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    • PAX South 2016 - Cosplay Adventures

      1 year ago

      Melissa_ATX

      I had a blast at PAX South last weekend! I went last year in PAX South's first year of awesome and had a great time. For 2016, PAX South seemed to double in size, and it was definitely a lot to fit into my convention experience with my one-day Saturday badge.


      The biggest change I made from my last year's experience was going in costume. I've always loved making costumes, but last year's PAX inspired me to go into even more detail this time. I went back and forth between several characters (which I will probably cosplay in the future) but I wasn't truly inspired to pour hours, money, and effort into until I saw the new Star Wars movie. I grew up on Star Wars (I literally have no memories of the first time I saw it, because my parents introduced me to it when I was about two years old, before I had long term memory!), so I was very skeptical going into JJ Abrams' movie. Turns out I loved it, I've seen it several times, and Rey has immediately shot up onto my list of favorite Star Wars characters. My choice for a PAX South cosplay became clear.


      I did a lot of research on her costume (thank you to the several people who contributed to the RPF thread on Rey!). I found and bought the actual boots from Po-Zu as my big Christmas present to myself (they are easily the most comfortable shoes I own, so I wear them all the time). A month of trips to Jo-Ann, trips to Lowes, trips to thrift stores, and sewing/gluing/weathering after work every day resulted in a made from scratch, pretty accurate costume that I'm very proud of. (Shout out to friends and family who helped with the staff while I went crazy tea-dying everything and sewing vinyl/leather by hand!)


      PAX in cosplay is very different from PAX otherwise, especially since I was dressed as the main character of a new, HUGE movie and there were actually very few Rey's there. I had photo requests all throughout the day (including two people who asked to hold my hand while we "ran away" in a photo). I also found an awesome Ruby Rose which I had to share on this site. :)


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      My favorite moment from the day by far was meeting "Little Rey." I saw her going up to talk to the people at an exhibitor booth, so I went over and asked her dad if it was alright for me to take a photo with her. The expression on that little girl's face when she turned around to talk to her dad and saw me was priceless! She had such a huge smile on and it totally took me back to when I was little and saw women dressed as Disney princesses. That moment made all of the hours, money, and hard work that went into this costume 100% worth it.

      We took some photos, I told her her goggles were really cool, and she fist bumped one of my friends. (I'm still smiling right now remembering this).


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      My group ended our PAX Saturday with dinner at an Irish pub on the Riverwalk. Huzzah to good friends, good cosplay, and a fun adventure. :)

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    • Shagrazir

      2 years ago

      I just noticed a facebook-esque People You May Know thing on my profile page. It seems to list people near your listed location. I clicked it out of curiosity. You're new! Welcome to the site! May you find fun and friendship here,

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