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24 November 2013 @ 04:56 pm
ramblings on Thought Bubble 2013  
I went to the Thought Bubble con in Leeds yesterday cosplaying as Fraction’s Natasha (black dress, gold belt with circles, trench coat, red wig, ace of spades) with franztastisch cosplaying as a genderswitched Hawkeye (H hat, target patches on green coat, fantastic arrow sewing on the back of a black jacket, target t-shirt, purple converse, bandages and plasters) and Laura cosplaying as Lady Loki (amazing fur (fake) cloak, tunic dress, horns, evil boots). There were far less cosplayers than at the Manchester MCM, but notables were a couple cosplaying as The Will and Lying Cat (very wow), a Captain Jack (who swayed around in character), a Red Skull (incredible make up), a Bilbo (hobbit feet!), and a Peggy Carter (eating noodles, heh).

We mostly spent the day queuing up to meet and chat with amazing people. Fiona Staples seems surprised-bemused at the attention, aww. David Aja’s queue didn’t. move. for. ages. Then we realised this was because he was cheerful drawing lots of things for lots of people, and even doodling on things he was just supposed to be signing. Also, he asked for a large, black coffee as if wondering why ‘what type of coffee’ was even a question from one of the organisers lol. It was the first time he’d met Matt Fraction and the pair of them kept laughing at each other’s doodles. Matt Fraction is crazy and lovely, climbing across a table to have a photo with me and franztastisch! He saw us and complimented us on our cosplay when we were coming in and was signing at us across the hall when we were queuing! Kelly Sue DeConnick was chatting away to everyone without a break and is the sweetest person, seriously. I will now never stop admiring and fangirling this woman. My kind of crazy. Unfortunately we didn’t get to speak to Emma Rios, but the prints of the upcoming Pretty Deadly comics look incredible. Amusingly Kieron Gillen’s face is only serious when having his photo taken. He loved Laura’s costume, and she went to a Young Avengers panel with him and all the YA artists in the afternoon. We also spoke to Annie Wu who was sketching away and the lovely creative team of Porcelain.

Lots of shiny things, but I didn’t really buy much. Fiona Staples art, which was a must, some Avengers postcards, and a graphic novel. Me and Laura enabled franztastisch in buying comics though. We are shamelessly evil that way, heehee.

We talked over a picnic lunch in a relaxing room that was set up, and after the event finished at 5pm staked out a coffee shop at the train station for another two hours of chatting. There was the kinda nervous meeting online people offline thing – first time I’ve ever done that – but no one was an axe murderer *grins* and if meeting online people offline is always that fun, wow, let’s do it again!

I’m paying for it today, post-op achey and the cold I caught on top plus chatting yesterday means I’ve pretty much lost my voice, but worth it. So very much worth it.

Pictures up soon!
 
 
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Louder than Bombs: verb nouns!franztastisch on November 24th, 2013 06:09 pm (UTC)
Woo! So nice to see you both! I'm super tired today so no writeups or anything, but I'm eagerly awaiting the photos! :D

Though Bubble 2014. y/y? :P
inkvoices: avengers:assassins call it loveinkvoices on November 26th, 2013 02:32 pm (UTC)
That's it now, I've met you in real life, I'm keeping you ;D Yeah, but I figured if I didn't write something I'd fail to get around to it - so many write up notes I haven't posted, meh. Laura has photos up now! Check your emails!

HELL YES.
Louder than Bombs: change my worldfranztastisch on November 26th, 2013 08:22 pm (UTC)
Woo! I look forward to out geekery then! :D

And I'm writing it up today, as I ahve added pictures.

KELLY SUE!!
rthstewartrthstewart on November 24th, 2013 06:28 pm (UTC)
Yes! Meeting on line people in RL is usually really really fun! Not been murdered yet and I've been doing it for almost 20 years! so glad you had fun!
inkvoices: avengers:assassins huginkvoices on November 26th, 2013 02:33 pm (UTC)
I hear about online groups of people meeting up at cons and stuff and it always sounded like they had a blast, so glad I got a chance to meet someone too, because YES, it is fantastic :D
hufflepuffsneak: love everybody in this barhufflepuffsneak on November 24th, 2013 06:53 pm (UTC)
That sounds amazing! Can't wait for the photos.
inkvoices: avengers:assassins huginkvoices on November 26th, 2013 02:35 pm (UTC)
It really was :D And photos are now up! Laura, who is the keeper of the camera, stuck them on tumblr and i've just linked on my LJ, saves me a job *grins*.
Lady Mercuryladymercury_10 on November 25th, 2013 02:16 am (UTC)
You got to meet Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick, oh wow that's awesome. And your costume sounds like it was pretty great!
inkvoices: avengers:assassins huginkvoices on November 26th, 2013 02:39 pm (UTC)
They are both so damn lovely, seriously. Matt Fraction was all giggling with David Aja and climbing up on his table to see what was going on in the room and Kelly Sue was chatting away to everyone without a break and like she was best friends with the whole room. My fangirling is cemented.

I have cosplay issues because it's strangely difficult to find a character with hair even vaguely similar to my standard brown, straight cut or that wears glasses. On the other hand, if you know you're going to have to wear a wig anyway or if you know you're going to have to do an interpretation anyway, not an accurate copy, it is kinda freeing.
Lady Mercuryladymercury_10 on November 26th, 2013 06:19 pm (UTC)
It's true! There aren't a lot of characters in comics who have brown hair.
inkvoices: avengers:assassins huginkvoices on November 28th, 2013 08:57 pm (UTC)
Oddly it's one of those things I'd never noticed until I started thinking about cosplays.
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