I didn't go to MegaCon, but...

Wow! It’s really been such a long time! I haven’t had the chance to properly announce myself as returning to the “scene,” and at this point it’s not even completely certain, but one very life changing thing has happened: I’ve graduated college!

In December (of last year) I finally completed my undergrad education and got my bachelor’s in Communications. During my last two years of college I really had to drop everything else going on around me to focus all my time and energy into doing things right. During my first couple of years, I used to go to school part time so I could also work, and because of that it was starting to take a veeerryyy long time to complete my degree. Thankfully, everything started going very well during my senior year; I collaborated on some academic research, did an awesome internship, and graduated with honors; all in all, it was well worth it!

Just recently, I started working with a marketing agency, fortunately my schedule is very flexible and my work is very interesting so I’m really happy at the time about how things have turned out because it means that eventually (sooner rather than later) I can start to cosplay again! :D

The main thing holding me back right now is that all my supplies are piled up in a huge mess in the garage… and I have to create a suitable work space that is not my house’s dining room. I’ve also been less motivated ever since Junicorn left to Japan. She’s been living there for almost 2 years now and I haven’t found another cosplay partner as enthusiastic or in tune with me as she was. Sometimes I try to prod Tewibewi into making a comeback with me, but just then adult life gets in our way and we shift our priorities.

I also have a difficult time deciding WHAT I should cosplay. There’s lots of things I want to do, there’s even a project I’m already 25% started on, others I’ve bought material for, and yet more that have recently caught my interesting.

Among that, it looks like the next sure thing for me will be Animazement… My friend Melvinopolis finished watching AKB0048 and got hooked on that idol cuteness. I've been wanting to do an idol group cosplay for a while, I love Jpop and idol culture. At first I thought AKB48 was too much too handle (so many girls!), but after watching the anime, I started getting hooked on the real thing and my fandom grew...

My usual gripe with idol groups is that everyone is so young, and cute, and leggy... (all attributes that are declining for me) but I think I've found a character that I can pull off well, and actually like: Mimori Kishida! She fills the sexy archetype in the series and is a little more voluptuous than the other girls.

Elsie & Mimori - my next cosplays?

The second character in my cosplay plans is Elsie from The World Only God Knows. She reminds me of Shinobu-chan in a lot of ways, and I love her ridiculously optimistic demeanor.

Oh yeah! My main reason to go to Animazement was to finally get to see KOTOKO perform, so maybe it's a good idea to do a Mizuho (Onegai Teacher) cosplay as well? hmm... what do y'all think!?

Table Top Day!

Yesterday was international Table Top Day! I attended an event over at Coolstuff Games in Hollywood, FL. My friends had a lot of fun playing non-stop for about 5 hours! They got to try all sorts of new games, but I was busy gathering footage and interviews for my multimedia project...

I'll leave you with some pics of how it went :)

My friend's table. They're giving Power Grid a try.
The dudes from dicetower.com trying a new game.
Ladies and Gentlemen, anyone?
Joseph and *one* of his Magic card stacks.
The good stuff.
The crew at Coolstuff Games.
Look at all these people playing games!!
Board games raffle give-aways!
Bob brought his own stash of games to share.
Victoria was playing a game of Yugi-Oh and Risk. Simultaneosly.
This group was playing Relic, which looks totally awesome...
I want to play this game.
Game calendar @ Coolstuff.
These guys were too good at Yugi-Oh.
A game of Battlestar Galactica.
This asian guy wanted to take a pic with me and my equipment... he was kinda awkward...
That's all I got! I'll be working the next few weeks to put together the footage I gathered for a mini movie about board games. I really wish I could've played some of the games!

Oversexualization of Cosplay?

I posted a comment on Nerd Caliber's article "Sex Sell: How Cosplay Could Die  (yea, you'll have to click to read it, since I won't copy-pasta their material) an after stumbling upon it again after about a year, I feel it still portrays my views regarding the sexualized aspects of this hobby.

So here goes:

I’ve seen this article making the rounds and it’s weighted on my mind. A bit. It’s naïve to conclude that the over-sexualization of cosplayers will eventually lead to the medium’s demise, like it’s pointed out in the article itself, most of the designs for female characters in games and anime catered to the tastes of young adolescent boys. If anything, seeing these designs realized is what has increased the popularity of cosplay, and it will only continue to do so. It looks like sex will be an effective catalyst for interest for a LOOOONG time.
I fall mostly within the scope of exhibitionist cosplayers, yes I do find the processing of making the costume enjoyable, but I am also well aware of the kind of photos I take and the emotions they inspire in some people. Do I find it dehumanizing when someone praises my purposely framed assets? No, because I’m impersonating the image of a character that is not real, despite how “deep” the character may seem, despite the issues they might have or how much I might identify or feel a connection to them, they’re fiction, and my purpose is only to present a fan’s reflection of that image.
To people that cross the line, I directly tell them to refrain from acting in that manner in the future and that is effective enough. Recommendations of ignoring or expecting such comments might give a sense of acceptance toward such feedback; these days most sites give you the tools to regulate such comments, or block users that start harassing. If you don’t tell people what you find acceptable or not, they’re not going to learn since they didn’t have the decency to be aware of it in the first place.
People that don’t actively participate in the hobby might not be able to grasp the amount of work that is involved in pulling off some outfits, and as such, can’t really appreciate it; you can’t get mad over that. You can’t tell people to stop liking your hobby or participating in it because they don’t fit your idea of what it’s supposed to be about (“out with all the newbs that buy their costumes!”), it’s like getting mad that obscure band you liked got popular.
Each person will like cosplay for their own reasons, and each person will appreciate it differently. It’s within your very own power to choose the kind of people you associate with or that you want to appeal to when you create your cosplay image.
A guy called Saleth gave my comment  "Fatality" win. :p
What is your take on the article, or my comment?

Felicia Cosplay Gallery 2

This costume manages to always be super popular, and most people will assume it's Felicia, even when it's missing many parts to rightfully make it look the part.
Nonetheless, it's always fun to wear a catgirl costume!

kitty stretch
Morrigan & Felicia

=kissu=
booty!

What's your favorite thing about Felicia? is it her blue hair? The strategic placement of the fur? Her bubbly personality? Something else?

Kitty Photo Gallery 1

Do you love kitties? I sure do! I can't count how many kitties I've taken care of in my lifetime, but I always try to take pictures of them while they're in my hands.

Zugi has been around for a long time, but she's kinda cranky.


Baby Muta taking a nap, he was such a cutie.

Nidalee & FIU Golden Panther -sketch-

This is actually for a school project, a sort of challenge/commentary on the remixing of culture and how the internet enables that.

I thought League of Legends and the champion skins could serve as a good example. At this point she looks like a pretty generic Nidalee, but it's the colors that should give her the "FIU" theme.

Golden Panthers GO!

Nidalee_fiucustom_sketch

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