Mr. Clever returns to LI Who!

November 2019 saw the return of Long Island Who, now named An Unearthly Convention. LI Who was my first Doctor Who con and is by far one of the best fandom con I’ve ever been to. (As opposed to say, NYCC, which is my favorite general con)
The people who run this con have always been fun, professional, and manage to put on such a great event.

LI Who 2, in 2014, was also the con where I was on my first panel.
Which was, um, entertaining at the very least!

Did I ever tell you about how I got stuck in a tent?

😂😂😂😂

AnyWHO, I had a bad experience at a different Who con a few years ago, so I took a small break from going to DW specific events. I am very glad that I decided to return for this con. What a fabulous weekend.

I will break this up into two parts as so much happened!

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DAY ONE

After an eight hour car ride we arrived at the host hotel, which was under construction. I have really bad dust allergies so I couldn’t do my usual “lobby con on Friday night” tradition. The hotel staff was super duper helpful though and it was much better on Saturday morning.

For Saturday, I decided to cosplay as my Borderlands mash up, CleverMax the Invincible 😉 I thoroughly enjoy this variation.

 

My first of five panels was Madman in a Box on Saturday. I was just a guest panelist, as opposed to being a moderator on some others.
It was so much fun to sit there and talk about Matt and his run as the Doctor. Matt was my absolute favorite.
I just started a rewatch of his run yesterday..
The next panel was my baby, as it were.

Evolution of the Cybermen

At my last LI Who, I presented a panel on Cybermen for their 50 year anniversary. It was a huge success and this year was just as awesome

I had myself and four other people as panelists. I didn’t realize that they had never done this type of panel before. They all did such a great job!

We all had our areas of expertise. From concept art to places of origin. And of course, I covered Cyber Planners.

 

TMW a T-Rex photobombs your Cyberman panel

The third and final panel of Saturday was Finding Family in Fandom.
This panel was incredibly moving and I felt honored to be a panelist. Everyone had such brilliant stories to share about how they found their place in life through fandom. 💖

I have posted my story here before, so I won’t go too much into it. If you want to browse that, here is the link:

My Life as Clever

TL:DR version:
Before Clever and conlife, I didn’t really go out. I didn’t have a lot of friends.
I have a huge house and never had a single party, sleepover, family gathering in it. Now? I feel like I need a bigger house. 🤣

Even though my first fandom was Harry potter, I didn’t find myself or my true family of friends until Clever.
I wasn’t welcomed with open arms in this fandom, but regardless, I stuck it out cause I loved Matt so much.

 

 


After all of my panels were over, myself and some friends went to grab dinner. I’m always famished after these cons cause I can’t eat solid food with the cybernetics on my face. We all went in costume and our waiter was so happy to see us all.

Saturday night included a DW themed dance party, and lots of casual board and card games in the lobby that lasted until the wee hours of the morning.

 

DJ Gallifrey spinning some tunes!

As per usual this was an exhausting day, but totally worth it!

Stay tuned for my Day Two recap.

 

Kawaii Mr. Clever repaint

I finally managed to get my hands on a Titans Kawaii 11th Doctor figure.  Of course he needed an upgrade!

 

Look at that face. How cute, but it’s missing something.

And so the process begins.

 

 

Now he is in proper series 7b attire.

 

 

Upgrade in Progress!

 

 

and finished!  Ready to take on the world. LOL

Artopia 2019

The Artopia: After-Hours Party  hosted by The Creative Collective was a fun night of art installations, music, hands on interactive exhibits and of course, a fun Photo Booth.

It doesn’t take much for myself and my friends to get silly, and this night wasn’t much different.

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Paul’s hair is yummy 

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Luckily, this photographer, Katie, is used to us. She’s done many of the Collective’s events, so I think she is always prepared for our craziness.

 

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Space Butt

One of my favorite things about the PEM ‘s parties, is the interactive workshop. A few years ago we made pinwheels out of the material they use for sails, and they were displayed all around town. That was incredible.  This time around people got to make prints and learn about silk screening techniques.

While my friends tried that ( let’s be honest here – I am a mess when I paint, and I knew it would get all over my cosplay) I saw paper and markers, so my brain went ” What the Hell!”

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Hard at work letting the world know I was there

While I was sitting down, these three women came running up to me, fascinated by my lights. Like moths to a flame, I swear.  One of them thought it was make up, and asked how I did it, how I made it. They had no idea who Mr. Clever was, so of course I had to show them a picture of Matt as Clever.  One of them actually said ” Oh he’s cute.”  Yes, yes he is.

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“This is Matt” 
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I blame my friends for letting me have coffee at 4pm.

After we finished making art, we meandered around some more, looking at the other exhibits. I did manage to find a very cute squirrel puppet. Of course now I want one.

“Hey, Sarah, don’t touch those…nuts.”  Yeah, I need puppet.

Anyway, we are all looking forward to the next party!

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I want these too! 

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My new Mini Clever and Cybermite

Most of you may know that I tend to send a mini version of myself along to some cons when I can’t be there.  This mostly happens at Gally, which usually means that whatever I send has to not only endure the general craziness of my friends, but also being packed up and shipped. So far, every Clever I have sent has technically survived, but he usually comes back in pretty rough shape. Now is this because of the USPS or my friends, well, I guess a little of both.  ( I will be posting the #CleverdoesGally2019 album soon, and you can decide!)

My friend Holly of Hollys Making Stuff crafts the cutest creatures of all sorts so I asked her to make me a wee Mr. Clever.  I was not disappointed when she sent me some WIP photos. Not expecting to see a teeny tiny cybermite on his lapel, but that got me thinking, and I asked if she would also make me a cybermite too.

I am really happy with how these came out. I can’t wait to take pictures of them all around the town and at every con we go to.

 

May have already taken them to the MFA.

 

11 Days until 2019!

 

Only eleven days until 2019! See what I did there? That means only 11 days until I can get my butt in gear and write a Year in Review, too. So many things have happened in 2018.

 

Also, who else is excited for the Doctor Who special? I am very curious to see what happens.