Ah, yes. My modern Garrett Hawke. Emma and I have our own Dragon Age headcanon about this, involving Garrett’s twin sister, Marian. That’s what we cosplayed as. Our headcanon Hawke Twins. And that’s fine. I saw all sorts of obscure and customized cosplays. You don’t seem impressed, reader. Maybe you didn’t see the costume in the right light. Try this one.
This picture also reminds me of a very important lesson I learned about cosplay: Practice your make-up. This picture is on the third day I wore this costume(not consecutive, we washed the stuff, okay?). This was also the first day we finally got our arm paint well enough to make us(mostly me) happy. The other two days was Emma realizing very quickly how much of an asshole I am when my makeup isn’t done the way I envision it. Which is funny, because I don’t actually know how to put on makeup, so why the fuck am I complaining, asshat? My dickish nature aside, running around in costume was, as it always is, balls-to-the-wall awesome. I’ve got a pretty epic past when it comes to dressing up(mostly Halloweens, but still), and having other costumed weirdos around me was pretty great. Especially considering that normally when I’m all gussied up, I’m also playing a game I like to call “Scare the Normies.”
This way, not only do you not feel as awkward about being in costume, everyone wants to take your picture and talk about building other costumes! Don’t get me wrong, there are downsides, like constantly making sure a certain someone’s wig looks “Game Accurate”
But overall, the experience was amazing. Especially the panels that we actually ended up attending. I’ll be honest with you, out of our planned...8?...panels, we went to three. But had a great time, feeling no pressure to rush around or meet deadlines. My favorite was a Tabletop panel about Storytelling Through Role-Playing, which Emma begrudgingly sat through with me. She even got a picture of the speakers, which included one of the members of the game which spawned the Dragonlance Chronicles.
There are all sorts of things we messed up on this trip. I honestly could spend another article going over all of them. But dwelling on that kind of thing only distracts from the utter awe you feel when experience what we did. Which was nothing more or less than 75,000+ people celebrating their mutual weirdness together. There were miscommunications, and misunderstandings. There were awkward meetings and insincere promises to hang out later. But there were also new friendships made, current friendships built upon, funny stories, memorable anecdotes, and much, much more. The experience wouldn’t be as awesome without the highs AND the lows. From the top of the Atlanta Marriott:
All the way back down to the bottom.
I wouldn’t change this year’s experience one iota. It just makes us better prepared for next year’s Dragon*Con! Which is currently 340 days away.
Holy crapmuffins, I need to get to work on my next cosplay!