James comes to Dragon*Con in his first costume!
My brother James and his friends Andrew, shown below, came to Dragon*Con this Saturday! They had a lot of fun taking photos and looking at the dealer rooms. James said he had about 3 people take his picture. I think he looks the perfect type to be in a science officer suit. He even got a tricorder! It looks perfect. In James's normal word, he's a computer tech guy currently doing web design for a non-profit company.
Photos of me with other costumers
Costumes: Other Shots
Crowds and other scenes
The amount of people today was insane! We went to the dealers rooms first, while the parade was going on. We had to wait one hour to get in. But they were not nearly as full, with everyone at the parade. We got some pretty neat trinkets, including beautiful rocks and a board game. We came back out just when the parade was over. The press was immense. Now I know what a "throng" is. We just had to shuffle through a sea of people that filled both sidewalks and the street completely with no room to move.
Panel with Grant Imahara, from Myth Busters
Then, we went to a panel by Grant Imahara. That took an hour and a half to wait in line for and the line was absolutely immense. It filled an auditorium of people. We got to sit in the middle front section. When he came on stage, finally, my eyes got teary. I didn't expect that. But it was worth the wait, after all. Him in person! - that was pretty amazing. I was surprised to learn that he announced nine days ago that he, Tory and Kari are leaving Myth Busters! That made the panel even more special.
He told a story about his attempt to build a giant electromagnet when he was a kid. Instead of merely wrapping a lot of wire around a nail and hooking it to a battery, he plugged a whole spool of wire into an outlet. He said he'd never seen such a bright light in his young life and we should have seen the smoking hole it burned into the carpet.
Poor Photos and a ~2 min video of Grant Imahara's panel
Meeting up with James and the costuming panel
We looked at the dealers some more - John bought a black pouch with a blue Mandalorian insignia and I got some shirts and a few tribbles. Now my tribble has friends. After that, we ate a quick pizza slice, and went to the Adv Costume panel for Star Wars. Most of the panelists wore their plate, including the leader of the Mandalorian Mercs costuming group, in full metal armor. You could hear it clink as he walked and he said that it weighed 80 lbs. They answered questions such as what kind of materials armor could be made out of, how it could be shaped, how to build equipment to shape the armor, what suppliers to look into and how to make scorch marks and wear look realistic.
We were tired and sweaty by the end of the day, but we had a great time! Until tomorrow!