Cosplay and the events of ’09

It’s been a pretty big year with a number of conventions and events I attended and some I cosplayed for.

First up was Supanova

A number of my friends wanted to do a Disney group and I was drafted into being Mulan, never in my life have I ever wore so much make up before D: Supanova was pretty awesome, not as cool as last year but still good. I got to see a number of actors from battle star galactica (Yay Starbuck) Lots of cosplayers but I saw a few of the same people in the same outfits they wore to past events

A number of weeks later I received an E-mail from one of my Lectures asking if I could help out at RMIT’s open day in cosplay and being the jerk nerd that I am I agreed.

Not wanting to be on my own I dragged my friend Siera to join me. Of course since it was a last minute thing she didn’t get a name tag and instead stole someone else’s. Holidays were before Open day and during that time I came across a game called “Touch Detective” Which lead me to my decision of cosplaying as Mackenzie the main character of the game. O-day was a lot of fun, I never went to my own Open day, I had no idea that the uni gets so filled up. I believed I probably scared a lot of people.

A week later I went to help out at freeplay “an independent games festival”

I was mainly there helping out but on Sunday I dressed up in my Touch Detective cosplay where a number of people mistook my wig as my real hair, heh. Freeplay was exciting, I went and had a look at some panels and talks about indie games and my supervisor had a talk about making games that was so popular it filled up the room and someone stole my seat while I was ushering people into the room. (That jerk!) My major project was also up on show at freeplay where we got a nice view of how people approach our game and we were given a lot of ideas.

Manifest was up next. To celebrate 10 years of manifest-ness it was moved out of Melbourne uni and into the show grounds.

 

I managed to make one new cosplay in time for the convention. For Friday and Saturday I went as a pirate version of haruhi suzumiya and Sunday was Touch Detective cosplay (it’s the wig that I love)
I have to say that manifest this year was a little disappointing, while the new venue it wonderful the event itself, not so much. I did manage to do my biccy thing which is to sneak into areas the “common folks” aren’t allowed. Whoo-hoo for front row in cosplay :D Although I was blinded my many flashes from cameras D:
Manifest feels like it’s becoming a little over priced for what it “does” for me. But I don’t think I’ll stop going. I’ll just keep praying it’ll get better and the icky clicks and childish newbies will bugger off.

The stream of events went on a short rest which allowed me to work on uni work but then Armageddon, eGames and for the first time ever Madman National cosplay championship grand final rocked up 2 weeks apart from one and other. I gave Armageddon a skip this year, something about being too damn busy with Uni and a birthday party I wanted to go to.

eGames landed after my wave of stress, assignment due dates and exam block and I was able to go to all three days. I signed myself up as a volunteer which gave me a free t-shirt that’s oversized and free entry into the event.

Friday was spend in a vest three sizes too large and setting up the expo, Saturday I was dressed as Alice from American McGee’s Alice, I forgot why I picked Alice, maybe coz it was easy. Sunday I went as Zoey from Left 4 Dead but had no time to take any photos so you will have to settle with the WIP photo. eGames was lol, free entry wasn’t given to cosplayers this year so there was a lack of those dressed up, it was also moved to the Royal Exhibition Building. I can’t really complain about eGames since I got in for free, but I don’t think it was really worth paying for, many of the big names were missing (like nintendo), not as many booth babes and a lack of free lanyards and key chains tho I did get a nice collection of free t-shirts (one was a borderlands t-shirt)

The final event for the year was the Madman National Cosplay Championship Grand Final. Five cosplayers from all over Australia battled it out to see who was the very best. The winner; a trip to Japan. My friend Siera was one of the finalist I came by to cheer her on and wish her luck like many of those in her fan club.

Her outfit was amazing, her skit was wonderful but sadly she only came second place. But we’re all still so proud and the girl who won was amazing as well, the others did fantastic jobs and they really do deserve to be called some of the very best cosplayers from Australia. This was one of the events I didn’t cosplay to and it made me a little sad that I didn’t get something together but summer is rocking up soon and I’ve become more lazy due to the heat.

Convention Spam

Today I spent the day sitting in front of my computer editing photos I’ve taken at the conventions I’ve been to these past few months. Fun times, really. Most of the photos are of the cosplay comps held and said conventions.

Manifest 2008
Manifest was held in September about two week after pyweek, I was actually at manifest when the results were announced. I learnt that Kite Story had won via a text, this lead to me running around Melbourne uni looking for people I knew to tell the good news too, hehe.

On the Friday Manifest I wore a lolita dress a friend of mine from uni made. It was kind-a funny to see peoples reactions to me all dressed up like a girl. I only made one cosplay for Manifest this year which I wore on the weekend. Cosplayed as a character called Sayoko from an anime called Code Geass, she’s also known as a ninja maid. It was fun.

Armageddon 2008
Few weeks after Manifest some time in October was Armageddon. I wasn’t originally going to go to Armageddon since I didn’t have enough time to make a new cosplay and I think I had a few assignments to do. But in the end I came along for the Sunday Armageddon where I was dragged around as bag bitch and holding things for my friend in cosplay who won Best female cosplay at the comp.

Egames expo 2008
Egames was held a few weeks ago, between finishing my last assignment and the convention I had about one week to make something becuase egames allows free entry to those in cosplay. =D

I though I’d be a nerd and cosplay as GLaDOS as a human (since there’s so much Human!GLaDOS fanart out there) I was really happy with how the cosplay came out. The reaction from people was awesome, some people knew who I was straight away, some people though I just looked pretty and others kind-a clicked with excitement as soon as I hold them who I was cosplaying as.