I saved the best for Saturday, in my opinion. Here is Gandalf-Timmy, in all his glory!
Friday was all about Timmy Potter. I didn’t get a chance to make him a wand, or glasses, but that was okay, because everyone who met him thought his costume was brilliant.
So Fan Expo was this past weekend (Aug. 31-Sept 3), and while the schedule was a little lean for my interests, it was still a blast. It was a rather easy-going year, which was a nice change of pace from previous years. It gave me more opportunity to focus on taking photos, at any rate, as I didn’t spend nearly as much time in line-ups as I did last year. I’m hoping to write up a full con-report on my personal blog at some point before I forget details, so if you want the nitty gritty, you’ll find it there.
Otherwise, we’ll begin with Timmy’s exploits here, and continue in a mini-series of posts, one for each day of the convention. Basically there will be a post of in-the-field shots for each costume, followed by the behind-the-scenes post to go with it a day or two later.
If you don’t care about commentary, and just want to see the photos, the full album is here.
The second of the 2013 Fan Expo costumes was that of Malcolm Reynolds, from Firefly.
I love the way the duster coat turned out, along with the outfit in general. My only lament is that I couldn’t, and still can’t, find a gun for him. If anyone asks, we always say that Saffron stole it. Again.
Few weekends back, I got the opportunity to go to a Jays game with my mom, my aunt, a couple of cousins, and some friends. I was dumb in that I’d known about this outing for at least a month or two before hand, and it never ocurred to me to make Timmy a jersey or ball cap. Once Fan Expo stuff has been taken care of, you better believe I’ll be fixing that.
The game was against the Yankees, and we ended up losing, alas.
I meant to post this on Star Wars Day, since it was a Thursday, and coincided with TBT, but alas, the day got away from me, and then the week was gone, and now here we are, two weeks after the fact. Sadface.
The third and final costume for Fan Expo 2013 was the Rebel Pilot. I’m incredibly proud of this costume, as it is the most complex out of all the costumed I’ve made so far, in terms of, well, everything.
I reconnected with my friend, Michelle, back in March at a youth retreat and we’ve hung out a few times since then. Considering that we’re both introverts, this is cool and a bit of a big deal for me, because all of the people I used to hang out with were extroverts, and they were a bit over-bearing and smothering.
The best thing to come from this, for me, has been a broadening of my cultural palate. I’ve had a passing interest in reading manga, but it’s never really taken hold for me. I have a couple of Legend of Zelda manga kicking around but I’ve never read them.
Somehow, I tripped over Fruits Basket, and instead of shelling out the money to buy them at Chapters, Michelle’s been lending them to me. This exchange of manga has been the catalyst for most of our get-togethers, as she gives me the next volumes and I return the ones I’ve read.
Our meetings have also brought us to Koreatown in downtown Toronto. The first time we visited, it wasn’t until the trip home again that I realized that I should’ve brought Timmy with me, so the second time we went, last week, I made sure to bring the little dude with me.
After a night of fun, writing, and too much candy, Timmy Capone’s reign over the All-You-Can-Eat Candy Buffet came to an end, and he was taken into custody and shipped off to the Big House.
The really Big House.
The park ranger that Timmy poses with was very appreciative of the fact that the monkey wasn’t wearing a striped uniform. He said it always annoyed him a bit when people cosplayed with, or wore the striped prison shirts when visiting Alcatraz. When I told him that I preferred the blue uniform over the stripes because it was more dignified, he gave me this relieved look and said, “Thank you. It is more dignified.”
He then went on to tell me that the Governor(?) of California outlawed the striped uniform decades ago, so the striped one would’ve been slightly inaccurate, historically speaking.
After that conversation I couldn’t, in good conscience, change Timmy into the other uniform during the tour. I showed the ranger that I did actually make Timmy the other costume, at the insistence of others, and his reply was, “That’s for your other prison tours.”
So no pics of Timmy in/on the Rock in the striped uniform, out of respect for, and deference to, the park ranger. I can’t recall his name, since he blocked his name tag with Timmy.
The third costume I made for Timmy – and the first of the 2013 Fan Expo Set – was the Luke Skywalker outfit from Return of the Jedi. It was my “get back into sewing” piece, since it’d been a couple of months since the Italy outfits, and it was also the easiest.
I might re-do this one with the patterns I used for his SF outfits, just on the principle that it’s actually quite sloppy looking up-close, despite it doing the job.
In fact, I think I might re-do a lot of his older costumes just to update the look a bit, since a few of them require some major repair work anyway. I just need to find a decent pattern for a coat that doesn’t sew up all wonky under the arms. I’ll experiment a bit once the holidays are over, and it’s time to start thinking Fan Expo 2017.
Without further ado, here is Timmy Skywalker: