Category "Musings"

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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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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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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AnimeCon 2016!

AnimeCon was last weekend and damn – what an adventure! This year I got to attend as a guest as part of Clara Cow’s Cosplay Cup with PopcornKuma where we represented the UK. Our costumes were Chii and Sumomo from Chobits!

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Photo by The Sushi Times

The weekend was crammed with events so I’ve split this day-by-day; if you’d like to learn more about the competition and experience, please read on!

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