So, we ended up volunteering at Comicon and it was a huge success. First of all, my Tsumugi cosplay was finished just in time and I couldn't be happier with my first fully self-made cosplay. I keep inspecting the jacket and thinking, "Wow, I made this. I MADE this." I don't like to brag, I'm just really happy that I'm HAPPY with something that I've done. Unfortunately, we lost the memory card for our camera and couldn't take any pictures. All I have are some lousy ones we took with my phone because we were bored while waiting for the light rail. I'll post them, but I promise I'll get something more professional soon. The main thing is, I had fun posing for the pictures. And I'm amazed with how well they turned out on a first try. Usually I have to retake a picture 5-10 times before I get one I approve of.
We had sooo much more fun this year. We volunteered Friday and Saturday in the Kids Programming. Caj helped with crowd control during Plants vs. Zombies, Ghosbusters, and Imperial Cadet Training. I spent the entire time in the art room at the coloring pages station. Kids are so funny and adorable. The Create Your Own My Little Pony presentation was PACKED and made me realize how much I need to have a little girl. Strangely though, when I was at my in-laws on Memorial Day, I was drawing ponies for my niece and before I know it, my nephew and son are begging me to draw Rainbow Dash for them. HaHa, is it wrong for me to turn Jac into a bronie? HeHe... Bronie... it sounds like Brownie. Well, it seems we did our job right because they were practically begging us to volunteer again on Sunday. I explained we had religious obligations and were unable to, but assured them we'd return next year. We're actually looking forward to Comicon now! What an improvement from last year. I guess we're just the kind of people who need to have a purpose somewhere and be contributing to something.
Because we were volunteering so much, we didn't get much time to see panels. We just barely made it to the last half of the spotlight on Colin Ferguson which I am so glad we got to see. That man is hilarious! He seemed very laid back and cool, I'm not sure how to say it, but, humble for a celebrity. Approachable! Is that the word I'm looking for? *shrug* I'll take it. Anyway, I'm a bigger fan now than ever before. I'm so glad when seeing an actor in person they exceed my expectations rather than disappoint. I've had so many disappointments... But he rocked! So, thank you, Colin Ferguson for highlighting our con experience! We also made it to the Masquerade. It was my first time at a Masquerade so I'm not sure how it compared to others, but I've heard nothing but bad things. I enjoyed it, enough, but was left hoping that surely there was more to a Masquerade than that. It seems half the contestants didn't show, or something. While I'm glad they didn't exclude walk-ons (as I'm currently a solo cosplayer, myself, and have heard of conventions not allowing anything but skits) I still wanted to see skits. I think there was one. That's it. I've heard a lot of complaints about the rules and how the Masquerade was run, so I think I'll have to look into it more to understand better. All I have to say was I totally geeked out over little Sauron. And Gir. Oh my gosh, Gir had me in a fit of giggles that I could not contain.
My poor, future children. What kind of mother will they have?
Last Friday, while other people sat at home celebrating May the 4th by torturing themselves with Star Wars films, there was a gathering of anime fans at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Phoenix for Ani-MAYhem. And that's where I was, too. I meant to take pictures but alas, the camera died. Caj diiid manage to get a couple of photographs of my cosplay first, but we'll get to those in a moment.
We started with a stroll around the garden. There were so many trees that provided refuge from the heat of the afternoon sun. They were beautiful and exotic and I could only imagine how much work it must take to keep it looking so alive in this desert. I'm lousy with growing plants. Every time I tell Caj that I want to grow something, he tells me to leave it alone then. t_t
A few sculptures dotted the path adding variety to the scenery. Through the center of the garden was a large pond with a waterfall towards the east end. This was the home to dozens of koi that we were permitted to feed their special koi food - cheerios. Just a small handful was enough to bring the fish together in a frenzy, twisting and squirming around each other in a fight to reach the little cereal first. Fish can be so aggressive!
We arrived at the event a little late, so we missed several of the demonstrations. I did get to enjoy seeing the performances by At Your Service cafe, based off the maid and butler cafes that can be found in Japan. It looked like a lot of fun, and I couldn't help but think of them as the cheerleaders of the cosplay scene. I think it's something I'd love to try sometime, but I don't think Caj would like me calling other people "Master" while serving them. Even so, I went ahead and came up with a maid design anyway. I think as a maid I'll be called Honey-chan~!
Not long after that I noticed my friend Ally, who helped me to meet some new people there. She even convinced me to participate in the cosplay contest. Even though my cosplay wasn't quite finished and I had to grab a suit jacket from my closet and flip it inside out to complete the look as best I could with what I had - I placed Third in the competition! It completely blew my mind, but I'm really grateful. It has really encouraged me to continue working hard on sewing and performing for my next competition. The best part of the evening? Meeting Banzai Productions again! At least, I got to chat briefly with Oz and SWP, I didn't see the others. I think my nervousness during the contest was due more to me geeking out about Banzai than being on stage. Afterwards, SWP even asked me about where I got my shoes because she was looking for some just like them. It makes me feel good that I can talk to them about these things. Later, online, Oz even told me that I should try a Masquerade next time. Yay~ I believe the night could not have been more perfect.
(Okay, so I mentioned I'd post my pictures, but the camera is at school. I'll come back and edit this post with pics later, okay?)