Last week my girls and I headed out for Phoenix ComiCon. My youngest daughter thought it would be a great experience for her sister and me. Little did I know how much fun we were going to have among other Sci-fi, comic book and TV fans.
The fun didn’t start at the convention, it started months before as we chose the characters we wanted to dress up as, got our material, patterns, accessories and started on our costumes.
I confess I am a Sci-Fi fan. I have seen all the Star Wars, Star Trek, and Harry Potter movies. I have read all the Harry Potter books to my daughter, and acted out the different characters with different voices. So I do have to say I was really
excited to go.
I asked Adriana what she wanted to dress up as but she didn’t know. Her sister helped her with this and decided on Princess Leia, and Rey from Star Wars, The force Awakens and Maddie Hatter from Ever After High.
I have so much to share about our experience and first I want to say that any where we went people were addressing her and telling her how cute she looked, she was asked to pose for pictures and was totally embraced by this fabulous community. I got thumbs up, nods and comments like:” She looks great, did you make her costume?”, “We are so glad you brought her.” and “She is so pretty”; words that warm any mother’s heart.
I also saw many other moms with kids with disabilities who went out of their way to make their kids be part of the convention by making amazing cosplay costumes for their kids and their wheelchairs. Love and imagination abound in this group.
Another thing I observed was the level of organization and thought the organizers of this event put into things. Elevators had security staff ensuring that those who needed them had priority access. The staff also had a room available for those with a disability to come and take a break, chill and meet others who might also be at the convention. They had staff directing the traffic at the elevators and at the different panels so everything was done in an orderly way even when there were thousands of people in attendance.
We had planned to go on the last day but my daughter was stung by something on her ankle. We took her to the first aid station at the convention and they made her feel better, but she was not feeling up to walking and standing another day so we stayed home.
I asked her what was her favorite part of ComiCon and she said everything, but then she said she loved cosplaying in her characters and meeting Spiderman and Captain Jack Sparrow and taking pictures with them. She has already asked to go back next year and cosplay new characters and attend more panels and spotlight presentations.