The drive was long - 11+hrs - but Kudrel is a trooper for doing the long haul after our second driver backed out. After so many years of attending Katsu I finally got a room at the Gaylord and it was glorious. I settled into my hotel room and then went out for dinner with some Canadian friends.
I spent the rest of the night finishing up my Kida costume and unpacking.
Picture left: Mao-chan and I in costume on Saturday, acting gracefully during the fire incident.
Katsucon is one of those events where the venue lends so well to photoshoots, so naturally I scheduled quite a few. I got dressed in my Sakizo Cancer costume by 11am and was non-stop shooting till about 4pm. I was lucky to run into quite a few friends throughout the day and catch up with them while ogling at their costumes.
I was expecting the worst when it came to crowds or getting shoot locations but it wasn't that bad. That is probably because many of the local attendees where on their way to event or held up at check-in.
I grabbed some burgers for dinner with Martin, Vicky, and Patrick at Elevation Burger and chatted about the "cosplay market." To wrap up the day I went to hang out with friends in their rooms and party at Pose - the club in the hotel.
I'm so happy with how Kida turned out. I was so worried since I was a little rushed leading up to the event. I may add even more rhinestones to this beauty over the coming weeks before shooting with it again.
It was another crazy day of shooting that was cut short by a fire at the venue. I was lucky since I was leaving my room when we got word, so I was able to grab my winter jacket and boots before heading to Mao-chan's room across the street at the Hampton inn. She led us to a safe place on that cold day. I couldn't feel my legs after being outside for 5 minutes, so I could only imagine how bad it was for those who were stuck outside in light costumes. :(
It was a hiccup but I managed to finished all my planned shoots with a little delay. I ran into so many lovely Hannah Alexander princesses that day and they were all lovely. (See photos below).
For dinner, a group of us went to Succotash. The food was good but the wait was long and I think that drained my energy for the rest of the day. I spent the night relaxing in my room like a true socialite ;)
Like every con, Sundays are a chaotic mess of trying to get elevators and check-out. I managed to get off my floor by riding an elevator that stopped at every other floor. Check out early if you can.
Since we had a long drive ahead of us and I had work the next day, Kudrel and I decided to leave early in the day. So we wandered the con for an hour or so saying our goodbyes then we hit the road.
Katsucon always has a place in my cosplayer heart and I look forward to coming back next year. I really want to have a showstopper costume for next time, so we'll see what I come up with.
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