Rai-Con is ran by the same great team who runs Glasgow Comic Con which I visited earlier this year – after having such a nice time I figured it was worth popping along to their Japanese-centric event since it’s more up my alley! The schedule was packed – admittedly most of what I visited or was involved in was based around cosplay, but there were lots of talks, workshops, dealers, screenings – even a maid cafe! No matter where you went it was buzzing with things to see and do.
As you can see above, I debuted my new Leon Magnus costume here! It was a bit of a last-minute rush to get him finished, but I’m glad I did. I didn’t get many photos on the day, but I’ll be doing a shoot and roundup on him soon!
Photo by PhotoGoku
The cosplay guests this year were Nomes Cosplay, Sketch McDraw & Cosplay & Minney, pictured above with the competition winners! They hosted some great panels on the day and it was lovely to catch up with them all, too. The masquerade and competition were a huge success thanks to the lovely Aranel as always who was also lovely to see.
Both myself and Lex were there as special guests and we hosted a number of talks and workshops across the day! My first talk was Cosplay 101! ran by myself, covering some of the basics of cosplay; what it is, how to get involved, buying & making costumes and some advice on where to get supplies. It was surprisingly popular actually and I got lots of lovely comments from people afterwards wanting to get involved!
My second talk was World Cosplay Summit – A Cosplay Adventure! hosted by Cosplex (she represented the UK in both 2012 and 2016!), with some little bits of input from me! It was really informal and fun, with lots of pictures from our experiences in Japan and stories! Hopefully there’ll be some more people inspired to give it a go next year from our silly tales, it’s honestly such an amazing experience and I’d encourage anyone to give it a go!
On a personal note, I find the Scottish cosplay scene so different from England – it’s weird how a little bit of distance makes such a difference! People seem much more confident and friendly to talk to you, such a lovely atmosphere. The next Rai-Con is on March 4th 2017 – hopefully I’ll be back up then!