Hey Nerds!! Did you enjoy C2E2 Week? I know I did! But now it’s the Monday after a convention weekend, and I’m dreading the thought of being normal again. But, it was tremendously fun while it lasted!
The morning of the con began very poorly—to say the least. My plan to use fabric paint as body paint didn’t turn out well. I wound up spending the morning ripping off layers of paint, leaving welts on my skin from trying to scrub it off. One of my arms is a little less hairy as well. I then missed my train, which led to a chain reaction of awful misfortunes; one of my friends, who was planning to meet me in Chicago, was forced to wait for over an hour until I got into the city. Then, because of my tardiness, I missed the Star Trek 50th Anniversary panel. By the time we arrived at the convention center, it was a little after noon. Considering that I got up at 6:30AM to get ready, I was a little annoyed with myself.
Fortunately, C2E2 did not disappoint. When my friends and I walked in, we were greeted with wonderful cosplays, beautiful art pieces, and a general sense of excitement. We were home. This was my fourth year attending C2E2, and we are never disappointed. My friends were also in cosplay; one was Rey, one was Missandei from Game of Thrones, and one was Link. And, of course, I was Data.
Throughout the day, we had pictures taken, talked with some cool people, and walked the floor. As we strolled around, I would hear some people say, “Oh, it’s Data!” This was both flattering and exciting, seeing as how there weren’t many other Star Trek cosplayers there. I did run into a Riker, though! One guy, who was a part of an amazing Final Fantasy group cosplay, stopped me for a picture. He couldn’t get over the fact that I was Data, and according to his friends, he had been talking about finding a Data cosplayer all day. Needless to say, it was a very cool moment.
There were new adventures to be had at this year’s C2E2. My friends and I did our usual show floor crawl, but we also tried out speed dating. It was an interesting experience. There were a lot of nice men, but the thing that puzzled my friends and I the most was the lack of an age limit. During speed dating, I met guys younger than me and older than me. Not to say that there’s anything wrong with dating men of a different age than your own, but there was a significant gap. But a lot of the guys at speed dating were nice, respectful, and fun. That’s what matters.
This year, I also got the chance to interact with some of my favorite artists and vendors, and discover new ones as well. I even got to meet Jordan Ellis of Jordandené! She was incredibly kind, and delighted to be at the convention.
Each year I attend C2E2, I go to the same booths to expand my collection of nerdy goods. One such booth is Jenny Parks’s booth. Jenny Parks is an artists that puts an adorable twist of various fandoms by turning cats into beloved characters like Harry Potter, The Avengers, and the crew of the Enterprise. I have two large prints by her, and some cute buttons, so this year I got something different. She had a special on her single character postcards, so I got four different kitty portraits.
Over at the Sparkle! Design booth, I got another piece of jewelry to add to my accessory collection. Sparkle! Designs is a jewelry company that makes fandom-inspired pieces. I have a Harry Potter one that I bought last year, and this year I nabbed a Star Trek one. Sparkle! always has super cute pieces, and the ladies that work the booth are incredibly nice. With the addition of an amazing Data piece by Super Group Hugs, and some badass nail wraps from Espionage Cosmetics, my con haul was complete.
Though it’s over, I’m glad that I didn’t let the bad start corrupt the rest of my time at C2E2. My friends and I look forward to this convention every year, so I guess it’s a good thing that we’re having withdrawls. If not, then there would be something horribly wrong with the convention. Here’s to next year, and the next convention!
Did you attend C2E2? Did you cosplay? What was some cool swag you picked up in your con haul? Let me know in the comments!
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