Late last night I returned from the awesomeness that was
Otakon 2010! Thursday
Getting to Otakon was quite a dramatic adventure in itself. After only three hours of sleep the night before, I headed to the airport and caught my flight just in time. My connecting flight to Baltimore was in New York (La Guardia Airport), and I was scheduled to fly out at 3:20pm. Suddenly, a massive storm system swept up the East Coast and grounded every flight south of NYC. I texted my friends to confirm what the airline was reporting, and they also said that it looked like a hurricane had hit Baltimore out of the blue. Flights were rapidly delayed, then canceled, including mine. Long lines began to wind through the terminal, and when I finally was able to speak to a gate agent she told me that all the flights were completely backlogged and that, "We can try to fly you out tomorrow
morning, but we can't make any promises." Guess what I wasn't okay with?
So, after a ridiculous 3 hour wait for our canceled flight baggage to be recovered (during which perfect strangers became best friends, united by the travel crisis and their shared hatred of the airlines inefficiency ^_^), I grabbed a shuttle and secured one of the last rental cars in the area (several companies were completely sold out due to the sheer volume of people trying to make a break for it via rental car). I punched the Baltimore aiport into my GPS and took off, because nothing keeps a Kennedy from seeing their friends
. After a misadventure involving an unlit, washed out road blocked with construction boulders (the only time I wondered about the GPS' "shortcuts") I finally arrived in Baltimore at 2am, and turned in the car. An exhausted but intrepid Oathofchaos picked me up and drove me back to the hotel where we were staying with everyone. Friday
Ota-awesomeness quickly overcame sleep deprivation in the morning, when I awoke surrounded by pure awesome-sauce:
, and Rohan's husband.
In anticipation of the Resident Evil photoshoot that night, I changed into RE4 Agent Leon, with Oath suiting up as Wesker and Rohan's husband also rocking Leon goodness. Rohan and Props Masta' Z (ZestyPizza ^_^) owned the Capital Wastelands as hardcore and smexeh Fallout Raiders, complete with epic rocket launcher! We met up with:
The artistic goodness that is
, the beautiful
, the greatness that is Cloud-tastic
, and the epic duo
It was really nice to finally meet
too, a talented photographer who was following a staggering schedule of a few billion back-to-back photoshoots that weekend. o_o;
We also ran into several other seriously cool cosplayers at the massive Resident Evil photoshoot among places. And there was ice cream... Including the adorable badassery of Nemesis eating ice cream (apparently the truck was fresh out of S.T.A.R.S.). Saturday
Our official Left4Dead group day was pure survival horror bliss! I debuted my Zoey cosplay, which was tons of fun to battle damage, even though the bloody makeup and temporary hair tint took some time to apply. Just walking to the con was beyond fun, especially since (just like in the game for me) Nick(s) were always just ahead of me, but mah Ellis stayed at my side ^_^. We even had the Legend that is El's buddy Keith with us! Not to mention an assortment of props and weapons. I ended up carrying my Incendiary Ammo case so I could just set it down in front of us for photos, which was much easier (and quicker) than hauling it around in a harness and trying to unclip it for each picture. Zesty Pizza rocked his Explosive Ammo case though by brilliantly rigging it through his Nick jacket with a magnet harness. Absolute win.
We had a private shoot with
and MindFall in the morning and then attended the large Left4Dead shoot, which was verah fun. Afterward we ran into three incredible special infected cosplayers (a boomer, smoker, and hunter) who looked epic and were the nicest guys ever. We unfortunately had to split ways because so many people took pictures of us "battling" it out, that we couldn't move ^_^. Man, that was so much fun, I hope we get to do that again next year. Later Oath and I hung out with FatalValkyrie and got some filming done for some projects, although we didn't get back until after 2am. Sunday
Originally Oath and I had scheduled our new Operation Javier Krauser and Leon for Sunday, but we were beyond tired and had to pack up/check out by 12, so we settled on street clothes (since I'd have to head to the airport later) and just wandered around the con, relaxing and enjoying the last day grabbin' goodbye hugs. We had a dark chocolate banana chocolixer from Godiva that was devastatingly delicious, and explored some of the shops and gardens. My return flights were delayed, but it all worked out because I sat next to two totally awesome people on the plane ride (including one coming from the con) and the three of us gelled as instant travel friends. Despite some more airline silliness, we all finally got home safe and sound, exhausted but grateful for such a wonderful weekend. Absolutely worth the crazy adventure getting there. (Although next year I'm driving...)