I will be writing up a full convention report probably tomorrow or Friday (had to dive right into homework), but I wanted to post that I have uploaded my photos.Â They’re all up on Facebook, and the last of the photos are heading up to Flickr right now.Â http://www.flickr.com/photos/
Highlights of this convention year: Matthew Waterhouse & Janet Fielding trading barbs about knit Daleks, winning the $25,000 Pyramids of Mars game, getting tons of nice comments about my super awesome geeky engagement, talking wedding plans/ideas with Tony Lee, and getting Mark Sheppard to pose for a photo by Mad Girl’s TARDIS with the Traveling Duckies!
Full report to come soon!
Relay went REALLY well this year. Thanks for the dry thoughts - it looked like we might have rain and then it all disappeared! We just had a little shower around 4 am that was hardly anything.
Final totals won't be added up for a bit yet, but the numbers announced at closing ceremonies put Team GEEK at just over $3,000! We have our Bronze Team sign, and it looks like we might even hit Silver before the Relay fiscal year ends August 31st.
We pulled the raffle winners - Congrats to Esther L. who won the Scarf, Stephanie C. who won the Dalek, and Gina & Jenny L. who won A Reasonable Facsimile Theatre Company tickets!! The video is on You Tube at http://youtu.be/_vi2S6XpXdk
Other teams were pushing their raffles, and I bought a couple of tickets from the Shamrock Angels, and won me a pair of Medieval Times tickets!! Considering that rengeek and I were just recently talking about going there (and discovering they charge $60 a person), it was the perfect win! (that makes TWO expensive dates I've won for us this summer, as I also won dinner for two at Chama Gaucha, which I'm betting is really pricey)
Saturday was the day of sleep through EVERYTHING including massive severe thunderstorms. :)
Sunday rengeek and I were back at Wizard World/Chicago Comic-con. This is a convention I really don't feel like is worth paying for anymore, especially since they overcharge for EVERYTHING - I mean, celebrities I've met and gotten autographs from before were at least $10 more than I'd paid for at other venues (like, Tia Carrere was charging $30 instead of the $20 at Hollywood Palms or Kai Owen charging $20 when his autograph was free at Chicago TARDIS). I really don't like paying $40 to spend a day doing nothing but spending MORE money.
That said, I'd be happy to keep going if I'm doing a booth with the Ghostbusters: Chicago Division. We had our Ecto on display (thanks to Jerry, who did an AMAZING AWESOME job putting it together!!), along with the Vigo lifesize poster, ecto containment unit, and a few miscellaneous props. We were letting people pose for pics with the car, and even wear a proton pack if they donated $1 to the American Cancer Society. We raised over $500, wow! :) Plus it was just so much fun talking to people and posing for photos and even helping the little kids put the pack on. I'd rather spend all day hanging around the Ecto in gear than shopping any time, besides, it keeps me from spending much! I actually only spent $10 at the con itself (for a Browncoats parking permit & a Proton Pack Operator's License)
huskyfriends and I also brought the Sarah Jane Traveling Duckie around to visit some people - she met Kai Owen, Charisma Carpenter, Batman, some artists in Artist's Alley, and more. :) I purchased a TARDIS boarding pass for her so she's ready for her travels. We talked up Relay and our team a bit as well!
The highlight of the day though was meeting Jason Narvy (Skull from Power Rangers)! I was standing at the back of our booth and I look over and go "OMG am I dreaming or did Jason Narvy just walk into our booth??" Nope, I was not dreaming. SO not dreaming. He walked back with Zach and Zach asked if Jason could wear my proton pack (which just happened to be sitting on the floor back there) for photos. Of course I said yes! I can't wait to get my laptop fixed & behaving so I can actually POST the pictures. But EPIC AWESOME. :D :D :D Then he tried Ecto Cooler (yes, we had Ecto Cooler! Our esteemed leader Dan has cracked the recipe - it's at http://www.ghostbusterschicagodivision.
At the end of the con day the guy in the booth across from us put on the Ghostbusters theme so we all got out there in front of our booth & danced to it. The song ended just as the announcement that the con floor was closed went out. We packed up & then I took rengeek and Steve out to Fox & the Hound for wrestling after dropping huskyfriends off at home. I got some knitting done :D because I really don't care about wrestling.
Now I should finish journaling & actually get some knitting done at knitting group!
I've been woefully neglecting this journal....I had a very busy semester and then went right into OMGACEN prep.
But now that I'm mostly packed I'm taking a break to post my Acen schedule.
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See you at the con! :D
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And again don't forget to mark your calendars for October 23rd!
I'll post pictures later, but if you're dying to see I've got a couple up on Flickr (though not of the bronze stripe in progress yet)
I am home safely from Chicago TARDIS. This was the best convention EVER, I'm struggling to find the words to describe how amazing it was!
My eyes are closing because I'm exhausted but I just wanted to post a brief report before I pass out.
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ETA: Less than one week to go! PM me if you need a contact number to call, especially if you think you'll be running late.
I'm putting a post here in my journal to spread the word about an idea huskyfriends and I have been batting around. We love spending time getting really awesome photos of cosplay (like when we spent time with adistantshadow at Wizard World, that was fun!) and we thought, why not make a day of it and get a big group together to get photos at some great locations we know of. I've been to a few gatherings organized on the Anime Central forums, like the Acen Aftermath Photoshoot in 2007 where at one point we had around 50-60 people walking en masse around downtown Chicago. It's great fun!
So, we would like to create a Whoniverse cosplay photoshoot gathering on Saturday, October 24th, 2009.
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So....who might be interested in coming? Characters? We've already started brainstorming and we have a load of great ideas already but the more the merrier! Pass along the word, we'd love to have a great big group. Any and all Whoniverse costumes are welcome and also non-cosplayers are welcome too. I'd love to have multiple photographers come along to this. Comment away! :D
The photos from the photoshoot that Nick took are uploaded!!
His website is The Enthusiasts and there's a great shot from the WTTW sign on the front page, with a link to the full gallery.
I'm just skimming quickly but WOW these photos are some of the best cosplay shots I've gotten! :)
I really can't wait to see what comes out of Carole's camera. (hers we have to wait, film takes longer!)
Now, I go change out of costume :) but thanks everyone for coming, I can't wait for the next one!!!!
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Again, please spread the word to anyone you think might come! Open to anyone in the Chicagoland area, and no, you don't need to have a Doctor Who related cosplay to join us!
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