Avengers and Free Comic Book Day!

There are some weekends where I do absolutely nothing, and then there are others that are filled with tons of nerdiness. This past weekend was one of those super nerdy weekends.

Thursday I got together with some friends and did the Avengers Double Feature for the release of Age of Ultron! I love super hero movies, and because of the influence of my friend, I’ve been getting more into comics. Mostly I just read X-Men, but that didn’t stop me from being really excited for the newest Avengers movie. We definitely didn’t have the time or the will power to do the mega Marvel marathon that lasts for like, two days. We settled on the Double Feature instead; which was the first Avengers movie and the newest one.

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Of course we had to dress up. I went as Scarlet Witch, because of my love for X-Men (even though they aren’t really included in the Marvel Cinematic Universe). I was missing a few pieces, and it wasn’t completely accurate, but recognizable enough. We also had a Black Widow, Tony Stark, and a S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent! The most popular of our group was Black Widow, obviously. She had several young girls take pictures with her! After the movies were over, some people included me in their photos. Scarlet Witch is a bit more recognizable after the movie for most people.

It’s really great to see young girls get excited about female Super Heroes. And they say no one is interested in female Super Heroes.

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The Double Feature was great, for the most part, but I’ll get to that. The best thing was that it was full of super nerds like me! Even though I’m kind of a stickler for quiet in movie theaters, for something like this there are moments when cheering and clapping is great.

This was also the first time I’ve seen the first Avengers movie in theaters! I was in Japan when it originally came out so I missed it (it came out in Japan after I had left). Of course I’ve seen it before, but it was really nice to see it on the big screen!

Ultron was fantastic! It was a ton of fun and full of all the super hero feels you can get. But we had a bit of bad luck. It was in IMAX which was awesome, but there was a storm and it messed with the projector. The movie went out twice and after it came back the whole thing was a little dim. That was really disappointing, but the theater gave us free tickets to come see it again (or anything else) uninterrupted. Though it did give us some time to express our excitement to each other while they worked on getting the movie back up! I know I gushed about Steve Rogers during that time!

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I’ve already seen the movie twice. I saw it with my parents on Saturday too. I was dying to talk to my dad about it so I wanted him to see it right away (My dad and I always talk about comics and super hero movies. He loves Iron Man).

Saturday was also Free Comic Book Day! The first weekend in May is always a day when comic book fans can journey to participating stores and pick up some exclusive comic books, for free! This was my first time going. I’ve always felt wary about comic book stores because I have friends who have had bad experiences being females in comic book shops. I went with the same friend who was Black Widow on Thursday for some support. It was a good experience actually! Most shops have a limit on how many comics you can get (this one was 3). A lot of people will go to different stores all day to get all of the free comics, but I only had one participating store near by.

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I picked up both of the Marvel comics (Secret Wars #0 and the new Avengers) and I also got one from Black Circle comics. The reason I picked up the one from Black Circle was because there was a cool looking lady hero on the front, but there was no content for her story! There were previews of two other male led stories, but the lady only had some character art! I was a little disappointed by that.

In order to support the shop I also picked up some X-Men! I got volume one of the Age of Apocalypse. This will get me ready for the next X-Men movie (which is the same story). I can always use more X-Men!

It was a super comic filled weekend for me! I love weekends like this where I can just do things that make me really happy.

Did you go to Free Comic Book Day? Let me know!

Katsucon!

Last weekend I went to Katsucon! Katsucon is an anime convention at the Gaylord National Harbor in Maryland. This is one of my favorite conventions, probably because the venue is just so gorgeous! Seriously, Katsucon is any cosplayer’s photoshoot dream. I’ve been going to Katsucon for years and it’s always been a good time. It’s been great to see this convention grow to what it is now.

I attended the convention for all three days. Unfortunately, the room I stayed in didn’t have the fantastic atrium view, but honesty that isn’t important. I actually arrived on Thursday for a few hours to pick up my badge. My boyfriend came with me to keep me company. We stood in line for about an hour and a half (which was honestly very short compared to the line people experienced on Friday). Then we stopped off to say hi to some friends and then went home. A lot of people arrive on Thursday to pick up their badges, I never stay overnight on Thursday though.

Friday started off the weekend! I got to the convention around 10am because I wanted to catch my friend’s panel. She did a panel on beginning cosplay advice. She is a lot of fun so the panel was great. She’s also semi-cosplay famous so afterwards we had to wait for her to finish taking pictures with everyone. It’s really great to see such an old and good friend be recognized for the work she does!

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My costume for Friday was Daphne from Scooby Doo. My favorite show as a kid was Scooby Doo so this cosplay was a dream come true! My friend also dressed as Velma with me. It was so much fun running around with her. So many people took our picture and told us we were adorable. Honestly this was probably my most popular costume. In the evening I went to dinner with some of my old friends. We ate at a restaurant in the National Harbor called Redstone Grill. A lot of the restaurants in the Harbor are expensive, but this was on moderately priced. The food was good, but they mixed up my order so I had to wait a little longer than my friends to eat.

The rest of the evening was spent hanging out with friends and then waiting for everyone in my room to quiet down so I could make final edits on my panel for the next morning.

Saturday morning I woke up early because I had to present a panel at 10am! The panel was on male Japanese idols (or boybands). The panel was a lot of fun. I had a very small turn out; seven people total (two of which were friends). But it was fun to present. I showed a really fun video at the end which was great to watch with everyone. One of the girls who showed up subscribes to my youtube channel! That made me so happy! I have a very small audience so any time I get to meet anyone fills me with happiness!

The rest of Saturday I wore my Astrid costume from Anime USA. Lots of people really liked it even though I didn’t get many pictures. The costume was so warm though! In the evening my friend and I went outside to get away from the warmth (there were so many people in the convention center it was really warm). We went and took some pictures on my phone, which was fun. I also recorded a special episode of my podcast! It’ll be out next week, but it was tons of fun!

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Saturday night is when we had our real party. We changed into our Kigurumis (or animal PJs) and drank, ate and talked. It was a lot of fun. We went and walked around the convention, seeing a bit of the Uzuhi concert, the artists alley, and a few other things. Even later at night there are lots of people around!

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Sunday was the last day and honestly I didn’t have the greatest day. I wasn’t hungover the the pervious night, but I think it put me in a bad mood. It took us a while to get our stuff together to check out and eventually get out of the hotel. My friends and I ate at the restaurant in the hotel. Then we walked around the dealer’s room and artists alley. I couldn’t really find much to buy though. I wasn’t in the best mood so I left around 2pm.

I think overall it was a good convention. I saw a lot of friends I never really get to see and I saw some internet friends too! That’s one of the things I really like about conventions; seeing people you never see and catching up.

As for what I bought, I didn’t get that much. I go a really cute necklace from my friend at Non-Dairy Confectionary and an Alpacasso plush. I have two other Alpaca plushes, but neither of them are the real Amuse Alpacasso brand. But I finally got one! I got the male version of the Antique series. I named him Fitzwilliam. I thought that was a fitting name.

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A Kawaii Halloween – BEDD 1

Alright. No question about it, I’m horrible at blogging. So let’s bring a Challenge into this little blog of mine! Introducing BEDD (Blog Every Day in December). That’s right, I’m going to be posting every day in the month of December.

To start this month of blogging out, let’s go all the way back to October and Halloween.

October is one of my favorite months. Maybe it’s because the leaves start to change colors, or that the weather starts to get cooler, or maybe it’s the air of spookiness the month has because of Halloween. It’s probably the spookiness.

I love Halloween. As a cosplayer, it’s like a dream come true. A holiday where it’s “acceptable” to dress up? Give it to me. I probably take it way too seriously. I don’t always take out the the big guns on Halloween, but I always put in a lot of effort to my halloween costume.

This year’s Halloween comes to you in three parts.

Part 1 – Kawaii witch at work

I work in retail and we were encouraged to dress up for Halloween. Thankfully, I worked during the day so my night was free. I decided to wear a witch costume I made a few years ago in college. I wasn’t a spooky witch, but a cute one.

I made most of this outfit except for the hat. The skirt is made out of different types of tulle and mesh fabrics. There is a long layer of black and purple sparkly fabric that is a little hard to see in the picture, but it’s really cute! The shirt is just a knit shirt I threw together in my dorm room. It’s off the shoulder with half sleeves. I cut some spikes into the sleeves to make it more “witchy.” To amp up the cuteness I added my purple pastel wig and my Hello Kitty creepers from TUK Footwear. My accessories are from various places but mostly from Magical Tea Time and Non Dairy Confectionary.

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Part 2 – Korilakkuma Kigu

After work I went to go hang out with my boyfriend for the night. I didn’t feel like wearing the witch costume, so I just threw on my Korilakkuma Kigurumi. I kept all the accessories and shoes the same. It was ultra comfy and ultra cute. We went out to dinner and then kind of just, roamed around the mall for a while. Some lady tried to take my picture with out asking and I just kind of walked away. I find that kind of action to be super rude. Just ask me and I’ll give you a cute pose.

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Part 3 – Doctor! Doctor!

The sunday after Halloween my friend had a Halloween party. I knew the party would be full of nerds so I went as the 11th Doctor from Doctor Who! I love Doctor Who, and while 11 isn’t my favorite Doctor, he is the one that I had the most stuff for. My dad bought me a fez while he was in Jordan so I threw that on on a whim. I worked really hard to get my bangs to look like Matt Smith’s floppy bangs.

The party was really fun! I got to see friends that I don’t see often enough. we played Donkey Kong Jenga (which is way more stressful than it seems), ate some good food and played Mario Kart! Everyone loved my Doctor costume too! Nothing like a party full of nerds!

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I didn’t go out and have some wild Halloween party, but It was still a good time! Halloween sometimes is difficult as an adult. You want to do something, but trick or treating isn’t really an option and if you’re not into the bar scene then it’s a little difficult to find something to do. But as long as you’ve got a cute costume and good friends I think Halloween can be a blast!

Anime USA!

Wow. It’s been a really long time since I updated. This is the perfect time to start blogging again. Last weekend I went to Anime USA!

Anime USA was the first anime convention I went to way back in 2003. I haven’t been back for a few years, so it was nice to return. AUSA was in Washington DC this year right near the zoo. It was October 3-5th.

I had big plans for this convention. On Saturday I was entering the Hall Costume Contest for the first time with a costume I had been working on for months.

Friday was kind of a short day at the convention. I picked my boyfriend, Ryan, up from work around 3 and then we drove to DC. I actually hate driving in big cities, but because my costume was stored in a big box and had a lot of delicate parts, I chose to drive. It wasn’t that bad, except for the part where our parking garage was almost a mile from our hotel (had to pick something that was cheaper than the hotel parking).

Friday I cosplayed at Minako Aino (Sailor Venus), Summer school uniform. I felt so stereotypically anime that day! I think it was the combination of cosplaying such a classic character and the Japanese school uniform. This was my first time making a costume like this but I think it turned out well!

My nice camera died when trying to take a decent shot, so all I have is this awkward iphone picture.

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Friday we just kind of got the lay out of the convention and saw what was going on. I did buy a Korirakkuma Kigurumi so that was fantastic! We also saw a screening of a documentary about some Sailor Moon cosplayers that was really great. It is called “In the Name of the Moon” and you can find them on facebook!

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Saturday was the big cosplay day! I wore Astrid from How to Train Your Dragon. I have been working on this costume since about July and I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever made. I am so proud of it. I entered into the Hall Costume Contest in the Novice category, but I didn’t win anything. I’m okay with that though because the response to the costume was so great. I got so many compliments from friends and strangers. After the awards ceremony for the contest the girl who won the Master category came up to me and told me how much she loved my costume. She told me it was perfect and was hoping that I wasn’t competing against her. She was so sweet she made me cry. I wish I remembered her name so I could find her online and thank her.
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My costume did kind of fall apart throughout the day. I had to go back to my room and glue on the spikes because they kept falling off. Even then the super glue didn’t have enough time to properly cure so if I hit anything they would fall off. But I am extremely proud of this costume and will probably bring it to Katsucon! (Also I might make another post with details on how I made it and everything).

 

One of the awesome things at AUSA was their game room! They had a lot of cool rhythm games. My favorite was the Taiko drum game. I got to play to some Jpop songs that I really love so that was really really fun! Most of the panels we saw were sort of lackluster and we only stayed for part of them. On Sunday we went to a panel on pattern mixing and that was the best panel we saw all weekend. But that was also hosted by one of the featured guests, so of course the quality was better.

 

Sunday was a sort of chill day. I bought the rest of the things I wanted; that was the main goal for the day.

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So this is everything I bought! Lots of Kawaii jewelry! A necklace and bracelet from Magical Tea Time, star hair clips and ring from Twy Lite Fashion. I think I went a little crazy with the Rilakkuma things. Along with the Kigu, I also got a Korirakkuma hat and a Rilakkuma phone case! I also picked up some strawberry and melon flavored Ramune. I was hoping the Melon Flavor one would taste like Japanese Melon Soda, but it didn’t. Eternally sad. I haven’t had the strawberry one yet.

Overall, I had a great time at Anime USA! I wish I could have seen more of my friends, but it’s alright. I hope I can go back next year!