Many of you may have been wondering where I've been lately and my only excuse is that June was an awfully stressful month. With personal anxieties and stresses plus the blood, sweat, and tears I was putting in to my cosplays, it feels like there was either no time or spirit for blogging. But now that FSC has come and gone, I'm in a good place to take this up again with a little write-up about my 3-day con experience. Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures. Since I was in cosplay and because I kept forgetting my camera strap (seriously who does that?) I didn't touch my camera once. I had originally booked cosplay shoots and was looking forward to the event as a way to really get in to that scene, but once I was there my social anxiety kicked in and I was far too sheepish to even ask people for quick photos on my phone. Being a HSP I get particularly overwhelmed with the over-stimulation of convention floors, but I'm hoping that with more exposure to these types of environments I can slowly get used to it. The photos of this post were all taken by my lovely boyfriend, so I apologize for any less-than-stellar compositions and blurred shots..he is a newbie after all.
Our first day of the con was this past Friday, Fourth of July, so the whole place felt sort-of dead. We stayed for an alarmingly short amount of time because the vibe was kinda lame and I felt really insecure in my cosplay. It felt great to have "Welcome to Night Vale" fans recognize my Eternal Scout cosplay, but at the same time so many people just clearly didn't get it and it made me feel really awkward. Even fellow WTNV cosplayers seemed to be a little slow to realize what I was at first, so after a couple hours of that nonsense I just wanted to get home and away from people.
Saturday was the complete opposite. While the previous day had empty halls and few cosplays, Saturday was the day of the costume contest and there were tons of quality cosplayers everywhere. The high-energy of Saturday was far more exhausting, but it definitely kept my spirits up throughout the day. I also wore my Elizabeth (from BioShock Infinite) cosplay and felt fairly confident wearing it which allowed me to just focus on taking in everything around me.
There was a lot of really phenomenal cosplays, but this one actually took my breath away a little bit. I love love The Winter Soldier and would love to cosplay Bucky myself one day, so I love the way this individual took all the badassery of the character and added traditional femininity to the design. I was quite visibly swooning, but I think it just came off as me acting in character or so I hope..
Sunday was definitely the best day, but unfortunately everything closed up rather early and I didn't get to spend as much time there as I wanted to. With all the good vibes and energy of Saturday, but with the fewer numbers of people closer to that of Friday, it was the perfect day to really get to peruse each and every booth. My favorite part of conventions is just admiring all the hand-made items and all the wonderful art. I was definitely kicking myself for not being able to afford much of anything, but I definitely have a ton of business cards for the future when I'm ready to splurge on some more geekery goodness.
I was lucky enough to find another BioShock Infinite cosplayer and what better than Rosalind Lutece! I may have looked a little frightened to see her at first (you know she is partly responsible for Elizabeth being taken from her father and locked in a tower for a big chunk of her life...), but I was excited to get a photo with her. I saw two other Elizabeths like myself and two other versions of Liz throughout the whole con, but I was surprised I never found a Booker DeWitt cosplayer or even a Little Sister. Perhaps the next con I will find more from this awesome series and get to take some more photos.
I wore Elizabeth for the second time and was so glad I did. It felt amazing to receive so many compliments and have so many people take notice and want photos. A few people were bold enough to say it was one of the best Liz cosplays they had seen in awhile, which made me want to tear up. I barely know how to sew and this was my first attempt at even making something like this, so to have such a strong reaction was wonderful. Even the most amazing critiques and praise I have received in art school doesn't compare. Cosplay is definitely the most rewarding hands-on, creative activity I have ever done and I'm so excited to have this motivation to keep going. I'll be dedicating individual posts to each cos in the future, so stay tuned for that!
All in all, this may not have been the biggest or most exciting con, but it was full of some wonderful and talented people and I'm glad I could be a part of the experience.