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.
Friday My badge
Started off Otakuthon on a slow note by not finishing Elika in time. I was not willing to lose sleep trying to finish it and have a it look mediocre. I didn't have enough fabric, enough of the right fabric, nor enough time to get in all the details so I gave up. Instead, I wore plain clothes and maned my artist alley table. Unfortunately, I forgot about 30% of my jewellery stock at home. It was all the new things I made that sold well the previous year. I was left mostly with left over stock. At least I got to sit next to my buddy Attyca.
Andy, Cosplay Calamity, and I, went for a late Italian dinner in old Montreal. It was delicious, especially the sangria.
Saturday Masquerade stage
It was go-go-go-go all day. I was back and forth between photoshoots and my table in the morning. I shot with Belziir, ArtFashion Studio and Jack Liu in my Scout. I decided to take out my somewhat retired costume and give it another run with a new wig. Unfortunately the long wig hides some of the details of the costume. It also could have been a little ticker to add more life to the hair. It fell a little flat.
From 3pm to midnight I was judging the masquerade. I got to see some impressive costumes and some great craftmanship and team work. the stage for this year's masquerade was beautiful, although the abundance of lights can sometimes distract from the costume, especially if you has something that lit up.
The 2.5hr long show consisted mostly of walk-ons, which really gave me the urge to get back into competing at masquerades. Once the show finished the judges, (Cat's Luna, Trixyloupwolf, NadiaSK, Riddle, and myself) deliberated and by the time we were done I was starving and exhausted. I didn't go out that night and party with friends like usual. :( oh well. I clocked in 13hours in costume on Saturday.
Sunday was slow moving compared to the rest of the weekend. I manned my table, did some minor exploration of the dealer's hall and bought a Korra print. I attended the masquerade award ceremony at noon. It was a pleasure handing out awards and seeing the joy and shock for some of the contestants.
The rest of the day was spent at my table. My sales this year were mediocre and I cannot pinpoint exactly why that is. I definitely had a better location last year. Atleast my latest product, Zelda fairy bottle necklaces, were my bestseller.
Before heading home I grabbed some ramen and bubble tea with Cosplay Calamity and Isabelle. It was a good way to finish the weekend.
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