When the workshop was over, I had plenty of time to wander around before the 3 PM Game of Thrones panel, "Road to Kings Landing". I ran into plenty of awesome cosplayers and even saw an all-female a cappella group, the Misbehavin' Maidens, perform!
|Loved this couple's Shrek costumes!|
|Cutest little Walking Dead crossplays ;)|
The Game of Thrones panel was really more of a roundtable, but was fairly well-attended, especially for such a small convention. It turned out that almost everyone in the room had read the books, so the panel itself ended up being a mixed bag of show and book discussion. What I really loved was that there were several Sansa (and even SANDOR!) fans in the group...you don't find that very often, and it seriously made my afternoon ;)
There was one more panel I wanted to attend that evening - "The Writing Life" - which was peopled by mostly small/indie press authors. It was definitely interesting to hear their stories about how they ended up published, though to be honest I was hoping for more of a talking-to about how to be a published author you have to suck it up and write write write, or something like that. A firm pep talk, if you will. Ah well, perhaps I was just in need of a more comfortable costume and another drink...but first, I made sure to get a few pictures of my friends and I in our Game of Thrones outfits.
|Fist bumps...of a sort|
|Littlefinger is not fond of Jaime...'s stump|
|Clearly the Bridal Affair sign was the joke of the weekend. Along with 'sideboob'. Don't ask.|
|Love this one!|
Admittedly, I wasn't quite certain what was meant by 'room parties' - at least not so far as Con Nooga went. But to say I was pleasantly surprised would be one heck of an understatement, because Con Nooga's version of 'room parties' is pretty much amazing. Basically, the Choo Choo has a U-shaped building with a courtyard and pool inside the U, and a bunch of rooms on the first floor open their doors to that area. They play music, offer drinks (and sometimes even snacks), and things stay pretty rowdy until at least 3 AM.
|The Dude! He even shared his White Russian with me :D|
|"Jenny" Powers & Booker...just hangin' out|
It was close to 4 AM when I finally decided it was past time for bed and made my way back to my hotel. And yeah...that's a long walk that late at night, in the cold, with no coat. But worth it, because from what I saw of the rooms at the Choo Choo, I paid a LOT less for a MUCH nicer room, and while the walk to the host hotel may have sucked, my hotel (the Staybridge) was - as previously mentioned - right across the street from the convention center where all (or at least most of) the daytime programming was held.
And that brings me to this conclusion: the reason this blog entry is titled "Business in the Front, Party in the Back" isn't just because of my