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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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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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Anime Go!, March 12th

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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Anime Go! Preparation!

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!

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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!

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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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