I went home for spring break to visit family, and on the second-to-last day of my trip, I went with my mom, brother, and one of my brother’s friends to the Silicon Valley Comic Con. My mom and I hadn’t been to a con in years, and this was my brother’s and his friend’s first time, so we were all pretty excited.
Here are a few highlights:
1. (Spoiler Alert for Stars Wars: The Force Awakens. If you haven’t seen it yet, you totally should. Also, this highlight will make absolutely no sense if you haven’t. Frankly, it might not make sense either way, but it was funny in the moment, so I’m recording it for posterity’s sake.)
We were walking down the street amongst a crowd of conners (convention-goers? I don’t know the word for this. I don’t think one exists. Conners is the word I’m sticking with), including a Princess Leia cosplayer. Nearby, a Kylo Ren got out of their car, alongside a few other members of SW:TFA.
Leia: “Son! What are you doing?! Don’t hang out with that crowd!”
2. We went to the Boba Bar for lunch, a little teahouse where a cat lounged outside on the front porch.
Me: This is a good teahouse.
Ian: Because of the cat?
Me: Because of the cat.
When I held out my hand, it began licking it. The cat’s approval meant more to me than that of most authority figures. (The cat also has its own Instagram, @carnethecat, as does the teahouse, @bobabarsj)
3. There was a modern art installation on the street by our car. It was a spray-painted shipping crate with small windows showing, on one end of it, a collection of running sewing machines, and on the other, hanging strands of children’s alphabet blocks with pictures of kids on them. I’m really not doing it justice, but it was interesting. A sign posted on the crate’s exterior explained that it was meant to highlight human trafficking.
And in the convention itself, we found...
3. A Madame Tussaud’s display with a Captain America figure, which was unbelievably awesome.
4. A group of Avengers cosplayers (including Captain Mexico and Bucky Barnes) holding a piñata with a caricature of Donald Trump on it. I got a picture of them posing as one of them pretended to punch it/his face.
6. A No Face (from Spirited Away) cosplayer giving out candy
8. David Gerrold (the writer of Star Trek’s “The Trouble with Tribbles”) selling animatronic tribbles, who purr and vibrate when you pat them. Mom snatched one up in seconds.
All in all, we had a lot of fun, and I hope we can attend another soon!
(Sidenote: I didn't post any pictures of cosplayers because I didn't think to ask for permission to do so. As for the pictures I did post, if this is your creation and you want me to take it down/give better credit, just shoot me a message and I'll do so.)
I have no idea what I'm doing.