If you’ve read the ‘about’ page on my website, you’ll know I’m a #fangirl from way back. I love sci-fi and pop culture and have been attending conventions both here in Oz and overseas for 10+ years. However, for the record, I don’t dress up (Cosplay) mainly because I’m too chicken. I know many con-regulars who spend their lives (and incomes) perfecting their outfits and then there are the hard core Cosplayers who starve themselves for weeks prior to a con so they can fit into their costumes. Believe me – I’m not kidding.
Anyhoo, being a #fangirl is an expensive hobby. I have invested a small fortune in photos, autographs and memorabilia, let alone the tickets, airfares, accommodation etc. I have 3 folders for all my autographs with speciality plastic sleeves protecting the valuable signatures of my movie/TV heros.
Photos with the stars!
I paid more than $100 for this little baby.
And then there are the cast shots with multiple signatures that can take a lifetime to complete.
And then there is my pride and joy – my ‘uber set’ of Star Trek Voyager that I’ve had professionally framed with museum quality glass and many other preservation extras.
Yep, I am a NERD!!
However, since having kids, my #fangirl days are almost non-existent. 2 rounds of maternity leave (read no money) and attending cons are like mixing oil and water. Living in Radelaide doesn’t help as we only get a couple of major cons a year and the guests have a tendency to be recycled (a lot)….and we often don’t get access to some of the big names that head to Sydney/Melbourne despite having a strong con culture.
The other type of con is smaller and is show/genre specific i.e. all the guests are from the same show or are all ‘villains’ or ‘nice guys’ etc.
In July, I had a day pass from #mumlife and flew to Melbourne for Creatures of the Night 3 (COTN3) which plays homage to MTV’s Teen Wolf. It’s an awesome show although MTV has just announced that the upcoming season 6 will be its last….cue waterworks 🙁
COTN3 was the third homage to Teen Wolf for First Contact Conventions, headed up by Scott Liston who also produces one of the biggest cons annually in October – AMCExpo (previously called Armageddon). Seriously, this guy is a legend in the sci-fi/pop culture industry and he’s a champion to boot 🙂
Anyhoo, if you’ve ever been to one of the cons held locally in Adelaide, COTN3 was nothing like that. There were only 3 guests, plenty of time for photo ops and autographs etc. It’s small and intimate and as I get older (and more agoraphobic) it’s my preferred con type. All 3 guests can only be described as ‘delightful’:
Melissa Ponzio – who plays Melissa ‘Mama’ McCall – the mother of the Teen Wolf (and one of my favourite characters)
Ryan Kelley – an absolutely ripped teddy bear of a man who gave everyone a hug with their photo ops &
Arden Cho – who is the total package – model, actor, singer and entrepreneur….and she’s only about 30!
A big part of the day was the Q&A session which can be done individually or as a panel. All the guests were so generous with their anecdotes and the brief glimpse into their personal lives as they answered questions from the audience. In 10 years, I’ve never asked a question, but I’m sure I will build up the courage one day.
I am the butt of many a joke due to my love of ‘fandom’…..but I don’t care. I’ve met some cracking celebrities, visited some amazing cities and overheard some scandalous gossip (the chatter that goes on while you’re waiting in line can be GOLD!). I can only hope that my girls love it as much as I do as they get older. My eldest daughter Giuliana is obsessed with My Little Pony. ‘BronyCon*’ is being held in Maryland in August 2017…..hmmmm, reason enough for a family holiday 😉
If you have always wanted to go to a convention, but might be feeling: embarrassed, nervous, afraid, anxious etc don’t be. 99% of the attendees at these events are lovely and incredibly welcoming – you have nothing to be worried about. Being immersed in fandom at a con is an amazing experience….I’d love for you to give it a go. If you have a great con story, please tell me all about it in the comments below.
*A ‘brony’ (and hence BronyCon) is the term used to describe fans of My Little Pony who sit outside the key demographic of little girls (like my 4 1/2 year-old). The term brony was originally used to identify male fans of the show, but it’s now used to categorise all teenage/adult fans. BronyCon is such a big thing they have even made a full-length documentary about it. Giuliana is so infatuated with the show that Marc and I are now Bronies by default. Sometimes you can’t help but get into the shows your kids do 😉