I leaped out of bed. SATURDAY. But not just ANY Saturday – it was INVADER CON Saturday! I threw on my hot topic IZ (or should I say “Gir”) gear, snatched a bite of peanut butter so I wouldn’t die, grabbed my crate of artist alley table stuff, and dashed for the elevator. It was safe to say that I was the first one down to the lobby because, for one thing, the room was void of green. I was the only living soul in that lobby at 6:30am. Wow. I thought ‘surely nobody could sleep in on Invader Con weekend, right’? Oh well, more for meeeee~
At 8am I finally was able to get into the artist alley room to set up. Soon I was joined by a very sleepy Sarah (could barely respond other than with eye blinks and head nods). She and her dad constructed some Poop cola cans and ninja star cookie boxes to display on my table, while I got my prints on the table and tapped up my signs. Soon Tom stuck his head in the dealer room and was like “I’m going to let in the filthy masses now! Are you ready?” Although I pleaded “NO NO NO!” He simply shot an evil smirk and said “okaaaay!” My face turned bleach-white. So, for the next several hours, I sat at my table, frantically trying to keep up with the wave of people that flooded past my table. Now, don’t get me wrong – this job was EXTREMELY fun! Although I was busy, being at that table granted me the opportunity to meet and greet many of the attendees of Invader Con! With some, I enjoyed snapping pictures of their fabulous costumes (alotta girl-Dibs there… ha ha), I also had a blast quoting random segments from the Invader Zim show with people. “CURSE YOU SNACKS! CURSE YOOOOU!”
Time passed blindingly fast, and soon three-oclock drew near. Our Soapy Waffles panel started at FOUR!!!! Tallest Sarah had to prepare for the costume contest that was going to start within the next hour (she went as Moofy – picture below!) It was up to me, and my friend Elle (Loor11) to prepare. For that next hour, we went over the order of the content to be presented at the panel and such. The clock raced. All too quickly. It was four before I realized it, and so Elle and I grabbed our gear and raced to the workshop room. Thankfully, Rikki Simons went over a little with his segment, “Coloring ZIM With Rikki Simons”, so we made it in time. After he concluded his segment (with Tom kicking him out because the crowd shouted “WE WANT SOAPY WAFFLES”. My heart filled with joy at that XD), me and Elle made our way up to the front. It was TIME!
I froze momentarily. Apparently, Sarah’s costume contest went over because they had such a massive turn-out of entries… so I was on my own. Yikes. Thankfully, I had Elle be next to me for support. If she wasn’t there, I probably would’ve wilted in front of the audience. I mean, the place was PACKED, and, more importantly, I had never EVER EVEEEER spoken in front of a crowd before. This was a first. And I stunk. I felt myself panicking a bit, but I still managed to make it through the panel. Everyone seemed to love the Mopiness of Doom premiere (which is now viewable on youtube). There will be a video of our panel up on youtube soon, hopefully, so you can watch it for yourselves. 🙂
Phew. Pressure GONE! With the panel done and over-with, Sarah and I opted to kick back and relax for the next bit in the lounge. We ate a bit of dinner at the (overpriced) hotel restaurant, snacked on Gir cupcakes I made to celebrate my birthday that day (I turned 18~), and then we awaited the final, epic event of that evening – the Dancin Like a Monkey dance party!!!!! Epic-ness!
We stood before the golden gates, waiting to be granted entrance into the heaven that lied just in hand’s reach! In the convention hallway, the crowd packed in, waiting giddily for the Con staff to begin the party. Eventually, after what seemed like forever, the doors finally opened, and we poured into the room. Lasers! Music! Glowsticks! It was PERFECT! We danced like morons, like pros, like drunks! This was my first dance party ever, so man did I DANCE! According to Sarah, I leapt four feet in the air when we were jumping to the beat. Huh. Never knew I could jump that high. Ha ha.
Well, after the party concluded, we all turned-in for the night, looking forward to another amazing, and sadly the last, day at Invader Con.