I had a pretty fabulous time this year at DragonCon.
Last year, I felt like I didn’t get to “do enough” because I focused so much on costuming. This year, I swung WAY the other direction and went to a ton of fun panels and had nice drinks with friends instead, and I felt like I had a very “productive” convention. I missed big costumes, of course, but I don’t think DragonCon is a convention where I can do both anymore.
It was not without issues. The crowds were intense. There seemed to be minimal staff handling crowd-control, and bottlenecks were everywhere. The T-Bone between the Marriott, Hyatt, and Peachtree quickly became the #1 place to avoid. Taking photos of cosplayers was challenging; EVERYWHERE was traffic flow! No one took photos of me because— where would you?? It made the idea of bringing a “big” costume to DragonCon unappealing.
The new exhibitor’s hall in the Americas Mart was hit or miss. Emily, Melissa, and I went through on Friday afternoon and it was SO AWFUL, WHEN WE FINALLY ESCAPED AND FOUND EACH OTHER, WE HUGGED AND SOBBED. The 2nd floor was “better”, but I still found the entire area confusing. Basically the entire convention needed 200% more signage.
I gave Olivia Olson a Hambo I made for her. The Hambo was super derpy, but she was really sweet about it. XD I also got autographs from Jeremy Shada and John DiMaggio, so now I must go on a lifelong quest for all the AT actors. The Adventure Time panels were awesome.
I wonder if John DiMaggio would officiate our wedding :)
(The moderator on the first panel felt it necessary to repeat Davey Beauchamp’s eye-roll-inducing opinion that Bubblegum is the real villain, because she wants Finn to be her friend and not her boyfriend. Fortunately, the panel shut him and his stupid opinion down. SOCIAL JUSTICE!)
The most random event for me was being approached by Michelle Xin on the street— She told me that she designed Bubblegum’s sweater outfit, and couldn’t believe she found someone silly enough to wear it. THAT’S ME!
(No really, I took like no photographs this weekend. Dustin got some pictures of our Sugar Rush outfits, thank goodness, but otherwise, there are like 3 boozey cell phone pics.)
Also, someone drew unsolicited fanart of me and Emily… but I’m not ready to post that on tumblr yet.
I had an awesome time, but am still not sure if the hotel-panic-stress is worth it… we’ll see how I feel next month when Marriott reservations become available again :)