And the weekend continued on...
This time, Rhode Island Comic Con was on the docket. My buddy Colin and I reprised our Thorio and Luiki cosplays, a mash up cosplay of the Mario Brothers Mario and Luigi and Thor and Loki . I had made a few modifications including shortening and painting my hammer, as well as introducing the Tesseract/Question Box mash up, the "Quesseract". As always, I am super grateful that all of it happened in the first place.
We were primed and ready for another fun day. We also met up with some friends from out of town as well, which was an added bonus. However, despite the fun and company, the experience at RICC was a bit different than the last few I've been to.
Lately, a lot of the smaller cons have been gaining traction and popularity, and seems RICC happens to be one that has been getting larger and larger, trying their best to accommodate not only the vendors, celebrities and artists, but a ton of the people who come to see everything. It can be challenging but it didn't seem RICC did a very good job of handling the overflow and volume of people who were selling and attending. There were probably more efficient ways to redirect traffic and place people of similiar interests together, ie vendors, artists and celebrities. It seemed everyone was kind of all over the place, which proved challenging to find. Also, everyone was split between two places, causing even more headaches as far as where everyone needed to go or had to go. Granted, the event was HUGE, so it is difficult to maintain a sense of order with these things, but I'm sure next year they'll work out the kinks. There is no denying that the show definitely had some highlights, but it was a big beast to control.
We all ended up having fun, probably mostly due to everyone we ran into appreciating our costumes and just being around like-minded people and friends. The vendors, celebrities and artists were great and we got our fair share of art. There were also two very random occurrences: One, we were flagged over by Charles Martinet, the voice actor for Mario and Luigi and got a picture with him. THAT was kind of ridiculously awesome and super meta. He was sweet and could tell that he really appreciated the fans. The other random moment occurred when Colin said, "Hey, look it's Boba Fett!" I thought he was referring to a cosplayer but he was in fact, referring to Jeremy Bulloch, the actor who played Boba Fett in the Star Wars movies. I proceeded to say, without really thinking about it, "Boba Fett? Where?" This of course referred to the scene below:
Mr. Bullock proceeded to look at us and shoot a glare. It was kind of amazing. Most likely in good fun, it was another surreal moment. Combined with the previous encounter, it proved to be a fantastic bonus of the day.
Being around friends, visiting friends at their tables, reprising as one of my favorite cosplays, and just getting a chance to really have fun made it a positive experience.
What's next? I'll be tabling with my art at Northeast Comic Con in Wilmington. It's definitely on the smaller side, but it's a great event with all sorts of fun things happening and it's worth checking out. I won't be in costume (though I am tempted to bring along my Disco Fett helmet). I can't wait.
I wish I could do these sorts of things all the time.
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