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The Second Half of 2014

October4

I kicked off the second half of my cosplay year with a road trip with Meru to visit Tham! This was the first time our cosplay trio had been together in a long time, and we made the most of it! Downtown Charleston is gorgeous! We did cosplay groups from Frozen, Zero no Tsukaima, Umineko, and Mawaru Penguin drum. BentPic5 was kind enough to hang out with us and take our photos and The Wicked Tailor showed us where all the best photo spots were.

          

In July we had our annual Suikoden group shoot. This year we focused on Suikoden 2 and took our photos at an old abandoned mill, which made an epic backdrop! We also made various props this time around including cook off signs, fishing rods, and my favorite, Ho-Hummm Cat! Our Riou also made the wonderful bear/lion flag that really completed all of our group shots!

This year I dressed up as Yam Koo and made a matching robe for my husband to be Tai Ho:

     

Next year we will be taking on Suikoden 3 and I have already decided that I want to be Chris! It’s my hope that this group will grow with each year as we continue to share the Suikoden love!

With labor day weekend came another Dragon Con, which is still my favorite convention of the year! I got to be in How to Train Your Dragon 2 and DC Bombshells groups with some of my best friends, so that was a blast!

          

This Dragon Con I also got to dance around as a giant popcorn in a “Let’s all go to the Lobby” group, reenact an iconic scene from the early 90s classic Terminator 2, participate in a large Frozen group, hang out with my purgatory sisters, and do a fun, yet somewhat scandalous schoolgirl photoshoot with Tham and BentPic5. It was a busy con, but so much fun!


After Dragon Con I immediately started work on my AWA costumes! It was a close call, but I was able to get both costumes together. I wore Chief Chocowacker from FFXIV and Kayano Kaede from Assassination Classroom:

     

I always have a great time at AWA and this year was no exception. For me it’s a much more relaxed convention than Dragon Con and it will always hold a special place in my heart as the first convention I went to. I especially had fun this year hanging out with my friends in the evenings dressed in our Hogwarts robes. I was representing the Hufflepuff house!

Now it’s time to start planning costumes for next year! 2015 is sure to be exciting! And who knowS? Maybe I’ll update this front page more often. Thank you for reading! <3

The First Half of 2014

June21

I can’t believe 2014 is already halfway over! Though this is sadly my first front page post this year, I have been keeping my costume pages updated and if you ever want to see more frequent updates from me, please check out my facebook page!

In January I got to be part of a product shoot for YayaHan.com, modeling some of the pony products that they offer. If you watch Heroes of Cosplay on the SyFy channel, you may have even seen some footage from that shoot!

January also brought a lot of snow to the Atlanta area, which I of course had to take advantage of since it’s a rare occurrence! I had been waiting for appropriate settings to wear my Game of Thrones Ygritte costume and Wreck-It Ralph Adorabeezle for a long time and this proved to be the perfect opportunity!

     

Despite snowstorms closing down roads and airports, I managed to make it Katsucon again this year! I only had one new costume to debut, which was Hikari from Mawaru Penguindrum, but I rewore some of my favorites and got a bunch of great new photos!

          

I also went to Jordancon again this year, though I didn’t make anything new this time around and just wore Min again. The convention was wonderful though and I plan on becoming a regular. In fact, next year I’m considering making a costume from Brandon Sanderson’s The Stormlight Archive, which I’m very excited about!

Free Comicbook Day in May gave me an opportunity to wear my Jesse Quick costume again and hang out with some fellow comic lovers. Teahouse Comics is my absolute favorite comic shop! I was asked to do a interview about Free Comic Book Day, which you can read here if you’re interested!

Momocon was fantastic this year as well! I spent months working on two new elaborate costumes for this convention: Mockingjay Katniss and Anna from Frozen! All I can say about Anna is that I don’t want to do any more hand embroidery for a very long time, but I have gotten to wear her to a couple birthday parties, which has been a ton of fun! My favorite part about my Katniss costume was getting to wear it in a location where the movie was actually filmed. It was also my first time making and wearing wings, which was a great new experience.

          

This coming weekend I will be reuniting with Meru and Tham to do a series of Kamikaze Kiss photoshoots with the help of BentPic5 as our photographer. I can’t wait! I also have another Suikoden photoshoot planned for the summer and some exciting costumes to work on for DragonCon and AWA. 2014 is panning out to be a big year for me! Thank you, as always, for following my work!

Please support Con Quest if you can!

January22

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Website Updates

November11

I made a couple updates to the website this weekend! You may notice that I have all new images in my rotating banner on the front page. I have also added links at the top of my costume page to allow visitors to sort the costumes by genre. New photos from this year are also continually being added. Thank you so much for visiting!

If you are interested in seeing progress photos, upcoming costume ideas, and more frequent updates from me, please check out my Facebook page!

Another con season comes to a close!

October23

Dragon Con (now without the asterisk) and Anime Weekend Atlanta are two conventions that never disappoint. I feel extremely fortunate to live so close to both of them!

I made several new costumes for Dragon Con this year: Marian from Double Dragon Neon, Jesse Quick from DC Comics, a Mad Men themed bunny suit, and Dr. Darling from Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. I also brought back two favorites: Josie from Josie and the Pussycats and Martian Queen Cheryl from Archer.

          

          

What can I say about Dragon Con other than it was awesome?! The convention has been growing so quickly that Thursday is the new Friday. Many of my friends have started booking their rooms starting Wednesday night. I predict that soon the convention is just going to be an entire week of epic partying, and I’m all for it!

For AWA I made Jessica from Lunar, a costume I have been wanting to make since I first started cosplaying, and Sinon from Sword Art Online.

     

Despite Lunar being an older game, many people still recognized my Jessica costume. I was thrilled! I wore Sinon with an awesome group of friends and had a blast! The weather really couldn’t have been more perfect that weekend here in Atlanta. AWA has such a great mix of attendees and really has something for everyone. The new food trucks were a great add and I really enjoyed my daily taro bubble tea!

What’s next? Well, I will update the above costumes with more pictures as they come in. In November I’ll be heading up to Chattanooga to meet up with Envel Cosplay and do a Lunar shoot with her. She makes a gorgeous Luna and I can’t wait to shoot with her and get more Jessica photos! For now I’m taking a short break from costuming to play Final Fantasy 14, though it won’t be long before I’ll need to start sewing again! My next convention is Katsucon in February! Next year I hope to make costumes from Eternal Sonata, DC and Marvel comics, One Piece, Fairy Tail, and more!

I hope everyone has a very happy Halloween!!

Suikoden, Seishuncon, and Upcoming Convention Plans

July12

It’s been a so long since I’ve updated, but I’ve been super busy. Back in June I coordinated a Suikoden dream group of mine that came together wonderfully thanks to some great friends and the talent of BentPic5 photography. We were rained on a bit, but that didn’t keep us from having a great time and getting some fun photos. I’m also so happy to have some good pictures of my Odessa costume now!

Later on in June was Seishuncon here in Atlanta. It’s a small convention, but they were in a new venue this year that was quite nice and had a beautiful garden. I made a new costume to wear with Tham and also rewore my Horo costume, which was a gift from my friend, Twinklebat. Pictures of these costumes are starting to roll in, so please check them out:

     

Next up is Dragon*Con and AWA in September. I’ve already gotten started on my Dragon*Con costumes, which include Marian from Double Dragon Neon, Jesse Quick from DC Comics, and a bunny suit. I also have Jessica from Lunar and Alicia Rue from Sword Art Online planned for AWA. I’ll post progress on my facebook as I continue to work on these. Thanks so much for watching!

Publications and Photoshoots!

May27

This year I have been lucky enough to be featured in several publications!

First, prior to the premier of Season 3 of Game of Thrones, SFX magazine released a GoT Bookazine that had so much great behind the scenes stuff and a feature on cosplay from the series. My Doreah and Littlefinger costumes made it into the publication. Thanks so much to Miles Hamer for including me in this Bookazine and LJinto for taking the photos that were used. It’s very exciting to be included in something like this, and Season 3 of Game of Thrones has been amazing so far! I can’t wait for the season finale!

Then Yaya Han, Allison DeBlasio, and Joey Marsocci put together a book called “1000 Incredible Costume & Cosplay Ideas”. This book features so many amazing cosplayers and I feel so honored that four of my costumes are pictured among them. You can pick up your copy here on Amazon. I am so inspired by many of the costumes shown in this book!

This month I received the news that I was selected to be a part of the Women of Comicbook Cosplay’s 2014 calendar. You’ll be able to see my Shadowcat costume featured during the month of June! Please check them out on facebook to find out when this calendar will go on sale and to see all the beautiful ladies featured on the other months!

I also have a lot of new pictures to share thanks to three photoshoots I did recently with the amazing BentPic5. Please check out the new shots of Juvia, Ruffnut, and Shadowcat that I have uploaded:

          

In upcoming news, I have arranged a Suikoden gathering and photoshoot coming up in early June. I’ll get pictures from that up as soon as possible! If you don’t know what Suikoden is, please check it out, as I believe it is one of the best JRPG series ever made. I will be wearing my Odessa costume, but we will have a lot of great cosplayers doing characters like Tir, Viktor, Pahn, and more! I’m super excited!

So far 2013 has been an amazing year and I know there’s only more great stuff to come! Thanks as always to all of you who follow my work!

A Year for New Experiences

April21

This year has been amazing so far! I’ve ventured out of my usual local cons and have been to three completely new conventions, two of which I had to fly to. Each of these new cons showed me a different aspect of convention life that I hadn’t noticed before while being stuck in my grove of the same shows every year. This doesn’t mean I don’t still love my local conventions (AWA, Dragon*Con, and Momocon). I will still be there every year, but there’s also other options out there.

Katsucon was the photoshoot con. Because of the gorgeous locations available, many photographers came out, and I really enjoyed seeing the behind the scenes creativity of these people. Cosplayers make the costumes, but without the hard work and creative minds of cosplay photographers we wouldn’t have much to show for our efforts.

PAXEast was less about cosplay and more about the gaming industry and the players who are eagerly awaiting the next big releases. It was almost like one giant LAN party where everyone played their favorite games together.

But I’ve already discussed Katsucon and PAX in a previous post. This weekend I went to my third new convention, one of which I wish I had started going to several years back, before the final book of Wheel of Time had already been released. That con is JordanCon, a con completely for those who love the world that Robert Jordan gave to us. I would have loved to have met the man who created Rand, Mat, and Perrin, but it was still wonderful listening to his team talk about all the hard work and love that went into the making of those books. I especially loved hearing from Brandon Sanderson, the author who finished up the series after Jordan’s unfortunate passing, and Jordan’s widow and editor, Harriet McDougal. Their insight into the series sparked new curiosities, and at points almost moved me to tears. I’m ready now to reread the entire series and I am definitely going to bring my books with me to the next Jordancon to get them signed by Team Jordan!

JordanCon was a new experience for me because it was the first time I had been to a convention where everyone was there for the same reason. They all love The Wheel of Time. I got to hear and participate in some amazing discussions about character motivations and interpretations of what certain things meant. I saw entire families come dressed in costume together. The series touched people of all ages.

I dressed up as Min for the convention. Making a costume based on a book character without visual reference was new for me, but I got to design how I pictured Min. I’m sure it’s a little different for everyone, but I was pleased that so many people at the convention knew exactly who I was portraying. When coming up with my design, I did base a lot of my ideas off the work of Ariel B., who has drawn any of the WoT characters beautifully. A lot of costumers came out to the convention, and I loved seeing how everyone interpreted different things in the book. For once it wasn’t about accuracy, since there wasn’t one picture to base everything off of, but rather just capturing the essence of the character. Everyone there did such an amazing job.

JordanCon was small, but the love for WoT was powerful. I can’t wait to go back next year!

Momocon and PAX!

March27

March has been a busy month for me! First was Momocon, which is a local favorite convention of mine. This con was really chill for me and I spent most of my time just catching up with friends and enjoying sitting in the Marriott lobby without thousands of people crowding it. (Momocon was held in the downtown Hilton next to the Marriott Marquis. Both are also Dragon*Con hotels.) I managed to make two new costumes: Ritsu as Juliet from K-On, which I wore with Tham as Mio/Romeo, and Adorabeezle from Sugar Rush/Wreck-It Ralph! I also rewore Lethe from Fire Emblem along with Envel, which was a lot of fun!

          

I just got home from PAX East this week! This convention was a completely different experience for me. For the first time ever, I decided not to cosplay at a convention. Instead I went to a lot of panels and really took my time checking out the exhibition hall. As much as I love to cosplay, I also really enjoyed the freedom I had at this con that costumes and photoshoots sometimes hinder. That said, my mind is already considering the possibilities for PAX next year…perhaps a League of Legends costume? I have to say PAX was one of the most organized conventions I’ve been to. Every panel I went to went smoothly (and was hilarious), the exhibit hall left my jaw agape, the PAX app was incredibly helpful, and the omegathon made a jenga competition nail-biting fun in a theater packed with thousands of people. With freeplay rock band and dance central, a game library where you could check out and play just about any game you wanted, and half a convention center of tables set out with card and board games to play, there was always something to do. I have a long list of games I need to try out now, including some big titles to anticipate. Also, this convention couldn’t have been held in a better place. Boston is beautiful and I would love to go back!

I’m still trying to recover from this busy month, but JordanCon is right around the corner. This weekend I’ll be getting started on my Min Farshaw costume! There are a lot of things coming up that I’m excited about, including several photoshoots. Please stay tuned!

First Costumes of 2013

February20

This past weekend I got to experience Katsucon in Washington DC for the first time and I can’t wait to go back next year! This was the first time I’ve ever flown to a convention, and I found it a little hard to pack my costumes for the plane, but the convention was completely worth it. Katsucon has one of the most beautiful convention centers! They really have it all: fountains, a gorgeous gazebo, gardens, open fields, a bay, and crazy statues. There was a location for any kind of costume and lots of great photographers came all the way to take advantage of it as well. I met wonderfully talented cosplayers from all over the world and got to spend quality time with some of my best friends. You can’t beat that!

Over the weekend I wore two new costumes and rewore another from last year. Pictures from the weekend are still coming in, so please check back for updates!

          

With Katsucon over, I have switched gears to Momocon costumes. That convention is going to be here before you know it! My plan is to have two new costumes made, plus get a bunch of pictures of some older ones. Can’t wait!

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