, took neon feathers in a direction my eyes have not seen in real life. She described her feather embellishment technique as "all hand hot-glued." Gotta love it. But ouch, my wounded fingers throb at the thought. She's got some serious dilligence to make this head to toe blue, green and yellow standout. The masterful headpeice blended seamlessly towards a face of thoughtfully executed make-up. Kudos to Abisola! Right around the corner was a smashingly fabu example of peeps bringing their own flair to the party. Baltimore's own Ms. Grey. We locked eyes and that was it. Instant friends. Totally not mimicking any specific character, but holding her own veracious grip in a neon tripped out 80's print spandex celebration of life! She took this stretch phenomenon to a whole new level by topping it off with a hand made wig fashioned of randomly colored nylon tubing. Graciously sharing her technique of sewing the tubing onto a wig cap made Ms. Grey that much cooler. She added beads to the end of each tube, creating a look that was tight! After a good chunk of my morning scouring Etsy and Ebay to find a wig of these materials remotely as chic- my efforts were to no avail. From there, I mingled with Otakon participants and (lightly) shook my thing on the dancefloor at the rave party. Eventually we found ourselves drifting towards the outdoor delight of a mild August evening. As the harbor beckoned us closer, we came to understand that one of the coolest things about Otakon is that it takes place in Baltimore. Upon our exit, it was hard to deter the proposal of "Free Hugs and Kisses" given by John and Zoey of Richmond Virginia. Their costume-making technique required nothing more than black signs with bright white lettering- but sincerity of the delivery shined as brightly as a thousand neon glowsticks. They were happy to come to Baltimore and share their dreams, ideas, and affection, as so many observers of the Otakon tradition are. And for that, I thank you all.