I took my son Max to a gamer’s convention yesterday…. what a trip.
I’m not sure what I was expecting, perhaps rooms of computers, lots of video games, and tables upon tables of people playing trading card games….. and that was there to be sure, but there was a lot more to it than that.
I’ve been to my own convention, (the ISGB annual gathering) and the same mood prevailed here…
excitement, old friends seeing each other once again after a long absence, …lots of hugs and happy squeals of recognition.
Oh, but the costumes!!!! SO much fun and silliness! people had obviously been working on these works of art for some time, and the results were awesome.The main thrust was video games, and characters from video games, but also movies, cartoons and books. The creativity displayed was out of this world!
Here is a description from the website:
“Over 6,000 people attended ConnectiCon in 2008, making it New England’s largest pop culture event of the summer! Why pop culture you ask? Well, because ConnectiCon doesn’t focus on just one element of fandom, the convention’s organizers are fans of a lot of different things, so we focus on all of the awesome stuff that we like including: web comics, anime, console games, board games, table top miniatures, science fiction, fantasy, comics books, roleplaying games, live action roleplaying, collectible card games, and horror. You name it we’ve probably got something related going on, even Madden Football, and spontaneous games of Twister while folks wait in line! ConnectiCon has “Everything but the kitchen sink!”
Here are a few of my favorite images of the day ( unfortunately, I brought the wrong camera, so they’re not great shots, but you get the idea) :
A collection of witches…
This guy was great…. he ran through the event, arms outstretched, making wooshing sounds…lol
One of the best Ghostbuster costumes at the event…. his pack was amazing!
No comment necessary 🙂
This dude’s armour was made entirely out of soda pop-tops… mind blowing!
And of course …”Buddy Jesus” from the movie Dogma….hee hee
It wouldn’t be a sci-fi / fantasy convention without these guys…
And these ladies made the most beautiful chain mail….. though both were amazing, the red costume just blew me away! What can you do with a gazillion jump rings??
( The creator of these costumes is Michael J Maille Designs. Thanks so much for stopping in to clarify, Michael! The red costume consists of about 11,000+ rings and 2,400+ scales. WOW!)
May the force be with you!
And last but not least, what would a video game conference be without this guy….?