I’m getting behind on posting here on the blog.. mostly trying to keep up on Instagram, but wanted to get here here before I lost the pics! This year was split 1/2 with my friend Robin, and 1/2 with my youngest. The teenager opted out of going this year:(
I brought old standby classic Wonder Woman, comfy Spider Gwen, my teenager’s Riverdale Veronica, as well as a few new exciting costumes! Lady Death Bunny was my super cool bunny hutch costume, the green Absinthe fairy, the sand snakes from Game of thrones for Robin and I, Margot Tennenbaum, AND …. Eleven from Stranger things and Mary Poppins for the 8 year old!
She did the Masquerade costume contest and although she didn’t win, was inspired to make her own costume for next year and do it again! We packed a lot in, and had more fun than ever this year.
Highlights were hanging with Wonder Woman Artist George Perez and the WW photo shoot, brushing shoulders (almost ) with Peter Capaldi (while waiting to enter his panel), and everyone loving my little Mary Poppins!
Getting the hotel room for Tuesday/chill out day was a bonus. It’s quite a hard transition back to real life after such a thing like dragoncon!
It is always hard to describe DragonCon, but it has officially replaced Halloween as my favorite “holiday.” That speaks volumes!! It is basically a 5 day nonstop costume party with your favorite stars, artists, authors, and activities thrown in.
This VIDEO shows some of the randomness and makes me so happy. It was Saturday after we had just walked the parade, so I was super tired and hot, but still could dance a little 🙂
I wore Lynda Carter Wonder Woman for the parade and half of Saturday. I must have given out 60 hugs and hundreds of high fives and fist bumps. It is amazing being a classic and getting so much love from the kids.
Photo above by Bentpic5 and one below by Michael Ash
Thursday night was the annual Bunny Hutch kickoff party. I made my first bunny suit based on Spider Gwen, and wore it with headphones and leggings underneath because it was so skimpy in the rear! I even found another Bunny Gwen there!
I ended up wearing my other normal Spider Gwen suit another night to give my feet a rest from all the high heels! I met some other nice Spidies, and some really awesome folks.
Other random shots I took included the Saucy Ghostbusters, a teen aged Cinderella who made her dress all by herself, and Pikachu (with the girls.)
As always, we had a blast and can barely wait for next year! Three things I am going to do differently next time are:
- Incorporate more flats into my costumes
- Get a closer hotel (although 3$, 8 minute uber rides aren’t bad)
- Take more pictures and get more names.
In an alternate universe, Gwen Stacy (the girlfriend of Peter Parker) becomes the ultimate Spidey Heroine!
Picture above is my first version. It was a frankensteined/ ad-lib pattern and ended up being too restrictive to do much in although I loved the color of the pink accents, perfect blue puffy paint webbing, and huge hood 😦 Drafting and sewing spandex is definitely NOT my favorite thing, but since I loved this character I ended up purchasing a cheapish pre-made suit to play around in.
The new suit was worn to Ath-Con 2016 along with an old wig my daughter had used for Nine Tales a few years earlier.
Some paint on a pair of black flats was all that I really did to go with the new suit.
This suit, despite giving exact measurements, was super short on me… so they exchanged for one with longer legs that ended up way to long (easy fix.) This was my first venture into spandex, so am still unsure which I hate more…patterning and sewing spandex or dealing with overseas sizing and issues. (neither, please). It was also a brownish maroon color for the accents, unusable (see through) mask, had an awefully small hood.
May 2016, for Free Comic Book Day and the Twilight bike race in downtown Athens, I got to hang out with a super Spidey. He was awesome and was introduced to me by our mutual friend, Dan, who took some great pics.
***How the hell does Gwen keep her white spidey fingers clean? We only climbed a few nasty Athens poles***
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Due to the extreme commitment and dedication of my fellow spiderperson, and because even a superhero with bleach cannot clean stained white gloves, I am experimenting on this suit. I don’t think I am quite dedicated enough to spend hundreds on a new one (yet). In the works is:
acrylic paint base to lighten up the brown accents, hot pink paint pen to stipple that to match the hood I originally made. (that is huge and lovely and will replace the crappy one)
turquoise puffy paint webbing
homemade lenses and maybe a modded faceshell to try to make the mask work
and maybe ..just maybe…if the suit turns out amazing, I will paint the toes and side soles of my favorite black converse style hi tops. Having some grip and/or powers would be cool.
PROGRESS: The suit turned out great! I have hand washed this stuff before and does not bleed, so think we are good! From left to right, this shows the original print, then dabbing with paint, then adding the puffy turquoise and the hot pink paint pen.
The face shell and handmade lenses did NOT work . Wig it is for this weekend!
It was pretty cold for this year’s AthCon held at the Graduate Hotel. Best part about it was the yellow vinyl couches in the lobby! …. Batpics! I also got to wear Spider Gwen and a formal version of my warrior Wonder Woman here. This con is really kid friendly, so both of mine got to have lots of fun here as well! Hopefully, it will continue to grow and continue to happen. It is a partnership with the Theater I sometimes work with, so always like to show my support.