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Driver’s High

2 Jun

So I was at FanimeCon last weekend, if you follow me on Twitter, I kind of just tweeted about it for 2 weeks straight. Anyway, I drove up to San Jose from LA by myself, made the mistake of not putting some new CDs into my radio, and packed way too much shit. Finishing your cosplay in the hotel is not a good idea. So don’t do it. Also bring new music into your car if you realize you’ve outplayed all 10 CDs in your car.

Anyway, I wish I had gone to some of the panels (wig styling and some of the steampunk ones) but I was too busy oogling at cosplayers. I did cosplay the first day and after I uploaded pictures onto Facebook my friends complained about why there wasn’t a single photo of myself–for one, I was by myself so it was ridiculously hard to take photos of myself + other people. Secondly, I bought too much crap. Difficult to haul a sword, goodies and a DSLR. But I have learned, and that is what should be duly noted.

I did catch the Anime Music Video contest which is one of my favorite events at any anime convention and I was surprised at Phil Collins x Dragonball Z. “Junjou Rhapsody” had the entire audience rolling with laughter even though nobody really knew what was going on. (wish I could find the video :(!!! )

It was my first year at FanimeCon and I didn’t realize how much smaller than Anime Expo it was. Kind of a good thing because Anime Expo is a notch shy of Comic-Con’s clusterfuck.

I truly enjoyed wandering around Artists’ Alley and talking to some of the artists I bought art from. Most of them were pretty bored (they said so), so it was nice to chat about anime or games, or whatever their influences were in their artwork.

Yeup.... Artists' Alley

If my entire body was not as fucking sore as it was on Sunday I might have hung around in the Marathon Room and tried to catch up on “One Piece”–they were playing it 12 hours straight in that video room. I don’t know why my entire body was sore, I really did not do much on Saturday.

Also very considerate of them.

I met up all-too-briefly with superfamous cosplayer Vampy at the Crunchyroll booth, where she was interviewing cosplayers for their live stream. I have to say, watching the live stream while at the booth was hilarious, because Crunchyroll users were adding their comments simultaneously, and there were some really… creative… trolls.

I wish I had more to say but I was just so freaking tired both days, probably from driving, which was not a good idea. I had better book my hotel early as fuck next year because I was a bit lazy this year.

I am also not going to go by myself, I’m going to find someone to cosplay with me because cosplaying for one day and not cosplaying the next, I can see the big difference in how enjoyable a convention experience is.

And now I bombard you with cosplay photos. Enjoy. I will be doing a short write-up on E3 next week as I will be attending the IGN party! Woohoo! Going out to socialize! Yay…

This is obviously a Kuroshitsuji meet-up.

Mii. Mii. Mii.

Kiki missing Gigi...

There was a person inside!

Avatar, but not the last airbender 😦

What would have been REALLY FUNNY is if she was carrying around that chicken

Avatar, THE LAST AIRBENDER. Look at big Toph. Lol.

Is Magikarp using Splash? Can't tell.

Hipster Link

Sexy Misty.

Howl's Moving Castle

Harry Pottah

Some very, very creative costumes.

The silhouette.

It’s A Different Kind Of Marathon

26 May

I’m gonna go off a tangent here and break away from our usual stream (it’s more like a drizzle now I suppose) of posts regarding new/cool stuff and take some time to talk about cosplay culture. FanimeCon is this weekend and after all the fun times I experienced, and good friends I made last year at Anime Expo, I am pretty excited to delve into that welcoming atmosphere again.

My mom was surprised and shocked that I’m still going to anime/comic book conventions at my age. I’m not really that old but she, like most others, associates animation with children, which is completely false because the anime I watch should not be viewed by children. No, wait, that’s not what it sounds like. Ah… whatever.

I wrote in one of the first gspot blog posts that I “fell out” of anime near the end of high school/beginning of college, then was drawn back in via Death Note. I’m not going to reiterate what I wrote in that post [here] but I’m getting my point soon, about cosplay.

It’s only natural that we judge the calibur of someone’s costume. But do any of us really even know how to sew? Better yet, would we even have the guts to put on a funky wig, carry a huge-ass sword, fully-clothed like a fantastical character from a world we’ve yet to see in the flesh? “Cosplay fail” is a common term many of us like to throw around when we see a poorly-assembled (not aesthetically pleasing) cosplay, but after going to these conventions and just being in the good spirit of the entire community, having the “best” costume isn’t what cosplaying is about.

People cosplay for different reasons, mostly for fun, and to a degree, out of our respect and admiration for the creators of that anime, manga or game. Within the cosplay community, sure, there are “famous” cosplayers, mostly due to their skill levels being higher than most, but it’s not a popularity contest. I remember last year, an associate of mine, who was not familiar with otaku, anime or manga culture went to Anime Expo with my group. He said it was one of the most remarkable weekends in his life, there was so much positive energy and passion. I really thought about what he said, because I left the convention with some great friends I may not have been able to meet had I not cosplayed or had the guts to approach. Loserific is one I met last year and she’s one of the coolest and most genuine people I know.

My favorite cosplay from last year's Anime Expo--MONONOKE!!

It’s a difficult feeling to describe, being at an anime convention. On a regular basis I’m always wondering who I can geek out who doesn’t accuse me of being a “true otaku” just because I don’t watch Naruto. Fuck off, I don’t have a TV, and Sakura is too annoying. Sure, there are about 12938012938 Naruto cosplayers at every anime convention, but they’re introduced to a wealth of new and old anime once there, even for me, who will watch at least 3 episodes of a series to see if it has enough to capture my interest. Marathon anime or go home. If a series is not good enough for me to marathon, it clearly isn’t worth my time. I just have to point out that watching the 2nd Gurren Lagaan movie in a large room with GL cosplayers, and the host announcing, “Can all the Yoko’s keep their bazookas on the floor away from the aisles please?” was pretty awesome. Again, it’s hard to describe the feeling of unity at these conventions, so this is probably turning into a really lame post where I’m trying to reflect on all my convention experiences.

I was pretty excited to see these Trinity Blood cosplayers last year.

I guess what I’m just trying to say is, one shouldn’t be judged for going to conventions (yeah, so “otaku” generally has a somewhat negative connotation, re: Genshiken), nor should one be judged for a last-minute or store-bought cosplay. I commend anyone who has the guts to dress up as someone else during the daylight hours and to full on geek out with strangers. But then again, once we start to get to know each other, we’re no longer strangers.

So why do I pour in hours and hours to cosplay? I guess it’s just my way of showing my respect and admiration for the game, the anime or manga, and its creators. And let’s face it, I just have way too much time on my hands.

Within the exhibit hall, you'll probably be able to find everyone and everything, aside from body pillows.

And here’s a shameless plug for myself if you’re at FanimeCon this weekend, I’m running around in this fantastical slutty wizard outfit so come say herro!!!

Zephie from Magna Carta 2, which was kind of a "meh" game but had some nice graphics

Geek Girl Halloween Costume Dilemma

15 Oct

If you’re like me and would rather spend that extra hour of the day trying to complete the next temple in your Legend of Zelda game instead of doing yoga for an hour, maybe you aren’t in such great shape come Halloween time.

That being said, I can never figure out what to dress up as for Halloween that could possibly be clever, relevant and slightly sexy, because if you’re an adult female, you have to be some kind of sexy something. Sexy nurse. Sexy secretary. Sexy prisonmate. Whatever. Your store-bought options are pretty limited unless you know how to sew.

Luckily, I know how to sew, and I don’t have much of a social life, so I have time to crank out a costume for Halloween. But what about my girl friends who can’t sew? What are your options if all you do is stay home and watch “Darker Than Blood“?  Slave-outfit Leia again? Lara Croft? Let’s face it–if you don’t have boobs and nice legs, the Tomb Raider is territory you don’t want to cross lest you want to end up on ohnotheydidnt.

I always figure out my costumes at the last minute and they’re usually some kind of overly complicated contraption I lose sleep and hair over during the month of October. In fact it’s 3AM right now and I should probably be sleeping or drunk off my ass because that’s what exciting people do on Thursday nights, not contemplate Halloween costumes or write blog posts helping other people figure out their costumes.

But I’ve had a good handful of friends ask me for ideas on creative and simple Halloween costumes. I cannot help you. I can, however, direct you to some ideas if all you do is play Final Fantasy when you get home.

It’s not too hard for a female to “win” in a Halloween costume. All you need to do is show some cleavage and have awesome hair. For example, MegaWoman told me she was going to be Tifa Lockhart this year. Half of society doesn’t know who that is. But MegaWoman is pretty tall and has the body to pull it off so she’s going to get lookers anyway! Win. I don’t have boobs. I am also not very tall. So I have to resort to making a really complicated costume to hoard attention.

Tifa Lockhart

Tifa Lockhart. Image via desktopnexus.com

I stumbled upon these costumes the other day–I wouldn’t really consider them a “win”–you’ll definitely get attention, but your photo will probably be headlining the “caption contest” the next day.

Trashy Halloween Costumes

Clockwise from top left: "Han Solo", "Darth Vader", "Chew...bacca?"

So my solution for winning this Halloween as a nerdy female is to pick a costume you actually might enjoy wearing and doesn’t require funky undergarments you’ve just discovered to accommodate your outfit. This costume may not be instantly recognizable (to the masses) but as long as you don’t look overly exposed (re: Miley Cyrus’ sister last year, see below, what the hell) and I can still recognize you after all your makeup (that is, unless I’m not supposed to be able to–i.e. zombie costume), I’m giving you my two thumbs up.

Noah Cyrus

Sexy costume fail. Image via cutemileycyrus.com

Because I just subjected you to that horrific photo, here’s the trailer to Priest to bleach your mind.

Sale! Sale! Sale!

30 Dec

Tell your friends!! xD

Go Buy Stuff!!!

I have some wigs up, fabric, lots of games, PSP stuff, anime, mangas, and some Chinese style clothes. Please help fund my Ikkicon trip. ♥♥

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I want to post some pictures of what Juan and I found when we went to High Fashion Fabric store in Houston. He was so happy. ^_^

It was all around this huge building. It was nice. Plus it made the trip to Houston not so bad. He really had no reason to come only to keep me company. xD I’m glad that we found this.

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CHRISTMAS! So what did everyone get?

♥♥ I GOT LAMB! ~ AND ESTEE LAUDER MAKEUP!!! ♥♥

I love it so much. I was so happy when I opened them both. Now I just need a lock for my door to make sure no one uses it when I’m gone. >_>

I also got a gift card to Best Buy for $100 … and went and blew it all. xD It has been a very long time that I have gone and blew a bunch of money on stuff I just well…want. xD Soooo, I got two Incubus CDs(S.C.I.E.N.C.E. and Make Yourself) a new Thursday CD (at the time I thought so, but it just has three new songs and the rest are lives. >< ..but it comes with a DVD with lots of stuff on it…still, I was decieved…) and The Misfits (Famous Monsters) ..because Juan made me. xD Thheen I bought The Sims 2 (OMG I LOVE THAT GAME) and Final Fantasy XII…..that made me realize how long it’s been since I actually bought a video game. I never have time anymore to sit down and play them. ;_; …so now, I am making time. xD

So yeah, I have spent a long time working on that little stupid selling thread. Annnd writing our skit out for Ikkicon. I am super excited and wished I did not have to sleep. Why must humans sleep!? We waste so much time sleeping. Oh well, I will hopefully wake up somewhat early and start sewing. Yeah!

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Before Christmas, on my time off, I went crazy and super cleaned my room. When I get my grandpa’s camera back, I will the before pictures, but for now, see what I have done. This is one side of my closet. The dumbass who designed the house I live in made the closets this way which is really stupid…>> …so now here is my cosplay side. HUGE improvement and way more organized than ever. ><

As for the other side, my ‘personal’ side…yeah, that’s another story. o_____O

….I think I am going to go to bed now..or play the Sims 2.

♥♥ Happy New Year everyone!! ♥♥

!!!!!!!Thank you so much stomponfrogns!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5 Dec

It’s been a while since I last posted because, honestly, I have been busy. >__< Who isn’t though? Sooo, I just had to start posting again when I found out that the layout that stomponfrogs made me was done. And I looooovvvve it. Thank you so much!! <333333 …but I didn’t do something right, so you could you help me. ;______; I failed at setting it up, but I love it so much. ^____^

Anywayyyys…things have been busy, like always. I have been sewing more, so that is always good. ^^ After the holidays, I only have a semester left of high school! ZOMG..awesome. xD But I am very sad because that means I have to leave all my friends and even Juan for college. I don’t want to at all. I hate it. I don’t want Juan going to the Marines. I just don’t. Gah, I don’t feel like typing and ranting on about that stuff right now.

I want to write more…I will later(ha) maybe tomorrow or something. We are going to see the Golden Compass Friday! YEAH! Plus I get to buy some stuff. o__o Waste er, spend some money. Not really..stuff for cosplay. Plus I need to buy Christmas gifts. >___< …hello amazon. ❤

And again ~ THANK YOU SO MUCH STOMPONFROGS <3333 I know how busy you are to so to make this for me really means a lot to me. <33333 If there is anything I can do for you, please let me know. <33333

I am soooo not working….

22 Oct

I need to finish my Charles Dickens project. Bahhumbug!! ><;;

But I want to post about Oni-con. I only went Sunday, so here is my small collection of photos: http://images.cosplay.com/gallery.php?cat=93732&member=15147

I made a skirt the night before (my own pattern and all ~ inspired by an outfit in a Gothic & Lolita Bible) and bought a red jacket from JCPennies for only $6!! I added some cute fur trim to the hoodie and some ears and I had something to wear. xD When I was making it all, I thought about my hair. Then I thought “Hey, why not go as Misa?” I have the Death Note that Logan made me and I have been wanting another excuse to carry it around. ^^ I usually don’t do things like that, but I wanted to cosplay with that cute Death Note. And it worked. ^__^

Tomorrow at school is “Dress up as your favorite hobbie” COSPLAY! xD Misa will get another wear! Good thing I washed it last night. xD

So at Oni-con we had a Houston Cosplay Scout gathering. It was really fun! I had a wonderful time meeting everyone! ^^

Also, I saw this:

He/She was walking with an Axel, so it made some kind of sense. o___o And the othe girl popped up out of no where. o_o

 

 

I’m gonna stop wasting time and work. >>

 

I am excited about cosplay though. ;_; Ikkicon yeah!

 

Oh and we are going to Area from Marching Band!!YEAH! I pray we can make it to state. :DD

Summer is not long enough.

27 Jun

My life is so crazy right now, or at least in my head it is. I have so many different things I want to do but can’t because of work. I want to sew, cosplay, draw, design, fix some old clothes, read, play my new game, and tons more stuff. That’s the only thing I hate about my job: I have no time, or at least enough time to do what I want. But I shouldn’t complain. This will only help me and get me ready for when I leave high school and then have to juggle ten times more crap that has to be done. xD

Well, today I got the afternoon “off.” I still got paid like I was working, but I went with Valerie and the other kids to the Wildlife Refuge on one of our field trips for summer reading. We found two “letterboxes” that have been circulation all around Texas for about four years on one of them. It was really neat and we all got to sign it and then we stamped it. Really neat. ^^ On the way Juan and I danced to “Vanilla.” He started dancing first, for the record.

Yesterday I got to watch the movie “Bridge to Teribetha” ….at work. xD Hey, there was no one else to hand out drinks and popcorn! I have never read the book, so when I watched I was about to start crying my eyes out, but seeing as there were kids all around and a rather plump one in front of me always turning around to get more popcorn, I couldn’t let me tears go. xD When I saw previews for the movie, I had a totally different idea about it and I was actually really surprised. Wonderful movie and a great message.

Anddd, work just got even better! I mean, for a while I was starting to dislike it because of cleaning shelves. (I should really bring my PSP or an MP3 player to listen to…it’s just hours and hours of silence and knowing how much I have after I complete a shelve.) But today Valerie and I started moving around the YA area and some of the tables. She suggested that I decoupage the table in front of the booth. Of course I said yes and already have a large sum of pictures. I am going to use covers of YA books(not the actual covers, mind you. xD ) and anime pictures and have “Young Adults Novels” and “Graphic Novels” or “Mangas” around it….somehow. o___o I need to get a plan and see if I can come up with something in photoshop as well. I am excited for work now. 😀

Man, this is a really long post. Go me! Right now in my life I am happy but I just have so many different things racing through my mind. I really need to get focused and again, more organized. Oh yeah, did I mention that I am back from drum major camp? xD I had a lot of fun and met a lot of new people. Even though I was alone this year(no Erika this time) I still had a great time. Man, there’s another thing I want to do: work on my Fate of the Gods music. I can’t wait to conduct that show. I am so excited for marching season and for summer band, but I don’t want to rush my month of July. I mean, damn, it’s already about to the 4th of July!! I hate this.

But yes, I am happy. I have a plan once I am out of high school…but not a back up. o__o At this point, I am just praying that I get accepted to the school in New York City that I want to go to soooo badly. If not, I think I want to try Chicago, then Austin, and maybe even L.A. I just want to study fashion and learn all I can about sewing and everything around clothes.

*dork*

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