Katsucon ~ The Night of the Doctors

Remember that massive Doctor Who meet-up from Katsu? Well, that wasn’t the start of it. Friday night I ran into three other Doctors, and we had a heck of a great time doing photos and things. So here’s self (8), Bryan (War), Alex (10), and Connor (11) doing the things, photos courtesy (as always) of Paul Karpey.

Probably not the one you were expecting.

Probably not the one you were expecting.

With my new sonic.

With my new sonic.

I tried to do McGann's 'Disney prince' pose but.

I tried to do McGann’s ‘Disney prince’ pose but.

War Doctor.

War Doctor.

Just gonna put out there that this was in fact his first costume, apparently.

Just gonna put out there that this was in fact his first costume, apparently.

Sandshoes.

Sandshoes.

With the brainy specs.

With the brainy specs.

The Three Doctors.

The Three Doctors.

Before 11 got in.

Before 11 got in.

Assembling a cabinet.

Assembling a cabinet.

If you squint you can see 9.

If you squint you can see 9.

Chinny.

Chinny.

Moar Chinny.

Moar Chinny.

Granddad and Sandshoes exterminating.

Granddad and Sandshoes exterminating.

8 and 11 exterminating.

8 and 11 exterminating.

'Everyone get in the photo booth.' Yes sir.

‘Everyone get in the photo booth.’ Yes sir.

The heck outta there.

The heck outta there.

So not surprisingly, we’ve all stayed in touch, and further antics may ensue locally. Be excited. Or warned. Who knows.

Who. Nose.

Katsucon ~ The Almost Doctor

So whilst at the Doctor Who meet-up, I thought it’d be a little cute to find two Eleventh Doctors with different-coloured boots — a la the ganger storyline from ‘The Rebel Flesh’/’The Almost People.’ Primarily, I thought it’d be a bit of a cool thing to send to Matthew Graham, to show him the whole cosplay thing in action with something he’d written. Fortunately, I found two guys who, while not prepared at the moment, promised to have everything exactly right the next day. (Apparently this had been a plan of theirs at some point anyway.)

So thanks ever so much to Justin and Evan for being super good sports about this. They have many other fine costumes as well, some of which you can see linked in the Doctor Who meet-up album from the previous entry.

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‘It’s like we finish each other’s-‘ ‘Sandwiches!’

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There are still more Katsucon photos to come, believe it or not, courtesy of Mr. Paul Karpey. Hang tight, because they will be coming … eventually!

MarsCon 2014 ~ No-Snow-Con

Usually MarsCon gets snowed in or iced over, but for some reason this year it decided to wait a couple weeks to pull that on us. So, while it was a bit on the chilly side, it was still possible to get around town and go outside and things.

As always, MarsCon is pretty laid-back, and I had a chance to snap a few photos of neat costumes while I was chilling.

The first people I saw upon arrival.

The first people I saw upon arrival.

Hey, Doctor ... your friend is fat.

Hey, Doctor … your friend is fat.

Did a commission for this guy of himself dressed as Jayne -- as seen here.

Did a commission for this guy of himself dressed as Jayne — as seen here.

That is some damn gorgeous GoT stuff going on.

That is some damn gorgeous GoT stuff going on.

Jawa!!!

Jawa!!!

Naturally, I was also there with Luna-C — and given the events of the last couple months, our show had a distinctly Whovian skew. Including a skit where the Ghosts of Doctors Past, Present, and Yet to Come had a little something to say about making kids cry on Christmas.

Posing with (a cardboard cutout of) Matt Smith.

Posing with (a cardboard cutout of) Matt Smith.

The Ghost of Doctors Yet to Come.

The Ghost of Doctors Yet to Come.

Was also thrilled to get a little hangout time with some of the Tangent Artists (and took them on their very first Cook-Out run), and had some quality Cards Against Humanity time with them and some other friends.

Sorry, I meant Cards Against HumaniTEA.

Possibly the nerdiest teapot ever.

Possibly the nerdiest teapot ever.

So yeah. If you found me at my table or after the show or elsewise, hello and nice to meet you! Up next, just a few random pictures of one of my newest costumes. Of which I’m rather proud. Next up, Katsucon!

 

RavenCon 2013 ~ My costumes.

[NOTE: This one’s an oldie. I’ve had trouble getting the pictures scanned and uploaded, hence the delay. Expect Shore Leave, Intervention, and PreCure photoshoot entries soonish.]

Sadly, as RavenCon isn’t quite as heavy a ‘costume’ con as others I attend, there weren’t many chances to go and get large amounts of photos like I do at, say, Katsu.  However, there were a couple of cool dudes doing a photo booth, and I decided to drop my weekend spending money there for some pics.

Thanks to both of them for putting up with me and for making this neatness happen.

First up, Claudielf.  Well, specifically, a version of Claudia Donovan from a Warehouse 13/Eureka crossover episode where the gang ended up in a VR video game.  I intend to make more Claudia costumes, especially since someone gave me a good cheap source of clip-in hair streaks.

Been hearing from a lot of other Claudia cosplayers about this one. Always happy to help!

Been hearing from a lot of other Claudia cosplayers about this one. Always happy to help!

Next, one that my aunt Diane recommended that I do — Madame Simza from Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.  Specifically, her traveling outfit from late in the movie.  This involved a lot of layers and a lot of tailoring, but I like the outcome.

Another warm-weather costume. I hope to get more photos of this in fall or winter.

Another warm-weather costume. I hope to get more photos of this in fall or winter.

And finally, not a new costume, but one I had on hand just in case … my Eleventh Doctor, with Star Angel as Oswin Oswald.  The fez was borrowed from my friend Greg.

I want to do a photoshoot of nothing but Claras. I will be contributing to this cause soon.

I want to do a photoshoot of nothing but Claras. I will be contributing to this cause soon.

 

More photos from more shoots coming soon. Thanks for your patience!

AMA 13 ~ Those Costumes

So Anime Mid-Atlantic is, for all intents and purposes, my home con. As far as I can remember, I haven’t missed a year, and I’ve been running their karaoke competition since 20*mrph*.  So I’m always glad to be back, and I’m always glad to be in a position to do new cosplay of my own, AND take photos of other people’s cosplay.

First up is the latter, simply because there’s so much. If you see yourself on here and want to grab your photo, go for it — and if you have a site you’d like me to link to, let me know and I’ll do so.

Onward!

Angela is Cure Sunny, I'm Cure March, and Yunmao is ... Cure Gloomy?

Angela is Cure Sunny, I’m Cure March, and Yunmao is … Cure Gloomy?

My favourite version of Homura.

My favourite version of Homura.

Veronica cosplaying as Kazuki Yao -- voice actor cosplay.

Veronica cosplaying as Kazuki Yao — voice actor cosplay.

Don't bl-

Don’t bl-

How to bow properly.

How to bow properly.

A brief history of maids.

Yunmao presents a brief history of maids at her maid cafe panel.

Lauren doing adorable Usagi.

Lauren doing adorable Usagi.

I have a weakness for Chrysalis cosplay.

I have a weakness for Chrysalis cosplay.

First Thorin cosplay I've ever seen in person. NICE.

First Thorin cosplay I’ve ever seen in person. NICE.

He aims to misbehave.

He aims to misbehave.

Whereas she aims to PARTYYYYYYYYYYY!!!

Whereas she aims to PARTYYYYYYYYYYY!!!

Very nice Jareth (and in-character, too).

Very nice Jareth (and in-character, too).

Saeko gets things done.

Saeko gets things done.

Stylish.

Stylish.

Peggy and Rob as a pair o' Docs.

Peggy and Rob as a pair o’ Docs.

Steve!

Steve!

Adorable Madoka.

Adorable Madoka.

Sailor Captain America (her own design) and Son of Coul.

Sailor Captain America (her own design) and Son of Coul.

Vanellope!

Vanellope!

Thanks to everyone who stopped and let me take their photos.  If you would like even more, you can pop over to Yunmao’s blog (Japanese only) for pages and pages of stuff.

I’ll have more entries coming soon, covering my own activities there, so stay tuned. Maybe I can actually get this stuff done before my next con!

RavenCon 2013 ~ Rovin’ Con

This is one of the cons where I tend not to have a table, though that may be changing next year.  It’s also one of the cons where I tend to perform with Luna-C.  However, since they’re switching out the entertainment for a couple of years, the most I had on my plate were a couple of panels.

As always, want to thank the RavenCon staff for inviting me to take part.

Now, because I didn’t have a table, I didn’t have costumes going by every few seconds.  I also had to miss the masquerade because … well … food.  So I fear photos are a bit scant this year, but the ones I did find were very neat.

I wear a TARDIS now.

I wear a TARDIS now.

Ja(y)ne?  And Mal.

Ja(y)ne? And Mal.

The 501st went all-out.

The 501st went all-out.

Lovely Asian-inspired outfit.

Lovely Asian-inspired outfit.

Red Riding Hook got clawed.

Red Riding Hood got clawed.

Lovely steampunk ladies who are apparently opening an online shop.

Lovely steampunk ladies who are apparently opening an online shop.

One of the first I saw over the weekend.

One of the first I saw over the weekend.

Merida!

Merida!

Monica of Tangent Artists as Marty McFly.

Monica of Tangent Artists as Marty McFly.

I saw this dude at Nekocon initially.

I saw this dude at Nekocon initially.

Reversing the polarity didn't help.

Reversing the polarity didn’t help.

Bow ties are cool.

Bow ties are cool.

Angela's Peter Pan lolita coords.

Angela’s Peter Pan lolita coords.

Jack, is that you?

Jack, is that you?

I also made sure to make a stop-off at the Capclave party.  If you’re not familiar with them, they are a way-cool literary sci-fi convention (I’ve been told — never been but I’d like to go) and they throw way-cool parties.  Not only did they mix it up with a 1984/Brave New World theme, they also (as always) had piles and piles of free books looking for new homes.  One of my favourite places to drop in when I see them at a con.

Any excuse to wear Shaz to a party.

Any excuse to wear Shaz to a party.

I was an Epsilon last year, so I'll take it.

I was an Epsilon last year, so I’ll take it.

Given a bit of time, as I’m doing some writing for other projects, I will add a few photos of my own new (for the most part) costumes.  Remember, if you see yourself in any of these photos, steal ’em for your own use.  If you have a link you’d like me to post here, let me know and I’ll do so!

MarsCon 2012!

I think I’ve mentioned before that MarsCon was my first ever convention.  I’ve been going since I was 18 and … well … I’m 30 now, so that should say something.  I’ve been going there longer than many cons have even existed.

Well, it’s 2012, so a lot of cons have this sort of ‘End of the World’ vibe going on.  In this case: zombie apocalypse.

This friendly fella was out front for photo-ops.

I know zombies are a big thing right now with The Walking Dead going on, and they’re in danger of being overdone … but you’ve gotta admit, they had some pretty cool signs out.

This led to Main Programming.

And this led to their con suite, which actually served full free meals to all the congoers all weekend.

Artist/Author Alley was, as it has been for a few years, arranged around the outer edge of Main Programming.  This means you get several people walking through and you get to watch a lot of the events, but it can be tough when you want to talk to people and possibly sell a few books.  Regardless, I got to sit next to Barb and Chris for the weekend, so this was a good thing.

Impink was his usual calm and collected self.

Now, in all my years of going, I’ve never actually made Opening Ceremonies, so I didn’t know the joy of their champagne toast.  That’s right.  Free champagne (or non-alcoholic equivalent) for all gathered, to start the con.

乾杯!!!

This is how I started my MarsCon 2012 experience.

Being as I was stationary for a good part of the weekend, I was able to sit back and catch some other people’s costumes for a change:

Adorable 'Doctor Who' girls.

I worked on this costume for myself but never finished -- that's a real razor (but dulled)!

A punk goth zombie girl who came by my table a few times.

Had to get a picture of Michael!

... oh.

A lovely full-sized two-person puppet from Fuzz & Stuffing!

Alice and Luigi zombie kids ... O_O;;;

Well, as you may have guessed, I didn’t get to do much costume-wearing of my own.  I forgot my wig cap (dummy), and I was in the Motel 6 across the way anyway.

I ended up sitting two panels, though.  The webcomic panel was very fun.  Our annual Doctor Who panel, sadly, did not go so well.  To put it as diplomatically as possible, there was a bit of disruption from people there, and the moderators lost control.  I felt bad later when I went to parties and heard that people were rather displeased with it.  Hopefully next year we can do it properly again.

The panel attendees before the whole thing went wiggy.

This is just a shark balloon.

And this is just a ... hm.

All things considered, it was a good con.  I got to meet some cool people at my table, the Luna-C show went well (and I will be posting pics and things from it in a later entry), and I got to see people I pretty much never see but once or twice a year.  With the exception of that one fiasco, it was a great time.

And I’ll be going back next year.  Provided we all survive.

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