Grand Rapids Comic-Con 2015 (also known as the time I almost fell off a TaunTaun as Daenerys and flashed everyone), served an important purpose as the third con I've been to, and first I've cosplayed at.
As my third con, Grand Rapids Comic-Con served an important purpose. It was smaller, but more intimate with a huge focus on cosplay.
Ninety-eight people entered the cosplay competition. Ninety-eight. All the cosplay.
It was the perfect weekend to cosplay for the first time.
On Saturday, I was Daenerys Targaryen the First of Her Name, Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, Protector of the Realm, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, called Daenerys Stormborn, the Unburnt, Mother of Dragons.
My cosplayed turned out amazing! You can read my blog about making it here and the video of the con is below!
I was so happy with the outfit. Everyone seemed to love it. The blue was perfect and brought out my eyes. Sadly, I didn’t get purple contacts but I will next time. I wanted to carry around my dragon eggs without using my hands, so I pinned them to a bag and attached matching fabric so it looked like they were in a sling. I thought it looked shoddy, but everyone said they loved it.
I learned something this weekend, something deep about my soul and who I am as a person.
Wigs suck. Shoutout to all the cosplayers who regularly wear them. You have utmost my respect.
The wig wouldn't stay down, the Bobby pins were jamming into my head, and I pulled it over my ears to hide my natural hair, which really hurt. Although, it was a minor thing. The pain was absolutely worth being the Mother of Dragons for a day.
I absolutely love walking around a con and people watching. It's so entertaining and there were some amazing cosplayers.
On Sunday, I was Supergirl. Before you ask, yes, I'm ecstatic about the show starting on Monday on the CW! I'm going to try to review every episode on my blog, but I'm not the best with schedules, so we'll see.
I'm so happy a woman superhero is the protagonist of a (probably) majorly successful TV show. I love "Gotham," "Arrow," and "Flash," but it's about damn time for a woman to regularly save the day.
I saw Casey and Erin on Saturday! I miss their faces. They looked so cute. In my vlog, you'll be able to see me looking for them and a second later, finding them. It was very impressive and very psychic.
Jax came later and we took the greatest picture ever. It's almost a messed up family picture, with Daenerys Targaryen and Lynna Stark looking up at me. Getting on that thing was hard. I did it like a lady though, and only flashed people once (just kidding, I'm pretty sure I was safe).
This outfit is absolutely wonderful to wear. The skirt wasn't too long or too short, and the cape was amazing to swoosh around in.
Looking at my costume now, there are a few things I want to and probably will alter. Clearly, the bottom of the top needs to be taken in and I want to buy an actual yellow belt.
The funniest part about this costume are the red panties. You can't see them, but they're hand-made underwear, which doesn't usually fit perfectly. Mine definitely did not, but they served their purpose.
I went alone on Sunday, and while I missed my friends, I made new ones!
I talked to a girl about cosplaying and how I wished my top was tighter. She said if I had pins she would tighten it for me, so she did. She became one of the nicest people there and we became friends. I followed her on Instagram @stormyrealia . People are so nice at these events!
Besides, it was my first time. Mistakes happen. It's all about having fun, anyway, and fun was certainly had.
At every con I attend, I make sure to get a picture with Batman. This con it was with Knightmage, (Michael Wilson), one of the cosplay guests and cosplay competition judges.
He was darling and we talked about cosplaying for a bit.
Alex Wescott from Get Geek'd, who dressed as an epic Bumblebee, won the competition this year. He won at Motor City Comic-Con as Groot over the summer, and I interviewed him for Tri-County. He's an inspiration.
I also did a fun interview with Nerd News! This is me with Matt Patriella, one of their employees, after we finished interviewing each other.
It was great talking about the con, how to cover a con, and all the con-related topics. They're very nice and knowledgeable people. I'm not sure when my interview with them will be up, but I will definitely post links when it is.
I interviewed them and you can expect an article sometime soon.
This guy, AJ, I met at last year's Grand Rapids Comic-Con when he was dressed as bombshell Harley Quinn. He. Is. Awesome.
He came again this year in the same outfit on Saturday, and as Starfire on Sunday. He seriously become one of my favorite people. We're Instagram friends now. He's @lightningfrost13 and I'm @Hannahrubyisms.
I found another Supergirl! She was shy, but clearly has the most adorable smile, amirite?
There was a lot of anime stuff at this con, and a lot of drawings of sexy girls whom I didn't know. Some of the artwork was breathtaking, and some wasn't.
I bought a few prints and I can't wait to hang them up.
Comic-con is basically synonymous with Hannah-spending-too-much-money. Seriously, I spent a lot of money, but that's okay. You work to have fun, and I definitely had fun.
I bought these necklaces and a bunch of graphic novels. You always get amazing deals at cons so these were pretty cheap, but were still quality items.
There weren't as many celebrities this year.
The biggest were Katrina Law (Nyssa ah Ghul on "Arrow" and Mira on "Spartacus") and Anthony Carrigan (Victor Zsasz on "Gotham" and "The Mist" on "The Flash").
Their panels were definitely entertaining. Katrina was a doll and talked about refusing to do some of the more sexually explicit things on "Spartacus" and how she's excited for "Supergirl." When I saw her after her panel, when I was Supergirl, she called me cutie and said she liked my outfit. I was very happy. Yay, recognition from celebrities!
Anthony was really intriguing. He's someone I'd love to sit down and have a long and deep conversation with about anything.
Things I didn't like about the con:
One guy asked to take a picture of me as Supergirl and said "I've never seen someone do an awesome brunette supergirl like yours."
It was such an unintentional backhanded compliment. I was sad. I wish it was naturally bleach blonde. It's not my fault my hair gets darker in the fall and winter.
The last thing I didn't like was the lack of big-name celebrities.
Other than those two things, the con was great and I can't wait to go next year.
Here's my video of the con!
Thanks for reading! Here's a picture of me leaving comic-con. I took a ridiculous amount of selfies over the weekend.
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