SDCC 2015

Out of all the local conventions SDCC is probably my least favorite. The long drive, long lines, and crowds make it very cosplay unfriendly. Had a good time while I was there, but saw everything I wanted to/ had the patience to wait for, in just a few hours. The best part was getting my exclusive Nether Drake Whelpling plushie.

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Anime Expo 2015 Friends Gallery

This is the work in progress gallery dedicated to the costumes my friends and I made and wore to Anime Expo 2015! There will be some cool ones, some bad ones, and a whole lot of horsing around! Unless otherwise credited, all these pictures were taken by my boyfriend, Alex. Enjoy!

Luna Zhiri/Lady Sylvanas/Random Civilian: Frekki Cosplay (Me!)

Azruk Bonechewer/photographer: Alex

Poison Ivy: That Vegan Cosplayer

Liger Zero/Snow Miku/Melia/Colette: Amsterdoodle Cosplay

Midna: Cherimage Cosplay

Taken by Paul Seely:Paul seely

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Wolfe Body Paint Review

Hello hello lovely readers! Today I am going to write up a review on using Wolfe paints for cosplay! Something to keep in mind, this is all based solely on my own experiences and use of the product, so what worked/didn’t work for me might be entirely different for someone else’s cosplay!

The paint comes in a variety of colors, one of which happened to be perfect for Lady Sylvanas’ skin tone! The color I used was called ‘blight’. I did a test run to see how it would fade with wear. I choose to test on my inner arm because that’s a joint that sees a lot of movement. On the left (my right arm) is one coat of Wolfe with no sealer. The right side (left arm) is with Ben Nye’s Final Seal. It doesn’t look too much different but the “matte” sealer does leave a bit of a glossy sheen. It also stayed sticky a little longer than expected.

The bottom picture shows the faded paint after roughly 5 hours of normal activity. It’s hard to tell in the picture, but the sealer caused the makeup to start flake off after only an hour. It rubbed off much worse than using no sealer at all! Maybe it wasn’t compatible with the paint, but it was recommended to me by two people who have used the combo before.

During the actual convention I opted not to use the sealer and instead used baby powder over the paint. The mornign started out with frustrations. The weekend had been stressful to begin with so it was probably just pent up emotions, but I almost gave up on the body paint twice. Luckily my friend, That Vegan Cosplayer, was there to help me both with getting those hard to reach places on my back and to encourage me to keep with the paint.

The dry California summer coupled with no AC in the house made for a miserably hot experience. I am not sure if it was the heat but the paint which had previously been so easy to apply started cracking and streaking!

Eventually I got it all on and was more or less satisfied with the result. A 45 minute drive to the convention didn’t do me any favors. My initial fear was that sweating would cause the paint to run, but the real downfall was the armor scraping it off. Not only did the paint fade drastically over the course of the day, but the places where the armor came in contact with the paint rubbed off entirely. I had to touch up the paint four times, but it didn’t do much good. As proud as I am of the costume, I feel like the faded and chipped body paint detracted from the whole look.

On the plus side, it looked awesome on my face, so portrait pictures were spot on. On the downside, after seeing the picture below I realized I had to stick with a few basic poses to try to hide the places missing paint, such as under my arm, on my sides, and along the armor.

I think I would still recommend this paint. But only for someone with a simple costume without armor or pieces that would risk rubbing the paint off.

When I got home, I was happy to find that the paint washed right off with a shower, no soap needed! The bathroom was also a blue mess, but it cleans off easily from counters and floors with just a  bit of water. Furthermore, the paint didn’t make me break out at all, and my skin is SUPER sensitive.

Long story short, I would recommend this paint for photoshoots, but not for convention wear unless the costume has less risk of pieces rubbing against the paint. In the future I’m going to try out a few other brands, hopefully find something with longer wear!

Anime Expo 2015 Gallery- Day One

Anime Expo Day Gallery! I unfortunately don’t have too many pictures, but here’s a couple from Day One.

Berserk Fury and Liger Zero- Zoids

Liger Zero- Amsterdoodle Cosplay

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Bit Cloud- Zoids

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Darius and Swain- League of Legends

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Azir, Teemo, Graves- League of Legends

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Collete- Tales of Symphonia

Collete- Amsterdoodle Cosplay

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Tiefling and Half-Orc pirates- Dungeons and Dragons

Luna Zhiri- Frekki Cosplay (me!)

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Anime Expo Gallery: Day 2 and 3

Anime Expo gallery from Day 2 and 3. I’ll label and tag what/who I can, but if you see yourself feel free to message me so I can include a link to your page!

Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn- DC Comics

Poison Ivy: That Vegan Cosplayer

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Orianna- League of Legends

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Vocaloids

Snow Miku: Amsterdoodle Cosplay

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San- Princess Mononoke

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Monster Hunter (?)

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Poison Ivy- DC Comics

Poison Ivy: That Vegan Cosplayer

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Poison Ivy and Batman- DC Comics

Poison Ivy: That Vegan Cosplayer

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Beastboy and Poison Ivy- DC Comics

Poison Ivy: That Vegan Cosplayer

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Samus Aran- Metroid

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Adventure Time! Jake Suit, Marshall Lee, Banana Guard, Fiona, Starchie, and BMO

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Lady Sylvanas, Ysera, Tarecgosa, Alexstrasza- World of Warcraft
Lady Sylvanas: Frekki Cosplay (me!)

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Melia Antiqua, Meyneth, Zanza – Xenoblade

Melia- Amsterdoodle Cosplay

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Poison Ivy- DC Comics

Flapper Poison Ivy: That Vegan Cosplayer

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Poison Ivy and Joker- DC Comics

Poison Ivy: That Vegan Cosplayer

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San- Princess Mononoke

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Black Panther- Marvel Comics

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NCR Ranger- Fallout New Vegas

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Rem/Misa- Death Note

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Fairies and Lady Sylvanas

Lady Sylvanas: Frekki Cosplay (me!)

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Adelita Sanchez- Book of Life

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Cat Woman, Batman, Poison Ivy, Bane- DC Comics

Poison Ivy: That Vegan Cosplayer

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Taric- League of Legends

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Poison Ivy, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy- DC Comics

Poison Ivy: That Vegan Cosplayer

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Edd- Ed, Edd, and Eddy

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Midna and Link- Legend of Zelda, Twilight Princess

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Syndra, Teemo, Jax, Nidalee- League of Legends

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Shulk and Melia- Xenoblade

Melia- Amsterdoodle Cosplay

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Shulk and Melia- Xenoblade

Melia- Amsterdoodle Cosplay

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Zero Suit Samus and Lady Sylvanas

Samus: VertVixen

Lady Sylvanas: Frekki Cosplay (me!)

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My next post will be a gallery specifically of me and my friends from AX!

Anime Expo 2015 Con Review

While photoshop is running its batch resize process on all the con photos, I’ll take some time to write up my review for this year’s Anime Expo!

Anime Expo was the first con I attended back when I started going to such things in 2010 so I’ve had some time to watch the con evolve as a whole. Last year and the year before were pretty bad when it came to the line to pick up pre-reg badges. This year the badges were changed so that instead of printing out each individual paper badge, the badges were plastic that was scanned. Also (not sure if this is new or not since I’ve never gone to Day 0) but the badge pick up was open for nearly 24 hours at the start of the con. We got there on Thursday, just around noon. The last two years would have seen a 2+ hour wait for the badge pick up, but this time around we waited less than five. It took longer to find the line than it did to wait in it. The problem came afterwards with a new bag check line. There were at least five to get into the main hall, each one seemingly longer than the last. After picking up my boyfriends 4 day badge the staff tried to herd us back out to wait in the long bag check line. Luckily we circumvented that by requesting directions to the pro badge pick up. It was off in a corner on the third floor and the guy escorting us there had to wave his name tag around to prove that we were allowed up there. Getting the pro pass was kind of a pain too. I registered for it online, confirmed it when I got the email a few months ahead of time, and though everything was good from there. But between then and the time the con started I got about three emails asking me to confirm my registration again! I tried but the site wasn’t working and kept giving me an error. Since I had already paid (who charges for a pro pass anyways?!), gotten a receipt, and gotten an email with the barcode, I figured it was fine. The con staff had some difficulty finding me in the system but I had a photo ID and pay stub to prove who I was and it all worked out.

The con itself was insanely packed. Which is good and bad. There were some truly amazing costumes in the crowd but overall I felt a little let down with the number of cosplayers. It seemed like this year many people opted for casual or easy wear costumes. The sets were fun to play around with but the lighting in that hall makes good pictures hard. The cosplay repair station was useful as always and I am so so grateful that it exists. My only disappointment was that Riot wasn’t hosting it this year.

The Jesus people who have been a lingering blemish on cons these recent years were there again this year. I didn’t have any issue with them. They’re usually pretty polite, but this year I heard they started harassing people and possibly stamping them with ‘666’. Whether or not that’s true, I can’t say. Heard it from a second hand source. I hope not. Regardless, I’d recommend anyone attend the cons they come to protest at avoid those people.

The staff this year were not the nicest. I believe it was the people working for the convention center, not those volunteering for the con itself. I was going to meet up with some people who were waiting on the third floor. Walked up some stairs and saw them across the hall but a staff member stopped me and my party from going there. We told him we were meeting some people who were standing right there. He got pretty rude and grabbed at our badges to turn them around and see what kind we had. As soon as he saw my pro pass though he calmed down and said as long as I was escorting the others we could pass. Very weird considering the other side of the hall was open to the public, but not that one corner of it. I witnessed a few people getting yelled at for standing in the wrong place at the wrong time on numerous occasions. I understand the job is stressful but the con is packed and its not always possible to shuffle to the designated areas.

The exhibit hall and artist alley were hard to navigate due to the crowds. I felt like they widened the isles a little to make up for that, but it was still tricky to get around. I didn’t get to see everything I wanted to, but in general its the same stuff at every con. The artists there are the best part of the exhibit hall in my opinion!

Overall this year was about as good as last. The positive changes they made were unfortunately offset by some of the workers, long bag check lines, and insane crowds.

Stay tuned for a review on Wolfe paint and AX 2015 cosplay gallery!