Fanboy Expo was in Knoxville from June 24-26th, so of course my best friend and I (being the huge nerds that we are) decided that we needed to get over there ourselves and check it out. For, you know, reasons.
My goal (as of Tuesday night) was to throw together a Scarlet Witch Age of Ultron cosplay from various thrift store finds (plus my own closet). I more or less succeeded. I have an entire post up detailing how I did the cosplay that I’d love for you to check out on my craft blog.
Oh, and if you’re bored and want a good laugh, check out their Costume Contest Rules, it includes gems such as “anything overly stabby” and “DO NOT BRING SILLY STRING. Period. Ever. It makes a giant mess.”
I had a lot of fun, there were so many people that I kept seeing things and getting distracted, and, to make a long story short, I know I missed a lot. The cosplays ranged from the dozens of Ghostbusters and Captain Amercias, to a handful of Legend of Zelda people, and even some X-Men!
Everyone’s reaction to my cosplay was amazing, and I saw a lot of people pointing and taking photos which absolutely made my day. There was only one strange experience (I was too confused to call it ‘bad’) where I was looking an action figure of Scarlet Witch in the comics and a man commented that I “had almost the right outfit.” I couldn’t decide if he was messing with me, a comic purist, or wanted to see more of my butt. The one downfall of my costume, was that every time I bent over I felt like it exposed a lot of skin.
Merch & Booths
You can’t go to a convention without picking up at least some merchandise.
One of the people I met was at a booth for the artist Strong Style ArtStrong Style Art, and I purchased their Vision and Scarlet Witch piece, so they took a photo of me in my cosplay with the art.You can see their Instagram post of me with the art down below in the Social Media posts.
My mother had been complaining about not having any coasters in the living room, so I bought her some while I was there: A Lord of the Rings one (the Doors of Durin), a Harry Potter one (Ravenclaw!), an X-Man one with Rogue (it says “you can’t touch this”), and Scarlet Witch (it says “witches be like”). When I bought the Scarlet Witch one I didn’t read it, I just thought it was pretty, so once I got home and read it I had a tiny heart attack because for a moment I thought it said “bitches” instead of “witches.”
I also got a ton of pins and patches (thats my weakness, pins and patches) and some other assorted jewelry (I got a necklace of Ravenclaw’s Diadem. It is lost no more!). And two beautiful, tin bookmarks that they promised me would hold up to basically anything (because we all know that pretty bookmarks are the first to go).
What to Expect at a Convention
- This should probably go without saying.
- There will be people who put your costume to shame.
- Don’t feel bad because your cosplay isn’t as ‘fancy’ as the others. Mine cost less than thirty dollars, it does not get better than that.
- Some of them will be kids. Yes, kids decked out in super fancy cosplays.
- Don’t be afraid to ask to photograph them or ask to get photos with them.
- I wish I’d asked for a photo with the Professor X that I saw, or one of the Captain Americas.
- I got lucky and was the only Scarlet Witch that I saw, but I did see several Stormtroopers, a platoon of Ghostbusters, and a whole army of Captain Americas.
- Seriously guys, if Civil War had broken out at the convention, Team Iron Man would have been flattened, because I saw 1 Iron Man, 3 or 4 Spidermans, and then like 50 Captain Americas (and me, Scarlet Witch).
- That doesn’t mean that one is ‘better’ than the other.
- If you see someone cosplaying the same person as you, play cool. Ask to take a photo together. You will probably make their day.
- Similarly, if you see someone who is dressed as someone important to your character (family, friend, love interest, etc) get a picture together. I was so hoping to see a Quicksilver or a Vision (or even Hawkeye because he and Wanda are the ultimate BrOTP).
- Many of them will be supportive. Some will not. Some you won’t know what its mean to be (like the comment I got that could have been either a joke, meant to be friendly, meant to insult me for not reading comics, or been flat out inappropriate).
- Don’t let them get to you.
- Some cosplays show a lot of skin. Some cover you from head to toe.
- If something bothers you don’t look.
- I could not be more shocked by the sheer amount of stuff.
- Ask for buisness cards. It doesn’t matter if you bought something from the person or not: it makes them happy and that way if you wish you’d bought something you can look them up.
- Don’t expect to see the X-Men very often. I’m not sure why, but its rare (trust me I was forced to search every booth).
- Celebrities & Guest Stars
- Actors you thought were dead
- Seriously. Most of the people who go to conventions like this go because their acting days are over and they have no other way to make money.
- Actors you had forgotten about
- Remember Pyro from the old X-Men movies? Yeah, I wish I didn’t either.
- Voice Actors and Motion Captures
- Theres a weird divide between “actors” (who rank first), “voice actors” (who rank second), and “motion captures” (who rank last).
- Actors: Normal actors.
- Voice Actor: Anyone who’s ever been the voice of a cartoon character is a voice actor. You hear them but don’t see them.
- Motion Captures: The lady who voiced Maz Katana in Star Wars was not present, but the lady who provided the motion capture was. That means she’s the lady who put on a suit and made faces that they then turned into Maz’s expressions and gestures.
- William Shatner
- I think he’ll go to anything, to be completely honest.
- Pro Wrestlers
- Not sure why they were there, but they were.
- They usually have skinny, blonde women with them.
- Gymnasts and Dancers
- I’m also not sure why they were there, but they seemed to be having fun.
- Fan Wars
- You thought Captain America: Civil War was brutal? Wait until you see Marvel: Comics Elitists vs Casual Fans or Comics: DC vs Marvel.
- Don’t be the person who starts either of these wars, please. Also don’t start “the book was better than the movie” or any of that nonsense.
- Some people who read the comics think they’re better than people who watch the movies. Some don’t. Guess which one makes the most noise?
I can’t even begin to list all the things that you’ll see at a convention. Its absurd and its so much fun. You will wish you had eyes on every side of your head so that you could keep track of everything.
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