Today is Allegra’s birthday so I wanted to follow in Olivia’s footsteps and make my own little post about meeting her. The scene was set, NYCC 2011, our second-ever convention, and I’d been twitter following Allegra for a little while. She was tweetin’ about stuff, and in a slow moment between convention hecticness I sent a message asking if she was availabile to say hi and to get a picture. Tracy and I went down by the Uncharted 3 display and there we met the birthday gal and ended up chatting for pretty decent amount of time. Eventually Vox join us too, and we when we had to part ways sometime thereafter we realized we’d gotten so in to talking that we never took that picture. We laughed about it, and then I took this shot, which I don’t think I’ve posted before!
It was a fun time, and a signal of things to come.
This was also the con that I met a ton of other fine peeps, like Sheila, Kristin, Lorena, Tam, Aziza, and Cae. Aside from being a great friend, Allegra has also started nearly all of my cosplay and NYC friendships, something I’m really greatful for. I don’t think I’ve ever posed this picture, either, but here’s the DA gang up on stage while I served as bag man and took pictures excitedly.
She took Tracy and I under her (ducky?) wings, and supped us on a diet of bubble tea and cosplay. If you were here, and not dying while crossing the cosplay finish lines so ambitiously laid out before you, no doubt we’d be enjoying goofy ass times at the Spot, like so:
but in lieu of that, I wish ya well on a day that celebrates the existence of one hell of a person :).
oh my god my face though am I drunk I look drunk
did I have too much boba is that it
or maybe it’s all of that Dick fondling that’s helping me to simmer down or something
I’ve waxed poetic about how amazing Kevin and Tracy are before (and I do owe Smitty an awesome post too), but, in brief, they are two of the people outside of my family that I miss the most now that I’m here in Seattle. Not to get overly sentimental (wait for it), but there really is a hole in my heart there that I can’t quite fill, an urge for hours of talking about life, the universe, and just about everything over fantastic desserts and a few too many rounds of bubble tea (except for Smitty because he doesn’t like bubble tea I don’t get it). There are no Kevin, Tracy, and Smitty for me in Seattle; the only viable alternative would be for me to kidnap them and bring them to Ambrosia in the I District and piss off the wait staff there too.
(seriously I have found the place for us, you need to come to the place)
Miss and love you guys so much <3
Allegra’s Cos-Friends - VisibleSpectre and Ongaku88: Kevin and Tracy
I’ll always remember—not verbatim, but paraphrased—the tweet I received on the Friday of New York Comic-Con 2011. It was basically: “Hey, are you still here? I’d love to see your Isabela in person!” from a twitter user named visiblespectre. I’d never spoken to him before, but, always eager to make new friends, I told him to come find me downstairs where I was spending time with some Assassin’s Creed cosplayer friends.
What ensued was the first of many lengthy conversations with my soon-to-be friends Kevin and Tracy, and their friend who I had actually met at PAX East earlier that year, Smitty. I was really impressed by how intelligent and mature they seemed—I’m so used to meeting very excitable people at cons that it was very refreshing to talk to people who legitimately wanted to talk. In fact, the ultimate goal of taking a picture of my Isabela only came in hindsight when we realized after a very long talk that we had never done just that.
I didn’t realize this at the time, but Kevin and Tracy would, very quickly over the course of the next year, become some of my closest friends—in fact, I would argue, among my dearest friends that I’ve made throughout my lifetime. We have our rituals and habits, most often spent eaten copious amounts of food in the East Village at our favorite dessert places and drinking far too much bubble tea. No really, far too much bubble tea.
Kevin and Tracy had done a bit of cosplay before then; if I remember correctly, Kevin had cosplayed from Black Butler at the very least, and I don’t remember if Tracy had done anything prior to then. But when they shared their plans to do Warden Bethany and Genderbent Merrill with me—I think this conversation took place really early on, possibly still at NYCC—I jumped on the idea encouragingly because seriously? Manrill? Fuck yes. And, as always, I offered to help, and we did spend many an afternoon chatting over bubble tea about where to buy fabric or body paint or how to handle x or y section of this costume.
Not that they needed too much help, frankly. I’m always thrilled to see how they tackle the problems they face. There’s something so delightful about seeing someone work on a specific kind of costume piece for the first time—a jacket, a bodice—hearing them talk it through and finally seeing the finished piece. As Kevin and Tracy can attest (and just about anyone else I’m friends with), I always run up to them when I see their completed cosplays at conventions and immediately start complimenting how they handled the trickier sections. I once actually got on my knees in front of Tracy (*wink*) to stare at the way she handled Anora’s incredibly non-intuitive bodice. And then the cycle starts again, and they share their new plans over bubble tea and I start bouncing up and down at the opportunity to watch their work unfold.
But what I always appreciate about spending time with Kevin and Tracy is and will always be the conversations. I don’t think there’s ever been a dull moment, awkward pause, or tense instance between us. This is a friendship, I am incredibly proud to say, that was born on mutual respect for each other’s insights and intelligence. And I’ve never felt like a third wheel spending time with them either, even though that seems unlikely when you’re the third person spending time with a couple who has been together for over a decade. But they are just that respectful, just that considerate. They are, to me, just about the epitome of Good Peoples.
As I think about leaving New York for Seattle and all the people I’m leaving behind, I think two of the people outside of my longtime friends and family that I most regret leaving behind are Kevin and Tracy. Their friendship is stabilizing, their support is endless. I’ve never regretted a single moment that we’ve spent gorging ourselves on amazing food and talking about musical theatre and video games, about problems and hurdles, about life and the universe and everything. I know I’m fortunate as a convention-goer that I have the ability to see my friends every few months at this or that convention, but it’s going to be really painful to not get that text every once in a while that they’re going to be in the city that weekend so am I down for some bubble tea?
The answer is and will always be yes, I am down for some bubble tea with Kevin and Tracy, no matter where we are in the country and in life. I’m impossibly grateful to have friends who I know, even after only a year of friendship, will stand by me. And I will stand by them.
“Oh thank goodness I was very confused about a number of things you said! Oh my how Merrill-like of me. Good thing I didn't reblog!”
Aww, bb! <3 You are Merrill-ing in confusion to my Izzytales. This is utterly in-character.
No, I’m just a horrible troll. Ken and Gabby weren’t husks, Miranda was never a Brute, Daddy Lawson never came back for a boss fight, and there are no baby Turians. I am a cruel, cruel woman XDDD
(I am, of course, referring to this)
I have no idea why Kevin hasn’t already put this picture up when it is so. damn. adorable! Sheila concurs, and is totally going to reblog this as soon as I post it. (I know this because of reasons)
Hawke and Isabela keeping an eye on Manrill’s twine. I just. Guys. jksldjfklsdjfd <3
visiblespectre replied to your post: I just gave my Isabela costume the rigid boning upgrade
This picture will forever be Krogan to me - also congrats on that boning!
"also congrats on that boning!"
"congrats on that boning"
“congrats on that boning”
Oh, don’t worry, Kevin. It was a marvelous boning. Very worthwhile.
well I guess it’s time to talk about my PAX East schedule!
HEY GUISE LET’S TALK ABOUT PAX. More specifically, cosplay at PAX.
- Briefly: The Corsair from Assassin’s Creed: Revelations multiplayer, along with Cae as the Vanguard and Aziza as the Brigand. We will literally be in these costumes long enough to enter the AC Costume Contest, and then we’ll run off to a hotel to change into our big costume for that day:
- Isabela from Dragon Age II — now with updated Dicks! I’ll be joined by Cae as Romanced Isabela, Aziza as Sebastian, and Beth as Bethany. We will be attending the DA panel that afternoon.
- also I’m totally going to throw on my Team Vanguard shirt over my Izzy for the ME panel and there’s a chance that Beth will too XD
- Trish from Devil May Cry 4, along with Cae as Lady and Aziza as Nero. Featuring Allegra as a damn blonde what the hell
- Back to the Corsair from AC:R, this time for the full day. Again, I’ll be joined by Cae as the Vanguard and Aziza as the Brigand.
This list obviously doesn’t include all of the wonderful people I know I’m going to see! These are just the Official Plans on our end. I know for certain that Coles' Shepard is going to hang out with Rivaini and Sunshine, because fuck yeah Team Vanguard. I'm also excited to see Jack's Trickster and ModernBela, Kevin's Manrill, Tracy's Merrill, Alyssa's Meredith and Chakwas, Sheila's mage Hawke, Kristin's rogue Hawke and Little Sister, Jess' mage Hawke and Ashley, and 600 other amazing cosplayers whose plans I don't concretely know yet (so please tell me so I can add you!) or have totally, shamefully forgotten. OTL
editing to add more awesome peeps: kittylexy as Ed Elric, Venetian mask Zevran, and Saber; Alyssa’s friends will be attending as Morrigan, Flemeth, Mordin, Samara, Tali, and Thane; Bill as Garrett Hawke.
…that is the first time I have ever used “OTL.” and that marks the second, I guess.
Please let me know if you’re going to be at PAX East, at the DA/ME panels, or anything! I’m so excited to see some of you again, meet some of you in person for the first time, and generally have an amazing time.
And now that I’ve said all of this, I feel immense pressure to finish the Corsair. WELP