Photo we took at the prejudging
Salt Lake Comic Con is the third largest con in the US. The cosplay contest equally as large. I entered my Sanctuary Base Space Suit last year and didn’t make it to the stage round, so I was really thrilled this year when my Missy/Cyberman made it past the prejudging (done the week before) and onto the big stage.
The cosplay contest was on the final evening of the con and we had spent all day at the con so by the time the contest rolled around we were already pretty exhausted. The cyberman isn’t very user friendly to wear (you can really only wear it for about an hour before it’s too much) so we didn’t wear it to con that day. So that meant a long walk to the car to get the cyberman (which fills a large lawn bag) and then a long walk to a bathroom to get the thing on. It was comical really. My daughter would hand pieces of her Mandilorian over the stall to me and then I’ll hand back pieces of the cyberman over the stall wall to her.
Then the nervous standing and waiting. It’s fun to talk to the people around you and look at their amazing costumes, but also a little intimidating because they all look so good. But there is a feeling that you’ve found kindred spirits because you have so much in common.
Waiting for the contest to begin.
Then comes your few minutes on stage, they play the music and you have about a minute to pose and smile and move in a way to show your cosplay in the best light. My daughter and I didn’t practice in advance (we didn’t really know what to expect) but we came up with a little skit of sorts where the cyberman walked in a straight line and Missy danced around him with her umbrella. I have no idea how it looked or if it worked but people clapped and told us we did a good job (the contest is online somewhere but I don’t have the guts to watch it).
In the end we were called up to receive an award and I was totally shocked! There were so many good costumes there, I didn’t expect to win anything. Then the awards for our category were called – Third, Second, First, and my name wasn’t called at all. So I thought that it was probably a mistake. But then at the very end we were called to the stage and given the “Judges Choice” award. We took a bow at center stage and everyone clapped. It was really fun and a thrill.
Here is a collage of some of the other people who we were competing against that day to give you an idea of the amazing talent.
I had a fabulous time at Salt Lake Comic Con. I dressed all three days as Missy. Missy is a great character to portray and I had a great time wearing her skin for a few days. I ended up alone for one of the days and it might have been one of my favorite days because it forced me to meet and talk to new people. I even had lunch with someone (another cyberman builder) who I had only met online.
Jenna Coleman was one of the guests and I waited in line to ask her a question. When I made it to the microphone she called me “Missy” and told me I had a great costume. The camera panned to me and the entire audience (5000+) applauded and cheered. It was amazing, and I was so happy to be able to ask Ms Coleman my question.
Bolstered by that experience I also asked questions that same day of Felicia Day and Christopher Gorham (who I was able to meet later in person).
I took hundreds of pictures with people, half of which thought I was Mary Poppins. I even had one father ask me to discipline his children (?). If they called me Mary I’d be sure to smile in the photo, but if they knew I was Missy I was able to scowl, smirk, and I even got to kill an Osgood or two with my device.
It was also really great to spend some of the time with my teenage daughter, who had made her second ever cosplay. She also got stopped for a lot of pictures and had a really good time.
The morning dawns early on day three of FanX. The night before I had put rainX on the inside of the helmet so it would not fog up*. I also had laid out my motorcycle gloves and black snow boots. Everything is ready to go.
This morning the first panel is Billie Piper, so my daughter and I get in line with thousands of other con hopefuls an hour and twenty minutes early. Continue reading
Yeah, today I was just hanging out with Matt Smith, Billie Piper, and Karen Gillan. No big deal. It was just me and them and several thousand other rabid Who fans. Even though I’ve watched many of these panels online, it still made me mist up just a little when these Who actors took the stage at my local con. Matt and Karen are My Doctor and Companion, the first ones this face saw, and while Capaldi and Coleman has maybe taken tops for my affections, there will always be a special place in my heart for these two. All three actors were lovely and it was a real joy to be in a room with so many other fans and their amazing energy and enthusiasm.
Another great thing about Doctor Who is that it is something I share with my family. None of them are as big a fan as I am, but my teenage daughter is close. Here is a picture of us in front of the TARDIS at the con. We are in my Eleventh Doctor 7b cosplay and my new Twelfth Cosplay. I haven’t taken the time to get good pictures of these costumes, but we had a fun time wearing them today.
A few other random observations about the con. In the first two days of the con I have only seen one other Twelfth Doctor cosplayer. There are Eleventh Doctor cosplayers everywhere. While, I admit, it may be somewhat related to the fact that Matt Smith was at our con, I was still surprised. I also expected to see a lot of Missy’s but I only saw one, and that one wasn’t outstanding. (I’m seriously thinking Missy as my next cosplay. That would be very sewing intensive.) On the flip-side, we counted 38 TARDIS dresses. We even saw one or two we liked.