But back to the topic at hand! By some miracle (named Margie) and to the detriment of my bank account, I found myself in a car on the way to MCCC and to my ginger idol, Karen Gillan. By now, most of you know of my strong love of Doctor Who and how I've been cosplaying as Amy Pond ever since I've actively been attending conventions. So finding myself with the opportunity to meet the actress who brought such a fantastic character to life had me both thrilled and anxious. (Conventions may give me some of the worst anxiety, but I find it's always worth it in the end!)
With hangers full of leather jackets, plaid, and denim mini skirts, I was prepared for a weekend of Amy Pond shenanigans and awful eating habits. My main focus for the weekend was to attend all things Karen and spend the other half of my time wandering the vendor room and telling myself that, "No, you do not need another piece of art you have no wall space for, but is absolutely fantastic." (I went home with 4 new mini art prints and a large print that is now signed by Karen). I knew the weekend would be an awesome one when the very first night, on the way to find the shuttle back to our hotel, I looked into the lobby and there stood Sean Maguire (Robin Hood - OUAT). I was texting a friend who had met him before, asking how approachable he was and if it was cool to walk up to him. Not one to disturb anyone, I stood, waffling back and forth, on whether to say anything at all. But then, to avoid being physically shoved into the man (as was being politely threatened by my friend), I asked if it would be okay just to say hello and was granted with a hug and a photo by the end of the chance encounter. I may have swooned. A lot.
Many a question started out with "YOU'RE SO PERFECT, OH MY GOD, I LOVE YOU" and provided the audience with all of the secondhand embarrassment they could ever wish for. But moving past the declarations of love and requests for shoutouts to friends that couldn't attend, funny stories and giggling about Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Selfie arouse.
At her photo op later that night, I made sure to ask if photo pose suggestions were a-okay, which I was given the go ahead for. So when my turn for a photo arose, I steeled myself and asked for a selfie-style photo - whipped out my camera and handed it over to the ginger with the longer arms than myself. Three selfies later, we snapped the official photo and I didn't make eye contact with any of the staff, that I'm sure were exasperated over the selfie interlude. It was so worth it. I find myself adoring those photos more than the official photo, even if one is blurry and I am making probably some of the most dorky faces in all of them ♥
Whilst in line for the auto, I ran into a couple of girls that go to Hurricane Who and thus commenced the Whovian chatterboxes that we became. Which was a good thing, as Karen was roughly 40+ minutes late for the session - which was fine with me, as I had a lovely view of the OUAT cast just down the way, smiling and hugging fans.
Perhaps my favorite moment of the weekend (excluding the selfies of awesome the previous night), was when Karen said she loved my cosplay. Nothing validates the time and effort spent in finding the right pieces for a cosplay than when the very person you are cosplaying as gives you a big thumbs up for it!