Monday, March 24, 2014

MegaCon 2014: The Beginning

Helloooooo, Epbot peeps & geeks! Didja miss me? Huh? Well, never fear; I'm back from another grueling round with MegaCon, and ready to regale you with tales of costumed insanity.

But first!

Here's my costume on Friday:

As I said in my last post, I decided to throw this together just a week before the con, so the clothing is from my closet & the accessories are from previous costumes. (The tan "bustle" is just a shorter skirt pinned up.) The only newly made bits are the mask & head piece.

You've seen the feathery right side of the headband already, so here's the newly completed left side:

My mask respirators had small red lights in them, but they don't really show in the sunlight.

This costume was incredibly comfortable, and I loved wearing it. I felt a lot more feminine in it than either of my last two - maybe because my eyes were showing - but at the same time, I felt kinda badass. So, y' know, a good combo. ;)

Friday was a fantastic first day for the con, with enough of a crowd to keep it pleasantly packed, but a ticket line that zipped through in under 30 minutes. MegaCon is in a different hall this year at the Orange County Convention Center - a supposedly larger space, though it didn't really feel it. Especially on Saturday, but more on that train wreck later. For now, let's get to some pics!!


 Hipster Ariel & Eric, done to perfection. I love this shot.


This kid Davros had a super flexible mask, so s/he could make these hilarious chewing/face scrunching expressions:

 We decided afterward that Davros should hand out hard candies next year, like everyone's favorite Grandma. Just to add that extra layer of hilarity. ;)


Oh! In case you missed it on FB, here's that adorable Tuskan Raider baby doll on our AT-AT Rocker:

 I'm happy to report the rocker fetched $300 for Give Kids the World in Saturday's auction - and the winner was a member of the local 501st, so we know it's going to a good home.

Ok, back to pics:
 
 Kingdom Hearts goodness.

Poison Ivy & Harley Playboy Bunnies.

This Ursula was so gorgeous - and she had the glowing shell necklace!
(I want her to have a Flotsam & Jetsam wrap around her shoulders - wouldn't that be cool?)

Speaking of Disney, the undisputed champion of the cosplay popularity contest this year was Elsa from Frozen, with Anna a close second. There were Elsas and Annas EVERYWHERE, you guys.


 

 

Eventually I stopped taking their photos, since I couldn't tell them all apart! Even so, I think I have even more than this; these are just the ones I pulled from the first two days of the con. (!!)

Oh, wait, just one more:

Hee!


Hard to tell from the photo, but the weeping angels are little kids. Which only serves to make them creepier, am I right?

The sparkly Deadmau5 here is one of our favorite cashiers at JoAnn's, Kathy:

 Plus some classic Space Balls hilarity.
 
 I'm going to guess they're from something anime? Anyway, love the ruffles!

[Update: Turns out they're based on the art of Sakizo, a Japanese illustrator. Nice!] 


 The Troi & Riker couple was too fun. :)



 Following in the wintry theme, the second most popular new costume this year was Jack Frost from Rise of the Guardians:



You'll have to wait for more pics of Jack, though. For now, enjoy these lovely retro Avengers ladies. (You can *just* see Iron Man/Lady's arc reactor under the cloth on her chest.) 

These two enormous costumes barely fit through the doors; you can see the scarecrow clown had to remove his stilts:


I think I recognize her - I want to say Final Fantasy? Maybe? - but you guys will have to help me out.

UPDATE: Aha! They're Kayle & Fiddlesticks from League Of Legends. Thanks, Kat!

 Simply stunning.


I love - LOVE - when cosplayers add a little something extra from their story lines, like the Lutece twins here:

 The nose bleed! Brilliant!

(This will only make sense if you've finished BioShock: Infinite.)

And speaking of cosplayers adding that something extra, I'm going to jump ahead and post a shot from Sunday, because it makes me SO GOSH DARN HAPPY:

 I'll give you a minute.

[whistling]

Did you get it??

Ok, so, I saw these two girls go by, and I saw they had post-its on their foreheads. I had to read both slips before I "got it," but then I chased them down, laughing. And the best part? When I asked for their photo they immediately slouched over on each other and went all slack-jawed and "drunk face," which was SO PERFECT I JUST CAN'T STAND IT.

(If you're lost right now, this is a Sherlock thing. From the newest batch of episodes.)

Everyone who thinks it takes lots of money, effort, and/or skill to cosplay, I want you to remember these girls. Because, seriously, all it really takes is a passion for something and a little cleverness.

K, I'm going to end on that happy note for now, but rest assured I have so, SO much more to show you. I'll post everything as quickly as I can; still have hundreds more shots to go through!

72 comments:

  1. LOVE your costume!! Jack Frost is actually from 'Rise of the Guardians', not 'Epic'. :)

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    1. That's what I get for writing posts at 3AM! ;) Thanks for the heads up; just fixed it.

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  2. <3 <3 <3 the Sherlock and Watson cos=play!! That was one of my all-time fav Sherlock episodes!!

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  3. I love them! The two giant costumes are Kayle (the angel) and Fiddlesticks from League of Legends. The Fiddlesticks is actually "Surprise Party Fiddlesticks", one of his skins and an ongoing joke among players. People with Surprise Party Fiddle are really really super annoying to play against, because they're either really good or really really bad.

    Looking at Kayle's skins, the cosplay here seems to be based on one as well; usually she has a helmet on. These are really good cosplays though, and must have taken some time to create!

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    1. Thank you so much!! we appreciate that <3 <3 you can check me "kayle" out here, feel free to shoot me a message and say hi!

      https://www.facebook.com/9LivesCosplay?ref=hl

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  4. I love these posts! It helps me get ideas for when I am, someday, able to go to a con!

    By the way, Jack Frost is from Rise of the Guardians, not Epic :) (I promise, I'm not trying to be a know-it-all, but when you have a three year old who is minorly obsessed with the movie...)

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    1. And, by the time I posted this, you already had it fixed ;)

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  5. You look like either a steampunk pirate or an extra from Firefly... either way, totally of the Badass-ness......

    I love the Sherlock/Watson and the Troi and Riker make me squee with joy.

    Did the mask keep the Con crud at bay?

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    1. I believe it did! I was wishing for it on Saturday, of course, crammed in with all the billions of other people, but I still managed to escape unscathed... SO FAR. (Watch me develop the plague right after I finish typing this. Heh.)

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  6. I love your gas mask! I'm thrilled with all the pictures that you post. There's so much lightheartedness and fun on display here, as well as the amazing work put into the costumes and people just generally being awesome. These posts always cheer me up. :)

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  7. You look fantastic Thanks for sharing these, we only went on saturday this year and thankfully got in line at 8:45 am, otherwise I could never had dealt with those crazy lines to get in.
    I feel like i missed out spending so much time in line, I didn't see any of these costumes.

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  8. Children weeping angels = new batch of nightmares.

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  9. Those Jack Frosts look like the character seen in Rise of The Guardians, although I will admit to not having seen Epic. Perhaps he's in both? Anyway, so sad I couldn't make it to the Con but SO HAPPY that your rocker earned so much for Give Kids The World! I have been a volunteer there for the last 5 years and it's an amazing place. We always love it when the 501st comes in and they put on such a great time for the families that we serve. (And when you express your excitement about their presence uncontrollably *ahem* they come back to your office with more friends in costume and insist you hold a lightsaber and take pictures with them. SWOON)

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  10. Last weekend, I went to our local con in KC as Harriet Jones, Prime Minister. Costume cost NOTHING. I made a name badge to flash and wore a suit.

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  11. Oops you already fixed the Jack thing by the time I posted. So sorry for the repeat!

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  12. The girl with the red armor and wings looks like a Blood Angel from Warhammer but I could be mistaken.

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    1. Nope, definitely Kayle from League of Legends, sorry!

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    2. Agree, def kayle from lol.

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  13. Hey....I know Troi and Riker! I worked with them both for years.

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  14. Thanks for me visiting me again this year! And I'm so glad you got a pic of the hipster Ariel and Eric! they made me so happy! :D

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  15. I believe that Kat Cruz is correct, the mystery red-armored lady is a version of Kayle from League of Legends. Here's a link to the splash art: Unmasked Kayle and here's the base skin: Kayle

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    1. youre correct! here is my page https://www.facebook.com/9LivesCosplay?ref=hl

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  16. I would entitle your ensemble Steampunk Spring - the lush draping flowers are great! And did you train your hubby to do that eye makeup?!?!? Or is your hand as steady with an eye pencil as it is with a paintbrush?? Looking great + comfy, too = WINWIN.

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    1. Ha, no, the eye makeup was all me, although it was done at John's request for "crazy eye makeup." My first time lining the inner corner of my eyes, plus I wore false lashes for the first time since I was a clown back in college. o.0 (I am STILL picking adhesive out of my eyes. How do girls wear these every day??)

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    2. I have no. Freaking. Idea.

      I can barely get those stupid things on, let alone WEAR them.

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  17. Thank you for posting! I'm headed to my first Con in May and this is great inspiration!

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  18. Hubba hubba, Jen! Beautiful costume and eye-makeup. You're such a hottie.

    And, YAY, photos of MegaCon! Looking forward to seeing the rest. Thanks for taking such gorgeous pics and then posting them with commentary (otherwise I would have no idea who any of the cosplayers are supposed to be since I'm the lamest, most out-of-the-loop geek ever).

    KW

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  19. OMG, the Sherlock and Watson are perfection!

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  20. This is the second batch of MegaCon pics I've seen today; turns out a friend of mine was there too! I'll have to ask if she saw you (don't know if she reads either of your blogs though so she may or may not have noticed you).

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  21. I enjoy your posts/pictures from when you attend Cons. It isn't something I really would ever go to, or have friends who are into it - so it's so much fun to experience it through your stories and amazing pictures. I love seeing how creative and bold people can be.

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  22. SPACEBALLS COSPLAY. Perfection!!

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  23. CON POST YAY! As always, thanks for feeding my costume obsession!

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  24. In the story of your mask, I want the flowers to be a miner's canary.

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    1. Or the 4th Doctor's broccoli? :D

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    2. Perhaps a whimsical sprig could be introduced?

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    3. I am extremely not media-geeky, so I had to solicit my Whovian friends to tell me about 4th Doctor's broccoli. They think make 5th Doctor's celery is what you might have had in mind? I can bluff my way through Whovian jokes, but only if I've read a Think Geek production description clueing me in.

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    4. PRODUCT description! And this is why I shouldn't play on the internet after my bedtime.

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  25. Kayle and Fiddlesticks are awesome! I completely missed Saturday, though I am probably glad, from what I have read on the crowds. Your costume looked great, and I'm still sorry I missed you around the con on Friday. I remember seeing some of these, so clearly we were close by each other! Do you remember seeing a very stylized Rainbow Dash at all?

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    1. What do you mean by stylized?

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    2. Gosh, I saw a bunch of Rainbow Dashes, all different variations. So odds are I did see you at some point!

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    3. I call it my "Sky Captain Rainbow Dash" ... it's a not your standard pony dress. Almost a flight attendant uniform look, with a bit of Victorian influence? Check it out here if you are curious: http://www.questsofquirkiness.com/2014/03/24/megacon-2014-the-rainbow-dash-experience/

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  26. The ruffly girls are cosplaying designs created by a Japanese illustrator named Sakizou. Her designs are very ornate and beautiful, you can check out some of her work here: http://sakizo.jp/

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  27. LOVE your full costume Jen! Excellent job on the head gear. Thanks for all the other pics as well.

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  28. Aww Sherlock! "Am I a pretty girl?" I love it.

    You looked great! You really have nice eyes! And congrats to you and John for raising money for charity!

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  29. They're all awesome... but that Ursula. She rocks! I have a soft spot for her and I'm so happy to see her cosplayed so well!

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  30. The frilly ladies are actually made based on Sakizo (also spelled Sakizou sometimes) art. Also, I know that Ursula, can't wait to tell her she made it on Epbot!

    Saturday was definitely a complete disaster. We actually spotted you & John through the crowd but couldn't get to you to say hi :(

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    1. Oh no! Sorry to hear that; Saturday really was completely nuts. We spent the last several hours outside the main entrance just taking pictures, which worked out great; I think we had half a dozen sets of readers find us that way, so the time really flew by.

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  31. Wow, your costume is spectacular, and you are so lovely! I always look forward to your con pics so much, you do such a great job with both the photos & the identification. And oh my holy cow, that hipster Ariel & Eric are so damn excellent! And that Ursula, with the glowing necklace, and the Riker & Trio, and that fabulous Sherlock & Watson that made me giggle. Can't wait for more!

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  32. Just a 'costuming nerd' note that I've kinda wanted to say ever since the FABULOUS Lady VaDore costume - a bustle goes *under* your skirt. That overskirt thing you have there is a peplum.

    Don't shoot me. I can't help it.

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    1. Dude, you just rocked my world. Seriously?! I had no idea! Ok, I promise to try to remember to adjust my vocab accordingly. ;)

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  33. Yay! Time again for me to live vicariously through your pictures until someday I find a friend that's geeky enough to take a trip with me to Florida! Love, love, love the costume you put together! So cool. And gosh, my coworkers are probably thinking I'm totally off with how much I'm shrieking and laughing and cooing over all the cosplay pics! Thanks for posting these for those of us who don't live close enough to attend, and I'm so looking foward to the rest!

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  34. YAY! The top right Anna&Elsa are my friends that I told you about in a comment on the mask preview post! I'm so glad you found each other! It looks like everyone had a really fun con! I'm looking forward to your next batch of photos. :)

    -Kate (LifeIsProps)

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  35. You once wrote a post about eyebrows that had me laughing so hard I cried. I just want to say that your eyebrows look fantastic (and I love your costume--especially the head piece)! I have really short hair and I want to try Jack Frost or else spike my hair Anime style.

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    1. Ha, gold star for remembering (and reading!) a post from that long ago! I still have a love/hate relationship with my eyebrows, so thanks for the sweetness. ;)

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  36. Super fantastic! I cannot thank you enough for these. You should be an official photographer for the cons!!! And your costume is whiz bang fantastic!!!

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  37. That Sherlock and Watson... that just made a bad day a little brighter :-).

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  38. i saw almost every one of these cosplayers about 10 times and i still couldn't find you jen even through i was actually looking for you! did you see the Hans Solo ;)? or am i the only one who thought that was funny?

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  39. Your eyes are STUNNING!!! Pretty girl.
    LOVE your steam punk outfit. So fun!!
    I haven't seen 'Frozen' yet, but I'm absolutely in LOVE with Ursula! (and Hipster Ariel and Eric are too funny!)
    I need to find a local con... Small towns don't exactly host too many. :(
    -- Piper P (from Washington State)

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  40. Excellent collection of cosplayers! (That Ursula - WOW!) And your steampunk costume is fantastic! Can't wait until you post more photos.

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  41. Okay...ummm? Can I state the obvious and say your eyes look GORGEOUS! Would you be willing to post a brief tutorial explaining how you got it to look like that? I would love to replicate the look and wow my husband! ;)

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  42. RE: your *fantastic* mask/respirator. I have to say it (in a fandom way, not a creeper way):

    Are you my mummy?

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  43. I love your costume! and damn that's pretty eyemake-up :O. the girl and the scarecrow are characters from league of legends: kayle and fiddlesticks :D

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  44. Thanks for sharing...you look amazing!!! I love the new costume!

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  45. love the orange in your costume!

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  46. Hey! I just wanted to pop in a say that I *love* your con posts. Thanks for sharing your experiences and pretty pictures! :)

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  47. Love, love, love this whole post! Your costume (& the eyes) is adorable! And I literally laughed out loud at the Sherlock/Watson bit! Thank you for sharing

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  48. The amount of happy in this post an the comments are epic. As soon as i saw the Sherlock/Watson I squee'd out loud. Instant shot of happy! Now i just need a watson and i can cosplay Mary.. oh the freaking ideas....Jen your site gives me that little bit of happy i need :) I'm trying to find a con close enough to me to get to so i can check it out. (i'm still planning on coordinating one of my vacations around Dragon Con in ATL) But I want to plain clothes at con first before that.

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  49. Ahhh, Kayle! She's my favourite champion and I almost never see cosplays of her. It's awsome to see someone who made all that super-fancy armour. :) Your costume looks fab, too, of course. Isn't it hard to breathe in that mask though? Cosplay crowds/general claustrophobia make it hard enough for me to breathe in cons when my mouth *isn't* covered up, hehe.

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  50. Your makeup is just stunning. Tutorial?

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  51. The Sakizou group is my friends and me! I'm so happy to have made it on your blog, since I'm a huge fan!

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