Hi, everyone! I'm back and recovered from Otakon. I recently got photos of my Leia costume back, so I'll be uploading those shortly. I had a great time with Eleventh Photograph, and highly recommend people shooting with Mike!
Otakon started off to a rocky -- no, a mountainous -- start. I heard that there were WiFi issues, and now I'm hearing it was something else entirely that caused Otakon staffers to be unable to pull up people's information quickly, but it shows that Otakon needs to do something different. Whether that means using a different infrastructure or switching to mailing out pre-reg badges, that's up to them (though I vote for the latter). Other cons and expos mail out their badges, and I've had no problems that way.
The con was a total frenzy as I had so many people I wanted to see. Unfortunately, I missed some people, and I was only able to see others in passing as we quickly exchanged hugs and said hi, walking in opposite directions. I got to hang out with Jasmine, Jess, and Mel for a few hours on Saturday before the Tales shoot. Speaking of, the Saturday shoot went fairly well. I co-coordinated it with Audrey, and we got essentially got pushed outside by the new Otakon Cosplay Coordination policies, and I imagine being outside frustrated many of the other cosplayers, but it was sort of something we just had to suck up. It still went well! Baltimore was a few degrees cooler this time, fortunately. We also had some water for people who needed it.
On Friday I got to see SamChuu
and Mel at the Tales shoot!
I missed a fair amount of the con on Friday because I went out for sushi and to relax with friends. I also helped a friend with her costume and wig when we got back from lunch. I was only in Leia for 2 hours, and then I was in Hikaru for about another hour and a half -- long enough to get photos from NikoNiku-chan
as Fuu. One's already on DA!
Tiina and I have done several costumes together before (such as the Orihara twins -- sidenote: HYPE TRAIN FOR SEASON 2 OF DRRR!
-- the Kinoshita twins, and various K-On! costumes) and we're planning on doing quite a lot of Rayearth for the foreseeable future. Actually, that's where most of my future cosplay plans are coming from.
I went to the rave for the last 2-ish hours on Friday. Couldn't get quite into it, though. One person sort of got into my space without permission. Worse, on Saturday someone actually grabbed me by the arm. EVEN WORSE, but not at Otakon, last weekend when I went to a concert in a swanky bar-like setting, a guy gently grabbed my arm to dance with me when I was standing on the side not having a good time after somebody spilled their drink on me from above. After I visibly told him no, Brett did the same, and then this guy apologized to Brett for hitting on me. Not to me -- to my boyfriend -- because women aren't considered individuals. They're considered property.
Anyway, I hung out with fun people on Saturday and hung out with friends again on Sunday.
Turnout was good for both Friday and Saturday shoots!
I don't have a picture of the full attendance on Saturday, but here's one from Xillia + Xillia 2.
After the Saturday Tales shoot, I met up with Brett at the Disney shoot where a bunch of Gravity Falls cosplayers sort of had their own thing going. Brett and his sister did a fun variant Gravity Falls cosplay that I helped with.
I cosplayed Momo from Kagerou Project on Sunday since it's super comfortable, and I was surprised how many people recognized me. I think I got more photos as Momo (outside of shoots) than I did for Leia, though it might be a close run with Hikaru.
Mel found me AGAIN on Sunday when she was Kano! So we snapped a quick selfie.
I ended up not unpacking for a few days after Otakon because I got caught up in work. I've got my third game review to work on, and I'm still doing plenty of news with the occasional editorial and feature. I'm hoping to make some more headway with pitching features to other outlets.
Otakon sucked at parts, but I loved seeing friends again.
I'm not on DA as often anymore. I'm very active on tumblr
, and I talk about work and cosplay on twitter.
I'm also on Cospix!
Future new cosplay plans for the end of this year through 2015:
- Hikaru ~ Winter Angel~ from Magic Knight Rayearth
- Hikaru ~Checkered Dress~ from Magic Knight Rayearth
- Sheena Fujibayashi from Tales of Symphonia
- Hikaru ~Autozam~ from Magic Knight Rayearth (maybe 2015)
See you at Katsucon in February! (So long from now, oh god.)