Category "European Cosplay Gathering"

AmeCon & Beyond

So it’s been a tad quiet here again! AmeCon was a blast, one of the best laid back events I’ve been to in a long time. The only “big thing” I did was help out a bunch of friends with the live roleplay show of Adventure Bastards, which is available on YouTube here! I won’t give anything away but it was great fun to be part of!

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So aside from the excitement of Adventure Bastards, AmeCon was super chill. I did a small shoot with PopcornKuma as Sakura & Tomoyo with Paper Cube, but all of my costumes were pretty simple and easy to wear. I hung out on the steps for most of the event and caught up with a load of friends and got pleasantly wasted in the evening. Would definitely AmeCon again!

Between AmeCon and now I fixed up some more bits and bobs on costumes, started some small projects and did a small shoot for Shallotte locally. The weather was really pleasant for a couple of weeks so I took the opportunity to get at least one costume photographed while it lasted. The full shoot with an updated Costume Roundup will be posted soon, since all of the updates I needed to make on Shallie are pretty much complete!

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The next event for me is EGX is where I’ll be entering the UK’s European Cosplay Gathering preliminaries! I don’t want to reveal too much about what I’m doing just yet, but all that’s left for me now is to nail my performance and get my props made, which is kind of a personal record. Two years running I’ve dropped out of ECG, so this is a disturbing level of “prepared” for me. So far I’ve made some good preparations and got my audio (mostly) done, so fingers crossed it’ll all be ready in time.

I’m also hosting a talk at EGX on Competitive Cosplay, at 3pm on Sunday! There are tons of great panels and talks all weekend, so if you’re attending definitely pop by the Cosplay Stage! My talk is directly before ECG qualifiers, so if you want to bag a good seat to watch come along early, sit down, listen to me ramble and get ready for the show!

Finally, in October I’ll be heading up north for Rai-Con, an anime convention in Glasgow. It’s ran by the same lovely team who hosted Glasgow Comic Con, so I’m happy to be heading back up and supporting their events, because they’re an excellent bunch. So far I’m not sure what costume to wear yet, but I’ve been working on Shia from Pita-Ten recently so it may be her if nothing else stands out in time!

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Japan Expo Paris 2014

Japan Expo was at the start of July! It was my first time visiting and compared to other events it was crazy. Compared to the UK, it’s like London Expo but on a much bigger scale, with so many more people attending and so much to do and see.

I had a simple lineup this year for costumes and helped out with some Bandai Namco “Tales of” events over the weekend!

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As it turns out I didn’t bother wearing Madoka at Japan Expo for the heat, so it was a nice laid back event for me. I didn’t cosplay every day which was a nice change and meant I could see things at the event for myself instead of worrying about wrecking my costume. And a pleasant surprise was that the venue provides on-site changing rooms (!!!) so I could get changed anytime I wanted!

So how was Japan Expo?

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Cosplay Progress Books

I finished my progress book for Madoka Kaname yesterday and one of my international cosplay friends had never seen one before. In the UK they’re quite common now to go with competitions; most major competitions (including both European Cosplay Gathering and World Cosplay Summit qualifiers) now require a progress book, and some smaller regional events now request them too. I think they’re a great little momento for cosplayers to make and keep, especially for bigger costume projects. Most events will give you your books back so it’s a nice keepsake and chronicle of how you made your costume.

So with competition season coming up quickly I figured I’d share some advice for anyone to make a progress book!

My first progress book was made for Eiko Carol, the costume I qualified for WCS with. I had great fun making this one and it was very well received by the judges (excuse the terrible handwriting)!

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More photos of Eiko’s Progress Book can be found here!

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