I am extremely flabbergasted and thankful for this.
Some of you were texted immediately after, and for those that didn't know, hopefully waiting this long to mention it wasn't in bad taste. This was the pinnacle of my trip, but everything else I've posted so far was so meaningful too and I wanted those things to get their own opportunity to shine.
I was judged not just by fellow costumers and cosplay enthusiast, but by my peers who are experts in the fandom I am in. Not only that, but on the board of judges was Sarah of 343i who had a hand in developing the models for the spartans in the games.
I lost 40 pounds for this costume, I overcame anxiety and depression to finish it, I poured in every possible detail I possibly could, and I put every ounce of talent I am capable of into it just to grow and increase my talents further.
Yes, I showed up with a full dossier of my original character that included a Biography Card, a 4 page mission log of my character from when he was a kid, and a 27 page reference document and write-up because I totally didn't expect the one and only expert of the Mark V costumes to be a judge.
This trip was just... amazing.
I got to be a panelist for the first time and co-hosted with @mightymarkprops in 4 panels.
I got to make something that will appear on professional suits.
I won Best in Show not just for a costume I personally built, but my first costume.
I had one of the judges stop and look at me when they first saw me in the weekend and got a 👌 "perfect scaling" comment from them which was very rewarding.
FYI: There's nothing like crying in your helmet when your fan's battery dies. Fog... fog everywhere. I could not see Sarah do the Spartan Smile gesture back at me.
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