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.
On Saturday, I wore Korra and crawled into the con at noon. I had a little time to explore before heading to the greenroom to judge craftsmanship at the masquerade. The skill level of the costumes has definitely improved over the years. There were some phenomenal costumes, and it is nice to see the Quebec cosplay community is so vibrant. Basic trends for costumes included a hefty dose of CLAMP, but if you are looking for detail and beauty, you can’t go wrong with CLAMP artwork. I also judged the stage performances. There were some stand-out performances and the stage ninjas were particularly funny this year.
The deliberations afterwards were painless, although it took longer than expected. I was proud of my selection of awards for the Novice category. I hope to see their work improve the years.
The award ceremony was a joy. It’s nice to see how grateful the contestants are to win. Afterwards we invited the contestants to come for some constructive criticism about their costume and skit. I highly encourage cosplayers to do this! Talk to the judges because they are there to support you. If you did not get an award do not take it personally, take the skills you have learned on that costume and improve on them.
For the rest of the day I was in and out of panel in my Beast cosplay. I ran Cosplay Commissions, Cosplay Troubleshooting, and Cosplay Website panels. The troubleshooting panel, done with the help of Lindsay, was a success and almost completely full. The commission panel seemed to be useful for a select few trying to get started in the commission business. The websites panel was a smaller group, but they were some great questions asked.
Overall, great con and I will be there again next year!
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