It’s only been a month! I! No, I have no excuses, I am the failiest blogger ever to fail at blogging. Aaaand now the word blog has stopped sounding like a word to me.
On with the con report!
YOU GUYS I WENT TO A FANDOM CONVENTION AND IT WAS THE MOST AMAZING THING EVER.
I was staying with brimtoast
in New York (you know, as you do) which will be part of another thing which I will totally get round to writing up and then novembersmith
drove a Very Long Way and braved the wilds of New Jersey to come bop around NYC and the thriftstores therein with us for a few days, before driving the three of us to Boston for muskratjamboree
Oh yes, fangirl roadtrip! During which we listened to the Libertines and decided they are the most perfect The Social Network soundtrack band ever and that someone should make a vid to Can't Stand Me Now immediately
and also The Fantasticks cast recording, with brimtoast
telling us the story in between the songs. novembersmith
did an extremely heroic job because it was dark and snowing A LOT and it turns out that it’s quite a long way to Boston *hopelessly English*.
We were supposed to be meeting shiningartifact
at the hotel where the con was happening and where the five of us had a room. Fangirl sleepover! But, heartbreakingly shiningartifact
hurt her back just a few days before and couldn’t come. The pining, it was epic. But we found ourselves a lovely swiiftly
lurking in the lobby and then proceeded to not sleep, as we had planned to, but to go through her welcome pack, eat chips and then I read out the opening page in French for reasons that made a lot of sense at the time...
Which may be part of the reason that we all got up blearily late and I was still in the shower and novembersmith
only half dressed when it was time to go down for breakfast and the welcome and icebreaker thing. So we missed those :/. But on the plus side it meant that when we did wander down we migrated to the craft table, which turned out to be a brilliant plan! Now, I am not an artistic person, at least not with Visual Mediums, but it turns out that I cannot resist the lure of photos of people I fangirl. And glitter pens. We ended up hanging out for about an hour and making some very useful signs for future panels.
helped make a Very Special Picture of Gerard Way and brimtoast put googly eyes on Lord Voldemort which turned out to be too terrifying to exist *shudders*
I made this!
The way MJ worked was that there were two panels every hour, so had you had to pick one that you were attending, which was sometimes nigh on impossible. Okay, so panel lists and reaction to follow. This might get long, kids. ( A Round Up Of The Panels I Attended Part 1 )
After the panels we piled into the lift to find the The Social Network watching party.novembersmith
: Did you check for the room number?
Me: I was just following this person with the glittery “Social Network Party!” signzeenell
: Er, hello!
The viewing party was probably one of my highlights of the whole weekend. There were delicious mudslides, which as far as I could tell are wonderful but lethal cups of various spirits mixed with ice cream. It was just a room of happy people, all laughing and being delighted to meet each other and fangirling each other
and piling onto beds to watch a brilliant movie with brilliantly slashy
The Social Network: *starts to get pretty sad*novembersmith
: Lal! This is the point where we hold hands.
Me: *strickenface* YES I AGREE *clutches*swiiftly
: *takes novembersmith
's other hand from over on the other bed*elipie
: I know we have just met, but I think I need to clutch your hand also.
Me: I think so too!
So then everyone held hands to get us through the tough times. We may also have yelled at the screen some. These things happen. Afterwards we had to watch happy vids. Essentially, you haven’t lived until you’ve heard a bunch of fangirls sing along to Bad Romance
while slightly tipsy and falling off beds laughing and dancing.
Then we went to get ready for the vid party! And by get ready I mean drink candy coloured drinks straight from the bottle and wander around in various states of undress. Because we are the classiest.
While waiting for the show to start we - possibly in a horse, stable door situation - had something to eat. I remember gesticulating a lot with a stick of celery. We also alarmed the random other people sitting at our table.
Me: You and your dead boys.novembersmith
: I know, I know. I just like writing about them...swiiftly
: But it’s ok!
Me: Because there’s no necrophilia!novembersmith
Me: And no-one has actual sex with a dragon.
(please note, these are things that novembersmith
has put in fic summaries/disclaimers.)
Girl At Our Table: Ohhhhkaaaaay. *looks at life, looks at choices*
There were a few technical difficulties which brooklinegirl
dealt with a good deal less panic than I would have, and there a mass sing-along of a song about pirates. I don’t even know. But it was awesome. The vidshow was epic, I LOVE FANVIDS SO MUCH YOU GUYS. Even the ones for fandoms that I didn’t know. Watching vids with fangirls is such a great experience, listening to everyone laugh and cheer their favourite characters and also be utterly destroyed by this Harry Potter video. Seriously, the lights came back up just afterwards and everyone was just clutching each other and sniffling.
Then it was time to dance! I very much enjoyed that my dancing parters were also of the DANCE IN THE MOST DRAMATIC AND INTERPRETIVE WAY EVER school of movement, which is the best way of dancing ever, okay. Highlights were definitely doing the most energetic point at everyone dance with brimtoast
to If I Had You, the whole room bouncing for the whole of Planetary Go! (with added fabulousness from K), brimtoast
and I learning the dance routine to Guilty Pleasure in about 3 choruses and yelling bed based Panic! lyrics at swiiftly
There was a slight room keycard incident after the show but we managed to use our problem solving skillz for the win, and also I found an ice machine and vending machine with ginger ale in a hidden area around the corner from our room. My very important priorities, let me show you them.
In a slight tangent, I’ve just noticed how much internet specific language I’m using here, and it was definitely one of the things I enjoyed about MJ, getting to use all of these words that are day-to-day to me, but never get to say out loud in social situations. I mean, sometimes people used terms that other people didn’t get but it was just so, idk, freeing and lovely and easy to say things like “jossed” and “flist” and “fridged” and “bulletproof kink” and so on and so forth. Also people weren’t surprised when I finished a sentence with “I can’t even...” which confuses my boyfriend on a regular basis.
Anyway! Saturday!( A Round Up Of The Panels I Attended )
So, yeah, MJ. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done. So much love and kudos to brooklinegirl
for organising it (while also moving house, wtaf, these women are superheroes). The level of planning and detail that went into it was incredible and it all went so smoothly.
I think the defining thing I will take away was how positive it was, in every possible way. You couldn’t move for people complimenting each other. Someone was always telling someone else that they just loved their cool geeky tee shirt or their hair or tattoo or their tights (:D). People saw usernames on name tags and ran up to say “I love your fic/art/post/general existance!” Seriously, someone hugged novembersmith
for writing Anatomy of a Fall and me and brimtoast
got all *proudtear* IT WAS AMAZING. And when someone said something funny, or clever or cool in a panel, and people were always saying funny, clever, cool things in panels, everyone was so appreciative. And it does bear repeating, the comments in the panels were of an incredibly high standard
, I could hardly stand it. Fangirls are fucking hilarious, and they are damn smart and they are hella interesting.
And it was also positive because it really did feel like, I don’t know how to say this without sounding really cheesy, but it was just really open. Like, everyone got to talk about their kinks and their queerness and their stupid things that they just really, really love, they love them so much that it makes them make crazy hand gestures and squeaky noises and they can’t, they can’t even. And everyone else? Everyone else just said, HELL YES. ME TOO.
And on that note... <3