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21 July 2013 @ 02:15 am
first ever time at a comicon and cosplaying!  
I went to Manchester Comicon today with laurajade221b (the friend I dragged to see Amanda Palmer, and who is more than willingly being dragged to see Neil Gaiman), my other half, his sister, a friend of his, and her brother. It was the first time any of us had been to a comicon, so whilst Manchester may be far from the biggest con going (although next year it’s going to be two days instead of just one) it was certainly a big deal for us. It was even more of a big deal because, being the all-out people we are, we decided we were going to cosplay as well.

Yep. First time at a convention and we also do our first time cosplaying.

People on my f-list may have seen me chatting about getting a costume sorted. I wanted to go as a circus version of Natasha Romanoff, preferably a Night Circus version, so my theme was black and white with a hint of red. It didn’t turn out anything like I’d hoped – not very steampunk and kind of goth – but I don’t think it was bad for a first cosplay attempt.

Here’s me as a (Night) Circus Black Widow with our (comics) Sif:

I’m wearing: a military steampunk dress, stripy tights, black boots, a red wig tied back with lace (because we have a heatwave!), a black velvet choker with a spider on it that I painted a red hourglass on, a belt with a circus style hourglass fascinator thingy I made, belt pouches I made (badly - one fell off before the end of the day, meh), spider lacey fingerless gloves, bullet bracelets, and black and white face paint.

This is nothing like what I’d usually wear and the last time I did any kind of fancy dress was at university, so in a university city where people are used to students being students. I was a bit nervous about wandering around like this! It turned out that being in Manchester was fine, because there were loads of people dressed up, but the part where I got the train to and from my little local station, and then the bus, and then walked…well, I got some odd looks. People who looked like they were embarrassed on my behalf or something. But I also got some kids waving to me, some smiles, some questions about what was going on, and on the bus home loads of people talking to me, telling me about their daughter who’d done a race with some Storm Troopers and things, and the whole bus waved goodbye when I got off, which was just hilarious and fantastic.

(People seem to think you’re…public property? It’s a little odd, because I get a degree of that anyway being female. I get the looks, the kids throwing ‘b*tch’ in my face at a bus station for no reason, the comments on my appearance. Just because. But this was more…blatant. More like because I’d made myself noticeable they were allowed to openly notice me and make a deal of it, be that positive or negative. It was interesting.)

There were so many people dressed up at the con and so many amazing outfits! It was worth the price of admission just for the people watching, the photos, and the people we got to talk to. I don’t know if there’s any kind of etiquette about chatting to people in costume and asking for their photo? I figured complimenting and asking was okay. It’s what other people seemed to doing; Lady Loki was popular for photographs!

Here’s our Lady Loki (laurajade221b) and our Sif with a Captain America:

A brilliant one of our Lady Loki and an Iron Man:

And our Bellatrix Lestrange (right) found a Narcissa:

Warwick Davis (Return of the Jedi, Willow, Harry Potter, Doctor Who…) did a Q&A session. He was brilliant with the crowd, and even gave us a Charms lesson. Kai Owen (Torchwood’s Rhys Williams) did a great Q&A, and laurajade221b and me joined his signing queue for a chat and photo:

And there were lots and lots of things to look at and buy. I limited myself to a budget, a budget per item, and things that would be hard to find elsewhere.

My swag:

The little badges are SHIELD, Hawkeye, and Black Widow. This is a close up of the Stark Expo card on the sellers website. I also loved this Star Trek one and a lot of their Walking Dead ones. They had them as posters as well, and invitations to The Game of Throne’s red wedding! I also discovered an artist called destiny blue - these are the two signed prints from them: this and this.

At the end of the day when we found out Manchester Comicon is going to be two days next year instead of one laurajde221b summed up the mood by asking not ‘are we going to go again?’ or ‘are we going to attempt both days?’ but ‘does this mean we need two cosplay outfits?’ Much fun was had by all. Would comicon again and would cosplay again! Although Cosplay Mark II needs to be either a different character or a better version. Hmm, maybe a lot more circus-y...
rthstewartrthstewart on July 21st, 2013 02:09 am (UTC)
Adorable!!! Loved it!
inkvoices: avengers:assassins huginkvoices on July 21st, 2013 04:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D
A completely happy writer: Marvel - Natasha red hairlar_laughs on July 21st, 2013 02:24 am (UTC)
LOVE LOVE LOVE the cosplays! And all the interactions in the pics are cool! I love seeing cosplayers who really get into it and play for the camera! You all look WONDERFUL! I especially love the fascinator! I think all your bits of red are so very Night Circus! What is your Bite made of?

WHAT is that book in the upper left of your swag picture? I don't know what it is but I want it!

You met Kai Owen! He's one of my favorites in the DW/Torchwood universe! I don't know why exactly but I like him!

Manchester is going to be two days next year??? I was just telling my sister that I should start saving up for a big trip next year because my car will be paid off in another month. hmmm...
inkvoices: avengers:assassins huginkvoices on July 21st, 2013 05:28 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU! We've all been having great fun chatting about ideas and putting them together. Gosh, yes, it was SO MUCH FUN people watching, spotting customes, and watching people interact in character :D My Bites are just a fancy dress bullet belt pulled apart and strips clipped into wrist size.

It's called Carbon Grey. My other half funded the latest one on Kickstarter and told me it was something I should look at, that it's really good. I haven't read it yet, but the art looks amazing and this is the blurb:

For centuries the Sisters Grey have protected the Kaiser, ruler of Mitteleuropa. As a great war rages, the Kaiser is found dead and Giselle is accused of his murder. Pursued by her Sisters and hunted by the enemy, Giselle must unravel the prophecy of the Carbon Grey before history itself is rewritten.

Rhys is the incogrious 'normal' guy to the crazy of Torchwood, yet he comes with some atypical reactions alongside the obvious ones, and a huge does of caring. That's why I really like the character :)

I should clarify: Manchester in NW England. If that's save-up-able for you. Would love to see you there! But I suspect considering where you live that somewhere closer to home might be cheaper *grins*. Mind you, our early bird tickets to Manchester were only £9. (Words have been said about us maybe doing London. Me thinks that will be much more expensive, heh.)
A clean house is the sign of a misspent life: Protonalphaflyer on July 21st, 2013 02:32 am (UTC)
Aren't these things fun? It looks like you had a ball!!

I used to swear I'd never go to a con, and then Comicon came to Ottawa just after I turned into a certificiable geek ... Well, I've now been twice, and am thinking of coming up with an excuse to go to Washington when DragonCon is on! I don't do the cosplay thing exactly, but when asked will admit to being one of the extras from the Star Trek:Voyager episode "Future's End", where they go back to 1996 ... Highlight for me last year: Having Marina Sirtis (Troi) and John de Lancie (Q) autograph a bound version of some of my Voyager stories that a friend had given me. I shlepped it back this year, but Jonathan Frakes (Riker) was a last minute no-show, alas.

But oh! to be in LA...
inkvoices: ST:enterpriseinkvoices on July 21st, 2013 04:45 pm (UTC)
It was so, so much fun :D

I'd heard of a few big Harry Potter cons in London when I was younger, but I had no money, no one to go with, and wasn't confident then at going to things on my own. Other than that I thought fannish activity like cons was much mroe a US thing, or sometimes a London thing. But now I know there are other things out there, even if they haven't been around for very long - Manchester Comicon is relatively young, only been going a few years I believe - and I'm all excitable *grins*.

Your excuse is DragonCon! ;D Oh wow, fantastic! My sister is a huge Star Trek fan, and loves Riker. (I think she would love comicons or a star trek con, but it was a long, hot day with a lot of walking around, and later on it was packed tight with people, so I don't think it would work. I'll just have to carry on showing her vids *grins*)

So much stuff happening! I was a dirty stop up last night - couldn't go to bed, there were things happening on the internet lol.
happilydancinghappilydancing on July 21st, 2013 07:58 pm (UTC)
First of all, you look adorable. And second, looks like so much fun!!! I've only been to one convention... A few years ago I went to Wonder-Con in San Fransisco for the second X-Files movie. It was so much fun. I also went to the premier of one of the Harry Potter films (standing outside only) which was also a blast. Something about being with fellow fans is so incredibly exhilarating. One big party.

I want to go to a Star Trek convention at least once in my life. Also hoping to make it to comic con in the next few years too. Of anyone is ever in LA let me know, we can need it up together!
inkvoices: ST:cunning planinkvoices on July 28th, 2013 12:46 am (UTC)
Thank you! This was the first comicon I'd ever been to. I'd done a can't stop the serenity event, a midnight opening for the last Harry Potter book (but that was a quiet affair), a Doctor Who house night, things like that. But I'd never seen so many geeky people in one place before :D Ooo, which Harry Potter film was the premier for?

I don't know about LA. Some of the people I went to Manchester comicon with are saying that want to try London and Leed and SDCC maybe in 2015. We have bitten by the comicon bug *grins*.
happilydancinghappilydancing on July 28th, 2013 12:57 am (UTC)
It was for...*trying to remember*...Order of the Phoenix? Yes, that one. I stood outside in the same spot for hours and developed a lovely tan on only one side of my face and neck. Actually pretty funny.

I also watched Rupert Grint being interviewed on Craig Ferguson. So much fun.
happilydancinghappilydancing on July 21st, 2013 08:00 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen Voyager yet (love TNG and Enterprise and all the films) but I am planning to and I need to look for you. That is amazing!