I made it to Seattle in one piece – hurrah! Basically, I’ve wanted to come to Seattle since I was 13 and first saw Singles. It took me 20 years but I’m so glad I finally made it out here.
With the con not opening up until 2pm today, we had some time to mess around the city. I am not a morning person at all, but with the time zone difference I was up at 7:30am local time. The only thing good about this was I had plenty of time to lounge around, finish some stitching on a cosplay, and get down to Pike Place Market in time for breakfast. After getting our fill of Dungeness Crab Omelets and Eggs Benedict with Salmon, we took a nice walk up to the Space Needle. Super touristy? Yes. Super awesome? Hell yes!
After a soggy walk back to the hotel, it was time for the con – yay! Aaaaand I forgot to pack my damn sketch book – boo! If I run into Past Ali, I’ve got some choice words for her.
I haven’t been to a con since NYCC and I forget how comfortable I feel walking around the floor, running into internet friends and gushing over creators. And Emerald City Comicon is perfect for that. The show has this great laid-back vibe and everyone’s genuinely happy to be here.
The big thing for me today was doing my first solo cosplay (I did a group cosplay at NYCC this year but that was a totally different kind of thing). I was walking around the floor as “Lady Cyclops”. Basically, I had this idea for a cyclops dress ages ago and I finally put it together. The red sunglasses I picked up at the Space Needle pushed me over the edge to actually put the damn costume on.
In general, I tend to be pretty self conscious. Throw in a bright blue dress and yellow go-go boots and I feel like there’s this giant spotlight constantly shining on me and I can’t stop blushing. But I managed to do OK, I think. After the slightly mortifying walk from the hotel to the convention center (the longest half block in the universe) I managed to relax. I think the quieter environment of the con really helped ease my nerves. I mean, it’s totally surreal when Professor X rolls up to you for a picture. But it’s also kinda fun.
Anyways, there’s still a ton of stuff a head, and I’m really looking forward to the next couple of days. Yay Comicon!