Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Trish and Nancy Go Geeky

Over the Labor Day weekend, Nancy and I and and more than 40,000 of our geekiest friends converged on downtown Atlanta for Dragon*Con, a celebration of all things sci-fi, fantasy and general geekiness. Think ComicCon, just about a third of the size and not quite as many celebrities. Now, don't get me wrong, there are stars aplenty, along with panels, workshops, costumes both awesome and cringe-worthy, photo-taking opportunities, parties, concerts, and tons of other stuff to fill the four days to the brim. We thought we'd share some of our favorite highlights from this year's con.

Nancy: The costumes. They're always inspired and often amazing. The steampunk ones again seemed to be most elaborate and also the ones I'd least like to wear in Atlanta in late summer. I thought the various Lego people walking around were cute. As always, superheroes and stormtroopers wandered in great numbers. I didn't see as many Klingons or Rebel Alliance pilots this year as usual.

Trish: I think you could have a ton of fun at Dragon*Con just sitting in the lobby of one of the host hotels and watching all the costumes. Last year, I did a costume as Alice from Twilight, but it was basically real clothes so I didn't stand out much. This year, I had a costume made and went as Kahlen Amnell from Legend of the Seeker. That's me on the left sporting a long wig and without my glasses. Yes, I was the nearly blind Mother Confessor. :) A group of Legend of the Seeker fans got together on Friday night and did a group photo. Nancy mentioned how hot the steampunk costumes must be, but I've got to say the Mord Sith costumes (full-body leather) had to have been a million times worse. I only had on a leather bustier and I was sweating.

Nancy: The parade. It's such a gathering of enthusiastic people and so much fun. Every year, fantasy author and illustrator Janny Wurts leads off, marching down Peachtree Street and playing "Scotland the Brave" on her bagpipes. The boy was in the anime section but on the wrong side of the street, so I didn't get good photos of him. This year, a firetruck came down the street, slanted diagonally across the street but rolling forward (I have no idea how they do that) to clear it before the parade stepped off. Many cheers and loud applause greeted the fireman, who looked a bit bemused.

Kevin Sorbo rode in the parade. He comes to Dragon*Con almost every year, and I've never heard of his being less than gracious. A few years back, I looked ahead as I rode up the escalator and there, about ten feet in front of me, were Sorbo and Andromeda co-star Steve Bacic, just the two of them, no security, and nobody was bothering them.

Trish: I've yet to make it to the parade. I tend to always want to go to a panel or have my picture taken with someone more. This year at that time, I was having my photo taken with the lovely and very sweet Jewel Staite (Kaylee from Firefly/Serenity). I didn't do as many star photos this year, but I couldn't pass up ones with Jewel, Morena Baccarin (Inara from Firefly/Serenity and Anna on V), Sean Maher (Simon from Firefly/Serenity) -- yes, I'm a huge fan/Browncoat -- and Michael Shanks from Stargate SG-1.

It is fun and surreal to pass by stars in the hallways, on the escalators, and in the elevators. My roomie for the weekend, fellow author Tanya Michaels, and I were headed up some narrow back stairs to another level of the Hilton one of the days and met Sendhil Ramamurthy and Adrian Pasdar from Heroes going the other way. When we got to the next floor, I looked at Tanya and said, "Well, that doesn't happen every day."

Nancy: The art show. I love the art show. I always see many beautiful things I covet, especially paintings, but I have no room for any more, a result of many years of seeing beautiful pictures we coveted in a variety of settings. Still, I go and look. The work is so creative, not just paintings and drawings but sculptures, jewelry, chain mail, all kinds of things. I considered buying a small print we could surely squeeze in somewhere but ultimately resisted. I did get a Christmas gift, though.

Trish: I didn't make it to the art show this year. I started to one afternoon, but by the time I'd gotten through one of the dealer rooms, I had a splitting headache and went to my room instead. I did, however, stroll through the Walk of Fame where the stars meet fans and sign autographs. Tanya and I met James and Oliver Phelps, the Weasley twins from the Harry Potter movies, who were very nice, and talked with Mark Sheppard, who plays Crowley on Supernatural, about his character and the upcoming season. He's been in so many of our favorite shows (Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, Supernatural, etc.)

Nancy: The dealers' rooms. Talk about coveting--there are some beautiful things down there, weapons, costumes, jewelry, art work. I mostly resisted, though. I haven't worn the beautiful glass dragon necklace I got last year. I'd love to have a broadsword but not keep in the closet. There's that space thing again. It's narrow but long, takes up a lot of room on the wall. I did get an HMS Fearless, CL-56 shirt, commemorating the Royal Manticoran Navy light cruiser (Honor Harrington series, for those who care).

Trish: I told myself I was going to be good this year, and I suppose compared to last year I was. I added a couple of Firefly shirts to my collection, three Firefly-inspired necklaces, and one book Cold Magic by Kate Elliott).

Nancy: The programs. I went to one on "The Physics of Magic" that included Lair guest Laura Anne Gilman that had plenty of food for thought. I enjoyed "An Hour With Elizabeth Moon" on the Anne McCaffrey track. I love Moon's Vatta's War series--in which there will not be anything new for a while, alas--and enjoyed her Paksenarrion series, which she is now expanding.

I closed out my weekend at the "Shooting Science Fiction in Canada" panel with Alaina Huffman of Smallville (Black Canary) and Stargate Universe, Michael Shanks of Stargate SG-1 and Smallville (Hawkman), and Mark Sheppard of BSG, Supernatural (where he plays a "sexually ambivalent crossroads demon"), and lots of other sff series. They were laid back and funny. I'm always grateful to stars who stick around on Monday, when the thinning crowd means I can go to their panels without standing in a long line for 90 minutes.

Trish: There are so many great things to choose from. I've been to writer's track programs before, but this year I went to all TV-related things. The first panel Tanya and I went to was on V, and it ended up being the Morena Baccarin show since Laura Vandervoort and Joel Gretsch canceled their appearances, but she did a great job. We stood in line for more than 2 hours to get into the Firefly panel with Morena, Jewel, Sean and Summer Glau (River) on Saturday. The line literally wrapped around the entire block twice, so long that the Dragon*Con officials had to start counting back the line and when they got to the fire marshal limit for the ballroom, they had to tell everyone behind that they couldn't get in. Yes, this for a show that was canceled before it aired an entire season. Grrr, Fox! Sunday morning, we got great seats at the Warehouse 13 panel. I think it was less attended than the ones held on the previous days because everyone thought Eddie McClintock (Pete) was going to be gone already. Well, turns out he was having such a good time that he stuck around to do this panel with Saul Rubinek (Artie), Tia Carrere (Katie), and Mark Sheppard (Valda). It was a great panel! And I started following Eddie's hilarious tweets on Twitter.

Nancy: Pervading it all, of course, is the energy and enthusiasm of people who've come to celebrate things they love in the company of other people celebrating what THEY love. It was a great weekend.

Trish: Ditto what Nancy said. :)

Okay, now we're curious. If you were to go to Dragon*Con and dress up, who would you dress up as?

72 comments:

Linda Henderson said...

Is he mine again?

Linda Henderson said...

Princess Leia maybe. It looks like a lot of fun.

cories said...

Linda, do you mean Princess Leia in her slave outfit? It'll be warm in Atlanta, I' sure. :)

cories said...

As for me, I think I may just borrow something from my cousin who cosplays. She's only a bit taller and heavier than me so I think whatever she has will fit even though I have no idea what she has been cosplaying lately. Unless, of course, her costume is too warm for Atlanta (then I may join Linda as slave Leia).

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Jane said...

Congrats on the GR, Linda.

Hi Trish and Nancy,
Dragon*Con looks like a lot of fun. I love your costume, Trish. I wouldn't mind going in Cara's skintight leather outfit. I was pretty bummed to find out that "Legend of the Seeker" wasn't renewed.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Congrats on capturing the rooster, Linda. Maybe you can dress him up in a superchicken costume. :)

There are lots of Princess Leias, in various costumes, and in recent years there have been numerous Amidala costumes.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

cories, there are indeed slave Leia costumes aplenty. Until I started going to Dragon*Con, I'd never heard the term "cosplay" but it's a lot of fun. Like playing dress up for adults. :)

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Jane, there were some amazing Mord Sith/Cara costumes, but the gals said they were about to roast alive in them. There was one gal who I think did really well in the costume contest the con has. She had the full costume, the really long braid, the whole deal.

flchen1 said...

That is too cool! Hmmm... Much as I'd love to wear some cool leather something (Catwoman? Elektra?), I really should not subject the world to such a sight! Ahsoka, Anakin's padawan from the Clone Wars, maybe?

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Fedora, I'm right there with you. I'd have to lose quite a few pounds before I tried any of those form-fitting costumes. Another of those that I thought would be cook is Selene from the Underworld movies.

I've seen several people dressed as Ahsoka.

Anna Campbell said...

Linda, the chook must love you!

Hey, Trish and Nancy, what a great roundup of Dragon Con! Sounds like you had a really great time. Dress up? I don't know - Doctor Who in the Tom Baker incarnation? I went to a couple of fancy dress parties many years ago in that guise. I had a long scarf and so already had half the costume, snort!

Kim in Hawaii said...

Aloha! This is the only drawback to Paradise - all the fun conventions are elsewhere!

Love the Stormtrooper picture at the top of the blog! The military spouses had a Halloween Pricing Party at our Thrift Shop and we pulled out many Clone Trooper helmets!

We also found a new costume of Davey Jones (from Disney's Pirates movies). So I would dress up as Davy Jones in honor of Pearl Harbor!

Anna Sugden said...

Oooh - sounds like my kinda fun. As you both know I go to memorabilia fairs all the time and enjoy seeing all the various costumed people and the stars. I plan to get a pic next time for you both.

I'd go as Killer Queen from the musical We Will Rock You - I know it's not really a character for Dragon*con (then again, maybe she is), but I love, love, love her full-length leather coat! Very Van Helsing. Or I'd go in Van Helsing style. Or Cat Woman (if I could borrow Michelle Pfeiffer's body too).

Mind you, all of that would probably be horrid in the heat of Atlanta!

hrdwrkdmom aka Dianna said...

I would have to go as Amnell I think, if nothing else I have the hair and could handle the costume better.

Susan Sey said...

Good morning, Nancy & Trish!

Dragon*Con sounds like a blast! Just the opportunity to see real storm troopers marching down the street...I don't know if I'd be thrilled or afraid. I'm a real child of the 80s & I'm not ashamed to admit Storm Troopers were the stuff of nightmares for me.

As for me, dressing up? Yikes. I think I'd go with something real lifey so I didn't have to wear a costume-costume. Or I might just go whole hog and do the steam punk thing. I think I'd really like to wear some of those dresses no matter how hot they must be!

Great pictures, too! THanks for sharing!

Gillian Layne said...

I'd dress as Mina Harker from League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, I think. Such fun!

I love the thought of Dragon*Con. Tell me, would this be an appropriate place for my fifteen year old daughter? She's writing an epic fantasy with demons and Japanese alternate realities, and she's enjoyed going to local anime conventions, but they don't have any writer tracks. So would Dragon*Con have worthwhile workshops for her?

Helen said...

Well done Linda have fun with him

Trish and Nancy
Looks like you had lots of fun and there seems to be so much to do must be hard choosing what to go and see and the cotumes and parade whoo hoo. There was a Si Fi festival of some kind held in Melbourne last week I think and a friend of mine went and I am waiting to hear all about it from Laine.

I am not sure who I would dress up as maybe Professor McGonagall from Harry Potter

Have Fun
Helen

Christine Wells said...

Thanks for that report, Trish and Nancy. Sounds like you had a ball!

Hmm, who would I go as? I think the steampunk outfits are fabulous. I'd like to try that (in airconditioned comfort, of course!

Congrats to Linda!

Deb Marlowe said...

I was hoping for a DragonCon report! So glad you guys had a great time. My neighbor goes every year, too. I keep telling my son--some day!

He would go as one of the Assassin's in Assassin's Creed, I think. Me? I'm going to have to think about it....maybe a Mockingjay? :-)

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Anna, there are always several people dressed up as the doctor, typically in the David Tennant incarnation. And this year, I saw this amazing costume, and later I found online that it was from a Dr. Who episode (I've not gotten around to watching Dr. Who, in any incarnation). It was called a weeping angel from the episode "Blink". You can see it here:

http://www.therpf.com/f24/doctor-who-blink-weeping-angel-costume-dialup-beware-49264/

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Kim, that would be funny to dress up as Davey Jones. At my first Dragon*Con a couple of years ago, I did a double take when I saw this couple dressed as Gibbs and Tia Dalma. They were so good that I thought at first it was the actors who played them in the Pirates movies. You can see the photo of them (as well as several others from that year) on the blog post I did on my personal blog here:

http://www.trishmilburn.com/dragoncon-was-awesome/

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Anna S., what exactly are the memorabilia fairs? Sort of a big shopping experience? Or do the stars do panels and such too?

You see all kinds of costumes at Dragon*Con. I saw one group this year that was dressed up like Belle, Mrs. Potts, Lumiere and Cogsworth. So there are a number of fairytale costumes, tons of anime, superheroes, characters from games like World of Warcraft.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Dianna, yeah, the Kahlen costume would have been easier when I actually had long hair. That wig was hot.

MsHellion said...

Who wouldn't I go to Dragon*Con dressed as? (Okay, probably not anyone who was in Sci Fi/outer space stuff...no Princess Leia for me. And I'm not a big Wonder Woman fan, I think that's more a guy thing?)

Arwen from LOTR--I love her dresses and I can pine really well.

Harry Potter (I actually make a relatively convincing HP--except for the fact I'm a woman) or Hermione Granger (I make a very convincing know-it-all as well). Or Bellatrix LeStrange (but only because I love her costumes and being insane)

Alice from Twilight (not sure Twilight is particular Dragon*Con, but it's hard to escape them, so it's possible...)

(I like the suggestion of Mina Harker from ALOEG. Fun movie.)

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Susan, you'd look great in a steampunk costume. You know, the first year I didn't dress up at all but it looked like everyone who did was having fun. I really hadn't had any idea how many people would be dressed up. Last year, I tiptoed in with the costume that could pass for real, everyday clothes. This year, I only dressed up one day. I didn't want to be in costume when I had my photo taken with the actors.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Gillian, I think your daughter would love it. They do have a pretty good writer track, and there would probably be things in the other tracks that she might find interesting or applicable. Plus, there are tons of wonderful anime and fantasy costumes to be inspired by. Dragon*Con seems to have stuff for all ages. The little kids dressed in costume were so cute, and it was awesome to see entire families dressed up together, like the family I saw dressed as The Incredibles. That said, you might want to call it a night around 10 or 11 because things do get rowdy later. Next year, I have got to get into a hotel other than the Hyatt. It evidently is the party till you pass out hotel. I got up on different nights, once at 2 a.m. and once at 5 a.m., to go to the bathroom and the very loud partying was still going on downstairs. I'm sure those people didn't drag themselves out of bed until afternoon.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Helen, you'd be a great Professor McGonagall. I saw one of those, a couple of Dumbledores, several Hogwarts students.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Christine, the air-conditioned comfort is more of a reality than it used to be at the con. They've now built skywalks between the three main hotels, so if you don't have to go off to stuff at the Sheraton or Westin, you don't have to go outside. Still, with that many people cramming the common areas, sometimes the AC can't keep up. At a couple of points, I was dying for one of those fan mister things they sell at Disney World.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Deb, a Mockingjay. That would be really cool. I'm keeping an eye on the potential casting for the first Hunger Games movie. I so want them to get it right.

I think I saw someone from Assassin's Creed. I'm not a gamer or into anime, so I typically can't identify those costumes -- other than Naruto or Sailor Moon.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

MsHellion, there are actually some Twilight-inspired costumes each year. I saw a really good group of Volturi this year. And the past couple of years, some of the celebrity guests have been from Twilight. This year, it was one of the werewolves (not Taylor Lautner -- OMG, the place would be go crazy) and Daniel Cudmore (Felix, one of the Volturi). Daniel also plays Colossus in X-Men.

Anna Sugden said...

A memorabilia fair is kind of like a big shopping experience - but also they have guests who turn up and sign autographs and do interviews. There are lots of stalls with different things to buy for collectors and fans.

We've seen people like Dr Who (Tom Baker) and the Harry Potter actors and a bunch of others. Dave Prowse (of Vader fame) used to come regularly before his hands got too bad to sign. Lots of people from the kinds of programs you love are there (means nothing to me *g*) - I know you'd recognise all kinds of people.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Anna, David Prowse is at Dragon*Con every year. So are people like Lou Ferrigno (the Hulk).

Christie Kelley said...

Fun post, ladies! As far as dressing up, I'd go as Padme Amidala from Star Wars episode 2. The dresses she wore were gorgeous!

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Christie, I've thought about doing a Padme costume too. They were so awesome.

Nancy said...

Linda, congrats on the rooster!

Princess Leia usually turns up in several incarnations. One year, I walked through the garage level lobby at the Hyatt and saw eight or nine Leia slave girls grouped around a giant Jabba the Hutt as people took pictures. Way cool!

Nancy said...

Sorry I'm late to the party, everyone! Trish did a great job of putting all this together. If I photographed as well as she does, I would've taken her advice and gotten a picture of myself with my buddy Teal'c, aka Christopher Judge, and with Michael Shanks. But I do not photograph as well as she does--hence the photo of me by the stargate with my eyes closed. :-/

I ain't paying no serious money to be photographed with my eyes shut.

Nancy said...

Cories, the cosplayers are always so much fun to watch. You should give it a try sometime!

Nancy said...

Jane, there was a Legend of the Seeker group in the parade, complete with a very nice banner. If you'll email me via the link on the blog, I'll send you the photo. It's not very good of the group--too far away, and I was shooting into the sun--but you could get a look at it. Just put "for Nancy" in the subject line of the email.

At the Tor panel, they said there will be a new Richard & Kahlan novel this winter. Are you into the books?

I wish I had seen Trish in that costume. I saw her only once, as she was waiting for a Firefly panel and the dh and I were heading for one on alternate history.

The parade photos I sent were enhanced with iPhoto. The dh and I picked a spot with a good view, but it meant I was shooting sort of into the sun, which washed out the pictures. Live and learn. Even with a digital, that matters.

Nancy said...

Fedora, I totally love Elektra's costume. Like Trish, though, I wish I had the body to wear it. I also love the 1960s Batgirl outfit but with the same caveat.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Nancy, I thought of you when I told Christopher Judge I liked his T-shirt. It said, "ERACISM". Oh, and if you shut your eyes, they take another photo. They can see the results immediately.

Nancy said...

Anna, there were a number of different Dr. Who incarnations floating around the con. If you go to the DragonCon TV link, there's a bumper about the Doctor's reverse aging. :-)

Nancy said...

Hi, Kim--The stormtrooper outfit is another I wouldn't really want to wear in Atlanta in late summer. At least with Davy Jones you can get air on your face.

I've seen an elf stormtrooper, an Elvis stormtrooper, and a Santa stormtrooper. This year, though, only the regular kind showed up.

Nancy said...

Anna, I love the Van Helsing coat. Even more if Hugh Jackman's inside it. *g*

I love the song "We Will Rock You" but I've never seen the musical--didn't know there was one.

Nancy said...

Hi, Gillian--Mina has a great costume, very steampunk. LXG is considered to be steampunk.

I think your daughter would benefit from the writer track workshops. They're not formal presentations like you get at RWA so much as discussions among authors about how they do things. The one on the physics of magic, for example, gave me a lot ot think about.

We turned the boy loose with friends at age 15, but we told him he couldn't leave the Hyatt without clearing it with one of us, and that worked well. When he was 14, we walked him to the panels he wanted to see, and one of us met him at the end.

We also told him to spot the people with staff lanyards (this year's were purple, last year's were orange; they're always distinctive) and if anyone gave him any trouble, to go straight to one of them. No one bothered him, but I felt better knowing he had a strategy if anyone did.

Last year, we turned him loose completely. I think your daughter would be fine, especially if she has a friend along.

For a more intensive dip into writing, A.C. Crispin's beginning writer workshop, which she teaches the two days before the con, is all day long and intensive. She is an excellent teacher and takes a real interest in her students. I've taken her advanced workshop several times. I think the basic workshop also includes a critique--it used to. The info may still be up on the DragonCon website, www.dragoncon.org.

Nancy said...

A.C. Crispin will be blogging with us in January, just by the way. She is not only a NYT bestselling author but one of the founders of Writer Beware.

Nancy said...

Dianna, that really is a gorgeous costume, isn't it? I like the way the skirt is cut into panels so she can move.

Nancy said...

Susan, the parade is one of the highlights of the con. You have to get there early to be able to see, which means you stand in the heat for quite a while, but it's worth it.

I don't dress up. I have what the dh refers to as "a selection of appropriately decorated t-shirts," and I wear one of those every day.

Nancy said...

Helen, I love McGonagall. She's one of my favorite characters in the Potter series, and I think Maggie Smith is great in the role.

Nancy said...

Deb, come go with us next year! It's a real blast.

You know, I haven't read any of the Hunger Games series, but I hear it's great. Dark but great.

And we all remember that Anna Campbell is a major Dark Side influence on me. . . .

Nancy said...

Hellion, I love your choices, but I'm surprised--no pirates? *g*

Arwen really did have gorgeous clothes. The Museum Replicas booth had one of them for sale in the exhibit halls last year, but I passed. I'm saved from myself by the fact that these costumes are cut for women of average height, which I'm four or five inches over.

Nancy said...

Anna, the stars at DragonCon sit in the Walk of Fame, and fans can go meet them and buy autographed photos, like your memorabilia fair.

Nancy said...

Christie, Padme really did have gorgeous costumes, didn't she?

Nancy said...

Trish, thanks for the info on photos. The eye-shutting thing was a real problem at Disneyland, where they can also see the results immediately. Glad you got to talk to Chris Judge, who's reputed to be a very nice, fun guy.

Next year, Walk of Fame will be a priority. Still not sure I'm ready to take the plunge on the photo thing.

Donna MacMeans said...

Nancy & Trish - That looks like so much fun! One of these years I'm going to make DragonCon. Though not as well versed as Nancy in all things Scifi - I'm a huge fan. I love the imagination and creativity of it all.

I'm not a big one to dress up, especially when most scifi women are statuesque. Can't say that I look like anyone...well...maybe one of those teddy-bear creatures from Star Wars. But that costume would be way too hot for Atlanta.

Heck with panels and photos. I think I could easily spend my entire weekend in the vendor rooms and art gallery.

Fun blog, you two!

Dianna Love said...

Trish - I saw you, but never caught up with Nancy although she was in several conversations I had with others there. Alas, I did not dress up. I was in observation mode for my first DCon when not at a signing with Sherri.

I have to say after having been to Comicon in San Diego that I can see why so many people say DragonCon is more of a "fan" event. Comicon is saturated with Hollywood and outrageous outfits. The fun thing about DragonCon is all the really unusual costumes people made on their own. Some were only a piece of leather and a flap , but many were very creative and some were just mind blowing.

Nancy said...

Donna, you really could spend the entire weekend in the exhibit halls. A friend of mine has bought two gorgeous outfits--corsets and gowns made to match in the exhibit halls, and she looks fabulous in them.

Again, the length thing is an issue for me, but there's so much beautiful stuff there. I could decorate my entire house with artwork if I had the wall space and the budget.

Here is the link for Donato Giancola, the artist guest of honor this year:

http://www.donatoart.com/gallery.html

All that saved me at his booth was that he had nothing I liked in the small size. He had a Joan of Arc I really lingered over, but I knew she wouldn't fit in any space I had open.

Nancy said...

Dianna Love wrote: I saw you, but never caught up with Nancy although she was in several conversations I had with others there.

I kept hearing you were there, but I never saw you. We did more outside the con this year than we usually do, and so I missed a good bit.

The interview with you is posted on the Daily Dragon site:

http://dailydragon.dragoncon.org/

People can go to the link and scroll down.

Nancy said...

Dianna, I love your description, "a piece of leather and a flap." I saw a really cute guy in the parade wearing an outfit that was more than that but not a lot more.

Pissenlit said...

Oh, I'm so jealous! I ALMOST went to FanExpo in Toronto this year for my dose of geeky(OMG, the Batmobile from the show in the 60's was there!!) but bowed out at the last second.

Gosh, I don't know what I'd dress up as! I'd definitely have to be comfy since it's a con. I think it'd be really fun to dress up as a Browncoat or someone on a Stargate team! A steampunky costume would be so nifty but ya, perhaps it's not quite the time of year for it.

Pissenlit said...

Trish,
If you've not seen the Blink episode from Doctor Who, you really have to remedy that! Then again, if you haven't been watching Doctor Who, what are you waiting for?? :D Blink totally creeped me out! A friend of a friend dressed up as a weeping angel at Fan Expo this year. The weeping angels make a second appearance in Doctor Who but I didn't think it was as good as the Blink episode.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Nancy, I love those museum replica costumes. I could so make a credit card scream there if I let myself.

Donna, I'm laughing at your idea of dressing up like an Ewok.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Dianna, I love the idea of going to ComicCon, but I can't imagine the crowds. I think something like 150,000 people attend. Um, that's like a good size city.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Nancy, I really like the Giancola painting of Red Sonja. Incidentally, I believe their remaking that movie.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Pissenlit, I'm considering a Stargate Atlantis costume for next year.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Dr. Who is one of the many things I want to catch up on. My Netflix queue is scary long. Right now, I'm catching up on Stargate SG-1. I only got into Stargate (other than the original movie) when Atlantis premiered. I'm almost done with season 2 of SG-1. Only 8 seasons to go!

Nancy said...

Pissenlit, the Batmobile was in Atlanta, too. I hope you will come to DragonCon sometime. It's a lot of fun. Though rain would seriously cramp everyone's style.

Nancy said...

Trish and Pissenlit, Stargate Atlanta always has a big contingent at the parade. They also sell t-shirts. :-)

Nancy said...

Trish, I really think SG-1 hit its stride around Season 5 or 6. I'll be interested to know what you think.

Gillian Layne said...

Thanks, ladies! I'm definitely going to look into this for next year.

Cassondra said...

Wow.

I dunno if I could do that kind of con or not. The crowds. And..you know..the crowds.

I guess because I've never had any interest in stuff like autographs or having my picture taken with stars, I'm a lousy candidate for this kind of thing.

However, getting into costume? I could get all up in the face of that.

Would elf costumes be allowed? Tolkien? I could do something like that. Or Leia..yeah, I could do her. But so many people do Leia that I think it might have less appeal.

Trish, you were stunning in that costume. I didn't recognize you, and when I read your text, went NO WAY!

Nancy, did you say what that glowing ball is you're standing in front of? I either missed it cuz I was reading fast, or it didn't computer. That's really cool.

I could be a serious geek I think, but it's role playing games that would get me (and have gotten me, when I was a younger woman.) Back when the worlds were not so segregated as they are now, and that kind of thing was based on books and comics and not movies really since there weren't that many.

But going to a con like this? Hmmm...I dunno. I think it might be fun to experience, and the parade would be way cool. I dunno if I'd ever become a groupie though.

Very cool look inside it though.

Nancy said...

Gillian, glad we could help. You can always email us via the blog if you have questions.

Nancy said...

Cassondra, elves are totally allowed.

The big shiny thing is a representation of an active stargate. Hence the Stargate Atlanta t-shirt. :-) My writer buddy Lisa, whom I see only at DragonCon, took it for me.