For the ninth year in a row, Mike and I attended PAX East in Boston, MA last April. Back in 2010, it was our first con, and thus it holds a special place in our hearts. This post is about the con itself. I’ll follow up with cosplay photos later.
New this year, the con added a day: Thursday. Thursday badges never sold out, and it was the least busy, most chill day I’ve had at PAX East in years. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the expo hall that empty.
Upon entering the hall, we went straight to the Dropmix booth. There was almost no line, which meant that Mike could play the demo and get the con-exclusive cards with little wait.
The obligatory Chessex photo
On Saturday we had the pleasure of meeting our friend Liz for a shoot. We didn’t expect to see another Washington, DC-area cosplayer at PAX East, so when I heard Liz was coming to the con on Saturday, I jumped at the chance to set up a shoot.
Then Mike and I split up to attend different panels. Mike went to see a panel given by the Waypoint Radio podcast.
Meanwhile, I went to see a panel on combining cosplay with video game marketing, given by Leelee the Bunny, Bethany Maddock, and Mikal Mosley. I’m not interested in pursuing the types of business ventures they were discussing, but I’ve always enjoyed Leelee the Bunny’s panels (she’s a good speaker), so I decided to give this one a go. It was cool to hear about how all three panelists have found their place in the cosplay world.
Right after the panel, I ran into a Harley Quinn/Poison Ivy cosplayer pair, and the Ivy gave me a rose! Since I was wearing a Catwoman costume at the time, we had a good chat about Gotham Girls cosplay. Plus, one of them is also a member of Mandalorian Mercs.
On Sunday, Mike and I broke out our My Little Bruins cosplays (based on art by Ali Lawrence) for the first time in a couple years. Back in April the Bruins were rolling (before later getting eliminated in the second round of the playoffs), so we thought it was appropriate.