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Ever seen an awesome cosplay at a convention, but didn’t quite know how to ask them for a photo? Well I can help with that with my top 5 Do’s and Don'ts of approaching a cosplayer to ask them for a photo at a con!

I’m heading to Animation on Display this weekend, so what better time to release a new convention guide?!

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Harle cosplay, complete!

I can say that it isn’t my most comfortable cosplay (the shoes aren’t easy to walk in for sure), but it’s not entirely uncomfortable. Could be worse. It’s very warm. I need to hope for cooler weather this weekend.

This cosplay took SO MUCH time and effort to put together, but I’m super super happy with how ti turned out :D I avoided playing Chrono Cross for a long time because I’m a huge CT fan, but ended up falling in love once I was finally convinced to give it a try. Harle is my favorite character, so I really hope I was able to do her justice <3

Look out for me at Animation on Display this Saturday!

jerseydevious  asked:

are american people actually really enthusiastic to other countries? like, is that a thing?

Okay, so I’m from a place where you don’t speak to strangers without pressing practical reasons, the word ‘friend’ is reserved for someone you are okay with having around your house an entire day, and the weather and early darkness hampers many socialising activities standard in other places for much of the year. I’ve spent most of my life in Britain, land of defensive sarcasm and weaponised politeness. Most problems are solved by not talking about them, around here. Point being that I’ve been raised into two very reticent cultures.

That said, Americans are slightly terrifying in their enthusiasm. I’ve seen enough clips of American TV shows to have been shocked multiple times by the sheer animation and verbosity displayed by the people on camera. Testimony from people who often deal with tourists has indicated that Americans are almost always amongst the most forward. The people with American accents who come into the coffee shop where I work always seem to be the chattiest. (Which isn’t a good thing, because I freeze up under pressure and tend to forget basic politeness words and phrases like ‘sorry about the delay, the kitchen’s understaffed’.) Those posts that float around Tumblr encouraging people to come talk to the blogger always read as resolutely American to me, although that may be unfair. My family uses ‘very American’ as code for showy.

And you people are loud. Every conversation I’ve had with an American has left me with the lingering impression that I sound about as lively as a rock when I talk.

I have a Texan friend whom I often converse with over Skype call, and time zones being what they are, it’s often very late over here when I can catch him. So of course, I end up yawning. He once burst out laughing after I yawned mid-sentence, and when I asked what had set him off, he said that I had a ‘baby yawn’. He actually burst out laughing because I somehow managed to have an understated yawn. Now I’ve heard that Texas is outlandish even for the US, but this guy’s an anxious introvert with a tendency to suppress his own feelings for the sake of others. I can’t help but imagine that being around a Texan extrovert would be enough to give me a migraine.

So long story short, I can’t speak for the rest of the world’s opinion with certainty, but yes, your being weirdly enthusiastic is A Thing.

I’m giving two panels at Animation on Display this weekend!

Foundation Garments for Cosplay (16+)

Sat at 9 pm to 10 pm in Live Events 4

This panel covers the often overlooked realm of what is worn underneath the costume. We will discuss both masculine and feminine undergarments for varying body types and across gender presentations (crossplay). Learn how the right foundation can help your cosplays lay smoother on your body, create an idealized “anime” figure, keep your privates private, and overall enhance your cosplay!

Planning your Cosplay

Sun at 1 pm to 2 pm in Live Events 3

Ever wanted to cosplay someone, but had no idea how to begin? Join cosplayer fabrickind to learn about how to take that first step! Topics covered will include costume choice, breaking down the parts of a costume, buying vs. making, researching materials and methods, and budgeting time and money.

Hope to see some of you there! :]