Well, the big weekend is gone, and Marcon is over. But had a fabulous time overall, meeting up with old friends from last year and making new ones, even though my voice is almost completely gone, and I'm exhausted. I have a new rule- when you're at the Ghostbusters room party...don't drink the yelllow stuff. Seriously.
We had some trouble with the SG-7 booth- the location kinda sucked, unfortunately. But, the big honkin Stargate we had setup at the table...was a big hit with people. If only it hadn't fallen over in the middle of one our panels on Friday night...it took most of the morning on saturday wrestling with it to stay up. But thanks to the help of the nice hotel engineer guy, who had a electric drill, I was able to get it back up, and it stayed this time *G*.
Two surprising things did happen though. One, and I'm not even all that sure how this all happened, but my two friends and myself managed to impress the director of the con with our panels, and the planning we had done, so that he invited us to be a part of of the official Marcon Planning Staff for next year. Our main job will be planning, scheduling, and preparing all the programming panels next year. It hasn't sunk in yet that means planning about 50-80 different discussion and presentation panels, and figuring out scheduling and rooms and making sure everyone has a place and equipment they need, etc. So that should be interesting, even if it might be quite a bit of work over the next year.
And two- somehow, I've been sucked into something else. By Saturday night, it was very evident by many people's attire, that the Pirate craze of the last 3-5 years has been replaced by Steampunk. In a really HUGE WAY. It was everywhere. The dealer room was selling top hats with wierd goggle attachments, and victorian era dresses and corsets left and right. And they weren't cheap, that's for sure.
But the costumes are really impressive, and are way too fun. Talking to many people, some of whom were traditional historic costumers, Steampunk represents total freedom- you can mix and match eras, styles, and even whole periods if you want. And because the options are so vast, I could tell it has huge cross-appeal for people. Goths can embrace the dark and mysterious steam power/device angle, while the historic and fantasy people can delve into modifying tradittional Victorian styles. It's a win-win all around. Many said most of the supplies they get just walking through the plumming aisle at Lowes or DIY.
Soooo....as I am planning on going to Dragon Con for sure this year...I will definitely be putting together a costume. I already started, as I found in the dealer room a perfect walking cane, with a metallic hound's head. And twist the head, and it unscrews as a short sword. As most everyone else was going for top hats with twin tailed long coats, I'm thinking more a classic bowler hat, with a sack coat/silk vest/pinstripe pants. And I've already got the idea for a hand controlled monocle device, attached by control cables in a glove, going up the arm, where a push of a finger would raise and lower a set of monocles. The character would be a Official Member of the Department of Unearthly Investigation and Elimination. Yeah, a really fancy way of saying alien hunter. *G*
Yeah, it's bad when it's already this far. But really, walking around downtown Atlanta, in something like this...isn't really optional. So it should be a fun time this summer putting this thing together. And as I realized saturday night the trap I had fallen into, I explained to my friends....I hate them. Seriously, for giving me the ideas. Or then again, it might have been the yellow stuff....