Over the weekend I got a little extra birthday surprise: My pic is in the Battlestar Galactica Season 4 Companion book! Woohoo!
So how did it happen? Well, it’s due to my geekiness.
As I’ve mentioned here & there on the blog, I’ve got a geeky side. This sort of confession may or may not cause eye-rolling…yet.
But my geeky side includes going to big scifi conventions & it has been known to wear costumes.
*waits for the eye rolls*
Hang on, don’t write me off as hopeless yet! I’m not talking about little gatherings where a bunch of guys huddle around playing D&D and reading comic books; I’m talking about huge party weekends where the costumes are just part of the fun.
In my defense, let me say that today’s big cons are basically sci-fi themed Mardi Gras-like parties: a.k.a. constant parties, wild sights & nights, all manner of people. Seriously—the scifi stuff is basically just an excuse for thousands of people to get together & throw wild party after wild party. And costumes? They just add to the fun! The creativity that people display is out of this world (pun intended).
Just imagine a weekend-long Halloween costume party, and there you have it.
(And hey, seeing a huge collection of Spartans in full 300 costume, real ripped abs and all, is always a Very Good Thing.)
I started going to the biggest con, DragonCon, back in 2003. DragonCon happens Labor Day weekend in Atlanta & is loads better & much more fun than ComicCon (the big con most people have heard of in San Diego). DragonCon might not have the media blitz, and the actual attendance numbers during the day might not be as high (but are in the 40,000-70,000 range), but DragonCon is a five-day-long, 24-hours-a-day party. None of this namby-pamby only-open-from-9-to-5 stuff that ComicCon does…hahaha. :) DragonCon starts up on a Thursday (officially opens Friday morning), and does not stop or close down until Monday night. The con goes on for 24 hours a day—literally.
So anyway, I started going in 2003. And then a couple of years later, met & got involved with a fabulous group of people who were all fans of the new Battlestar Galactica. We bonded over our shared love of the show & had a blast collecting costumes, both BSG-related & other movies/tv; dressing up in the various military-inspired gear (many of our group members are actually in the military); throwing BSG-themed parties at DragonCon that some of the show’s actors enjoyed attending; and just basically had insane amounts of fun each year at the con.
Here are a few costume pics:
Then in 2009 one of our group members started a company that auctioned off TV/movie props, and he got to put on two wonderful Battlestar Galactica prop auctions out in L.A. NBC Universal gave him all the show’s props, and he & his team put together the auctions. And he asked others in our group to come out & bring our costumes & be “living props” during the auctions.
A bunch of us went (including me), and it was a fabulous time!
During one of the auctions, one of our group members, Mike, a photographer, was allowed up on a mechanical lift in order to take a bird’s-eye-view picture of all of us posing by the props. The picture came out simply gorgeous:
(I was still blonde then…I’m just to the right of the line on the floor, in front of the ship.)
And a few days ago, Mike told me that that picture was included in the Battlestar Galactica Season 4 Companion Book! He sent a scan:
How cool is that?!
I’d had no idea. But am just tickled to death about it! What a great little birthday surprise. :)
So you see…cons & costuming aren’t always as scary as they seem…hahaha. :)
I will be blogging more about costumes in the coming months, because a couple of friends & I are planning to do Absolutely Fabulous costumes next year…and the person dressing as Patsy will be a guy. Hehehe. And we plan to be in character, too. Oh, the image I’ve got in my mind already… ;)
Here’s to wacky fun & unexpected surprises!