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Things I learned (or re-learned) at Dragon*Con 2009

September 7, 2009 3 comments
  1. I need to bite the bullet and watch Firefly. People love that show. We saw a girl dressed as the hat. Not *in* the hat. *As* the hat.
  2. William Shatner and Malcolm McDowell are shameless douchebag jerks. Not that I’m surprised… On the other hand, Leonard Nimoy seems super-sweet, and my respect and admiration for Patrick Stewart has only multiplied since seeing him in person.
  3. World of Warcraft players don’t know how to have fun the way Battlestar Galactica fans do. We went to the BSG party, where we met Michael Hogan and shook hands with Michael Trucco, danced, drank alcohol, screamed “So say we all!” a billion times, and had an altogether rock-awesome time. But we had to go to the bathroom and couldn’t get back in because of the *huge* line… So we went to the WoW party, where they sat in rows of chairs, watched YouTube videos that everyone has already memorized, and chatted glumly as other people “punted gnomes” (kicked footballs poorly). Lesson learned: Don’t leave the BSG party, no matter how much you have to pee. It is absolutely not worth it.
  4. (Most) Girls who dress up in costumes for Dragon*Con seem to think that the only way to be sexy is to be 99% naked. Usually, this is completely untrue. (Especially for the majority of the girls who attend Dragon*Con.) Although I did see a girl dressed as a Twi’lek from Star Wars that looked pretty damn good.
  5. Despite my comment in #5, I should have prepared a costume for this year. /sigh… But I’m already looking for ideas for next year!
  6. The DC volunteers may say that the line can’t form until one hour before the panel, but a mob of 2,000 Patrick Stewart fans will insist that the opposite is true. Also, the volunteers at Dragon*Con possess much less “Southern Con Hospitality” than the DCTV bumpers claim since they were the ones screaming at us to be civil while we sat patiently in our self-made line.
  7. Only during Dragon*Con will the football fans in town for games at the Georgia Dome be considered the weirdos.
  8. Get a hotel room on the lowest floor possible so that taking the stairs is an option. 8th floor was rough on the knees and thighs, but things could have been *much* worse.
  9. Pre-register for next year’s membership while you’re still at Con. We only paid $50 for each of our memberships, and now we don’t have to worry about it until Labor Day weekend next year!
  10. Captain Kirk is climbing a mountain. Why is he climbing a mountain?

All that said, Dragon*Con was the best this year that it’s ever been. We saw some amazing guests and had tons of fun with friends (both old and new). I can’t wait until next year!

(Photos below courtesy Liz.)

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Aye, Captain

September 2, 2009 Leave a comment

Even though I’ve been the past two years, this Dragon*Con marks a convention first for me. I will be seeing one of my childhood heroes in person for the first time. I’ve seen celebrities before, but none of them compare to meeting the Captain of the USS Enterprise. No, not Shatner — Patrick Stewart. As other children were idolizing athletes and pop stars I was dreaming of piloting a Galaxy class starship and beaming down on away missions. Memories from that show still resonate very strongly with me. I vividly recall the fictional history of his command of that ship. From Q’s trial to the Klingon Civil War, From Tapestry to The Inner Light. I still get a chill when I hear, “I am Locutus of Borg. Resistance is futile. Your life as it has been is over. From this day forward you will service … us.” The man is an accomplished scholar and diplomat, a brilliant tactician and warrior. It would be a proud day in my life if I could meet him face to face and thank him for everything that he’s done.

But he’s not real. None of those grand feats are real no matter how strong my memories of them are. The man sitting up there on that stage is not Jean-Luc Picard. Patrick Stewart isn’t a starship captain. I know this. I have a degree in theatre, and yet I’m having a difficult time separating reality from fiction. I’m still excited to see him, and hear about his experiences both on Star Trek and his other works. I’m an adult, I know I should act like one, but there’s still this part of me that I’m sure will be disappointed that I’m not seeing the “real” captain.

THERE ARE FOUR LIGHTS!

Gearing up for Dragon*Con

August 30, 2009 3 comments

Dragon*Con begins in four days.

This will be our (Drew’s and my) third Dragon*Con, and it’s become one of the things that we most look forward to each year.

As I said in my bio, I don’t go to Dragon*Con so much for the content as for the atmosphere. There’s nothing quite like being surrounded by thousands of people with such an unyielding loyalty to various subjects that the general public would often deem “weird.”

This year is a bit of an exception to the rule, though, since Patrick Stewart is going to be there. I’ve had a crush on him since I first saw him in TNG in 3rd grade. Add to that William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, and how could I not be ecstatic? I’m not much of a Star Trek fan, but, come on, that’s awesome.

In preparation, Drew and I went through the schedule last night and created our own iCalendar to plan out our four days at the con. And we couldn’t be more excited!

Haruko Costume from FlickrOne of my biggest regrets is that I don’t have a costume for this year’s con. Last year, I cosplayed as Haruko from FLCL. Lots of people took my picture, though I can’t find any of them online — even on the official site, which is weird.

(Edit: Found one on Flickr. Please note the horrible, horrible wardrobe malfunction I experienced. I had to sew up the pants leg in the bathroom using a sewing kit. T_T)

This year, I was considering dressing as Jaina Proudmoore from either World of Warcraft or Warcraft III, but time got away from me, and I was never quite sure how to go about creating a costume from scratch. Maybe next year. I’m hoping to at least acquire a WoW Paladin T-shirt before the weekend arrives. I have a Warlock shirt, but my little warlock has been all but abandoned and is still sitting at level 70.

Drew and I will blog before, during, and after Dragon*Con, loading pictures and logging all of the highlights of our time there. Stay tuned!

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