Sdcc 2014 Drabbles
To those who celebrate, Ramazan Mubarak
Drabbles for the Road - Eid al-Fitr.
As always there's a certain sorrow to the end of Comic-Con as I leave the wonderfully welcoming atmosphere and return to the real world, but it's of some comfort that we go forth to create the things we love.
I've already recapped Thursday, so um, as already posted. Medusa. Which I love doing. I walk differently. Stroll. There is nowhere she needs to rush to. Smile widely and with teeth.
I've seen a little of the dealers room. Got into panels for big bang, korra, bones, a mix set of actors, and agent carter/agents of shield.
Friday cosplay was Medusa. Fairly simple black lace dress. Something I could wear to a cocktail party. And the hair. Oh, my hair was awesome. Snakes on snakes on snakes. With sunglasses to protect the unwary.
On Friday, I was all day in Ballroom 20, and got a Lanyard as part of the Agents of Shield panel. Your lanyard is important! Or something. Great panel with some hardcore geekery from the cast. From there we headed over to 6BCF to catch Sleepy Hollow. Very funny.
Afterwards I was interviewed by some broadcast company or another. I assume something to do with Sleepy Hollow as I received a free backpack afterwards. I let them know that Medusa was not a monster, but simply misunderstood.
We went to Geek and Sundry for a spot of very energetic dancing. My not-actual hair snakes (as opposed the ones braided to my head) fell off at times, but fortunately, were easy to reapply.
The green hair spray took a bit longer to come off when we got back to the room and did result in a few green towels.
Saturday Cosplay was fifties dress/hat with gloves in a ray gun. But, well, it took on a bit of church lady vibe, because when I was wandering about, I wore the Line Monk outfit over it.
Okay, my Saturday high light was well, I errr… well, every year we have religious protestors, which is one of the reasons we put together the Line Monk costumes. But also walking the long lines of Comic-Con is almost a meditative experience, much like walking a labyrinth.
Anyway, we got a text that the protesters were out walking in front of the convention center megaphoning the attendees. Now, I have a very carrying voice. I project, not yell. It's from the center and out. Generally, I try not, because well, it's loud. But… yeah, so I followed the guy with the battery powered megaphone and was louder than he was asking attendees if they were ready to meet the creators of their fandoms and complimenting their costumes and generally exclaiming on the wonder of the day. So many people laughing and saying it was an awesome costume. Great response.
Then I joined Melinda down by Hall H, where we told people that the End of the Line was Nigh, and soon they'd meet the creators of their fandom (with air conditioning). Also, lots of laughter and cheers.
Interestingly, the religious protestors complained to the guards that we were making fun of them and they should make us stop. To which the guard (laughing and smiling as he told us this) replied something like, "You were just telling us about your right to free speech. We'll that's their right to free speech. For the rest of the time we were over there, they kept coming back to see if we were still there and then turning around to walk away from us. It was Awesome. Also, we sang, Everything is Awesome at one of the protestors. So maybe it was our singing.
Then I had like panels and stuff, so we went in and I spent the rest of the day in 6BCF attending the always awesome quick draw, cartoon, voices, cup of joe, 75 years of batman, 1st episode of Constantine (very cool and evocative of the comic), and Persons of Interest. Best part, where Jim Caviezel climbed over the table to give a very sweet 11 year old questioner a hug. She was shaking she was so happy. Very sweet, but you could see the con staff having minor heart attacks.
I went to a Welcome to Night Vale / Thrilling Adventure Hour. After which, the laughter on the live recording shows made a lot more sense. I shall be picturing Cecil's hand gestures in his pauses now. A bit like squid. If a hand can be called squid like, which in the context of Nightvale, I'm sure it can be.
The next morning, Melinda and I spent some more time on the Hall H line being line Monks. Going through a line of patter with those entering into Hall H. Hopefully amusing at least.
Sunday cosplay was Line Monks over t-shirt and shorts.
Sunday was a day of much wandering the Dealer's Hall, which was vast and chaotic as ever. Went to a very nice Women of Marvel panel. All people (but one) on the panel were women in all areas of Marvel. Writers. Producers. Social Media. Very interesting and interestingly was also a bit of a recruitment drive for more female talent.
I went out and did some of the activities in the Gaslamp. Went to the Constantine experience which was a projection dome, that immersed the viewer into scenes from Constantine. Walked by the Gotham zipline, but did not attempt that line. Meandered through Godzilla. A bit more dealers room.
Attended my only Academic CAC panel, which was the annual sociology study done by students on the sociology of Comic-Con. I quite liked the paper on how families attending the Con is sort of a cultural transmission of fan values from one generation to another. Didn't agree quite so much (as several other attendees expressed) with the panellist who didn't understand why women cross play, and rather than presenting an academic point of view, said that cross players should find women characters they like. Which okay, I'm all for exalting women characters, but err… people like what they like. And there's such a wonderful fluidity to bending a characters gender. Thinking about what it would mean for x y or z to be a woman. To take that cultural dominance for yourself.
We went for a bit to the Agents of Shield fan gathering, and stuck around through to Monday, which…
Okay, so it was very nice not to have to pack up my stuff before heading to the con Sunday, but the sheer amount emptying a place that was so full vibrant crazy life the day before was a bit strange. Perhaps next year stay over, but head out earlier in the morning. We'll see how much vacation time I have.
All in all, a great con.
May I be so fortunate as to once again achieve tickets to next year.
Oh, and today's cosplay, Wonder Woman shirt, Silver head band (sorry, I don't have a gold), cutoff shorts with star patterns, and red high tops.
All clothing is costume.
Bring on yuletide.
Photos from the Con