Last Saturday I attended Anime Go!, a new local event in Wallsend hosted by North Tyneside Libraries! Fellow cosplayer Little Rascal told me about the event a few months ago, and I volunteered to run some events for them. The event was aimed mostly at children aged 12+, but was open to all ages and was great fun for it’s first time running!
The library itself is lovely and spacious, with lots of activities to take part in for Anime Go! – tables laid with supplies for drawing and colouring in, a huge manga selection, a games console with Pokemon games to try, and of course the presentation area! There was even a small dealers hall with local artists and traders located on the lower floor, which was a lovely ‘welcome’ to the event. All of the library staff were wonderful and helpful throughout too!
Photo by Arphrial
I held a Cosplay Talk at 11am in the presentation area, covering basics like what is cosplay?, how do I get started?, and how to buy/make costumes, as an introduction to the hobby! For such a small event, every seat was filled and there was a small crowd gathering too! It was only a 30 minute session, but once it was finished up I caught up with some of the audience to answer some questions, show some costume examples and generally say ‘hello’!
As you can see above, I wore Taruto from Magical Nyan Nyan Taruto! It’s a remake of an older costume, but pretty much everything besides the apron is new. It’s a really basic outfit but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out on the day, and even though nobody else knew the series I got lots of lovely comments from people!
Photo by North Tyneside Libraries
At 12:30 we had a little Cosplay Contest! With the event being aimed at beginners and children, I wanted a nice relaxed atmosphere and to get as many people as possible involved, so it was lovely and relaxed. Anyone in costume could get involved and join in at any time, introduce themselves and their costumes! There were still a few nerves, but pretty much everyone at the event in costume joined in, which is a win for me.
There was a huge range of different costumes from anime, manga, games, movies and original characters too! We all gathered at the end for a big group photo!
Photo by Arphrial
Once the Cosplay Contest finished, the library had a screening of Howl’s Moving Castle to enjoy before going home. I really hope they run more events like this in the future, and that I might be part of those too!
This coming Saturday (12th March) I’ll be at a small local event in Wallsend Library, Anime Go! which is being hosted by North Tyneside Libraries! It’s the first event of it’s kind and definitely the first “official” event I’ve ever seen in Wallsend, so it should be a nice little starter. Hopefully from this weekend lots more will be popping up!
I’ll be there presenting a Cosplay Talk at 11am, and then the Cosplay Contest at 12:30pm! The talk will cover different topics within Cosplay, starting with Getting Involved in Cosplay and then Making and Buying Costumes, but there should be pointers and tips for people of all skill levels, not just beginners, and the contest is just a bit of fun on the day. If you’re going to be there, come along and say hi!
Since the event is small and local I decided to revamp one of my older costumes for the day – Taruto from Magical Nyan Nyan Taruto! She’s not a very well known character, but I wanted something cute and simple to wear for the day and this was perfect. Above you can see the work on the wig and tail – I made the tail using acrylic wool/yarn, and it’s turned out great!
I can’t wait to put the whole costume together once it’s finished, and hopefully get some nice photos at the event!
March and April have passed, and once again little old blog has dust on it. But I’m starting a new job soon, which will hopefully give me more structure so I might have more time for this poor thing soon!
The past few months have been a little busy: in March I was a guest at Newcastle Film & Comic Con! I did a couple of panels and was a judge on the Sunday. As said for Sunderland Comic Con I’m not really used to Comic Cons, but it was an amazing event and I loved being a part of it. The event was so busy and so alive, it was great!
Myself and Jen Tate delivered a panel on Sewing & Patterning for Cosplay, banging our heads together and giving some advice on how to get started with cosplay sewing. It was actually really fun to do, and we had great feedback from it! It always feels odd doing a panel on something I’m not a particular expert in, but hopefully people found it useful and at least a little entertaining. I also helped present a WCS and International Cosplay panel with Aranel, explaining how to get into competitive cosplay and what competitions are like. Both panels were on huge subjects!
Across the weekend I wore Sakura Kinomoto from Cardcaptor Sakura and Mahiru Koizumi from DanganRonpa 2, both nice breezy costumes for a light weekend. Sakura was fixed up from last year and Mahiru was new, but I only had to make the dress and tie, which were both pretty easy. It was nice not stressing over costumes for once!
With the nicer spring weather coming in too I had shoots for both Sakura and Mahiru recently! I’ll likely post a full gallery soon, but for now here’s a diddy preview:
Photos by Arphrial & Felixize
So what’s up next? At the moment I’ve been madly working on Estelle from Tales of Vesperia for the upcoming Tales of Ambassador competition at Japan Expo in July. My original plan was to do Ludger Will Kresnik from Tales of Xillia 2 referred to in my last post, but the costume on me just.. looked bad. Like, really bad. I had good feedback but I have a very curvy shape and just wasn’t confident in wearing him correctly, so I’ve swapped to a nice curvy character instead.
The costume was basically done, though, so my boyfriend will be inheriting it and wearing it instead. I can always wear Elle with him, anyway, and I’m glad it’s not going to waste. The costume was tailored ridiculously and I’d be sad if it went to total waste. I still have a few things to finish (bags, trousers, wig) but that’ll be all done in time for Japan Expo.
For Estelle, I’m hoping to complete her and get a shoot for her soon, giving the costume a good test wear and also to get some new cosplay cards printed in time too! At the moment the costume is about 70% done, but it’s been a huge project so that’s nowhere near finished.
As with Alisha last year, it’s been a huge test of patience to make this costume properly. The most important thing to me was finishing the dress off nicely: I didn’t want any messy edges, so I’ve been handsewing the trim in place and finishing with mitered corners. Me and handsewing aren’t the best of friends, so it’s been tricky, but the result so far is pretty good. It’s also been bloody hard to pattern, but I think it’s looking pretty good and not too “floppy” which is a common problem with this costume.
In case you couldn’t tell, me posting is procrastinating on working… or something. Heh. I’ve also been working on updating some of this blog too, updating the costume list and adding a gallery, so stuff is happening, it’s just not all that obvious.
Til next time blog, hopefully with more Estelle progress to come!
So errr, February came and went, and now it’s mid-March.. sorry blog!
February was a lot of fun, with a guest appearance as a judge at Sunderland Comic Con for their first event! While I’m not a huge comic buff it was a really cool event and tons of cosplayers turned up for it. They had some great guests, signing sessions, drawing classes and sets going on and it was a really nice different atmosphere from the sort of anime-centric events I’m used to. I was there as a judge alongside Felixize, with Aranel and Leolarua on the Cosplay Team!
Seeing as I’m not a huge comic book fan, I decided to pull together a nice, laid-back costume and went as Minnie the Minx from The Beano! I grew up reading all sorts of British kids comics every week, so there was nothing better. I’ll admit I added a cutesy aspect to her (mostly for the wig), but it was a nice change to wear something so casual!
I also wore Jude Mathis on the Sunday, but his selfies are much less interesting so let’s stick with Minnie.
This month is going to be hectic too, for a few reasons: firstly, I’m moving house at last! Our current flat is riddled with mould and I’ll be glad to see the back of it. Secondly (and thirdly, I guess) I’ve been busting my butt to try and finish Ludger Will Kresnik from Tales of Xillia 2 in time for another guest appearance: this time at Newcastle Film & Comic Con! I’ll be there with Felixize and Aranel again, this time with Isamiaella and Jen Tate too! I’ll be helping run some panels and sticking around to talk to you lovely lot.
Ludger is coming along nicely, but I’m not super confident wearing him. I had a bit of a lull a few days ago when I tried everything on and it didn’t look “right”, but I’m going to try and put some fixes in so it looks better on me. So far I’m planning on remaking the trousers, restyling the wig and adding some shaping under the costume itself, in a vain attempt to make myself look more like a man. Which probably won’t work, but I’ll give it a try.
‘Til next time bloggeroonie, ’til next time!