King for a Day: Pictures from Dan Con and the Take the Black Stout Launch

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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