Costumes and coolness at ConCarolinas 2012

This weekend, I attended my first ConCarolinas, an annual sci-fi convention in Charlotte, NC. I met actor Jeffrey Combs (Weyoun/Brunt in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Kevin in The 4400, and many more), who autographed a picture for me with “Long live the Dominion.” I rode an elevator with Monster Man Cleve Hall. I saw many Klingons, stormtroopers, ghostbusters, elves, vampires and a wookie.

The best part of the weekend, for me, was listening to Jeffrey Combs tell stories — especially the ones about punking Gul Dukat (Marc Alaimo) on the set of DS9, and how Casey Biggs’ mad gulping skills inspired the writers to turn Damar into a drunk.

I loved the costumes. I’ve always enjoyed Halloween, Ren Faires, cosplay, and historic re-enactments. The attendees of ConCarolinas really put a lot of love and detail into their costumes, and I enjoyed every bit of it.

~ J.L. Hilton

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