It has been a crazy weekend, but that was to be expected. I went to Salt Lake Comic Con. It was a lot of fun.
I won't go into too much detail here, since everyone's experience at Comic Con is different and mine was a pretty tame one. I didn't get an autograph with a celebrity. I didn't go to a photo-op. I met a couple, but in a quick little meet-and-greet way (they were Tahmoh Penikett and Ruth Connell, both from later seasons of Supernatural). Also, you can see all my pictures and their captions at my Facebook page or my Instagram page.
But I promise I will share the highlights here.
Highlight #1: I cosplayed all three days.
Day 1: Sam Winchester from Supernatural.
I think I did well on this one, but my friend who was going to come as Dean got sick (I blame the Mark of Cain), so I got to discover that no one cares about Sam when he's alone. Really sad, actually.
Day 2: Allison Hymas, Agent of SHIELD.
I got that badge clipped to my vest last year. It actually says my name. I won another one this year, but I didn't want a duplicate, so I made it read the name of one of my characters in the book that's coming out in April:
Becca would totally be a SHIELD field agent, so this is perfect.
Day 3: Cinder from Cinder of the The Lunar Chronicles.
The fake leg was annoying, but he hand looked good. Also, clearly I'm not alone. This brings me to my second highlight...
Highlight #2: My sister came with me!
The lovely girl cosplaying as Annabeth Chase is my sister Grace. She came to the Con on Saturday, which was a lot of fun. We ran all over the convention and did everything we could do:
We saw a panel with Stephen Amell and David Ramsey from Arrow. It was a lot of fun, and made me want to start watching Arrow again. But I'm sad Grace wasn't able to see this panel...
Highlight #3: Mark Hamill's panel.
Yes, Mark Hamill came. Yes, his panel was well-attended (they filled a pro basketball stadium for him).
(He's the one furthest to the right.)
Mark Hamill really knows how to own a stage and how to impress his fans. His panel was entertaining and informative and I really enjoyed it. I hope he comes back to Salt Lake.
Highlight #4: The lovely authors who I met and got signatures from.
I really love meeting writers at Comic Con. It's less expensive than meeting actors, and I get a signed book out of it. Also, writers are major celebrities to me, so I get all giddy and flustered when I talk to them, and that's part of the fun. Here's me with Richard Paul Evans:
I also met Ally Carter (who was my reason for going all three days to Comic Con), Platte F. Clark (a fellow Aladdin author) and Colleen Houck (New York Times Bestselling Author). They were all very friendly to me, and reaffirmed why I love meeting authors. I hope to emulate them when/if I meet readers one day.
Highlight #5 (the last one): All the amazing cosplay!
For the sake of time, I'll stop here. But I have to say, I was blown away by the creativity and effort of so many cosplays. If you want to see more (and I recommend it; there were so many other excellent costumes), visit my Facebook or Instagram pages. Links are above.
Tl;dr: Salt Lake Comic Con was a lot of fun. I had a good time. (Just skim the post; this doesn't do it justice at all.)