Edo - Shima - Bowl

Got back from Otakon, like two weeks ago or something. It was really fun and there were so many people. I don't think I even went to half of the places the convention spanned but I still had a lot of fun. There were so many nice people and even th...

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Cosplay and Such

Really busy past few weeks. AnimeNext was two weekends ago, yesterday was graduation, and now that it's officially summer break, I have agreed to undertake 5 cosplay projects in time for Otakon. Actually that's kind of beind dramatic. After attending a few "cosplay on a budget" type panels at AN, I wanted to try my hand at throwing together some cosplay with some items in my closet and a few purchased ones.

Here's the list:
Graceful Dice
Skull Dice (for a friend)
Umbra (also for the same friend)
Team Rocket Grunt

I already pretty much have all the stuff for the rocket cosplay. Had a shirt that I bought from a convention about a year ago, borrowed a skirt, bought cheap belt and gloves, had a hat, and recycling the top part of the wig from my Princess Bubblegum cosplay.

I'm in the process of making a huge Dice for the Graceful Dice cosplay. I went through one and a half bags of stuffing and the thing still isn't filled. That's gunna be fun to carry around... I need to dye a hat pink and make some wings to attach to it. Might have to modify a shirt and also make a bowtie.

For the Lumis and Umbra I'll be making cloaks. (I get a lot of help from my grandma because I don't understand patterns. I literally just do all the sewing. Need to work on that, but it's nice to spend time with her.) Almost finished with one, then I have to start on the next one. Attaching the chain will probably be the most difficult part.

Skull Dice will probably be the most difficult because of my friend's indecisiveness. I can't even start until he tells me what I need to do.

However, if you've stuck with me this far, if any of you have been to Otakon before, could you please tell me how it is? I've never been, and it seems absolutely massive. I'm really nervous about navigating it, especially since the convention is pretty out of the way for me. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

The Supernaturalist

I've known for quite a bit that they're making a graphic novel version of The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer. (Which is probably my favorite book of all time ever since I first read it in, if I remember correctly, the sixth grade.) I was really lo...

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Ladies and jellyfish, (haven't I said this before...) I'm finally trying my hand at making my own cosplay. Not from scratch necessarily, (I'm not that skilled) but I bought some patterns that I'm going to modify. In total I plan to do thre...

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Slightly Relieved

This week was pretty hectic in terms of stuff I had to do. My friend's mom planned a surprise party for my friend and she employed my mother and I too invite people and keep it under wraps.

It was a costume party so I decided to go all out and make my own outfit. Since I started high school I always wanted to dress as a female version of Robin, but they only sell that "sexy" version and I didn't really want that.

So the previous Friday my grandma and I went to Joann's Fabrics and bought some patterns and, well, fabrics. (We bought some super cheap broadcloth since I probably will only wear it twice.) It frayed quite a bit, but it was all hidden in the seams and when we hemmed stuff.

I tried making my own design that was based off of the outfit Burt Ward wore and when Starfire dressed as Robin in "The Quest" episode of Teen Titans, only for some reason I thought she wore a yellow skirt, but she didn't so I guess I'm not very accurate. I also thought that when I was looking up references of other people who made there own costumes that they were making up their own designs, but apparently there is actually a female Robin out there. Oh well... I still got a lot of compliments surprisingly.

I'm pretty proud though since its my first "cosplay" that I ever made myself (and by that I mean my grandmother and I), so I can't complain too much. I'm too afraid to wear it to conventions though because its inaccurate and I don't know if people will be accepting of the "artistic liberties" I took. I might post a pic eventually though; probably not.

Other sources of stress that week were: ACTs the morning of the party, homework, writing an essay for a scholarship contest, and being really tired and falling asleep at 8 and waking up between 4 and 5.