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September Update: Dragon*Con Wrap-Up + MidoriCon

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 3, 2013, 5:33 PM

Howdy y'all! I am so exhausted from Dragon*Con it ain't even funny!


I think the best word I can use to describe this convention is "overwhelming." It was an amazing weekend, but boy, it really wore me out, both physically and mentally. Between claustrophobia and social fatigue I didn't do too well with the crowds and had to retreat back to the quiet of our hotel room a few times throughout each day just to recharge.

But in spite of that it was a lot of fun! I absolutely loved the atmosphere and the congoers themselves - it's definitely an older, more mature, and honestly nicer attitude than what you see at most anime cons nowadays. So I really enjoyed how everyone was so friendly and I really felt like part of the Dragon*Con family, even though it was my first time going!

Plus, the level of craftsmanship and creativity was beyond amazing. I'm seriously motivated to step it up from here on out! (Let's just say... there's talk of mechas for next year. Muahaha.)

Throughout the weekend I kept my Instagram updated with photos from the convention! But here are a few of those as costume previews until I get actual pictures back. :D

Starfire - Instagram by MangoSireneChell - Instagram by MangoSireneM'gann - Instagram by MangoSirene

I also got to shoot some video with MLZ and Ackson, too! Most of it was at the Georgia Aquarium on Saturday night. And I have to say, that was probably the highlight of the weekend for me. I've always dreamed of seeing whale sharks in real life... and it happened!!

Mlz Chell1 by MangoSireneMlz Mgann1 by MangoSirene
Be sure to check out MLZ's first D*C video here!

Out of all the cosplays I did this weekend, cosplaying Chell was probably my favorite. Don't get me wrong, I had such a blast as Starfire and Miss Martian too! But Chell's been a project I've been working on since March, and those Long Fall Boots were definitely a trial to make. I still want to fix them up a bit more, namely making them easier to walk in (i.e. with more flexibility between the foot and the calf), but overall I'm ecstatic with how they turned out and this is a costume I'm really proud of. C:

ANYWAY! Super amazing con was super amazing. Also a shout-out to everyone who came to say hi to me!! I totally wasn't expecting to get recognized or anything considering I've never been to a con in the south, but a lot of you did just that and I really enjoyed getting to talk to you guys for a bit! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend as much as I did and that you made it home safely!


And now... Midoricon. We leave in less than two days to head to the Shawnee Resort, and even though I'm really tired from this past weekend, I'm looking forward to this con a lot! Because it doesn't feel like I'm about to go to another con - I think it'll end up feeling more like a camping trip with my friends and we just happened to bring costumes and camera gear. Whoops.

Here's my line-up for next weekend!

Friday: Genderbent Haru (Free!) | Nidalee (League of Legends)
Saturday: Lara Croft (Tomb Raider 2013) | Chell (Portal 2)
Sunday: Ty Lee (Avatar The Last Airbender)

Chinasaur will be with me this time around, so I won't be a lonely IMT girl again! :squee: Please feel free to come bug us whenever we're around the convention. Although most of the time we'll probably be exploring the forest, especially when we're in our League and Tomb Raider costumes. ;D

  • Eating: an apple!
  • Drinking: waterrrrr
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narutogoldylocks Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad to know you had such a great experience :) Can't wait to see pictures! :D
Sakka-chii Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Sounds like you had a blast! I wish cons here in England were that great. :3 As soon as I'm old enough and have the funds I plan to go on a road trip in the USA in the height of con season! XD In the UK we have maybe just under thirty cons a year, including North Ireland. And very few I can actually go roll on my eighteenth birthday!
xSakuraChu Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad to know you had such a great time :)
Templar339 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Ever going to come to any con's in Canada?
MangoSirene Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'd love to but as of right now I don't have any plans for it!
Templar339 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Aww.  Well hopefully next year!  
SabinaRose5 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Glad you had an awesome time at DragonCon. Have fun at Midoricon and take lots of pictures!
DobbyJoeyPotter Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
AmeZaRain Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Omg you are taking Ty Lee...? Well then I know what day I will be doing Suki. Lol
auress Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter

you even did miss martain with short hair... I like it


and your realy keeping yourself busy with these conventions

AnarchistRose Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the Georgia Aquarium! Dragon*Con is one I would ecstatic if I could attend, so your cosplays again are amazimg and you look gorgeous in all of them!
PurpleSumomo Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Glad to hear you had an overall great experience at Dragon*Con! I have to agree, it was quite overwhelming, but definitely a good atmosphere. It was a pleasure meeting you and getting to see your Chell cosplay in person. Hope Midoricon is a blast!
kngdmhrts2 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay for having an awesome time! One of my friends from over here travelled just for the con and had a blast, making me want to go sometime too! And you looked amazing in all your cosplays from the pics you took ^^
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