Well, I was going to write about my first convention, but as I sat to type? It dawned on me that I don’t remember much about it. I know it was MegaCon, and I went with a friend. Neither of us had been to a con before, and she was Esmeralda and Fem!Loki. I beat a bunch of kids at laser tag at a nearby arcade the first night… that’s it. I don’t even remember if I cosplayed! I may have been so overwhelmed by my first convention, I only stored a few memories. Either way, I have attended a sad amount of comic cons/just plain conventions since then. I actually haven’t been to a comic con in almost a year! I might be melodramatic, but it’s killing me. So this year, I’m getting back into the con-goer life!
The few cons I did attend, I had a blast! The second time I went to MegaCon, I was dressed as Fionna the Human, and found a whole pack of adventurers to bar hop with that night! I went to a small one with another friend later that year and got to see her show off her amazing armor talents for the first time! The night of that convention, some videographer bought me a bunch of wine and I got into a lightsaber fight with two people… There might be a theme here…
I could go on, but long story short? It’s time to get into cons again. Cosplay is fun, but I’m not as crafty as those cool kids. I plan on doing that very casually. When I went with my armor making friend, however, I discovered that I love taking pictures of cosplayers. Once I got over being too shy to ask people for their pictures, I loved being able to capture my favorite cosplays. I played with the idea of being a “con photographer” and even dreamt of making a “con blog”, but never seriously pursued it. This year is about achieving more and daydreaming less. So at Tampa Bay Comic Con, I will launch my adventures in cosplay photography!
I hope to get into convention videography someday, but I’m learning to take baby steps in skill building. So starting with Tampa Bay Comic Con 2018, I will be building on my cosplay photography portfolio. Until then, I am going to try to polish my photography skills. My city isn’t that great at “geek stuff”, but maybe something will pop up where I can hone my skills in a smaller venue. I really wanted con-going to be part of Geek Space Wine, and my life in general! Getting too wrapped up in work to be a true geek has been torture. So what better time to start? Starting to pursue this as a serious hobby is so exciting! Are any of you con photographer/videographers/goers? Any tips on getting started? On the off chance you’ve attended Tampa Bay Comic Con, what it’s like? I’m so excited to go!