For years, I've been going to Seattle's Emerald City Comic Con, where I've been able to meet celebrities like Norman Reedus, voice actor Jeremy Shada, to Mythbuster's Grant Imahara. It wasn't until I followed Adam Savage outside of Mythbusters, on Tested.com, that I became interested in San Diego Comic-Con and cosplaying. It's difficult to get passes if you've never been, but this year I finally got a pass, and I was more than excited!
DAY 1: FIRST IMPRESSIONS
There's just so much to do & see outside of the convention center. I saw so many amazing cosplays & Easter eggs throughout the city. I got some pretty cool swag in the process, as well, like my Son of Zorn sword. Heck, I even got attacked by a zombie. Luckily, Deadpool got my back.
As the sun went down, I don't think I could have asked for a better first day. Mentally, I was already planning next year's Comic-con.
DAY 2: NERDIST
For Saturday, I only had one goal: see Adam Savage in his "Science of Star Trek" panel.
For the entirety of Comic-con weekend, at the nearby Petco Field, Nerdist held Camp Conival, where it hosted a series of activities & panels. Since it opened at 11:00am each day, by 9:30am, I was outside waiting in line. It seemed like most of the people I spoke to, in the line, were also there for Adam Savage. Come 10:30am, they started to let us through security. Even though I was pretty far back in the line, at 11:00am, I sprinted up the stairs & sped walked successfully into row 2, front & center. I was ready & I wasn't moving.
I'm just here for @donttrythis. #MyOlderManCrush Why? Because being smart & being shamelessly passionate about things is attractive. #truth
While I sat through the first two panels, I found myself fan-girling as a tweet I sent, was retweeted by Adam Savage himself (above). Then as the 3rd panel rolled in, I was at the edge of my seat with excitement, to see him not 10ft from me. Some people may not understand my love for Adam Savage, but to me, he is someone that is a nerd from every angle, and he's not ashamed about it! In fact, he makes it cool! He's passionate about what he loves & does what makes him happy. I mean, how many people live in unhappy circumstances, just because they are afraid of being different?
He taught me to say just be into what I'm into, and be me. Let's just say, it may have been one of my best Saturdays EVER.
DAY 3: DARK SIDE REY
Rey is back! This time though, she's gone to the dark side.
For Sunday, Comic-con's final day & only day I have a pass for, I was Kylo Rey. My cosplay was supposed to be a mashup between Kylo Ren (swoon) & Rey, hence Kylo Ren's light saber. I quickly realized however, most people just recognized me as Dark Side Rey, which I was okay with.
I must say that walking the floor was quite overwhelming, more so than walking outside, around the con. I think it's the fact that there's just so much amazing material to see, in such a concentrated area. I definitely could see myself spending an entirely day, thoroughly walking through just half of the halls. At times, I found myself spending 30 minutes at a single book (although some of them were huge), just admiring the artwork.
Luckily I ran into so many amazing Star Wars (and Deadpool) cosplayers to pose with. Next are some of my other favorite cosplays. Jinkies!
At the Star Wars booth, I even got to see a sneak preview at costumes for the upcoming film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, as well as a multitude of props & figurines from The Force Awakens.
Last but not least, I ended my con, by meeting Markiplier, from Youtube; as well as running into Tested's Norman Chan, on the convention floor. I have to admit, it had been a unforgettably crazy couple of days, but I wouldn't have been able to have the amount of fun I had, without the help of Paul & Stephan. They saved me more than once during this trip, as well as treated to me to a fabulous dinner. My gratitude to them is beyond.
Now... onto planning next year. Thanks for reading! Love, JEN