DragonCon 2012: The Aftermath

This is what I felt like Monday on my drive home… Braaaaaaaains …

Well, maybe without the princess part.  But those costumes were fun 🙂

DragonCon was awesome.

I may or may not have caught “The Con Crud”.  Only time will tell.

I unexpectedly entered the World of Warcraft costume contest with Project Breyna.  I didn’t win anything, but everybody was super friendly, and I did not feel like my costume was totally outclassed, so I was happy.

We had several drinks at Trader Vic’s.  The one we are drinking below was so strong that we had to order a glass of OJ by itself to mix in and tone it down.  The waiter did not know how much to charge us for that.

We played several new board games – Elasund, Playing Gods, and Gravediggers.  And we bought a few new ones too – Shootin’ Ladders, Kingsburg, and Belfort.  Below is the collection of games available for borrowing and playing in the gaming hall.

We did a TON of people watching from our third floor hotel room in the Marriott Marquis, the costuming headquarters of the convention.  Even made some new friends and shared some drinks with them (if I catch the con crud, I am going to blame that …).  Here we are hanging over the balcony in front of the room (myself not included).

And here is a sample view from said balcony:

My Top 5 Favorite Costumes:

1)  Man in suit and Velociraptor in Dress (AKA “Raptor Lady” to me … no clue what she was from)

2)  Weird Al

3)  Admiral Ackbar

4)  Steampunk Rebel Pilots

5)  Male Disney Princesses

Of all of those, I only have pictures of #5:

And of course, I should share final pictures of my costumes that I slaved over for a while.  Here is the finalized Project Breyna, complete with an excellent rendition of the priest epic weapon, Benediction, made by my friend, Sean.

My Steampunk costume was fantastic except for the boots … the chains got caught on each other while I walked and broke and ripped off the boots.  I wound up tearing the rest of them off and wearing a backup pair of boots for the rest of the time I had the costume on.  Also, one of the boning pieces decided to poke through the fabric of the bustier, but that was easily hidden beneath my coat.  I carried chocolate covered pretzel shots in my flask (its in my pocket in the picture, but hard to see) – Frangelico and whipped cream vodka in case you are curious.  Done kind of like a tequila shot, by pouring salt on your hand and licking it off prior to downing the liquor.  I was super classy and grabbed salt packets from the nearby food court to carry the salt around …

Doing my hair and makeup for this took a long time … and my recently dyed hair hated me for putting so much hairspray in it.  Cthulu hair when I took it down for sure.  Anyway, here is a close up of hair and makeup.

I have already started thinking about what sorts of costumes I need for next year.  It was very clear to me when I saw the lines of luggage carts at hotel registration that I did not pack enough things for DragonCon.  Baby steps I guess – next year, a total of at least 4 costumes!


2 comments for “DragonCon 2012: The Aftermath

  1. September 5, 2012 at 7:38 am

    The second to last picture is my favorite! Nicely done, buddy. It’s amazing how far you’ve come, sewing wise, in just one year. And four costumes next year? Oh my. I’m already looking forward to the project planning!

    • jadesabre9
      September 5, 2012 at 7:42 am

      Heh, they might be the only things I sew all year!


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