GalaxyCon is a comic convention held annually at the Raleigh Convention Center. This year, it ran from Thursday, July 29 to Sunday, Aug. 1. We both attended the convention and have been regular attendees for quite a few years. GalaxyCon is a gathering of people from every walk of life who dress up as their favorite characters from various fandoms. Celebrity guests come for panels, Q&As, autographs and photo ops. Prominent guests that have visited in the past include David Tennant, John Barrowman and Catherine Tate from Doctor Who, as well as Lana Parilla from Once Upon a Time. There are also costume contests, photoshoots for different fandoms or categories, shows and late night events including raves and cocktail parties.
On day one we spent our morning in the Dealer’s Room and Artist’s Alley, where the shopping takes place. We ended up being roped into buying sci-fi novels by two friendly authors. Erin got an autograph from Jim Cummings, the voice actor of Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and Darkwing Duck. She also went to a cosplay photoshoot for DC Comics characters, as she was dressed as Dinah Lance/Black Canary. While she was there, she witnessed a proposal between a Harley Quinn cosplayer and a Poison Ivy cosplayer.
On Sunday, day two, Erin did not attend, so Julia made her way around the convention center with three of their other friends. As per tradition, we took pictures in the TARDIS.
After walking around some more, making some purchases it was time for lunch and we got food from our favourite Japanese stand. While eating lunch, we got some shoutouts from people walking by who liked our costumes.
Once we finished lunch, we headed upstairs for a nice place to sit down for a bit and meet some other lovely cosplayers including Inosuke Hachibira from Demon Slayer, Katara and Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender and Rapunzel.
Later, after one of our friends had left, we headed to a video game character photoshoot, as we were dressed as Aerith Gainsborough from Final Fantasy XIV, Zelda from Skyward Sword and Link from Breath of the Wild.
All in all, GalaxyCon is a great experience, whether you’re a seasoned cosplayer or if you just want to go for the beautiful chaos of it all and not dress up. Whatever you do and however long you decide to go, it's an experience like no other and you’re sure to have a time like nothing else.
By Erin Wendorf, Copy Editor, and Julia Langenderfer, Guest Writer