This is a photo heavy post so click through to see the rest of the pictures! I couldn't whittle it down because there were so many great costumes to share with you! Nearly all of the pictures I took were of people's various costumes because it was otherwise too crowded to really take a lot of candid shots. Out of the whole Dragon Con experience I think people watching and looking at all the cool costumes was my favorite part. (Speaking of costumes, if any of these pictures are you and you want a full sized copy just email me and let me know.)
This was my first Dragon Con even though I've been wanting to go for years. It ended up being an early birthday present from my parents! My mom and I hung out all weekend and stayed in the city. We got the 4-day pass and took Marta in from Midtown which was actually very easy.
We ended up going to about one panel each day. The lines for all panels were super long. If you absolutely can't stand crowds or waiting in lines, Dragon Con isn't for you. On Friday we managed to get into a Firefly panel with Adam Baldwin and Ron Glass. Saturday's was the Star Trek: The Next Generation panel with Patrick Stewart and Gates McFadden. On Monday before we left we went to an 80s Throwback panel with The Karate Kid's, Ralph Macchio, and C. Thomas Howell from The Outsiders. Westley from The Princess Bride was supposed to be at that one but never showed. The panels were interesting. Basically you listened to the actors answer questions from the audience and tell stories.
They were selling booze buckets in the hotels so a lot of people were walking around with those and taking pictures with one another. Sunday we spent a good chunk of time having one of those and watching people in costume walk around. It was more fun than it sounds!
On Saturday I entered the Page to Stage costume contest on a whim. I was in my Josie costume and figured I might as well enter and see what it was like. I wasn't very prepared so I didn't have music or props. I think that would've improved my showcase of my costume, but oh well. I'll know for next time. I met some cool people during the contest and had fun though! Below are some of the other contestants.
They have a large vendor area at Dragon Con each year. We spent a good chunk of time on Monday wandering around from booth to booth checking out what they were selling. I ended up getting a pair of Star Trek earrings and an Enterprise necklace because I'm fully embracing my inner geek. It was ridiculously crowded in there so it was hard to look at everything. If I could sum up Dragon Con in two words they would be "crowded" and "fun."
It was a really fun time and I want to go back next year. I wish it was a little less crowded but that's just how it is now. I'm already thinking about what costumes I want to wear next time! Unfortunately the host hotels are already sold out so I'll have to commute again to some degree. It's crazy how popular this event has gotten over the past few years. It's definitely something to do at least once though!
Anyway, I hope this recap was comprehensive enough and that you at least gazed at the pictures if you weren't interested in what I had to say! Have a fantastic rest of your weekend!