I know I've been really inactive this month but it's because I've been surprisingly busy and normally I don't really do 'post-convention write ups' as it were because I don't feel it would be of interest but there have been many goings on so I shall share this once
So I start off the month with my feature in Neo Magazine [link]
The blurb really isn't that interesting as it's me talking about me but what was exciting was to find myself on the cosplay page as well with my Tales of Graces group which we did back in February. We now have a Richard and are hoping to go off and take pretty photos as soon as I get round to making the costume for him XD Somuchtodo. Click through the picture below for more of my Cheria costume and you'll be able to find photos of the others too. Double score <3
Next off this month I had EMS, Entertainment Media Show, which I went to with Bexi.
On Saturday I did a photo shoot with her as Special Weapons Dalek Princess with my new Nikon Coolpix camera (who has been lovingly named Tony after someone remarked that his lush red colour reminded them of Iron Man) and here is my favourite shot
Then we changed into Alice and Will of the Abyss from Pandora Hearts for the masquerade and you can see a little of our performance here 12:06 - 12:40 [link]
. Both dresses were made by me and we also took some photos on the Iron Throne replica which is from the Game of Thrones series.
And on Sunday we reprised Anneliese and Erika from Barbie Princess and the Pauper which you've seen me in here:
But with a whole new performance which we reprsied (and managed to record) at London MCM Expo on the Saturday in the mini-masquerade which you can watch here [link]
. Sadly Anneliese and Erika did not win a prize either time but people seemed to enjoy our skit all the same even if there were sound issues both times. At EMS no one could hear the audio and at MCM they faded it in before we were even on stage. We basically took the advert audio from the 2004 release of the singing dolls, changed the solo songs a bit and then performed a modified version of our original finale chorus choreography to end with the punch line 'dolls and toys each sold separately. That said Alice and Will got first prize on the Saturday of EMS so it wasn't all for naught but it was all fun and that was the main thing! If exhausting!
The weekend after we had Play Expo as ~NavigatorxNami
had invited me to reprise an old Blazblue cosplay with her that we originally did way back in 2009 I think. There's actually a picture of my Litchi cosplay here:
So I dug it out but it looked terrible. I thought it was quite good at the time. Just goes to show I guess. That and I'd lost one of the boot covers so I was kind of stuck. I had gold bias left over from another project and I'd seen so many other amazing renditions of Litchi since I'd done mine that I thought, why not remake it? So I bought some red fabric and set to work. Last one took me 2 days, this one took me 8 hours. I also had a mostly finished Noel costume, when I say mostly finished, I mean I'd done everything but the dress. I started the dress twice and twice made a complete mess but I asked Bexi if she'd be able to make herself a dress and if she'd like to come to Manchester with me and see Jen and be part of the group. She agreed and knocked a dress up in a couple of hours cause gurl got skills. I had actually made the Rachel for Jen at the same time as I made my old Litchi so it was great to see it again and snap a couple of pictures. Sadly my battery died by we have a shoot planned for January where we'll have a few more Blazblue Cosplayers and more photos to share!
11:18 shows us on stage [link]
and later we were 'interviewed' by some lovely guys from We Are Super Massive who'd done a really awesome wrestling/play fight routine [link]
Then we found out we'd actually won best group!! We were judged by some really amazing cosplayers, including this years ECG UK representatives ~yuka-rin
, Dahlia, Nomes and *Sephirayne
. Which was both nerve wracking and exciting!
We didn't go back to Play Expo on Sunday, instead we chilled out around Manchester where =Darkie-kun
picked up the Noel accessories for her cosplay partner Tanya to borrow and *CheetosFtw
picked up the Generation of Miracles and Seirin uniforms that Sam, Bexi, Kyle and I had bought her as an early Christmas present so our Kuroko no Basuke group could go ahead <3 It amuses me now that two people have worn my Noel gear and I haven't XD I think Jen is wearing it before me for the January shoot but we'll all four be there in Noel dresses and socks, it will be so funny XD
Then came London Expo, sadly I arrived later than intended (2 hours later!!) due to major traffic accidents :/ But these things cannot be helped so as soon as the hotel was sorted I changed in my Riko Aido Cosplay from Kuroko no Basuke and we had ourselves a little shoot that ended up being mostly derp. I put together a little video after which might give you a laugh: [link]
Sadly I don't have a shot of us all together ; ; I forgot to take any and none have turned up on Facebook yet. Funny story, our Kise was wondering around as Kise again for the Saturday and a couple of times he was asked if he heard about the big group from the Friday. He was like...I was in it B) So then we rolled into Saturday, I ended up feeling very ill all day, I had just enough energy to do the stage performance with Bexi before collapsing back in the room for a nap. I suspect the air mattress I slept on gave me sea sickness. Note to self, never sleep on an air mattress ever again. I did however wake up with enough energy to do our traditional K-On shoot. We've done one every Expo (and they're twice a year every year) since May '11 and this time we did the No Thank You outfits. Bexi stood in for ~WingedWalrus
because sadly she could not be with us. A fair few of the photos are blurry because we had to take all the group shots on timer and tripod with Tony. Still it was fun and next up we'll be doing the Fuwa Fuwa Time kimonos with ~BernieBear
will be our acting Azu-nyan. Really only made the badges for these costumes, everything is else is just bought.
Then came Sunday which was the most anticipated day of the whole year for me because it was the culmination of months worth of work. The Designer Disney Princess Group. We were determined from the start to have a full group, we'd only ever seen a maximum of 6 in one place and none in the UK so it was very very exciting! We had our own little secret group on Facebook where we'd post progress and ideas and everyone chipped in with fabric and pattern suggestions. It really was a fantastic group to be part of and each and every one of those girls is a dear friend <3 We even put together a skit, which was really difficult because we wanted to keep it Disney themed and funny but so that even those who hadn't seen all the Princess films would get it and also be able to move in our dresses! Then we had the idea to parody I Just Can't Wait to be King with I Just Can't Wait to be Queen. Tonyo Times managed to capture it here from 42:40 onwards [link]
. Our poor Snow was arrested by back pain in the middle of the day so we had to get her a wheel chair. She tried to stand shortly before we were due on stage to no avail so we did a quick bit of reconfiguring to incorporate the chair and I think it came off really well. The crowd seemed to enjoy it at least a little. Hopefully you will too.
Thus ends the tale of my October. If you're interested in hearing more in the future of my crazy cosplay con plans or seeing pictures let me know in a comment and I'll see about posting a few more every now and then if they're particularly good. In total I made 6 new costumes (of vary-ing complexities), 3 commissions and touched up 3 costumes this month. Went on stage 5 times with some of the most amazing people I know and generally had the best time of my life. So now you know why I've been so inactive but I promise you have my attention for the next couple of month
Then it'll be exam season and I'll fly into a panic again I have no doubt.
Hope you've enjoyed this journal entry~