On September 4-6 I attended Salt Lake Comic Con with Sean. We had a great(albeit tiring) 3 days at the Salt Palace Convention Center.
Thursday, I woke up and continued to work on cosplays. Someday I will actually have all cosplays finished beforehand! We did take a break to go to our favorite local diner/restaurant, Virg’s. Super good food for cheap! Yum! Then it was back home to do a little more work then get ready before Sean’s brother Jared and his wife Camille came over.
Today’s Cosplay was Buttercup and Westley from The Princess Bride, as we planned to attend the Cary Elwes panel and have our photo taken with him. I had made Westley out of plain cotton broadcloth, and we bought a mask and sword from a local costume shop. Since Sean wears glasses, we debated to have the mask go over or under the glasses. Ultimately we decided for it to go over so He could still see rather well and you couldn’t tell he was wearing glasses unless you were right up close. I unfortunately didn’t have the gloves as I made them too small 🙁 Buttercup was made from a red jersey sheet set that I bought from Walmart. It was very comfortable! I had on a Cersei Lannister wig that I bought on ebay and a gold belt. I think people kept thinking I was Cersei throughout the day…Especially when a sword sellsman was chewing me out for looking at the Game of Thrones swords and my father melting down the Vallyrian steel. Good thing I understood what he was talking about after a moment of confusion!
Anyways, I was also very proud of the boots I had made. I glued boot covers that I made to cheap shoes from Walmart. Sean’s pirate boots were very comfortable he said! My red boots weren’t too bad either and my feet didn’t die throughout the day! I just had some rubbing from the top of the base shoes and the seam of the pleather.
Once we were all ready and Jared and Camille came, we were off! We had discussed trying to park underneath the Salt Palace this year, as the price wasn’t too different from other places near by. It took some time to find the entrance, but we finally found it and parked. We loved parking underneath the Salt Palace! We actually parked there every day after(but made sure to get there early enough, as more and more people tried to park there. It was great to just get on the elevator and already be inside of the Salt Palace.
I want to take a moment and discuss one of the things that made this day go smoothly. SLCC offered pre registration at different Megaplex Theaters across the state, Lehi, Sandy, and Layton. We preregistered Monday and though we didn’t get our shirts, it made the biggest difference as there were line issues on Thursday that caused people to have to wait upwards of 4 hours to get in! Because we preregistered and parked underneath, we never had to wait more than maybe 5 minutes to get in.
So we got up the elevator and we had to wait, as they weren’t letting people onto the floor yet(I guess they delayed opening because of some Make a Wish thing? That is what I heard at least.) We got stopped for a photo by KSL, which showed up online later on.
The Cary Elwes Panel wasn’t until 3(we were allowed in at 1), so I wanted to head back to Photo Ops to purchase those and get them out of the way, before lines got too long for purchasing. We booked it back there, as it was in the farthest corner possible, but it only took about 6 or 7 minutes to walk. We had a little bit of a wait and there was some confusion about Gold/GA vs VIP, but we were able to make our purchases, and we headed back to get in line for Cary Elwes.
I was surprised that the line was very long, but wasn’t aware that it was because of the long line outside. Being inside kind of made me oblivious to what was going on out there, unless someone mentioned it to me.
The panel was better than I expected. We were maybe 10 rows away from the front and in about the center. Cary was full of energy and you could tell he appreciated his fan base. Sometimes you will get an actor who doesn’t want to talk about a role they did years ago, or are sick of hearing about it, but you could tell that Cary loves The Princess Bride!
Some things of note:
-He said that he read the book as a teen and so when he was approached to audition, he was all for it! He won the role by doing a Fat Albert impersonation, which he recreated for us.
-He talked about his book that is coming out in October called As You Wish, that has behind the scenes stories from The Princess Bride. He talked about his book a lot. He even had us go on Amazon and preorder it. I was excited because I had been wanting to purchase it beforehand but Amazon wouldn’t let me preorder it.
-He told a lot of amazing stories like from filming Saw, how he met his wife, and about Andre. He is a great storyteller!
-Every question, no matter how dumb, he took care to answer it in a polite way and usually included a story.
-He told a girl “As you wish” in her ear. I caught it on video.
-He also did the “Battle of Wits” with another fan. He made sure he got it right. Here is the video from YouTube:
All in all I was loving the con already!
After the panel we made our way back towards photo ops so we could get in line for our photo op with Cary. We took some photos with the Batmobiles: