A lot of work for one little sign…
[screams from rooftop] HARRY POTTER HASN’T GONE ANYWHERE IT’S YOU THAT HAS STOPPED INCLUDING HIM IN YOUR DAILY LIFE
So these are all the pictures from my Deanna Troi cosplay today at Star Trek Boston (thank you all for the kind words about my other post with the one picture).
A few words about the Starfleet uniform, which is this one.
A great cosplay! I will admit to being in Chicago at #CHITrek 5 days ago, but I didn’t buy a communicator!
Due date: 5/11
adrienne i don;t know who this person is but you should do it for me instead :)))
This is the best thing I have ever seen in my entire life
Correction, THIS is the best thing I have ever seen.
Apparently March 19 is a pretty big day in my space-time continuum. 2 years ago, I got my MuggleCast tattoo.
When I read the Here We Collide Collective request for photographs, my first thought was that as a music photographer who captures many moments that are special, it was going to be really difficult to pick just the one. A photograph of Stephen Kellogg did come to mind, but in the end, the photograph I chose didn’t really have anything to do with music.
The photograph above is from this past year’s Leakycon, an annual Harry Potter fandom conference. Aside from TWLOHA, the Potter fandom is probably the strongest community and focus on love and supporting each other. Leakycon is a place that’s most commonly referred to simply as “home” by members of the community. The gentleman in this picture is Eric Scull of Mugglecast, one of the longest and most listened to Harry Potter Podcasts, and it was taken during a Q&A portion of the podcast’s panel. The reason that I’m really proud of this shot is that it serves of lasting proof of the moments in the Potter fandom where it’s evident that we’re all coming from the same place and are there for the same reasons.
The girl in the shot had asked for a hug, and Eric nearly ran to the front of the stage and just seemed so happy to accommodate her and not at all hesitant or fake about it. The thing about the Potter fandom is that even with some of the actors, many of us are all just fans, and some have gathered fans of work created out of that like podcasts or music or any number of other things, but in the end we’re all just there together. Regardless of popularity or “fame” or audience, the big names in the Potter fandom are always just as excited and connected as those of us that are there to watch, and it’s nice to have a community where it’s possible to feel valued, even by those who we might think don’t have time for us or the little things like hugs. It’s nice to know were all here together.
Full clip of the “Tootsie Roll Spiel” by Eric Scull / MuggleCast tee shirt advertisement - on MuggleCast Episode #31, “Since Before ‘Nam” - published March 19, 2006.
ON THIS DAY 7 years ago, a little ad-libbing happened on MuggleCast when I was asked to give listeners yet another reason to buy a MuggleCast tee shirt. The result was perhaps my truest “spiel” which at first appeared to be going nowhere fast, and at its conclusion was successfully able to bring things ‘round to a solid advertisement for our shirts. All based, of course, on the premise that you know about Tootsie Rolls.
Andrew: [laughs] And don’t forget, MuggleCast t-shirts are available at MuggleCast.com. Just click on “Store” at the top.
Eric, Eric has stated a few very important reasons why you must buy one of these t-shirts. Isn’t that right, Eric?
Eric: Yes, that’s correct - Episode 29.
Andrew: Can you give us another one though. I don’t think people are completely convinced.
Eric: Okay. Tootsie Rolls, right? Okay, Tootsie Rolls. I am staring at a tube of Tootsie Rolls and I am thinking, “Gee, who manufactures Tootsie Rolls.”
Andrew: [laughs] Yeah?
Eric: Now, you never know who does it. It’s not the Hershey’s company. It can’t be because I am looking at this tube an nowhere does it say, “Hershey’s Tootsie Rolls,” right? You follow?
Eric: Okay, so…
Eric: No. Okay, quiet Micah. All right. So now, Tootsie Rolls. Everybody…
Micah: Because I say so much.
Eric: No, everybody knows what Tootsie Rolls are - everybody has had Tootsie Roll. You know what? If they haven’t, they are going to have a Tootsie Roll. So I’m thinking, I’m sitting here looking at this whole tube of what used to be Tootsie Rolls - I actually ate them all - and I am thinking who manufactured these? Nobody knows. Nobody knows what company owns Tootsie Rolls unless you work for that company. I am thinking, but they sold millions. I mean how many Tootsie Rolls have you sold…have you bought in your life? That’s a lot of Tootsie Rolls. So…
Andrew: [laughs] So what’s your point?
Eric: The point…
Andrew: So what’s your point.
Eric: So the point is, Andrew and Micah and Laura and viewers at home, that you don’t know who manufactures Tootsie Rolls yet you buy them anyway. And in the case of MuggleCast t-shirts you know who manufactures them. You know that you’re going to get your money’s worth from MuggleCast. You know exactly who that money is going to and why it is going to them. And you can support the show by buying this, just like you support Tootsie Roll manufacturers. Like the CEO of Tootsie Roll, the CEO of Tootsie, is sitting there on a desk chair and he’s not doing anything for Harry Potter fans, but we are, and that’s why you should buy a MuggleCast t-shirt.
Andrew: Wow, that was inspiring. Long, lengthy and inspiring.