DCC

Jul 122017
 

After a couple years’ break, Slick and I went to DCC again this year. We had a great time, probably in part because we spent less time at the actual convention than previous visits. In times before we’d hit every panel we were interested in and stay the whole day in the building, only getting free at night. This time, we decided that many of the panels were simply not worth the fuss. It is difficult to tell which ones will suck ahead of time, but our experience in the past gave us a decent suck-to-not-suck meter of judgement. We spent more time sleeping in, hanging out, looking at costumes, and wandering around the Denver downtown area. Between that, the fast moving lines, and some delicious and delightful detours, we have our system down pat.

Here are some photos, mostly in order.
Denver Comic Convention, 2017
Final Fantasy mage. Thought I was going to miss this guy, but he turned around, in pose, looking right at my raised camera right before I gave up.

Denver Comic Convention, 2017
An adorable Squirrel Girl, and she held her photo pose like a pro!

Denver Comic Convention, 2017
Sweet.

Denver Comic Convention, 2017
Very nice.

Denver Comic Convention, 2017
I have no idea.

Denver Comic Convention, 2017
Walking back to the hotel after the first after-party (so many parties all over!) we found ourselves behind a couple carrying a kitten each. Somehow, amongst the good music, tasty food, way too strong drinks (I am such a lightweight anymore) and general exhaustion from assorted merriment, this is the only photo I have from the night. Sometimes I find myself having so much fun and being broadly overwhelmed that I forget to take photos to remember what I was doing.

Denver Comic Convention, 2017
While in a line.

Denver Comic Convention, 2017
This guy was on two sets of stilts, hands and feet to pull of this costume. He was working hard, I saw him catch rest breaks, balanced on the stilts, between shooting sessions.

Denver Comic Convention, 2017
Gender-bent Daenerys and crew, complete with baby dragons.

Denver Comic Convention, 2017
What a mohawk!

Denver Comic Convention, 2017
Minotaur. If you can’t tell, the eyes are LEDs lit up. The victim cosplayer had a monopod stool to sit on for long shoots (like this one) and a Minotaur assistant (seriously, she was wearing a shirt with her title on it) to hold that big sword and manage the line of people who wanted photos with him. This photo was taken while in between guests.

Denver Comic Convention, 2017
This guy I saw while waiting in line at Starbucks, so pre-coffee obviously. I know I was tired from the night before because I found a part of my brain idly wondering why this guy wasn’t holding his box and what was he doing with this wrapped box in a Starbucks line that was so crowded. That was enough to actually make me look and see this was a dick-in-a-box costume. Hah.

This was a good mini-break for us. And thanks to our steadfast friend, Shplink for the daily cat care while we were away. With five spoiled cats, it was a necessary favor to ask and Shplink is a minor cat hero. Hero to us, just another human assistant/servant to the cats.

Jun 242014
 

As stated, we went again this year. No costumes, just the requisite nerdy shirts. We were more prepared in general this time. Let’s look at some costumes around the event:

Denver Comic Con 2014.
These guys were prepared! They had accents (affected or genuine, I don’t know) and business cards with their site ready to hand out. I appreciate all the effort cosplayers go through. [will insert site link here when I pull out the card]

Denver Comic Con 2014.
Tetris! They look so cheerful!

Denver Comic Con 2014.
Pokémon: Umbreon in silver stripes.

Denver Comic Con 2014.
Tusken Raiders and a bounty hunter.

Denver Comic Con 2014.
I have no idea what this guy is, but he looked great. Articulated jaw, too.

Denver Comic Con 2014.
An Avatar Airbender showing a kid how to make the laptop do magic. Not sure if he’s an airbender, or if that symbol means something different, but I liked the pale contacts.

Denver Comic Con 2014.
Blue Werewolf, Devourer or Ponies.

Denver Comic Con 2014.
Iron Man, violet light. This was amazing to see in person.

Denver Comic Con 2014.
I like the everyday complications that happen while in costume. This gal had to check her paw for stickiness on the escalator railing.

Denver Comic Con 2014.
“Am I on the step? I can’t see well.”

Denver Comic Con 2014.
Every monster has to eat.

Denver Comic Con 2014.
Aliens need to drink, too. I loved walking through the hotel lobby to see this. It was like living in Star Trek for a minute.

This year we paid extra for Speed Passes, which meant we were two of 500 people who got to be first in any line. Last year we spent hours and hours in lines and our feet ached constantly. This year, we barely stood in any lines at all. We got into any panels we wanted, first; and the morning line lasted about five minutes instead of five hours. Completely worth it! It was a fun mini-break and we had a great time.

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Jun 142013
 

These don’t really need explanations, but I’ll summarize.

Denver Comic Con, DCC, costumes.
Parks and Recreation (post Season 1) is great. I smiled every time I saw this guy around the convention center.

Denver Comic Con, DCC, costumes.
The Stay-Puft marshmallow man chatting with a lady Iron Man.

Denver Comic Con, DCC, costumes.
Captain American reading the direction signs. His pants and boots were very shiny.

Denver Comic Con, DCC, costumes.
This is good if you’ve seen Iron Man 3.

Denver Comic Con, DCC, costumes.
A battered Anakin and Leia in the line for the burger shack.

Denver Comic Con, DCC, costumes.
Two Batmans, discussing their costumes.

Denver Comic Con, DCC, costumes.
I like the gender bending of characters. Also saw a guy dressed as Marge Simpson and it wasn’t the prettiest thing, but it was fun.

Denver Comic Con, DCC, costumes.

There were a lot of costumes, which was entertaining. The panels were excellent, Slick and I got into a few about fabrication and prop making, while a couple were so over-populated we had no chance of getting in. The lines were insane everywhere, our feet hurt a lot. The whole thing was great and we might even go again next year.

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