I thoroughly enjoyed Katsu this year. I decided not to push myself too hard and only booked one shoot per day and left the rest of my schedule open for quick shoots and hanging out with friends. I wasn't able to finish my big showstopper costume (Lilith - Reference here) due to health reasons. In the end it didn't bother me that much. In the past it would have bummed me out for the entire weekend which is an unhealthy habit. Instead I had fun. Here's what happened over the weekend.
I arrived in DC on Thursday with no issue although they bumped my initial and connecting flight an hour later. Thursday was easy going. I stitched down eight beads to finish my Beryl costume then went on to help Calamity with her projects while watching Rambo II and III.
I had a late start to Friday since my first shoot started at two, so I got dressed in Beryl at around noon. I learned the importance of planning how to put on a costume with some many layers. It went something like this: Corset on - corset off - hoopskirt, tulle, slip, skirt on - then corset on and finally put on wig and accessories. Thanks to Kudrel for lacing me up twice.
I started off the day by shooting with Anna Fischer, followed by Jason Chau. I then went to meet up with my No Flutter Sailor Moon group and everyone looked gorgeous. I’m so happy we had such a good turnout. We had scouts from all over Canada and the costumes were all well-coordinated. After we did some group shoots we went to go see the artist that designed the costumes. No Flutter was excited to see the costumes and even gave me support for my original design to match the group. It was very flattering because I tried my best to match the style. I’ll get more into that when I post my construction breakdown for the costume.
Here's a few shot of our group. First photo is by Martin Wong and all others are from Octography
After freeing ourselves from our costumes, some of us went to dinner at a nearby seafood place and stuffed our faces. The rest of the night was spent hanging out with friends and finally getting my badge. On that note: WHAT THE HELL WAS GOING ON WITH THAT LINE-UP? It really defeats the purpose of pre-registering if it ends up such a hassle. There was a 2,3,4,5, even 6hr long wait to get badges on Thursday and Friday. I waited till 11 pm Friday and waited 5 minutes.
After two cancelled flights I finally made it to DC on Friday evening (instead of Thursday morning) to attend the event.
Katsucon was a bit of blur since everything happened so fast. It was whirlwind of seeing old friends and making a few new ones like Keren Lin ;), and photoshoots. I really feel like I missed out this year since I didn't have time to settle in as I arrived nor did I get any time to attend panels and events.
I got settled into the hotel with my roomies, got dinner, got my badge and slept I arrived.
I took my time to get my Tera Castanic ready in the morning. (A new costume page will be up shortly after I accumulate some photos and doa write-up). It is such an uncomfortable costume that is super impractical. I am so grateful for all the people that helped me through the weekend. I started the day (at 2pm :p) with a shoot with SoulFire Photography, quickly followed by another with Anna Fischer and then some video with Andy of OTL Productions. I ran into Elysiam and did a brief and frigid shoot with the setting sun outside.
Saturday night was pretty mellow after trying to get into a restaurant for a while and ending up at a good Mexican place. I spent the rest of the night packing and having a drink with my roommates.
I wore my Cruella De Vil, a costume I was supposed to complete last year for Katsucon. I spent an hour or two helping out at the Crunchyroll booth. I got to meet a fellow ambassador Ani-Mia before getting lunch and shooting for a second time with Andy. The rest of the day was spent saying goodbye to everyone. And just like that, my day was over and I was back to the airport. Luckily there were no delays on my way back home.
Overall it was short but sweet. I always enjoy the collection of beautiful costumes at Katsucon. Looking at all the beautiful photos and videos being released really inspires me to create more
Here are my few photos. I couldn’t take any over the weekend since I had gloves on for both of my costumes
Fountain in the hotel
It was my first time at Katsucon and it was a costume whirlwind. There were so many things to see.
I was stuck at my artist table for most of the weekend but I still had a great time. I wasn’t able to finish my Cruella in time but I am more than satisfied with my Hana cosplay.
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