Blizzcon 2010 Impressions

So, yes, we are a bit late to get our Blizzcon review up, but come on- we didn’t have a computer for the entire week we were out there, haha. Slightly our problem, we got rid of the laptop we had before due to problems to build a desktop, and had plans on getting  at least a mini laptop before Blizzcon, but we got so busy we didn’t even think about it, and to be honest, we were too busy to blog anyway.

On October 22-23, Mario and I attended Blizzcon 2010 in Anaheim, California.

For the first day, we were both in full body paint, wearing huge masks and it was honestly hard to see much of the convention. We were up at four in the morning, painting each other, and had two other people helping us- my painting took the longest because I had white designs on my legs and stomach that needed to be painted in and then carefully painted around.

We got outside right around 9:30 and were bombarded with people taking our pictures. It was really hard to move much, and we need to walk around to find some friends, but it took a little bit of time, haha.

Really quickly we want to thank everybody who helped us throughout the weekend. Pocket was awesome with helping me with the designs on my legs, it would have been impossible to draw them myself, and the Deeters were amazing as well- they all helped us by carrying around tissues, getting us water, helping with costumes and costume fixes, making sure we ate, and helping me when I needed someone to hold my staff (it was really heavy, and hard to balance with my left arm). They also helped us immensely backstage, and helped to keep me calm when I was honestly about to just drop out of the contest due to nerves. Thank you all! It was also awesome meeting all of the other cosplayers there, Jenny, Leslie, Jen, Christina, and anybody else whose name I have forgotten (I’m really sorry, terrible at names!).

Right before the opening ceremonies, we were asked by a Blizzard employee to come upstairs for some photos and a photoshoot, which was pretty awesome. We haven’t seen the pictures from it yet, though, but neither have our friends who were interviewed as well.

For the opening ceremonies, we were actually backstage, watching the screen, because Mario needed to fix his wig really quickly, and then right when we walked back out we were asked by Direct TV to be interviewed about our views for the opening ceremony, which hadn’t even ended yet, haha.

We weren’t too impressed with it, to be honest. Last year, there seemed to be a ton more excitement, and a ton more announcements. There were all the excitement about Cataclysm, about being able to fly in old world, about all the new guild stuff that’s going on. This year, it seemed like it was just ‘Hey, happy to be here, we’re awesome’ and then the (awesome, yes) ‘Geek is’ presentation by Chris Metzen.

The last Diablo 3 class was also announced, the Demon Hunter. It looks like a fun, ranged class to play (though I’ll be playing around with every class until I find the one I love) and the costume looks pretty fun too, though I doubt I’d be making it since they had a model walking around wearing it, and they’ll probably be walking around wearing it in upcoming Blizzcons as well.

The rest of the day was honestly a blur to me, we were running around a lot and went back to the hotel room several times to fix wigs/masks/eat something. Before we knew it, it was 4:00 and we needed to head to backstage for the costume contest.

I feel like it was more organized that I heard it was in past years, though it was my first year entering so I really don’t know. They did have seats for people to sit in, and bottles of water for everyone, which was nice.

I was so, so very nervous going into the contest. I was nauseous while standing in line, and it all felt very rushed to me. I did feel like they didn’t spend much time judging costumes, they walked around with a clipboard and asked us our number for the contest, and then silently looked at us and moved on. I think it would have been nice if they at least asked a few questions about the costumes first.

However, I did get to the top five! I’m pretty excited about that, and the girl who won first place (Christina) did an absolutely phenomenal job, she hand tooled all of her leather on her costume herself, and the details were amazing. For those of you who haven’t seen her:

Simply gorgeous.

It was pretty exciting, because apparently after I was pulled away to get in line to go on stage again for top five, Mario was approached by one of the guys who worked on the Diablo 3 concept art for the Witch Doctors, and he thanked us for doing such an awesome job on the costumes. Woot!

We didn’t attend any panels or go to any booths on the first day, and barely made it past the first 20 feet of the convention center.

On the second day, we dressed as Kalecgos and Tyrigosa:

I was pretty happy because I got to get a manicure in the hotel spa that morning! My nails were torn up from wearing the long fake nails the day before, and definitely needed it.

We actually didn’t do much second day, we wandered and checked out some booths, got some stuff from the Blizzard store, and got our picture taken on the Frozen Throne.

What could be more awesome than that, you ask? Well…

Mario proposed on the Frozen Throne! (of course I said yes!) Best. Geeky. Proposal. Ever. I mean, not just for the Frozen Throne, but add that in with it being AT Blizzcon (where we first met, by the way) and us being in costume as Kalecgos as Tyrigosa, who are betrothed in the lore.

Oh, and because I’m proud of my boots (even though I didn’t wear them for longer than a few hours, I forgot to wrap my feet) here’s a quick picture of those:

Woot. I ended up keeping on the leg pieces and putting on tennis shoes… Tyri’s going to the gym! Just remember, people, if your shoes or boots aren’t completely tight/rub when you walk on your feet, then wrap them/get something to cover the rub points. Because it hurts.

We found the photobooth, but we were pretty upset that we didn’t see it on the first day. Boo.

So then we all met up with our friends, and sat and waited for Tenacious D.

The first few songs were pretty awesome, but to be honest, we weren’t too impressed. It seemed more of a show than a concert, I guess, and though they were entertaining, they just didn’t seem to please the crowd quite as much as Ozzy did last year. Last year, every person was on their feet, cheering, singing along, and this year… it was only maybe 1/3 of the people who stood up, there wasn’t much cheering and screaming, or singing along. While it was amusing, it just doesn’t hold the same amount of interest for us as last year, and we ended up walking around and going to some booths we weren’t able to before because of the lines.

It was amusing that they had the Lich King fight the Metal, and then they became friends. That was pretty awesome.

So, I guess that’s it for our roundup about Blizzcon. This was pretty much from a cosplayer’s point of view, and so that’s why I didn’t cover the panels or many announcements. Next up, a review on the official, unofficial Blizzcon after party, and a quick review of the Hilton.


5 thoughts on “Blizzcon 2010 Impressions

  1. Congrats you guys! I love your proposal picture, it’s just too perfect. The fact you two cosplay together is just so darn cool. My husband and I met in WoW, but the first time we met in person was at Blizzcon 2005. Blizzcon is a magical place!

    Also, I love both sets of costumes. They turned out great! When I saw the contest on YouTube and saw Alice as a finalist, I was cheering her on! XD

    And thanks for the makeup tips. I never wear makeup, so when it comes time for me to do so for a costume, I am clueless! Those Link eyes look great.

    Love the blog!

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