Here, Dear reader, is a recounting of the major events of my Friday at Dragoncon 2007.
People who have never been to Dragoncon, often ask what the event is like, and what they can expect to see there. If San Diego Comi-con is "nerd prom" then Dragoncon is "Geek Mardi Gras." The picture seen here, taken by Dementia shows a gentlemen dressed in the attire of several distinct fandoms. This is what my brain feels like at Dragoncon, and it feels good.
Friday was mostly spent in the dealers room, scoping out interesting finds, and snagging business cards from all the really interesting dealers. I now have a great portfolio of sci-fi dealers to peruse through when I need something special. Dr. Smith and I tried to attend a panel with the "Stars of Harry Potter," with Phelps twins (Fred and George Weasley) and Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), but the line was too long and the doors were closed with a full panel right in front of us. There were more people at this con then ever before, and they had fewer rooms to work with due to renovations. This meant some cozy quarters. I'm not complaining, just observing.
Friday night was the debut of the crew and companions of the Airship Vertigo. Our travelling group all had themed Steampunk costumes, complete with deep back-stories and long, pompous titles. Our friend dressed as a gold wind-up mechanized automaton memorized all our ridiculous names and would make the formal introductions for the group, when required. We really had a great shtick going, and people seemed to enjoy it. Steampunk was an emerging genre this year, so we often had to explain what we were going for. I'm sure a lot of people who took our picture were doing so with full intent to ask their more knowledgeable friend "what movie we were from" at a later date
It was fun to hang at the Steampunk party thrown by the Dragoncon Myspace minions, and trade notes about the sourcing and building of our various costumes with other similarly inspired individuals.