Saturday, November 16, 2013

Anime North dilemma

what do what do... share this pic I took?

I was discussing with DonDolce who was asking me if I was going to be at Anime North. Right now my answer is No.

Truth is I have no idea

My thing about conventions is cosplay. I’m not really into anime that much these days. I game moderately but my passion is creating costumes so I look for events that are ideal for that. Otakuthon is the perfect Canadian convention for cosplay for me because not only is it my home convention but it has amazing locations nearby the convention itself in walking distance to the convention center that are ideal for photoshoots. For people who are competing, the masquerade at Otakuthon is also known for being well organized.

With Anime North… the convention center is located in the middle of parking lot with little to no locations for photoshoots; the ones that are near the conventions center are so popular that they are almost impossible to use. People now to resort to driving away from the convention center and that is just not something that attract me as a cosplayer. As for the masquerade, the AN masquerade as a bit of a different reputation...

Anime North still remains a very fun convention and I have a lot of cosplayer friends who are based in Toronto. But being older now, running from panels to panels, missing on sleep and partying all night is just something that I can’t do and it seems to that that’s what a lot of AN is about… with my condition, I really have to take care of myself ;__; for Katsucon, I even made sure that my partner and I were on the same line about going to bed early and not partying that much!

So will I be at AN? I haven’t made a decision yet… I want to go again, but I don’t know if I want to invest in a great cosplay since that’s my thing and I feel I can’t do much of it there. It’s also quite expensive to travel to a convention too…

Keep is mind too that my last Anime North was extremely bitter, but then again, you should never base your opinion on a convention on personal interactions… right?

oh what do, what do...

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Back up!

And we're back online!

Did you noticed this blog was out of the internet strato-whatever? Google Apps has got to be the worse way to manage a domain renewal. Why did they have to change it? It was a lot easier before, I could renew it right though, it was so simple... Then again, why keep something that's good and simple right? *cough* Google Reader *cough*

To be honest this blog has been a lot of nothing these days. I've been really busy with university; I'm in over my head with 5 history courses. Thankfully, I live on campus so it's a bit easier to manage than living at home in Dorval but these days I wish I was at home because we just adopted a new puppy!!

Her name is Pixel (although my mom insists in spelling is "Pixelle" because she's a girl, I'm not convinced on the spelling thing...), she's a Havanese bichon and she's 8 weeks old!!

Now, we have established in the past that if you hate dogs, you probably should never visit my blog ever again because this is turning into a puppy pictures craze sweety.

Isn't she just a little bundle of joy?

For anyone wondering, Echo is a still with us! He is the reason why we got Pixel in the first place, at 11 years old, we thought it would do him some good to have a companion :)

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Montreal Comic Con 2013 Recap!

I'm so  lazy right now... is it still necessary to do a con recap? haha well let's do the highlights then ;)

I was attending Comic Con with IXDAILY.COM as media this year so on Friday, I met with Trent and Natania in my Babydoll cosplay and we wondered around the convention before attending :devKamuiCosplay:'s panel. It was a lot of fun and it was amazing to get tips from the Queen of Worbla herself!!

BIIIIIG Con day~ Before heading to the convention, Ray Lum and I had a shoot planned for Janna. We shot near my place, by the waterside... BUT IT WAS FREEZING OMG. We got a lot of amazing shots so it was all worth it :D At the con, Mao-Chan and I had been planning a really fun masquerade skit but poor Mao got an eye infection! Mao is a champ because she decided that she wanted to go on stage anyway and we perfomed! Kamui judged our costume and it was amazing to talk to her and tell her how we did our costumes. We were both starstruck but it was really nice to tell her that her tutorials not only motivated but helped me make Janna AND get on stage and show our cosplays off.

Our performance was good? We couldn't really hear our track too well because of the horrible feedback in the room. I had spent hours on the tracks so I knew our cues so hopefully we looked good on stage... We got a great response from the audience but I'm still waiting for the masquerade to be uploaded ...

After the masquerade, we both changed and parted ways. I hung out with Chris and Jack Liu for a bit and we headed for dinner with the masquerade staff and the guests! It was really cool to sit down with Kamui, Monika Lee and Jessica Nigri and everyone :D I got home pretty late on Saturday night and passed out haha.


The masquerade award ceremony was a 10:30 and the night before, I was hinted that I should attend so I did. Mao couldn't make it since she was still sick and had another event later. There was only 3 prizes in our category but when our names didn't get called I was a bit of a sad puppy... until they announced that they had 3 award from the guests! In the end... Mao-chan and I won the

Jessica Nigri Workmanship Award!!!

I was so happy! It was my first masquerade ever and I was so happy that we got an award AND from Jessica Nigri!! AAAAAHH!!! Congratulations to everyone who also won an award! 

In the end, I spent the rest of the day walking around the convention, derping around with Nathania and Beevi :3

Comic Con was a lot of firsts and a lot of joy! My first masquerade was frightening thought but it was a joy to be rewarded something. I also bought a lot of comics (pretty sure no one is interested in that? haha) and prints :3

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Janna Janna Janna!

Hi everyone! Now that I'm all settled down in my dorm room, I have a bit of time to do a complete write up about Janna! You guys have watched and seen the progression of my most ambitious cosplay so far so I feel like I should talk about it, right?

The idea of Janna came to me right after Anime North, where I cosplayed Miss Fortune. MF was fun but things went wrong there and I didn't want to cosplay MF again. Also, when I started playing league, I started with being an ADC but I changed to support because... I wasn't really good at being an ADC haha! My mains in league are Sona, Lulu and Nami but I have always been in love with Janna so I started playing her a bit more and I settled on cosplaying Janna.

I'm not a big fan on the North American art; I find that there isn't enough fabric on the bottom half. The Chinese version however is absolutely stunning! It's so dreamy! I knew that I had to make that version of Janna (also, why can't the 3D model be like the Chinese Art?? haha)

The first thing I did was order worbla and watch videos of Kamui cosplay, over and over and over and over again. Now that I think about it, It was very silly of me but the first thing I made out of worbla was a freaking breastplate! So if you look closely at my breastplate there are a lot of kinks... but I like it. Cosplay is a learning process after all. In the end I'm happy with my breastplate and I can say I know how to make breastplate out of worbla. hehe

I made the rest of the armor pieces in worbla as well and compared to the breastplate; these were much easier to make. Something that people don't tell you about worbla is that when you overheat it, it bubbles and you can't get rid of those. I learned that by trial and error so I was much more careful.

I then painted the rest and fixed the armor with velcro straps bands that attach to metal rings (again, a great tip learned from Kamui)

The staff was rushed and done in 3 days. I had made a previous version but it was too big and out of proportions so I scrapped it. The core is made out of expanding foam that I sculpted, covered in tape and papier maché and painted. The globes are demi acrylic spheres that I painted from the inside.

The skirt/train was a bit inspired from Britthebadger's Janna cosplay. Instead of having only one layer, I also made mine with 2 layers of sheer white voile, the inside the demi circle shorte with the lace trim and the exterior one much longer with the a gold bias tape that I painted with the same gold paint I had used for the armor (I couldn't tolerate that they weren't the same shade of gold!)

For the wig, I used a Luthien wig from Arda wigs that I straightened. I wanted it to be a bit wavy so while it was still hot from the straightening irong, I braided it and stored it. I chose to wore Janna's hair down but not let it get messy during the convention; Janna is the Storm's Fury so she's not supposed to have nice, untangled hair! The ears are from Aradani Studio!

Finally, for shoes, I hoped for comfortably 4.5 inches platform nude heels I've had for a while since I knew I would be walking a lot.

Here are some cosplays videos where my Janna is featured in! :D If you'd like to see more pictures, check out my FB page or my Deviantart. I'm starting to receive picture from photographers, so I'll be uploading them in the upcoming weeks!

Photographers: Belziir Photography & White Specs Photography

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Otakuthon 2013 Recap

Otakuthon is over but is it really? No convention is really over without a con recap!

On Thursday, when I was done with the last bits of sewing and glueing, I picked up my badge with an old friend, Chris, also known as Hentai_God (7 years later, I still can't get over his cosplay name...hahaha). We had met at the first Otakuthon and been friends since but had lost contact in recent years so it was nice to see each other again!

Friday, I left home early with my Panty cosplay and my Janna staff so I could leave it with friends downtown. Finally, Cha and I headed to the convention as Panty and Stocking from PS&G! Before shooting with Michaëlle Charette, I was able to hang out with friends and to shop around a bit. I bought the most AMAZING Alpaca plushie ever! I had promised myself that it would be my only purchase at Otakuthon and it pretty was~ Finally, we wrapped up the night with a shoot our sweetheart Ray Lum after which, Cha and I pretty much both went home :)

On Saturday, I got up early and got ready in my friend's hotel room. It was a bit chaotic; apparently, it was the room to get ready in! I was out quickly since I had a photoshoot in my Janna cosplay with Fotofong in the morning. I then joined the League of Legends meet-up where I met the hung out with DeltaRee, Ashe, Kitsurie and many many more! I couldn' stay long since I had another shoot with White Specs Photography followed by a shoot with Belziir Photography.

When I got back to the convention, I was exhausted and hungry to I met with GebGeb, Genkimami and CelticSakura and we went for dinner in Chinatown and had a lot of fun! I got home at around 1h30am that night! No party for me~

Finally, on Sunday I headed to the Saint-Joseph Oratory in my Chi cosplay with CosZStudio to get some footage for a cosplay video he is making. Then I headed to the convention where I hung out with friends again. I met Vickybunnyangel and Trickylove for lunch and we were later joined by Mike of EleventhPhotograph. My final photoshoot of the week-end was with Michaëlle Charette. Just before the dealers' room was closing, I was able to buy all the art I wanted (because really... that all I'm interested in buying at conventions most of the time...) at a fraction of the cost.

Note to self: buy art when the dealers and artist alley is closing :D

Overall, I would say that I had the best Otakuthon. I was extremely busy and I barely used my pass since I was so busy with photoshoots and making new friends! Usually, after a convention most people experience a "con depression"... to be honest, I'm experiencing a convention bliss right now. Otakuthon was just so smooth and I can't wait for next year~

Monday, August 19, 2013

New blog layout + Update!

Doesn't this blog look fresher and brighter? It's thanks to the great work of JL, Emily's (from THISWASFOREVER) boyfriend! We've been working together for some time now and he was able to finalize everything last week, just before Otakuthon!

I was too busy with final preparations for the convention that I didn't blog about it and I thought that a simple tweet/instagram post wasn't enough for all the work that JL put into it. I find the side bars button to be a lot of fun! :D

If you're interested in JL's work, feel free to contact Emily :)


Lately I haven't been blogging a lot and you're thinking: "cue the excuses to why she wasn't blogging" haha to be honest I had nothing to blog about. Nothing interesting was happening. I also was questionning myself as to what I wanted to do with this blog.

I don't know if it's because Otakuthon was last week-end and I had an amazing time (will do a recap another time) but I feel like my passion for cosplay has been renewed, that it's even stronger. For some time, I felt that it was lost. I can assure you that you will definitely see more cosplay content on this blog!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Being the bad guy

Some time ago I had a huge fight with a friend and one thing she said to me and to other people is that the only reason I was trying so hard to fix our friendship was so that I wouldn't be perceived as a "bad person". That really hurt me and really got me thinking.

Our issues weren't about how people perceived me (I couldn't give a fuck about how people perceived me lol) but than again I do not liked to be misunderstood. So I was trying so hard to get my point across to her, telling her how I felt, how what she said or what she had done had hurt me. I'm known for telling the truth; I may say unpleasant things at time but they are for a good reason and they are the truth as I see it. I was hoping that maybe, she would see that I was just trying to make her understand that I was feeling the same way she was feeling too.

In the end, nobody wants to be perceived as a bad person. I like to believe that people are inherently good and that we can chose the behaviours that affect the perceptions of others. In my case, I wanted her to understand me, does that make me a bad person?

Now I've lost a friend I've cherished for a long time, she thinks and tells people I'm a bad person. It keeps resonating in my head,sigh, it's all so hurtful :(