Married to the Empire

Monday, October 22, 2007

Sci-fi Convention

We get a lot of geek conventions here in Dallas. Ruf and I always look forward to the Sci-fi Expo that comes every October. Because it's near Halloween, this one always has a big costume contest, tons of celebrities, and a big exhibition hall where you can find just about any geek item you could possibly want.

I never imagined that going to these things would ever be a part of my life, but when you're married to a stormtrooper, you do a lot of things you never expected. Including simply being married to a stormtrooper.

Inside the exhibit hall where all the vendors were:

Steve Sansweet, the fan relations guy for LucasFilm, was at the convention. Ruf chatted with him for a while out in the hall while the other stormtroopers lined up to escort Sansweet into the room where he would give a talk on the future of Star Wars. I snapped their picture:

Sansweet's stormtrooper escort lined up and ready to go:

The costumes are always fun. I snapped a few picture of some of the interesting ones I saw while walking around. The best was this Gamorrean Guard from Return of the Jedi:

This was a new one. There are always several Darth Vaders wandering around these conventions, but I'd never before seen a dying and unmasked Vader before. These guys played it up well. Vader/Anakin had his arms thrown across the shoulders of these stormtroopers, who were dragging him along. I first saw them from behind, which was really an intriguing way to first see this costume:

I quickly went around to see him from the front:

Then there are the silly costumes, such as this Elvis Trooper:

In case you're wondering, none of the stormtroopers pictured here are my husband. Ruf went to the convention really early in the morning, while I stayed behind to go to a book sale at a local library. By the time I joined him, he was done trooping for the day. Unfortunately, I started feeling sick, so I didn't even stick around for the costume contest, which is really the best part of this convention, in my opinion. I offered Ruf the camera to take pictures of it, but he declined. Oh well. Sorry, the coverage of the convention isn't as good as it could be. However, if you've never been to one of these things before, at least you've had a cursory introduction.

Oh, I nearly forgot to mention, I bought some interesting vintage ewok party supplies for only $2. Not exactly sure yet what I'm going to do with it, but this Ewokgirl couldn't pass up interesting vintage ewok stuff.

UPDATED: Ruf informed me that Rebel Scum has costume contest photos from this weekend. There are some interesting costumes. Personally, I like the Harry Potter group. And I find baby Slave Leia utterly disturbing.


Cathy VanPatten said...

I LOVE the Luna Lovegood costume! Excellent!

Was the baby slave Leia the little kid in the hootchie-kootchie outfit?

Ewokgirl said...

Yes, the hootchie-kootchie outfit on the baby was slave Leia. Ick. Considering that slave Leia is a bit of a fantasy for some men, the idea of dressing up a baby in that just seriously grosses me out.

I liked Neville Longbottom with the mandrake. The hair was all wrong, but I thought the mandrake was brilliant.

Ann said...

Oh, this looked like a lot of fun!! I see on Rebel Scum there was a fan club breakfast with Jeremy Bulloch! Did Ruf make it to that? Maybe that was at a different location. Eric would have been in heaven, he loves Boba Fett.

Your pictures are great!!! I didn't find the baby slave leia, but that is disturbing. At CIV there was a really cute baby wookie. I've never seen a dying anakin/vader costume either! It's fun to see the silly side of it all (Elvis Trooper) but I think the Capt. Jack Sparrow Trooper is finally old news, not seeing it as much.

Oh! Did you see a preview for Kevin Spacey's "Fan Boys" movie coming out? At first I thought it was great, but the preview had some kind of inappropriate stuff in it, so I don't know if we'll see it.

Ann said...

Okay I found the baby slave leia. VERY disturbing, especially since that little girl looks like my daughter kind of.

Ann said...

Okay, sorry if all these posts are annoying, but i LOVE the jawa! I have never seen anyone dressed as a jawa, ever, at any of the events i've been to.

Cathy VanPatten said...

That little slave Leia is disturbing, I agree. Kids are sexualized early enough in our culture. It's creepy for adults to foist a costume like that on such a little girl.

And, yeah--the mandrake was a great touch!

Ewokgirl said...

Ann, we'll still see Fan Boys. I think that will be hailed as an event down here. I imagine the guys will be in stormtrooper gear for it. But maybe not as it's not comfortable to sit through a movie in plastic.

Ruf isn't part of any fan clubs, so no, he didn't do the breakfast. The 501st always has breakfast together before these conventions, though. We've gone to dinner with Chewbacca before. And Ruf actually has Peter Mayhew's home phone number. How weird is that? (It was for 501st business, not because he's a weirdo who finds celebrities phone numbers and stalks them or anything!)

Thankfully, Ruf got most of the actors' autographs back when they were cheap. They all used to charge about $8 for autographs, then along came Ray Park who charged $25... and people paid it. So everyone raised their prices. And now you have to buy autographs through Official Pics or whatever the company is called. It's crazy.

Ann said...

Hahaha! Yeah, for a minute I thought about that episode of Just Shoot me with Mark Hamill when you said Ruf has Peter Mayhew's phone number, did you see that? It was hilarious! Does Ruf have an item in his collection that is particularly dear to him? Or maybe an unusual find? Eric found a blue Snaggletooth at an antique store for $4.50!! Needless to say he couldn't stop shaking till he got in his car and ran away with his loot haha!

Ewokgirl said...

Wow! That's quite a deal! Talk about a shop owner not knowing what he had!

I'm really not sure what Ruf's favorite thing is. Well, there's always his armor, but that's not really part of his collection. I'm guessing that his favorite thing is the original Empire Strikes Back poster he found. He was ecstatic over that thing, and he had it professionally framed.