Crypticon 2018

Costumers: Paul Haga & Kris Heding.

On October 26-28, I went to Crypticon for the first time. I was contacted by the organizers of the convention to have a “Star Wars in Minnesota” table in one of the conference rooms (along with our friends from the Saber Legion). It was an opportunity for us to try out having an info table at a different con.

On Friday, I debuted my Clan Techie costume (from Dredd 2012) and followed my friend Paul around in his Dredd costume. I’m pretty sure nobody knew who I was supposed to be, and that’s fine – I didn’t expect anyone to care about a side-character that most people probably don’t remember. But, it was a really fun costume to put together, and now I have two costumes of Domhnall Gleeson’s characters, so I guess I have A Thing, now? (I’ve been told I should make a Bill Weasley costume. I may.)

Anyway, we took some fun photos around the con (even on the roof, which was not supposed to be unlocked, so…oops.)

Eep! Costumers: Kris Heding & Paul Haga.

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Did I mention it was cold and rainy? It was cold and rainy. Costumers: Paul Haga & Kris Heding.

HE IS THE LAW. And I’m…a nervous wreck. Costumers: Kris Heding & Paul Haga.

Hacking the system, or just checking e-mails? Costumers: Kris Heding & Paul Haga.

Saturday morning I did the Anoka Halloween Parade as Admiral Ackbar, and then came back to the hotel to take a quick nap before continuing with my Crypticon adventures. I switched into Catwoman, and we took some fun photos out in the cold again. This time, no roof.

Photo Credit: Alex Hall.

Choking Harley with a whip – like one does. Costumers: Nicole Petry & Kris Heding. Photo Credit: Alex Hall.

Photo Credit: Alex Hall.

Photo Credit: Alex Hall.

Ah, lovely footstool. Oh, hey Harley. Costumers: Kris Heding & Nicole Petry. Photo Credit: Alex Hall.

Sunday morning we loaded out our luggage and costumes and then I donned my Fem!Kylo while working at the Star Wars tables for a while.

Costumers: Mike Giralico, Heather Nicole, and Kris Heding. Photo Credit: Alex Hall.

Costumers: Mike Giralico, Heather Nicole, and Kris Heding. Photo Credit: Alex Hall.

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MCBA Fall ComiCon

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Peggy & Cap! (Costumers: Kris Heding and Aaron Lilyerd.)

On October 6th, I attended the MCBA Fall ComiCon at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. I didn’t volunteer for any groups this time around, which felt kind of odd. I did, however, debut my Peggy Carter costume and got a lot of really lovely compliments on it! I was surprised. I didn’t think anyone would be that wow’ed by it.

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The crossover you didn’t know you needed. Costumers: Kris Heding and Mike Giralico. Photo by Heather Nicole.

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Photo Credit: MCBA.

Minnesota Fan Fusion 2018

August 3-5, 2018 was Minnesota Fan Fusion, a relatively new pop culture convention in the Twin Cities. The Minnesota Force and Minnesota Superheroes United had tables at the convention, so I volunteered at both over the weekend.

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CONvergence 2018

I think this may have been the most fun CONvergence I’ve attended. I was afraid it was going to be affected by all of the restrictions the DoubleTree put in place, but I had an awesome time. I’m sure it’s because of the wonderful company of friends. Anyway…recap time!

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Ready for CONvergence 2018!

I am finally ready for CONvergence 2018! I spent the past few weeks making updates to a couple of my costumes and building a brand new one.

Thurs

I’ll be wearing my Kylo Ren costume on Thursday from around noon-ish to maybe 5:00 or 6:00 PM, and then switch to Catwoman. I made a lot of updates to my Catwoman costume, and I think it’s much better, now. I haven’t worn this costume since 2016!

Fri

I’ll start off the day as General Hux, and then I’ll switch (very) briefly to Admiral Ackbar, and then at around 5:00 PM I’ll switch to Scarlet Witch.

Sat

On Saturday, I’ll wear Admiral Ackbar for the Star Wars Meet-Up at 1:00 PM and wear that for a little while. Then, I’ll switch to my Twi’lek for the remainder of the day.

I have some ribbons to hand out, too!

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Find me as General Hux and tell me why Kylo Ren is a punk bitch and you’ll receive the “Generally Angry” ribbon (there are only a few left!) and/or give me a hug (or high-five, or whatever friendly gesture we’re both comfortable with) and you’ll receive the “General Hugs” ribbon.

I will have the “Rebellions” and “Twi’lek Sisterhood” ribbons with me as my Twi’lek, so come on up to me and ask for a ribbon, and you shall receive!

Find me as Admiral Ackbar and tell me IT’S A TRAP! to receive the “It’s a Trap!” ribbon. I will also have the “Rebellions” ribbon with me, so feel free to ask for that one.

See you all this weekend!

MCBA Spring ComiCon 2018

On May 19th & 20th, I attended MCBA Spring ComiCon, and it was a wonderful time, as usual! I volunteered at the Minnesota Force table on Saturday, and the 501st Legion booth on Sunday.

Awesome photos taken by Lindsey Rae! Costumers: Pari Elizabeth and Kris Heding.

More awesome photos by Lindsey Rae! Costumer: Kris Heding.

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Photo Credit: Madeline Anderson. Costumers: Nick Hickman, Shtey Short, Kris Heding, Eve Zabronsky, Jordan West, Sara Rae, Madeline Anderson, Trevor Bailey, and Pari Elizabeth, with bonus Tusken Raider! (Your costume was awesome!)

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The highlight was running into C-3PO at the end of the day on Sunday. We hope he’ll join the Minnesota Force and/or Rebel Legion so we can troop with him!

MarsCon 2018

On March 2nd and 3rd, I attended MarsCon! It was a good time and I got to spend a lot of time with some friends.

Friday

I dug out my Scarlet Witch costume for the first time in a very long time! It was really fun to wear it again, and when I posted this photo to Facebook, a lot of people didn’t recognize me. Guess it’s kind of weird to see me with long hair.

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Wigs make all the difference, I guess!

I stopped by the photobooth and had some nice shots taken of my costume by Scott Saniti:

Later in the evening, Lindsey took some nifty photos, playing around with my “hex magic”:

Saturday

On Saturday, I was part of two panels. The first one was “Cleavage Optional: Gender, Cosplay, and Genderbending Cosplay” and my fellow panelists were Justin Grays and Bridget Landry.

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The first half of the panel went really well, and then an audience member asked a question about why genderbent cosplay is okay, but wearing makeup to change your ethnicity is not okay? In case anyone is wondering, this is what I look like when I’m trying not to channel Kylo Ren and flip a table over:

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[screaming internally] – Thanks to Marie Porter for the photo.

Justin responded with tact and grace, and we moved on from that subject. Thankfully. Good lord. (You can listen to the audio of the panel here.)

Later in the evening, I was part of the “Star Wars: The Costumes” panel with Todd Murray, Jennifer McNitt, and Eve Zabronsky. That one went well, even though the majority of the audience were friends of ours.

The rest of Saturday was a bunch of shenanigans where Matt and I took “Father and Son” photos as Han and Kylo, and then Lindsey took some awesome photos of my Kylo costume. See below the cut for a dump of silly and awesome photos!

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MCBA Fall ComiCon 2017

MCBA Fall ComiCon was held on October 7th, and I volunteered at the Minnesota Force/501st Legion/Rebel Legion table off and on. I guess I kind of forgot to document everything because I seriously only got one photo the entire time. But, it’s a good one!

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First Order cooperation at its finest. Costumers: Kris Heding and Paul Haga.

I did have a great time, though!

 

CONvergence 2017

CONvergence was AWESOME, as usual. I was really busy this year, and while everything I did was fun, I’m not sure I’ll pack my schedule so tightly next year.

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Thursday, I dressed as General Hux. The “Generally Angry” ribbons were a huge hit, and people were very excited to tell me why Kylo Ren is a punk-ass bitch.

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Coffee, blacker than Hux’s heart. (Just kidding – I drank it with cream and sugar.)

Thursday night was my first time working in the Mos Icee Cantina party room (hosted by the Minnesota Force). I was in charge of grinding up the ice for sno-cones. I donned a very cute apron, too. It was a lot of fun working in the cantina! We were really busy.

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Costumers: Paul Haga and Kris Heding.

Hux is not putting up with Kylo’s crap.

Friday was the “Ladies of Star Wars” panel, which I think went pretty well. We had a full room, which was awesome!

After the panel, I changed into my Poe Dameron costume and headed to the Star Wars meetup. The photo on the left is all three Poe’s that were there (photo by Annalie Munnings Morgan), and the photo on the right was a shot of the Good Guys (photo by Pari Bailey). We had such a huge group, it was nearly impossible to get everyone in the shot.

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Costumers: Bri Kerschner and Kris Heding.

My friend Bri debuted her Hera Syndulla costume! It turned out awesome!

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Costumers: Kris Heding and Paul Haga.

And I had to try and take out Kylo Ren, of course. (Bless Paul’s heart – he’s always willing to take stupid photos with me.)

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I found a tasty beverage in the bar over at the Sheraton.

Saturday was Rebel, Rebel Princess day, and also masquerade day! I woke up early for orientation, and then headed back a couple of hours later for pre-judging. Then it was back to the hotel room for food and a nap.

Masquerade was really fun, even though I was a nervous wreck. Everyone was so awesome and talented! I didn’t win anything, but that’s okay…I had a lot of fun and the experience was awesome. Lots of cool photos were taken of my time on stage, but the above three are my favorites. Top left was taken by Catherine of the Sea Photography, and the other two were taken by Peter Verrant.

After masquerade, it was time to meet up with friends!


Sunday I had planned on dressing up as Scarlet Witch, but I was just too tired, and we needed to get checked out of the hotel. Before I left CONvergence for the weekend, I found out that the Minnesota Force won an award for “Best Use of Theme” in the party room competition for the Mos Icee Cantina! It’s funny, because we’ve had the same “theme” for many years. Still, it’s nice to win something, right?

I had so much fun, and I can’t wait for next year.

 

CONvergence!

Hooray, it’s CONvergence time!

Thursday through Sunday I’ll be at CONvergence, my favorite Minnesota convention! I’ll be doing all sorts of things this weekend, and hopefully I’ll see you there.

Activities

Mos Icee Cantina – The Minnesota Force has a super fun party room, the Mos Icee Cantina, where you can cool down with a sno-cone. I’ll be there throughout the weekend, so stop by and say hello and grab a sno-cone! The Mos Icee Cantina is open 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM on Thursday and Friday, and 8:00 PM – 1:00 AM on Saturday.

Ladies of Star Wars Panel – I’ll be on the panel for “Ladies of Star Wars” on Friday at 2:00 PM.

Star Wars Meetup – From 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM, there is a Star Wars meetup. I’ll be there hanging out with other Star Wars nerds.

Masquerade – On Saturday, I’ll be competing in the masquerade! Masquerade is at 6:00 PM, and doors open at 5:30 PM.

Costume Schedule

Thursday: General Hux
Friday: Normal clothes (until 4:00 PM), then Poe Dameron
Saturday: Rebel, Rebel Princess
Sunday: Scarlet Witch

Badge Ribbons!

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Find me on Thursday dressed as General Hux and tell me why Kylo Ren is a punk-ass bitch to receive a “Generally Angry” badge ribbon! (There are no incorrect answers.)

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Find me on Friday as Poe Dameron (Jakku) or on Saturday as Rebel, Rebel Princess (David Bowie/Princess Leia mashup) in your rebel/resistance costume to get a “Rebellions” badge ribbon! I’m also willing to trade ribbons.

Hope to see you there!