The cosplay is always great at these gatherings, whether it be ComicCon, C2E2 or Gencon, but this year was especially a treat because we saw a lot of characters from our favorite RPG, Pathfinder. Our sister site and photographer’s blog, Artfully Distracted, will host most of the pictures, but I wanted to share one of them with you. This is the iconic inquisitor from the Advanced Player’s Guide. We saw a few more and I’m hoping today we get the rest. We saw beautiful representations of the Witch, and the Sorcerer iconics as well, but didn’t manage to get a picture on Saturday.
The cosplay parade was packed, and the competition for the show was very talented this year. Along with these wonderful RPG characters the hall was packed with anime, video game, and comic stars as well as some fantasy classics. We saw the new militaristic Venom next to Lego Batman, Gandalf with a spartan from Halo, and an endless plethora of other fantastic outfits. I think that shows like Heroes of Cosplay, Faceoff, and Marvel’s new show, Marvel Method, have brought new ideas, skills, and craftsmanship to the average cosplayer and they are stepping up to deliver some amazing costumes.
I also had a good, and informative year with the Writer’s Symposium, and recommend these seminars and classes to any aspiring writer, or creator that attends the con. Last year I took a few classes, which were good, but two that I took this year with Maxwell Alexander Drake were fantastic. I think I learned more in his two classes, creating more realistic worlds, and character creation, than I learned in all of the other classes combined. That’s not to say the other classes were a waste, or that the speakers didn’t do their job, it’s just that Mr. Drake focused heavily on teaching, giving his thoughts on the two topics, and doing a great job of not getting side-tracked with anecdotes about writing.
The stories we get are great. I love hearing how Ed Greenwood developed the Forgotten Realms, or how Larry Dixon’s office is occupied by an owl, or Mercedes Lackey has an entire wall devoted to a gigantic map of her world. Those are wonderful insights into the people who, to us, are just a name, and give us beloved worlds to dive into for a time, but I also take these classes to learn. I took something away from every class, for sure, but Mr. Drakes gave me the most useful information that I could apply to my own writing.
That said, if you get a chance, attend any, and as many that you can. Certainly, if Mr. Drake is teaching one, take that first, but don’t turn down the opportunity to get even one grain of guidance from anyone that is doing this for a living. Above all learn that all authors are different, in style, technique, and approach. I think of all the classes I’ve taken that’s the most important thing I learned. No two writers do this the same way.
So all in all Saturday was a good day. I’m tired, and more sore than I was yesterday, but I had a blast. The crowd was overwhelming, the convention floor was madness, but we saw a lot and spent a lot of money. I still have more to see, an interview to do, and finally a drive home. As much as I want to stay, I am looking forward to sleeping in my own bed, so until next time, thanks for visiting.