Who's going to be at WonderCon Saturday?

Discussion in 'Conventions and Prop Parties' started by Wearenotlinear, Mar 29, 2015.

  1. Wearenotlinear

    Wearenotlinear Well-Known Member

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    Just curious to see how many people from here will be at WonderCon this weekend. I'll be there Saturday.
    Post a reply with a pic of the costume you'll be rocking so we can keep an eye out for the all the great work!

    Here's me and my sis (different universes, but it's cool, I'll still let her walk around with me) :)
    Both homemade.

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  2. Cephus

    Cephus Sr Member

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    I'll be there all three days.
     
  3. Wearenotlinear

    Wearenotlinear Well-Known Member

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    Awesome!
    Are you planning on dressing up?
     
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    Cephus Sr Member

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    I'm not. My daughter is but I really don't do that kind of stuff anymore.
     
  6. Wearenotlinear

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    I feel you. I'm 30 and this my first year at a convention and first year of Cosplay. I'm a little late to the game :)
     
  7. George

    George Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hypothetical question (if even in the right section): if I were planning to visit a convention abroad and to bring my custom made suit,what is the process in terms of sending luggage ahead,booking a hotelroom etc., and perhaps even more important: what are the pitfalls to be aware of?

    I would love to visit a comic convention in London or in The States,but I have zero experience with this.
    I appreciate the feedback ! Thank you all in advance.
     
  8. Cephus

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    I've been going to conventions since 1974, I stopped dressing up a very long time ago. I still build some props, among other things, but carrying around all that weight through the show floor, no thanks.

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    It really depends on a lot of factors. I've been to conventions outside of the U.S. but I've never sent anything ahead, I just booked a hotel room the same as I've done anywhere else, showed up with all my stuff and enjoyed the convention. I'm sure that most major conventions have FAQs on what to do if you're coming from outside of their area, plus there are forums that you can ask specific questions for specific conventions on.
     
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  9. George

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    @Cephus: I'm asking because some costumes contain parts that might give trouble at the Customs...I'd rather find out up front than on the spot,having paid for everything and already on my way :facepalm
     
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    That's a valid concern but not something you're likely to find out on a forum, you'd have to contact the specific country's customs and see if there is anything that cannot be brought into the country. From what I've seen, some animal products, lots of foods and prohibited artifacts are at the top of the list of things you just can't get through. Is there anything in particular that you're worried about?
     
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  11. Wearenotlinear

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    This thread seems to have veered...but yes, I agree with cephus. Years of shipping experience tells me that your best bet, whether shipping or bringing thru customs, is contacting customs first.
     
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  12. George

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    @Cephus: things such as metal parts (springs/hinges,magnets),batteries; anything that might make them jumpy and send me back with an empty wallet and a ticket in my hand.
    @Wearenotlinear: if I were to come to WonderCon,I'd have to know about this,so we're still on topic.Thank you for confirming what Cephus said though.
     
  13. Wearenotlinear

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    Some of that you wouldn't be able to get away with as carry-on, but as long as you were up front about whats in there and what its for, should be fine with checked baggage. Id still check long in advance though. Personally, Id bring everything with me instead of shipping. I wouldn't want the package to be delayed or lost. Also, some hotels are iffy about receiving packages for guests. I suppose baggae can be lost too tho.
     
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    George Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thank you for your feedback,W:cheers
     
  15. Husker75

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    I'll be stuck at work and Saturday is already sold out.. Anyone gonna be there Saturday that would be able to be a poster buddy for me and get a print (if possible) for me? If you'd be willing to do me a huge favor like that, I'll paypal ya and give you a little extra for the hassle of you want.. Send me a pm if you can help! I'm trying to get one of craig drakes boba Fett prints from the hero complex gallery. They will probably go pretty fast on Saturday.. :/ either way, hope you all have a blast!
     
  16. Cephus

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    None of those things are illegal to bring into the country. You'd have to have them packed in luggage, they wouldn't allow you to wear a costume onto the plane, but so long as you were up front about it, I don't see any problem getting any of those into any country worth going to. While I'm sure you're not going to make Wondercon this year, come on down next year, it's the most fun you can have with 50,000 of your closest friends.
     
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  17. George

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    Cephus: By then I should have something custom made ready :D working on the character from my avatar,my very first build: The Beetle MKII.
     
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  18. Leathkorious

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    I'll be there today and Saturday. Saturday I'll be in my spider-man costume IMG_20141101_101815465.jpg
     
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  19. Wearenotlinear

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    awesome. I'll be spidey as well. Did you make your costume? Looks pretty solid.
     
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  20. Cephus

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    Fair warning, there were TONS of Spider-man costumes out today, it will almost certainly be worse tomorrow. You guys ought to form a Spidey-gang, you could take over the con. :)
     
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    Haha! I saw about a dozen... However, only mine and one other were homemade. Everyone else cheated and bought theirs! lol
    I was the only one in the masquerade last night though, so that was cool :)
     
  22. Cephus

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    There were tons of them, but you're right, most were just bought costumes. There were a ton of Deadpools that just bought Halloween bodysuit costumes and figured that was all they had to do. Sorry, just having the costume screen printed on fabric isn't all that impressive.
     
  23. George

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    MAXIMUM CLONAGE ! :p Get a group photo with as many as possible

    Side note: it doesn't matter whether your suit is home-made or store-bought...it's about having fun and getting together at conventions/forums ;)
     
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  24. mistymills

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    My friend wouldn't go to a con with me because she said she'd want to dress up and since she (like I) can't sew, she wasn't going to wear a store bought costume because people would make fun of her for it. She got that from Heroes of Cosplay. She was actually AFRAID to wear something she didn't make herself so she chose not to go instead because the whole fun of it for her was dressing up. It was sad.
     
  25. George

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    The staff at a Convention should see to it that no-one is bothered/harassed,and that visitors as well as bystanders should report this kind of destructive behaviour.
    People haven't got the faintest idea what bullying can do to the human mind...these conventions are supposed to be a way to build up one's confidence if anything.
     
  26. Cephus

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    Heroes of Cosplay was an idiotic show where everything was fixed and conventions just didn't want to be involved because it was all a sham. Anyone who actually acts like that ought to have a lightsaber rammed up their nose. The whole point of costuming is to have fun, not to compete.
     
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  27. Wearenotlinear

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    They do! when you check in they hand you a list of rules and an anti-harassment policy. There's tons of store bought costumes and screen print costumes sewn by others. Alot of them look really good and get a lot of photos done. Though, you can't enter the masquerade with something that isn't at least 75% made by you.
     
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  28. Wearenotlinear

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    Lots of people where store bought costumes and look great. Everyone is super friendly and give compliments whether bought or made. It's all about having fun and enjoying your costume. Let your friend know that she need not worry! Just be what you want to be and have a blast doing it. My costume is home-made, but there were lot's of Spidey's wandering around the halls. And I was impressed whether home-made or not.
     
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  29. mistymills

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    Oh I agree entirely that you shouldn't need to make everything yourself to wear it to a convention. But with it having been shown on HoC, people having had attitudes previously that they made their own costume so they are somehow better or more cosplay-ish than someone who didn't and costume contests asking who made your costume, it really does kinda put someone who didn't make one at a disadvantage. I just brought it up because as much as we wish it wasn't that way, we can't honestly tell someone that it will never matter if they don't make their own costume.

    See, to me, the fact that someone would dress up in public at ALL is impressive. But then, I remember back in 1991 when the costume contest at our local convention had maybe 20 people in it, probably less than that. Now it takes all day, before it took like half an hour. So I come from a different perspective where just getting someone to dress up is great. If they can make their stuff too? More power to them. It's a costume contest, not a sewing contest. But even people who don't compete are judged on the con floor. I've seen it.
     
  30. Cephus

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    The people on HoC aren't making hall costumes, they are competing for money (which I think is idiotic). Just to walk around at a convention, you can do whatever you want to do, people slap things together out of cardboard, it really doesn't matter. Just don't enter the masquerade.

    Today, a massive number of people dress up, you're probably looking at close to half of the attendees are doing something. It's not a contest at all unless you choose to make it one. All costuming is and has ever been is an admiration for a particular character. It never has to be a dick-waving contest. People who take it too seriously are oversensitive.
     
  31. George

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    They can if they want to,but then they shouldn't bother other people with their standards.
    That easy,but apparently so very difficult to do...
     
  32. mistymills

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    It's unfortunate that the perception of 'You have to make your own stuff or you are looked down upon' has become the reality in many circles.
     
  33. George

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    Maybe we as RPF'ers can change that reality and make a difference...at least at the Conventions we visit,talk to the organizers.I know I wouldn't hesitate to walk up to a person to confront them with their bullying and notify staff.
     
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  34. Wearenotlinear

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    I'm impressed with a costume no matter what its origins. If It looks cool, it looks cool. Hell, if i could afford to buy a screen accurate suit, id buy it and wear it with pride.
     
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  35. Cephus

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    Not for mature adults it shouldn't be. There are far too many people who treat fandom like a lifestyle, not as a hobby. It's not supposed to be a substitute for real life, it's supposed to be something you do in your free time for fun. You do start getting the people who are fanatics, who start believing they are really Jedi because they hate their real lives. These people need serious professional help. If they spent half as much time and effort on their real lives as they do on fantasy, they wouldn't be nearly as screwed up as they are. I've been doing this for more than 40 years now, I've talked to a lot of people who have serious psychological problems that they are trying to bury themselves in various fandoms to hide because they refuse to admit they have a problem. Taking anything too far or too seriously isn't healthy. When anything completely takes over your life and you have no other interests and no balance in your life, something is wrong, whether you bother others or not.
     
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    I wasn't talking about screen accurate, I was talking about people who just get tights with the costume pattern silkscreened on it and then go to absolutely no more effort to modify the costume. There were plenty of Deadpools who were wearing an off-the-shelf Halloween costume with a belt silkscreened on it, as if that's just as good as putting a belt on. I don't really care what these people do, but if they want to impress anyone, they need to put in a little sweat equity.
     
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    I agree, my favorite Deadpool went out of the way to get a ton of buckles and belts and pockets, swords and guns, to go over his standard red and black bodysuit. It made all the difference. He didn't make any portion of his costume, but he did take that extra step and got the extra accessories to complete the look.
     
  38. Cephus

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    For far too many, this was the entirety of their costume: http://www.partycity.com/product/adult+deadpool+partysuit.do?refType=&navSet=176438
     
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  40. George

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    Eventhough I understand the point about putting in personal effort for costumes,it shouldn't really matter what people wear.For all I care they would want to visit as The Amazing Bag Man...
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    it's their‚Äč way of expressing their fandom.If peronal effort really mattered at Conventions,they would have selection procedures at the door or even in ticket sales
     
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