Myself and Riddle
I barely had time to actually enjoy the convention and the city of Montreal but Otakuthon is a staple in my convention lineup, and overall I enjoyed myself. I didn't have as much fun as previous years because I had many commitments.
I got to meet the special cosplay guests and my fellow masquerade judges Riddle and NadiaSK.
I also got to hand out some Crunchyroll swag to some special congoers.
I owe a special thanks to my friends, especially Cosplay Calamity and Tamar Wolfe (my table partner), who really helped me by looking after my artist alley table over the weekend.
I had a great time at Conbravo as a cosplay guest and masquerade judge.
Here's a little taste of my adventures, Vine Style.
With Marie-Clause Bourbonnais
Ottawa ComicCon was the first convention of the season. My weekend was marred with many mishaps but overall I had an okay weekend.
Let's start off by saying it took me close to an hour to bus to the event location everyday. Meaning I commuted for close to 2 hours everyday there and back, which was very draining.
I had to commute directly from work to the event. Luckily my coworkers are cool with my hobby, so I was able to get my makeup and put my Yoruichi wig on before leaving. After the long bus ride, I managed to get enough time to get dressed right before starting my Cosplay on a Budget panel with Kudrel. It was a packed room and I believe everyone left a little thriftier than before. I breifly caught up with some friends before calling it a night.
Sometimes, the cosplay gods do not favour you. It was a disaster for me to get ready in the morning in my Cheetah costume. I had to skip on coloured contact because the ones I used the day before seriously irritated my eyes. I couldn't find my body piant so I opted for eyeliner. All the primer in the world wouldn't make it stay put. I also couldn't keep my leg pieces on especially since I need to find a pair of scissor to cut the double sided tape, and it was a brand I never used, that ended up being sub-par.
Judgement day, as in I was judging the masquerade. There were almost 40 entries which Cats Luna, Suki Cosplay and myself all assessed in the greenroom. There were some tough decisions to make, but in the end the Avatar group reigned supreme with their skit including a choreographed fighting scene using ribbons for bending, in addition to having well made studded/embossed leather costumes at the novice level. (Since when do novice craft leather armour!).
A special thank you to Kim, the masquerade director, who did a wonderful job and invited me to be a judge.
I met with the contestants at the award ceremony and congratulated them on their hard work. Then I scarfed down some food with Cosplay Calamity, followed by a shoot with Belziir Photography in Yoruichi, in the cold windy field behind the con centre. I briefly ran into Marie-Claude Bourbonnais, we were both judges at last year's masquerade. The photo above was the only one I got all weekend.
I have weird friends
_ I have been going to G-Anime since it was created. The team that runs the convention is a dedicated well-organized group of people. I was fortunate to be a Cosplay Guest this year, so I was busy all weekend.
I started my Friday in my Sakura Cosplay running my Cosplay on a budget panel. There was a good turnout, and I hope all the attendees have some new thrifty skills to put to work. The rest of the evening was spent hanging out with friends, there were more than I expected. I wrapped up the day by having a great dinner at the Ardoise restaurant in the hotel.
I spent most of my weekend with my lovely cosplay buddies. You can find their work here: Cosplay Calamity, Thornrose, Dart, Mai Sheri Costumes, Jus de Pomme, and whoever else sends me their info.
Here a quick round up of cosplays I spotted on Friday.
VickyBunnyAngel and Myself
Small and sweet. Unplugged Expo was a great first year convention. Everyone was friendly and the people who attended the panels had genuine interest in the topics.I got to catch up with many of my Toronto cosplay friends. I did two brief shoots, one with EleventhPhotograph as Korra and another with Rocky, a newcomer to cosplay photography, and I can't wait for the photos of my Karako Nurse.
VickyBunnyAngel and I hung out for most of the weekend as we did several panels together plus judged the masquerade. Tamar Wolfe was a great friend and helped me out at my table.
I just want to say thank you to everyone who attended the panels I was running or assisting. A great thanks to the con staff who were stellar and very helpful.
Myself as Korra and Attyca as Lin
Otakuthon has been a yearly tradition for myself for the last 6 years. Many of my cosplay friends are regulars as well, so it always makes for a fun weekend.
This was my first time in the dealer's room/artist alley for the whole weekend, and my third time judging a masquerade.
Highlights: Meeting Adella and Alodia, selling at my table, some Korra antics, masquerade jugdging, and hanging out with friends.
Myself and Kudrel
For a first year con I am astonished at the turnout that Ottawa Comic Con got in terms of attendance and cosplayers.
Over 20,000 weekend passes and thousands more daily passes were sold leading to quite a lineup to get inside. That's not bad for a government town.
Check out the gallery below for some cosplay photos.
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 ;)
My Yoruichi costume worn on Friday
I don't know what would be the unofficial name of Otk this year. Maybe "I know you Con" since it was a barrage of familiar faces and friends all weekend.
The weekend had a few hiccups, but overall it was a great experience and I learned a lot since it was my first time judging a masquerade.
Here's the brief: Cool costumes, good friends, judging is hard, notes on judging, artist alley hiccups and triumphs, Yaya Han & Marie Claude, & smelly bus.
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