Well, Anime North is once again approaching fast. I mentioned in my last post that I'm working on a prop for Pepper, but I'm putting some finishing touches on a few other projects too.
You might recall from VEDA that my Midna bodysuit got stained at PAX East a couple months ago - I've kept working on cleaning it since that video and I think it's as good as it's going to get now - hardly noticeable. So Midna is pretty much ready to go. I'll be wearing that costume only at the Cosplay for a Cure booth in the photo alley on Saturday. I'll be there from 1:00 (if not a little earlier) until.. I need dinner? lol. I'll be staying as long as I can; it will be several hours at least. Photos ops at the booth are available for a $2 donation, which goes directly to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
On Friday I'll be wearing my Katamari Cousin Mag along with Chibik3r0's and Scapegoated's Miso. I've made minor repairs to the head, and before the weekend I plan to finally make some bloomers to add to the costume, because they're cute and the costume's leggings don't fit very well XD
Assuming I get both the tablet and bloomers finished in time, I also want to get my onesie's hood done. That's a much bigger challenge since I haven't even gotten it past the sketch phase and into the pattern phase, but it might be possible considering I have the holiday Monday to work with. I want to get that done to have something comfy and cute to wear in the evenings when I'm done with Mag and Midna.
We shall see... While on paper I have 3.5 days to work on all this over this weekend, which should be more than enough, I keep ending up with more things to do, like helping out with a video project that Doc is doing, going to a volunteer event on the Hello, Harto! tour, and the last AN staff meeting before the con! (wish me luck ^_^)
One last thing - I debuted my Splicer (Bioshock-inspired) at Anime North last year, so it seems appropriate to finally update my costume gallery with group photos from SolarTempest, as well as photos of the "disgusting" FX makeup I did for the Silver Snail Halloween party. Check it out!
On a lark I decided to try to dress as Pepper Potts to go see Iron Man 3. Nobody else was dressing up, we weren't seeing the midnight showing, but Pepper is pretty "normal" as far as costumes go. I pulled appropriate clothes from my closet, printed a tiny Stark Industries logo to glue on to a pin to wear as my only identifying feature, and set off. I figured I'd see if any of my friends even noticed what I was trying to do, since I was coming from work and wearing nothing particularly strange. As soon as I arrived they noticed - within seconds! I shouldn't have underestimated them ^_^
In case anyone is actually reading this (which I doubt, but I keep writing anyways) I did not, in fact, fail at Vlogging Every Day April just a few days in, which you might have assumed. In fact I actually succeded! Which is awesome, and a feat I'm quite proud of! But recording and editing and rendering and uploading and annotating a video EVERY DAY for a month, on top of having a full-time day job and attempting to eat and sleep meant that I had very little time left to actually post the videos as they were completed, whether it was here, facebook, twitter; anywhere. So, here's a summary in case you'd like to check out a particular video instead of sorting through nearly 2.5 hours of video yourself (not that I would mind that either! We all have limited time, however).
Day 1 - An introduction to our foster cat Hugo
Day 2 - I discuss trying to stay flexible within cosplay/project plans
Day 3 - Convention review: PAX East 2013
Day 4 - Throwback Thursday - Rabi en Rose
Day 5 - Fail Friday - Haibane Renmei; I try some candy from the Phillipines
Day 6 - Progress Vlog - attempt to clean my Midna bodysuit
Day 7 - A peek at a Game of Thrones themed dinner and more time with Hugo
Day 8 - Progress Vlog - cutting out a pattern "sloper" for pants
Day 9 - Throwback Tuesday - Sally Ragdoll
Day 10 - Progress Vlog - "Kigurumi" style onesie
Day 11 - Throwback Thursday - Jin, Samurai Champloo; I tell a story about a creepy encounter on my way home
Day 12 - Fail Friday - Twin Peaks (except that I got distracted by not having photos)
Day 13 - I talk about Cosplay for a Cure while Hugo is cute
Day 14 - I briefly talk about what I was up to over the weekend
Day 15 - How I was feeling about doing VEDA at the half-way mark; follow-up to Fail Friday Twin Peaks
Day 16 - Throwback Tuesday - Goldie; while doing Gunnarolla's "new vlogging angles" challenge
Day 17 - Doc H visits and makes reallllly bad jokes; I show my new circle lenses
Day 18 - Throwback Thursday - Fujiko; a brief history of Lupin III; and I get a haircut
Day 19 - Fail Friday - CATS
Day 20 - I talk about events happening in late April and one of my favourite places to shop for cosplay accessories
Day 21 - Vlogging on the bus - linkspam for 3GP, the Debs & Errol indigogo, and a NYCC music vid I'm featured in
Day 22 - Talking about what people like to have playing as "background noise"
Day 23 - Throwback Tuesday - Psiren; and a look at all my badges
Day 24 - Tips for dealing with uncomfortable or "non-functional" costumes
Day 25 - Throwback Thursday - Gabriel
Day 26 - Fail Friday - Stellvia of the Universe; sneak peek at the Knitter's Frolic, advice for safe use of contacts for cosplay
Day 27 - Vlogging from the Knitter's Frolic
Day 28 - My roommate Elemental discusses her Posing & Photography video series
Day 29 - This one is really just the cat, including some slow-motion stuff
Day 30 - Wrap-up of the month, by the numbers
And while were're going with video links, how about the cameos and guest spots I did during the month?
Doc H April 17 / Doc H April 21 / Video Ninja April 5 / 3 Geeks in a Pod ep 21 / 3 Geeks in a Pod ep 22