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Atomoc Lollipop is over for another year. This was my second time going and I had a fun time. It wasn't quite as exciting as last year as the wow factor of the con being held at the Science Centre has kind of worn off, but there was still plenty to see and do. I was able to do shoots of both my casual Hotaru and my Bulma costumes with Elemental and I'm really excited to see how those turned out. We tried to incorporate a couple of science exhibits for Bulma photos so I think they'll look really cool.

I did get a chance to try making some crafts. I starting making a plush Luna-P on Friday evening. Didn't get a chance to finish it, though. Should be quite cute when it's done. I missed out on most of the other crafts, but my friend Pan was able to help me make up a kit so I could make my own plush poptart at home so I'm going to continue working on that for fun. Seemed to be a lot of really neat projects on the go this year. I checked out a lot of the Science Centre exhibits in detail and I even took a couple of walks in the outdoor areas. The Science Centre is quite gorgeous and a very unique con setting. It was quite surreal to watch the big nerf fight in the Weston Family Innovation Centre!

I was able to catch a glimpse of the Elijah Wood DJ set on Saturday evening. It was super crowded so it literally was just a glimpse, but it was cool to see him nonetheless. Still such an unexpected guest. I missed the Prozzak concert, but I heard the con hit capacity during the event and it was super popular. I remember that band being quite popular when I was in my early teens. The years really fly by! Finally, I happily paid to watch the Humpback Whales IMAX film. Whales in general (but humpback whales especially) are my favourite animals so it was a very exciting and moving experience to see a movie about them. The IMAX dome at the Science Centre is a really amazing theatre. It's so immersive so I definitely recommend seeing movies there!

I was able to get another 2 commissioned chibi art pieces of myself in my costumes for the weekend from a lovely artist including one with me and Pan (as Hotaru and female Magneto). The artist who offers to draw people as chibis is super talented and I really enjoy her work! Overall Atomic Lollipop was lots of fun. I again enjoyed the science exhibits and just the way the con blends in and is strengthened by everything the Science Centre has to offer. I do think I'll attend the con again, but I may not go all 3 days next year. It's quite exhausting. I do have to say, for costume shoots this is a really cool venue and for con atmosphere it's tough to beat!

Next is a break until I perhaps go to Fan Expo for one day. Again, I probably won't be working on any costumes over the next month or so, but I have talked to some friends who are working on Splatoon costumes for Otakuthon so I may Cosplay an Inkling Girl for Halloween this year. One of the members of the group has mastered making adorable Inkling hats so I might commission a hat from her. If I do that, I'll definitely re-wear the costume at AN or Atomic Lollipop next year. I am hoping before the fall that I can get some photos of my Saki costume from Onechanbara and also photos of Sailor Mercury and my Shinku costume from Rozen Maiden. It would be great if I could get some nice photos of some of my older costumes!
Just a quick update regarding Atomic Lollipop this weekend. The summer has really been flying by! It took forever to get through winter this year and we had a rather cool spring that seemed to hang around. Even now most days it doesn't really feel that summer-like. Still, can't complain about the greenery and the warmer days.

Unfortunately I have not been very productive in terms of working on costumes. I actually considered a few costume ideas for Atomic Lollipop. Pan and I were thinking of resurrecting our Naruto and Sasuke costumes. Sadly, we both need new wigs for our costumes and we ran out of time to buy and style wigs. Another idea I had was to join a Splatoon Cosplay group. A few local friends are organizing a Splatoon group for Otakuthon and I was considering working on an Inkling Girl costume for Atomic Lollipop, but time got away from me and I didn't get a chance to pattern out a hat. Would have been a perfect style of costume for the heat of the summer and the party atmosphere of APOP. Finally, I was considering making a summer middle school uniform blouse for Usagi from Sailor Moon. I already have a skirt and shoes from a previous costume, but once I thought about making it I only had a few days left until APOP. Also, I tried washing my Usagi wig because the pigtails are quite frizzy and tangled. I used a tutorial for soaking wigs in fabric softener. Sadly, it didn't seem to do much to improve the look of the wig beyond making it feel slightly softer. Not sure how to repair the wig now. That put a damper on my plans to wear any Usagi costume any time soon.

In the end I had trouble picking an old costume to re-wear, but I think I finally settled on wearing my Casual Hotaru costume from Sailor Moon that Ammie made for me. It's very simple and comfy and I would like to get a few more photos of the outfit. I'm thinking I'll try to bring my Silence Glaive, but I'll see if I can manage it. I'm hoping to do a shoot with my friend Elemental so it would be nice to have the Glaive with me. The other costume I'll be wearing at APOP is my Bulma DBZ: Battle of the Gods costume. I'm really looking forward to getting some photos of that costume in and around the Science Centre. Seems like a great setting for Bulma! I've been watching the new Dragon Ball Super series and I'm really enjoying the cute filler family time for the characters in the series. The first arc of the series will be a retelling of the Battle of the Gods movie so the outfit that I made of Bulma's will feature heavily in several episodes of the series. Looking forward to seeing an expanded version of the Battle of the Gods arc!

Anyway, I'll only be Cosplaying on Friday and Saturday. My current plan is to wear Hotaru on Friday and Bulma on Saturday. Hopefully after APOP I'll get some motivation to sew. There's a lot going on in my household right now. My older brother is preparing to move out at the end of summer and there will be a kitchen renovation happening at my family's place in a few weeks. It's not really the best time to pick up a sewing project. Definitely still going to make my Madoka school uniform, but I probably won't work on it until the fall. That's really all that's on my radar. The Usagi school uniform is on hold until I can figure out how to save my frazzled wig. Dilandau also still needs work, but that's a side project that will hopefully come together before next Anime North as well. Nothing else is jumping out at me as possible sewing projects, but I'll keep an open mind for costume ideas.

Anyway, Atomic Lollipop was a lot of fun last year. I went into the con not knowing what to expect, but I loved how the con elements blended in with all that the Science Centre had to offer. Hopefully I'll find some fun craft projects to work on at the con as well as see more exhibits at the Science Centre. This year the Centre has an IMAX film about humpback whales I'm looking forward to seeing. It should be a fun weekend! (^_^)

Anime North is over for another year and I’m kind of glad it's done. I spent a lot of April and May stressing about costume plans and organizing my goods for the Nominoichi. I would say I'm enjoying a lot of free time now, but I caught a nasty case of the flu during Anime North that got worse in the days following the con and I’m still getting over it now. I haven’t been this sick in years! I've been battling dizziness, sneezing, fever, coughing, nausea and even laryngitis. I’ve never had laryngitis before, but my voice was almost totally gone last Friday and Saturday. It’s getting a bit better today. Needless to say, it's a good thing Colossal was cancelled for me! I doubt I’ll be back to 100% by Thursday when I was supposed to have left for the con. Not that I’m still not a little sad that I couldn’t go. I hope everyone that’s going has an awesome weekend!

Getting back to Anime North, it was still a good con this year, but getting sick did put a huge damper on the weekend. Things went really well on the Friday. I wore my Bulma DBZ: Battle of the Gods costume and had a lot of fun with it! Not too many people recognized the costume, but it was super comfy! It's just too bad it was quite cold that day! I had to wear a jacket when I was outside and a sweater.   

The Nominoichi went wonderfully for me this year. Pretty much every reservation was picked up and I loved talking with people that were passing by. I sold about 90% of what I brought and I was quite impressed that I sold a lot of the little things like small plush items, jewellery and DVDs that I brought. I sold all the Nendoroid items and almost every Figma and I only have 2 plush toys left. I was so impressed that I only had about 1 box worth of items left. I made just over $1,200 and I can’t help, but start to pick out what items I might want to sell next year. XD For every one figure that I buy now, I feel like I should sell one or two just to even out the space concerns. Anyway, it was wonderful to see so many of my treasured items go to nice people!

Saturday of the con didn’t go so well. Ammie gave me my Dilandau costume on Friday night, but I just felt really off trying to wear the costume on Saturday. I battled with dry eyes and I had trouble feeling comfortable wearing contacts. I also had a sore throat and I was sneezing. The uncomfortable contacts was the primary reason I changed out of Dilandau after just a few hours. I didn’t realize I was starting to get the flu. The costume looked really cool! I appreciate Ammie's hard work on the outfit pieces and the amazing work Adrien did on the sword! Wish I had photos to share, but I just wasn’t feeling comfortable enough to get photos of the costume. There isn’t much photo evidence of Dilandau. Ammie is such a sweetheart and offered to help me tailor parts of it and I definitely want to wear the costume again when I’m at 100% and I can put my heart into it. Maybe for Anime North 2016 I can organize some sort of Escaflowne group. I know Pan want to Cosplay as Merle. (^_^)

The rest of the con from mid-afternoon Saturday until I left mid-afternoon Sunday was pretty chill. I was able to buy some nice Madoka Magica and Sailor Moon fanart. I also found some Halloween related art pieces including a cute pumpkin brooch that I got from the crafter’s area. My favourite purchases of the weekend were gashapon Sailor Moon miniature wands that I got from another seller at the Nominoichi, another Kuma Crafts Sailor Moon necklace and I was finally able to complete my DC Ladies trio by buying the Kotobukiya Bishoujo Supergirl statue from a vendor in the dealer's room. Got a pretty good deal on it given that it goes for over $100 sealed online. She now stands proudly with my Wonder Woman and Batgirl.  

It was nice to see some friends and relax for much of Anime North. The only things keeping me going on Sunday, though, were an antacid, a Tylenol Cold and Flu pill, throat lozenges and a gravol. I'm glad I didn’t get seriously sick until Monday, but it’s too bad I had that cloud hanging over me during AN. I’m already looking forward to next year and hoping it’ll be better. Pan battled the bonanza that is reserving a hotel room at the International Plaza Hotel for 2016 and won so we have hotel space for next year.

Next up for this year is Atomic Lollipop! Gonna put working on new stuff on hold for a bit as June is really busy for me with wedding stuff I'm helping out with for my friend. I'll dig up some fun costumes to wear for APOP and we’ll see where else I go from there. Madoka’s school uniform will happen, but I'll probably hold off on debuting that until AN 2016. 

Bulma Briefs - Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods by straywind
Bulma Briefs - Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods
Finally, a new photo from me! I made this costume way back in January and finished it in March. I wanted a simple project to get me focused again with sewing. It was slow going, but I love how it turned out! 

My friend Pan gave me the shirt pattern from her Robin costume and I extended it slightly for this dress. I pretty much followed the pattern exactly. I also made the scarf and painted the light pink details on the boots. Pan took this photo as part of a quick shoot we did at like midnight on Friday night of Anime North. I hadn't had time to do photos of Bulma because the Nominoichi ate up most of my Friday. I appreciate her giving me photo evidence of the costume. Have to apologize because I have my scarf tied over the wrong shoulder. XD Also, I wiped off my red lipstick before the Nomi. I was pretty tired by the time I poked Pan to get some photos.

Our hotel room was upgraded for free to an executive suite. Only the best for Bulma Briefs! Actually it was because our room wasn't ready and Pan has some wicked charm. We had a massive bathroom with closet space and plenty of room to pose for photos! (^_^)

I'll re-wear my Bulma costume at Atomic Lollipop and hopefully do a shoot there. I'm looking forward to wearing this costume again. It was super comfy and Bulma is such a fun character to Cosplay. I'm so glad Friday of AN turned out well! On Saturday I started to show symptoms of the flu, which got worse as the weekend progressed. My experience wearing Dilandau was kind of ruined by getting sick, but I'm happy I can look back fondly on Friday of the con!

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The con season is pretty much here at this point and sadly my plans for the year have changed drastically. I'm still excited for Anime North and that is happening next week. Unless something happens, my plans for the con are set. I'm planning to wear my new Bulma (Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods) costume on Friday of the con. I have my table for the Nominoichi. It's N172. Anyone looking for gently used Anime plush toys, DVDs, figures and wigs, please stop by. :3 I have things from series like Rozen Maiden, Sailor Moon, Madoka Magica, Vocaloid, The Legend of Zelda and more. Hoping to drastically clear out things so maybe I'll just split a table next year. I went overboard trying to manage holds on the Anime North forum and it hasn't really felt like it's been worth the time and effort I've been putting in. Next year I'm just going to pack a couple of boxes and show up the day of to sell my goods instead of accepting reservations in advance. Should make the event less stressful because it's driving me up the wall this year. XD

My other costume plan for AN is Dilandau (Escaflowne). It's being put together by my wonderful friend Ammie and the sword for the costume is being commissioned from my friend Adrien. Really excited for the costume! I hope everything comes together nicely and fits. I won't be getting the costume until AN and it sounds like AN will be a test run for the costume. Not sure when I'll wear it again after AN, but I plan to get lots of wear out of it. Kind of breaking the bank a bit with this costume so I have to get a lot of mileage out of it. (^^)

Speaking of other cons, sadly I no longer will be attending ColossalCon. I had booked a hotel room and I bought a badge for it, but circumstances have just worked out in such a way that it's not feasible for me to go. Between having some dental work done, my upcoming Dilandau costume, the cost of events pertaining to a friend's wedding next month (a wedding I'm a bridesmaid for) and Anime North, budgeting for Colossal really wasn't in the cards. Didn't really think so many things would hit me at once when I made a reservation for a room at the Kalahari last summer. It seems unlikely I'll ever be able to go to Colossal. It's a more expensive con and you have to reserve a hotel room almost a year in advance. It's really impossible to plan out so much in advance and it runs so close to AN. Things definitely would be more feasible for 2016, but I don't want to take on the responsibility of booking a room again. Anyway, that's life. Thankfully I have found takers for my hotel room and my badge. Just waiting to be paid and to figure out the logistics of transferring the room. It's really too bad that I couldn't go. The venue looked amazing and I was excited to see some of my American friends I hardly ever see. With the exchange rate I won't be taking on some other US con this year so I'll just have to see if things look more promising in 2016. Something tells me I won't be travelling to as many cons in the coming years though.

Last time I updated here I mentioned planning to work on my Madoka school uniform. Work has kind of stalled on that. Pan is doing me a big favour by helping me pattern out the blouse, but the days are going by really fast and neither of us really have time to work on it much in the foreseeable future. A few weeks ago we decided to delay the costume until after AN. I had been looking forward to wearing Madoka at Colossal so Madoka getting delayed was another blow to Colossal for me. The current plan is to work on our Homura and Madoka costumes for Atomic Lollipop, but with the way June is filling up for me, I'm 90% sure that costume is going to get delayed until Anime North 2016. I would probably work on it during the summer and fall. Would love to get it done in time for Atomic Lollipop, though, as the Science Centre exhibits and the outdoor courtyard would be lovely for photos of the uniforms.

So yeah, after Anime North I'll be attending Atomic Lollipop. What I'll wear to APOP is up in the air, but probably nothing new. I'll post about that con closer to the event. I might make a quick post about AN next week, but my plans are tentatively set. I only plan to bring Dilandau and Bulma unless I want to bring a Lolita outfit or something. If something happens and Dilandau gets delayed, I'll have to dig through my costume bins. Maybe I could bring out my Halloween Witch Rei costume or something. Otherwise my only other potential con might be Fan Expo for a day. Would love to have more things to do this year, but I'll hopefully do some private photoshoots to get photos of some older costumes that are lacking in the photo department like Shinku (Rozen Maiden), Saki (Onechanbara) and Celia (Harvest Moon). We'll just have to see how the year goes, but I am crossing my fingers that I won't run into more complications and issues!
Atomoc Lollipop is over for another year. This was my second time going and I had a fun time. It wasn't quite as exciting as last year as the wow factor of the con being held at the Science Centre has kind of worn off, but there was still plenty to see and do. I was able to do shoots of both my casual Hotaru and my Bulma costumes with Elemental and I'm really excited to see how those turned out. We tried to incorporate a couple of science exhibits for Bulma photos so I think they'll look really cool.

I did get a chance to try making some crafts. I starting making a plush Luna-P on Friday evening. Didn't get a chance to finish it, though. Should be quite cute when it's done. I missed out on most of the other crafts, but my friend Pan was able to help me make up a kit so I could make my own plush poptart at home so I'm going to continue working on that for fun. Seemed to be a lot of really neat projects on the go this year. I checked out a lot of the Science Centre exhibits in detail and I even took a couple of walks in the outdoor areas. The Science Centre is quite gorgeous and a very unique con setting. It was quite surreal to watch the big nerf fight in the Weston Family Innovation Centre!

I was able to catch a glimpse of the Elijah Wood DJ set on Saturday evening. It was super crowded so it literally was just a glimpse, but it was cool to see him nonetheless. Still such an unexpected guest. I missed the Prozzak concert, but I heard the con hit capacity during the event and it was super popular. I remember that band being quite popular when I was in my early teens. The years really fly by! Finally, I happily paid to watch the Humpback Whales IMAX film. Whales in general (but humpback whales especially) are my favourite animals so it was a very exciting and moving experience to see a movie about them. The IMAX dome at the Science Centre is a really amazing theatre. It's so immersive so I definitely recommend seeing movies there!

I was able to get another 2 commissioned chibi art pieces of myself in my costumes for the weekend from a lovely artist including one with me and Pan (as Hotaru and female Magneto). The artist who offers to draw people as chibis is super talented and I really enjoy her work! Overall Atomic Lollipop was lots of fun. I again enjoyed the science exhibits and just the way the con blends in and is strengthened by everything the Science Centre has to offer. I do think I'll attend the con again, but I may not go all 3 days next year. It's quite exhausting. I do have to say, for costume shoots this is a really cool venue and for con atmosphere it's tough to beat!

Next is a break until I perhaps go to Fan Expo for one day. Again, I probably won't be working on any costumes over the next month or so, but I have talked to some friends who are working on Splatoon costumes for Otakuthon so I may Cosplay an Inkling Girl for Halloween this year. One of the members of the group has mastered making adorable Inkling hats so I might commission a hat from her. If I do that, I'll definitely re-wear the costume at AN or Atomic Lollipop next year. I am hoping before the fall that I can get some photos of my Saki costume from Onechanbara and also photos of Sailor Mercury and my Shinku costume from Rozen Maiden. It would be great if I could get some nice photos of some of my older costumes!

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I'm Rebecca, a Canadian Cosplayer without much artistic talent aside from some minor skill with hand and machine sewing. I love attending pop culture conventions and have been going to conventions in the Toronto area since 2001. I love to travel although I don't do it very much. I also love the themes and atmosphere of Halloween. October is one of my favourite times of the year because of the holiday. My love for Halloween has spilled over into the everyday as I enjoy watching horror movies and playing survival horror games. I work full-time as a general game designer/office assistant at an indie video game company that makes iPhone/iPad apps.

Current Residence: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Thanks! I had a really nice birthday with friends. It was a really great year! 
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