Sunday, September 30, 2018

A Sweet Story Of Real Heroes At Dragon Con 2018

I originally shared this in my Instagram Story, the same night it occurred back during Dragon Con. I've had a few people request I share it here, though, plus I wanted to add an update, so here goes:








Let me add that all 3 of these cosplayers missed the big photoshoot they were there for, and without a second's thought or hesitation. The professor knew Dana a little from earlier shoots, and when she told him to go, to not miss out, he brushed off her protests with a smile and an assurance that her health was the only important thing.


When John and I left the group we assumed the crisis was over, when in fact it would take them all another two hours (!!) to transport McGonagall to her room just one sky-bridge away. There were no wheelchairs available (something I'll definitely be mentioning to Dragon Con) so the three had to carefully walk the poor lady through the suffocating crowds - pausing often for her to sit and rest - to get just one hotel over and up to her room. (In the hotel's defense, we did have paramedics quickly on hand; you can see them in my video. Just no wheelchairs.)

On the bright side, I'm told that by the next morning the professor was right as rain.

Before they parted ways that night, the trio went back to the area of their missed photoshoot and took this for the professor:

I hope she keeps it as a happy reminder of friends and cosplay family.  :)

These three make me proud to be a geek, you guys. They're the perfect examples of the kindness and kinship I feel every time I'm at a con, and I hope you'll go show them some love:

Joker is Dana Elliott, Superman is Jason Spencer, and Dr. Poison is Claudia Martinez. (Links to their Instagram accounts.) They have no idea I'm doing this, but I wanted to shine a little light on their kindness. Thanks for stepping up, you three!


17 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing! That is a lovely story. Thank you all for the rays of sunshine.

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  2. <3 That's exactly what fandom is supposed to be about!

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  3. Those are some kind and generous superheroes! Glad McGonagall is doing okay, and glad she had all the help when she needed it most!

    KW

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  4. Wow, I'm reading this at work, openly weeping at the kindness! <3

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  5. Throughout my entire life, the people I've met at cons are the nicest and friendliest people. I would give second place to the guys who are members of our local American Legion motorcycle riders group. :) Whatever you need, these groups got you taken care of. :)

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  6. Awww, that rocks!!!! I'm glad you shared this story, but I'm even more glad it's true.

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  7. And this is humanity at it's finest. Well done to all who put the needs of another ahead of their own. Thank you for sharing this.

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  8. Awww...That's awesome! *Sniff* Darn onion chopping ninjas!

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  9. Awesome story! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. TEARS. Big ones. I love when people are good to each other, and I really needed to see this today.

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  11. Thanks for sharing! It's just amazing when people stop what they're doing and where they're going in their busy lives and are there for someone else in need.

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  12. Lovely! DragonCon peeps are the best!

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  13. At the risk of being That Cranky Klingon Broad, this whole story begs the question: Does Dragon*Con EVEN HAVE a Disabled Services dept.?! Follow up question: IS THERE *NO* SECURITY FORCE, volunteer/fan-based or otherwise? Because as heartwarming as this story/video is, the fact that she had to go through all that is, quite frankly, appalling. What if those loving souls hadn't been willing or able to help? I'm sorry, girl, no shade or anything, but reading things like this make me even less likely to ever make the slog to Atlanta; costuming is my life and sharing in it is my joy, but sweet mother of Bowie, their whole set-up is a logistical nightmare. I did Comic Con for 25 years, 12 for Disabled Services, and as someone somewhat familiar with the sort of planning involved in these events, and with all due respect,I just don't "get" their Ways of Things; it seems enormously frustrating. While I would LOVE to be able to enter the Miss Klingon Homeworld Pageant and turn some bitches out, this just ain't my jam.

    Mad props to you and everyone else who does dig it, and more power to yer arm! I do love to see the pictures, and am considering trying out that online membership thing next year, if it's still a Thing? Did anyone hear/read how the whole online program attendance thing went?

    Your Pal,

    Storm the Klingon

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  14. I'm not crying, you're crying.

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  15. It's good to know there's always someone nearby to help lift us. <3

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