Round three… even MOAR Gencon!
PS To the scary person all in black on the left side of the first photo: you were the very first Larp Couture reader I’ve met in the wild! I apologize if I was a little stuttery because I was sort of flipping out! <3 !
For the last two days, I was holed up in the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, trying to keep my mouth closed as hundreds of amazing cosplayers sauntered, stalked, and strutted the halls.
Only in its second year, the con was well-organized with a great deal of polish. Though I’m sure their skill with logistics fascinates you, I’ll stick to the highlights: there was Starbucks on site, the panels started on time, the exhibition hall contained everything I’ll ever want to buy, and they all took credit cards.
I helped shake down an old lady orphanage manager in Pathfinder. I went to a panel by the 501st about precision costuming. I saw the President. I listened to artists and writers talk about honing their craft. I bought art from this artist, and a signed and illustrated print from these people.
And I still didn’t do it all. I caught glimpses of the video game room; I scanned the miniatures and TCG tournaments; and everywhere I turned, I kept running into lines for Stan Lee appearances.
My favorite part of the con had to be the Drink & Draw on Saturday night; I ended up with ink under my fingernails and the ability to relax and just draw around real artists- something I haven’t been able to do in years, mostly due to being intimidated.
Don’t be intimidated by artists. Especially drunk ones. They’re the best!
Anyway, I enjoyed the hell out of it. If you get the chance, make your way to New Orleans next year to check it out; the amazing cosplay will inspire and challenge you in your costuming endeavors.