This past weekend I was lucky to get a day off to attend AMX expo here in Melbourne. Formally named Armageddon expo, this has been always been my favourite convention of the year since I first started attending at 19 years old.
There were many things I was looking forward to at the expo. Seeing all the rad cosplay, hanging out with Liam, meeting Linda Larkin- The voice of Jasmine in Aladdin and Larry Hama of GI Joe fame. I was just going to attend in head to toe Disney clothing, but while reading the first issue of Tank Girl gold a week before I made the decision to cosplay as one of my icons- Tank Girl.
Concept drawing by my rad friend Ant next to the final costume
All up the costume cost around $30. I got the helmet and shirts from an op shop. Borrowed the nerf gun and dog tags from work. Got a bunch of Kangaroos and Koalas from a tourist shop in the city. And the rest I owned. I had so much fun glueing all kinds of things onto the helmet and gun, covering it with bandaids and writing words like fart boldly on the front. My favourite part of the whole costume was the head of a Koala I glued to the top of the helmet which I made a little cigarette for. It felt so wonderful to be Tank Girl for the day being a little rude with my big gun and giving people the finger. hehehe
One of the absolute highlights from the convention was the amount of Scooby Doo. I got to meet a lovely girl cosplaying as Velma. I was so excited to see her it took me two attempts of walking up to her to ask for a photo. But the best thing, above everything else was seeing a real life mystery machine. I couldn't stop smiling and even made Liam eat lunch outside facing the van so I could look at it while I ate my bread roll.
Meeting Larry Hama- comic book writer was super lovely. He signed our Snake Eyes Mighty Mugg for us and I got to thank him for dropping in to All Star Comics earlier in the week.
It took us two times of being in the line to meet Linda Larkin- the voice of Jasmine. The first time was at 11:30am. After 30mins she was whisked away to do a panel and did not return until 3:30pm. It was a long wait but we did plenty of shopping in the mean time picking up a pencil pin from Scott Triffle, Captain Caveman print by Carlos Patino, a Green Lantern/Green Arrow poster and Itty Bitty Bunnies comic from Dean Rainkine, an Elvira and a Jaws toy from blind boxes and the best thing ever- a talking Chucky to match my talking Tiffany I received from Liam as our 6th wedding anniversary gift.
Finally it was 3:30pm and after a mini anxiety attack, a packet of chips and a soda later I came face to face with Linda Larkin. I was ok, all was good until she looked me in the eyes and said "Hello". All I heard was Jasmine, my familiar old friend and I began to cry. Linda was so kind to me and signed my Aladdin VHS and it felt to wonderful to tell her how important she is in my life. A perfect end to a long magical day.
I could not believe how many of you came over to day hello at the convention and over the weekend. It was quite overwhelming and I just really wanted to tell you how happy you made Liam and I and thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for watching and supporting what we do. We love you guys.