Pokemon Trainer (SSBB) in a recent visit to the Ilex Forest.
A Perler version of a Koffing I made, by Akumei.
Cosplay of the Day: Wii Fit Trainer Joins the Hadokening Fad
Sydney fashion photographer Issac Leung took this cool “Hadokening" shot of his cosplayer friends re-enacting a scene from the preview trailer of Super Smash Bros (2014). For more pics from this set, check out Leung’s Facebook photo album!
So I’m late uploading these, but last weekend was GaymerX in Nihonmachi.
My boyfriend and I met up with a friend of his from Seattle and her friend she brought along. The convention was like any other and at the same time, totally unlike any other. I have to say it was the best con-going experience I’ve had. Everyone I met was super nice and easy-going. I could tell a lot of people were nervous, though. That’s understandable, given how this was a brand new convention. My first con was Anime Boston, and it had only been the second year that had been held, so it was a similar “don’t really know how things will play out in practice” feel. As the convention keeps getting held and the people who run it get more experienced/have a bigger, better venue, everything will run smoother.
I’m thinking of doing a follow-up video to the one I’ve already made about GaymerX. I’ll address convention-going in more detail, I think. Someone asked me for advice about going to a comic con, and they kind of laughed when I said “No touching people without their permission”. No. Seriously. That’s a big problem at conventions. Don’t do it.
I saw a modest amount of cosplayers, but all the ones I did see were pretty great. It takes guts to put on a costume and walk around all day in it. The panels were pretty interesting, though I think the arrangement of time slots could have been better. I found out later that some of it wasn’t their fault and they ran into some last-minute snags, meaning they had to put some of the better panels at the same time or move them around. But as I said, it will sort itself out as the years go by. As you can see, I met Sniper and the Administrator (John Patrick Lowrie and his wife, Ellen McLain, better known for GlaDOS)! The Artist’s Garden was meant to be elsewhere, but the space got messed up and so they had to hold it in a crowded foyer.
The staff was a good number of volunteers and I think they did a great job. The experience, I imagine, is something similar to having a bunch of kids you really, really, really want to surprise with a gift you made, watching them unwrap it, play with it, play with each other, and constantly check for signs they enjoy it. I was asked by so many people how my experience went/was going. As far as the con itself, I’ve gone over that. As far as people, the absolute best. It’s because the LGBTQA+ community is used to people who take them for granted, marginalize them, and make them just adjectives or fetish pieces. The staff worked hard to make a safe space for everyone, and from what I saw (and heard from people talking), it worked out pretty well. As a straight ally, it was a totally cool perspective (though not one I’m not already accustomed to).
Sunday last was actually my and JC’s anniversary, so we celebrated by going out to eat German food at Suppenküche after the con. We got to encounter some very disturbed peoples, but other than that, the dinner was amazing, as usual. ALMDUDLER~!
Photobombing each other like any other good friend would.
One of the most celebrated and defining aspects of the San Diego Comic-Con has been cosplay. As one of the most identifying characteristics of SDCC, cosplay has been celebrated, satirized, and embraced over the past 4 decades as the community has grown with the show…