As you’ve probably seen from my recent pictures, I love taking pictures of Cosplay at the conventions.  At the end of PAX, I caught a shot of the young lady above.  After she posed for me, I stopped her for a moment as I tried to remember where had seen her before.  After a moment of thought, I asked if she had been to Gen Con 2010, and she confirmed it.  we talked for a moment, and I remembered that she was one of the Geeky Pinup Girls.  If you get a chance, check out their site.

After digging back through my images from GenCon, I found her.  If it isn’t obvious, she’s the one on the right.

It’s funny; every time I see this picture, all I can hear in my head is “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B.”

One of the things that I like about the Geeky Pinups is that they are sexy, but tasteful.  There are other cosplay groups out there (and I will not link to them from here) that think baring it all is synonymous with sexy.  Let me tell you ladies: it’s not.

That’s getting a little off topic,though.  The main reason why I bring this up in today’s blog is that I love that there are groups of people that I see from show to show.  From the professional cosplay models, to the artists, to the game designers, I love the sense of community that forms in each show.  Once again, games are bringing us together.

As I walked around during PAX, I had the opportunity to shake the hands of a few people of moderate fame.  I caught both Mike and Jerry individually and thank them for everything they’ve done.  I even got a chance to ask Mike about an art show in the future.  I tried to keep it short and filled with gratitude, though; he probably gets questions like that all of the time, and I don’t want to take the enjoyment out of his day.  He graciously explained that there’s just no room for it, and we left it at that.

I also had the opportunity to shake hands with Tommy Dreamer at the airport.  That was a funny encounter; as soon as I said “hello” I caught, for just a second, the vibe that he didn’t want to be distracted from what he was doing.  He then smiled and shook my hand, but I immediately said “thanks for all you’ve done, and have a good flight.”  His smile changed slightly, his face relaxed, and he seemed somewhat relieved as he went about his business.

That’s something that I always try to stay conscious of.  while it was my first time meeting him, I’m sure (like Mike and Jerry) he gets that everywhere he goes.  With that in mind, the shorter the encounter, the better.