Unfortunately I had some major photography issues at SuperCon last weekend, so after we left early on Saturday I was only able to salvage a handful of photos. [sob] BUT! John did take some fun video on Friday, so here's a look around the con:
Plus I do have a few cosplay shots I managed to save, so let's take a look at those, starting with my favorite original find:
Tamotoa-inspired warrior! See how she has his crab claw for a sword, and his treasure-crusted shell for a shield? My photos don't do her justice; her makeup and coral headdress were SO COOL.
This Genji from Overwatch was rockin' light-up accents in his armor:
We've long since established I have a high tolerance for creepy dolls, so while *I* think these anime masks are pretty dang cool, your mileage may vary.
I'd only seen these kinds of masks online before, so it was neat spotting some in person!
A little Hocus Pocus:
And a Beauty with her gender-swapped Beast:
Gotta say, I'm loving this trend of lady Beasts.
Spotted these three outside the main hall:
I'm especially loving Poison Ivy's cape and headdress - the roses are so pretty!
This Bender and Ted I think must have been friends since they were walking the floor together, and both are INCREDIBLE foam/fur builds:
Seriously, so good! They could have stepped out of a theme park.
A gender-swapped Pharah from Overwatch:
And my only two flash photos:
Lady Oogie Boogie is holding up a red dice.
I'll end with my favorite family and favorite cosplay - still a bit blurry, but the best I've got:
Black Panther! You guys, look at little Shuri. SHE IS PERFECTION. Yep, I'm totally fangirling over an 8-year-old, and I'm good with that. :D Really, her whole family is serious cosplay goals. GO MOM & DAD! Raising those geeklings right!
As for the convention itself, SuperCon definitely has a younger, more anime-centered crowd, but their panels and guest line-up are top notch, from Shatner to most of the voice actors from Overwatch. They even live-streamed the big celebrity panels on Facebook for folks who couldn't get in! Parking looked like a nightmare, but there were handy shuttle buses - and if you spring for a room at the Hilton across the street like we did, then it's an easy walk in. (Boy did that spoil me!) Another thing I like - although the vendors usually don't - are the later hours, with the main hall closing at 8pm most nights. There were some great vendors, too, as you saw in John's video - how about that giant video game furniture?
And everyone's going nuts for that magic Hufflepuff pillow over on Instagram:
The vendor who makes them also had this giggle:
For the introverted mermaids out there. :D
(Oh, and that vendor is on Etsy! This isn't sponsored or anything, I just like her pillows.)
(But not in a dirty way.)
And finally, since I'm sure you're curious how I managed to mess up so badly with my photos: it was all me, just dumb stuff that I should know better by now. Usually when that happens I can fix my settings and keep going, but for the first time I got so discouraged and overwhelmed that I couldn't think straight, couldn't remember how to do the simplest of things. It wasn't anxiety or anything, just... a fuzzy brain? Any of you get that? Then I started second-guessing myself and froze up; couldn't ask cosplayers for photos, because what if I messed up and wasted their time? What if they asked to see the photo after and it was bad? And how did I not know this stuff after all this time?!
Poor John was beside himself, having no idea how to deal with this new form of mental crisis. Again, not panic; I felt physically fine. I just couldn't take pictures anymore.
Hang on - is that what social anxiety feels like? Not the heart-racing, feeling-of-impending-doom panic attacks I'm used to, but more of a mental paralysis? Huh.
Anyway, so now I feel like a fraud who has no business ever touching a camera again, but John has ZERO patience for that, so I'll be trying again this weekend at MetroCon. That's one thing about central Florida: during con season you get LOTS of chances to screw up, ha. Send me happy thoughts for a cool head, won't you? I want to get this right and have fun behind the camera again - and of course, show you guys more great cosplay!