Unemployment means lizzy will actually write con reports say wha?
Dragon*con was amaaaaazing. I've definitely never been to anything like it. It wasn't just the size or the 4-day thing that made it different, it was mostly that I'd never been to a con where I cared so much about the guests. Anime guests rarely interest me much. But at this con, not only were there so many celebrities, but they were all so nice and approachable and amazing!
A few people recognized 221B from the interwebz!! Which was amazing! I was convinced by tolkien cosplayers I met on friday to change into Ori early and go to An Evening in Bree, which was a GREAT choice! William Kircher and Graham McTavish weren't even scheduled at that event, but they showed up because they are the most amazing and wonderful people. Graham took a picture of me which he said he'd show to Adam Brown and I basically still haven't gotten over that. Ori was REALLY hot but totally worth it. I crashed the cosplay parade and marched in it, so that was awesome! And a lot of straight men told me I was confusing their sexuality by being an attractive female person wearing a beard. So, mission accomplished. I lost my flower crown on saturday night because I was drunk, but if that's the worst thing that happened all con, then I think I did okay. PB was by far my most popular costume - understandable, since it's both a popular show and my most conventionally attractive costume of the lot. Best part of PB by far was that at least a dozen kids got my picture with them. There is literally nothing more heartwarming than small children liking your princess costume. Cecil I changed into early for sunday night for the night vale meetup, and I was FLOORED by how many people recognized me later that night once I left the meetup! I still think of Night Vale as being relatively obscure, but I guess it just isn't any more. And the meetup was AMAZING. Night Vale fans are the best. I was too tired monday to do any cosplay. Next year I will definitely keep that in mind and not schedule anything for monday.
The road trip down was also fun! I was basically gone for about 10 days, which is just crazy. I left wednesday, took a bus to DC, then met friends in DC, drove a few hours, crashed in a hotel in Virginia, drove some more on thursday, arrived Thursday night. Then we drove back to DC on tuesday, crashed on the sofa of some dear friends, stayed with family in pennsylvania for a few days, and bussed back to NYC on friday. So it was QUITE the epic journey.
Next year the main thing I'll change is my lack of group cosplays. I didn't realize it until I got there, but all my cosplays were solo ones. And while I definitely joined groups (especially Tolkien ones) I really missed coming to the con as part of a pair or group. This was the first con ever that I wasn't frantically sewing in the hotel room till 3AM, so I will DEFINITELY hope to have that happen again.