SDCC 2013 X-Men Days of Future Past Conference
New Warrior Wonder Woman Shots!
Had an absolute blast wearing Warrior Wonder Woman at SDCC. Surprisingly, I made it all day hauling around the incredibly heavy shield, proving that the dedicated lifting these past few months has yielded some results!
For anyone who hasn’t seen this costume before, it’s an original collaboration between artist Tess Fowler and I. I’ve always adored Diana’s Amazon roots, and wanted to pay tribute to that aspect of her legacy. Tess helped me flesh out the design, and then I went to work on the costume!
More photos coming soon - Ljinto and I worked some magic together! :D
Be still my heart!
Cosplayers get it.
I felt like I had to type this up while it’s still fresh in my mind.
It was the end of Day 4, all of us were tired, hot, and a few of us had taken off pieces of our costumes because they were becoming uncomfortable. A few people came up to us to ask for photos, we were more than happy to let them (“as long as you don’t mind that we’re not in full costume.” “Naw, that’s okay, you look awesome anyways!”). There were also the few who didn’t ask us before trying to take a picture, and to those people we politely explained that we preferred it if they asked before snapping photos. Of course, most of them apologized and then asked.
Most of them.
At one point, an older man came up behind us and aimed his camera in my general direction. I was talking to people so I didn’t really notice, but my sister did. She politely said “Sir, could you please ask before you take pictures?”
It was as if she had asked the man to give up his job and his house. He went on a tirade, saying how “this con had been so nice for the last four days, and then this" and “I’ve worked in special effects for 19 years, I was just appreciating those contacts" and “I’m not a bad guy, everyone else was so nice" and the best one “Fine, I get it. Consider the pictures deleted." (he proceeded to delete the pictures from his camera in a huff). All the while, my friends and I were trying to explain to him that no, we don’t mind having our pictures taken, we would just prefer that people asked us before doing so. But he wouldn’t have any of it. In the end, he walked away angry with no pictures, and we were standing there feeling confused and annoyed. Later while discussing this, we all realized that this encounter had slight undertones of rape culture…that this man thought he could do what he pleased simply because of how we were presenting ourselves, and became angry when we told him we did not appreciate being treated that way. TBH, I’m surprised he didn’t start calling us “bitches” during his little rant.
Cosplayers are people. We aren’t statues or art pieces that you can walk around and take pictures of whenever and however you feel like it. Just because we’re dressed up doesn’t mean you can simply shove a camera in our faces and expect us not to be annoyed or upset by it. You are NOT entitled anything. ASK. BEFORE. YOU TAKE. A PHOTO. More often than not, cosplayers will say yes, and they will appreciate that you took the time to approach them as people and not decorations.
[Those two party poopers that stood there questioning me while I waited in a line holding other conversations… After the first two answers apparently weren’t satisfactory/technical enough.] “But why did you make your hammer like that?”
[Smiles and answers cheerfully.] “Because I’m having more fun with it than you.”
[Gives a stunned stare for about 20 seconds.] “…I guess that’s true.”
Did she integrate the Cosmic Cube into Meow-meow?
I actually based the entire costume on this art piece of a Rule 63 Thor which I happened to really like, but yeah, I think the idea that Mjolnir and the Cosmic Cube (or the Casket of Ancient Winters or the Tesseract) were somehow combined is a good explanation for the over-sized and blue glowy version of the hammer (if you need such a thing explained). You could also explain it as as a female Thor it’s an alternate universe version, so she has a giant Mjolnir because of aesthetic reasons, and just like in many different art versions, it lights up blue when power is coursing through it.
Honestly, you can make up any myriad of excuses to do a temporary or permanent upgrade to a comics weapon. It’s comic books.
Personally, I don’t feel it needs a reason beyond it’s an AU version and that’s how it looks powered up.
Most of the real reason behind it is I really like Thor, it looks pretty, over-sized props are fun, and I wanted to make it.
Ever been getting your Thor on when Loki just happens to stroll on by? That Loki was so apprehensive to walk through my shoot…
Thor is Elfgrove
, well I sadly know them not.is Afoxalypse.
My friend has photos of what happened post this shot, I should bother him for one.
I am such a fantastic derp, heh. The nervous as all hell Loki is me :>. My actual tumblr is afoxalypse, though it is having problems right now… Thank you for posting the picture, I got a good chuckle out of it!
AWWW!!! My adorable and nervous sibling!!! *waves enthusiastically*
Good work on the photo Darryl! I need to beat up your buddy for the post-Loki-passing expression. XD
Let me start this off by saying that I loved Comic Con and I wouldn’t trade the experience for the world. However, the trip did open my eyes to a few things that I wasn’t aware of before, which is the fact that most of the people on tumblr who sit in front of their computer and cry about how they wish they were at SDCC? They would hate it.
So let me explain you a thing.
It’s really true, though. In order for me to get what I wanted out of my comicon experience, I had to stop worrying and learn to love the bomb. This is my second time at comicon, and the first was kinda awkward because I didn’t know shit about shit.
Wow. I didn’t realize it was that bad now. I went to SDCC for 4 years straight, and then stopped going about 5 years ago. The last year I went to SDCC, my brother and I spent more time in the Gaslamp district indulging his foodie habits than we did at the con.
I thought it was way too crowded, the line for Hall H was like, a 6 hour wait… but it’s overnight campouts now goddamn. I’ll just treasure my memories of SDCC years past. I don’t think I’ll ever go again ^^;
I think it’s important for those not attending to realize that while it can be fun, SDCC is not like any other con you attend in many many ways. It’s overcrowded and it provides the gold standard for the joke of “Line Con”. It’s more press conference and swag geared than fandom focused, and if you see any of the big exclusive panels it will be at the expense of missing most everything else.
I’ve had conversations with people (regular atendees and staffers) regarding my opinion on the need to clear the rooms between panels to eliminate some of the overnight lines and room squatting culture that has cropped up. Yes, there would still need to be lines, and people would likely have to choose between panels that were next to each other, but you’d have less panels where people were taking space for something they’re not interested in to ensure they got into something they were interested in. It would also require a slightly longer break between panels, but it is do-able. Line waits would forcibly made shorter too, because you could create a system where you could only start lining up x-time before for a panel. It would have costs, but I think it would be an overall improvement. The main attitude from the SDCC con comm is “We’ve always done it this way, so why would we change now?” Not a good reason from my opinion, but oh well.
Attendance is capped for good reason, the con has reached an unmanageable size for any venue. There are always the threats to move out of San Diego, but the truth is it’s pretty unlikely. They stay in SoCali for the convenience to Hollywood Studios and to be the opposite coast to NYCC. While the LA Convention center my boast similar or slightly larger technical dimensions it doesn’t have the built in surrounding area that can turn into the circus that San Diego’s Gaslamp does, and I think most attendees that have gone to both locales would attest that the actual usable space is not actually larger than the San Diego Convention Center and there are less pre-built-in food stands that are vital to SDCC survival sometimes. The city of San Diego makes too much money from the con and will continue giving tax breaks and other economic incentives to keep it here. I don’t know where you could realistically expect it to move to.
In fact, talking to staffers this year they actually capped SDCC badge sales at a lower number for 2013 than it was in 2012. That was actually less people inside the convention. Additionally they had better line management this year and higher air conditioning from last year as a result of two lawsuits from the 2012 convention. For me, it was a noticeable change, but still crowded as all get out.