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Anime Go! 2017 & Beyond

This year has been a bit manic, especially with ECG to prepare for this summer I’ve kind of fallen off the wagon with updates.. hopefully I’ll fix that soon!

So what’s been happening?

Well, in March I returned to Anime Go! in Wallsend, where I helped organise the cosplay aspects of the event and gave two beginner talks: “Cosplay Talk” & “Choosing A Cosplay Costume”! They were really well received, with different tips for people getting started and what cosplay as a hobby can offer you.

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Photo by North Tyneside Libraries

As you can see, I wore Shallotte Elminus from Atelier Shallie which is always a nice costume to wear as it sparks a lot of conversation with people – I got lots of questions about the construction, which parts were bought/made, fabrics etc which makes it easy to explain to people who might be starting out as cosplayers.

The library is hoping to run Anime Go! again next year, which I should be helping out with again – hopefully making it bigger and better with even more fun stuff to do!

Otherwise I’ve been busy as a bee with prep for ECG this July! I’m going to put up a more thorough post about how the costume and preparation is going soon, but for now here’s a sneak peek of some of the materials and work I’ve been doing:

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There is an awful lot to be done, but I’m optimistic I can get it all ready in time for the finals! I hope anyone attending enjoys my performance too. Til next time!

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Blog Awards & Rai-Con Spring!

Long time no blog! Sorry for the radio silence, I’ve been pretty busy offline and also with preparing for events so it’s been a busy couple of months!

First off, this morning I discovered my blog has actually won an award! Feedspot did a “Top 75 Cosplay Websites & Blogs” list and I came in at 64! I didn’t even realise blog awards were a thing, and I use this blog mostly to document events and my own costumes so it’s not particularly useful all of the time.. so this is pretty neat! Thank you to everyone who visits!

Speaking of events, this weekend was my first of 2017: Rai-Con, Scotland’s Anime & Manga Convention! I was invited as a guest and as a judge to the event and after having such a great time last time I visited I was more than happy to come back. The event is so friendly and lively, it’s a great atmosphere!

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I wore Prince Sakura from Cardcaptor Sakura for the event – I did have another costume in the works but I didn’t have enough time to finish it before leaving. Booo! It was still a blast though, and I’ve not worn this costume much since C4 happened so it was nice to bring it out for another event!

It was an insanely busy day as we had a lot of entries to the competition – two rounds of judging and we ran over time a little bit! My judging partner in crime was Sketch McDraw, who has previously guested at Rai-Con and was awesome to hang out with during the day while we worked our way through the entries.

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Photo by PhotoGoku

Because there were so many entries it was difficult to choose winners, because so many were so good!! There was an amazing level of craftsmanship and so many different techniques on show, it was a real toughie. Everyone did an incredible job. On that note, if anyone who did enter wants any feedback, please do feel free to contact me and I’ll be happy to go over what we thought.

Earlier in the day I hosted a talk, Preparing Costumes & Make-Up! Admittedly because of the busy morning I went back over some of the subjects in the talk a few times and babbled, but I really hope it was helpful for people in the audience listening.

The next Rai-Con is on October 28th – hope to see you all again soon!

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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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Sunderland Comic Con & Beyond

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!

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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!

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