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[ profile] eve11 picked me up after work on Wednesday and we split the trip between two days, rolling into Atlanta (at a slow crawl because it was rush hour) on Thursday afternoon. We checked into our condo (rented through Airbnb), picked up our badges, and made a trip to Walmart. We had to buy a floor lamp because there was almost no lighting in the place, and we hadn't yet figured out the A/C so I got a wee little fan to aid in sleeping. And then we crashed.

So many pics ahead (and I didn't even take that many pictures).
*Legendary Sleuths photoshoot - I didn't get any pics of the shoot itself, but here's a pic of my Miss Marple.


*Some pictures from while we wandered around as Miss Marple and Marge Gunderson (how did I fail to get a pic of Marge!?!) from Fargo. First, a feathered barbarian. I asked the woman about her costume and she said she had made the character for LARPing purposes. I particularly liked the feather mohawk.

A Doctor Who/Mystery Science Theater mashup - Second Doctor holding Frobisher (from the DW comic strip) dressed as Crow from MST3K, Two's companion Jamie holding Tom Servo (MST3K) dressed as the Sixth Doctor, and Eleven.

*More wandering as Eleven ([ profile] eve11) and Five (me)
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A pair of cross-gendered Elevens
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A lovely Mad Hatter
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Continuing the theme of cross-gendered outfits, a delightful Kaylee and a very stern Zoe from Firefly
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A small child absolutely awed by Bender
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*Another quick change and it was off to the Doctor Who dinner at the Mellow Mushroom.
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*Up early for the parade as Jabe (me) and Nefertiti (Eve), both Doctor Who one-off companions. As always, there was a large Doctor Who contingent.
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King Arthur with his trojan rabbit (Monty Python)
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A cyberman/Dalek mashup
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*We ran around as Jabe and Nefertiti for a couple of hours after the parade, then retired to the room to relax for a bit.

*When we went out in the evening, I gave the Death dress a trial run - just the light version of the makeup and no Death accessories.

*Gaming on the 12th floor of the Hilton with our fearless DW organizer and a few others. Of course, I was completely unfamiliar with either of the games we played (Code Names, and Betrayal at House on the Hill) but I had a lot of fun, and we stayed out till the wee hours.

*We both slept in and spent most of the daylight hours resting and working on Eve's War costume. We were both pretty tired.

*Once we got ourselves put together (it took longer than expected for both of us - the trials and tribulations of breaking out new costumes) we headed out to meet up with our friend J, who was dressing as Pestilence.

*Once all together, we wandered around for a while, tracking down some of J's friends that he wanted to check in with, as well as taking in the feel of the evening.

We saw a lovely Farscape crew.

I took a ton of pictures at the Mechanical Masquerade (steampunk ball) but most of them were dark and grainy because I had the flash turned off. A few turned out quite nice, though.

The Four Three Horsemen of the Apocalypse

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Jareth from Labyrinth is a common costume, but this was a good one.
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A pair of ghostly pirates
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The Horsemen with a skeletal lady unicorn

Our Pestilence

By 12:30 or 12:45 we reluctantly admitted it was time to say goodnight if we wanted to get an early start on the drive home (we did the trip home in one day).

I honestly hated to be done - I wanted to stay out all night and keep Dragon Con going - but all good things must come to an end and this year's DC was no exception. I had a fabulous time and the weekend ended on a high note. I got a lot of compliments on the skull makeup, as awful and amateurish as I thought it looked, so that was hours of staring at youtube clips and greasy makeup practice put to excellent effect!

Financially and because of work schedules I know I won't be able to go next year, but maybe in 2018 we can all do it again.

Date: 2016-09-07 02:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
What great costumes!

Date: 2016-09-07 01:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks. There are so many clever people at Dragon Con, with fun clever costumes!

Date: 2016-09-07 04:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wow, what spectacular costumes! All your hard work paid off. I'm so happy for you that you got to go.

Date: 2016-09-07 01:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks. It was really fun this year.

Date: 2016-09-07 08:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
So many wonderful costumes -- and then there are all those other people too! I think the skull makeup was a huge success. The sunken cheekbone effect was perfect. Congrats on the new costume, and for having what sounds like a lovely time all 'round.

Date: 2016-09-07 01:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks. I'll have to keep working on the makeup, because it can be a lot better. But I was happy with the overall look.

Date: 2016-09-07 11:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Loved looking at your pictures! And your Death costume turned out so great all together - seriously creepy!

Date: 2016-09-07 01:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks. [ profile] eve11 said the same thing, that with the dark outfit and the skull makeup, I just sort of appeared out of the darkness like a wraith, lol.

Date: 2016-09-07 02:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
glad you had a good time. The death costume looks great and fun to see Jabe and Fem Dr again.

Date: 2016-09-09 02:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks. It was a good trip!

Date: 2016-09-10 08:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Glad you had such a good time!

Date: 2016-09-10 07:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks. :)

Date: 2016-09-10 07:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am glad you had a good time and thanks for sharing the photos. Do you actually know about all those characters? There are so many that I have never heard of. I liked the Mad Hatter costume with the spools of thread and also the Monty Pyhon Trojan rabbit etc. Your costumes always look great to me but I am not usually familiar with who they are.

Date: 2016-09-10 07:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I tend to take pictures of the characters I recognize, or ones that I find of particular interest. So, for instance, the barbarian, ghostly pirates, and unicorn lady were, as far as I could tell, just costumes/personas made up by the people wearing the outfits. All the rest come from fandoms that I follow or am at least somewhat familiar with, so I recognized all of them (except Frobisher, whom I had to look up).

Date: 2016-09-11 06:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
In so many ways I feel like I am getting old and culturally incompetent. I seem to fall behind technologically by incurments every day. The new car has such bells and whistles that I can't quite figure out not to mention how much trouble I had switching my EasyPass account for the turnpike which turned out to be way simpler than I was making it. :(

Date: 2016-09-12 04:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Honestly, I feel the same way in a lot of ways. I'm always five steps behind technologically, and as far as my recognition of pop culture goes, there's so much of it and I only ever seem to become familiar with things after everyone else has moved on to something bigger and 'better.'


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