It seems like it’s been a really long time since I’ve managed to post on my blog! The last time I posted, I was talking about how I was just finishing up my armor for ConnectiCon 2010 and was very excited to be going. Well, now, the wonderful weekend is over and it’s back to reality.
And it really was a great weekend. There were so many people at ConnectiCon this year and so many awesome costumes! I got to see everything from Darth Vader to the Trix Bunny to Colonial Marines to Ghostbusters to Hetalia characters to every anime character imaginable. And it was an absolutely wonderful experience from start to finish.
However, it was also really busy! Griswold and I arrived at around 9:45 on Friday morning in Hartford and we spent about 45 minutes in line just to get our passes. All the time, we got to watch the costumes and craziness pass us by. This was also the day I dressed as a persocom, and since everyone and their mother was dressed as a persocom this day it was nice to be able to fly under the radar.
After we got our tickets, Griswold and Auerion and I checked into our hotel. We got a really good room, too. We had two adjoining rooms next to each other so that Griswold, Denya, the Dungeon Master and I could stay in one room while Auerion and his two companions got the other.
Not much happened on Friday, to be honest. It felt like every time I turned around we were looking to eat. And lo and behold, we ended up ordering pizza for lunch and Chinese for dinner that day, which was just so healthy. But still, it was a good day.
I finished out the day by changing from a persocom to Ari Whisperwind for the night time–finally complete with my leather corset. It’s just always so much fun to see people’s reaction to my armor, and I definitely wasn’t disappointed! It was only a taste of how my Saber armor was going to go over.
And on Saturday morning, I finally got to find out. I now know how Griswold felt last year when he couldn’t walk two steps through the convention center without being stopped because he was dressed as a Ghostbuster with a full light-up proton pack. I’m actually very thankful to all the people who put up with spending time with me over the course of Saturday and Sunday, because I don’t think I would have been able to get very far without them! Thanks to my friends, including Denya and Auerion, I had people who would walk along beside me so that I could actually function. Thanks guys!
And I did get stopped about every two feet: Sometimes even less. I’m not complaining, but I just loved that armor so much and didn’t want to take it off, and that’s probably the reason why I actually didn’t get to see much of the con. But it was worth it.
– “What is that made of?”
– “You must be dying of the heat!”
– “Is that heavy?”
– People just randomly coming up and knocking on me
– And ten thousand, “Can I take your picture!?!?” ‘s
Again, no complaint 😉
As I said before, Denya and I were selected for Cosplay Chess, which can now be seen online in its entirety if you go to youtube.com and search up “ConnectiCon 2010 Cosplay Chess.” With Denya as the Queen of Hearts (and she ended up being on the white side, which was awesome because I didn’t want to kill her), we had so much fun up on the board! Unfortunately, this year’s chess group was way too excited to be killing each other, and it was one of the shortest chess matches ever: Lasting only 45 minutes. There was a lot of violence and a lot of blood. And my armor stood up to a full-on strike (and I still have the mark to prove it!) by the king of the other side. But still, it was completely worth it. And I doubt that they’ll ever let me up there as Saber again, but I would do it again in a heartbeat, even if it did take up most of our Sunday.
By Sunday night, we were all very tired and in denial. But it was nice this year since we had our hotel rooms through Monday. Usually, we need to move out on Sunday morning with everyone else trying to do the same thing. But it was infinitely less stress this year to be able to hang out on Sunday night in the mostly empty hotel and be able to sleep in a bit on Monday morning before packing up and leaving.
And we drove away to the epic tune of the caramel dance…