I’ll Admit It: I’m A Con Man (Part 2)

Thanks for coming back! It this too much like looking at someone’s vacation photos? I hope not. I’m trying to be interesting!

In case you missed it, you can read Part 1 here

We got up on time – huzzah! I needed to walk a fair distance to the car to take our luggage and bring our costumes for the day. Tragedy! My hat fell apart. I had used Gorilla brand super glue to make my steampunk hat. Perhaps the heat had been too much? Well, there’s a Cosplay Hospital at the convention center. And, if it couldn’t be fixed, I could always wear a hood. Today, Krystal and I were going as Princess Mononoke and a steampunk Plague Doctor from Assassin’s Creed:

Yes, Krystal was able to fix my hat with a more than liberal amount of hot glue. We also had to make minor touch-ups to my mask. The awesome folks at FanDames Initiative helped us out.

We went to Alex Kingston’s Q&A, where she talked Doctor Who, ER, and Arrow. But the highlight came just a few minutes into the panel, when – thanks to the time difference between the UK and the US – the BBC announced the 13th Doctor. This is not something you could pay money for (though we obviously did). Let me repeat: we found out Jodie Whittaker will play the 13th Doctor while in a panel with Alex Kingston, who plays River Song. Be jealous, Whovians! In fact, based on the reactions throughout the crowd, Krystal and I may have been the 2nd people in the room to know. It took a few minutes for the news to circulate through the room to a point where the crowd as a whole was willing to interrupt. Now that’s some restraint!

This isn’t my video, though my voice is one of the many shouting. The announcement picks up at 1:10.

Later in the day we got her autograph as well. She was super friendly and gushed for a whole minute about my costume! As I was walking off, I heard a voice calling me. Charles Martinet, who played Super Mario, wanted to know more about my costume, too! Huzzah!

I had quite a few people take my picture that day, and more than a few compliments, but my bad habit continued and I didn’t get many photos on my own device. I made sure to get this one though, with another cosplayer as Jacob Frye from Assassin’s Creed: Syndiacte. And my box is backwards – of course.

Jacob Frye and Plague Doctor

Here’s some other pictures from the day:

Krystal and I have a general rule: unless something is *super* important, we never buy anything on the first day. If it’s meant to be, it’ll be there the next day. So, this day saw us purchasing pop figures (one of Sailor Jupiter for signing by Tara Strong), a print based on Bob’s Burgers by Andrew Heath, jewelry, fandom-based surprise boxes, and some promotional postcards for a card-based game called Necronomicards created by Andy Hunt. They were sold out of the game at the convention, and I’m not sure if it’s the type of game I would play personally, but the artwork is amazing – very Lovecraftian. Oh! I almost forgot: somewhere along the way I was given a free book: Stiger: Tales of the Seventh (Part 1) by Marc Edelheit. Huzzah!


We attended a few more panels and then decided to head on home. We wanted to stay, but Krystal didn’t want me driving tired. Smart move, as when we got home we were exhausted. Of course, we couldn’t actually sleep, so we watched a few episodes of Doctor Who (we’re now only two behind, yay!) before nodding off.


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