I just realized I have yet to post this story on tumblr??? You guys are getting the long version.
So I knew Adam Brown was going to be at Dragon*con. Early last spring, Adam Brown actually saw pictures of my Lady Ori cosplay on twitter (thank you MiddleEarthNews for tweeting him!) and had loved them. I was so busy getting my big kaiju cosplay together, I didn’t have the spare energy to freak out about meeting Adam Brown at the con. That was until An Evening in Bree.
I’d heard that the guests would be announcing the costume contest at an Evening in Bree (which is the big friday night Tolkien party, for all you non-dragon*con folks, and also the BEST cosplay hotspot of the con imo) so I decided to sign up for the contest. Bree was where I debuted Ori last year, and met so many amazing people, so I have a ton of great memories of the night! So many of my friends were there, and I was so nervous that the rumor wasn’t true and the actors weren’t going to show up until radiorcrist ran up to me and was like DID YOU SEE ADAM IS HERE. Adam Brown, Jed Brophy and Craig Parker were all there! I was in line for the costume contest next to my friend thranduart, who was freaking out about his own new costume, and I was freaking out about Adam Brown, and we were just generally all really freaking out!!
When there were about three more people before I got called in front, I saw Adam see me. I think I gave him like a really doofy wave. So I knew he’d seen the Ori cosplay.
When it was my turn to walk in front of everyone, I will never forget Adam Brown saying (in the most adorable voice anyone has ever had) “I’m so excited about this next costume because I’ve seen it before! On the internet!” He read the little blurb I’d written about my costume, I did some dumb poses with my book and slingshot and I think I might have blacked out a little bit and the next thing I know, I’m turning around, and adAM BROWN HAS JUMPED OFF THE STAGE????!!!!!!
Adam Brown jumped off the stage in the middle of the costume contest to give me a hug. He told me I looked great, I don’t remember if I made words, and then when I walked over to the judges’ table I remember Adam Brown saying very sassily into the microphone, to the thunderous applause of all my friends, “That’s how Ori should've looked!”
After the contest was over, I hung around a little bit, and my friend Berg of celticruinsdesigns asked Adam and I for a picture, and Adam was immediately like “Oh yes, get one on my phone too!” We talked for a little bit, I think I blurted about how nice it was to meet him and maybe told him about the beard application tips Graham McTavish had given me last year, and how I made the costume. As we parted ways, he told me that I made Ori look good.
Over the course of the weekend, I tried to visit their table as often as I could. All the guests were unbelievably nice - Craig Parker was very enthusiastic about my kaiju cosplay, and their handlers all got pictures of it. Their panels were all amazing, and apparently Adam Brown mentioned me at the final Monday panel (PLEASE IF ANYONE HAS A VIDEO OF IT) At the end of the weekend when I popped by to say goodbye (which feels dumb, like I’m just a dumb nerd, but I just want these wonderful guests to have a good con) Adam said how nice it was to meet me, and to keep the Ori spirit alive!
AND I WILL!!!!
Adam Brown truly is a precious gift to us all. He is a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful man and he should be loved and cherished and treasured.