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Shinku - Rozen Maiden by straywind
Shinku - Rozen Maiden
I did a Rozen Maiden shoot at the beginning of October with Amanda (with help from Pan) and I'm thrilled with how the photos turned out! I've worn Shinku a few times in the past and I've done multiple shoots with different photographers, but one thing or another always plagued the photos. Either my wig was a mess or I was squinting in pictures. Not sure why I was so cursed with this costume as it's still one of the nicest costumes that I've ever made. Never mind the fact I burned one of the dress panels trying to iron it and the velveteen fabric of the dress was a nightmare to sew (and is fragile). The costume still looks really beautiful even 5 years after I made it.

This is one of my favourite shots from the shoot. You can really see the volume of the dress. I'm glad this wig worked out nicely! Pan cut the bangs for me just a few minutes before we started shooting. I've had this new wig since the fall of 2013 just waiting for a chance to wear Shinku again. I was too afraid to take it out of the bag before wearing it because it's a pretty delicate pre-styled wig. Glad it held up for the shoot!

Photo Credit - Elemental
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Cooking Up a Little Magic by straywind
Cooking Up a Little Magic
I went to Anime North's Halloween and Doujinshi Festival back on October 28th and it was a lot of fun! Kind of settled on going just a few days beforehand so planning for it was a bit of a whirlwind. My awesome friend Pan suggested we re-wear our Hogwarts robes. She wanted to be Harry so I decided to be Hermione. I didn't actually have a wig for Hermione, though, so I borrowed Pan's old Hermione wig. I had fun Cosplaying as Hermione so I definitely want to Cosplay her again! I'll have to look into buying a wig to Cosplay as her again next year. (^^) 

My awesome school robe was made by Pan. I also borrowed her time turner for my necklace. Here I'm sporting the new sweater I bought at Fan Expo for this costume.

I have a few quirky pictures of my costume care of Pan from the event. We mostly hung out in the crafting area and made our own fun and I wouldn't have it any other way! Here I am enjoying the soda jelly they were selling. Loved the amazing desserts from the event! It was a great way to spend a Friday before Halloween. The last time I went to Anime North's Halloween event was in 2007 and back then the event was little more than a dance. Times sure have changed! There was a ton to do including a board game and video game area, a screening room and a big dealer's/artist alley room. The dance was just a small part of the event. I definitely hope that I can attend again next year! I had lots of fun hanging out with Stillvisions and Pan! (^_^)

School robes and photo by - :iconpanatthedisco:

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Barbara Gordon DC Super Hero Girls by straywind
Barbara Gordon DC Super Hero Girls
Amanda posted her shoots from Fan Expo 2016 so I have some photo evidence of my new Barbara costume. Ok, this costume is pretty obscure. If you recognize it you deserve a digital cookie! XD No one at Fan Expo recognized the costume. Can't exactly blame people. It's Barbara's casual outfit from the first season of Mattel's DC Super Hero Girls web series that's meant to promote a new toy line. Barbara also wears this outfit in a tv movie, but the movie never aired here in Canada. I still want to see Barbara go from being the tech person at Super Hero High to Batgirl!

Anyway, I thought her outfit was super cute so I put this together for Fan Expo 2016. It's all purchased clothing. I took in the tank top and hemmed the pants and made the black top into a crop top. Pretty simple sewing, but the best part is that I got to wear my own glasses with this costume. I know they're pretty much like bottle caps. I have a strong prescription. It was really fun to wear a costume of a character that wears glasses as glasses are much more comfortable than fussing with contacts. 

I purchased an Arda Jeannie for this costume and my awesome friend Pan helped me cut the bangs and wig clip. Too bad the wig was super uncomfortable. I don't mind the fact that no one understood the costume, but it would have been nice if it was at least comfortable. The wig was such a literal headache. Still cool to Cosplay Barbara again. One of these days I'll actually Cosplay as Batgirl!

This particular photo was taken by the security fence over at the aquarium. Kind of wanted to hint that Babs was trying to hack her way in! :3

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Fan Expo is over for another year and this was the first year that I actually attended the con for almost the full weekend since Fan Expo 2011. It was quite the experience returning to the convention again for a full length con. Back when I stepped away from the con it was always very crowded, there were concerns about con goers being locked out of the building due to it being over capacity, and there was a sense that the con brass didn't really care so much about the attendees and it was just about the bottom line. I'm not going to say that Fan Expo is no longer a corporate con because it certainly is. Guest autographs and photo ops are still extremely expensive and there are an ever growing number of extra expense events, but you definitely can feel that con staff are genuinely concerned about ensuring that fans have a good experience. The crowding never felt quite as bad as it has been in the past and new additions like the Cosplay lounge were excellent spots to allow Cosplayers a chance to rest and fix costumes if need be. Fan Expo really feels refreshed.

Having said that, it really felt like there was a decline in the number of Cosplay attendees from the days when I used to attend the con in full force several years ago. The ratio of Cosplayers to regular attendees was way down. I volunteered at the con as a stage ninja for the masquerade and there were only about 40 entries in the masq this year. I do remember watching the masq a decade ago and the masq had more than double that. I will say that being a stage ninja was a really cool experience. It was neat to see the show and help out backstage and it felt great to earn a badge for the con. I definitely would be up for doing it again next year!

I did Cosplay on Friday of the con. I wore my new casual Barbara Gordon costume from DC Super Hero Girls. Sadly it was a bit too obscure so no one recognized it. That also means that I don't have any photos of the outfit from hallway shots. I did do a shoot with my awesome friend Amanda, though, so I will have some photos to share of the costume in a month or two when she gets a chance to edit the photos. We shot photos in the Roundhouse park and by a gate near the aquarium. Looking forward to seeing how those turned out! People may not have understood the costume, but I still enjoyed the experience. I just wish the costume had been more comfortable. The outfit itself was nice. The boots did hurt a little bit because they were a bit wide on my feet, but my Jeannie wig was super painful. I kept having to take off the ponytail clip to ease the pressure on my head. Not sure if I'll wear the outfit again due to the pain of the wig, but it was still a really cute outfit to wear. I love Babs so I had a fun time with it! 

I also wore my Halloween pumpkin kigurumi costume for a little bit on Sunday of the con. I mostly brought it to keep me warm in the overly air conditioned parts of the con. I was a little chilly during the masq and I thought it would be nice to wear while I watched the Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy panel. I wore it for an hour in the south building, but took it off before I got to the north building. I didn't want to disturb the Kevin and Mark panel by putting it on when I got cold so I suffered quietly. XD The panel for Mark and Kevin was nice! It was the only panel I saw besides catching the last few minutes of Kate Mulgrew's panel on Saturday afternoon. Kevin and Mark made my childhood and I'm so happy that they've continued working together in the Batman Arkham games. They are my Batman and Joker. <3 It was nice that Mark kept it an ensemble panel every time a speaker tried to aim it more towards him. Both guys were really great speakers and were really fabulous at handling the controversies that were brought up about their past work (like how terrible the Killing Joke is). Their panel was a great way to end the con on a high note. 

I got a chance to see most of the north and south buildings and the majority of the Dealer's Room and Artist Alley. I got some beautiful prints. A really nice Batgirl print, a cute piece of fanart of Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, a beautiful mermaid print and even a Sam from Trick 'r Treat print. I got a gorgeous Pokemon fire type acrylic charm that's already proudly on my purse and a cute purple gemstone wire ring. I also bought the new Bulma Pop Vinyl figure to go with the Vegeta pop that I bought last year and Pan and I bought sweaters for our Harry Potter costumes. Now that must seem like a blast from the past! Just when I gave up on that. XD We bought them with the thought of wearing them for the next Harry Potter shoot we try to do this year. We've been vaguely looking for grey sweaters for years for this so now we have ones meant specifically for Gryffindor. I can wear it with my Ron costume if we ever get around to doing that shoot. I've had the wig ready to go for that for a year now. I'm also considering getting a wig so I can Cosplay as Hermoine. I've always wanted to Cosplay as her so I guess I have some Harry Potter plans to look forward to eventually!

That about sums up Fan Expo. I saw quite a few people that I knew throughout the con. It was really cool getting to meet all the stage ninjas and being part of that group. I owe a big thank you to my friends Amanda and Rin for hanging out with me for a lot of Friday and an even bigger thank you to Pan for attending the con with me the whole weekend. She put up with me forcing her to get up early each day. I dragged her to the Mark and Kevin panel and she was super supportive of my Babs costume and helped me handle my troublesome wig. Pan is such an awesome friend and her wonderful attitude and humour really kept me going throughout the con! Good friends really can make or break a con experience so it's awesome that I have such wonderful friends. (^_^)

Next up for me should be a photoshoot or two. Pan and I are hoping to work with Amanda this month. Hopefully I can get some shots of Super Sailor Chibi Moon and Sailor Mercury. I'm still crossing my fingers for a second shoot to get pictures of Celia and Saki. Maybe Pan and I will try again to organize a trio shoot for Harry Potter next month. Of course, Halloween is coming up so hopefully I'll be able to participate in some Halloween events. Pan and I still want to do a fabric shopping trip downtown before winter. We'll see if we whip something up for Halloween. The con season might be over, but it looks like I'll be keeping quite busy! 
It has been a fairly quiet summer. It's been so hot this year that I haven't done any photoshoots. I'm still hoping to get some photos of some of my costumes before the cold weather starts to set in. Crossing my fingers to get some photos of Celia, Saki, Sailor Mercury and Super Sailor Chibi Moon. Kind of forgot to finish fixing up my Dilandau costume, but hopefully with help from my friend Adrien, I'll do that soon. I probably won't get a chance to shoot that costume this year, but I would like to get photos of it in the spring or fall in a season when I won't boil in the costume. XD

In terms of Cosplay, I've been on a hiatus from sewing. Making my Sakura costume for Anime North and preparing for the Nominoichi really took a lot out of me. Once I was done making some alterations to Sakura and my Splatoon costumes, post-AN, I stopped thinking about costumes for a couple of months. It wasn't until the end of July that I thought about working on something new. I started watching the DC Super Hero Girls web shorts in early July and I really liked the outfit and character of Barbara Gordon. In the first season of the show she acts as the IT person for Super Hero High. I just got two new pairs of glasses in June and one of the pairs resembles the glasses Barbara wears with her casual outfit. Her civilian outfit has some hints of her new 52 costume design and looks really comfy. I decided to try to Cosplay it so I ordered all the outfit pieces through eBay, Walmart and Amazon. Everything came super fast! I ordered a tank top, crop top, a pair of jeggings, boots and a wig from Arda. The costume turned out to be expensive thanks to the boots and wig, but hopefully it'll be fun to wear! I had to shorten the pants, tank top and crop top. All that's left is getting the wig trimmed. I'm planning to wear the costume on Friday of Fan Expo.

Since it's been a very light year for me for conventions as Atomic Lollipop is no more, I've decided to volunteer to help with the masq at Fan Expo. I'll be getting a badge for the con this year so I'll actually be attending the convention for more than one day. I will be attending Fan Expo for the full day on Friday. I know Saturday of the convention is extremely crowded so I'll probably head down to the con just for the masq itself and if I'm not too tired from helping out with the masq, I would like to go to the con on Sunday afternoon for the Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy panel. Looking forward to seeing the Halloween and Anime goods for sale and being able to see the Artist Alley and Dealer's Areas earlier then the last day so more goods will be available and won't be sold out already. XD It should be a fun event and I'm looking forward to Cosplaying again. Fan Expo 2001 was the first con that I've ever attended so despite its corporate nature, Fan Expo does make me a bit nostalgic. I've made lots of friends through attending Fan Expo so hopefully I'll run into a lot of people that I know there this year! I'm only planning to Cosplay on Friday of the con because of my volunteer commitment on Saturday and the relaxed nature of Sunday. Hopefully I'll be able to go to a photo booth so I can get some photos of my Barbara costume to post here later.

I'll definitely post here after Fan Expo about my experience. As I've already stated, I am hoping to get some shoots done in September. Pan and I have a goofy costume idea in mind that we might try to get done for Halloween or for AN next year. I won't spoil the surprise on that one just yet. We still have to get some fabric for it. I still have the Madoka school uniform on my radar hopefully for AN. I'm still determined to get it done in 2017. Another costume option that I'm considering is Batgirl from the DC Super Hero Girls series. Her outfit is super cute! I know I've wanted to properly Cosplay as Batgirl for years so this version of Batgirl is looking pretty tempting! She has such a cute hoodie and I love the bat jet pack. There is a lot to the outfit that I would need to plan out, but I definitely have it on my wish list!

This may be a quiet year for me in terms of cons, but it does seem to be a fairly productive year for Cosplay. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing how much more I can accomplish before we head into 2017! 
Fan Expo is over for another year and this was the first year that I actually attended the con for almost the full weekend since Fan Expo 2011. It was quite the experience returning to the convention again for a full length con. Back when I stepped away from the con it was always very crowded, there were concerns about con goers being locked out of the building due to it being over capacity, and there was a sense that the con brass didn't really care so much about the attendees and it was just about the bottom line. I'm not going to say that Fan Expo is no longer a corporate con because it certainly is. Guest autographs and photo ops are still extremely expensive and there are an ever growing number of extra expense events, but you definitely can feel that con staff are genuinely concerned about ensuring that fans have a good experience. The crowding never felt quite as bad as it has been in the past and new additions like the Cosplay lounge were excellent spots to allow Cosplayers a chance to rest and fix costumes if need be. Fan Expo really feels refreshed.

Having said that, it really felt like there was a decline in the number of Cosplay attendees from the days when I used to attend the con in full force several years ago. The ratio of Cosplayers to regular attendees was way down. I volunteered at the con as a stage ninja for the masquerade and there were only about 40 entries in the masq this year. I do remember watching the masq a decade ago and the masq had more than double that. I will say that being a stage ninja was a really cool experience. It was neat to see the show and help out backstage and it felt great to earn a badge for the con. I definitely would be up for doing it again next year!

I did Cosplay on Friday of the con. I wore my new casual Barbara Gordon costume from DC Super Hero Girls. Sadly it was a bit too obscure so no one recognized it. That also means that I don't have any photos of the outfit from hallway shots. I did do a shoot with my awesome friend Amanda, though, so I will have some photos to share of the costume in a month or two when she gets a chance to edit the photos. We shot photos in the Roundhouse park and by a gate near the aquarium. Looking forward to seeing how those turned out! People may not have understood the costume, but I still enjoyed the experience. I just wish the costume had been more comfortable. The outfit itself was nice. The boots did hurt a little bit because they were a bit wide on my feet, but my Jeannie wig was super painful. I kept having to take off the ponytail clip to ease the pressure on my head. Not sure if I'll wear the outfit again due to the pain of the wig, but it was still a really cute outfit to wear. I love Babs so I had a fun time with it! 

I also wore my Halloween pumpkin kigurumi costume for a little bit on Sunday of the con. I mostly brought it to keep me warm in the overly air conditioned parts of the con. I was a little chilly during the masq and I thought it would be nice to wear while I watched the Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy panel. I wore it for an hour in the south building, but took it off before I got to the north building. I didn't want to disturb the Kevin and Mark panel by putting it on when I got cold so I suffered quietly. XD The panel for Mark and Kevin was nice! It was the only panel I saw besides catching the last few minutes of Kate Mulgrew's panel on Saturday afternoon. Kevin and Mark made my childhood and I'm so happy that they've continued working together in the Batman Arkham games. They are my Batman and Joker. <3 It was nice that Mark kept it an ensemble panel every time a speaker tried to aim it more towards him. Both guys were really great speakers and were really fabulous at handling the controversies that were brought up about their past work (like how terrible the Killing Joke is). Their panel was a great way to end the con on a high note. 

I got a chance to see most of the north and south buildings and the majority of the Dealer's Room and Artist Alley. I got some beautiful prints. A really nice Batgirl print, a cute piece of fanart of Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, a beautiful mermaid print and even a Sam from Trick 'r Treat print. I got a gorgeous Pokemon fire type acrylic charm that's already proudly on my purse and a cute purple gemstone wire ring. I also bought the new Bulma Pop Vinyl figure to go with the Vegeta pop that I bought last year and Pan and I bought sweaters for our Harry Potter costumes. Now that must seem like a blast from the past! Just when I gave up on that. XD We bought them with the thought of wearing them for the next Harry Potter shoot we try to do this year. We've been vaguely looking for grey sweaters for years for this so now we have ones meant specifically for Gryffindor. I can wear it with my Ron costume if we ever get around to doing that shoot. I've had the wig ready to go for that for a year now. I'm also considering getting a wig so I can Cosplay as Hermoine. I've always wanted to Cosplay as her so I guess I have some Harry Potter plans to look forward to eventually!

That about sums up Fan Expo. I saw quite a few people that I knew throughout the con. It was really cool getting to meet all the stage ninjas and being part of that group. I owe a big thank you to my friends Amanda and Rin for hanging out with me for a lot of Friday and an even bigger thank you to Pan for attending the con with me the whole weekend. She put up with me forcing her to get up early each day. I dragged her to the Mark and Kevin panel and she was super supportive of my Babs costume and helped me handle my troublesome wig. Pan is such an awesome friend and her wonderful attitude and humour really kept me going throughout the con! Good friends really can make or break a con experience so it's awesome that I have such wonderful friends. (^_^)

Next up for me should be a photoshoot or two. Pan and I are hoping to work with Amanda this month. Hopefully I can get some shots of Super Sailor Chibi Moon and Sailor Mercury. I'm still crossing my fingers for a second shoot to get pictures of Celia and Saki. Maybe Pan and I will try again to organize a trio shoot for Harry Potter next month. Of course, Halloween is coming up so hopefully I'll be able to participate in some Halloween events. Pan and I still want to do a fabric shopping trip downtown before winter. We'll see if we whip something up for Halloween. The con season might be over, but it looks like I'll be keeping quite busy! 

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Rebecca P
Canada
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
Favourite genre of music: Rock, Electronic
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Joeycrick Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday, Straywind! Hope you had a fantastic day! :iconpartypinkieplz:
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straywind Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016
Thanks! I appreciate the comment! It was fun!
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Serenade-Of-Fire Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016
Happy Birthday! :3
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straywind Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016
Thanks! (^_^)
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MrWonderWorks Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Happy Beeday Rebecca P. Straywind!
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straywind Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016
Thanks so much! I had a nice birthday!
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YoshiFan797 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016
Happy Birthday!!!Have your cake and eat it too Super Fantastic Golden Platter Cake 3D 
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straywind Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016
Thank you for the birthday wishes and for the cake! :3
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You're Welcome! :3
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shipain Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
:iconbummiesplz:Happy Birthday! Have your cake and eat it too
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