So this was my first RTX, as well as my first really big con. I've gone to tiny ones (shout out to the Xena convention I went to in high school) but nothing of this magnitude, especially one that involved traveling to a different state. So, needless to say, this was quite the experience.
The weeks leading up to RTX were full of stress because of course I decided I wanted to cosplay at my first RTX. Nope, couldn't just enjoy it in casual gear. Maybe next time I will start planning cosplay a lot earlier, but let's face it, I am terrible at planning in advance and even worse at procrastination.
I did finish my two cosplays, though!! I was originally going to do one for each day but had to scrap Coco because of time and expenses. Maybe eventually I will cosplay as Coco, but RTX 2016 I am already inundated with cosplay ideas.
ANYWAY this is an RTX post, so RTX 2015. We landed on Thursday in the afternoon and Team Best Hotel Room (@SamAcuna, @MLGKatie, @JoelMatos & I) took a bus to the hotel. We had some time before getting ready for our dapper dinner, so we grabbed pizza at DiVinci's which was some pretty damn good pizza. That dapper dinner though. Not only did I get to dress up all fancylike, but I also got to engorge myself with delicious Italian food. It had been a while since I've been to a decent Italian restaurant. Needless to say, that was a great way to kick off RTX.
Next was K-1. I changed into something more comfy (which involved my LotR leggings and AH tank top) and a bunch of us took a cab over to the venue. While I did not end up racing at all, just being there with all the other RT fans and some RT employees was just surreal.
My first RT encounter of the weekend was @Joel and shoddy indoor lighting inside, I think the picture came out gr9.
Luckily Friday was not an early start, so I got to sleep in a little bit. But we did have to go on an adventure for breakfast foods, which led me to a delicious breakfast burrito. I probably should have already been in my cosplay at this point, but as I already mentioned, I do not plan things out so well. It didn't really matter, though, because after said breakfast burrito, I threw on my Yang cosplay (hipster Yang, because why not) and was still ready with enough time to meet up with friends and get to the line for the RWBY panel.
At least I have the wig now, in case I wanted to actually do Yang at some point...?
I will try to avoid recalling the hot mess that was organizing the line to get into the RWBY panel, but I will say that by Sunday the guardians did seem to have a better handle on the panels that took place in the hotels and hopefully if next year sees a similar setup, the first day of panels will run a lot smoother. I was just happy to get into the RWBY panel at all and that minus a near-panic attack because of escalators, the panel itself was a good first panel experience.
Also shout out to the con goers that managed to cosplay team ABRN the day after they were announced at the RWBY panel. Good lord you guys work FAST.
I didn't get a lot of time to walk the floor the first day unfortunately. I wound up at the How To live gameplay on CenterStage. Watching Joel and Adam play Alien: Isolation DLC live was entertaining, to say the least. Unfortunately I wanted to get to On The Spot, so I couldn't stay for the whole thing. ALSO UNFORTUNATELY On The Spot was full before I even got there. But at least I was able to get into Cards Against Humanity, so it wasn't a total waste.
I met some really cool people on the line, who kept me company and were all around awesome people. Sorry I didn't exchange info, but if you remember tiny hipster Yang from New York, come to me!
I think CAH panel was also the start of Penguin Guy, or at least it was my first encounter. Shout out to Penguin Guy, the real MVP of RTX 2015.
By the time I got out of the panel, I hadn't eaten anything and was so exhausted that I didn't really want to do much other than eat and sleep. I did get dragged to Iron Works which, as my first real experience of Texas BBQ? 10/10 would Iron Works again.
Randomly ran into @JoshtheFlanagan in the lobby, so naturally it resulted in @Mahar and I both taking selfies with him at the same time.
Tried to enjoy a night out on 6th Street, but I should probably have just gone to bed at that point since I tried to squeeze too much excitement into one day. Now at least I know better for next time...?
Shit just looking at this I am wondering how the hell I managed to do so much in two days?? Anyway, Saturday was RVB panel day which meant my cosplay was Locus. It also meant getting 3 hours of sleep because I had to BE ready and at the hotel by 8 for when the line officially started. @Danielle and I ended up getting to JW Marriott an hour early which turned out to be well worth it because we got third row seating?? The RVB panel was everything I could have ever dreamed of and more. Wound up crying my eyes out again over a certain recently deceased character. Got to watch the PSA from Sunday as well as this week's episode. And the Q&A was even pretty good??
I have a few pictures of my Locus cosplay, which was loosely based on @synnesai's GFH designs. I wanted to do a more feminine approach and the camo jacket I had was not working at all, so I wound up making a ridiculous green and gray infinity wrap like a month before RTX. The helmet, though, was probably the most annoying thing to make. NEVER AGAIN. Unless I can find foam files or can repaint one of those Master Chief helmets because fuck that shit.
I can facepaint good.
No really, it took me two attempts to figure out how to get the face paint to look good. First attempt it was way too watery. But here is me with the wig that I wound up rage quitting before the RVB panel even began.
Queen Locus after she betrayed Felix and took the Meta's armor for her own, obviously.
At one point we ran into @Ryan who was seriously so nice and had an impromptu meet and greet in the Hilton lobby.
Pretty sure this was before I realized my face paint was sweating off. Next time I am definitely going to have to get setting powder because the setting spray didn't really do shit.
Next panel we had was the Improv panel with a few of my favorite voice actors. Before we got in though, I saw the most fantastic Felix cosplay and had to get a picture, because holy shit FULL ARMOR. Kudos to you because that Texas heat was not fucking around.
I think the Improv panel was my favorite because a) it was so small and b) we had such an awesome crowd?? As much as I wish I had participated, I knew I wasn't feeling 100% good at this point because I hadn't kept hydrated (left my water bottle at the RVB panel) and should have snacked better. Next time, I am making sure I have better supplies on me at all times.
Lee Eddy and Shana Merlin are precious cinnamon rolls.
The rest of the day was mainly spent walking the floor. I was originally going to go to the Werewolves panel but when I saw where they were lining people up to get in, I decided to have a quiet evening instead. Which resulted in some of the best Indian food I have ever had. Shout out to G'Raj Mahal.
Wound up going to bed early that night because I knew I just would not be enjoying myself if I pushed myself too hard. Besides, I got to SLEEP IN for once.
Sunday I had no plans on going to any panels. I had originally wanted to go to the AH panel but I didn't want to spend three hours waiting on a line to get in. The only line waiting was spent meeting @Gray and @Arryn. No regrets here because I really, really wanted to make sure Gray got to see my Locus helmet up close. Besides I needed them to sign my Locus helmet, which was just a tiny bit more awesome as a result.
I gave Locus the flower crown because it was Gray's birthday. Locus is now the prettiest of princesses.
In total I think I got the following autographs on it: Ryan, Shana, Lee, Gray, Arryn, and Jen Brown...
Speaking of Jen Brown. So remember how I lost my water bottle at the RVB panel? Well I went to pick up said water bottle at the lost and found and ran into her as I was leaving. I was originally going to go back and wander the floor, but she wound up inviting me to the impromptu meetup she had just tweeted about. Memo to self: start listening to her podcast, Women in Caskets.
I would have stayed longer but I had to ship a wall scroll back to NY before the UPS Store closed in the Hilton.
THEN it was time for the super secret White Fang meetup. We helped close out the floor with the Guardians and then got really confused as to whether the meetup was still technically happening. I would have stayed longer but I really needed to eat something before cheering on the guardians, so I wound up grabbing food with my roommate @bellison and her RTX roommates.
I am honestly shocked I did not destroy my voice at Cheer on the Guardians.
RT Side Quest had rented out Buffalo Billiards, so we all wound up there. I was so exhausted and didn't feel much like drinking so I could survive the flight home, so I went back to the hotel to pass out...
...but not before this picture was taken. It me!!!
Not really sure this qualifies as a day, but our flight home. It was incredibly bittersweet, packing everything up in the morning and checking out of the hotel. Getting through security was a breeze, and then next thing I knew we were landing in New York again.
It felt like so much more than three full days were spent in Austin. Already I am coming up with excuses to go back and visit. No matter the drama that had happened, I still had a blast. It did open my eyes to a lot of things, and I feel like a new person with a new perspective on life.
I realized a lot of things during that short period of time. Life is fleeting and I do not have time for anything that will make my day to day experiences anything less than amazing. I am worth more than I give myself credit for.
I also realized it's time for a career overhaul. I have spent the last seven-eight years stuck in a job because I didn't believe I could find anything different. I want to do something where my skills are going to be appreciated, not something just to pay the bills.
So I guess it's time to brush up the resume and see what extra qualifications I may need in order to make myself more desirable in the field I am switching to. It's going to be hard since I have been a paralegal pretty much since I graduated from college, but I have to believe it's doable. @CassG, I will probably be in touch, I hope you don't mind.
Anyway, there you have it. My RTX experience. If you were there and we didn't run into each other, please tell me your favorite things!! I want to hear about all the fun things :D