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!

 

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MSP ComiCon (SpringCon) 2017

I’m posting this so late – sorry!

A couple of weekends ago I attended MSP ComiCon (SpringCon) at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. It’s a fun two-day convention that’s focused on comics and collectibles, and I volunteered at the Minnesota Force table off and on over the weekend.

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General Hux sees you’re not using a coaster. Photo by Shane Erickson.

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The Dark Side: GRRRR. Photo by John Neitz. (Costumers: Kris Heding, John Neitz)

Saturday night the Minnesota Force was supposed to make an appearance at the St. Paul Saints Star Wars Night, but the game was canceled due to the rain. It rained nonstop all day, and it was so cold. It would have made for a miserable time for everyone, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t sad that the event was canceled. It’s supposed to be rescheduled, so hopefully it will happen sometime in July or August.

On Sunday, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to recreate the photo of Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron sitting in his X-Wing drinking coffee, so I attempted to put on my “If you can’t beat the First Order, seduce them with your wily charms” face and held up my coffee. I’m an idiot.

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Rey and Poe: READY TO KICK ASS. Photo by Lindsey. (Costumers: Lindsey, Kris Heding)

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I love this photo so much. Photo by Lindsey. (Costumers: Lindsey, Kris Heding, Eve Zabronsky, Phil Glover)

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Hanging out with Jedi, like you do. Photo by Ryan Christensen. (Costumers: Kris Heding, Pari Elizabeth, Ryan Christensen, Eve Zabronsky)

I bought fun things, too: General Hux and Captain Phasma “Black Series” figures, a pair of purple Lego lightsaber earrings, and a set of Jabba the Hutt and Salacious B. Crumb plushies. Oh, and a stack of Catwoman series 2 comics. Fun times!

AniMinneapolis 2017

This past weekend I attended AniMinneapolis for the first time. Another first for me was entering the masquerade! I’ve never entered a masquerade before, and I thought, “Why not?” and gave it a go. The past couple of weeks I’ve been working on V3 of the belt and glittering a new pair of boots (tutorials to come later) so I’ve been a little absent from blogging and posting on my Facebook page. Sorry, everyone!

Friday I went as General Hux, which was fun. I tried to make an angry face before I left home.

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Still trying to master the “Are you not using a coaster?!” face. It’s harder than it looks.

Saturday was masquerade day, so I put on my Rebel, Rebel Princess costume and headed to the con for pre-judging! That process was more fun than I expected. It’s fun to talk to people about the creative process! The judges seemed impressed with my makeup and with the fact I hand-sewed most of my gown.

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That’s my pre-masquerade run-through nervous face.

Masquerade was immediately after run-through, and my boyfriend took video of my appearance. Only issue is that my gown is so white that the light just reflected off of me and I look kind of like a blob. That’s okay, you can kind of get the idea.

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The music is part of “The Princess Appears” from “Star Wars: A New Hope” and “Rebel, Rebel” by David Bowie. My friend Jonathan put it together for me, and I love it. Especially the pew-pew at the end!

I didn’t win anything, but I’m glad I got to compete. Now that I’ve done it once, I might do it again.

Sunday I just dressed normally – well, sort of normal. I wore my twinkling stars skirt from ThinkGeek and I swear I’ve never gotten so many compliments on an item of clothing. I guess if you want a conversation starter, that skirt will do the trick!

Wizard World Comic Con Minneapolis 2017

Well, I had a busy weekend attending Wizard World Comic Con in Minneapolis, that’s for sure! I had a pretty great time and got to see a lot of friends and familiar faces.

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All shall bow to the First Order! (Costumers: Kris Heding, Aaron Lilyerd)

On Friday, I worked at the Star Wars booth where we were representing the Minnesota Force, the 501st Legion, the Rebel Legion, Mandalorian Mercs, and Costumers for a Cause. I wore my General Hux costume and Aaron wore his First Order Stormtrooper costume. It was fun!

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Saturday I wore my newly-updated Poe Dameron costume with my new pants, shirt, belt, wig, and blaster! I’m really happy with how everything turned out. The pants are still not quite the color I want, but I think they work just fine. Only downside to the wig is that I wish my actual hair was as thick and voluminous as the wig. Sigh. I attended the Peter Capaldi and John Barrowman Q&A panels, and both were highly entertaining and made me love both of them even more than I already did.

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I got a huge kick out of the action figure packaging backdrop. I’ve always wanted to be an action figure!

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On Sunday, I wore my Scarlet Witch costume, which I’ve only ever worn twice (once at MetaCon last year, and once on Halloween) so I figured I should wear it. With all of the Star Wars costuming events I do, I don’t very often get to wear my other costumes. Anyway, they had giant Hulk and Iron Man statues that I had to take photos with. Because reasons.

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Imagine cool red swirly magic happening between my fingers. I look a lot cooler that way.

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Fighting crime, or just doing some sort of synchronized dance routine? Where’s Star-Lord? We should have a dance-off.

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Again, use your imagination for the cool magic swirly stuff.

All in all it was a great weekend! Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say hello when I was working at the booth!

HungerCon 2017

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Battling a young Padawan! Photo by Rick Rietow.

This past Saturday I went to HungerCon 2017 at the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center. It was a really fun event for kids with a bunch of costumers (the Minnesota Force, Minnesota Superheroes United, 501st Legion, and The Royal Sisterhood were all represented), games, crafts, and other fun stuff. The kids seemed to have a fun time, and I had a blast, too!

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My favorite Padawan, Molly! (Photo by M Porter Photography)

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Hanging out with Thor! (Thor is Joshua Pinson) (Photo by Marie Porter)

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I’m 90% sure Matt is Kylo Ren. (Matt the Radar Technician and photo by M Porter Photography)

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He was like this when I got here.

FrankieCon IV

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Photo by Phil Betts. From left to right: Mark Fisher, Henry Fisher (Kylo Ren), Kris Heding, Madeline Anderson, and Jordan West.

On March 11th, the Minnesota Force attended FrankieCon IV, a cool little convention at Frankie’s Chicago Style Bar & Restaurant. We talked to people about our group and mingled with people and had a generally awesome time!

I’d love to come back next year for FrankieCon V!

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Photo by Steve Fuchs. Starting the morning right with caf and sass. From left to right: Madeline Anderson, Jordan West, and Kris Heding.

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Batman serves justice in 30 minutes or less. (Batman is Caleb Noble, and one of the most fun people to run into at cons – take my word for it!)

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Photo by WitchDoctorGraphics. From left to right: Madeline Anderson, Kris Heding, Jordan West, and Pari Elizabeth.

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Photo by Pari Bailey. From left to right: Mark Fisher, Pari Elizabeth, Steve Fuchs, Madeline Anderson, Jordan West, and Kris Heding.

MarsCon 2017

This past weekend was MarsCon, and it was my first year attending. I had a great time, and will definitely attend next year! The exciting part for me was being able to debut my Kaiya Liin costume and wear my Rebel, Rebel Princess costume again. I also ran a panel for the first time with a few other Minnesota Force members. I think it went well!

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I had every intention of taking photos of my Kaiya Liin costume when I first arrived to MarsCon, but I got distracted and so I didn’t think to do it until right before we left on Friday night. Whoops. By then I think my makeup was a little sad (I know my lipstick was a hot mess) so unfortunately these are the only ones I managed to take. The above photo is with my robe on, and so you can’t really see the rest of my costume.

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I call this one, “The Unflattering Pose.”

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This one is a little better, but I have no idea what my right arm is supposed to be doing. I’m obviously still learning the best poses to do for photos.

On Saturday, I dressed in my Rebel, Rebel Princess costume. Dane and I found the science room and took photos in front of the moon. (“That’s no moon!”)

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I had a few people ask for photos and they were so excited about my costume! It warmed my heart. This one was taken by Kiki Canon.

Our panel, “Star Wars Costumes: Beginner to Advanced” was at 4:00 PM. We had a pretty packed room, which was awesome. My fellow panelists were Philip Glover (dressed as an X-Wing pilot), Todd Murray (dressed as Kylo Ren), and Amanda Fineran (dressed as a Jedi).

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We look somber here, but I swear we were having a good time.

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I didn’t take any photos on Sunday (I was dressed as Poe Dameron) mainly because I wasn’t there very long, and I’ve already got quite a few photos of that cosplay.

All in all it was a good weekend and I got to spend time with wonderful people!