My Fangirl Life Game of Thrones Cosplay: Edmonton Expo 2015 was last modified: April 10th, 2016 by Kris Padget
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD is back (Hurray!) and the celebrate we thought we’d put up some new SHIELD cosplay photos. It is amazing how badass you feel when dressed like an ass-kicking member of a highly secretive, world defending agency. Here are a few pictures of our last mission at the 2015 Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo.
Justine as Agent Melinda May
Kris as Hawkeye
KG as Nick Fury
All photos by the My Fangirl Life team. Click on any photo to view the gallery in a larger size.
You can check out our previous SHIELD cosplay photos in these posts: My Fangirl Life Cosplay: S.H.I.E.L.D. and My Fangirl Life Cosplay: S.H.I.E.L.D. – Calgary Expo Edition. Happy Cosplaying!
Love & Luck,
Recently the My Fangirl Life team attended the Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo. This annual convention ran from Friday, September 25 to Sunday, September 27 2015. I thought I’d review it. I mean, we want you (as our loyal readers) to know whether this convention is worth your while. Before I start I will let you know about my Comic Con habits. I love walking around and looking at everything, but I’m not a big buyer… not enough disposable income, to be honest. I love how much there is to learn about at panels, but I choose the select ones I really want to see to attend… not everything. This is because my main draw at a comic expo is cosplay. I love cosplay. I love dressing up. I love seeing other people’s costumes. I love having people admire mine. While I enjoy all of the aspects of Cons, cosplay is where it’s at for me. That being said, let’s review:
The ECEE is held at the Edmonton Expo Centre at Northlands. It’s the best venue in the city for an event of this scale. There is a large floor plan for vendors, programming, etc, and a great ice rink-style hall with ample tiered seating (for large-interest panels). I appreciate the fact that the convention has been able to grow here, opening new halls each year. This Expo has definitely seen growth; the attendance for the four years of its existence have been 15,000 in 2012, up to 25,000 in 2013, which increased to approximately 35,000 in 2014, and finally 50,000 this year. Even though the biggest attendance spike happened for this convention this year, the crowd control was the best yet. Not only were more halls open, creating a bigger footprint to disperse people over, but additional pathways between halls were utilized to keep the flow of traffic.
My one complaint centers around food (because food is very important to me). I love that food trucks are invited to participate in this annual gathering of the geeks, and I didn’t mind that they were moved this year, but there just aren’t enough. Especially on Saturday when attendance peaks, there needs to be more options for food. Perhaps offering trucks at both ends of the venue, even for that one day? Just a suggestion.
Edmonton Expo 2015 Venue – MFL Rating: A-
The Edmonton Expo programming was varied and exciting this year. The panels & workshops, put on by mostly local Albertans, had something for everyone. There was educational content, discussions, children’s activities, and something from most any major fandom… you name it, ECEE 2015 had it. I like the idea of offering both solo Spotlights and ones grouped by fandom, such as this year’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer panel with James Marsters, Eliza Dushku, and Amber Benson. Holding Spotlights on all of the big stars in the large arena means everyone can see their favourites without worrying about getting a seat (even if it’s far away). During some of the Q&A periods I wished there was a question vetting system, that makes sure people (a) only ask one question and (b) don’t ramble on for 5 minutes before or after the question with personal stories. There are very few situations where we, the audience, want to hear about other audience members over listening to the featured celebrity. However I don’t know if pre-authorizing questions is a realistic system, or if it’s always needed. In Stan Lee’s panel it definitely was, but in Jenna Coleman’s I found most question-askers to be quick & concise.
I can tell the Alberta Entertainment Expo group (who puts on Edmonton Expo, as well as cons in Calgary & Saskatoon) tries to provide fun opportunities for something a little different each convention. This year it manifested in a concert by Billy Boyd’s band Beecake. While it was extremely cool to see the band play and they sounded amazing, the set-up of this show leads me into my major programming concern: nightlife. The concert was an hour long and had the attendees seated in neat rows of chairs. Where was the dance floor??? This was an opportunity to provide actual “after hours” activities and ECEE squandered it. I knew, as a regular attendee of Alberta Entertainment Expo conventions, that I would be asked to sit if I had tried to stand & dance. Which is sooooo not in the spirit of a concert. I’d love to see fun, dancer-friendly concerts in the future. Or perhaps a costume party or cosplay ball in the evening? Just because the vendor floor closes at 8pm doesn’t mean the fun has to stop!
Edmonton Expo 2015 Programming – MFL Rating: B+
Watching Edmonton Expo 2015’s guest list was a roller coaster. First no one good was coming. Then they announced EVERYONE. Then there were a bunch of cancellations. Only to settle at the end with a very decent roster of celebs. My favourites were Jenna Coleman, who is too cute to handle, and Stan Lee, because as a nerd you must worship at his feet. My friends had other favourites from other fandoms, proving to me that variety is the spice of life. As Edmonton is a rather “remote” location compared to most other North American conventions, the star power it can pack into these three days always impresses me.
Seeing these stars was a piece of cake. Yes, volunteers reminded you there was “no stopping” in the walkways of the autograph area, but the ample space allowed you to loop around 2 or 3 times to soak up the beauty of your top stars. Plus celebrities all had multiple autograph and photo times, making sure everyone got the opportunities they wanted. Moving the photo ops to their new location his year really improved the flow and, although it was a bit rushed, our photo with Jenna involved very little waiting around, which is something all attendees appreciate when there is so much to do & see in these 3 short days.
Edmonton Expo 2015 Guests – MFL Rating: A-
Going to the same conventions run by the same people each year can get a bit repetitive. At April’s Calgary Expo I was feeling kind of “over” all of the vendors. I’d seen that. I’d shopped there. So Edmonton’s Market Place surprised me with its new vitality. There were shops I’d never seen before mixed in with the standard ones… And so much local talent! There’s nothing like knowing a show is offering support to local artists, creators and entrepreneurs. We met multiple people who were offering beautiful artwork, independent comics or goodies that were too cool to walk past without a second glance. My Fangirl Life is excited to announce that we will be spotlighting a few of these vendors that really caught our eye in the upcoming months. Watch out for profiles, giveaways & coupon codes! Because Christmas is coming up fast… and you can never buy yourself too many presents ?
Edmonton Expo 2015 Shopping – MFL Rating: A
You can’t credit the Expo for the actual quality of cosplay that was on parade. This credit goes to the awesome Albertans (and visitors) who put countless hours and their blood, sweat & tears into their costumes… And there were a lot of amazing ones! Here’s where I want to give a shout out to the awesome members of the Edmonton Cosplayers Group who arranged some cool meet-ups, including the epic Game of Thrones one My Fangirl Life attended on Saturday.
What I can review is the experience for a cosplayer at this particular convention. My personal experience was better than last year, when I had my Hawkeye bow taken away by weapons check after they had told me it would be ok the day before… not fun. This year I had a redesigned “weapon” and it flew through check with no issues. As did all of our other props. Oddly Edmonton Expo had extended Weapons Check to Props & Weapons Check. Not odd in itself, until you hear what kind of props they made us check. Our princess baskets, for example. Instead of carrying purses or bags as princesses, we like to carry all of our necessary items in costume-appropriate baskets. And apparently this was concerning as the volunteers in the lobby area actually flagged us down to make sure we went back to get these approved. Prop checking my basket was equivalent to prop checking my purse (which was much heavier on Sunday than Friday’s basket… it could have done a lot more damage). And while looking at our baskets the volunteer made Justine check her baguette…??? I appreciate attempts at safety but this was taking things a little far. That being said, the Prop Check line went quickly and didn’t take too much time out of our day.
Overall my experience as a cosplayer was good, but I’ve got another suggestion to make Edmonton Expo even more enjoyable for those of us that really contribute to the atmosphere of the event by showing up in costume – offer us bonuses! I mean, you know Edmonton Expo wants all the awesome cosplayers to show up in their awesome costumes. Why not reward us for all the time, effort, and money we put in to making your event awesome? It could just be some sort of voucher you could pick up from an information booth… tickets to an event, discount coupons, entry to a private cosplay reception, access to a free short photo session with prints to ensure everyone can get a great photo of their costume… my list of suggestions goes on and on. I think this is something that would really up the ante and make amazing cosplayers want to ensure they attend this comic expo.
Edmonton Expo 2015 Cosplay – MFL Rating: B-
Now you know how I feel about each of the aspects of the con, but what is my rating for the overall experience? I’ll quantify it using My Fangirl Life’s handy fangirl-appropriate rating system. Here’s my rating for Edmonton Expo 2015:
8 out of 10 Feels: ?ﾟﾑﾸ?ﾟﾑﾑ?ﾟﾑﾽ?ﾟﾘﾃ⚪️⚪️
Were you at Edmonton Expo 2015? If so let us know what you thought in the comments! Or you could let us know what your favorite Con is so maybe we can stop by next year!
Love & Luck,
Wow, September 2015 has flown by and it’s been an exciting month here at My Fangirl Life. Because we have so many fun things to tell you, we’ve decided to start posting a regular “Month in Review” so we can share exciting features and blog news every four weeks. Read on to find out what is happening in our world!
FEATURES & MEDIA
Here are all the places we were featured this month, both online and off. Be sure to check them out! If you are interested in working with us in any way in the future, please drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Geeky Loot – Our new friend Christina over at Geeky Loot wrote a feature on us for her blog… you can see it HERE!
- Global TV – We were interviewed at Edmonton Expo while dressed as Disney Princesses, and were featured on our local 11PM news! We emailed the news studio and they have not put a clip up, so we sadly can’t share it with you, but here are some photos we captured instead:
Here’s what is new at our blog this month. This is where we can welcome new people to the team, announce new content that you can look forward to, let you know what fun events we attended this month, and just generally tell you anything we feel you should know!
- New Contributor – We’d like to welcome Erika Brown R.D. to the contributor team as our resident foodie fangirl. She’ll be posting monthly about nutrition and healthy recipes, all with a fandom twist! Feel free to check her first post out, inspired by the fabulous Taylor Swift:
- Monthly Wrestling Post – Our semi-regular contributor Johnny Rico put up the first instalment of his new regular series on wrestling. Check his first post out by clicking below and be sure to come back monthly to see what else he has to say!
- Edmonton Expo – The My Fangirl Life team attended Edmonton Expo on September 25-27, in cosplay of course. We had a blast dressing up, posing for photos, and making connections in our local geek community. Pictures to come soon, but here’s a teaser for you:
- Vendor Shopping Features – We’ve recently come across some amazing geek and fangirl stores in our home province of Alberta, Canada and are working on coordinating a variety of features in the next couple months. Our hope is to help you with ideas for the perfect Christmas gift for everyone in your life. For each of the shops we feature, we’ll share some information about the owner, the inspiration, the products themselves, and how to buy online. We are also hoping to include giveaways and coupon codes so keep watch to get involved!
THINGS WE ❤️
Read on for all the things we’re loving this month. Anything is fair game!
- Fall Fashion – September is the gateway to fall fashion, and we’re loving the sweaters,
hats, and boots that we can now bust out and add to our outfits for that perfect autumn touch.
- The Return of TV – Not that we mind binge-watching on Netflix, but it’s exciting to have all of our favourite shows back on with new episodes each week. Plus, there are all sorts of awesome new shows to check out that could easily become our new favourites (read: Scream Queens)!
- Pumpkin Spice Lattes – I am pretty obsessed with these right now. Like, never stop thinking about them obsessed. Good thing I received a few Starbucks cards for my September birthday… I can now afford PSL season!
- Glue Guns – Not sure if you know this, but glue guns are the magic keys to cosplay. I’ve known about how awesome they are for awhile, due to using them for event purposes and to make the belt for my Daenerys cosplay, but Justine just discovered this while working on the detailing for Margaery’s wedding dress. We are all revelling in the genius of hot glue right now.
- Fall Candles – Kris is constantly inventorying our candle stash to see how many are Autumn appropriate. The answer is that there are never enough.
I hope you found this update interesting and helpful!
KG & the My Fangirl Life Team
It’s the Monday after Edmonton Expo, which means I’m in the depths of PCD (Post-Con Depression) and I’m reminiscing about all the fun we had over the weekend posing for photos, chatting with randoms, geeking out, and hanging with our nerdy friends. So many of our newest recent connections have been made through the awesome and fun cosplay community, and I thought it would be neat to tell you a couple stories about making cosplay friends.
It struck me on Thursday night (aka Expo Eve), when Kris, Justine, and I were sitting around putting finishing touches on all of our outfits for the weekend. Kris was gluing snaps onto the feathered collar for her new Sansa, obviously. Justine was brushing out an excessive number of hair extensions which we had just used to test Margaery’s wedding style. I was sitting on my computer, receiving messages from two awesome friends we’ve made from cosplay events over the past 6 months. This is where my new connections are coming from now – from the nerd and cosplay community!
We met Danny from Baconation at Calgary Expo this past April. He was dressed as Joffrey from Game of Thrones, and we stalked him down because we were dressing as Daenerys, Sansa, and Margaery the next day. He gave us his number, and we were able to connect for a photo shoot, resulting in these photos, including this most epic one:
Since that shoot, we’ve attended another Con together and done other fun friend activities. We spent lots of time together this past Saturday at Edmonton Expo. This was expected since we were part of a large and epic Game of Thrones cosplay group (don’t worry – photos to come!). But we also hung out a lot outside of our GOT photo shoot time and it was a whole lot of fun to get to know each other even better. On Sunday our costumes didn’t match since we had changed to SHIELD, but we all still wanted to wander around together so we decided we could just be friends instead of a cosplay group.
Obviously we hit it off right away and have become excellent friends since! We even managed to convince Bella to dress as Arya to go along with our other Game of Thrones outfits for Edmonton Expo this weekend. She was an absolutely fabulous addition… and this was actually her first large expo experience. I know we all are looking forward to more cons, photo shoots, and general friend fun with Bella. Cosplay only got us started – we are growing our friendship from there!
It’s nice when you meet someone at a cosplay event because you never have to go through that weird and awkward “So… I sometimes like to dress up in costumes of my favourite fictional characters and do photo shoots” conversation. You met them when you were both in cosplay. They get it. They’re weirdos too (at least a little bit). Cosplay friends are the best.
Another thing I really like about our cosplay friends is that we’re all totally into helping each other out with new and exciting costumes. Bella has offered to take some of Justine’s sewing in the future (since Justine plays seamstress to Kris and I as well as making her own stuff), and last week Danny texted me to ask for advice on what make-up to use to make him look Joffrey pale. There are no weird questions when it comes to cosplay!
Have you made friends through cosplay or other parts of the geek community? Share your stories in the comments or tweet us at @Fangirls_Online. We’d love to hear how you’re making connections.
Hi internet friends! This weekend the My Fangirl Life team is heading to another Con. It’s Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo… Yay! Unlike Calgary Expo, back in April, this one is in our hometown. We don’t have to pack up our costumes (into a million bags!) and road-trip. Plus we’re able to get ready in the comfort of our own homes – definitely more convenient!
We’re excited to take in the sites and sounds of Expo life again, as well as adventure back into the world of cosplay. I’ve been busy sewing and we’re debuting some new costumes this weekend!
You can follow our weekend shenanigans on our twitter account: @Fangirls_Online and Facebook page: My Fangirl Life Blog. If you already follow us, you’ll have had a sneak peek with some behind-the-scenes photos already.
Here’s our cosplay line-up for the weekend:
We’ll be posting photos, how tos & other fun stuff to go with each of these outfits once we’ve recovered from our busy weekend and have time to edit photos/write posts/etc! Also check back for some of our highlights of the Expo. We’re all very excited!
If you’re out at Edmonton Expo and you see us, come say hi and let us know you saw our post – we’d love to meet our readers! For everyone else, check us out on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates, and we’ll be sure to post all about it when we’re back.
Hope to see some of you!
– Justine Alyssa
Our friends over at Guardians of Geek are doing a Week of Barrowman…a tribute to John Barrowman on the week of his birth. Being as today is his birthday I thought I’d join in on the fun. I am going to contribute to the list of personal tales of encounters with John…but mine is about how he was horrible. Just Kidding! I am also going to gush about how nice he was. And how funny he was. And how he’s the best.
It was at Edmonton Expo, the Con in my hometown. He did an amazing panel where he had us in stitches. I have never laughed so hard during a Q&A. Then he did autographs and took so much time to talk to each person. And he topped off his day with photo ops. I was so impressed with the amount of care he showed each person and his investment in each photo. He hugged you like you were his best friend then pulled you in nice and close for the picture.
But when I was most impressed with him was after the expo was over for the day. There is a local improv group (Rapid Fire Theatre) who does a special Doctor Who-inspired edition of their show every few months…it is called Doctor Whom. Some clever planning had the group capitalizing on the geek population being out in full force that weekend by scheduling one of such shows on that Saturday night. I was there, as I always am, but was so impressed to find that was John Barrowman was as well! Someone had mentioned to him that the show was happening so he came out to support his fans. What a guy! He chatted with fans animatedly and laughed uproariously throughout the show. And at the end he asked for the gentleman who was playing Jack Harkness to come out so he could personally congratulate him on a job well done. Such a classy move by a man who goes the extra mile.
Happy Birthday John Barrowman! And thanks for being a shining example of someone who treats people right, no matter if they are famous or not.
Love & Luck,
Unfortunately, I don’t know if this can become a regular series since you can really only be a first time cosplayer once. That being said, I’m going to stretch my first cosplay experience to encompass my entire first weekend. You can read about how and why I was convinced to take part in such a ridiculous (and awesome) pastime here. In today’s post, I will take you on a journey through yet another excellent piece of Closet Cosplay.
I enjoyed my first day of cosplaying so thoroughly that I was an easy sell on attending on Sunday. There was only one problem – what to wear? Kris and Justine were planning to wear some very serious dresses from Game of Thrones. Despite the fact that my outfit was quite thrown-together on my first day, it was still a hit because it jived with what the rest of my group was wearing. There was no way I could possibly come up with something to go along with Game of Thrones on such short notice.Or was there? The moment we had this idea, I was sold. I wasn’t really sure how well I would pull it off, or whether people would understand. It seemed even more unlikely that anyone would recognize me than the time I was Nick Fury. But I had to try it. We had come up with an epic idea: George R. R. Martin.
Who is George R. R. Martin, you ask? Well, here is a photo for you:
Yes, that is the great George R. R. Martin. If you still haven’t figured it out, he is the author of the Game of Thrones novels. George seems to almost always appear in plaid old man shirts with suspenders, grandpa glasses, and that ridiculous hat with a turtle pin. Easy enough to pull together, I figured.
Luckily Kris dresses like a hipster/old man most of the time, so she had a plaid grandpa shirt and a pair of red suspenders on hand, as well as a comparable hat! I picked up some glasses at the drug store, then found a pineapple pin (the closest thing I had to a turtle), threw on some jean shorts and brown boots, and added a name tag saying “I will kill all of your favourite characters”. I then grabbed a copy of the Game of Thrones novel to carry around for the day. I was ready to go. Would people understand my costume? I was nervous.
The best thing I had going for me was that I spent the day walking around with the greatest accessories – the characters George created! Many people wanted Kris and Justine’s pictures as their Sansa and Margaery costumes were second to none. Most of these people looked at me and said “Who the hell are you? Get out of my picture!”. But the few that understood absolutely adored my costume and usually killed themselves laughing. One guy even understood what I was right away, without Kris and Justine even in the vicinity. In this costume, I felt like one of the elite of the nerd world. The hardcore Game of Thrones fans, the book fans – they knew who I was. The recent or show-only fans? No idea.
I really enjoyed the fact that my George R. R. Martin costume felt like an inside joke. Costumes like that are the best – the clever ones that haven’t really been done before. I checked on Instagram. Small, blonde girls don’t cosplay George R. R. Martin every day. I can’t wait until someone else does that search and finds my pictures!
Being George R. R. Martin felt completely different from being Nick Fury, but I still enjoyed myself greatly. It is fun to dress like someone else for a day. The joke between Kris, Justine, and myself was that I was their “publicist” – you know, I was the reason they were famous. It gave me an excellent excuse to hand out cards promoting this blog to those that took pictures of them in their dresses!
Speaking of pictures, this costume allowed us to brainstorm some excellent and clever poses. We took several photos of Kris, Justine, or other Game of Thrones characters on their knees begging me to let them live. I found a pen and we took pictures of me threatening Kris and Justine with it as though it was a sword. We also took one of me sitting on the ground, while they snuck up behind me as though they were entering my imagination. I think that these photos are some of my favourites of the weekend, mostly because much of the world might not understand.
So there you have it – before I knew it, my first ever weekend of cosplay was over. I guess that means I’m now one of these weird people. You know the ones. The adults that dress up in ridiculously true-to-screen costumes and parade around at Comic Expos. The ones that post pictures of themselves recreating their characters’ poses from screen. The people that choose to never grow up.
Below is an actual account of actual events submitted by a guest contributor. Names have been changed to protect all parties involved…let’s call the author the Girl with the Golden Lightsaber. Here is her story:
Hello fellow fangirls and fanboys. Shall I come up with a plural for that? Fanpeople? That doesn’t sound quite as fun.Let’s stick with fangirls & pay homage to this website!
Anyways, I digress…
I had the totally awesome and surprising experience of geek speed-dating at this year’s Edmonton Expo. As someone who has never speed-dated in her life, GEEK speed dating was quite the experience.
Sitting in a room full of single, potential love interests is nerve-wracking to say the least. But there is something incredibly exciting about being at an Expo and doing it in costume. You feel powerful, and not quite yourself. More outgoing. Stronger perhaps. The normal fears of dating are quickly abolished by the speed (see what I did there?) at which you meet each new person. There is no time to be embarrassed as the next person is in front of you within 3 minutes.
When meeting new people a few potential concerns are:
What will we talk about?
What if we have nothing in common?
What if the date is terrible and I need to bail?
Well put those fears aside because when you’re Geek speed dating everyone is bound to have at least one common interest and are there for the same reason as you. As Wil Wheton once mentioned, geeks are insanely passionate about their interests,and that’s what makes hanging out with us so much fun. Put that in a speed dating scenario and you now have only 3 minute sot charm your potential prince dressed a Spider-man.
It was loud and slightly claustrophobic, with cheers and high-fives happening all around me. I loved it. Everyone was so excited to be there, and still running on a high from the day of Con going. Heck! I’m writing this a week after the Con and I’ms till buzzing. Expos…Cons…whatever you want to call them, are extremely exciting and people that go to them love the experience with every fiber of their being. SO with that in mind, cue a bunch of extremely excitable, sugar-high, sleep deprived, exhausted geeks. That’s a recipe for a room full of hyper people, where fun knows no bounds.
After the first 4 or 5 people I lost track of who was who. Who was Team Marvel. Who was Team DC. Which person loved Firefly. And which hated it (GASP!). That’s where the handy-dandy matching sheet came in, where you could circle ‘Maybe’ or ‘Yes’ next to a match.
No spark? No problem! You get to spend the next 3 minutes chatting to a total stranger without fear of being judged. What if the already short 3 minutes are horridly, cringe-worthy, awful? Ask them about their costume and get them to explain it in full detail and how they made it. Whamo! Awkward 3 minutes gone.
At the end of it all I didn’t even get to meet all of the people in the room, however I’m sure I could have spent the next 10 hours talking to them if I wanted to, and we probably would have gotten along splendidly (that’s really a great word; we should try to bring it back). Perhaps we could have gone drinking together in full costume. (I recommend everyone try this at least once. It’s fun. The looks you get are hysterical.)
If you’re a self-proclaimed geek, single and like meeting new people, I highly recommend geek speed dating! And hey, you might get lucky and get a match. And if not, you’ll get a couple hours geeking out with your fellow Con-goers.
Speed Date Away!
XO Girl with the Golden Lightsaber Out.