Raleigh Supercon 2017

Spent today at the Raleigh Supercon with my mum debuting our Victorian Ariel and Ursula costumes. We didn’t stop sewing until late last night, and even then we had to safety pin some areas where we didn’t have time to sew buttons. Luckily, you couldn’t tell and nothing fell apart at the con!

Raleigh Supercon 2017

We got stopped a lot, especially by people with kids. I was surprised, but pleased, to see how many kids were there. Aside from a con last year, most of my comic con experience comes from when I was in high school. Comic cons were popular, but not nearly as mainstream as they are now, and I didn’t see any kids at those. Today I saw tons of families. I was excited, not just because I like kids, but because the idea of being an adult (ha) is less scary when I see people being “adults” but still doing the things I enjoy.

Raleigh Supercon 2017 Firefly Family
This family was rocking the Firefly crew.

With my love of Rapunzel, if I have kids this will definitely be me:

Raleigh Supercon 2017

These kids asked to take a picture with us, and they HAD POSES. It was hilarious. Little Batman was so professional. He waited until the last possible moment and then whipped his cape in front of his face. I didn’t realize until I looked at this photo that Wonder Woman also had a very serious face pose.Raleigh Supercon 2017

We also saw plenty of awesome adult cosplayers. The first that immediately jump to mind were these two ladies who cosplayed 1920s Loki and Bucky Barnes. It was awesome to see other cosplayers doing a historical twist on their characters like my mum and I did. This photo doesn’t capture all the details really well, but these costumes were so cool in person. Bucky showed us her arm and explained how she made it. Up close it was really intricate and sparkly!Raleigh Supercon 2017

My mum and I both found twins!

Raleigh Supercon 2017
Raleigh Supercon 2017

My favorite part of comic cons, after people and costume watching, is wandering through the merchandise hall and seeing all the art. In the photo below we stopped at a booth where the artist created pictures by painting with watercolor in colors that fit a character and then cutting out the character’s outline. It was very cool. He had a fantastic one of Hogwarts. If only I had the wall space…

Raleigh Supercon 2017

Alex Kingston was there (aka Doctor Who’s River Song), and we got to take a picture with her! Alex saw our costumes and struck a “fancy dress pose”. We didn’t have very long to chat (the organizers could learn a thing from Disney about Pass Show Flow, but they were probably really crunched for time). Still, it was neat to meet an actress I admire.

Raleigh Supercon Alex Kingston
I’m so pale that I never know if someone in a photo with me actually has a tan, or is just tan in comparison.

People were so kind in their response to our costumes. We got asked for a lot of photos – sometimes by people who weren’t sure who we were cosplaying as! It was really gratifying that people liked our twist on these classic characters.

Raleigh Supercon Victorian Ursula
Raleigh Supercon Victorian Ariel

I’ll post more photos of these cosplays in the coming weeks as I write up posts about how we made them.

It was a struggle, but I stopped myself from going crazy buying everything I saw. Instead I opted for just a few things: a shirt with a cat saying “just one more chapter”, a manga version of Pride and Prejudice, and two custom watercolor portraits of my mum and I in our costumes. They were done by adrawer4ever, and are ADORABLE. I’ve gotten custom commissions at a few of the comic cons I’ve attended now, and they always end up being my favorite purchases. It’s so fun to get a unique reminder of your day, and support an artist at the same time.

Raleigh Supercon 2017

A few people asked us if we had social media cards. I had no idea what they meant until someone explained to me that some people carry what are essentially business cards, but with their cosplay social media info. Guess I need to get some cards with my blog on them, because instead I just told people my blog url and they wrote it down on scraps of paper. If you’re one of those people – hi, thanks for stopping by! My mum and I also got asked what our next con is. No idea, but we have heard good things about DragonCon, and I already have some cosplay ideas…

Anyone else do anything fun this weekend?

Katie and Cat

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