impulsiveingenue: (Yay)
I'm extremely excited about Sakuracon. It starts tomorrow, which is to say that in about 10 hours I'm going to be starting the process by which I grey myself up to be Terezi for the next 12 hours after that. I freaking love conventions. A scant few days in which it's slightly more socially acceptable to nerd out and do weird things in conjunction with other people doing weird things. And let's face it, dressing up as a character from a webcomic and wandering around in public getting my picture taken is pretty weird.

But it's so much fun.

Tomorrow I'm going to be giving a presentation about getting into cosplay for the second time. We've trimmed it back quite a bit from the slightly disorganized mess it was at Akicon, and we've got an extra half hour to play with for questions from the audience, so I think it's really going to turn out well. I linked my twitter account to this blog and I've been advertising the panel there, so in case you wandered by here and I've tweetspammed so much you can't find the tweet with the panel information in it (this is entirely plausible, the way I tweet at conventions), it's at 11:45 in Panels 6. That's up on the sixth floor and just to the left of the escalators.
impulsiveingenue: (NOW WH4T??)
Sakuracon 2011 is next week, and I'm really excited. :3

I've ordered a wig for my potential Twilight Sparkle cosplay. It's almost the right color, and it was on clearance, so this is nice. Unfortunately it doesn't have the stripe, nor does it have bangs. I ordered a weft in a pinkish color as well, so I may end up cutting and sort-of-styling this wig. If I do it'll be the first time I've ever even tried that, so as you can imagine I'm a little nervous. I found a three-quarter-sleeve v-neck that's just the right color, too, and its twin fit me pretty well, so that's that taken care of. This is going to be my Thursday/Sunday lazy-ass cosplay, because more than two days of Terezi in a row is enough to drive me quite mad.

I also need to make a horn out of model magic and lacquer it up. In theory that shouldn't be too involved. In practice... well. I also need to find an old-ish looking book. Twilight without books? Inconceivable!

In the presentation my friend and I put on at these conventions, we advise people not to half-ass things and not to wait until the last minute before preparing their costumes, and to never test drive them at conventions. I am terrible at taking my own advice, considering that not only have I test-driven all three of my costumes at conventions, I test-drove them all at Otakon, in Baltimore, in AUGUST (which is how I almost got heatstroke). On the other hand, I suppose this makes me an excellent example of what not to do...

We've ironed out a lot of the kinks in our presentation, but somehow it's still taking at least an hour to get through. Thankfully we have a full 90 minutes so there should still be plenty of time for questions at the end. I'm tempted to give out this blog as a contact point for people, even if more of my posts are me bitching about gender stuff than are cosplay-related.
impulsiveingenue: (Yay)
For all my bitching and moaning about how shitty I've felt the last few days, it's kind of amazing how easily one little thing can turn it all around. My friend texted me yesterday with an invitation to go with her to Emerald City Comic-con. And you know what that means....


Oh, Emerald City Comic-con is when? Oh, tomorrow?! Welp. This means today is going to be a mad dash all over to set up everything I need and to test some new ideas I have for my Terezi cosplay, which is probably going to get more attention than ever at an actual comics convention than at an anime convention. Highlights include testing liquid latex to see if it can 1) hold the color I want 2) stay on my skin. If I can get away from having to touch up my fingers constantly and stop leaving little grey fingermarks everywhere, I will be very happy.

I also want to try to make a set of fake sharp teeth, but that's going to be hit or miss at best.

So yeah, lots of things I need to do today. After My Little Pony is over.
impulsiveingenue: (Uhm)
I've still got like two weeks to go before I see anyone about hormones and it's a little frustrating, because the longer I sit here and stew about it the more tense I get. Which is stupid, because I shouldn't feel tense about it, but I feel tense about doing any new thing, and this is definitely a New Thing. Ergh. I want it to be two weeks from now!

In the meantime I've found something new to obsess about. The new My Little Pony show is freaking adorable. Okay, so I'm 25-odd years late for being into My Little Pony. That just means I have to make up for lost time. Like, by cosplaying Twilight Sparkle. Laugh all you want, I am seriously considering doing this. Classy purple dress + purple wig with highlights + horn (I have the model magic to do it!) + purple makeup = awesome My Little Pony cosplay.

Sakuracon is about two months away. At the very least, I'll be Terezi again for that, and I bet there'll be other MSPA cosplayers at Sakuracon.
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Akicon was pretty awesome. I think I'm going to have go back there next year. Smaller conventions have a totally different feel than the ginormous ones I usually attend. You see the same people over and over, and essentially continue conversations you started before. It's fun.

The panel went well, too. I sort of choked, but I managed to get everything out that really needed to be said. I even came out to them as part of it, which I don't think I could have seen myself doing in a room full of 30 strangers even a couple of months ago. We'll probably be doing another panel at Sakuracon, or at least I hope we will, because I really enjoy passing on skills to others. ^^

Pictures from the convention can be found here. There's also a folder for the couple of pictures I uploaded for Kumoricon.

Suggestions for upcoming cosplays accepted - I need a new cosplay because to be honest the hourlong makeup application of Terezi is starting to wear on me, even though I really love how I look when it's all done.
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Not that anyone presently reading this is going to be there, but next weekend is Akicon, an anime convention in the Pacific Northwest. Originally from Everett, it's going to be in Bellevue this year, so my local convention buddy and I are going to go. But, not only are we attending, we're actually running a panel!

The panel will be an introduction to cosplay (hey, that's even the name!) and will handle basic starter questions like where to find necessary materials, how to approach costume design, and of course hammering home the importance of hydration and the intimately linked issue of bathroom use in costume. I'm handling the slide show for it, and covering some topics that I have more experience with than my friend (she makes a lot of her own costumes and especially the props, whereas I've got a lot more experience with prosthetics and makeup effects).

I'm simultaneously eager and terrified. If this goes well, we might try to run a panel at the next Sakuracon (the other, much larger, local anime convention). There's already a bevy of cosplay panels there, so I'm not sure what we'll do for a topic, but I'm sure we can think of something. If nothing else, I can expand on my panel idea about gender roles in cosplay, and we can do that.



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