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From Inside the Puzzle: Raising a Child with Autism Blog

Conventions and Cosplay

Published August 7, 2015 10:56 AM by Devon Alley

Last year, A. attended the Knoxville Comic and Anime Con, of which I wrote an entry about in this blog. Because she enjoyed that experience so much, I decided to make sure she continued to attend even more conventions this year.

We took her to the Marble City Comic-Con, as well as the Fanboy Expo.

A. thoroughly enjoyed both, even though she did not have the same benefit of having friends to pal around with this year.

For Marble City, she brought her notebook and went around collecting the autographs of everyone who was dressed up as characters she found interesting.

This is similar to what she did the year before, and it was awesome to see all of the attendees going along with her and playing up their roles.

For the Fanboy Expo, however, she wanted to dress up and do her own cosplay. After some consideration, she decided to dress up as Chell from Portal 2, and she did a pretty amazing job.

It was fascinating because, at the Fanboy Expo, A. was suddenly the one getting all the attention. Everyone stopped her in the aisles and asked to get their picture with her. She received so many compliments on her costume.

While I walked around awkwardly with my arms full of baby, weaving in and out of the crowds without a clue on how to engage people, A. navigated the social landscape with little trouble.

This was her turf, and she understood the rules much better than I did.

A. said that her experience at the Fanboy Expo was the best convention ever. We'll see if that holds out after our experience at Dragon-Con next month.

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