Bracelets are the kind of jewelry that I start the day wearing but never finish the day with. I like the way they look but all of that clanging can get really annoying really fast. So if anyone knows how to defeat this problem I would love to hear it. I wish I could wear them more.
So here are the last couple of days of Comic Con. I have to say for me the best part of all cons are the panels. I can sit and listen to these talks for hours. Even though they’re pretty much the same questions and answers over and over again. I love hearing about the process that actors have taken to discover their characters. Or listening to other cosplayers talk about how they make their costumes. One great tip I heard was when you’re looking to making something with fun foam or any sort of thin foam one way to get a raised texture is to use puffy paint.
Once it’s hard and you paint over it it’ll look all the same. The New York Cosplay Network had a great panel where they shared a lot of tips and tricks they use to make their amazing costumes.
I have not started to really go to enough panels at cons where I’ve started to take a preference in moderators. They can really make or break a panel. I find this is especially true when you don’t have a panelist that really knows how to handle the crowd, whether they are new to panels or there is a really really large crowd and it’s just hard to be a big enough personality to stop the truly annoying and rambling fans that are inevitably going to ask a question. There is one particularly awesome modirator that has been in Philly the last couple of years, Jarrett Crippen.
He won the second season of Who Wants to be a Super Hero? He will cut a fan off (which I think is just wonderful), tell a funny story while you’re all sitting around waiting for the panelist to arrive, lets the panel go straight to the fans and their questions, and makes sure things end on time, which is good because other people need the room in about 10 minutes and I don’t want my next panel to start late so it’s good that we are all considerate of each other and their interests.
This year the convention’s focus was a little different than last years. Last year is was celebrity packed. They had all five Star Trek captains, and what a disaster that panel was. People were so star struck they asked the worst questions that had nothing to do with Star Trek. It has been a year and I’m still mad. What an excellent opportunity that was squandered. Thor was there and most of the questions were teenage and 20-something women asking him for a hug, which is pretty creepy when you think about it. This year there were panels by scholars of the kind of pop culture I love. Not all of them are great, some are ok, and some when I see them coming I want to pull my hair out and run. But it is nice to have a different view point each year. It keeps things fresh.
Here are some of the pictures I took from the second two days of comic con.
Here are some of the pictures from Day 2. I was in a really interesting panel that brought up Cosplay does not equal consent and it’s interesting that it has become such a talking point at cons. Not that the idea is wrong but because it is so right that it shouldn’t have to be stated and because it has to be talked about is sad. ETouching someone without their permission is illegal in any instance. There are so many strong female characters to dress up as but so many of them also dress in overly provocitive manors. I don’t think there’s a problem with dressing like them,but I do think there’s a problem with the way they are created. It also saddens me that when a company tries to move away from an over sexed character look there is an outcry from the fans to change the character back to looking that way. Most recently, Power Girl and her lack an then reinsertion of the “boob window.”
Nerd Fashion doesn’t have to end with what you put on your body. So many people have nerded up their houses. It seems that the most popular room to do it in is a kid’s room or in a nursery. It makes sense in a lot of ways because then as an adult you have it but you don’t have to see it all the time. Or if someone comes to visit they don’t think, Wow this is intense. I’m a big fan of the TARDIS wall sticker and probably would put that somewhere in my apartment for people to see. Or a Blue door to the outside would be a nice subtle way for a geek reference.