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06 September 2006 @ 11:45 pm
Massive Dragon*Con Report, pt. 2  

We walked back to the convention at around 10:00PM.

This is the Mariott at night. Obviously.

There was a big line outside of the Hyatt, and we couldn't figure out what it was for, so I decided to ask someone - and right in front of me, there was Line Guy! Waiting in line again! I asked him about the line, and it turned out it was for something we weren't interested in seeing, so we just went inside.

The Sunnydale Prom had already started, if "started" can mean that there was music playing while a bunch of people sat in a row of chairs against the wall while a few couples danced like middle schoolers in the center of the room. I recognized several people that I had seen before, both in the Buffy Horror Picture Show and at the "I Love the Winchester Brothers" panel. There was a particularly engaging Spike-alike there, whom I had been seeing around all day and the day before. He kept posing for pictures the way Spike did in "Restless," which was pretty funny. Here's what he did in my picture:

There were at least five different Spike-alikes at Dragon*Con. One of them was female. I thought this one was the most masculine, which is why I liked him the best, even though he didn't necessarily look the most like Spike.

Angel was there too, which means that Riley was also there because they were always with each other. You can see Riley in the background.

I love that he was carrying a sword. :)

I think that next year if I go back to Dragon*Con, I'm going to go as evil!pregnant!Cordelia, with the fringey black shirt thing and a butcher's knife. Just a thought.

We left the Prom early to go to the Shindig, which was at the same time. There was a long line to get into the Shindig, so we waited. While we were waiting, the contestants from a Firefly costume contest came out, and one person was dressed as - get this - Serenity! Yes, someone actually went as the ship, bless them. I was laughing too hard to even think of getting a picture, and I regret it now because the costume really was wonderful. We also saw an impaled!Wash, which was so wrong it was right. We stood in line behind a friendly Zoe cosplayer I recognized from the show in Orlando, and we spoke briefly. She was wearing the white and brown dress from the movie.

It took forever to get into the Shindig because it was so crowded that they were only letting people in when other people came out. There was live music and a bar, and... a bunch of people sitting in chairs looking at one another. There were a few people dancing, but not very many. I sure hope it livened up after we left.

At about 11:30, the Drum Circle started. My mom wasn't too sure about going to it because she thought it sounded weird - a bunch of people playing drums in a circle while other people belly-danced. But we went and it was pretty cool. It started off kind of tame, with all the lights on and just a few dancers. Eventually, though, they turned out the lights and some guys started dancing with glowsticks and twirling balls of light, and it was a lot of fun.

This was before they turned out the lights.

A pregnant belly-dancer. Or else she was just fat... is it better to assume someone is fat or to assume someone is pregnant?

I left my mom at the Drum Circle so I could attend a Buffy/Angelverse panel called "The Shape of Your Ship," which began at 1AM. It was supposed to be about adult fanfiction, which, as most of you know, I occasionally write. I arrived early and met a girl named MC, who I sort-of-but-not-really recognized from livejournal. She was nice. We sat in the hallway until the modperson showed up. [ETA! MC's livejournal name is its_art, and she is very cool. :)]

Second Negative Experience at Dragon*Con: The Shape of Your Ship Panel

You know, I'm not going to bash it. I'll just say that I did not enjoy it and move on. I did not enjoy it. Moving on...

We walked back to the Sheraton after 2AM, but I kept my mom up for another hour or so by going on and on about the panel. I finally stopped lecturing her when I realized she had fallen asleep. So then I fell asleep as well.


The first thing we did on Sunday was the 11:30 Buffy and Angel Cast Extravaganza Celeb Panel. When we arrived at the Hyatt, there was a long line wrapped around the building. (We took a "short cut" through the Mariott rather than walking around it like we had been doing. And by "short cut" I mean obviously that we got lost for 15 minutes and ended up in a Staff Only area that contained some large machinery which seemed to be run by an object that suspiciously resembled a flux capacitor...) I asked a guy in the line, "Is this a line?" and he said, "Not that I'm aware of," so we walked towards the front of the line - which was definitely a line - and asked someone else what it was for. It was the Buffy cast panel. We went back to the end and got in the line, and then when the line started moving, the guy I originally asked looked really confused. I guess he thought we'd all decided to hang out in single file against the building?

The panel guests were: Nicky Brendan (Xander), James Leary (Clem), Clare Kramer (Glory), Ken Somethingorother (the Chaos demon [slime and antlers]), and the guy who played Trask in the Angel episode "Hero" and also played the Ethros Demon in the Angel episode "I've Got You Under My Skin." Andy Hallett (Lorne) was also supposed to be there, but he didn't show up until about 15 minutes from the end and only fielded one question. I don't know why he was late, but he was looking a little partied out... of course, James Leary looked like he had the hangover from Hell[mouth], but he was still there on time. Also, Summer Glau was going to be in that panel but ended up cancelling. Not sure why.

Here is a picture of the whole panel, taken by Patcave, who did not give me permission to link his/her pictures. Nicky is making use of the venue to show off his tattoo.

Highlights from the Buffyverse Cast Panel:
1. Everyone kept asking Nicholas Brendan questions, but then someone got up and said, "This question is for Clare," which made her very happy. She was all, "I'll take this one, Nicky!" and made a big deal about having her own question to answer... and the guy asked, "So, how did it feel the first day walking on the set, knowing that you were going to get to work with Nicholas Brendan?" Very funny. :) But he had a serious question too, so it was all good.
2. Someone asked about Clare's hair, and she said that her hair had an arc of its own in season five.
3. A little kid got up and asked why Xander was always attracted to demons. Clare joked that that was also true in real life, and Nick said, "Yes, it transcends Buffy as well, trust me."
4. Nicky said that he had always thought Xander and Buffy should have been together... well, either Buffy or Spike.
5. He said that he got his hat at Paul Smith in London. "London, Europe." He also said we didn't want to know how much he paid for it.
6. Someone asked which characters never hooked up on the show that the actors wished they had. James said, "Clem and Faith."
7. Someone asked which track each of the actors would have followed if they had come to Dragon*Con as fans instead of guests. Nicky said "I don't know... fans for Christ?" Which is an actual group of Christian fans, not a track. Everyone laughed. Then later on he said something like, "God has put certain things in my life..." I found it interesting that he was the only panelist I saw the whole weekend who made a reference to God. He also suggested that everyone should get into a bath, play a certain band on the stereo, and "talk to your god," adding, "That's what I do."
8. He tried to do the "Once More with Feeling" line again a couple times and messed it up pretty bad, which was funny. The entire audience did it back to him, although you couldn't understand what anyone was saying. :)

After the panel, Mama and I went up to the consuite for refreshments, because we had not eaten since the day before. They had little ham sandwiches and chex mix and cheesepuff balls, and some pirates started throwing the cheesepuffs at each other, and one hit me in the face. Speaking of which!

Things that hit me in the face at Dragon*Con 2006:
1. Fairie wings
2. Angel wings
3. Bat wings
4. An inflatable sword (didn't hurt)
5. A wooden walking stick (did hurt)
6. Someone's cape when they threw it behind them
7. The consuite cheeseball

After that, we went to a ballroom with lots of dealers, and I started hunting for Angel action figures again. I am officially a collector! (I have an official collection!) At Dragon*Con, I bought a total of seven Angel action figures and one Lego!Angel. I even haggled at one booth and got a bust of Buffy thrown in for free, which I gave to my brother. I spent over $200 on dolls. But the money's there for spending; that's what they say. Or maybe that's just what I say...

These are the figures that I bought. One of my Angels came with a Spike, and they're both wearing Hawaiian shirts. Too cute!

This is my favorite vendor. He recognized me from the thing in Orlando, too.

One of many, many leather booths. Some of the booths also had fetish gear. The guy selling corsets at one of the corset booths was actually wearing a corset, which was... not that uncommon at Dragon*Con.

At one point, we were trying to go from one dealer room to the other, which was located on the very bottom floor, but we couldn't figure out how to get to the bottom floor. We got into an elevator (the only time we were in an elevator by ourselves for the whole weekend) and tried pushing the button for the bottom floor, but it didn't work. So I tried pushing the other buttons, and they didn't work either. I accidentally pushed the button for the floor we were on, and the doors opened up, and then someone got on and pushed 47. It somehow worked for them, so we rode all the way up to the 47th floor feeling really stupid the whole time and trying to look like we meant to go up to floor 47 anyway. My ears popped on the way up. We ended up back on the floor we started on (which was like, level 2 or something) and got out of the elevator and found an escalator. Thank goodness for the hotel maps in the back of the program!

(My mom told me not to include the elevator thing in my con report because she was embarrassed, but I think it's funny.)

After shopping, we sat on the floor on the second level to rest our feet. We were near an escalator, and I noticed that there wasn't a line for it, but that there was a steady stream of people going down without any breaks, and I thought it was neat, so I filmed it. In case you're interested:

There aren't many people in costume in this little film, which is interesting to me because there were SO many costumes there. A guy walks by in a Mal outfit though.

Peter S. Beagle, one of my favorite authors, was a guest at the con. Actually, he's not one of my favorite authors, but he wrote one of my favorite books, which is slightly different... anyway, I admire his work, and he was doing a Q&A nearby, so we went to it.

Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn.

Highlights from the Q&A with Peter Beagle:
1. He was talking about the voice actors who played the Lord of the Rings characters for the radio script he wrote of Lord of the Rings, and he told a story about how he made friends with the guy who played Boromir. He said they were in London, and they were about to cross the street, and he started to walk out right in front of a car and Boromir snatched him back and saved his life. He was standing there in shock and Boromir was like, "We lose more Americans that way..."
2. I finally learned the answer to "How is a raven like a writing desk?" I didn't think there was an answer to it! I mean, Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite books, but they never do give the answer in it, so I was pleased to finally hear what it is.
3. Someone asked Peter what other projects he was working on, and he turned to his manager guy and asked, "What am I doing? And in what order?" The dude then whispered each thing to Peter and let Peter talk about it. Heh, it was cute.

He didn't talk very much about The Last Unicorn, but it was a panel in the Tolkien track, so I expected most of the talk to be about The Lord of the Rings, and it was, but it was still interesting. I'm not a rabid hobbit fan, but I've read the books and seen the movies, so I knew what was going on the whole time. Peter seemed like a very nice man, and the stories he told were interesting and funny. There was a girl in there who kept on talking about little continuity errors she noticed in the Peter Jackson movies, with which Peter Beagle was not affiliated in any way, so nothing she said was relevant, but he was polite and didn't interrupt her and stuff, which I thought was very nice of him.

After the panel, someone asked why there was a My Little Pony on the cover of the The Last Unicorn dvd, which I had been wondering myself, but Peter's manager guy said that there was going to be a new cover when the movie was rereleased in the next couple of years, so that made me happy. It's a great movie. Also, they had a raffle, and my mom won a Lord of the Rings card game. She could be a gamer! Heh.

While we were sitting in the room before the panel started, Gandalf and Frodo walked in. I was impressed with the costumes, but the effect was completely ruined (in a very humorous way) when Gandalf asked if his seat was wet, and then switched chairs. Gandalf! Worried about sitting on a wet seat! :D

Other startlingly funny things at Dragon*Con:
1. Batman standing in the corner on a cell phone going, "Can you hear me now?"
3. A black Superman
4. An Elvis Storm Trooper
6. Darth Vader jaywalking between hotels
7. One of the Spike-alikes stepping on his bootlace and tripping for a few steps

Elvis!Trooper with Buddy Christ from Dogma.

We went back to the Sheraton to drop off our purchases and rest briefly before the next thing we wanted to do, which was the Masquerade at 8:00PM. The program booklet called the Masquerade a "Must-See Event," but... really it was just a costume contest. Not that it wasn't cool, but I had seen so many really awesome costumes just walking around, which were way better than the ones in the contest. The contest itself was less like an actual costume contest and more like an anime-themed episode of "So You Think You Can Dance?"

Highlights from the Masquerade:
1. Misty Lee did a fun magic trick that resulted in a cheese sandwich.
2. A Freddy Mercury look-alike came out and lip-synched "We Will Rock You," which was kind of fun. A few people held up light sabers instead of lighters.
3. A group of people came out dressed as Stargate characters, and the MC who introduced them read out the description of the costumes and then went on to read a marriage proposal while one of the contestants knelt in front of another one, who covered her face in shock. It was kind of sweet, but very very dorky. She seemed happy enough, but I think if someone proposed to me via George Perez while dressed as a Stargate character at Dragon*Con, I'd be a little disappointed. But that's just me.

These guys won the Best Humor category. They're Storm Trooper janitors.

This guy won the Best... Amateur? I can't remember which category he won, but when he walked out on stage, he started shaking like he was being electrocuted, and it was really funny, and I was completely horrified at how funny it was to watch someone parody the death of another human being. Not that I didn't laugh, because I did. I mean, it was funny.

We returned to the consuite for hotdogs and then killed time by walking around the Hyatt looking at costumes. I saw a great many costumes that I would have loved to have pictures of but didn't manage to get them. I also saw lots of people claiming that a painted naked body is a costume, and I wouldn't have minded all that much really, but my mom was there so it was kind of awkward. There were a lot of girls wearing mesh skirts and no underwear, for instance. Or clear plastic outfits with dog collars and leashes. Or simply green paint. Here are a few costumes my mom took pictures of:

Your basic Disney princesses.

Hello Pirate.

A pretty convincing Illyria.

Mayor Wilkins McCheese.

You wouldn't believe how many Captain Jacks there were. This one was my favorite, though. He was even doing the weird mannerisms.

The actual Chewbacca was there signing autographs. (This isn't him... I think.)

Mama and I also had a photo op with Jabba:

Mama the Hut.
Her: We look too much alike!

It's two-headed Jabba! Some guys laughed at me when I got behind him instead of in front like everyone else. (The same guys called out to Mama that she should lie down on the pillows in front of him. Heh!)

It was at this point that I noticed that every time a man in a kilt walked by, my mom's eyes followed him. Not the same man, but just... any guy wearing a kilt. If he was wearing a kilt, she was looking twice - especially those utilikilt things, which I'm thinking are like the Scottish version of cargo pants.

Me: You were checking him out!
My mom: No I wasn't... You think I could get your daddy to wear one of those?
Me: Doubtful. What's the deal with you and kilts anyway?
My mom: [looking completely bewildered] No idea. [A man walks by in a kilt; she double-takes.]
Me: Stop doing that! It's weird.
My mom: Maybe it's like... if a man can look masculine while he's wearing a skirt, you know he's really a man, you know? [A man walks by in a kilt and sneakers.] I like it better when they're wearing boots.
Me: [completely freaked out] Let's not talk about this anymore. [A man walks by wearing a kilt - and a wrist cuff with a leash attached, led by a girl about my age. We both look.]
My mom: I'm not really into that, though.
Me: Hmm. I am.
[awkward silence]

Part of the fun of Dragon*Con is that it goes on all night, every night. This is how crowded the Hyatt still was after midnight:

Balconies = TEMPTATION.

The drum circle that night started around midnight, I think. They had already turned out the lights and had a lot of dancers by the time we got there.

This girl? Totally knew she was turning me on.

There was a Princess Leia in a gold bikini who was sex dancing. I self-identify as heterosexual, but this weekend, I finally understood the whole gold bikini fantasy thing. Mama suggested that I learn belly dancing so I could dance in next year's drum circle, and I told her I would do it if she would learn bongos. We left the drum circle when it degenerated into a drunken conga line, which took far less time than one would imagine.

The last thing we did on Sunday was "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," which was performed by a group called "Lips Down on Dixie." It was supposed to start at 1:00AM, but there were technical difficulties with the sound, so it ended up not starting until well after 2. They had a girl dressed in purple keep us entertained in the interim with some crude games which I enjoyed but made my mom uncomfortable. For instance, the girl called up some male volunteers from the audience, paired them off, had one bend over while the other stood behind him, and they put a balloon between them and humped each other until the balloon popped. I think it was a race between the couples? I don't really remember, but it was funny. They also had a girl with fairy wings come up to the stage and then make out with several other girls in a row, and then some guys got in line too. And then some guys got in line to make out with this other guy... anyway, it didn't really bother me but I could tell my mom wanted to leave, which made the whole situation kind of weird.

I was sitting next to this cute guy who had never seen Rocky Horror before at all, but he was given the standard bag of props and asked me what he was supposed to do with each item. I knew what to do with the rubber glove and the party hat and the newspaper... but the rest? I'm afraid I'm not too knowledgeable when it comes to cult classic audience partici.... pation. So I told him to watch everyone else and try to do what they did.

I enjoyed the show when it did finally start.

He's just a sweet transvestite.

The show got over around 4:30AM, and we walked back to our hotel and collapsed. Walking around Atlanta at night is usually kind of scary, but while the convention was going on, there were always people out and about, and the atmosphere was really friendly. No one mugged us, yay! (What if someone had? What if I was like, "And then we were accosted by a big guy with pointy ears, who stole all my action figures!" Heh.)

We checked out of the hotel on Monday morning. The only two things that I had any interest in doing on Monday were a panel called "Liam vs. William, the Ultimate Showdown" and the Closing Ceremonies, but when I thought about the other Buffy fan panel, I realized that I actually wanted nothing to do with going to another one, so we didn't go back. (We would have had to pay to park anyway, and we are cheap bastards.) My mom didn't have anything else she wanted to do either, so we hit the road back home.

Things we left at the Sheraton:
1. My mom's curling iron
2. A bottle of conditioner
3. A pair of earrings

I had lots and lots of fun at Dragon*Con, and I do plan to go back if there are any cool guests next year. Alan Tudyk said he thought that Adam Baldwin usually pitches a tent there and they just go out and wake him up when it's time for Dragon*Con again, so maybe he'll be there next year, which will be reason enough to go back. (Alan said Adam didn't come this year because he pulled his hymen.) Also, maybe some people I know from livejournal will show up next year *cough*TISA*cough* which will make the whole thing tons more fun. :)

Here endeth my report.
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Melthatotherperv on September 7th, 2006 04:25 am (UTC)
Me: You were checking him out!
My mom: No I wasn't... You think I could get your daddy to wear one of those?
Me: Doubtful. What's the deal with you and kilts anyway?
My mom: [looking completely bewildered] No idea. [A man walks by in a kilt; she double-takes.]
Me: Stop doing that! It's weird.
My mom: Maybe it's like... if a man can look masculine while he's wearing a skirt, you know he's really a man, you know? [A man walks by in a kilt and sneakers.] I like it better when they're wearing boots.
Me: [completely freaked out] Let's not talk about this anymore. [A man walks by wearing a kilt - and a wrist cuff with a leash attached, led by a girl about my age. We both look.]
My mom: I'm not really into that, though.
Me: Hmm. I am.
[awkward silence]

LMFAO. the funny thing is, when I saw this: wearing a kilt - and a wrist cuff with a leash attached, led by a girl about my age, I, along with you, thought...YUM. there should definitely be more of that.

come to think of it....I was actually once led around a bowling alley on a leash by a man in a kilt. lol. it sounds like I'm making that up.

glad you had a good time!
they call me genius jen: spangel siregirlpire on September 7th, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC)
yes, more slave!men, definitely. i do think that i have to write a spangel fic with kilts now, though. just saying. :)
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Zinneh is Jesuszinnydark on September 7th, 2006 04:40 am (UTC)
... my comment was eaten?

Basically, I said that this was awesome and that I laughed too much to be considered sane by others.

they call me genius jengirlpire on September 7th, 2006 01:16 pm (UTC)
*sporks lj*

you think i'm funny, yay! :D or else you think i'm ridiculous, in which case, boo.
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makdmakd on September 7th, 2006 05:08 am (UTC)
Very fun report!

thank you. :-)
they call me genius jengirlpire on September 7th, 2006 01:16 pm (UTC)
you are welcome! it was a fun con. :)
tamibrandttamibrandt on September 7th, 2006 05:15 am (UTC)
Me: [completely freaked out] Let's not talk about this anymore. [A man walks by wearing a kilt - and a wrist cuff with a leash attached, led by a girl about my age. We both look.]
My mom: I'm not really into that, though.
Me: Hmm. I am.
[awkward silence]

they call me genius jengirlpire on September 7th, 2006 01:17 pm (UTC)
haha, sure it's funny now... :D
Chelle: Space Nickaltyronsmaker on September 7th, 2006 05:22 am (UTC)
You rock! Thanks so much for posting and linking and having pictures!

I have serious issues about Nicky and to see him do the Snoopy Dance was MAGNIFICENT! and holy cow! Boyfriend has some HUGE arms! *pants*

Awesome report! *envies*
they call me genius jengirlpire on September 7th, 2006 01:20 pm (UTC)
*rocks* :)

you are welcome! the snoopy dance in person was awesome. just the fact that he did it was so great, because everyone went wild over it. and arms! *dies* :D
Shapinglightshapinglight on September 7th, 2006 12:24 pm (UTC)
Great con report. Of course, I'm very curious about why you didn't like the 'shipper fic panel but there's a great big clue at the end there.

Degenerated into a Bangel/Spuffy slanging match, did it?

I'm glad you had a good time. I wish I could look at the vids but I'm at work and can't. Lovely pics, though. Thanks for sharing with us and I think Frimfram will be ecstatic at getting her picture taken with Andy.
they call me genius jengirlpire on September 7th, 2006 01:27 pm (UTC)
thanks! and no, it didn't become a bangel/spuffy war... nothing like that. (in fact, i don't know if there were any bangels there at all.) it's just... you know, i don't want to say anything about it because some of the people who were there may read this and i wouldn't want to offend. the panel was supposed to last an hour, but they invited people to stay and continue the discussion. since i got up and left, i don't know, it may have gotten better. *tries for a positive attitude*

at the next con i go to (maybe writerconuk?) i'll try out the fan panels again. maybe i will enjoy it more with a different group of people.
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a2zmoma2zmom on September 7th, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you for typing all this up. Not only does it sound awesome, but I was laughing hysterically at a lot of it.

And your mom's kilt fetish is so cute!
they call me genius jengirlpire on September 7th, 2006 04:22 pm (UTC)
you are very welcome! and thank you for reading. :)
my mom has always had a thing about kilts and accents and anything to do with scotland. she reads scottish romance novels! i don't quite understand it myself, although i did see some hot guys wearing kilts and boots and nothing else, and i was like... yeah, i can work with that. :D
Poshykittyposhcat on September 7th, 2006 03:22 pm (UTC)
I love your mom! Tell her I said hi.
they call me genius jengirlpire on September 7th, 2006 04:23 pm (UTC)
haha, i'm really going to. :D
aimeelicious: dbhappy_bydaylightshadowaimeelicious on September 7th, 2006 04:37 pm (UTC)
Someone on my friends list linked to this con review and I just read the WHOLE THING. It's really fun and entertaining!! Loved the pics, thought the kilt convo with your mom was adorable...anyway, we don't know each other in the least, but I enjoyed these two con posts and felt I should let you know. Great recap!
they call me genius jengirlpire on September 7th, 2006 04:55 pm (UTC)
thank you very much! the kilt thing is funny in retrospect. which means looking at it with shag carpet and bellbottoms. i'm very proud that you read the whole thing - i wrote the whole thing! and it took a long time, so i'm excited that people are enjoying. :D i really appreciate the comment.
lusciousxander: Spanderlusciousxander on September 7th, 2006 08:12 pm (UTC)
Nicky said that he had always thought Xander and Buffy should have been together... well, either Buffy or Spike.



Sounds like A LOT of fun! Thanks for the pics, that guy looks really like Angel.
they call me genius jengirlpire on September 7th, 2006 10:57 pm (UTC)
i would choose spike for xander too... not that i'm much of a spander fan, but i'm not too fond of buffy. :)

it was fun! and i thought he looked like angel too, which i guess is why he dressed like him.
missus_gracemissus_grace on September 8th, 2006 12:13 am (UTC)
Loved your con report. It was almost like I was there!

BTW, what is Nicky's tattoo of?
they call me genius jengirlpire on September 8th, 2006 12:15 am (UTC)
thanks! um, the tattoo is a little bit easier to distinguish if you blow the picture up like this:

i think it's two dudes with like, swords and shields.
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SpankSpikespankspike on September 8th, 2006 01:27 am (UTC)
Wow, I also wanted to say that NB is looking pretty damn hot here, with the tattoo and the guns. He was looking pretty crappy the in the last pics I'd seen of him, but definitely not here.

And no wife or gf you say.

Psst, Nicky - call me.

*eyes Spander bunnies with suspicion*

And I totally loved your mom and her kilt fetish. I'm sorry I didn't meet her, she sounds like fun. And since I'm old, I probably kind of split the difference between you and your mom in age and my daughter's only about what 8 years younger than you (but about 40 in maturity anyway) - so yeah, we would have had a good time.


Until you got lonely because me and NB were hooking up.

*pets new mini-obsession*

(Alan said Adam didn't come this year because he pulled his hymen.) Also, maybe some people I know from livejournal will show up next year *cough*TISA*cough* which will make the whole thing tons more fun. :)

How funny is it that Adam and I didn't show up for the same reason, but you know how tricky a hymen pull can be. Hurts for days... if you do it just right!

Actually (and don't tell anyone) I had paid Adam not to come, because I'd thought at the time that I would be there, and my daughter is obsessed with him and the size of his hands. Calls him banana hands. I try not to encourage her obsessions, they interfere with mine.

kelterrakelterra on September 8th, 2006 02:56 am (UTC)
that and the fact that Adam is massively strong. As witnessed in the last episode of Angel. According to the commentary, Adam literally picks up David by the throat and well, yeah. (wow!!)
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Donna Jo: btvs - spike strike a posethesuthernangel on September 8th, 2006 03:47 am (UTC)
I don't know if you noticed this, since you said you kept seeing Riley and Angel together...but towards the end of the weekend I started realizing a resemblance between them. As a matter of fact, I saw Riley on Sunday and then looked again and was like "wait, is that the guy who was dressed as Angel." Now I'm confused. Maybe they're related.

And I took pics of the same Spike. I thought he was the best. I mean he did actually shave the scar into his eyebrow. And if you looked at him from the side he did look like him (except for the cheekbones, but who can imitate that). I think he knew this too, b/c when I every pic I took of him not doing the Spike pose, he turned to the side. You can see in my pics where I was with him. I did get him in the same pose that you got, but it came out very blurry. I asked him to another Spike pose too though, and that is in my post.
they call me genius jengirlpire on September 8th, 2006 04:26 am (UTC)
hmm. maybe they are... but i sort of get the impression that they had just met, because the girl who was buffy in the buffy horror picture show stopped by and said this in her comment: The Spike debated trying to get Spike's look for the show (he usually costumes Angel), but then we all decided it would be funnier for Angel to be playing the part of Spike. Riley was a last minute addition to the cast, because he was hanging out with us anyway, and we needed the extra hand. but now that you mention, they do kind of favor each other. maybe they are long-lost cousins or something. :)

i can't see your post! *is sad*
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frimframfrimfram on September 8th, 2006 05:45 pm (UTC)
This was so much fun. It was easily all the fun I could handle. If I'd gone to the actual thing I'd've been tearful and overwr(a/o?)ught within five minutes.

Things that hit me in the face at Dragon*Con 2006
That list could have been a lot worse.

Next year can there be a Girlpire con? I'd like to go as Girlpire.
they call me genius jengirlpire on September 8th, 2006 07:34 pm (UTC)
That list could have been a lot worse.
1. sword
2. axe
3. knife
4. the consuite cheeseball

i think the girlpire convention would be a lot smaller than dragon*con, but i'd probably like the fan panels better... and of course the costumes would be magnificent.
(no subject) - frimfram on September 8th, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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tabaquitabaqui on September 8th, 2006 07:24 pm (UTC)
Here via...via...omg, i have no clue.
Here to read about NB and then all the other stuff just dragged me in. So fun, and funny!
Your Mama sounds like a cool lady, doing all this stuff with you.

Thanks for sharing so many words and pictures!
they call me genius jengirlpire on September 9th, 2006 02:44 am (UTC)
haha, i'm glad you enjoyed it! i have no clue where you came from either, but i did just get posted on whedonesque, so i'm feeling very pompous at the moment. :D my mom's alright... i keep reading her the comments that mention her, and she's like, "i need to read what you wrote about me in that thing!"
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elizabeth ann: browndo4you8vebabysquid on September 8th, 2006 09:49 pm (UTC)
a wonderful report! i ignored phone calls and door buzzes to continue reading. thanks for all the details, made me feel like i was there. and i absolutely love the interaction of you and your mom. so me and mine. maybe i can con her into a con next year... hmmmm...
they call me genius jengirlpire on September 9th, 2006 02:46 am (UTC)
thank you! i'm pleased that you enjoyed it. it kind of makes me feel like i was there too... :D

my mom's a funny lady. she had such a great time.
Inconceivable!: *eg*-jaynenomdeploom on September 9th, 2006 06:38 am (UTC)
You're hilarious, and fabulous. That's got to be the best con report I've ever read. :D

I love that all the actors are aware that fans really just want them to be gay, and love each other. All over the place.
they call me genius jengirlpire on September 9th, 2006 03:53 pm (UTC)
thank you!

oh yeah, i love that too. :D at the panel with alan tudyk and summer glau, someone asked alan if he ever read fanfic, and he said he'd looked at it once, and he got pretty freaked out because it turned into a wash/simon story! he started quoting the story in really flowery language... hilarious. :)
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Ameertillower on September 9th, 2006 06:41 am (UTC)
Lol, I love your mom! Thanks again for a great report. :)
they call me genius jengirlpire on September 9th, 2006 03:54 pm (UTC)
haha, everyone seems to love that woman! i think i'll rent her out for parties. :D
bojojotibojojoti on September 9th, 2006 06:47 am (UTC)
*waves* Hi, don't know you and you don't know me, but I enjoyed your bit on the con. Your witty journal and photos make me feel as though I've been there.

Thanks for all the insights.
they call me genius jengirlpire on September 9th, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC)
you are welcome! and thanks for stopping by. i love a good drive-by compliment. :)
Emcee: Connor-- Davy Jones Wannabeits_art on September 9th, 2006 02:27 pm (UTC)
Hey. It's Emcee (or MC). We met waiting for the Shape of Your Ship panel. I'm really bummed you didn't have a good time there. *frown* I wanted you to have a good time. I enjoyed talking to you before the panel started.

You mentioned in part one of your post The Lesbian Video. I was the creator of this video. It IS listed at the BMVD, under it's proper title "I.W.I.W.A.L" (Let's Hear it for Femmeslash). You can download it from my website Marauder Productions. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I worked really hard on it.

I'm glad you, for the most part, had a good time at the con.
they call me genius jengirlpire on September 9th, 2006 05:10 pm (UTC)
thank you! i'm so glad you posted a link to your website! i added it to my report. :)
flaming museflaming_muse on September 10th, 2006 01:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you for taking the time to write up this report. It was very fun to read! :)
they call me genius jengirlpire on September 10th, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC)
thank you for taking the time to read it! it was very fun to experience. :)
Nimenicnimenic on September 11th, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you had a great time.
I wish I had the money and opportunity to go to Dragon*Con next year but chances are well lets just say not big.

Me: [completely freaked out] Let's not talk about this anymore. [A man walks by wearing a kilt - and a wrist cuff with a leash attached, led by a girl about my age. We both look.]
My mom: I'm not really into that, though.
Me: Hmm. I am.
[awkward silence]

Hee...there should be more slave men wearing kilts. Just sayin. *g*
they call me genius jengirlpire on September 11th, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC)
i'm so with you on the kilt-wearing slave men. :D
The First Evilasta77 on September 14th, 2006 12:47 pm (UTC)
Great Report. I think you were sitting on the floor next to me during Nick's Q&A on Saturday. :) And you are correct, the lightening was horrible in that room. None of my pictures turned out well.
they call me genius jengirlpire on September 14th, 2006 04:09 pm (UTC)
thanks! i wasn't sitting on the floor, but i was sitting on the end of the aisle, so i may have been sitting next to you if you were on the floor. :) i haven't seen many pictures from that room that were any good, except the very close up ones.
TrueXena: Geek Lovetruexena on September 15th, 2006 07:16 am (UTC)
I just sat here and read your con report (outloud and over the phone to a friend in Cali, while I'm in Ohio) in it's entirety. We both laughed and enjoyed it fully. Thanks for taking the time to report on all the great fun you had at this year's Dragon*Con.

I'd also like to invite you to request to be the Moderator for one of the "fan panels" for the Buffy/Angel Track for Dragon*Con 2007. If you have an idea for a panel, or would just like to be one of the panelists for a panel already scheduled (none are scheduled yet so anything you suggest will probably be HIGHLY considered) please send it to thebuffytrack(at)

The staff are totally willing to work with anyone and everyone who is wanting to step up to the plate. So your suggestions are valuable to them at this point.

Also feel free to let the staff know what EXACTLY it is that you didnt like about that particular panel you didnt like, so they can try and alleviate that 'issue' in years to come.

Thanks again for a great report, awesome pics and videos, and hope to see you at the Buffy/Angel Track in 2007.

Later dayz,
(Buffy/Angel Track Staffer)
they call me genius jen: angel tickgirlpire on September 20th, 2006 10:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed my report. :)

I emailed an idea for a panel to the address you gave me, and I also volunteered to be a panelist if they'll have me, since I know I'll be attending next year and I was planning to do all the Buffy/Angel track events anyway. Do you know if I should expect a reply...?
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