Galacticon 3

29 May

Last weekend, I was in Houston for Galacticon 3! I had a really great time, and it was fun meeting fellow Battlestar Galactica fans!

Cylons invade the Thursday night Opening Ceremony!

Cylons invade the Thursday night Opening Ceremony!

Thursday night kicked off the con with an Opening Ceremony. Some of the actors from the original and reimagined series were there to answer questions and such.

Edward James Olmos and cast and crew.

Edward James Olmos and cast and crew.

Edward James Olmos started shouting, “So say we all!” and the crowd would shout it back, and it was a really awesome moment! I think it was every fan’s dream (of the reimagined series, at least) to shout that after Commander Adama!

On Friday, the first day, I wore my glowing red Cylon spine shirt.

Glowing red spine.

Glowing red spine.

A fan built this Muffit!

A fan built this Muffit!

Amazing half-scale Cylon raider, built by the Imperious Leader of the Cylon-Colonial Alliance (which I'm a member of)!

Amazing half-scale Cylon raider, built by the Imperious Leader of the Cylon-Colonial Alliance (which I’m a member of)!

I went to a couple panels (Cylon costuming, where I took the picture with Muffit, and one on how the Cylon raider was built), and in the evening was a party in the hotel bar. I had a great time chatting with people, and some of the actors mingled with the fans.

On Saturday, I wore my reimagined series uniform.

Double tank and BDUs... still need dogtags and an extra belt for guns.

Double tank and BDUs… still need dogtags and an extra belt for guns.

And I met Andy Probert, the designer of the original Cylons!! I was so excited, and then I said, “Cylons are the ONLY REASON why I love BSG!” And he replied, “But you’re wearing a uniform from the new series…” Haha. I say weird things when I’m a fangirl.

I went to a couple actor panels that day (women of the new series and men of the new series, both really interesting) and a panel on how to collect props from the show (which I don’t think I could do), and then we went to the Johnson Space Center for a tour and dinner.

A strange half-robot-half-vehicle... thing...

A strange half-robot-half-vehicle… thing…

Robonaut at the astronaut training facility.

Robonaut at the astronaut training facility.

Rockets!

Rockets!

Rocket for the Apollo 18 mission that never went forward. It's HUGE!

Rocket for the Apollo 18 mission that never went forward. It’s HUGE!

Cows at the Johnson Space Center (they rented part of their land so that kids from a local school could raise cattle).

Cows at the Johnson Space Center (they rented part of their land so that kids from a local school could raise cattle).

On Sunday, I had a chance to wander around the dealer room a bit more, and went to another costuming panel.

Cylon unicorn shirt that says, "I'm fracking magical."

Cylon unicorn shirt that says, “I’m fracking magical.”

This con was such a different experience than the other cons I’ve been to. Maybe I’m too used to San Diego Comic Con, which is so huge, it takes an entire day to just walk around the dealer room. Usually, con-going is pretty intense, and at the end of the day, your feet feel like they’re going to fall off. Galacticon was much more relaxed, and I got to see almost everything I wanted to. I’ve never been to panels before, so that was interesting, and I’ve never been to a con for more than a day, or in another state!

It was a really great experience, and I can’t wait for the next one! Now it’s time to get caught up on crochet!

Robo robo

13 May

I’ve been working on a few prototypes for my future Etsy store. I almost have one done, but today was such a nice day, I thought I’d take a few pics of him.

Meet Robot Zero!

Why hello there!

Why hello there!

I’m making him for my friend Valentino, who named him Robot Zero. I want to make a crew of robots with bendable arms, so you can pose them and have them hold things and whatnot.

FINISH ME

FINISH ME

I really love robots, especially cylons! I can’t help it, the original cylons are just so awesome, with their red eye and robotic voice. I especially love how they carry a gun AND a sword. Sometimes you need more than a laser gun! Since I love cylons so much, it seems only natural to combine them with my passion for crochet.

robo 3

I gave him bendable legs, too, and he can actually stand and sit on his own. I like these features, but I’m not sure I like how his legs came out. It almost looks like he’s wearing pants. I barely stuffed him, too, so if I were to stuff him more firmly, he might be too heavy to actually stand. Plus, he’s so small that all of the pipe cleaners really clutter up his insides and makes it a little difficult to neatly sew on his arms and legs. My next prototype will just have crocheted and stuffed legs, so I can compare them.

I still need to sew on some sort of antenna or bobble-thing on his head, and then he’ll be finished!