Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A-Kon 25

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A-Kon takes place in Dallas, and is one of the largest anime conventions in the country and the biggest in Texas. I've gone for a few years now, but this year was one of the best yet!

Last year, A-Kon moved to a new venue. Along with the move came growing pains - confusing maps, high-traffic areas directly next to each other, and awful lines. I'm pleased to say that most of these issues were resolved this year! While the new location is still a little confusing to me, I didn't encounter any ridiculous lines or congested areas. For the most part, it seems like there were far fewer complaints than last year.

If I look back, I am lost.  #akon25
Shout out to Liz for perfecting my makeup and helping me with my wig!


I found out too late that the A-Kon extended to Thursday this year. I'm not sure they've ever had programming on Thursday, though many people arrive on Thursday evening for "day 0" of the convention. This year, the masquerade took place on Thursday, and I was so sad that I couldn't make it out!

The hall cosplay contest took place early on Friday - it ended around the time that we arrived. I had wanted to enter my Daenerys in the hall contest, but there was just no way that we could make it in time. Maybe next year, I'll be in a position where I can make it down for day 0 of the convention as well.

We still arrived fairly early on Friday, and I immediately got to work! I knew my Daenerys would take a while to get into since I was working with lots of new elements, including fake blood, a lacefront wig, and a different style of makeup than usual. 

I made the major pieces of the costume myself (the top, skirts, and accessories), so I'm especially proud of how it turned out. I can't wait to share more photos when I get them. I think this is one of the best costumes I've ever made.

I had to get a photo with Pavi because he steals all of the hearts!  It's been a whirlwind of a day. Wearing Dany was so much fun but it turns out fake blood and phones don't mix! It was hard to keep in contact throughout the day.  I am so happy with how
Pavi steals all of the hearts!

My main event of Friday was seeing Amber Does Dallas, my former cast, perform Repo! The Genetic Opera live. I hadn't seen the show in a long time, so it was really wonderful to dance and sing and shout at my friends. Plus, seeing a show about organs seemed appropriate as heart-munchin' Dany.


Taiga today!
Aisaka Taiga!
Originally, I had planned on wearing Mako Mankanshoku (from Kill la Kill) on Saturday morning, but when the time came, I just wasn't feeling it. Instead, I wore Taiga Aisaka (from Toradora) all day. 

This costume was super simple to put together since I purchased the jacket and skirt secondhand. Everything else just had to be assembled. Considering I am the third owner of this uniform, it fits amazingly well! I also really, really love this wig - it's so poofy!

The Palmtop Tiger!  #AKon25
The Palmtop Tiger!
I had a shoot with Avarice Conspiracy Cosplay, and then hung around the con the rest of the day. It was super hot so I wound up changing out of the costume early. I think carrying around the sword made my whole body tired, even though it wasn't that heavy!

Later that night, we went to Medieval Times, which is seriously right next door to the convention center, to celebrate Colby's birthday. I've been to Medieval Times a few times, but it was totally different after seeing Game of Thrones. So many of the knights had colors or sigils that reminded me of the Game of Thrones families. Although our knight didn't win, he was easily the best. Long live Black and White Knight!


Usually, I don't plan any difficult, time-consuming cosplays on Sundays, but I had a shoot with Aperture Ashley, so I woke up super early to get back into Dany. I'm glad I'd done the costume once before, it went a lot smoother the second time around! The shoot went really well!

A-Kon 25
Some friends! Bobii, Liz, me, Camille, and Peony!
I also walked around the Dealer's Room one last time, including hanging out by the Crunchyroll booth. They had a webcam set up with people at home watching live. When I showed up, I got reactions ranging from "Bring Dany to the front!" to "GoT best anime 2K14" and "GoT isn't anime go away pls." For some reason thinking of Game of Thrones as an anime cracked me up.

A-Kon 25
Vest Buds.
I'm sure I'm leaving a lot out, but I had a really amazing time. I'm glad the con fixed some of the major issues it had last year and I'm glad I got to see most of the people I wanted to see!

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