Today I feel the need for something a bit lighter on my blog than the subjects of the last few days, so I’m going to write a piece on how to be Awesome at a Discworld Convention. The husband-shape and I are attending this Convention next month in Birmingham, England.
I think you can already tell that Discworld is full of Total Bonkers. Sir Terry Pratchett does Bonkers so very beautifully.
Discworld is populated by humans, Vampires, Witches, Werewolves, Trolls, Golems, Dwarves, Elves, Nac Mac Feegles (you’ll need to Google them – I can’t explain because I’d be here for the next six months), Zombies, Wizards, Gnomes, Barbarians, Gods and so much more that the mind truly boggles. The City Watch alone have a female Werewolf, a human that needs to carry proof that he is actually human and a Dwarf who isn’t actually a Dwarf (long story!) amongst their ranks.
There is also The Librarian. The Librarian is… well, he’s The Librarian.
However, as with most Conventions, fandoms tend to collide. If you don’t want to/can’t dress as a Discworldian there are options.
Here is how to rock a Discworld Convention without being Discworldian or suffocating in a corset:
For headgear you have at least two options:
This is the Jayne Hat from Firefly (and this is Adam Baldwin – who played mercenary Jayne Cobb – wearing it). At the last Convention two years ago I was one of two people wearing one. A friend knitted mine, because I promised to donate to Cancer Research or a charity of her choice as payment and she was kind enough to accept my proposal. She made one for my son too, but he outgrew his. Silly growth hormones.
Although, I think there will be a lot of these this year too. I might take mine along as well as my Jayne Hat:
Fezes are so Cool that my husband even made one for my Adipose plushie!
For accessories, I intend to raid the local charities in search of a wicker “Easter” basket to carry some little friends with me:
Yes, those are Tribbles, from Star Trek. I used to have a friend on Etsy who made them for me until she was sent back to her own country (boo to beaurocracy and red tape!) but she made me three grown-ups and three baby Tribbles before she left. The husband also bought me a purring Tribble plushie for Christmas and I knew that Squeaky had to come to the Convention with me. Tribbles are popular. I know this because recently I found a honking great spider hiding in the pile of furballs on the back of the sofa. Eww.
So, now that we’ve covered acceptable accessories, let’s move on to acceptable attire:
I actually own this particular t-shirt, but any Doctor Who t-shirt is permitted. Some people turn up wearing Dalek, Cyberman and Weeping Angel t-shirts and that’s okay too.
If you have one of these, so much the better:
A friend of mine very kindly spent most of last year knitting this great thing of beauty for me and it still needs an outing! Probably best not to wear after a skinfull though, as I can see pratfalls occurring.
You will see all of this – and more – at a Discworld Convention. This is how to rock the event.
You now also know that – if you’re there and you see a bespectacled blonde wearing a Jayne Hat, a Doctor Who t-shirt, a scarf, a short flared skirt, leggings, killer boots and carrying a basket of fluffballs – you have met me!