AmeCon – This Weekend!

So. That thing about not going to any events til September sure lasted huh? First Glasgow Comic Con and now suddenly I’m off to AmeCon too!

On Thursday I’ll have the pleasure of hopping on a coach for 7 hours and leaving Sunday, so I’ll be around AmeCon on Friday and Saturday! If you’re around and see me come and say hi! These are the costumes I’ll be wearing;

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On Friday I’m wearing Umi from Love Live! (Yukata version) with my friend Felixize as Kotori during the day, then School Leon from Tales of Destiny/Tales of Link in the evening!

On Saturday morning I’ll be helping with the Adventure Bastards show as Nozomi from Love Live! (Maid version), with Felixize as Eli, then in the afternoon I’ll be Sakura from Cardcaptor Sakura (Nurse version) with PopcornKuma as Tomoyo!

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Costume Roundup: Nurse Sakura

Time for the next Costume Roundup, and this time it’s Sakura Kinomoto from Cardcaptor Sakura, this time in an adorable Nurse outfit! Myself and PopcornKuma wanted to make a cute Sakura duo for AnimeCon earlier this year, and we decided on these adorable outfits.

I was Sakura in our duo but the costumes are pretty much identical, so most of my notes apply to both costumes!

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The first thing about these outfits is that we tweaked the colours. There are some figures where the colours are less “coral” and more “pink”, so we went for that colour scheme instead. Otherwise they were quite straight forward costumes to make and super cute to wear!

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Glasgow Comic Con

From my last post where I had nothing on, things can change pretty quickly! This weekend I was up at Glasgow Comic Con to fill in as a guest judge on super short notice and had a blast.

I took two costumes, wearing Shallie from Atelier Shallie on the Saturday and then Sakura from Cardcaptor Sakura on the Sunday. Neither of these are “comic” costumes so I felt a bit bad about that, but there were quite a few anime & manga costumes around so nobody seemed to mind! I was a guest alongside the insanely talented Cosplex and also got to hang out with the Cosplay Organiser across the whole weekend, Aranel!

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Photos by PhotoGoku

The event itself was really chilled out, which makes a nice change! There were tons of comic guests, a dealers room and two artist alleys and loads of people in costume. The venue is great, too. I really liked how fluid it was, and while it was set out in a few different locations, they were all close enough to each other that it was easy to navigate and there was plenty of space to mingle. I had a lot of free time to explore the event and chat to people on both days which great!

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Photo by PhotoGoku

I was a judge for the masquerade on both days and also for the C3 Cosplay Superstars competition on the Saturday – winners pictured above! The new champion is the incredible Samurai First Order from Star Wars (not sure of his name!), with the Forgemaster award going to Lady Shinjuku as The Morrigan from The Wicked + Divine and Fabricmaster award going to LovingLolisa as Rose Quartz from Steven Universe.

There was a big turnout on both days so we had our work cut out choosing winners! There were some incredible entries and some great techniques, with a mix of sewing, craft and armour across everyone’s costumes. The next event to compete in C3 is Rai-Con, which is a more anime & manga-centric event held in October where the next Cosplay Superstar will be decided!

Thank you to the wonderful team behind Glasgow Comic Con for making me feel so welcome despite stepping in last minute. Til next time!

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What To Do?

Convention season is in full swing..!

..and I’m stuck at home. The next big event in the UK is AmeCon at the end of July which I won’t be attending, so my next event is EGX at the end of September. Normally this time of year I’m super hyped for the “big summer con” but mine has already been and gone, so now I’m kind of sat twiddling my thumbs!

My health is still kind of awful and since AnimeCon I’ve been a little worse for wear, so I’ve been taking my time too. I recently started a new set of medicated steroids – I don’t usually mention my health on this blog, but I have Vasovagal Syncope and have been fainting a lot over the past year so I’m currently on the mend and hoping this will be a nice little fix.

So on the cosplay front, what’s next? Well, I want to try for ECG Solo this year so I’ve got some plans in the background, but I’ll keep those hush for now. Otherwise.. I don’t have any real aims at the moment which is really odd, so I’ve been filling my time in with finishing other costumes or accessories. It’s kind of weird, for the past few years I’ve almost always had a ‘plan’ or a ‘goal’ but everything I had planned was for AnimeCon, so now I’m a bit lost.

My current project has been fixing up Shallie (still!), this time I’ve been working on her broom. I didn’t have any props before now and her broom is a big job so I wanted to give myself plenty of time to work on it. I’m also not very experienced or good with prop making, so having plenty time is good for someone like me. I’m hoping to have it finished in good time for EGX where I should be wearing her next.

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It’s not finished yet but you can see some of the materials and progress so far – it’s made from wooden dowels, a child’s stacking toy, dyed raffia, feathers and bits of worbla so far, with the cute little cotton cover on top. The cloth is gradient dyed and all of the kitty faces are painted with acrylic. I also made the little kitty that will sit on the top from sculpey and finished him off with a nice row of beads. Sometimes I wonder if this broom is more complicated than some costumes I’ve made.. it’s had it’s fair share of techniques and it’s not even finished yet!

After Shallie, I guess I want to make something new – or at least have a ‘big costume’ to focus on. Some ideas are Marth (Fire Emblem), Edna (Tales of Zestiria) and finishing my remake of Alisha (Tales of Zestiria), but they’re all just for fun and not actually planned for any events!

Still, it’s kind of nice to have more spare time, less panic and stress. It’s also nice to be able to space out purchases for materials some more; cosplay is stupidly expensive when you make a lot in a short time!

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Costume Roundup: Sumomo

It’s that time again! And this time, it’s a big one! Following my time at AnimeCon a few people have asked how I went about making my Sumomo costume from Chobits so I’m here to explain just that!

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Sumomo was my costume for Clara Cow’s Cosplay Cup with PopcornKuma as Chii. First and foremost, we wanted to make costumes we’d enjoy bringing to life and of all the ideas we came up with, this was the one we kept going back to and liked the most. I’ve always been a fan of Chobits; way back in the day (around 2001-2002, when the anime was first announced), the wonderful art style and iconic characters were a big influence to me, so getting to cosplay from it at long last was a big plus for me!

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