Just came back from Momocon 2014 yesterday in Atlanta, Georgia. It was actually quite fun! Other than the fact that it was stifling hot, due to the sheer amount of people (apparently over 14,600 this year) and the fact that we perhaps made a poor costuming choice: think blouse + jacket + cloak, and for me, also a hood tucked in (so I could use it for the jacket later if I actually wanted to wear it in real life), and long hair tucked under that since my wig didn’t arrive in time and my character has short hair, plus a scarf, which is the character’s trademark. >.< Plus a small backpack carried under the cloak. Sooo yeah. Hot. Haha.
Overall, it was a great experience though! It was really neat to see all the amazing costumes people came up with, especially the ones that won the costume contest on Saturday. We were thinking of entering the Friday one, which was for costumes that were <60% made, but unfortunately, we didn’t make it in time for prejudging, and the only one of us who might have qualified for Saturday’s didn’t make it in time for prejudging that day either haha. But dang, the Ironman costume (1st place Journeyman level) was crazy good, as well as the Vash costume (1st place Master’s level), and same with the duo award (from a game I think, that I was unfamiliar with). And the 15 year old that made his own costume for Hiccup (How to Train Your Dragon)?? So crazy!
And some people had really elaborate weapons or costumes, or really great make-up.
I think all of us were inspired by what we saw there, as it was the first time cosplaying at a con for all 3 of us in my group (we dressed up as Commander Erwin, Eren, and Mikasa from Attack on Titan).
Check out the 3D gear and boxes my friend made – he’s also the one who made all of our swords. Pretty impressive, especially since he had just finished taking Step 1 and was starting in clerkships (Family med). My other friend was the one who made the cloaks (for me and him). We still have to figure out how to get that insignia on the back like the one the first friend has here:
It was also really cool how open/freely complimentary everyone was to each other. I guess it’s because everyone knows everyone else put in a good amount of effort to dress up the way they did, but it was nice having random people tell us they liked our cosplay or wanted to take pictures with us, and we definitely did the same to others as well. Some people would even salute us or yell things like “there are titans over there!” or “Kill the Titans!” when we passed, which was fun haha. I liked their enthusiasm. ^.^ We even got recorded a bit by people who I think worked for Akaicon in TN, which was cool. We joked amongst ourselves that it was probably basically the swords (and cloak) that made the outfit, and that people probably would not pay much attention to us otherwise. This was semi-proven when our third member showed up (the guy with the gear and boxes), and we got exponentially more requests for pictures, haha! Poor guy had to stand for most of the day though because the way the boxes hung prevented him from sitting unless the chair had no arms and was moved away from other chairs by about a foot :\. But yeah, I liked the overall spirit of people at Momocon – very cheerful and friendly 🙂
The other highlight of the con for me was being able to meet Dante Basco, of Zuko (Avatar: the Last Airbender) and Rufio (Hook) fame. Zuko is probably one of my favorite characters ever, and when I saw that Dante Basco was going to be at Momocon, I was like, man, I have to go meet him somehow, since I probably won’t get another chance, at least for a while while I’m here in the South for med/grad school. His answers to the Q&A session were funny and at times insightful, and it was great hearing stories from his life. I missed the autograph session right after because they cut off the line a couple people before me but it actually turned out for the better because after we got in for the very last autograph session, I was able to meet Sifu Kisu (Martial arts consultant for ATLA) and take some cool pictures (he even knew we were from AoT! And had someone take a pic of us with his phone, too, as well as a smiley selfie pic with me on his phone! ^.^ That was so cool)…
then talk briefly with Dante again (he remembered me asking a question at the Q&A!) and take some pictures…
…and then stay behind for his short impromptu breakdance session, engineered by David Hoang for nerdreactor.com, (whom we met briefly along with his girlfriend, who is also in medical school (good luck in residency apps, Cindy!)). David himself did a pretty impressive flip off a pillar during the sesh, so that was pretty cool.
So yes. All in all, I’d say this first con experience was a success, and pretty fun as well. So fun in fact, that we’ve decided to fix up our cosplay to be more accurate, and I’ve even bought patches at the Dealer room to sew on our jackets for our next con adventure, which according to a flyer we got at Momocon, might be one that’s much closer to us in the outskirts of Birmingham at the end of next month. Maybe we’ll actually be able to get there for the costume contest this time hehe ^.^
Kk’s, time to head to bed – early morning of stats and data processing to do before meeting with my PI tomorrow. Happy Memorial Day everyone! Bye!
P.S. Oh yeah, for future reference: if you really want to make it to a session, make sure you arrive at least 15 minutes (or more?) early, because otherwise, it might be closed by the time you get there (that happened to me a couple times this con. Lesson learned).
P.P.S I now have a rather annoying strand of Mikasa hair/bangs in the front, since I had to cut it that way for this cosplay due to my wig which is probably somewhere lost in transit. *sigh* (lol, first world problems. -.-||)