A-Fest

Probably my favorite selfie from A-fest. Cosplay repair assembly line!
Probably my favorite selfie from A-fest. Cosplay repair assembly line!

A few weeks ago, I attended Anime Fest! Anime Fest is held at the Sheraton Dallas, where A-Kon used to be before changing locations two years ago. I only attended one A-Kon at the Sheraton, so it heading back was a bit of a surreal experience. Honestly, it’s kind of a shame that they moved locations, as I like the old location better.

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Ran into the lovely Dallas Fan Girl!

On Friday, I headed in mid-afternoon (as soon as I could scurry away from work) decked out as a casual Captain Marvel. A-Fest did a brilliant thing this year and offered pre-registered members the opportunity to mail out their badges in advance. I really hope A-Kon gets on board with this idea, because it only took me 10 minutes to pick up my lanyard on Friday. Not having to wait in line absolutely wonderful.

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Panelists left to right: My Geeky Geeky Ways, Samurai Pizza Kitten Cosplay, Mia, and Liz.

The only panel I actually made it to on Friday was the Confidence in Cosplay panel, hosted by my friends over at Superhero-esque. Lots of discussion on body image, how to handle haters, and more! You can check out a video of the panel below.

I kicked off Saturday with a photoshoot with Aperture Ashley! Ashley’s done several shoots at A-Kon before, so she had some great spots picked out for maximum magical girl shots. I can’t wait to show you the final photos!

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I love this hall shot of my Jupiter! Courtesy of Overbeck.

Saturday overall was pretty chill. I wandered around with my friends Mia and Liz, said hi to lots of people, got recorded by Cosplay with Me for his con tour video (I’ll post a link when it’s up!), dropped by a Sailor Moon photoshoot, and just generally hung out and had a good time. I really enjoyed this experience, even if I did miss a lot of the people I hoped to see. Hopefully if time works out, I’ll be back next year! Thank you to everyone who said hi 🙂 You can see more photos from the event on my Facebook page!

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Loved seeing so many Moonies gathered in one spot!

My con season is slowly but surely winding down. I only have two cons left this year: Dallas Fan Days in October and Anime North Texas in November. I may or may not have a new costume for both. We’ll see how time and funds are doing in a few weeks!

Selfie-con! I changed into my Ms. Marvel gown in the evening and hung out with Liz, Samurai Pizza Kitten, and Mia.
Selfie-con! I changed into my Ms. Marvel gown in the evening and hung out with Liz, Samurai Pizza Kitten, and Mia.

Are you still going strong with cons? Or are you winding down and getting ready for next year?

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11 thoughts on “A-Fest

  1. Sounds like a lot of fun! You look great in all of your costumes, but of course I love the Sailor Jupiter one the most, I can’t wait to see the pictures from the photo-shoot! 🙂

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

    1. Haha. The Sailor Deadpool is actually my friend Sporadatak over at Gone Catawampus. I mentioned that I was brainstorming some Marvel/Moon crossover costumes and she immediately jumped on Deadpool! Loved it 🙂

    1. I’d start with a basic design. If you don’t have one already, I’d recommend looking up gijinka Pokemon artwork. There’s some great stuff on DeviantArt!

      I always start with a design and then break down each component of the costume from there, asking myself:

      1) what can I make
      2) what can be bought (from a store or a commission) 3) how much time do I need
      4) how much is this going to cost?

      My friend Mia has a great post on planning out costumes here: http://www.xomia.com/2014/02/cosplay-101-planning-and-budgeting.html

      Hope that helps!

      1. That’s awesome! Thanks for the tips! Nice. I’ll sure try XD. My mom is really good at sewing, she has a pretty “old” sewing mackine ever sieve I was really small. I wouldn’t say old fashioned, but I think she could so some of it for me. lol. (^∇^)

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