your own. I cried more than I’d like to admit. The stories Mr. Beagle told about Angela Lansbury and Christopher Lee were highlights of the screening.
I got to meet Peter S. Beagle. Realistically, I would have told him everything in my heart, about how The Last Unicorn has saved me so many times, but when it came right down to it, all I could say was thank you. I hope he understands how much those two words really meant. He was careful when signing my copy of The Last Unicorn, because it’s quite old. He was so gracious and kind, taking time with each person who came to see him. He and Kim talked for a bit about one of his short story collections.
Later, there was a River Song meet up, and I finally got to meet a bunch of Rivers I’ve only known online. So many talented, lovely ladies! Before the photo shoot, we ran into The Doctor Puppet and got to hold her charming puppets. (I’m holding Nine because, well, he’s my favorite.)
After the River Song meet up wrapped, I headed back to the hotel to get ready for the Yule Ball. Kim put on his Sirius Black best and I wore my Tonks costume from Order of the Phoenix. I got some dueling in with Bellatrix, and we also found a TARDIS.
The Con Crud came creeping in as we packed up and said our goodbyes. While there was so much going on, so many lines, and meet and greets, and panels, my favorite moments were just being surrounded by awesome people, late night Chinese dinners, laughing in the hotel room, running with Doctors, and sharing drinks and conversation with complete strangers. I thank you all for being so wonderful.
AND NOW, FOR THE FEW PICTURES I TOOK.
And if I had one image to sum up Dragon*Con 2013, it would be sidewalk rave kids. Because, at Dragon*Con, you never know what will happen.