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First adventures in the land of Con

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 6, 2013, 7:50 PM
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So let me start off by saying that I've never been to a Con.  Ever.  Always wanted to, just never manage to make it happen and there aren't many nearby.  I honestly didn't think we were going to make it to SukoshiCon's Destination: Anime this year, even though it was literally five minutes from our house.  Life tends to get in the way.  But!  We worked everything out the day before and I thought heck, if we don't finish these abandoned Borderlands costumes, we're never going to wear them.  So I finished them.  The day before we planned to go (and the day of, honestly.)  Because there are times when I'm more insane than others.  

But I am so glad we went!  I was slightly worried that we were wearing video game costumes to an anime convention and might be breaking some sacred unwritten rule of geekdom.  As soon as we walked in we had people freaking out and stopping us for pictures.  The only costuming I've ever done is for Halloween, and I tend to pick things that are very under appreciated in that context, so this was a whole new experience.  A guy with an amazing Joker costume and a boombox started playing "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked" when he saw us.  It was great.  ^_^

To continue the insanity, hubby and I decided to enter the costume contest.  If we're gonna go, go all out.  (Actually I owe him big-time for it, he said he wanted to show off my work. <3)  This may seem funny coming from someone who's done world martial arts tournaments, but I cannot believe I actually got up on stage and did that, lol.  Hey, you should do one thing every day that scares you.  And we won Best Group!  There were really some amazing costumes, I was so excited that we won something.  Plus it was just amazing to go out and have some fun and not think about this or that hurting, honestly.

So that's my story.  I think I may be addicted now.  I gotta start getting artist's tables so I have an excuse to go to more of these things, hehe.  Know any good cons in the Florida panhandle/Alabama area?

PS- I'll post pics of our cosplays as I get them!

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:iconskyshepsr2:
I caught the Con bug last year when I went to Phoenix Comic Con, then San Diego Comic Con. It's so addicting!
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eitanya Jan 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
And may we never recover. ;)
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:iconskyshepsr2:
I'm afraid the prognosis isn't good. XD
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rebornflame Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sounds like fun. I'm glad you enjoyed your first Con :-)
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:iconthrenodi:
Oh wow first con and you won a costume contest? Awesome and congratulations! I can't wait to see the pictures! Hehee, the anime con I go to here also tends to have a lot of video game and miscellaneous costumes, the cosplay is really my favorite part. ^_^ I've never really done very ambitious costumes, but it's so fun to dress up, especially with others. I'm so glad you decided to go and had fun!
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eitanya Jan 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
It was a blast just to walk around and "see and bee seen" as they say, haha. There were really some great costumes, although I admit I don't watch enough anime to have recognized all of them.
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:iconthrenodi:
That's the other nice thing about going with family and friends; sometimes I wonder where a neat character is from and someone fills me in. I suppose I could ask the cosplayer but I always worry that's somehow implying their costume isn't good enough to be recognizable.. Anyhow I'm so glad you had a good time!
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BadSociologist Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
My wife and I skipped Otakon in Baltimore this past summer for the first time in 6 years and it was crazy how much we missed it.

Cons are three days of frenetic insanity, but the good kind.
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eitanya Jan 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I was so worn out afterwards (and my eyes felt so tired from the crazy yellow contacts!) but it was totally worth it. I think if we went to a larger one I would just need to sleep for a week afterwards, haha.
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BadSociologist Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Totally agree there. That's why we did a week at a quiet beach instead of Con madness. And I still snagged my Protoman figure through a friend who did go to the Con.
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