ConnectiCon!!! Ya baby, we did go this year as planned! Though this year we werent in the artist colony, so I didn't see much point in posting about it before hand. This year we wanted to be part of the main crowd. We wanted to get in on all the events and panels that you cant attend when watching over a table. And this year we wanted to COSPLAY! My hubby and I decided to dress up like Aperture Science Test Subjects from the PC game Portal. It was a good and original choice, as we both ended up being the only Portal related people in the Con (unless there were others who came late in the evening we didn't see)
It was loads of fun and we got a surprising amount of attention. I wasn't sure what to expect. Portal didn't seem as popular as allot of anime characters out there, and I wasn't sure how many people would be familiar with the game. But it turned out there were quite a few fans! Lots of people requested our picture. Before we even got past the pre-register line, we had our pictures taken about four times O.o After that it seemed like we couldn t go twenty minutes without at least one picture request.
If it wasnt pictures keeping us busy, it was people stopping to chat about the game or ask questions, or yell things at us like.."THE CAKE IS A LIE" (people loved playfully bursting our bubbles) or "Did you find the cake!" and "Portal!" or "Aperture Science!", "Portal People!", "Portal Guns!" we had people pointing and saying "That is a Triumph" and one nice person even told us on multiple occasions that we "made her Con". One common thing that happened was people singing part of the song "still alive" to us, or else sharing their "still alive" rings tones on their cell phones with us hehe. It was a really nice time, and very rewarding.
We left much of the costume work to the last minute. Thursday the day before the Con we worked our asses off. My husband aka "Smoo" worked on the portal gun. I didn't want to touch that part of the project with the thirty nine and a half inch pole. The guns were made of spray painted black pvc pipes from, a spay painted cut up pretzel container, a cut up plastic plant pot, fun foam, plastic tubing and tons of hot glue. They looked a bit amateur to us, but were well received at the Con nonetheless and were quite photogenic. I worked on the outfits, with fabric paint I trimmed the suit in white and painted the logo on the back. (I also drew the blue Aperture logo on he gun) Thanks to my mother in law, she cut and hemmed the legs and arms on the suits.
Yes... we did have leg springs, we put ALL this damn work into making them. We used fun foam and wire and hot glue. Made all these separate pieces, glued them all together, brought them to the Con only to find out they didn't quite fit right, bounced to much when you walked, and were not very comfortable. So alas, we had no leg springs. Only a few people noticed and commented. I think the suit and gun brought it all together well enough.
We were at ConnectiCon for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, though on the first two days we left for home around 7pm. We had an hour drive back and after 12 hours of walking and none stop excitement I was tired! My hubby wanted to stay longer, but I just couldn't take it, when my normal bed time hour is about 9:30 pm. Next year we are going to look into staying at the hotel so we have the opportunity to attend the dances, and musical, masquerade and things like that. Sunday we left around three pm, it was kind of slow anyway, and no panels we were really interested in. We wanted to see the Kendo workshop, but after waiting twenty minutes into the panel, nobody showed up to run it, so we all decided it was "panel FAIL" and left.
Ashely and Johnny where at the Con of course! set up in the artist colony! They had a nice table, and seemed to be getting allot of attention. At least when my hubby and I came around to their spot (which we did many times) there were people standing there! I'm under the impression that their time at the Con was a triumph ;) so Congrats to you two!
Even though they were busy at their table most the time it was still a great time hanging out with them, and Im sad we live so far away because it be cool to chill with em on a regular basis (we loves you Ashley and Johnny! *hugs) Johnny was kind enough to share a few twizzlers with me. We also managed to drag him off to Quiznos for lunch, it was an epic adventure walking in Hartford city and trying to find it with my hubby and his friend Avery. (Ashley had to man the table, but dont worry Johnny brought her back something!)
My birthday is this month in August and Ashley happened to notice thanks to Live Journal, and she was sweet enough to offer me a Purrsnickety collectible of my choice, so I picked Sleepers, I love his adorable, passed out expression. hehe!! I have him on my computer desk above my monitor with the rest of my Ash Evans shrine items :P
I picked up a few fun items at the Con....
My husband "Smoo" made a YouTube clip of our time at ConnectiCon, with pictures of us and other people in costumes we loved! It was loads of fun, but I am drained! Sunday I could hardly make myself walk, or get out of the bed for the last day, I was feeling so lazy. I'm glad to be back home though. But after all the excitement I'm not sure what to do with myself! hehe
Anyhow, YouTube clip.. enjoy!