|Packing in the attendees,
every panel, workshop, or activity offered something to learn from,
whether you were into the discussion subject or not, as shown below with a
brief description of each session. This weekend's explorations delve straight into the
heart of current fandom that lies in the surging excitement of cosplay and J-Rock as well as
new and exciting venues to focus on for the next year.
of Yaya Han: Cosplay friends of the excellent Yaya Han (right: as Lulu) including
Stephanie (left: as Edea), Baby Neko Twins, and many more showed up to participate and give
individual input, advice, and feedback on future possibilities of costumes to do for Yaya
and cosplayers all around the nation. Lots of not-so-secret secrets to point out for
the aspiring cosplay experts: backpack straps used for Edea's gothic spires made out of
extremely lightweight balsa wood, Christmas ornaments and Sculpy compound were used for
jewels, and countless hours in thrift stores. For the new designers, advice like
designing around your own body is a plus, as well as using customized personal patterns for
uniqueness and individual attention, make-up for more character theme, and details like
painting eyebrows in a slant to give the effect of a sharper attitude (Ex: Edea or J-Rock
cosplayers). Handouts were also given with notes describing Yaya's personal experience
on working with various textiles and fabrics for cosplay such as: cotton, satin, taffeta,
silk essence, lycra, furs, velvet, stretch velvet, crushed velvet, Madonna velvet, pleather,
vinyl, and chiffon.
Costume Emergency: What cosplayer doesn't wear a wig that needs 24/7 attention?
What happens when your costume falls apart at the last minute? From J-Rock
to the most hyper anime girl costumes, Tristen (as KoF Mai Shiranai) and close friend Lisa (as KoF
Leona) had all the answers for numerous
wiggin' questions and expert advice from personal and professional working experience in
flashy Las Vegas. With bright and eager enthusiasm in Tristen Citrine style, expert
advice was given out on wig and fabric resources, proper care and maintenance of wigs, how
to rescue a wig from the tangles, tinting, pruning, and fitting to proper head sizes.
Additional highlights included fabric resources, quick glues and adhesives to rescue that
dilapidated costume pulled from the suitcase, and numerous materials to turn a costume that
was quickly falling apart into a brand new piece ready to strut and dance around in. With a bit of help from Albert (right) as a subject for the audience on wig placement, even
male cosplayers can be a dashing treat for the females!
Myu Experience: (left to right) Gina and Chrissy of Sailor JAMboree, Tristen of Golden
Quartz cosplay, Lauren of Sailor JAMboree, Diana of Seiya Kou cosplay, and Ashley of Star
Crossed Lovers gave a packed panel in support of the love for Sera Myu, a musical phenomena
that is steadily winning the hearts and minds of numerous cosplay groups and individuals who
used to shun at anything related to Sailor Moon. What is Sera Myu? It is
basically a live musical singing and dancing concert extravaganza (a la Phantom of the
Opera) pumped up with completely new songs and stage costumes designed especially for flashy
entertainment. For many years, Sera Myu shows have delivered on the promise of
delighting many audiences with episodic shows gathering up numerous villains, school
friends, and new foes all based in the Sailor Moon universe. Certainly not some cheesy
stage show, it is extremely professional and always sells out, as well as having countless
legions of fan groups around the world. In addition to the displays of Sera Myu
paraphernalia, audience members got a chance to win lots of cool prizes with help from Sara
(right: as Chibi-moon).
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