Awesome Con 2018

I’m still home sick today, but I’ve progressed to the coughing phase of the cold, which usually means the end is in sight. Anyway, I thought it was time to get back to event recaps.

At the end of March, I attended Awesome Con in downtown Washington, DC. This is one of my favorite local cons, because it covers such a broad range of interests, including comics, movies, TV, books, and more. I am always sure to find a number of interesting panels to attend and things to see.

This post is about the con itself. I will follow up with other posts about the cosplay later.

I already wrote about what we did on Friday of the con. Highlights included getting some comics signed by Tom King and Clay Mann, hearing Paul Levitz speak, and doing several photo shoots with friends.

A selfie before the Paul Levitz panel
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Paul Levitz during his panel
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Jamey and me, taking a break during a photo shoot with Dan to grab a picture with Leigh (photo courtesy of Leigh)
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My friends Amelia and Lena during the exhibit hall costume contest. They had a cool choreographed fight sequence.
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They won second place!
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On Saturday we only went for the afternoon, but still packed in a full day. Maggie came too, and we both wore Outlander costumes. We spent most of the day wandering the exhibit hall doing some shopping.

Of course we had to check out the Star Wars: The Last Jedi exhibit. They had a bunch of costumes and props from the movie on display.
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We were most excited to see Rey’s outfit.
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The texture of this fabric is really interesting.
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Too cute!
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Elite Praetorian Guard costume
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Kylo Ren costume
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Kylo’s lightsaber
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Random cool story: towards the end of the day, we were doing a little shopping at the end of Artists’ Alley, and we heard this sudden commotion coming towards us. Then this somewhat large crowd with a bunch of people holding up cell phones and recording whisked by. Maggie, Mike, and I had no idea what was going on. But then someone standing near us said that John Boyega had just walked by. The next morning, Jen posted that we were on John Boyega’s Instagram Stories feed. Below are some blurry screen caps of that video. Boyega is the guy in the black jacket with his back to the camera. You can see Maggie and me in our brown Outlander costumes in the first picture and Mike with his baseball cap and camera bag in the second picture. We were right next to him, and I didn’t even see him!
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Sunday we decided to take it easy and not push for any early-morning panels. We did catch Janine at the Women in Star Wars panel.
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Here’s our haul from the weekend. A copy of Daredevil issue 50, which has one of my favorite Alex Maleev covers, the aforementioned Batman comics signed by Tom King and Clay Mann, a series of three space travel prints by Monkey Minion Press, three Disney prints by Megan Withey, three book pins by Ideal Bookshelf, and a horse necklace by Stern Design Works.
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