There are two multi-genre pop culture conventions going on this weekend: Dragon Con in Atlanta, GA and Baltimore Comic-Con in Baltimore, MD. There could be more but I’m not aware. Thus far, I’ve attended seven different conventions and I must say that Dragon Con has been my favorite. This weekend I’ll be attending for my second time. Ever since I’ve started attending “comic-cons” or more accurately “pop-culture cons” a few years ago, there are three things that I learned:
- There are an outrageous amount of different cons across the globe with California having the most (I can count about 8 of them). Also, did you know that Brazil has their own as well? Check out Comic Con Experience and Anime Friends.
- There is something for everyone as many cons have developed to being multi-genre instead of focusing on one type. Whither you’re going for toy collecting, discussion panels on how to illustrate, teen drama autograph signings, original artwork commissioning, sci-fi exhibits, comic book enthusiasts, expressing yourself as a Trekkie, gender bending, taking selfies with porn star-turned-cosplay models, escaping the house from your controlling wife, spending quality time with the kids and etc. You name it. It’s a fun time!
- You get to meet so many awesome people from all over the world who you can connect with on your inner geekdom. And not everyone is socially awkward and lame. A lot of people have real 9-5 jobs and are successful in what they do. Some may be models, some may run their own businesses while crafting their own outfits and may do commissions to the side. The fact of the matter is that it doesn’t really matter because you get to share experiences, have interesting talks on why Batman is the best ever (because he’s Batman) and develop lasting relationships with some quality people as I have.
Last year at Dragon Con I got to see some really cool cosplay (pictured above) and it’s nice to see the parade full of different cosplay groups at the end. As you may see in the first photo at the top of the post, I had dressed up as one of the Assassins in the League of Assassins from the CW TV show, Arrow (or you could say I was Maseo for those that watch the show). It’s painful to wear this thing in Summer weather!
This year, I’ll be dressing up as Ben Reilly‘s Scarlet Spider which is one of my favorite Spidey-verse characters and the outfit is more comfortable to wear since it’s spandex but I can barely see in the mask. It was quite a success at Wonder Con and Awesome Con this year as I’ve received many compliments. It’s by the RPC Studio based out in Thailand. But I can’t wait to see what’s in store for this year and I hope to see you there!
P.S. To the cute blonde girl from Atlanta that I met at Beauty and Essex in N.Y.C. for your friend’s Bachelorette party. I hope to find you in your Link cosplay! 🙂 ❤
P.S.S. In case you were wondering, I’ll be posting pics from Dragon Con after Labor Day weekend. In the meantime, check out LOA Cosplay page.