Last weekend, at about this time, I was getting ready for Dan Con. It was my first time down there, and well worth the drive to Orland Park. I didn't stay long. I had a Game of Thrones party later that night, but still got a bit of content to share.
Dan Con was split into three areas- a sizable Artists' Alley, a smaller Dealers' Room, and a hangout space. There was even pizza! The event was basically a pop-up comics store. Thus, I was surprised by the amount of cool cosplay. I took some great photos, caught up with a friend, and even talked to a fun gentleman about puppet making. I think I captured every costume around at the time; see them below!
That evening, I went to an incredible party. Brewery Ommegang just released its second Game of Thrones Beer, Take the Black Stout. River North Beer and G-Mart Comics threw a launch celebration at the Logan Theatre. It was billed as a "Costume Party- costumes strongly encouraged." Unlike Dan Con, I was shocked by the lack of costumes. Out of almost 200 attendees, there were maybe 15 of us. I guess this was a testament to how mainstream A Song of Ice and Fire has become; most of the folks there were more passionate about beer than cosplay.
To be fair, Take the Black Stout was delicious. Ommegang has hit a SECOND home run in their GoT series. The party also offered a beer cocktail called "The Peter Drinklage" that got good reviews all around.
Oh, and did I mention I won the costume contest? I did! I used pieces from other costumes (Elizabeth Swann coat, River Tam vest, Catherine wig...) to become Joffrey Baratheon. I think I won more on personality; I was a huge jerk to everyone for hours and hours and hours. ;) Hail to the king, baby!
Here are the photos from both events. They are proof that, when I can, I try to attend everything in my GEEKend posts! ...Unlike THIS GEEKend, when the brakes died on my car. No Maneki Neko Con for me. :( For more photos from the Take the Black Stout launch (including one of my amazing Joffrey swagger), check out the official gallery on Facebook.
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