I volunteered at the Seattle Steamposium, this weekend and dressed up all three days. During the weekend, I was an SPG-Bring-A-Friend Sponsor, so I had cardboard cutout of a fan who couldn't make it and I was taking pictures of her with fansand the band, alike. I was there before it was open to patrons on Friday and I was dressed as Rabbit. Now, when I have to use the bathroom in that costume, I have to remove hat, gloves, vest, and three belts. I did so and left them at the info table with another volunteer. I got back from the bathroom and started redressing. Then I hear a thundering of many suitcase wheels being dragged down the hall. Naturally, I look over my shoulder to see what all of the noise was about. Stinkin' Steam Powered Giraffe was walking towards the registration booth, like five feet behind me. I played it cool (because I always do around them? I'd be embarrassed if I really fangirled in front of them.) I kind of glanced up and nodded towards them. Sam complimented my makeup, I think I managed to thank him? I wanted to compliment him, but couldn't choose what to compliment him on. I finished dressing and they were talking with the registration people when one of the registration people asked me to help them. I kind of paused because, well, I was dressed as Rabbit and Bunny was the one I was being directed towards. But I went over there, anyway, and told them that I had the information they needed. Bunny got really excited and said "You're dressed like me! Can I have a hug!?!" OF COURSE YOU CAN HAVE A HUG YOU BEAUTIFUL WOMAN LIKE WOW YOU DON'T NEED TO ASK ME FOR THAT!!!!!! Then we chatted for a little while and she asked me where she knew me from and I explained about WWWC and what I wore, then. She said that my Lil Steve cosplay was scary. XD Then SPG checked out the venue a little bit before heading back to the hotel. At noon I had to leave for class to do a presentation for a final, which I did dressed as Rabbit, and I came back and hung out with friends until the next shift. I shared the vegan cavalcadium sugar cookies that I made. We ran into Beth and James and we hung out with them for a little while, as well as Steampunk Boba Fett (who I chatted with quite a bit because I've seen him at my last two cons and he gave me some information regarding a top secret thing that I was sort of part of in Tucson. I can't talk about it until sometime in 2015, though.) Then I started another shift, but had people take more pictures of me than I answered questions, though. My shift buddy gave me a hard time about being a "celebrity", especially after Steam Punk Boba Fett snuck me a photo print of himself.
On Saturday, I did not volunteer because that was the only day that SPG had events. I spent FOUR HOURS on my makeup for my GG cosplay, just like last time. >.< I ended up running a little late (I'd planned to be there two hours before the con opened so I could work half a shift), but I got to the SPG booth before they'd started photo ops. As I entered, though, the Seattle Cavalcadium members and other SPG fans started excitedly cheering "GG!" and "Emmi!", and then they ran over to me and swarmed me with hugs right in front of the band! I felt like I was the celebrity and not them, it was really awkward but also fun. I gave Hatchworth/Sam the cookies that I'd made for the band. They were vegan and made to look like the Eye of Delilah (I'll post pictures of both the ones I made for this weekend and the ones I made for the Seattle Cav meetup with Michael Reed, eventually). I bought my photo ops and shared my Walter Workers one with a Seattle Cav Mod, Summer. For my Robots photo, I requested a group hug and Hatchy held my hand. ^^ Then I made sure to hug ALL of the bots, this time. After photos, they did autographs and opened the merch booth. I bought a sticker to put on my laptop and then had them all sign my high school yearbook because it had a picture of my Rabbit cosplay the first time I wore it. I only expected them to sign their names, but David took the whole yearbook idea and ran with it, writing "Have a great summer!" Davidkinda laughed and was like "There's still some summer left, right?" To which I corrected him and told him that fall began last week. The rest of them followed in suit, Rabbit writing "Best YEAR EVER!", Hatchworth "OMG CALL ME!", Steve "Thanks for a great high school senior year! Steve "Rocket" Negrete" And Chelsea "It's been a Gr8 Year!!
" and Camille just signed her name. XD After autographs, I got my picture with The Spine and hugged him again, then Hatchy. Rabbit was sitting down behind the table so I just talked to her. My friend had given her a black glittery rose and she held it up to me. "Smell my flower!" I did so and tried not to laugh because it smelled like nothing. "It doesn't smell like anything, but my imagination is potent!" She beamed and was just so adorable! rihjgbdgjhvdhjebjndhfjdsnf!!!!!! Then the band went to have lunch and I hung out with my friends until the SPG Q&A panel was supposed to start. We all got in there before the band did and The Spine and Hatchworth got there before Rabbit and Beth. They messed around at the podium and with the screen, a bit before Rabbit came in and they sat down. They answered my question about Sam continueing the script for "Whatever Happened to Baby Sam?" (I illustrated the script for fun, here
) Sam said that he would not be continueing the script because he had more fun working as a group with the twins. There was also a little girl who was asking questions and speaking up at random points in the panel. She was cute; she asked if robots really liked gears, or if that was made up. Rabbit told her that they did like gears, and that a robot's favourite cereal was Gear-ios! The Spine added that a robot's least favourite vegetable was gear-sprouts. You tried, David. XD I had filmed the whole thing, my camera was certainly recording it, but when I went back to view it, there was no image. D: I think other people got it, though. Then they had a second autograph session so that people could get their photo ops signed, and it was a few hours before the show. Us fans just kind of wandered around and hung out. I was with Bailey, who was dressed as a griffin (major cool costume, by the way) and we got asked if we shouldn't be downstairs rehearsing with our band for the show that night. Okay,I was painted as a robot, I was supposed to look like I was from SPG, but Bailey was wearing fur and feathers and claws and ears. While that can fit into the SPG world, it does not really fit into the SPG show. XD Eventually, we found our way down to the line and made even more new friends! During the show, I cried THREE TIMES. I was so happy, so excited, so...aahhhh!!!!
At one point, when QWERTY and Beebop failed to make a Hatchworth pun, I did by saying "It's Hatchworthless to try!" A chunk of the audience heard me and laughed, and I caught Rabbit and The Spine looking bewildered for a split second because they hadn't done anything to get a reaction like that from the audience! At the end, Rabbit gave the set list to a little girl who was dressed as a fanbot. I squeed so hard! I even got some decent pictures of the show which, with my camera, is a miracle! The show was awesome! I'm definitely going to see them when they come up to Everett, next year! I need to start a fund, anyone interested in commissions?
Sunday was a lazy day. SPG wasn't at the con, the venue had bought them plane tickets for, like, 6 AM. I wore my Lil Steve onesie ( still haven't posted a picture of it, have I!?!) And I worked at the information booth for 8 hours. I had been sent on a mission at one point to find cups for tea and I stumbled into the staff room. It had a whiteboard that David, Bunny,and Sam had drawn on.
I took pictures, it was really cool for me. I bumped into fans throughout the afternoon, but they came and went. I finished part one of Poptropicon on my laptop. XD We were finally paid our promised Quids about twenty minutes before the vendor hall closed. I'm still waiting to cash them out for real money, but they say we can do that starting today, I just don't know how. Overall, I really wasn't impressed with the organization of the event. I don't think a lot of the vendors and guests were, either. But it was a first year con. And still, a lot of people signed up for pre-registration. Maybe it was more successful that I thought. I was glad when it was over, though. Not Saturday, but since the band wasn't even there on Sunday, I was glad to go home. I posted lots of pictures of my SPG-Bring-A-Friend adventure on tumblr. A few of them might find their way here, but I don't really think they are art worthy. The pictures of the panel and of the show will be here, though!
Thanks everyone for a great time! I'mma go see about mailing this friend to Germany.