Busy Weekend!

I’ll be at two different events this weekend!

The first is The Saber Legion‘s SaberCon. This con runs Friday through Sunday. I’ll be volunteering at the Minnesota Force table on Friday night and most of the day on Saturday. Come on out and watch some awesome lightsaber combat!

The second is the Ashley Rukes LGBT Pride Parade on Sunday! I’ll be marching with fellow Minnesota Force members as part of the Geek Partnership Society. I’m super excited! We’ll be toward the end of the parade.

Hope to see you this weekend!

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!

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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!

MSP ComiCon & St. Paul Saints Star Wars Night

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I’ve got a busy weekend ahead! On both Saturday and Sunday, I’ll be at MSP ComiCon (“SpringCon”) at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. I’ll be volunteering at the Minnesota Force booth off and on throughout the weekend, but you can also find me wandering around trying not to buy everything. More info can be found at the MCBA website.

On Saturday, the Minnesota Force will be at CHS Field for the St. Paul Saints Star Wars Night! There will probably be about 30 of us there, so it should be super fun! Check out the Facebook event for more info.

Minnesota Vixen Home Opener

On April 29th, the Minnesota Force/501st Legion attended the home opener for the Minnesota Vixen,┬áthe longest continuously operating women’s tackle football team in existence.

It was kind of windy and chilly, but for most of us it was comfortable since costumes get to be pretty warm most of the time. The Vixen won the game, and the crowd was awesome!

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The Dark Side. (Photo by Alex Hall. Costumers: Kris Heding, August O’Meara, Kimberly Fuchs)

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The whole group! (Photo by Steve Fuchs. Costumers: Phil Glover, Kimberly Fuchs, Steve Fuchs, Alex Hall, Aaron Weiss, Amanda Fineran, Kris Heding, August O’Meara)

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(Photo by Alex Hall. Costumers: August O’Meara, Aaron Weiss, Phil Glover, Kris Heding, Amanda Fineran)

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Just hanging around. (Photo by Alex Hall. Costumers: Aaron Weiss, Amanda Fineran, Kris Heding, August O’Meara)

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Rooting for the Vixen! (Photo by Alex Hall. Costumers: Steve Fuchs, Kimberly Fuchs, Amanda Fineran, Kris Heding, Aaron Weiss)

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General Hux surveying the gameplay. (Photo by Alex Hall)

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*cue badass music* (Photo by Alex Hall. Costumers: Phil Glover, Amanda Fineran, Steve Fuchs, Kimberly Fuchs, Kris Heding, August O’Meara)

IMAX 20th Birthday Celebration

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On Saturday, April 15th, the Minnesota Force (and the 501st Legion, Minnesota Superheroes United, and The Royal Sisterhood) made an appearance at the IMAX theatre at the Minnesota Zoo for their 20th birthday celebration. The day started off rainy, but it cleared up in time for us to take photos with kids outside before doors opened, and then mingled with the crowd in the lobby.

It was also the debut of my General Hux costume. It’s not quite finished (the belt hasn’t yet arrived, and I need to get the greatcoat tailored) but luckily my old Poe Dameron belt worked just fine for the time being. There’s a plus side to having a black/brown reversible belt, I guess!

It was super fun, since this is my first dark side costume. There was a guy wearing a hoodie with the rebel alliance symbol, and I yelled, “REBEL SCUM!” and he laughed and said, “Thanks!”

I also told a little girl she should come to the dark side because we have cookies, and the best chefs in the galaxy.

All in all, it was a good day.

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Guarding the Guardians of the Galaxy! (Costumers: Lisa Duffy and Jason Brezina)

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Getting cozy with Star-Lord.

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Rey joins the GotG! (Costumer: Lindsey)

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Legacy Stormtroopers? Just as good, but less traitors. (Costumers: Lisa Duffy, Kris Heding, Jason Brezina)

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General Hux woos Giselle. (Photo by Laura Gough. Costumers: Kris Heding, Laura Gough)

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Entire group! (Photo by Alex Hall)