Deeply disappointed - Jay Maynard

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Saturday, 21 April 2007


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2138 - Deeply disappointed

I came up with another new costume for the Penguicon Masquerade: Purple, from Larry Niven and David Gerrold's The Flying Sorcerers. Not too elaborate, but it was as close as I could possibly come to the exact descriptions from the book, which I'd flagged and had available for the judges (even though they didn't look at it). I came up with a presentation that fit the character and worked to explain the things I wanted. I made it to the muster a bit late due to a panel commitment, but they'd been warned.

There was one incredible costume by a novice entrant. I saw that, and figured I was beaten on the costume itself. I gave exactly the presentation I wanted to, and got it off with no problems at all. I thought that might be good for something.

Not a chance. I got wiped out for best performance by a girl who took all her clothes off. The incredible novice costume only took second place (as well as best original costume). First prize was won by another costume, worn by a good-looking woman in a leotard.

Grumble. I can't really argue with any of them, but I'm still more than a little disappointed.

current mood: [mood icon] disappointed

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From:rpeate
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Clearly costume is an interest of yours. I'm sorry.
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From:thatguychuck
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What was the incredible costume by the novice?
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From:jeffreyab
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It was a project by the Marsdust gang a very female alien robot.
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From:_ayn_
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....ALL of her clothes?! O_O!!!!
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From:jeffreyab
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http://jmaynard.livejournal.com/307840.html?replyto=1261440&style=mine

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She took off her Victorian underwear to reveal more Victorian underwear!
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From:fitzmadrid
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What was she wearing? Other than nothing.
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From:jeffreyab
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She took off her Victorian underwear to reveal more Victorian underwear!
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From:woelfisch
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What happened to the "'no costume' is no costume" rule?
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From:landley
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Eh, I'm pretty happy with body paint as a costume, but I'm not remotely involved with masquerade. (This was the first year I managed to catch the last 1/3 of it. I came in during the goth bunny, I think. Caught Jay's performance and the dancing robosapiens.)

My sister's used to minnesota conventions with 30 years of masquerade momentum. She's used to about three times that many entries. I tried to tell her about year 1 where we only had 7 entries total and were happy to have that many. (She's pondering coming back and entering something next year, but she has 3 kids with a fourth on the way so I wouldn't expect much. She was just there this year for my wedding.)
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From:ddelony
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I would have voted the same way. Pleasantly contoured women displaying their contours is a non-maskable interrupt for heterosexual males. :-)
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From:landley
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My problem with your costume is I couldn't place it. (Dr. Purple? Is this from a webcomic? Was it something he made up? He talks about a pun. What pun? I don't get it. Am I supposed to get the pun?) I'd never even heard of the book, let alone read it.

If they'd said "Dr. Purple from The Flying Sorcerers by Larry Niven and David Gerrold", it might have gone over better with the audience. Judges can be heavily influenced by audience reaction.

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