So let's start from the beginning. Even before the con, I'd been working pretty hard putting up flyers and telling everyone who'd listen about this. The Monday before, Courtney (Sukoshicon staff member & president of UAB anime club) and I went out as cat girls to put out flyers. I think we got to about 10 places (mostly different game stops) and later in the week we covered UAB too. We also made a cosplay supplies trip to a thrift store which really motivated me to cosplay Panty at Sukoshicon that weekend. I had so much trouble getting my 2 Panty cosplays together, but it happened at the last minute since I was so determined and Tovar (my boyfriend) stayed up till 4am to help me. I really wanted some fun new things to shoot since Mike from emeraldcoastcosplay.com was driving all the way from Destin, FL for Sukoshicon and he had Panty on his list of characters he really wanted to shoot. It was a great last minute surprise for him!
So, the night before the con, set-up went really well thankfully because I had to run to pick up Tovar from the airport then finish getting all my cosplay and event stuff together. I'm really so horrible at procrastination! Tovar was an angel though and painted my gun for me which saved me so much time working on stuff. We got everything finished around 4am and went to bed planning on waking up at 6am. Well, that failed and we somehow woke up at 8am freaking out about running late. So we rushed to get ready and got to the con around 10am right as VIP stuff opened up. Honestly, I didn't have anything to do till later so I made sure no one needed help and ran off for a mini-photo shoot with Mike. Even in the freezing cold, I still had way too much fun posing as Panty (red dress)! To see these photos, check out my Panty red dress costume page or Mike's gallery (you'll have to sing-up on his site).
After helping random stuff for a bit, the VIP (con suite for pre-registered) room opened so I went to watch it until my panel with Michael on cosplay modeling & photography started at 3pm. I stayed in Panty for awhile in the VIP room, but with me answering the door in that we looked a bit too much like a VIP room at a strip club, so I changed into Ariel (Kiss the Girl dress). A little before 3pm someone came to take over the VIP room for me so I could run to my panel. Well, there had been some technical difficulties with the skype guest so that was actually starting at 3 which pushed my panel back 30 minutes. This was all cool though since my panel was mostly a short power point then just taking pictures of volunteers while giving them posing advice. We finished the power point right at 4 and went on a photo shoot field trip so the main events room could get back on schedule.
I didn't think the panel itself had been a smash hit, but we had a HUGE crowd follow us out for pictures! I should have know every cosplayer would jump at the chance for a photo shoot. Well, even with only taking a few quick photos of everyone and having another photographer show up to help out, it still took about an hour to finish. My hands were numb by the end of this and I'm sure Mike was freezing too, but we stuck it out and then even got some pictures of my Ariel cosplay before running inside to warm up. The photos Mike got from this shoot and a few others can be found here. Photos of my Ariel costume can be found in my Ariel costume gallery and Mike's gallery (you'll have to sing-up on his site).
Now it was really starting to get into busy time. It was almost time for cosplay contest pre-judging so Trixie (con chair), Stephanie Chateau (owner/producer of Concept Galaxy), and myself ran off to that. It went really well and I greatly appreciate everyone who entered even though we only had about 15 entries. We had our little pow-wow to decide all the winners and then it was just about time for the contest at 7pm. Everything was really going by fast! Even the contest went by super fast, but I hope everyone had fun participating and watching it. Though, my boyfriend didn't even watch it! He got stolen away by Courtney's cooking mama panel. I always lose him to food!
The cosplay contest award winners:
Yoko's (my) judge's award: Sloth from Full Metal Alchemist
Trixie's judge's award: Rebecca Chambers from Resident Evil/Biohazard
Stephanie's judge's award/Best Character Likeness: Greed from Full Metal Alchemist
Best Technical: Orochimaru from Naruto
Best In Show: Kaito & Akaito from Vocaliod
Thanks again to everyone who entered. You guys are awesome! I loved seeing these costumes and it was a lot of fun joking around during the contest especially picking on Seth who entered as a walk-on only to mess with the people who entered only because he wasn't entering.
After the contest was my second panel, Iron Cosplay which sadly had to compete with Rock Band so I was surprised that I still got 2 teams to compete. The costumes they made in about 45 minutes were really impressive and I'm glad everyone seemed to have fun. I'm hoping to do this panel again at future sukoshicons so I hope to see more people enter it in the future when it hopefully isn't competing with a major event.
Now that all my panels were done and the VIP room had closed, I could just chill out for the rest of the night which was fantastic. Of course, I tried to help wherever I could, but everyone seemed to have it under control. I switched out of Ariel and into Panty's school uniform. Even though it was dark outside, I was still hoping to get a photo shoot somehow with Mike. We decided trying an indoor shoot would be best. We lucked out that the second panel room was free which had this really pretty bar I wanted pictures at. We were both a bit scared the lighting would fail, but it actually turned out really well. It's always so fun doing photo shoots with Mike and Tovar even helped with some posing ideas! To see these photos check out my Panty school uniform page or Mike's gallery (you'll have to sing-up on his site).
I had already missed a good bit of the rave with all the cosplay changes and the photo shoot, but I hurried up and braided my wig so it wouldn't be a hassle before going to shake my booty. Surprisingly, Tovar was really excited about this rave so I got to actually dance with him at a rave for more than just a few minutes for the first time ever! He's such a great dancer and we had the best time at this rave even though it felt like it was over way too soon. A great time always does end too soon though. Thankfully, I didn't have much break down so I was done pretty quick and ready to leave. Though we still didn't end up leaving till almost 2 so I was super tired driving home.