con goer

miraculouslykawaii  asked:

could i have any general dating ut alphys headcannons?

((Aww cutie dino/drake HCs))

She is addicted to Amazon. Seriously, her wish list and save for later are like ten pages long and going.

She has her own tumblr, and stalks all the Mew Mew Kissy Cutie headcannon blogs.

Once on the surface, her shyness starts to ebb a bit as she realizes just how many people love anime too. She is a vet con goer now and has a bucket list of cons she now has to attend.

-Her new best buddy is Little Debbie. Seriously, where have Nutty Bars and Swiss Rolls been all her life?!

-She loves Mystic Messenger almost as much as MMKC.

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I KNOW I SAID I COULDN’T GO… But by some rushed and frantic stroke of luck @dyemelikeasunset and I ended up arranging fitting in sakuracon anyway?? apparently it wasn’t at the very beginning of april like i originally thought… so i whipped out some fabric like a wild reckless bee (don’t follow my example sdhsgsdfs)

anyway, it’ll be Naf’s first con and the first con we’ve gone to together so we’re definitely not boothing, just con-goers!!! we’re gonna debut the matching jacket we made in october 2016

And we’re mostly going for the sweet merch, so if you see us feel free to say hi!!! we’d love to take a photo with you!! ❤️❤️❤️  

and now it’s cosplay crunch time… bbs again 8)

“An extra hour in the ball pit” will always be my favorite thing that’s ever come out of Tumblr. Ever.

  • And Dashcon not paying the Night Vale cast after the WTNV team went out of their way to be there.
  • Or their asking all of the con-goers to donate money again so that the convention wouldn’t be spontaneously shut down.
  • Or them not tracking who gave what so that when they returned the money, they just used “The Honor System”.
  • Or that they had a panel dedicated to helping people deal with Anon Hate.
  • Or that they had a panel dedicated to fetishizing British white dudes.
  • All of it. All of it ties for my favorite.

DashCon is just the absolute epitome of “Why we can’t have nice things”.

When you buy a $20 Print from me.

If you’ve ever been to a pony convention I attended, you will find some large prints I sell for $20. They are 11x17 matte prints made to last. But thats not the reason for its price. Lets break that Jackson down and see where it goes.

$4 Income Taxes
$1.80 Sales Tax
$10 Expenses
$3 Savings
$1.20 Profit

There you go, thats a pretty rough estimate on what happens to that 20 you spend on my prints. There’s a lot more happening in the bg of course. Expenses is everything from travel, lodging, food, and miscellaneous overhead expenses. If I don’t watch it, that portion is easy to bloat and harder to break even.

I don’t think about the finances while at conventions. Just like a con-goer, I focus on meeting people and having fun when I can. Its not fun worrying if I break even or if I gain a profit.

Hope you enjoyed this small behind the scenes look at what typically goes behind a vendor’s pricing model. Its just for fun, and I’m not trying to encourage anyone to spend money when they can’t, or actually don’t want anything. I appreciate everyone’s visit to my table, and especially when you buy a print because you want it.

Cya at future cons! (I should make a post to which ones I go too)

I can’t stay quiet anymore...(PSA)

So I have to be honest, I’m super pissed off, and actually really hurt.

There’s a couple things I really need to get off my chest, and I’m positive I’ll lose some of my followers, but I can’t keep my mouth shut anymore.

First off, the amount of hate out there is fucking unbelievable. I am so sick of it. I understand some families are dysfunctional, and some don’t get along sometimes, but this is getting to be ridiculous. We claim to be a “family” who pride themselves in banding together to help out fellow family members when they’re in need. But all I’ve seen as of late is fans bringing other fans down. It’s sickening. Also, the amount of theft of original content is staggering.

As cliche as it sounds, if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Just keep your fucking mouth shut and your shitty, negative attitude to yourself. There is so much hate and bad vibes outside the fandom in the world, we don’t need that shit in here, we don’t want it and we should not stand for it any longer.

Cut that shit out. We don’t need it or want it.

Second, the lack of support within the “family”, is rather astonishing. Whether your a con goer, a graphics maker, a fan fiction writer, or anything in between, we should be encouraging each other.

I’m not saying we’re discouraging each other, but I can’t say I see the amount of support I used to.

I feel like you don’t have to be in some sort of need or be tumblr famous to get love from the SPN Family.

I have been on Tumblr and writing SPN fanfiction for a little over a year now, and I have seen such overwhelming support from my family. Over time, I hear from my followers/family less and less. The love and support I received in the beginning is what encouraged me to continue on with my writing.

A year later and 600-some followers later, I often find it not worth it to continue writing. I get no feedback, and hardly any encouragement. I’m seriously over it.

That being said, I am in no way discrediting any of the friends I have made and stuck with me all along the way. You know who you are.

After all is said and done, I urge you to love your fellow SPN family members.

Send someone a quick ask telling them how you think they’re doing an awesome job, or share an awesome graphic with a supportive comment, or maybe reblog an amazing fic with feedback.

It takes one second to make or break someones day.

Let go of the hate and all around negativity.

Watch out for your family, love and protect them,

-Mandi

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Voidfish tattoo update!:

The artist super loves the concept!! He even said if I wanted to he would tattoo me at a convention and enter it into the tattoo of the day contest because he feels like it would have more than a decent shot at winning. HOWEVER that’s just too many people for me, I’d probably get super anxious with all the con-goers gettin all up in our business.

But guys

It is happening on the 27th

I am SO HYPE YALL

I Need You, Now

| Norman Reedus x Reader | Smutty, Smut, Smut | 18+ Only | NSFW |

Summary: I will say it again this man makes me trash. This is just a little fantasy I had that I needed to write out. Norman and his girlfriend (the reader) reunite at a con, after being apart for weeks. Norman has to have her now, so they race off to the basement to find a place where they can be alone. Smutty Smut ensues. Enjoy!

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You stared lovingly at your man as he smiled and posed for pictures with fans in the autograph line. You rarely got to come to the conventions with him, due to your busy work schedule, but you made an exception this weekend because it had been nearly three weeks since you two had seen each other. Between him filming all week and you travelling for your job, it didn’t make it easy on the two of you. But, you watched the fans faces light up when he held their hand or talked with them about his character or the show. You loved how much he loved being with his fans and how much he loved what he did. He was such an amazing man, spending time apart, even though painful was a small price to pay.

Norman felt your eyes on him and he looked over at you from behind his table. He smiled sweetly when he saw you staring at him with a hazy, loving smile. He waved to you and turned his attention back to his last few fans. He hugged the last fan and signed her picture, he turned to his handler and said something, she nodded and he stood up and quickly walked over to you at the other side of the room.

Your smile widens and your heart quicken as you watch him stride over to you, you arched your body up against the wall you leaned on, as your body reacted to him.

His smile darkened as he saw you arching toward him, his feet moved faster and soon his body was right next to yours.

You smiled brightly and threw yourself into his arms, wrapping your arms around his shoulders, and leaning your body into his.

He wraps his strong arms around you and smiles back at you, his deep blue eyes baring into your soul.

“Hey, baby…” You sigh and pull his lips into your for a short, sweet kiss.

Before you could detach and continue talking to him he pushed his hands onto the sides of your face, slammed his tongue into your mouth, and pushed both of your bodies back into the wall behind you.

“Norman…” You moan into his mouth surprised by his actions, before allowing his tongue to take yours on a wild ride. He sucked and swirled it around at tremendous speed, he pressed his core into yours as he worked on you. He lapped his tongue around yours feverishly for another minute, before detaching his lips and staring into your eyes with pure need.

He licked his lips and stared you down, breathing heavily, “I need you now, Y/N.” He said matter-of-factly and he pushed his clothed cock into your core harder to emphasize his point.

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As You Wish

Pairing: Mark Pellegrino x Reader
Word count: 996
Warnings: Light smut, nothing graphic
Written for my 2,000 Followers Celebration
Requested by: @castiels-ass-butt-1967. Prompt: Cosplay / Quote: “As you wish”
Challenge: Written for @avasmommy224‘s Jenn’s Birthday Challenge. My movie quote was from The Princess Bride: “I do not envy you the headache you will have when you awake. But for now, rest well and dream of large women.”

I combined this Celebration Request with a Challenge because I’ve been wondering what to do with this Challenge Quote for awhile and it fits perfect with the Celebration prompts requested.

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anonymous asked:

How do you even become cosplay guests with no skill?

LOL I can’t tell if this is sarcasm or honest seriousness but, here’s what I got! 

First and foremost, being a convention guest is not just an honor and a priviledge, it is a job. 

A job that has responsibilities and expectations, and should be treated as such. When Sylar and I go to a convention as a guest, we are 100% working. 

We have a work resume for conventions, a contract, a portfolio of programming, and more. Because that what you are really, programming. Even if all they want you to do is sit at a table and sign things, thats still programming. Its your job to   represent the convention, and give con goers more content for the tickets they bought. You owe it to them to make sure your 100% postive, there, working, and providing something they can’t get anywhere else. 

And all con guests are asked to attend for different reasons. Some cosplay guests are asked to come because they are widely known for their technical skill and they will provide programming related to that. Or they simply have a huge fanbase, and are keeping their fanbase happy at your location, therefore spreading that market around. 

Sylar and I work hard on our panels. We’re also trained speakers. Both he and I have taken classes, in college, about public speaking. We implement that and our presentation experience into all our panels. As well as our meet and greets at the table, interviews for the con’s media (there is a ton of backstage media going on that most con goers don’t know about. A lot of con time for guests is spent locked up in some empty room giving an interview,) and any floor time we have. 

We also have 7 yrs experience working conventions. We have run cafes, hosted events, planned gatherings, organized raffles, done mutiple panels and workshops. We’ve also worked as Guest Liasions ourselves, written out program guides, sat at registration tables, and MCed masquerades as well as judged them. All things that involve systems, filling out paperwork, knowing how to handle negative situations, and doing menial tasks. Heck, we’ve even done set-up and break down for dealers halls. We know cons. 

And this is something valued because honestly, its not a job for everyone. 

Lots of cosplayers out there with amazing technicality skills just don’t like catering to crowds. They aren’t good speakers. Or they don’t have it in them to sit at a table for 6 hours just listening to strangers speak and ask them questions. Or they might hate having to write out workshop forms. And thats okay! But thats the difference between who gets asked to guest and who doesnt. 

Guests have to be okay with not getting time to shop, not getting time to hang out with their friends, and devoting all their energy to the convention goers. Devoting their whole day to smiling and talking and making sure everyone who meets them goes away happy. 

If you are interested in coming a guest, awesome! My biggest tips are; 
Figure out what service you can provide to the convention experience. What are you good at that you think a con needs? How can you expand that? How can you turn it into programming? Are you a health nut – maybe do a panel on dieting and working out, anime style!  Awesome at writing and editing? Fanfiction panel! A cosplayer who loves acting but hates sewing? Think about being a commentator for Cosplay Chess or the AMV contest! 

Start volunteering now. All cons need volunteers and this is the best way to gain experience in the feild, just like any other job. I have friends that started volunteering as security for a con and now they run a convention of their own. No joke. It’s also helpful to know and understand the inner working of how a convention is run if you plan on guesting at one. It helps you help them by knowing what types of panels work best, what programming would work for that con specifically, or even just give you ideas on what their budget for you might be. 

Write. A. Resume. Seriously. Just like you have a resume for job searching, write up a resume for cosplaying. How long have you been cosplaying? How many costumes? What skills do you have? Armor making? Public speaking? What experiences? Any awards? What topics are you an expert at that can be turned into an hour of programming? Put it alllllll dowwnnn in youurr resummmee. 

Also, protip, you can always write to a a convention’s program director yourself and ASK to be a guest. It’s a job. Submit your application.

Hope this helps! 

And funnily enough – this is all information that we talk about in our panel, Cosplay and Convention careers. Where not only do we cover working for cons, but we cover translating cosplay and con work into LIFE CAREERS and how to translate being in a maid cafe to a resume for a 5 star resturant hostess. Lol. My entire Graphic Design resume is pulled from cosplaying. And now I am a full time graphic designer for a state university.

anonymous asked:

Stupid question, but what does Rich mean when he says: 'unless they're a Sunday person'? I see this gif set a lot & always wonder what that means? Does he mean like a crazy Westbro Baptist-type person?

Okay so, if you’ve ever been to a con, you’re aware that Rich doesn’t like “Sunday People”. (Though, he’s backed off a bit about it lately which has been sad😟)

“Sunday People” are con goers who only show up at the con on Sunday specifically because they want to see J2 and don’t really care about anyone else.

This doesn’t mean people who can’t afford more than one day or people who could only get Sunday off! Those are unavoidable circumstances.

Nah. These are the people that buy gold seats and leave them empty for 2 days just to show up on Sunday morning, smug and fully rested, while the rest of us have been there since Thursday and are running on Red Bull, sugar, and the few precious moments of sleep we get waiting in Karaoke or SNS lines, then have the GALL to look down on us because our faves are side characters.

FUCK. SUNDAY. PEOPLE.

Once Upon a Time Conventions are Upon Us!

April begins the Once Upon a Time con season and there will be many fans traveling all over the world to exciting locales like Barcelona, London, Paris, San Francisco… and er … Whippany, New Jersey.  This post is meant to help those new to cons know what to expect and to help fans and actors alike have better experiences.

General experience.

  • Always always always know here your con badge is and don’t leave your room unless you’ve checked to make sure you have your con badge.
  • Conventions can be exciting and expensive.  Many people try to stay up all night or skip meals.  One important rule at any con is 3, 2, 1.  Get at least three hours of sleep a day, eat at least two meals per day, and take a shower every day.  Remember to brush your teeth.  
  • If you are cosplaying and wearing the same costume on multiple days, bring a travel bottle of Febreze.  
  • Remember that Febreze is not magic.  Consider not wearing the same cos play the entire con.
  • Consider wearing layers.  Hotels often over air condition their spaces but it is summer (in most of these places) and it may be quite hot outside.
  • Expect to spend a lot of time in lines queuing for photo ops or autographs.  Wear comfortable shoes.  Talk to the people in line with you.  Everyone is excited to be there to see their favorites.  Make friends in the queues.
  • Don’t expect online drama to manifest at conventions.  In general it rarely does.  What is more likely to happen is for people who are not at the convention to try and create drama.
  • That said, everyone has a right to be there.  Everyone has a right to ask questions.  No fan is superior to any other.  Don’t try to gatekeep.  And if you think that you are whispering to your friend about how “those” shippers are annoying remember that there are very likely many of “those” shippers sitting right around you.
  • Every con can kick someone out for any reason.  It’s in the ticket terms.  They are not required to give you a refund.  This isn’t super common but it does happen when fans cross over lines, are drunk, aggressive, or threatening.
  • Cons are often chaotic and badly run.  In particular non-North American cons are less costumer service focused.  In particular Rogue Events who are running the London con can be expected to be particularly chaotic and at times arbitrary.

Cosplaying

  • There is no such thing as “too cheap” or “lazy” cosplay.  Elaborate Enchanted Forest cosplays are amazing.  But a red leather jacket and jeans still makes you Emma Swan.
  • Do not body shame or race judge cosplayers.  There are amazing black Snow White’s and great three hundred pound Regina’s.
  • The caveat of the above point.  Don’t wear black face.  If you are cosplaying a human being who is of a different actual not fictional race as you don’t try to use makeup to look more authentic.  Just don’t.
  • Do ask cosplayers if you can take their pictures.  
  • Do not ask cosplayers if you can hold their props.  In some cases they’ve worked a long time on elements of their costumes and don’t want them damaged and in other cases they may be “peace bonded” as real, potential, or simulated weapons and allowing them out of their control may get them kicked out of the con.
  • Do not grope the cosplayers.  I don’t care how naked they are.
  • If they are actually naked do find hotel or con staff.  While I wouldn’t call a convention an entirely family friendly space especially at night there are lines that people often cross.  Body paint is not clothing.

Photo Ops

  • Photo ops are cattle calls.  You will not have time to say more than “hi” to the guest.  Some of the cons say 15 seconds is the amount of time you can be expected to be there.  This is not an exaggeration.  At most cons you will have to pay separately for a digital file of your picture.  $10 at North American cons is not unusual.
  • If you are nervous about the photo op ask other people in line with you how your hair looks.
  • Consider not planning elaborate “poses”.  They may or may not allow any at all depending on the con, the guest, or how long the line is.
  • Don’t grope the guests.  Don’t kiss them.  Don’t grab their asses.  Don’t grab their breasts.  All of these things have happened at Once Upon a Time cons during photo shoots.  To guests of all genders.

Autographs

  • Autographs are where you are most likely to have personal interaction with actors and where you are most likely to be able to ask questions.  If you want more time buy more than one autograph.  
  • Try to be mindful of the line behind you.  If there isn’t much of one taking more time with the actor is fine.  But if there is a big line try not to take more time than you have to once they’ve finished signing the autographs.  In some cases the handler will move you on but sometimes the actors don’t want to disappoint fans and … it’s a vicious cycle.
  • In most cases (I’m side eyeing you Rogue Events) you can bring things from home including fan art to have the actors sign.  I don’t know of any Once actor who has declined to sign fan art… though I’ve never heard of any Once fan who has asked for erotic fan art to be signed.
  • Don’t ask them to sign erotic fan art.
  • In general, multifandom cons like Emerald City Comic Con or Dragon Con will hae a limited selection of free 8x10 head shots and episode stills for you to pick from that come with the autograph.  Usually from a range of their most common work.  So for example you can usually expect that Rebecca Mader will have a shot of Charlotte from Lost as well as Zelena.
  • In general, single fandom cons will not provide free 8x10s but will have them available for purchase in the vendor area.  We’re still talking about the same kind of general selection of 10-20 shots.  They are most likely to have head shots, shots of canonical romantic ships, or shots with other actors at that con.  Two years ago at Regal Con you could get a picture of Lana with Dr. Whale because David Anders was at that con.  The going price is usually $5.  Do this before the autograph time.
  • Have a folder or plastic sleeves for autographs/photo op pictures.  The sleeves will be massively marked up at the con so consider purchasing them ahead of time.  Amazon sells them, just search for “top loader” and make sure you are getting the right size because they come in a range of sizes.  Somewhere under $2 per sleeve for 8x10s is normal.  It is not unusual for them to be $5-6 at cons.
  • Other things that actors often sign… DVDs, toys, autograph books, convention programs…
  • Sometimes the best con experience can be talking to someone you didn’t think was going to be exciting.  You will have more time with “lesser” actors than with the headliners.  Gil McKinney who played Prince Eric is much cooler than you might be expecting.
  • Some fans like to bring gifts to actors and usually the autograph table is where those are given.  The Creation cons have specifically asked fans not to bring gifts for the actors.  I’d recommend against it in general.  In many cases they don’t have room in their luggage for all the gifts they are given and it’s not uncommon for con staff to end up donating bags and bags of stuffed animals to charity after a con.  Don’t give them food or drink.  They will not eat it.  If you really want to give something consider a card.  Cards are easier to pack and take with them and many will take digital pictures of them to respond to later.  
  • If you insist on giving a gift, put it in a gift bag with a card with your contact information on it so they can send a thank you note later if they wish.  Do not expect them to open the gift at the table.  Remember there is a very long line of people behind you in most cases.
  • If you are getting fan art signed by an actor make sure to ask the artist if they are alright with that first.  If you’ve commissioned the art there is an assumption but especially if they’ve made it available for free.  Some artists don’t want particular pieces shown to actors.  And others would love to hear the response to their work from the actors.

Interacting with Actors

  • The actors are strangers to you.  Do not say or ask them anything that you would not say to or ask of a stranger.  
  • Do not call them “mom/dad”.  Many many actors have publicly asked their fans not to do this.
  • Do not stand closer than an arms length from the actor for conversation.
  • Do not touch an actor without permission.  Permission for one hug is not permission for a second/third/fourth.  Permission for a hug is not permission for a grope.  All of these things have happened at Once Upon a Time cons.
  • Do not follow actors anywhere.  Especially do not follow them into bathrooms.  Bathrooms and elevators are not appropriate places for your very own meet and greet.  There have been (this time not in this fandom) really scary incidents where actors have felt cornered and trapped in bathrooms.
  • Do not approach actors while they are eating or if they are with their families.  
  • You can approach an actor if they are drinking in the hotel bar.  If they didn’t want to be approached they would not be drinking in the con hotel bar.
  • Do not try to stop an actor in the hall, they are probably going somewhere and they are probably late.  Wave and say hi.
  • If you find yourself in a place where you are waiting for an elevator with a con guest ask if they mind if you ride with them.  If they say no be okay with that.  They may not want people to know which floor their room is on.  They may be overwhelmed and trying to get away.  Some of these people have body guards for very good reasons.  
  • All of that said:  Cons are a place where sex happens.  Including sex between actors and fans.  If you find yourself in a situation where you think an actor has propositioned you don’t assume that it was in your head.  There are people going to these cons that have reputations for this.  In some cases that go long before Once Upon a Time.  
  • If someone makes you feel uncomfortable (other con goer or actor) don’t ignore your instincts.  Be safe.  

Asking Questions

  • Do not ask about sex, fictional or real.  Do not ask for details of pregnancy, not to the person who was pregnant or about someone who was pregnant.  Sean Maguire was once asked for “funny Ginny pregnancy stories”.  He quite reasonably did not think it was appropriate.
  • Do not ask about their kids/family.  Many of the Once actors have gone to great lengths to keep their kids out of the spotlight.
  • Do consider googling your question before you ask it.  The actors have been asked many of the same questions over and over and over again.  Lana Parilla’s favorite Evil Queen dress is the strange rubber one from 3.02.  No one is perfect.  Colin O’Donoghue’s captain hook coat weighed 30lbs.
  • Try to ask more emotional and less specific questions.  Actors aren’t super likely to remember what their character was thinking in a specific scene in a specific episode.   What part of Regina and Snow’s growth of their relationship is your favorite or something is a better question than “in X episode, what do you think Regina was thinking?”
  • Don’t assume actors know fandom terms.  Even related to their own character.  Avoid jargon.  Last year Lana Parrilla didn’t know what Evil Charming or Dragon Queen meant. 
  • Do not ask actors who they ship.  Most of them don’t and even if they did you are are putting them in a terrible position with a question they likely can’t answer at all or in a way that will please anyone.
  • Consider asking non-romantic ship questions.
  • Don’t assume that a con guest that was in one or even a handful of episodes knows that much about the show.
  • DO NOT ASK about contracts or if there will be a new season.  You wouldn’t ask someone how much money they make or if they’re out of a job.  They can’t answer these questions.  It’s awkward.  Just don’t.

Panels

  • Try not to spend so much time taking pictures you don’t hear what the actor is saying.
  • Unless you have a very good camera and a very close seat consider that others will probably have better pictures than you can take.
  • Most Once panels for the last few years have had questioned screened.  This has been largely because of sexual questions asked by people of canon romantic couples.  Please remember that these people are co-workers.  Consider not asking about what it’s like to kiss X person (in front of fifty crew who you are not in a real life relationship with).  
  • Some of the actors will give incredibly raunchy answers without much prompting.  Let them do it on their own.

People in the Hotel not for the Con

  • Be particularly careful of non-convention hotel guests.  It is not uncommon for hotels to have other events or large groups of “civilians” or “bystanders”.  They may be curious and interested.  Back in my Battlestar Galactica fandom days I had a number of very charming airline pilots hit on my friends and I when we were dressed like Admiral Caine and Kara Thrace.  But I’ve also seen and heard horror stories about con goers cornered often by young men on sports teams or sports fans.  My ex wife had a very big male actor physically pull her out of a group of aggressive hockey fans.
  • But also try to be respectful of non-convention hotel guests who may be doing crazy things like… trying to sleep in the middle of the night.

Most importantly … have fun.

crunkgameplays  asked:

Hey brian!! Do you have any advice for first time con goers?

Stay hydrated, rest up when you need to, bring REALLY comfy shoes (since you’ll be walking and standing in line A TON)! Mainly, have fun!

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The final SWCO tally (minus a few things – I have a pre-ordered t-shirt that’s not pictured, and two posters that are going to @sporkyrat when I get a properly sized poster tube).  I didn’t buy a lot this year because I kept having spectacularly bad timing (I never made it into the Celebration Store, among other things), but I’m very happy with the things I did get. (The thing in the jewelry box is a little Chopper necklace.)

Definitely the highlight of the weekend for me was getting to meet John Jackson Miller, my favorite Star Wars author, not once but three times – the only occasion that I was actually starstruck, since I was in the Barnes & Noble booth browsing his books as another con-goer was looking at the KOTOR comics and going, “I love these.”  And OUT OF NOWHERE JJM pops up and goes, “Thank you, I wrote them.”  So I was able to talk to him for a few minutes, and then later get my hardback of A New Dawn and KOTOR volume 2 signed by him.  On Sunday I was at his Star Wars University panel on writing comics, which was fascinating, and since I asked the last question of the panel got handed a (signed!) copy of the Kenobi paperback, which I didn’t actually own (I have the hardback), so that was very exciting.

I also had my copy of A New Dawn signed by Vanessa Marshall and Freddie Prinze Jr., which has been my pipe dream for a while, so I am very happy about that.

I also got to meet @lorna-ka and @darkmagyk, which was delightful; it’s always fun to see people from the internet.  Speaking of which, @syphrosine and I roomed together, and she was amazing company over the weekend.

Thursday was pretty much a wash because we weren’t able to get into the building until 1 (three hour line in the sun, that…happened), so I didn’t get to see the Animated Origins panel that I was hoping for.  We got to see Chuck Wendig and Timothy Zahn later the day, which was very cool, and then on Friday were at the Heroines of Star Wars panel.  Saturday, of course, was the Rebels panel, which was very bittersweet, and the panel on Marvel comics.  Sunday was John Jackson Miller and the Closing Ceremonies.

I wasn’t necessarily in the best headspace this year, which definitely colored my experience of the con since I spent about ninety percent of it fluctuating between low and high levels of CONSTANT VIGILANCE that only really eased off for part of Sunday.  But I enjoyed being there and it’s always an amazing experience to be around that much fannish enthusiasm for Star Wars.  (And there are some more pictures on my Instagram, since I didn’t crosspost everything here, though I didn’t take as many as I’d like.)

anonymous asked:

at Misha's Minncon panel a male fan before asking his question joked that he belonged to a "rare" demographic of con goers (being a guy), which made Misha curious ab the ratio of the male vs female in the audience and instead of asking: "who here are guys?" he said :"who here self identifies as guys?" just that question alone proved to me of how aware he is with the lgbtqa community and the respect he carries for them. Not really an ask just want to share w u details that make me adore Misha.

I saw that and just 👏👏👏👏

ATTENTION SPN CON-GOERS

((I’m hoping as many people will see this post as possible because I feel that it’s very important.))

As I think a lot of you are aware of, for the last few years, conventions have been a place where people have felt the need to tell the actors of Supernatural (particularly Jared, Jensen and Misha) their personal stories of mental illness, suicide attempts/survival, and everything that comes along with those subjects. There have been multiple posts that I know of here on Tumblr and on other social media outlets begging people to stop treating the boys as therapists because it’s obviously a very hard subject to listen to in an environment where they are unprepared and put on the spot.

We know that the boys handle these encounters with fans graciously and kindly and that they do their best, but we also know that hearing these stories from fans have had negative effects on them. We know that Jared has, multiple times, had to excuse himself from autograph sessions to gather himself. In a fan convention setting, putting this kind of emotionally heavy subject matter on the boys isn’t right- as so many have said.

And now I’m telling you that if people don’t stop doing this to them, the boys will stop doing conventions altogether.

I’ve been in touch with the head of Creation Entertainment and though I can’t share the emails with anyone because of confidentiality reasons, I will tell you that he said himself that the actors have stated that if they continue to be treated as therapists without any control by Creation’s staff that they will no longer do conventions.

Because of this, Creation is going to be implementing rules that ruin the experience of photo ops and autographs for everyone in line who just wants the chance to say “hello” to the boys. By ignoring Creation Entertainment’s request (on their website and at the conventions) to not treat the boys as therapists and ladle heavy stories on them during a time that should be enjoyable for them, we as a fandom have potentially ruined conventions for them altogether.

If we want to keep the boys happy and healthy and enjoying the conventions like we all do, then we have to stop treating them like our personal counselors. It’s unfair to them, and to the other people in line, and it’s obviously taken enough of a toll on them for them to say something to the heads of the convention.

Please stop. There are other people and other ways to talk about your problems that are completely healthy and in environments that are safe.

anonymous asked:

Hi! I hope you don't mind that this is a question specific a specific cosplay but I was wondering how you make cosplay/convention friends? I'm typically a pretty shy person but I really want to be active in the community so if you have any tips I'd love to hear them!😊

Hello! As another shy con-goer, I totally understand where you’re coming from. I find that the best way to meet people at cons is at events like contests, meetups, group photoshoots, ect! At events like those, it’s already guaranteed that you share a common interest, which can make starting a conversation much easier.

If you’re not at one of those (or even if you are!) another way to start a convo with another cosplayer is to basically talk cosplay with them! A lot of cosplayers like to talk about how they made their costumes or where they got them from. “I love how you did your X, did you make it? How?” Is a great way to start out!

I hope this helps!

- Mod Sky

You could also message people on here or Instagram who are going to the con you’re going to and like the same things that you do! Going on the con tags is a great way to find people who are attending in the same fandoms as you and asking them about meeting up or even just starting a conversation! Just remember to be polite and respectful. - Mod Gigi

MERRY CHRISTMAS/HAPPY HANUKAH/HAPPY HOLIDAYS @edendaphne! i’m your backup filler for the @mlsecretsanta this holiday season ♥

i was flailing a bit for an idea of what you might like, and then i remembered this fantastic piece of ladrien you drew (and the awesome idea that came with it :D) so i thought i’d write something based off of that. i hope you enjoy! ♥♥♥

(@mirthaculous went above and beyond to make this readable, and at 1am, no less ;A; one day i will pay her back, this i swear (9′-’)9)

EDIT: SHIT I FORGOT TO CREDIT @sixsaltysweets / @howdoyousix she helped out a ton with early stage flow betaing god bless ♥♥♥ THANK YOU RUX ;O; 

It figured that the one day Chat had begged out of the signings was the one day an akuma crashed the con.

“All this,” Plagg complained in his ear as Adrien helped direct the panicking crowd. “All this just for a piece of paper someone scribbled on.”

Adrien’s own ‘piece of paper’ burned in his pocket, warm with the memory of Ladybug’s fingers brushing his as she handed it to him, so he didn’t comment. Instead he nudged his grumpy kwami back into his shirt and continued to usher the out-of-town con-goers from towards the exit, wincing at the cacophony.

It was amazing how much three years of constant attacks could desensitize a person to surprise supervillains — and how much panic they could instill in someone who wasn’t desensitized.

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