After the opening night and day 1, I was overwhelmed by the feeling I wanted to hop the redeye to L.A. last night. I had plans to go to #DragCon this year and write about it for you, but life intervened. If my plans had materialized, I’d be giving you the inside scoop right now and you’d be resenting me and bumming that YOU weren’t there. So, instead we’re in the same boat and I can tell you how to feel like you’re still connected and not missing a thing. (We’ll tell ourselves that…)
1. READ THE WOW REPORT
Der. As you well know, for the past 11 1/2 months, since everyone recovered from the last years first DragCon, Wow’s been telling you here why you should get your ass to L.A. like, NOW. Did you see the TONS of pics from the VIP Meet & Greet – PLUS, RuPaul with every single f*cking exhibitor? Wow! You can see how happy they were to be standing next to Mamma. I really got inspired. I’m getting a booth next year, so, not only will I be there, I’ll be… well, I won’t tell you. It’ll be a surprise. (Fenton & Randy, you gotta hook me up!) Oh, and don’t forget subscribe to RuPaul’s DragCon on YouTube too!
2. FOLLOW DRAGCON’S TWITTER, SNAPCHAT, FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM
Crucial. You are probably already following them all, but in case you’re not go to @RuPaulsDragCon and The Wow Report on Twitter and Instagram to catch up on minute by minute, gag by gag, queen by queen pics, videos and scoop. Share them on Facebook and social media and pretend to your friends that you’re there! No, I’m kidding– but check out Wow’s Facebook page (I post stuff there everyday…) to chime in on what’s happening at DragCon, your team preference for RuPaul’s DragRace, read the snarky comments and what’s happening in the world beyond, as well.
3. CHECK OUT ALL THE DRAGCON EXHIBITORS
Friday, seeing all the exhibitors, stuff for sale, photo opps, queens and lists of appearances and panels, really made my head spin. 200,000 square feet of L.A. Convention Center of STUFF, kids. OMG, no wonder it’s been radio silence from my fellow bloggers and friends at Wow for the past ten days. They have been working their wigs off pulling this hat trick off. I can’t imagine….? But DO check out the exhibitors list. These guys ALL have websites, way too many to list here, but some stand outs for me were Tish & Snooky’s Manic Panic (left with Randy Barbato & Ru) my friend David Mason Clopecki‘s Slick It Up booth with their sexy fetish wear (you can see below he booked hot dancers show off in the near buff!) and Pet Wigs! I want for my dog, Lamonte! (Can I get someone that’s not too busy –James? Nigel? Blake?– to get me a pet wig?) But if you don’t have a friend there all the stuff for sale by tons of cool exhibitors are most likely on their websites! Check them out! Send them an email, if you see something at DragCon not on their site that you want, ask how you can get it. And WOW will have items for sale here, once the dust has settled. (Just days after Drag Con is RuPaul’s Drag Race finalé, you know!)
4. MAKE PLANS FOR NEXT YEAR.
NOW. Don’t be mad (like me) when you could be THERE next year, if you really want to. (April 29 & 30, 2017) Start a DragCon 3 Fund NOW and put away X dollars a month and start the planning. It’s L.A., kids. It’s not THAT hard to get there, and it is SO much fun. I’m making my plans so, it’s a date. I’ll see you there. And in the meantime, you can watch the video below to see how to prepare and check out these pics from DragCon’s Instagram feed (search #DragCon, too).
The video of Day 1 is below and there’s plenty more coming on the WOW Report. Watch and GAG on it all!!!