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  1. Cosplaying and Public Transports

    I've done it before; absolutely no one cared. Never even got a second glance - people have seen a lot weirder things on public transit. :P I don't know what your cosplay is, but I would say that if it involves weapon props (especially firearms) you should probably find a way to pack those so you don't scare people.
  2. Cosplay Progress 2015

    Agghhh, the two weeks leading up to ACen seem to be taking forever, except when I'm working on cosplay, in which case they're not taking long enough. I've got so many things in progress, but nothing done. Here's to hoping it all comes together in the end...
  3. Cash or Card ?

    A lot of people are taking cards now, but you'll want to bring at least some cash. Get your cash BEFORE you come to ACen. There are ATMs in the hotel/con center, but they charge fees and they sometimes run out of money. It's better if you just get it from your bank!
  4. Worst Anime You Have ever seen?

    Popotan. Just, Popotan. We were trawling Netflix for new anime and thought, eh, maybe that will be interesting, and it's just... weird. I don't understand how it's a thing. I don't know if I want to understand how it's a thing. Popotan.
  5. Cosplay: competition or hobby?

    For the most part, I feel like, "The more, the merrier!" There's always that little twinge of inferiority if I see someone who did a really really awesome job; I start thinking about all the things I could have done better and it's a little depressing. But, I usually don't stay sad for long-I'm proud of how my cosplays turn out even if they're not perfect, and no matter what you do in life (cosplaying, sports, art, music, engineering, whatever!) there's always going to be someone better than you at something, so there's no point being too upset.
  6. First time going to ACen?

    Agreed on Mitsuwa! In addition to the food court, bookstore, etc. they've also got a grocery store; my friends and I always stop there pre-ACen to stock up on tasty Japanese snacks. Go early (like Thurs/early Friday) if you can - lots of other people have the same idea!
  7. Cosplay Progress 2015

    I decided to not make anything completely new this year because I'm just totally strapped for time, so I'm tweaking things instead. I'm currently remaking last year's prosthetics from Menardi, and regretting I didn't go with silicone the first time around. SO MUCH BETTER!!! I have to redo the armor, as well (I was planning on it anyway, gonna give worbla a try...) but I was going on leaving her giant scythe as-is. Unfortunately, it was in my car when my car got totaled, so now it's got a great lovely crack down the middle. Trying to decide if it's worth even attempting to patch it and get the paint job to match or if I should just start over. Argh. Add in grad school finals, extra work at my actual job, and less than a month to go.. yep, it's panic time! Even worse, the place I'm living now doesn't give me room to work in. Gotta put plastic down on the living room floor and have at it. XP
  8. The "Bandwagon" Cosplays

    What do I think about it? I don't think about it, really. I'm certainly not the cosplay police! I figure people should cosplay what they feel like, and that's that - popular or not. I've done the occasional really popular cosplay - a few years ago, I did Flame Princess from Adventure Time, when it was really huge. I picked that character because I had friends doing Adventure Time cosplays, Flame Princess seemed interesting, and I wanted an excuse to do a costume with electrical stuff in it. Popularity really didn't factor in. I never caught any flack, and I had tons of fun! You do occasionally hear people complaining, "Ugh, why is everyone cosplaying _________?" but really, if they're having fun with their costume, who cares?
  9. Just got badge today in mail!

    We got ours! They're clipped to our refrigerator so we can't lose them... but now every time I cook I get impatient for ACen!
  10. Photographers

    Haha, I've actually booked with you! So we're good to go! ^_^
  11. Opinions on Cosplaying from Less-Popular Animes?

    Heyyy, I've seen Squid Girl! I'd recognize you! :3 But anyways, whether it's worth it is really up to you. I've done really popular characters and really obscure characters. If you cosplay someone really obscure, you need to be okay with the fact that a lot of people probably won't know who you are, and you're not going to have a bunch of people taking your picture. On the other hand, I've found that when I cosplay someone obscure, although fewer people recognize me, the ones that do are usually REALLY excited to see someone cosplaying a character they don't see too often, and that can be pretty cool too. Basically, it depends on you. If you really like the attention and would feel sad without it (and that's totally an okay way to be!) an obscure character might not be the best choice. It looks like this isn't your first cosplay, so if you're not sure, you could always bring another one as a backup, and change if you decide you don't like it.
  12. Photographers

    That is super-helpful, C2Queen - thanks so much!!!! I'm so excited for this! :)
  13. Photographers

    I've got a cosplay I really worked hard on and am really super-proud of this year, so I'm hoping to hire a photographer at ACen to do a shoot and get some good pictures of it. But! I've never done this before! I see people posting pictures up from these kinds of photoshoots all the time, but I don't know how to go about this. How does this all work? Where do I find a photographer? How early do I have to find one - is it too late already? Do I have to know exactly what location I want to do this in, etc.? (My ACen activities have always been pretty much confined to the con center/panel rooms, so I have no idea what my options are and don't know how to find out...) Any help would be appreciated! Thank you in advance!
  14. Binding under a spandex top?

    I'm not sure quite what kind of top you're describing (I'm bad at visualizing), but I'm getting the impression that it's kind of short, and that's the trouble? If that's the case, sports/medical tape is another way to go, if a binder or sports bra would be too long. Basically, move everything up/to the sides and tape it down. With a smaller chest, you can get away with not very much tape, and you can position it such that it won't be seen. You may wish to protect your nipples with something. Do test the tape on some other part of your skin beforehand to make sure you don't have any allergies. If the issue is that the neckline is low, the same thing applies - look up a tutorial on open chest binding. Hope that helped!
  15. Convention Crashers

    Right now, I really don't mind much. We're all geeks, most of us probably have a couple overlapping interests, why can't we all just get along? However, the reason I don't mind it much is because the convention is still trying to maintain its anime/Japan focus. Out of all the geeky interests, I like anime the most (hence why I go to Anime Central!) so if ACen suddenly became, say, 70% Doctor Who/Pony panels, I'd take more of an issue with it.