Costume Con (CC) is a truly unique event that I highly recommend for people that are dedicated to the craft of costume making. There is so much to learn and it has a great relaxed atmosphere thanks to it have a mature crowd. The main pillars of Costume Con are the panels, the competitions, and socializing. So I'll break down my blog about the weekend in these categories.
My costumes for the weekend.
Click to go to their page with construction notes and galleries.
It was my first time attending this convention and I had a great time. It's held in the same venue as Otakuthon but there are significantly less crowds which is nice. I set out with the goal of pumping out a new costume to go to the masquerade. Ravenna was an easy choice since I knew exactly the skit I wanted to do. I bought a prop mirror month ahead in anticipation for the skit.
Calamity, Kudrel, and I took a bus to Montreal in the afternoon. I spent the day hanging out with friends and finishing up my costume. I actually went to bed at a decent time! No crazy late night crafting this time around.
Friday was a jam packed day. I had three shoots earlier in the day. I was my first time working with both Lexa One Photographie and Pit Fire Photography. They were both great. Very nice people and I recommend shooting with both of them if you have a chance. I also shot with an old friend, Belziir Photography, where we trekked up a small slope in a park in my ridiculous 6in heeless shoes. It was a sweaty mess of a day - 28-30C weather - and my cape was a heated blanket plus my dress was made with synthetic taffeta so it didn't breathe. After I wrapped the shoots I did some final checks on my costume then went to the masquerade.
I had a great time in the greenroom. It brought me back to the early days when I would compete to climb the rankings and meet so many new people. I made friends with two lovely first time masquerade participants as we waited to get into the greenroom. Cosplay Sempai mode activated! I gave them some tips and told them what they could expect out of the whole process. I was so proud to see them on stage. They were well prepared with audio and everything.
I also got to chat with many of my fellow den mates: Arc-Frost, Jessica Rousseau, and many more (Zelda group and friends you better send me your info if you read this).
You can watch my entry below starting at 1:19:10. Video by MrJechgo.
It was the first time in a long time I was nervous for a performance. I had quite a few lines to remember, my costume was cumbersome to move in, plus as we were lining up to go backstage I dropped my crown and even through I dropped it multiple times throughout the day on concrete, this time a piece broke off when it hit the carpet. Luckily my den mom hot glued it back together just in time and it looked good as new.
Evil queen guide for photoshoots and skits by Charlize
Casual day! I was sore all over from carrying my costume and its pieces so instead of dressing up I spent my time taking photos of other cosplayers and exploring the event. Kudrel and I also went location scouting in Old Montreal. Later that day I attended the award ceremony from the hallway. They had it in a small room and it was packed. Luckily I was able to hear my name being called. The awards I received were Best Recreation (craftsmanship) and Best Characterization (stage). I'm very glad my skit was well received.
Here's a few photos I took on Sunday of some talented cosplayers. Montreal is always filled with cool costumers.
This was my first Costume Con, my first costuming conference, and I made my first original costume.
Costume con was a feast for the eyes and mind especially if you are looking see and learn about new techniques. Next time I attend this event I plan on attending many more panels. I was so busy.
It was an exhausting weekend but I had a great time and I look forward to attending it again. I may have to wait 3 years till it returns to Toronto but my friends and I are already brainstorming ideas.
Visiting New York City is like going on an adventure. There is much to see and experience. I spent half of my time at the con and the other half exploring Times Square.
I unveiled my new costume, Storm from X-men. One of my few comic cosplays. More comic cosplays and photos to come in the next few weeks.
Overall, I found I enjoyed myself more the previous year, but this year had it's high points.
Highlights: Fabric shopping! Marvel costume contest, and great food.
Low-points: Crowds, crowding, it's crowded, and pollution.
Lineup for Fanexpo 2011
FanExpo is the biggest fan related convention in Canada and this is my 4th year atttending. The con covers a variety of genres including: Comics, Gaming, Horror, Sci-Fi, and Anime
FanExpo is not fan run, instead it is operated by a company so you notice the efforts to grab your money. I spent the most of the convention catching up with Toronto cosplayers and photographers. I also participated in the masquearde and got some great results.
FanExpo Highlights: LINEUPS!, barriers, lack of anime, lack of cosplayers, not cosplay friendly, and delivering the goods at the masquerade ;)
MeltingMirror's Cosplay Blog
Learn more about my experiences in the cosplay world, from conventions to photoshoots and everything in between.