Brought this tracksuit style to Dragon*Con 2013 because my friends are the worst and I love them. But seriously, if there’s a katana wielding asian that’s basically me stepping out in street fighting style, it’d be Colleen Wing in a blinged-out ballcap eating takeout on the curb. And a chance to add a new pair of swarovski-studded Baby Phat sneaks to my collection? Don’t mind if I do.
I love Phyla-Vell.
I love Guardians of the Galaxy.
Busting my ass to upgrade Quasar is basically the story of my life — full of screaming and crying, caused by the very things I cherish. (And yet here I am, knees deep in planning the next.) But what really overfloweth my heart with big dumb stupid grinning joy, was everybody who helped make the magic happen.
So much heart-shaped gratitude to Natalie for letting me talk her into cosplaying Moondragon, despite her hectic everything schedule and a super daunting baldcap first. Welcome to the Guardians of the Galaxy family, my beautiful and amazing interplanetary warrior girlfriend. And internet highfives and frantic heart hands to Lionel — a photographer who not only gets the best out of us, every single time, but who pulled together a last minute light-up sword for this. Yes. That sword? That was all him.
(My friends are kinda amazing.)
Things to do on a beautiful summer day:
- Round up a couple dozen of your nearest and dearest.
- Get some super bright George Pérez-era spandex going.
- Pretend to beat the crap out of each other.
I wouldn’t have it any other way.
There’s probably not enough ~heart hands~ to describe just how much Dragon*Con is a totally gross group hug for us, and the ways in which the Superhero Costuming Forum is a bit like coming home. So when I got tapped to suit up as Wasp for their JLA vs Avengers photoshoot that was being organised in honour of George Pérez, how could I say no to my fave gang of costuming misfits? Afterall, there’s a lot of Janet van Dyne’s leading lady that lives inside my flippant fashion heart.
So consider this a jumping high five to the organisers and everybody who fought the good fight, and the amazing photographers and videogaphers that documented us going at it hard like a bunch of nerds.
TODAY WE ARE CANCELING THE APOCALYPSE
Want to know what’s even better than an online Pacific Rim convention? A meet up with several dozen other fans at a convention! At Dragon*Con the other weekend, we got to do just that!
We reached into our Jaeger Con closets the Saturday of con for our Mako Mori and Girl!Tendo Choi costumes and wandered around the hotels for a few hours with double lattes and a bagel in hand. It was awesome every time someone recognised our costumes and (inevitably) mentioned how much they loved the movie.
Around 2pm, we made our way towards the meet up point and ended up finding some other Pacific Rim fans along the way. Despite the meet up not officially starting for another half hour, it wasn’t long before there were a fair number of us in that smaller-than-it-looks-hallway positively bubbling with enthusiasm. There were cookies and Gipsy Danger pins and a heck of a lot of drift compatibility going on.
And then I somehow ended up directing the photoshoot. I’m still not really sure how it happened but I do know that I ended up dragging my dear friend and fabulous photographer Pat Loika into it with me as our impromptu official photographer for the meet up.
Someone remarked to me later that it was kind of perfect that I was dressed as Tendo for all of this. Mostly, I am glad that I could put by loud voice to good use and that none of my fellow attendees thought the jokes I was cracking in between setting up shots were too terrible. And that I can say my photoshoot directorial debut went smoothly.
We got both large group shots of everyone and then everyone in costume (and everyone being silly) and shots of smaller groups with the same or related costumes. Spoiler Alert: The Newts were the overwhelming majority.
Although I kept the pictures moving at a fairly brisk pace (because Atlanta heat is brutal and there was a huge photoshoot starting soon), it seemed like everyone was still definitely enjoying themselves especially when we got to take some fun shots like Gipsy Danger taking on a kaiju…
…or all of our Newts reaching longingly for the kaiju…
…and, of course, the appropriate appreciation for the Hot Dads of the film.
Thank you so much to everyone who attended the Meet Up. It was absolutely a group effort by everyone and it wouldn’t have been nearly as lovely if we haven’t had everyone there. Honestly, we both had so much fun and we’ve never experienced a fan gathering quite like that before. It was quite excellent getting to meet all of you and we look forward to next year! Until then, we’ll see you in the Drift!
Don’t forget to check out all the pictures from the Meet Up over on Pat Loika’s Flickr account!