This past weekend I attended the Lexington Comic & Toy Con, a great mid-sized convention right in the heart of Kentucky. I have managed to go to the con for the last two years but this was my first time going in a full cosplay costume. I decided to build a more adventurous steampunk outfit than my Victorian-styled steampunk costume (that you can see here). The centerpiece to the entire thing was my black steampunk top hat which fit together perfectly with my black-and-white costume.
Part 1: Getting Ready
I spent months gathering up all the pieces of this costume and matching them to the hat and the overall theme of elegant adventure that I was going for. My belt in particular was something I was proud of because I had built it myself from all kinds of bits & bobs, rivets & cogs. But right at the beginning of a photo shoot, only a few days before the convention, the belt buckle completely shattered. There was no way to replace it that close to the convention date and I began to worry that I would have to switch costumes or even skip the costume altogether for another year.
It just so happened though that some of my family was visiting on the same weekend as the con and they brought with them a big jar of buttons and other little things. After digging around in the jar for a while I found the two halves of an interesting vintage belt clip. It was maroon colored and did not match the belt at all though so I had to figure out how to paint the clip in metallic colors and then add a patina-like coloring to age the clip so it would match the whole costume. In the end I learned a new skill, repaired the belt, and saved the costume! It was wonderful serendipity that relatives from across the country would drop a new belt clip right in my lap only a day after the original was lost and just in time for the con.
Part 2: At the Con
In just the couple of years since I started attending this convention it has grown quite large. This year I was able to spend awhile talking to several other crafters who attended and ran their own booths. My first time at the con there was only one steampunk vendor, but this year there were at least four, as well as a corset maker, a wigmaker, a cat-ear vendor, and many other handmade cosplay accessories. I could have spent the whole day just getting to know each crafter vendor and looking through all the wonderful things they brought with them!
As the name of the convention implies there were also several dozen toy vendors at this convention. My favorite toys are the original first-generation My Little Ponies which I collected a ton of as a girl, and I still collect them when I can. There were not too many ponies to be seen but it was still fun to dig through the bins and peak through the boxes hoping for a pony treasure trove.
There were several other people at the con also dressed in costumes that I bumped into. One of the first costumes I saw was a Rose Quartz cosplay from the TV show Steven Universe (a favorite of Grumpy Husband). There was someone dressed as Bumblebee from the Transformers movies as well as a blow-up Stay Puft Marshmallow Man who attends every year. There were also many Deadpool sightings as well as a fleet of Dr. Whos and Harry Potters (and friends). And as always the 501st are not to be missed.
Part 3: Ending the Day
The last day of the convention just a few minutes before closing time I was looking around for one last interesting photo to take before I called it quits and headed home myself. It just so happened that outside of the main convention hall there was a group who made life-sized and life-like Proton Packs and as the convention was winding down they were offering a few last-minute photo ops for a small donation (all proceeds to be given to a children's hospital). It was a perfect opportunity!
The Proton Pack was bigger than I first thought it would be but it actually really matched my adventurous steampunk costume. With Grumpy Husband taking as many candid photos as his cellphone would allow I did my best to smile, pose, and never cross the beams. The perfect end to another fun convention in Lexington. I can't wait until 2017! I wonder what costume I will wear next year?