I had a geektastic time at Planet Comicon this weekend. Despite the torrential rainfall the whole time, my husband and I were able to dress up and enjoy this amazing gathering of fandoms at Bartle Hall in downtown KC. On Friday, we were able to tootle around the floor and explore all the vendors and displays around. We saw the Ghostbuster car and the impala from Supernatural. There were booths for all types there. I was smitten with the ones that catered to steampunk. That’s where I found some amazing pieces of jewelry and some crazy fun hats. Along the way, my husband found some great deals on lego figures (yes, he is a lego geek) and some new authors to read. As a published author myself, I love to support others and make new contacts in the business. What better way than at a Comicon?
The best part of the convention was (of course) the COSPLAY! I was excited to dress up for the first time with my husband this year. I bought my corset, hoodie bolero shrug, and bustle from Lori Ann on her Etsy shop here. I made my own skirt and got some leggings to go under it. I went for a steampunk Jedi mashup and I felt great in it. My hubby wore his Jedi cosplay with his amazing light saber. He enjoyed posing with other cosplayers and we also had a few people take pictures with us together. It was a great feeling to have someone you don’t know what to take a picture of you in your cosplay because they think it’s cool. I had no idea how fun it would be and now know why so many people love to cosplay for Comicon.
Another thing that I love about Planet Comicon is the costume contest that allows all levels of cosplayers a chance at showing off their hard work and dedication. There were four categories that included newbie builders and groups. The costumes were amazing and it was great to see all sizes of people on stage. It made me happy to see come curvy ladies (like myself) up there and being confident in themselves. The roar of the crowd was defining as every contestant was applauded. It filled my geeky heart with pride to experience this community of fans respect other fandoms in such a spectacular fashion.
As the weekend ended, I was reminded time and time again that (despite the weather and over-priced food) that the geek/nerd groups out there are a mix of entroverts and introverts, the bold and the timid, the participants and the observers, the families and the singles, the couples and the groups of friends. A comicon gives a glimpse into a slice of Americana that is unique and complex. I left Planet Comicon soaked, but still incrediably happy to enjoy my time with fellow geeks and nerds who enjoy some of the same things that I do. I hope to continue to see more plus-size individuals be comfortable enough to be on stage and out on the floor of the convention. I hope to see more families coming with their little ones to share their love with the next generation. Until next year!