What a crazy, crazy year! I've been too busy/lazy recovering from Smash/WCS, but I guess I'm due for a journal? In chronological order:
I've had some great conventions this year, and Sydnova didn't disappoint. I wasn't dressing as super-popular characters, so I didn't expect a lot of love from con-goers. Saturday I dressed as Fitz-Chivalry from Robin Hobb's book (Fool's Assassin hard-cover to be precise). Robin's my favourite author, and I wanted to show her how much i love her books and appreciate her writing. And I ran into a cosplayer I'd met a few times at cons dressed as the Fool! OMG she looked so perfect XD I wanted to put her in my pocket. And we lined up to meet Robin Hobb and she annoyed me with her damn Ratsy on its stick so perfectly I had to laugh (even though I was struggling to stay in character and get annoyed lol). Meeting Robin was quite blurry, of course, but she did appreciate our costumes
Kinda funny that most of the other people in line didn't recognise me, but I guess I was cosplaying from the US cover of a book that wasn't released yet, but J and Robin made my trip worth it:
Sunday I dressed as Kya from Avatar: The Legend of Korra. I had some friends dressing and other characters, and knew of another group of cosplayers doing it too, so we had a big bunch of about 12 of us, and we got some great photos. And goofed around. and took many many selfies. So much fun.
Melbourne Oz-Comic Con
My first Melbourne Convention. It was only really possible because a acquaintance (now quite good friend) offered to let me stay at her house. And I was dying to spend a bunch of money on last minute flights because Dante Basco (aka voice actor of Zuko) was going there. We had a group of me (Zuko), Aang, Katara and Toph, as well as various Korras, another Zuko, a Dai Li agent and just so many awesome people. And photos with Dante. He loved our costumes. And teh VA of Ty Lee was there and jumped in our photo too! Many many selfies.
Sydney SMASH Anime and Manga Convention
This was the big one! I drove for about 11 hours to get there from the Gold Coast. Saturday I wore Ma Chao. If I'd been clever I would've dressed comfortably and taken it easy. But I can't fly with Ma Chao and I'm super proud of him, so i wanted to take the opportunity of me driving to bring him. I can't quite remember what happened to my day: it just disappeared. I competed in the cosplay comp, and, amongst many talented cosplayers, won Best Female
BIG BIG COMP: WCS AUSTRALIA PRELIMINARIES! TEAM ARGH!
So, with my good friend
we entered the World Cosplay Summit Australian Preliminary. There were two other very talented and friendly teams. They really were great to hang around with and get to know. Lucy and I competed as Yggdra and Gulcasa from a little-known GBA game called Yggdra Union: We'll Never Fight Alone - two people knew who we were that day, and it was two more than we were expecting. After so many months of working, and almost being in tears a few times because there just seemed too much work to do, WE WON! HOLY BALLS! So we're representing Australia next year in the WCS in Japan
So excited. We've picked out our costumes and have started planning/gathering materials.
Brisbane Oz-Comic Con
I only went for one day because I wanted to relax, and in the end, one day was enough for me. There didn't really seem a lot to do. No guests I really wanted to see. I got to meet a lot of other cosplayers and properly talk to them, which was nice. I made a proper dress, too! And weirded a few people out because I was dressed as a female for once: Queen Elinor from Brave (with my perfect Merida)
At the moment I'm going to rewear Gulcasa, though I may switch partway through to day to Fitz again, because Robin Hobb will be there again. Sunday I'm making Auron from Final Fantasy X. He's one of my favourite characters ever, so I hope I can do him proud.
As always, i post progress etc on my Facebook Page
And that has been my last couple of hectic months <3 Hope I see you at Brisnova!