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Upcoming: GenCon and Dragon*Con 2012

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GenCon is this weekend in Indianapolis, which is where I reside, so naturally I had to make plans to attend. I’ll be there on Saturday, though I’m not sure which costume I’ll be wearing… I’ll let that be a surprise.

For Labor Day weekend, I’ll be in Atlanta for Dragon*Con! It’s my second time at D*C and I absolutely cannot wait. If I could only pick one convention to attend for the rest of my life, it would have to be this one. I’ll be debuting three new costumes. The first is Sally Impossible from The Venture Bros., which I will be wearing in the parade and also for the Venture Bros. Blog panel and Venture Party, all of which are on Saturday. I’m also wearing Rachel Alves on Sunday to the big Marvel shoot, which is a new character that was introduced in The Punisher by Greg Rucka. My husband Ben will be cosplaying with me as The Punisher — a rare treat for me! I have progress pictures of these costumes on my Facebook page. Finally, I’ll be wearing my zero suit Samus cosplay which is based on the Max Factory Other: M statue. All pieces of this costume were commissioned through 3 very talented folks:

1. :iconhollymessinger:(the suit)

2. :icontorsoboyprops:(the pistol and holster)

3. Dizzy Lizzy (the wig).

I have to thank all of them for helping make one of my cosplay dreams come true! I’ve featured some photos of the costume pieces below; the detail on the suit and the Paralyzer really amazes me! The pistol even has an LED that lights up when you pull the trigger.

Are any of you attending GenCon or D*C? Plan on cosplaying? Want to meet up? Let me know!



Venture Party at Dragon*Con 2011

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The Venture Party (sponsored by the Venture Bros. Blog) took place at the Marriott Pulse Bar and Lounge. Attendees got to meet other Venture Bros. fans, take photos with and get autographs from Doc Hammer and James Urbaniak, and compete in a costume contest for prizes!

One of my highlights from Dragon*Con was attending the Venture Party following the Venture Bros. panel. Ben and I met a lot of really awesome people and fans of Venture Bros. and saw a ton of great costumes. Doc Hammer and James Urbaniak eventually showed up to the party, signed autographs and took pictures with the fans. They even hopped in for a big group photo with all the Venture Bros. cosplayers.

After Doc and James left, a costume contest was held and winners were rewarded with autographed prizes! I was one of the group of 20 finalists that were selected for the costume contest, and although I didn’t win any prizes, I still had a lot of fun. The Venture Party is definitely something I will look forward to next year and I know I’ll be working hard on a costume just for the occasion.

Here’s video from part of the contest (I make my entrance at around 2:35):

More photos from Dragon*Con 2011 and the Venture Party are here.

Dragon*Con 2011

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During Labor Day weekend, Ben and I flew down to Atlanta to attend our first Dragon*Con: “the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe!”  I had heard a lot of good things about this convention and even watched the documentary about it, so I had pretty high expectations for our experience. I was not disappointed and I’m so glad we went! There were so many people, panels, and events! It’s definitely a convention I’d like to attend again.

Compared to this past Anime Central, our registration experience went much smoother. Our flight arrived in Atlanta Friday evening and we immediately went to pick up our badges. We made it to registration about 5 minutes before they closed for the evening and there was no line! We were so thankful we didn’t have to wait hours in line Saturday morning; instead we got up early and found a good spot for the parade. I was very tempted to join the Venture Bros. group in the parade, but since it was our first year, I decided to watch. The parade was a fun way to see all the amazing costumes Dragon*Con had to offer. Ben and I then checked out some panels and I attended the DC Comics photoshoot as Black Canary in the afternoon. The evening was spent at the Georgia Aquarium.

On Sunday morning, Ben and checked out the vendor booths and then got our picture taken with Tom Felton. Then I changed into my Triana Orpheus costume and got in line for the Venture Bros. panel! After a great panel, Ben and I head to the Pulse Loft to chat with fellow Venture Bros. fans at the Venture Party hosted by Marc from the Venture Bros. Blog. I’ll talk more about that in a later post.

More photos from Dragon*Con 2011 and the Venture Party are here.