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Elemental
01-26-2005, 10:55 PM
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A new - I mean, OLD con is back in town!


With all the new conventions popping up in Toronto recently, there has been a lot of discussion, mostly focused on whether they’re needed or not - and why those running it don’t simply support an already existing con.

Well, Ad Astra is a convention that’s been running for the last 24 years!

It’s running April 8-10th, and is (obviously) a three day con. It’s being held at Days Hotel and Conference Centre in Toronto, by the airport.
You can learn more about registration, and the con itself, here. Ad Astra.org

At one point, Ad Astra was the largest costuming convention in Toronto. Attendees would come from across Canada and the United States to practice for Worldcon!

However, their costume attendance has dwindled over the years, and the con has roped, I mean, convinced, some fresh blood (that’s me) to drive the interest back up and get the anime crowd to realize that there’s a convention out there with a very specific costuming track, and a Masquerade that wants more entries!

Want to learn how to get the picture perfect makeup for your costume? We’ll show you how! Want to make boot covers that aren’t sewn rectangles of fabric? We have experts to teach you! Want to know what the judges are looking for? Well, they’re here to tell you! We’ll show you how to alter a pattern to fit your character AND your body shape, and show you all those wonderful little things you never learned in home ec: invisible zippers, set in sleeves, and how to use boning, bias tape and interfacing! Don’t know what these things are? Come and learn!

Want a dress form but can’t afford the $300 price tag? We’re reprising the ever popular duct-tape dress form panel!

And of course, for the Saturday only, Ad Astra will be hosting a mini Comic-con - and your Ad Astra membership gets you into that for free!

Not only can you come and improve your cosplay as a whole (which is good, of course), but you can compete in a Masquerade that last year, only had 16 entries! Imagine: a Masquerade comprised of nice costumes, pre-recorded skits, (and lo!) isn’t three hours long! I think I’m getting dizzy just thinking about it!

Like last minute, ‘ghetto’ cosplay? Then the lightning round is for you! You and your team are put in a room full of cosplay supplies an hour before the Masquerade. Your mission: to make the best ‘ghetto’ costume you can in that hour, and have one member wear it and perform in the Masquerade!

Ad Astra wants cosplayers of every genre. While Ad Astra may be referred to as a literary convention, they’re hoping to see a definite boost in the number of anime cosplayers and attendees. This is also, of course, a great chance to air out the closet and show off that perfect Hellboy/Fairy/Dragonrider/Dune costume you have hidden in the dark.

They’re also offering a five dollar discount for anyone who registers for the con in costume. And if you’re still not sure? We have a two hour free period on Saturday: Come for a panel and take a look around. Having fun? Why not stay and enter (or watch) the masquerade? And of course, the dance afterwards is always a blast. Time Warp, anyone?

Why am I so hyped about this you wonder? Well, I’m going to be the Masquerade Director this year, and obviously I want to do well! And so I want to see a solid anime showing out of you guys!


So I want to see you there! Want to volunteer? Let me know! Have any questions? Contact me with a PM, or email at writerz.bloc@gmail.com. You can PM NinjaSensei too!

See you there!
~Amanda (She who abuses the exclaimation mark!)

Amy the Yu
01-26-2005, 11:18 PM
You sure are an eager one. XD

I'd LIKE to come. It comes down to whether or not I have finals during that time...which I most unfortunately probably will.

Aside from that, there's nothing else that's keeping me from attending...well, maybe for the lack of a place to stay.

The lightening round sounds fun as hell. XD Finally, an outlet for my stuper speed sewing skillz. ^^;;

Eleryth
01-27-2005, 12:35 AM
I think I just had a "genki" heart attack. You're one excited gal! I mean, hell, if I were in the GTA, I'd BE there already. ;) I love your enthusiasm! ^^ (and now I have another c.com name and lj personality to put together, that clears some confusion)

Man, I wish I could be there to help out. :(

Kaijugal
01-27-2005, 01:32 AM
Of course you know I'll be attending!! Last year was a blast!

I'll have lots more to say about the con soon. Hee hee. This is the really hardcore costumers con. ^_^ Heh. :bigtu:

Wait! I think this needs rementioning!!

They’re also offering a five dollar discount for anyone who registers for the con in costume. And if you’re still not sure? We have a two hour free period on Saturday

archangeli
01-27-2005, 02:52 AM
I'm 90% sure that I will be attending! :bigtu:

Pssst - Sarcasm-Hime - remember that comment you made about faeries and ice queens? i think i'm shifting towards faerie for AA ;) *rawr*

Oselle
01-27-2005, 08:51 AM
*chuckle*

Well, I won't be in any sort of Fairy (however you spell it) garb, but I'll be there with bells on!!

Last year was a total blast, and after all the fun of promoting the con and the costuming track in Montreal at Con*Cept, there's no way I'd stay away in April. ^_^

*hops onto soapbox*
And for those who aren't sure, and think there's nothing for them at a con that isn't primarily billed as having an anime focus: please, just give it a try if you're able!! It really is a ton of fun, and there's a lot more to do than you might think - especially with all the costuming-related programming this year. And you don't have to be a "hardcore" costumer/cosplayer, either - just come have fun, learn a few things, get in touch with costumey con friends and make new ones. That's what I'm planning to do!
*hops off soapbox*

GO! AD! ASTRAAAAAAAAAAA!

Mekou
01-27-2005, 09:11 AM
I may go. But it's my birthday during that weekend and there's a chance that friends or family will plan something for me. *shrug*

Danners
01-27-2005, 10:35 AM
I haven't been to Ad Astra in a while. Depends on what's happening that weekend and if I can scrounge up some friends to come, I may end up coming. The ghetto costume contest seems like it could be a lot of fun too.

Kaijugal
01-27-2005, 10:51 AM
The ghetto costume contest seems like it could be a lot of fun too.

The lightning round? Yeah , it's fun. ^_^ I did it last year. :D

JustinCredible
01-27-2005, 11:33 AM
I was actually considering going, at least for the comic one day event and to volunteer... but Flash In The Can is that weekend (April 9th - 11) and its something I can't really miss, academic/careerwise.

Nancyboynoire
01-27-2005, 01:47 PM
I'm pretty sure I'm going and I'm volounteering too! ( Right 'Manda!? O__O )

I was talking to my dad about going and he's like " Whoa!? Ad Astra!? the one in Toronto? I haven't been there in ages! " and I was so surprised, I had no idea that he attended conventions of any sort. Aparently he brought me with him for an afternoon when I was like ten or so. I don't remeber it of course, but that's what he says.

Ironic eh?

Jo_Canadian
01-28-2005, 01:13 AM
i will be there, and yes i finally got my comp working....dunno how many costumes i will have but i will be there regardless

Eleryth
01-28-2005, 01:44 AM
Ironic eh?

I'd rather call that a coincidence. ^^

Take him with you! He'd probably enjoy himself and maybe even see some familiar faces.

Kaijugal
01-28-2005, 02:18 AM
I'm 90% sure that I will be attending! :bigtu:

Pssst - Sarcasm-Hime - remember that comment you made about faeries and ice queens? i think i'm shifting towards faerie for AA ;) *rawr*

WOOT!

Join the faeries, come to the dark side !..er.. the dark, sparkley side ???


Heh. ^_^

The Poppy Faerie ! Hee

Elemental
01-28-2005, 02:25 PM
I can't wait to see you all there! *grins*

Kia
01-28-2005, 05:24 PM
I'll be there, come hell or high water, especially since I now have to miss every cosplay even between now and the end of March. ... stupid school ... Not sure if I'll have any time to work on costumes for it though. :: sigh ::

chef_belegfea
01-28-2005, 09:01 PM
I may go... hopefully i'll get the tough stuff for my costume of mysterious doom done... and i'll have money.....

Elemental
01-28-2005, 09:10 PM
Kia: I'm glad I still get to see you!

Chef: Great! I hope you enter the masquerade!

Yuna-X2
01-30-2005, 01:21 PM
Grr. Why couldn't it be in the middle of the summer, when I'll be working and NOT doing university finals? I'd love a con to show my Chicago dress or make something from Star Wars or something. Bwahaha

chef_belegfea
01-30-2005, 10:55 PM
I need info on the weapons policy, so I know if I'll have to do some editing, or making of a safe version for a couple pieces of my costume.....

Amy the Yu
01-31-2005, 12:26 AM
Grr. Why couldn't it be in the middle of the summer, when I'll be working and NOT doing university finals? I'd love a con to show my Chicago dress or make something from Star Wars or something. Bwahaha

I really hope they never move it to summer. There are already too many summer cons.

Kaijugal
01-31-2005, 01:39 AM
I need info on the weapons policy, so I know if I'll have to do some editing, or making of a safe version for a couple pieces of my costume.....


The Ad Astra and Anime North weapon policies are generally the same. Ad Astra requires all costumers carrying weapons or large, sharp, weapon like props of any kind to attend a panel on safe practices with the weapons master Mr Warrilow. I hope you find this information helpful..

1. NO live firearms, removal of firing pin or bolt does not negate this rule!

2. NO prohibited weapons (as defined by applicable Canadian Laws)
examples include (but are not limited to):
· Bali-Song ("butterfly knife") or switchblade/dropblade style knives.
· Nunchucks, Tonfas or similarly restricted Martial Arts Weapons
· Law Enforcement items such as Batons, Tazers or Mace.

3. No Replicas of Contemporary Firearms (i.e. beginning from the era of revolvers -U.S. Civil War forward to any currently manufactured firearms)

4. All weapons must be holstered, sheathed or slung in an approved fashion.
Weapons will not be drawn or displayed outside of convention function space, (except in the privacy of a hotel room), or in any public or crowed area.

5. Due and full consideration must be given to physical safety and peace of mind of other persons at all times, this includes the general public and venue staff, not just other convention attendees. Translation: The archaic and juvenile practice of "freaking the mundanes" * will NOT be tolerated in any form or fashion at any time !
*Mundanes: Your friends who keep asking you if you're still into that weird cartoon stuff /normal mortals who do not understand anime or related hobbies.

6. All weapons must be checked and authorized by the Weapons Masters. Upon approval, the weapon(s) will be bonded and your convention badge marked accordingly.

7. Any weapons which fail to meet the safety criteria of the Weapons Masters must be immediately (and discreetly), returned to storage, (e.g.: your hotel room or vehicle) or checked into the coat check area, for the duration of the convention.


8. Convention Security and ConCom members reserve the right to inspect weapons, peace bond and convention badge markings at any time. Any signs of tampering will be referred to the Weapons Master for confirmation of authenticity.

9. Horseplay (of any kind, whether participants are consenting parties or not) with weapons will not be tolerated. All persons involved may be penalized depending upon the nature of the severity of the offense. All complaints of behavior of this nature will be dealt with immediately by Ad Astra

10. Failure to adhere to one or more of the above rules will result in any or all of the following penalties being swiftly enforced.
· Immediate loss of the privilege to carry weapons
· Expulsion, without refund, from the Ad Astra Convention

11. Any act of gross negligence or public endangerment may result in criminal charges beyond the control of Ad Astra (please remember that the general public may have no idea that the convention is in progress and may react in the extreme if they feel threatened).

The decision of the Weapons Master and ConCom members are final and will be strictly enforced to ensure a safe environment for all convention attendees.

Ninja Sensei
01-31-2005, 01:02 PM
Grr. Why couldn't it be in the middle of the summer, when I'll be working and NOT doing university finals? I'd love a con to show my Chicago dress or make something from Star Wars or something. Bwahaha

Toronto Trek is usually in July, and it has a solid masquerade. You could try it? :chatah:

But we'd certainly miss you at Ad Astra. :( The panels look to be pretty good so far.

Ninja Sensei
01-31-2005, 01:03 PM
I need info on the weapons policy, so I know if I'll have to do some editing, or making of a safe version for a couple pieces of my costume.....

I don't have teh offical weapons polict handy at the moment (I'm at the office). What is it you need to know?

Gord

edited to add:
Umm ... or what Kaijugal said. :)

Lyulf
01-31-2005, 01:37 PM
:(( I won't be able to make it to this years, am expecting child the following week , and she would kill me +_+
Hope its good though

chef_belegfea
01-31-2005, 08:49 PM
I don't have teh offical weapons polict handy at the moment (I'm at the office). What is it you need to know?

Gord

edited to add:
Umm ... or what Kaijugal said. :)

my costume has a polearm (a pike) as part of it...

Ninja Sensei
01-31-2005, 11:33 PM
my costume has a polearm (a pike) as part of it...

That shouldn't be an issue for presenting on stage. You weren't planning on throwing it at anyone right? ;)

The halls might be a different matter. :)

TheWestWind
02-06-2005, 12:28 AM
I was wondering about a con in April... This'll be fun! Now I gotta plan a costume 'cause I don't really wanna wear my TAC costume again.... Yay!

novaraven1
02-06-2005, 10:59 PM
I went to Ad Astra last year and it totally blew chunks. I wore an anime costume and got called a hooker and stared at a lot. I spent most of my time hiding out in a dark little room upstairs that was showing the same anime tapes over and over. The writing panels were really really really exceedingly boring and nothing started on time. The only one I was interested in at all was the Buffy one and that degraded into a discussion about what was hotter Spike and Angel making out or Anya in her bunny costume. :P I was really not impressed with the lack of anime support and all the creepy fourty year old nerds that stared at me. The masquerade was ok for what little there was of it. I didn't go in it cause I didn't even know there would be one. Noone could tell me when I registered if there would be one or not and I was standing there in my neko ears looking cute as hell.

It was a horrible con and I'll never go back because my effort was totally wasted. All they played in the con suite was Battle star Galactica, the dumb new remake movie instead of the original series or even the new series. I was going nuts by the end of that con trying to find someone who was willing to talk about Inuyasha instead of Dr Who.

It is way more expensive than anime north or even cn anime and I would never waste my money or my costuming time again on that outdated geriatric nerd fest. Otaku are so much more fun! I would have killed for a miroku to grab my ass by the end of that con instead of the evil glares I got from those hentai geeks who could barely find the effort to put on a faded star wars t-shirt.

I'm saving my money for the real fun at anime north where I don't have to deal with people looking at me funny the way my parents do.

Amy the Yu
02-06-2005, 11:18 PM
Novaraven1 - You really should think about it a bit more. Ad Astra isn't an anime con, there's no reason at all why it should be filled to the brim with anime.

Not everyone agrees on what makes a con good or bad. A lot of people love Ad Astra and just because you didn't enjoy it, doesn't mean that it's a horrible con.

I think it's GOOD that you decided not to attend this year. You might ruin the fun for everyone else that's going. -_-

Eleryth
02-06-2005, 11:20 PM
Unfortunately I didn't get to go last year due to location issues... but I do know they are trying very hard to improve Ad Astra. It's unfortunate you had a bad experience.

If you go to AA or TT looking for the same things that an anime convention (AN) provides, you're going to be disappointed. It's NOT an anime convention. It probably won't ever be an anime-oriented convention. However, the non-anime conventions are slowly building up their anime-tolerance/support networks. It takes time. It takes volunteers. It takes willingness to work and change things (and a whole lotta other things I'm sure I'm forgetting). I think it all depends what we want as congoers to get out of the convention.

I'm sure they don't want the focus of Ad Astra to become anime, but they don't mind the people who are into anime, either (from what I can tell, since I know several of the staff members), and they're working on expanding their costuming track and masquerade as well.

Conventions like AA and TT are best for those people who have a variety of interests. I personally love TT b/c I'm a sci-fi geek, an avid fantasy novel reader, a costumer, and an anime fan. And it feels like family, since I can almost always find someone who is interested in at least one of those things. ^^

I'm sure the AA staff would really appreciate feedback presented in a constructive way. They *want* to know what they did right and what wasn't so hot so they can try and change things. Have you thought about sending them an email along those lines?

Kia
02-06-2005, 11:34 PM
I'm saving my money for the real fun at anime north where I don't have to deal with people looking at me funny the way my parents do.
Thank you for your honest feedback about Ad Astra, but I have to wonder, before you went, did you even know it wasn't an anime convention? Saddly I get the feeling that most of this community thinks that everything needs to be geared strictly towards them. And if it's not, it's creapy and disgusting. :: shrug :: But to each their own I guess.

Ad Astra is a awesome convention, if you know what you're getting into. I went for the first time last year, and although much of the programing didn't interest me very much I found myself hanging around in the volunteer lounge (Gopher Hole) most of the weekend, having fun and meeting new people, as well as helping the convention. It's just a shame you didn't come over and join us. We would have loved to have you. ^_^

btw - I went to ConCept in November (another sci-fi/litt con in Montreal), wearing my Rogue costume, and got much the same response, so I completely understand how you feel. I know I didn't appreciate the response I recieved, nor who it was coming from. But I love sci-fi cons, and instead of making me not want to go back again, it's just made me rethink my choice of costume in the future. ^_^

Sarcasm-hime
02-07-2005, 01:04 AM
btw - I went to ConCept in November (another sci-fi/litt con in Montreal), wearing my Rogue costume, and got much the same response, so I completely understand how you feel. I know I didn't appreciate the response I recieved, nor who it was coming from. But I love sci-fi cons, and instead of making me not want to go back again, it's just made me rethink my choice of costume in the future. ^_^

Exactly. I learned this the hard way too - that I shouldn't wear revealing costumes to certain conventions, because different crowds react differently. It doesn't make the con bad, it just means you have to think about what you're wearing where.

Frankly I don't understand how a lot of anime fans seem to ONLY be interested in anime, and are upset if a con doesn't cater to that. As Kia mentioned, Ad Astra is not primarily an anime con so you can't expect it to be full of anime or people who understand anime. I don't know about the rest of you, but like Eleryth I have many interests (sci-fi, fantasy novels, costuming, comics, anime, B-movies, etc.) so I enjoy going to different events as it offers variety.

Ad Astra is really working on putting an emphasis on costuming this year, which is why we're mentioning it. Even if they don't have lots and lots of anime stuff, if you're serious about cosplay you'd probably enjoy all the costuming panels we're putting together. ^_^

Mekou
02-07-2005, 01:12 AM
I admit, I'm not as much of a fan of other things like I'm a fan of anime. I admit that, but it's not like I'm against other fandoms. ^^ I do liek certain things from other fandoms, but not enough for me to consider myself part fo that fandom. <.< I'm very open minded about it anyway. ^^

I've long avoided non-anime cons because I feel that the general crowd is a bit too old for me to connect with (not meaning like age-wise but like maturity wise I guess? <_<)

My feelings are bound to change. I'm open to almost everything and I'm sure I'd find something non-anime that at a con like Ad-Astra that I'd enjoy. ^^

Oselle
02-07-2005, 08:53 AM
It was a horrible con and I'll never go back because my effort was totally wasted.


It's unfortunate that you had a bad time, novaraven. Others have mentioned that you might have been expecting something else from the con (i.e. not an anime focus), but beyond that, I find that you get out of a con what you're willing to put into it. For example, last year, a friend and I were at Ad Astra for the first time, and entered the masq. with costumes that were not only NOT fantasy/SF-related, but obscure manga. We just banked on the fact that they were pretty, expected noone to know them, and did our thing. And know what? The response was good! So as long as your expectations are realistic, you can have a great time. I too learned the hard way that people won't know what your costume pertains to, and might give strange looks (in fact, even though it was almost 3 years ago Kaijugal won't let me live it down! ;) )...but most people will at the least respect that you've put work into making it, and many will ask what you're dressed as. Consider it an opportunity to get the word out about your favourite anime/manga/whatever!

The demographic can be challenging to deal with, it's true. But in my experience, there are just as many creepy otaku at anime conventions as there are at any other convention. One cannot expect all cons to be the same - but simply a willingness to be openminded and try new things/talk to new people will go a long way.

lainey
02-07-2005, 05:31 PM
small question ^_^

For the lightening round..is it possible for a lightening round contestant to be in the same masquerade skit with a "costumer...?'

And can another contestant be involved in the team of dressing up the lightening round contestant...

sorry for the questions but they don't have this on this year's websites or the last ^_^

Sorry..how large can this "team" be?

novaraven1
02-07-2005, 08:27 PM
Yes I knew it was not an anime convention. But it was advertized that there would be anime there. I was not expecting that there would be so many older people and hardly anyone my own age to talk to. The only people around who knew anything at all about anime were the ones there for the dragon ball z card playing tournament and they were mostly very young kids brought by their parents specifically for that event only. There were about a dozen other people there in costume but nothing other than the tiny masquerade and one costuming panel catered to that theme. I really felt out of place even though I try to be open minded and I am a sci fi and fantasy fan as well. i just found there was nothing at all to do at that con but sit around and listen to panels from writers I hade never heard of. There was very little in the way of fan type activities for any genre. You had the dealers room which was also pitifully small, you had a few groups that were doing filk (I can't stand that corney stuff no matter how much effort they put into it) And then you had a few rooms playing old sci fi movies. That was all I could find to do at that con other than get drunk like all the older people were doing at the dance. I don't drink. I don't party. I eat pockey and squee at cute guys in costume and voice actors like a proper fan girl. I had absolutely nothing to do at that con other than hide in the anime room and hang about the lobby waiting for my friend who was on volunteer staff to come talk to me. Even if I had my friends there with me it would just be us sitting around talking about anime and we could do that at home without spending all that money for nothing.

ikegami
02-07-2005, 09:06 PM
The purpose of Lightning Round is to increase the size of the masquerade. It would somewhat defeat the purpose of joining a normal cosplay with a Lightning Round cosplay.

Keep in mind that materials are limited in selection and quantity, so you may not be able to make a Lightning Round costume that matches your group. Counting on this would be unwise.

Something else to keep in mind is "Your group is only as good as your worse costume". If you group with a Lightning Round, he'd have to compete as Journeyman or Artisan or whatever the highest level of your group is, instead of as a Lightning Round entry.

You can be in the masquerade and help create a LR entry. At Con*cept's LR, which was run by Ad Astra folks, everyone who initially showed up already had costumes of their own for the masquerade. We snared some passerbys into being our victimsmodels.

For example, 3 people helped create the Buttjunking Princess (http://www.pictures.adaelis.com/concept2004_ikegami/pictures/concept2004_ikegami_013.jpg), not counting the model who didn't really help in the construction, and not counting the little bit I did. 2 people created Captain Inappropriate (http://www.pictures.adaelis.com/concept2004_ikegami/pictures/concept2004_ikegami_014.jpg), one of which was the model. These two went on stage together.

Kia
02-07-2005, 09:22 PM
small question ^_^

And can another contestant be involved in the team of dressing up the lightening round contestant...

Last year Dawn and I attacked Stillvisions and dressed him up for the lightning round. It was much fun. ^_^

novaraven - it's really a shame you hated Ad Astra so much. I don't drink at all, and I don't party much either, but I still enjoyed myself. But maybe it's because I'm more of an appreciator of anime and not a fan girl myself ... I don't go squee very often ... but it has happened. ;) But to each their own. Though I wouldn't suggest Toronto Trek to you, since it's similar to Ad Astra, just a bit bigger. See you at AN then.

Oselle
02-07-2005, 09:52 PM
I was not expecting that there would be so many older people and hardly anyone my own age to talk to. ....... There were about a dozen other people there in costume but nothing other than the tiny masquerade and one costuming panel catered to that theme. I really felt out of place even though I try to be open minded and I am a sci fi and fantasy fan as well.

Originally, I was sad that you had a bad time, and was hoping you'd give us another chance. But the more I read, the more I think that you are simply trying to dissuade people from going this year, assuming that everyone will react as you did. And for the record, several of us were in costume all weekend - and we like talking to other people in costume. :)

i just found there was nothing at all to do at that con but sit around and listen to panels from writers I hade never heard of. There was very little in the way of fan type activities for any genre. You had the dealers room which was also pitifully small, you had a few groups that were doing filk (I can't stand that corney stuff no matter how much effort they put into it) And then you had a few rooms playing old sci fi movies. That was all I could find to do at that con other than get drunk like all the older people were doing at the dance.

Now this I find almost offensive. There were many of us at the dance who were NOT "old people getting drunk." Instead, we danced like maniacs and had a good time. (We also played video games in the gopher hole, socialized in the con suite, volunteered, entered the masquerade, took costume photos, etc.)

I eat pockey and squee at cute guys in costume and voice actors like a proper fan girl. I had absolutely nothing to do at that con other than hide in the anime room and hang about the lobby waiting for my friend who was on volunteer staff to come talk to me. Even if I had my friends there with me it would just be us sitting around talking about anime and we could do that at home without spending all that money for nothing.

If there is such a thing as a "proper fan girl" and your definition is restricted to what you mentioned, then Ad Astra is indeed not the place for you. But that's okay. It's not for everyone, nor is a con like Anime North or CNA for all fans of anime. I wish you had a better time, but feedback is feedback whether it's positive or not. Keep this in mind, though - generalizing all Ad Astra attendees as old people who are boring and just like to get drunk is about as fair as generalizing all Anime North attendees as annoying teenagers who screech and only like annoying cartoons.

dani
02-07-2005, 10:58 PM
Are we talking about the same Ad-Astra where my Sailor Venus got such a good reception during the con, at the masquerade and at the awards ceremony?

Ninja Sensei
02-08-2005, 11:02 AM
small question ^_^

For the lightening round..is it possible for a lightening round contestant to be in the same masquerade skit with a "costumer...?'

And can another contestant be involved in the team of dressing up the lightening round contestant...

sorry for the questions but they don't have this on this year's websites or the last ^_^

Sorry..how large can this "team" be?

Hi Lainey,

Yes, you can have a Lightning Round particpant compete with another costumer. And yes, you can have a number of people help build the Lightning Round entry.

The Lightning Round panel will take place immediately before the green room opens in the green room itself on the Saturday eveniong. That way the Lightning Round contestants don't have to wiat so long before they go on stage (we've had some costumes fall apart before they get on stage ... and sone fall apart ON stage! :thumbsup: ).

Gord

Ninja Sensei
02-08-2005, 11:18 AM
Yes I knew it was not an anime convention. But it was advertized that there would be anime there. I was not expecting that there would be so many older people and hardly anyone my own age to talk to. <snip for bervity> Even if I had my friends there with me it would just be us sitting around talking about anime and we could do that at home without spending all that money for nothing.

I'm sorry you had a bad time novaraven1. But, as Oselle mentioned, it's not for everyone and you are certainly entitled to your views.

That opinion is actually one we are trying to address this year by providing more costuming programming (and it wouldn't hurt to beef up our masquerade of course ;) ) and a Costumers' Suite for drop in, watching masquerade videos, and sewing. We're sort of trying to appeal to the costumer side as opposed to the anime side because, as you said, the anime is only a small (at this time) subset of the convention. (That's partially because we haven't had many people who were into anime come to the con and request more.)

Once you see the programming schedule (which I hope to post the plan of later today) I hope you'll reconsider.

But I must admit, I don't often hear ANYBODY "squee!" at Ad Astra ... Maybe Ad Astra needs more "squee!" ??? ;)

Ninja Sensei
02-08-2005, 12:13 PM
Programming Panels (scheduled but subject to change on availability of panellists):

Pattern Alteration
Sewing Techniques (2-hour demonstration/workshop)
Makeup for Stage and Photo
Duct Tape Dress Forms (and How to Make Them)
Bootcovers
Photography and the Photography Area
The Lightning Round
The International Costumers’ Guild (ICG) – A Toronto Chapter

We are looking at a couple of other options but have no firm commitment on them at thsi time. We will do our best to keep you informed as things develop.

The Masquerade

The masquerade rules should be posted on the website within the next couple of days (barring any technical problems). It will be run using the Standard Division System and we're hoping to have workmanship judging (subject to judges' availability). You may also direct any questions either to Elemental or Ninja Sensei.

The Costumers’ Suite

Are you tired of not seeing your friends or any of the convention because you’re in your room doing that “last bit of sewing before the masquerade”?

Do you want to “Ooo!” and “Aah!” over what’s being seen and is winning at other masquerades?

Or would you want pass any idle time surrounded by like-minded people and just chatting?

We will have a Costumers’ Suite set up so that you can do just that. It will have a fair bit of space to spread out in if you have to finish that last piece of sewing, an emergency sewing repair kit will be made available for use, the TV will be set up with a VCR and DVD to watch masquerade tapes on, and it is just down the hall from the Con Suite if you need to recharge your batteries a bit.

So drop in and enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow costumers!

lainey
02-13-2005, 12:02 PM
i think my question got missed...but it's oki i'll repeat myself ^_^

how many people can you have on a team for the lightening round?
does 4 sound oki?

Ninja Sensei
02-13-2005, 01:47 PM
i think my question got missed...but it's oki i'll repeat myself ^_^

how many people can you have on a team for the lightening round?
does 4 sound oki?

Sorry, Lainey. I thought I had answered this one.

It doesn't matter how many are in a lightening round entry. It's treated like any other masquerade entry ... just that the contestants have the one-hour period to put their costumes together from available - uh - "stuff" provided at the panel. That's all.

And yes, you can have a lightning round compete as part of a regular presentation ... of course, it won't be considered a lightning round entry anymore. :)

lainey
02-13-2005, 06:23 PM
o gotcha :D ooooo this seems like fun then muahahahahahaa...i feel sorry for our "model" :D

ahhh that makes sense...thanks ^_^

information will be posted on the lightning round sometime soon i suppose...? (since the masq info was pulled up already)

thank u very much ^_^

Neoengel
02-13-2005, 10:38 PM
Bad news on the work front may have become good news for my helping out and masquerading at ADaStra after all.

Looks like I'll be able to go this year. :)

Kaijugal
02-14-2005, 02:59 AM
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Frankly I don't understand how a lot of anime fans seem to ONLY be interested in anime, and are upset if a con doesn't cater to that.

Ad Astra is really working on putting an emphasis on costuming this year, which is why we're mentioning it. Even if they don't have lots and lots of anime stuff, if you're serious about cosplay you'd probably enjoy all the costuming panels we're putting together. ^_^

I dont' understand why Anime Fans don't write proposals to add Anime Specific tracks and events to multi media conventions. That's a great way of sharing and promoting your fandom.

As to the other subject, I'm always interested in learning which fans are super crazy about costuming. It will be intresting to see who comes out. :jjacks:

Bad news on the work front may have become good news for my helping out and masquerading at ADaStra after all.
Looks like I'll be able to go this year. :)

Awsome news guy ! :bigtu: ^_^

I find that you get out of a con what you're willing to put into it. For example (...cut for brevity...) I too learned the hard way that people won't know what your costume pertains to, and might give strange looks (in fact, even though it was almost 3 years ago Kaijugal won't let me live it down! ;) )...but most people will at the least respect that you've put work into making it, and many will ask what you're dressed as. Consider it an opportunity to get the word out about your favourite anime/manga/whatever!


Since you are such a good ambassador of the hobby consider it lived down. (as amusing as it is) :D ^_~ Hee hee. *squishy hugs Oselle*

Cheers!
~Kai

Kaijugal
02-14-2005, 03:29 AM
The only people around who knew anything at all about anime were the ones there for the dragon ball z card playing tournament and they were mostly very young kids brought by their parents specifically for that event only. .

Are you sure we went to the same convention? I know about Anime. Kia, Oselle, Stillvisions, Xiola, the4thhokage, Ikegami, pjk, thebitterguy, darthmarysue, baensidhe, and TheKiltGuy, know about anime. Those people came to mind immediately and all were in attendance.

There were about a dozen other people there in costume but nothing other than the tiny masquerade and one costuming panel catered to that theme. I really felt out of place even though I try to be open minded and I am a sci fi and fantasy fan as well. i just found there was nothing at all to do at that con but sit around and listen to panels from writers I hade never heard of.

There was definately more than one costuming related panel. I recall being annoyed because I was forced to miss two because I had signed up for volunteer hours. Although I must admit that I had a great time with the other volunteers. That was my first chance to ever play DDR, which we did quite a bit to much amusement.

As for only a dozen costumes, almost the entire list above wore costumes, some of them had multipul costumes that weekend. And there were definately others.
That was all I could find to do at that con other than get drunk like all the older people were doing at the dance.

Yes all us 'older people' were "getting drunk at the dance". :eeek: This statement is painting everyone with the same brush and is really insulting, (not to mention untrue).

I'm sorry you didn't have a good time, truely I am, but there is no reason to slam others in the process of justifying your discontent.

Oselle
02-15-2005, 08:54 AM
Since you are such a good ambassador of the hobby consider it lived down. (as amusing as it is) :D ^_~ Hee hee. *squishy hugs Oselle*

Woohoohoohoo! About time! ^_~ Squishy hugs right back atcha.


I'm sorry you didn't have a good time, truely I am, but there is no reason to slam others in the process of justifying your discontent.


Amen, sister.

chef_belegfea
02-15-2005, 10:17 AM
on the site it says the room rate for a single/double is $99 that's per night, right?

Ninja Sensei
02-15-2005, 12:06 PM
on the site it says the room rate for a single/double is $99 that's per night, right?

Yes, hotel room rates are usually listed on a per night basis... unless you're down on the motel strip or something. ;)

Ninja Sensei
02-15-2005, 12:13 PM
o gotcha :D ooooo this seems like fun then muahahahahahaa...i feel sorry for our "model" :D

ahhh that makes sense...thanks ^_^

information will be posted on the lightning round sometime soon i suppose...? (since the masq info was pulled up already)

thank u very much ^_^

Hi Lainey,

The lightning round is more of a programming panel that has resulted in entries in the amsquerade. It started out as a "Can we show our costume in the masquerade?" as a seperate walk-on ... and has proven so popular and fun that they are now included as entries in the masquerade.

The only rules (outside of the regular masquerade rules, which they still have to adhere to) is that you have 1-hour to build the costume using the available materials presented in the panel/workshop.

Think of it as "Iron Chef meets Costuming" ... "Tonight's secret ingredients: Old CDs!"

This type of panel has also gone under different names at different cons: Junkyard Costuming, 99-cent Costuming, Bargain Basement Costuming, etc.

It's just to have fun. :)

novaraven1
02-15-2005, 02:15 PM
My opinion about that con and the people who were there is very broad and general because I am not going to go over every minute that I was sitting around doing nothing. I did not meet anyone there and did not have a good time. The only people who talked to me other than my friend were creepy older guys who wanted to buy me a drink. I gave up on it and went to watch anime tapes.

Everything there was mind numbingly boring. It was like school. Costume panels and writing panels are boring. I do not go to cons to listen to people drone on about how they do their work and how they think I should be doing mine. I could only find one panel about anime costumes specifically and that is all I could stand to sit through. I would rather actually be costuming and writing than hear about someone elses experiences because these are very personal things to me. I learn to do by doing. Who in their right mind would go to a con where that's all they talked about? It was ridiculous to me!
I was sure there had to be something else to do but couldn't find anything!

It is a matter of personal opinion when I said that con sucked for me. And it really extreemely sucked. Like a hoover with a built in black hole. I was simply trying to point out that anyone who wants to have good clean anime related fun aka; ddr, video games, karaoke, hanging out with voice actors, dancing to techno and RECENT music, hanging out and eating pokey, playing GO and anime card games, ect, should also avoid it in future.

I really did not get the point of the con. It seemed to be all about older people, as in over twenty five, who had met on the internet or at other cons, showing up to talk with one another about random sci fi/fantasy related stuff. And that usually meant drinking and talking. They even had a scotch tasting room. And the room parties were totally for an older crowd. I hated it and I would never go back. It was a complete waste of money and I'm sorry my friend convinced me to go.

Lastly I would like to state that I am not a "costumer". I am not stuck up about myself and the work I do. I go to cons to have fun not whine on and on about detail and acuracy and how you shouldn't make a pair of Inuyasha ears with duct tape. Well sorry if some of us are in highschool and can't afford a sewing machine! I make stuff only because I cannot buy a cheap gunner Yuna outfit in a store off the rack. It was definitely the wrong kind of con for me with the wrong type of people and I do not want anyone else making the same mistake I did.

Sarcasm-hime
02-15-2005, 03:31 PM
Everything there was mind numbingly boring. It was like school. Costume panels and writing panels are boring. I do not go to cons to listen to people drone on about how they do their work and how they think I should be doing mine. I could only find one panel about anime costumes specifically and that is all I could stand to sit through. I would rather actually be costuming and writing than hear about someone elses experiences because these are very personal things to me. I learn to do by doing. Who in their right mind would go to a con where that's all they talked about? It was ridiculous to me!

Who? Me, that's who, and a LOT of people I know. We're always interested in learning new things, and that's how to learn - talk to other costumers and swap ideas. Yeah, you can muddle through things on your own and figure things out yourself, but it's also very helpful to talk to other people and see how they do things to get new ideas. Panels are one of the MAIN things that attract me to cons. If that's not your thing, fine, but you assume that just because you're not interested in discussing costume construction that NOBODY in their right mind is either, which is really not the case. And frankly, there's no such thing as techniques specific to anime costumes. Costumes are costumes, sewing is sewing. The same techniques and ideas can be applied to pretty much any kind of costume, especially since anime costumes are so varied.


It is a matter of personal opinion when I said that con sucked for me. And it really extreemely sucked. Like a hoover with a built in black hole. I was simply trying to point out that anyone who wants to have good clean anime related fun aka; ddr, video games, karaoke, hanging out with voice actors, dancing to techno and RECENT music, hanging out and eating pokey, playing GO and anime card games, ect, should also avoid it in future.

Yeah, I guess if all you're interested in is anime and nothing else, then you shouldn't go to Ad Astra. Of course that makes me wonder why you went in the first place, if you're not interested in anything besides anime. :P

I really did not get the point of the con. It seemed to be all about older people, as in over twenty five, who had met on the internet or at other cons, showing up to talk with one another about random sci fi/fantasy related stuff. And that usually meant drinking and talking. They even had a scotch tasting room. And the room parties were totally for an older crowd. I hated it and I would never go back. It was a complete waste of money and I'm sorry my friend convinced me to go.

Lastly I would like to state that I am not a "costumer". I am not stuck up about myself and the work I do. I go to cons to have fun not whine on and on about detail and acuracy and how you shouldn't make a pair of Inuyasha ears with duct tape. Well sorry if some of us are in highschool and can't afford a sewing machine! I make stuff only because I cannot buy a cheap gunner Yuna outfit in a store off the rack. It was definitely the wrong kind of con for me with the wrong type of people and I do not want anyone else making the same mistake I did.

LOL....over 25 is 'older'. XD I knew I was an old fogey!

Anyways, I don't think that being a 'costumer' means being 'stuck-up about oneself'. It just means somebody who enjoys making costumes and learning about costumes. Many costumers I know are in highschool or university, and many don't have money either. There are lots of ways to make good costumes on a tight budget, and that's one of the things that those discussion panels you hate so much deal with - ideas and techniques on how to make good things with little money. I don't think it's fair to discount costumers as snooty elitists who insist that everybody has to have lots of money and fancy sewing machines. :P

Amy the Yu
02-15-2005, 05:03 PM
I was simply trying to point out that anyone who wants to have good clean anime related fun aka; ddr, video games, karaoke, hanging out with voice actors, dancing to techno and RECENT music, hanging out and eating pokey, playing GO and anime card games, ect, should also avoid it in future.

I think you're idea of what "anime related fun" is is really skewed. Many of the things you mentioned are modern Asian pop-culture and Go is more of a "living fossil" considering how old it is, and the top players in Canada and around the world are probably older than your parents, so I say shut up about the "old fogies" and stop insulting people because of your own ignorance. Just because it's a convention, doesn't mean that only pre-teens and teens should be in attendance and you need to get this fact through your head (and make it stick since everything mentioned seems to go in one ear and out the other with you).

And if you WANT to be able to consider yourself a "proper" anime fan, you really need to learn that it's spelled Pocky before you go any further. =P

I would like to state that I am not a "costumer". I am not stuck up about myself and the work I do. I go to cons to have fun not whine on and on about detail and acuracy and how you shouldn't make a pair of Inuyasha ears with duct tape. Well sorry if some of us are in highschool and can't afford a sewing machine! I make stuff only because I cannot buy a cheap gunner Yuna outfit in a store off the rack. It was definitely the wrong kind of con for me with the wrong type of people and I do not want anyone else making the same mistake I did.

I'd like to mention that not a single one of my costumes cost me more than $35 to make, and half of them were 100% hand sewn. The "poor student" deal hasn't worked as an excuse for years, and no one's going to start taking it now.

Oselle
02-15-2005, 05:10 PM
Lastly I would like to state that I am not a "costumer". I am not stuck up about myself and the work I do. I go to cons to have fun not whine on and on about detail and acuracy and how you shouldn't make a pair of Inuyasha ears with duct tape. Well sorry if some of us are in highschool and can't afford a sewing machine! I make stuff only because I cannot buy a cheap gunner Yuna outfit in a store off the rack. It was definitely the wrong kind of con for me with the wrong type of people and I do not want anyone else making the same mistake I did.

Ouch. I am apparently now old, I only like to get drunk at con dances, and am stuck up about myself and my work. Before, I was a little offended - now I'm VERY offended.

Novaraven, many people have commented in response to your posts very politely, trying to figure out why you had a bad time and how it could be improved. In return, you have been nothing but disrespectful. YES, you had a bad time, and you don't seem to be interested in doing anything but continuiing to badmouth both the convention and its attendees. NO, Ad Astra is not for you, we've all got your point and I'm sure you've given people considering attending for the first time some things to think about. Noone here has blamed you for that. But you can't blame people for having a GOOD time there, or attempting to highlight the great parts of this convention. It's unfortunate, you might miss out on a lot of great things with such a narrowminded view.

Ninja Sensei
02-15-2005, 05:53 PM
While I can't really approve of the vitriol, ill-informed premise, and disrespect in the argument, I think it's perfectly healthy for the opposite view to be presented. Kudos to novaraven1 for enabling a more informed opinion on "is this con for me?"

My opinion about that con and the people who were there is very broad and general because I am not going to go over every minute that I was sitting around doing nothing. I did not meet anyone there and did not have a good time. The only people who talked to me other than my friend were creepy older guys who wanted to buy me a drink. I gave up on it and went to watch anime tapes.

Again, I can totally understand why you had a bad time. And once again, I'm sorry you did. There was obviously nothing there to interest you as the anime room and whatever little programming they provided was insufficient for your needs....

It is a matter of personal opinion when I said that con sucked for me. And it really extreemely sucked.

... and you're definitely entitled to this reaction. Which is probably what you got from:

I really did not get the point of the con. It seemed to be all about older people, as in over twenty five, who had met on the internet or at other cons, showing up to talk with one another about random sci fi/fantasy related stuff. And that usually meant drinking and talking. They even had a scotch tasting room. And the room parties were totally for an older crowd. I hated it and I would never go back. It was a complete waste of money and I'm sorry my friend convinced me to go.

... which is exactly what the convention (any convetion) is. It's a place where like-minded people can gather and engage in social interaction centred around a common interest. In Ad Astra's case, the main thrust is SF/Fantasy. In Anime North's, it's all things anime.

And yes, we old fogies enjoy a good party. And there is DEFINITELY more drinking at Ad Astra than your average anime convention. (There has actually been a beer tasting and a wine tasting - which is back this year - and you neglected to mention the chocolate tasting.) I might add that, as a personal note I found the room parties (if you could call them that) at AN deadly dull.

But that's because I'm not that age. Other things appeal to me than people younger than my daughter (who thankfully still doesn't qualify as an "old fogie" by your criteria ;) ).

Ad Astra is geared toward an older crowd. Although we would like to get more young people coming, we're not sure how we can draw them in. That discussion has been going on some 20 years or so ... and will go on at least another 20. As long as conventions are around. :)

Lastly I would like to state that I am not a "costumer".

(Aside from saying how inflammatory the rest or that paragraph is...)

This sort of nails down something that recent comments on this board and others has made me think on. I think there are two distinct types of "cosplayers"...

There are those that are anime fans that like dressing up in costume. And then there are those costumers who like anime.

I think we're trying to appeal to the latter.

It was definitely the wrong kind of con for me with the wrong type of people and I do not want anyone else making the same mistake I did.

Good for you! But as Oselle said just above, you should'nt be disrespectful to those people on the board who want to advertise their positive experiences.

You are absolutely right in that As Astra may not be the convention for everybody who reads this board. But it does obviously appeal to some. By providing a counter-point point of view NOT in favour of the convention you have better enabled the Cosplay.Com populace to make a more informed opinion and either go or not go as they wish.

(Of course, I only personally hope we DO see more costumers at the convention. Maybe we'll even see you back in a few years. ;))

Amy the Yu
02-16-2005, 12:34 AM
Just got my exam schedule (and dang is it out early this year).

As strangely as it worked out, I think I might actually get to go to Ad Astra. =D

I really want to go now, but I guess it comes down to if I can find a place to stay since even though my parents' home is in the GTA, it takes freaking forever to get to the ghettos of Sarsbrough (or at least long enough to make commuting not very viable).

I'll definitely be taking advantage of one of the discounts. I'll be attending in costume, so there's something right there. -_-;;

Got questions. I'd like to volunteer (I do so at almost every con I go to), but is there a certain number of hours I need to put out to get crash space? And do they have limitations on it like AN (ie. only 5 volunteers of each gender will get crash space)?

lainey
02-16-2005, 09:27 AM
hey you're going?
*twirls* then we can finally meet and stuff stuff ^_^

I am looking forward to this con...seems different but just as interesting nevertheless.
not sure what costume i'd wear...but bleh, worry about that later...lol

Kia
02-16-2005, 12:38 PM
Just got my exam schedule (and dang is it out early this year).

As strangely as it worked out, I think I might actually get to go to Ad Astra. =D

I really want to go now, but I guess it comes down to if I can find a place to stay since even though my parents' home is in the GTA, it takes freaking forever to get to the ghettos of Sarsbrough (or at least long enough to make commuting not very viable).

I'll definitely be taking advantage of one of the discounts. I'll be attending in costume, so there's something right there. -_-;;

Got questions. I'd like to volunteer (I do so at almost every con I go to), but is there a certain number of hours I need to put out to get crash space? And do they have limitations on it like AN (ie. only 5 volunteers of each gender will get crash space)?
There are ... I think last year it was something like 8 hours over the course of the weekend. But if you help hold down the fort in the Costumers Suite, then you should be able to get them easy peasy. ^_^

Ninja Sensei
02-16-2005, 04:58 PM
Just got my exam schedule (and dang is it out early this year).

As strangely as it worked out, I think I might actually get to go to Ad Astra. =D

I really want to go now, but I guess it comes down to if I can find a place to stay since even though my parents' home is in the GTA, it takes freaking forever to get to the ghettos of Sarsbrough (or at least long enough to make commuting not very viable).

I'll definitely be taking advantage of one of the discounts. I'll be attending in costume, so there's something right there. -_-;;

Got questions. I'd like to volunteer (I do so at almost every con I go to), but is there a certain number of hours I need to put out to get crash space? And do they have limitations on it like AN (ie. only 5 volunteers of each gender will get crash space)?

YAY for exams not infringing on fun!!!!

As for the volunteer question, you should visit the website (Ad Astra website (http://ad-astra.org/)) and check under volunteers. I believe Kia is correct in that you need 8 hours over the con ... but there is also sone deal if you help set up on the Friday and tear down on the Monday. If your schedule allows it you could investigate that too.

And, of coruse, there is always the Costumers' Suite that will need volunteers. Heck, if I get enough volunteers we might even be able to expand what's offered.

Kia
02-16-2005, 05:07 PM
According to the Volunteer FAQ, if you work 8 hours over the course of the convention you get a discount on next years pre-reg, or free crash space. Work 10 hours and you get both. A minimum of 2 hours of those volunteer hours must be on Friday, 4 hours on Saturday, and it's first, come first serve.

After 6pm on Saturday night (when everyone is getting ready for the masquerade) every hour you volunteer is worth 1 1/2 hours. (the example says, work 5 hours and they'll round it up to 8). Kaijugal and I found it pretty easy to get enough hours to get both discount pre-reg and crash space (or at least I did). It will be even easier now, since just hanging out in the Costumer's Suite can count towards hours.

... maybe I should bring along costumes just to work on them ... maybe then I'll manage to get my AN costumes done on time. ;)

Sarcasm-hime
02-16-2005, 11:24 PM
... maybe I should bring along costumes just to work on them ... maybe then I'll manage to get my AN costumes done on time. ;)

Hehe...I'll definitely be carting around my Embroidery Bag of Doom and working on Leia at every spare moment.

Seed-chan
02-17-2005, 12:01 AM
(There has actually been a beer tasting and a wine tasting - which is back this year - and you neglected to mention the chocolate tasting.)

Did someone say "Chocolate tasting"? :razz: (Selective reading right here :thumbsup: )

I really wanna go to Ad Astra, but it's far, and it's expensive, and it's... in April, which is a terrible timing for my school (damn you non-semestered highschool...)

Oh well, maybe next year.

I do have a question though: Is it necessary to wear a costume into the costumer's suite? (It implies it, but... you know...)

Eleryth
02-17-2005, 12:26 AM
I would assume not. ^^ It's more for the costumers, as far as I can tell, but they wouldn't ban anyone not in costume. They're not like that.

Maybe you just want to check it out. Watch the masq videos. Help someone else out when bored. Many reasons, and I'm sure they'd be glad to have you.

Ninja Sensei
02-17-2005, 09:30 AM
I do have a question though: Is it necessary to wear a costume into the costumer's suite? (It implies it, but... you know...)

Indeed Eleryth is correct. The Costumers' Suite is simply a place where the costumers can get together and get some face time with each other instead of sitting in their rooms and sewing all weekend (except for the masquerade of course).

If you're not in costume, no problem. Usually the most common dress you see is jeans, sweats or PJS. (Well ... maybe except for Sari Sunday ;) You'll definitely see more saris then.)

Think of it as a con suite for costumers.

Kia
02-17-2005, 01:07 PM
(Well ... maybe except for Sari Sunday ;) You'll definitely see more saris then.)


Don't remind me ... still don't have time or money to participate ... unless I borrow one from Sarcasm-hime...

Amy the Yu
02-17-2005, 01:23 PM
Don't remind me ... still don't have time or money to participate ... unless I borrow one from Sarcasm-hime...

I should go borrow one off one of my brown friends...if only they weren't all 6 inches shorter than me. -_-;;

I spent a year working in those things (yay for Tamil banquet halls that pay under the table), but they're never handy when I want them to be. XD

Kaijugal
02-17-2005, 04:13 PM
I was simply trying to point out that anyone who wants to have good clean anime related fun aka; ddr, video games, karaoke, hanging out with voice actors, dancing to techno and RECENT music, hanging out and eating pokey, playing GO and anime card games, ect, should also avoid it in future.

We played quite a bit of DDR I recall mentioning and there was ALOT of gaming going on. We found and made fun. If you didn't that's unfortunate. If you missed the fun, that's unfortunate. Definately don't come back then, but in future never , EVER, quantify what you think other people enjoy based on thier age. It just shows you to be narrowminded.

I really did not get the point of the con.

Obviously.


Lastly I would like to state that I am not a "costumer". I am not stuck up about myself and the work I do. I go to cons to have fun not whine on and on about detail and acuracy and how you shouldn't make a pair of Inuyasha ears with duct tape.
Well sorry if some of us are in highschool and can't afford a sewing machine! I make stuff only because I cannot buy a cheap gunner Yuna outfit in a store off the rack.

There weren't any panels like that. Stop making things up. And we're all well aware of what it's like to not have things, money included, (wait until you have to pay a mortgage!)
Obviously you've never seen my gallery,
http://images.cosplay.com/data/13584/7016recyclefu1.JPG
or ever been to one of mine or Sarcasm Hime's Costuming On A Budget Panels.

It was definitely the wrong kind of con for me, I do not want anyone else making the same mistake I did.

Indeed. Neither do we.

Sarcasm-hime
02-17-2005, 05:55 PM
Don't remind me ... still don't have time or money to participate ... unless I borrow one from Sarcasm-hime...

No problem! I have extras, so if a couple people want to participate but are sari-less, lemme know. ^_^

chef_belegfea
02-17-2005, 08:42 PM
Everything there was mind numbingly boring. It was like school. Costume panels and writing panels are boring. I do not go to cons to listen to people drone on about how they do their work and how they think I should be doing mine. I could only find one panel about anime costumes specifically and that is all I could stand to sit through. I would rather actually be costuming and writing than hear about someone elses experiences because these are very personal things to me. I learn to do by doing. Who in their right mind would go to a con where that's all they talked about? It was ridiculous to me!
I was sure there had to be something else to do but couldn't find anything!


Well now I think the point of a panel, especially a costuming panel as a few others have said, is so that ideas can be shared and people can learn what works and what doesn't from other peoples experiences, I'm working on a project right now that's making me wish I went to more of them, because I have no idea how to go about one spicific part. You like to learn from your own experience? go ahead, I like to learn that way too, but if help is available, I'll take it.


... And that usually meant drinking and talking. They even had a scotch tasting room...


Well that would be just beautiful to see, I have a mental image of 20 or so Scotty cosplayers at that event... that image alone makes me hope it happens this year...


Lastly I would like to state that I am not a "costumer". I am not stuck up about myself and the work I do. I go to cons to have fun not whine on and on about detail and acuracy and how you shouldn't make a pair of Inuyasha ears with duct tape. Well sorry if some of us are in highschool and can't afford a sewing machine! I make stuff only because I cannot buy a cheap gunner Yuna outfit in a store off the rack...

Now this is just a bad statment entirely, a costumer is a cosplayer is a historical recreationist is "an out of season trick or treater" (I've been called that last one a few times...) the only difference is cosplay tends to take more of an anime turn in general society, because that's what it's used with more, but other than that they're the same. I'm not pickey about what I use in my costumes... well actually I am, but if I can't find what I want/need I'll try and find the next best thing that I can find/afford. If you could get a cheap gunner Yuna outfit off a store rack would you? That would take all the fun out of trying to make it yourself, sure some people are extremely pickey about what makes a good costume; should it be lined? should the person have the right figure for it? does the fabric have to be a specific type for a specific costume? Personally I think a good costume can only be based on 3 things:
1) Did the person who made it put their best effort into it?
2) Did the costume get made so the wearer would look cool, or because they actually wanted to make the costume nomatter what others thought?
3) Does the person who made the costume want to be noticed for their effort or do they want to be prased for it?

Ghetto cosplay, normal costume or super detailed movie grade costume, to me the only real difference is budget and what the person who made the costume wanted to do with it. A giant, walking on stilts, accurate to the series gundam may kick ass, but the box gundam shows more of the person who made it (in more ways than one), it shows that they have a sence of humour and don't care if someone makes fun of them. A $600+ LOTR costume with imported fabrice and hand done metal work or embroidery vs. a $50 lotr costume made entierly from sale fabrics? now it gets interesting, which is more of the fan? the one who wanted to do the costume and did their best with what they had, or one who could throw a lot of money at a project to make it the best it could be? your costume speak about you and who you are, your actions that follow then prove it, I saw nyone who wants to do a costume should go for it, if it turns out poorly, so be it, hopefully they will learn what went wrong, and ttry something different the next time, it turns out great, wonderful, they figured out what would work for them. (it goes back to the panels from this point)

Sorry if this was too long a post, but i just wanted to say that and just realised how long it turned out... :woah:

Eleryth
02-17-2005, 10:21 PM
I do agree that it's nice to actually hear other opinions about conventions, as it lets people know what they are getting into. I imagine a trip to the Ad Astra webpage would point out that its target is not anime but literature, as well as have a program online and panel descriptions (eventually, anyway, if it's not up yet). Based on that, the interested parties can make a decision about the convention.

I just have one question for novaraven, as one comment really stood out to me. You mentioned that (paraphrased) "no one talked to me" - did you make an effort to talk to the other people? I know being in a new place, especially when you have your friends there for comfort/companionship, leads to not speaking to as many strangers as you would like (trust me, I'm living in a foreign country, and while I'd like to speak with people, I still am afraid to - and I've been here 1.5 years!).

And part of me feels the need to clarify. When an "old fogey" offers you a drink, there could be many reasons (other than the possiblity he wants something sexual in return, which, in my experience at conventions with these "older people", is not really likely...unless it's Gord. ;P [That's a joke, btw. Sorry Gord.])...
1. They did not know/could not tell that you were underage.
2. Inviting people for a drink or offering one is an invitation to you to join the group/party. They want to socialize with you, and it's a good opener. Us old fogeys will ask "why not join us for drinks?" instead of saying "let's got hit the starbucks for coffee", espeically when there is no starbucks in the hotel (but there is a bar!).
3. They saw you on the "outside" and wanted to let you know you were welcome.

You could always say something like, "Sorry, I don't drink. But is a coke ok?" And then BAM! You're in! You've now got a crowd to get to know and socialize with.


Actually, that's probably good advice for anyone attending a convention with an older demographic. They're not all hitting on you (but it might seem that way if you're new to it). ^^

dani
02-17-2005, 11:19 PM
(Well ... maybe except for Sari Sunday ;) You'll definitely see more saris then.)
As much as I try to remember, I don't think I've ever worn a Sari. And you with your comment just HAD to add it to my to-do list.... One more into the pipeline :)

Sarcasm-hime
02-18-2005, 12:30 AM
Well we can always go on an another excursion to Little India...XD I don't need new saris but it's almost as fun to shop vicariously through somebody else. Hee hee.

Oselle
02-18-2005, 07:49 AM
I think Julie's head will explode if we don't wear our Fudomine uniforms at Ad Astra, and chances are that it'll be on Sunday. So I have a funky sari that someone can wear as well. ^_^

dani
02-18-2005, 08:35 AM
Funky sari ....or ... excursion to Little India .... that is the question...

This con keeps getting better by the minute :)

Eleryth
02-18-2005, 08:54 AM
Why not both? ^^ Buy your own funky sari in Little India.

Ninja Sensei
02-18-2005, 09:24 AM
And part of me feels the need to clarify. When an "old fogey" offers you a drink, there could be many reasons (other than the possiblity he wants something sexual in return, which, in my experience at conventions with these "older people", is not really likely...unless it's Gord. ;P [That's a joke, btw. Sorry Gord.])...

:sulk: Well ... * harrumph * ... uh, well ... Ah heck! You caught me!!! ;)

But really, you're absolutely right. That's generally how the social door opens at these things. And remember, many of us old-timers started driniking a little early (shall we say?). ;)

But novraven is right as well ... and I'm sure others (looks at some of the other posters) felt uncomfortable with some of the advances of some people ... just like at an anime convention, SF/F conventions have their fanbois too - they're just usually a little older. :) (And, believe it or not, it is actually a small percentage ... smaller than that of the younger set I'd say.)

novaraven, give it a few years and then maybe try again (if you're still interested).

Scoti
03-02-2005, 01:49 PM
after taking the time to read through this thread again I'm interest in going. I just have to see how much school work needs to be done before the date...And get some money >_>

archangeli
03-04-2005, 10:15 AM
I was just on the Ad Astra site and noticed that there is an all day Saturday pass, and a $15 Saturday evening pass.

I'm curious. My main motivation for attending Ad Astra is to costume and hang out with people, with programming events on the side. Would it be possible to enter in the Masquerade with the Saturday evening pass?

Logistically I don't think it would since the evening pass only takes effect after 7pm (so I could watch the masquerade.. hehe) but since most masquerades require participants to be in the Green Room a couple hours before and to register in the late afternoon, I supposed I'd have to either have a Saturday or weekend pass, right?

Ninja Sensei
03-04-2005, 11:25 AM
I was just on the Ad Astra site and noticed that there is an all day Saturday pass, and a $15 Saturday evening pass.

I'm curious. My main motivation for attending Ad Astra is to costume and hang out with people, with programming events on the side. Would it be possible to enter in the Masquerade with the Saturday evening pass?

Logistically I don't think it would since the evening pass only takes effect after 7pm (so I could watch the masquerade.. hehe) but since most masquerades require participants to be in the Green Room a couple hours before and to register in the late afternoon, I supposed I'd have to either have a Saturday or weekend pass, right?

You are correct. Masquerade entrants must be registered earlier in the day and so on, so you are not able to enter the masquerade on a Saturday Evening pass. People could certainly use the Saturday Evening pass to watch the masquerade and enjoy the dance, but entrants must purchase at least the Saturday Day pass.

Satisfying your motivation will hopefully be met by attending the programming panels and hanging out in the Costumers' Suite watching masquerade tapes and sewing (or whatever).

Kaijugal
03-04-2005, 03:24 PM
Well we can always go on an another excursion to Little India...XD I don't need new saris but it's almost as fun to shop vicariously through somebody else. Hee hee.

I'm totally up for this as well. ^_^ I love going. :bigtu:

archangeli
03-04-2005, 09:28 PM
You are correct. Masquerade entrants must be registered earlier in the day and so on, so you are not able to enter the masquerade on a Saturday Evening pass. People could certainly use the Saturday Evening pass to watch the masquerade and enjoy the dance, but entrants must purchase at least the Saturday Day pass.

Satisfying your motivation will hopefully be met by attending the programming panels and hanging out in the Costumers' Suite watching masquerade tapes and sewing (or whatever).

Thanks for clearing that up. And since there's no "pre-registration discount" for single day passes, the $5 discount for showing up in costume still applies, right? :)

Scoti
03-05-2005, 08:41 AM
I don't know if this kind of question has been answered but...

It says on the website that if you come in costume you get $5.00 off and if you’re a student you get $5.00 off also. So if you’re a cosplaying student with an updated student card do you get $10 off?

Elemental
03-05-2005, 11:11 AM
^^ The discounts can't be combined, so you can get $5 off for being a student or coming in costume, but not both.
(Also, love your new avatar).

Scoti
03-05-2005, 12:10 PM
hehe I thought so but I was just making sure. Wishful thinking lol
I need a better job so that school won't make me *as* poor.

(Thanks ^_^ Haru's an ox/cow and so am I! Go 1985!)

Ninja Sensei
03-06-2005, 12:55 PM
Thanks for clearing that up. And since there's no "pre-registration discount" for single day passes, the $5 discount for showing up in costume still applies, right? :)

That is correct. The day rate is not a discount but a registration fee. You still qualify for the discount.

But remember, we will have a panel or two on Friday and again on Sunday (particularly the ICG panel). :)

Kaijugal
03-06-2005, 06:42 PM
:jjacks:

A prize has been donated for the winner of Best in Show at the Ad Astra Masquerade. The prize will be 2 passes to Anime North, and a garunteed place in the Anime North Saturday Night Masquerade if they so wish. Any questions can be directed to me either here or at the teahouse of the maple moon forum.

Cheers!

Jo_Canadian
03-07-2005, 11:05 PM
alright i know this may be a little old but i wanted to volenteer for the weekend but because of work i missed the meeting downtown on friday so anyone wanna give me details i will be glad because i really wanna help out

Ninja Sensei
03-08-2005, 01:11 PM
alright i know this may be a little old but i wanted to volenteer for the weekend but because of work i missed the meeting downtown on friday so anyone wanna give me details i will be glad because i really wanna help out

A little old? Nonsense! ;)

You can actually find the general volunteer information on the website. Also PM me your contact information (same as you would need for registration: name, address, etc.) and I'll see what I can do about getting you into the mix.

Gord

lainey
03-08-2005, 01:28 PM
Patty has been pushing me to go...I believe I can confirm my attendance on saturday ^_^ ^_^

Squall1882
03-09-2005, 12:43 AM
Ok it's final then Lainey!! No backing out now!! I"ll be there Saturday for sure too!! ahahahahaha.. see ya all there!!

archangeli
03-09-2005, 09:35 AM
Patty has been pushing me to go...I believe I can confirm my attendance on saturday ^_^ ^_^

*bwahahaha* :D

Yami Rurouni
03-13-2005, 09:20 AM
so this is the obsurely infamous Ad Astra-mabober (i just discovered this thread o.O). that make up yer own costume thing sounds interesting! mabey i'll go if any one else i know is going.

Oselle
03-13-2005, 09:38 AM
so this is the obsurely infamous Ad Astra-mabober (i just discovered this thread o.O). that make up yer own costume thing sounds interesting! mabey i'll go if any one else i know is going.

Or, come and meet some new people! :bigtu:

Yami Rurouni
03-13-2005, 10:22 AM
meet...NEW people!? that sounds like it breaks my antisocial bubble, which means its scary. like richard simmons scary...o_O

Oselle
03-14-2005, 08:59 AM
meet...NEW people!? that sounds like it breaks my antisocial bubble, which means its scary. like richard simmons scary...o_O

LOL. I promise that I will personally put the smackdown on anyone who dons sparkly gym shorts and starts sweatin' to the oldies.

Looking forward to meeting you at Ad Astra. :)

Oselle
03-14-2005, 12:50 PM
Apologies for the double post, but I figured this should stand alone...

ATTENTION: anyone who is 100% committed to attending Ad Astra and is planning on using volunteer crash space (remember that you need to put in 8 hours of volunteer work to qualify), PLEASE PM OR EMAIL ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Erghhh...thanks for the heads-up, Elemental! Though it can be found in my user profile, email me at platypower @ hotmail.com. PM here is fine too.

The con chairs need to know how many people to expect in crash space, to see if they need to book another room. I need to know NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, MARCH 19.

Elemental
03-14-2005, 07:08 PM
Might want to include your E-mail Oselle? ^^ I'll pass the message around on my end as well.

Yami Rurouni
03-14-2005, 10:57 PM
I can't attend Ad Astra...i'll be too broke after MTAC and would want to interfere with AN savings (plus i got a ton of work to do but that is the least of my worries @_@)

chef_belegfea
03-15-2005, 05:05 PM
YAY!! I just got my room confermation!!!

Ninja Sensei
03-20-2005, 10:30 AM
I need info on the weapons policy, so I know if I'll have to do some editing, or making of a safe version for a couple pieces of my costume.....

There will actually be two weapons panels (one Friday evening, one Saturday morning) for anyone wishing to inquire about teh weapons policy and how they can work within it. It will be conducted by the convention weapons master (I just got confirmation) and has been run the last few years.

Kia
03-20-2005, 01:32 PM
There will actually be two weapons panels (one Friday evening, one Saturday morning) for anyone wishing to inquire about teh weapons policy and how they can work within it. It will be conducted by the convention weapons master (I just got confirmation) and has been run the last few years.
Chris Warlow? Please please please?!?!?!

Neoengel
03-20-2005, 02:53 PM
I just hope the weapons policy is posted to the website so I don't waste my effort into hall costumes in vain.

I use weapons in my costumes in accordance to T Trek's policies, but it would be nice to have the info from the program guide made available via simple copy & paste.

Aion117
03-20-2005, 03:43 PM
I just hope the weapons policy is posted to the website so I don't waste my effort into hall costumes in vain.

I use weapons in my costumes in accordance to T Trek's policies, but it would be nice to have the info from the program guide made available via simple copy & paste.

Sid !!!
You're gonna be at Ad Astra? Neato!

I'd imagine they'd have somewhat the same policies as TT but yeah.. it'd be a good idea if they'd give some fore-warning to the attendees via the website.

Neoengel
03-20-2005, 10:21 PM
Sid !!!
You're gonna be at Ad Astra? Neato!

I'd imagine they'd have somewhat the same policies as TT but yeah.. it'd be a good idea if they'd give some fore-warning to the attendees via the website.

Where do I know you from, I don't recognize your member login?

If you want to say hi, stop by the bar/consuite, I'll be working there that weekend :)

Aion117
03-21-2005, 01:49 AM
Where do I know you from, I don't recognize your member login?

If you want to say hi, stop by the bar/consuite, I'll be working there that weekend :)

Ahh it's James, ex TT programme book dude, I forgot that I haven't posted in fandom circles in some time. *dusts off nickname* :D

Ninja Sensei
03-21-2005, 11:40 AM
Chris Warlow? Please please please?!?!?!

Yes, it's Chris. :)

Ninja Sensei
03-21-2005, 11:42 AM
I just hope the weapons policy is posted to the website so I don't waste my effort into hall costumes in vain.

I use weapons in my costumes in accordance to T Trek's policies, but it would be nice to have the info from the program guide made available via simple copy & paste.

Hi SID,

Those guidelines should be fine until you see different. I don't think anything you do will contravene the policies. Most cons have similar (if not identical) polices in place nowadays.

BTW - e-mail me at home re: volunteering, etc.

Gord

Neoengel
03-21-2005, 07:56 PM
Hi SID,

Those guidelines should be fine until you see different. I don't think anything you do will contravene the policies. Most cons have similar (if not identical) polices in place nowadays.

BTW - e-mail me at home re: volunteering, etc.

Gord


Fair enough, but you know me, better safe than sorry...

I PMed you to get the ball rolling ;)

Kia
03-22-2005, 11:42 AM
Yes, it's Chris. :)
YAY!!! :jjacks:
Chris is awesome. ^_^

Nightmyst
03-26-2005, 02:18 AM
I can't believe that I actually bothered to read through every post on this thread but after doing so I've learned a lot about this convention and it sounds cool! Although I might be the youngest person there, (unless some parents take their children along) I suppose I can manage to get some friends to come with me so it won't be as awkward. Heh, I guess Anime North won't be my first convention after all. ^_^

Elemental
03-26-2005, 01:51 PM
I hope you do attend! It'd be great to see you there, and it's a great chance to get a feel for conventions before hitting AN. And if you're planning to cosplay for AN, make sure you come visit our panels - you'll be amazed at what you'll learn!

Nightmyst
03-27-2005, 12:16 AM
I'm definitely visting the panels! Since I'm so new at this, I plan on visting all the panels I can to learn more about costume design, sewing, etc. Finally I can put the hours of sewing work in Family Studies to use! ^_^

Chanilye
03-28-2005, 11:40 AM
In case this applies for Nightmyst or anyone else who may be interested in coming...

If you are 13 or under then the rates to attend Ad Astra are half the regular rate. So a full weekend at the door would be $25, and Saturday would be $15. Children 7 and under have free admission.

This information was added to the Ad Astra website very recently. It's under Convention Information and then under Registration.

Hope this helps!

lainey
03-28-2005, 03:44 PM
*curious* what type of music are we expecting for the saturday night dance??

Obviously not something like the jpop dance...but what type of music?

Ninja Sensei
03-28-2005, 04:20 PM
*curious* what type of music are we expecting for the saturday night dance??

Obviously not something like the jpop dance...but what type of music?

Hi Lainey,

The dance is being put on by Keith and Garry, who have been doing covnention dances for quite some time now. They usually operate the dance at Toronto Trek. No, there probably won't be J-Pop, but there's usually a good mix of stuff. I'm sure that some of the otehrs of the gang can give you better (and more age & taste relevant) opinions ... so I'll leave the rest up to them.

Heer's the link for the dance itself if you wanted to make requests or just get more info:
Ad Astra Dance (http://www.ad-astra.org/Dance.html)

lainey
03-28-2005, 08:22 PM
not complaining...just curious :D
i'm actually all up for a non-jpop dance lol

i hope i can make it...another question (sowwies!)...
About APPROXIMATELY when does the dance start? Or for an idea..when did it start last year...?

If it's late...I dunno >_<

archangeli
03-28-2005, 09:12 PM
Hi Lainey,

The dance is being put on by Keith and Garry, who have been doing covnention dances for quite some time now. They usually operate the dance at Toronto Trek. No, there probably won't be J-Pop, but there's usually a good mix of stuff. I'm sure that some of the otehrs of the gang can give you better (and more age & taste relevant) opinions ... so I'll leave the rest up to them.
Ad Astra Dance (http://www.ad-astra.org/Dance.html)

Did they DJ the dance at last year's TT by any chance? If so, please send Keith and Gary my compliments :)

Ninja Sensei
03-28-2005, 10:22 PM
not complaining...just curious :D
i'm actually all up for a non-jpop dance lol

i hope i can make it...another question (sowwies!)...
About APPROXIMATELY when does the dance start? Or for an idea..when did it start last year...?

If it's late...I dunno >_<

LOL! About 10-ish usually. After the masq and set-up time.

Edgar Strife
04-03-2005, 10:05 PM
After going through all the post here and checking the site out, this AA convention sounds very interesting the fact that I can learn something new for cosplaying like learning to make boots cover which can be a great help to my cosplay outfit. I think I may be able to come for Saturday and as my cosplay plan, its either Subaru from Tokyo Babylon Outfit A [red short coat] or B [long light brown coat] or maybe I'll go as Seishiro from X, it just depends how things turn out.

chef_belegfea
04-04-2005, 12:21 AM
I know it's pritty close to the con, but I just started wondering if there will be any other LOTR cosplayers.....

Sarcasm-hime
04-04-2005, 01:27 AM
I might wear my Arwen dress.....*shrug* wore it last year at TT but velvet is way too hot for July. *lol*

Elemental
04-04-2005, 02:23 AM
Hey Edgar! I hope you do come! I'd love to see any of your X costumes, but I'm horribly biased. And you'll get a lot from the panels - I can't wait for the boot panel demonstration myself.

Cosplay wise, I'll be Tseng of the Turks from Final Fantasy 7 for most of the con. It's the perfect costume to run around in, and I get to be the boss. Bonus points!

Oselle
04-04-2005, 08:35 AM
For once, I won't be donning any LoTR costumes. ^_^ Hobbitgirl is retired, Eowyn-Shieldmaiden needs her dress remade, and Eowyn-Dernhelm needs...to be started. o_O Next year, perhaps!

lainey
04-04-2005, 08:44 AM
ahhhh, so great to hear that a lot of people plan on coming!!
i'm quite excited ^_^

Kia
04-04-2005, 09:33 AM
I might wear my Arwen dress.....*shrug* wore it last year at TT but velvet is way too hot for July. *lol*
I think you should wait until we get you that pully cart. Then you can be Parade Float Arwen! ^_^

If I manage to get it done this week, the only costume I'll be draging with me if another random Ayumi costume, because they're fun. and I want *something* to wear to the pannels on Sunday morning. ^_^

Oselle
04-04-2005, 11:50 AM
ahhhh, so great to hear that a lot of people plan on coming!!
i'm quite excited ^_^

Ditto! I'm hoping to put faces (and real names) to online personalities, so looking forward to meeting and chatting with lots of new people. ^_^

Sarcasm-hime
04-04-2005, 01:46 PM
I think you should wait until we get you that pully cart. Then you can be Parade Float Arwen! ^_^

If I manage to get it done this week, the only costume I'll be draging with me if another random Ayumi costume, because they're fun. and I want *something* to wear to the pannels on Sunday morning. ^_^

LOL! Parade Float Arwen. heehee.

You can always borrow a sari if you like; I have many pretty ones and I didn't get a chance to dress you up at ConCept. XD I bet Kendappa's sari would look lovely on you.

Neoengel
04-04-2005, 02:25 PM
I also can't wait for the weekend for the chance to meet a few people here in the real world ;) Yes, I can have the attention span of a ferret and forget names easily, but I tend to do very well with faces. Make sure to stop by the bar in the consuite and say hi :)

As to costumes, I'll be bringing along my Snake-Eyes costume (http://www.neoengel.com/snakeeyes) as well as a few easy (and breathable) outfits from S:AaB, SG1 and something moderately appropriate for my services in Beefcake Cheesecake ;)

Kia
04-04-2005, 05:00 PM
LOL! Parade Float Arwen. heehee.

You can always borrow a sari if you like; I have many pretty ones and I didn't get a chance to dress you up at ConCept. XD I bet Kendappa's sari would look lovely on you.
Oh! Are we doing Sari Sunday? Hmmmm ... might have to change my half assed costume plans ... ^_^

Sarcasm-hime
04-04-2005, 10:44 PM
Well we don't have to, but if you are desperate for something to wear...*shrug* I'm not going to turn down a chance to wear The Precious. XD

Jo_Canadian
04-04-2005, 11:19 PM
um i am just wondering what time i would have to appear on friday if i was to help set up cause i am on the volenteer list. little help anyone?

Sarcasm-hime
04-05-2005, 12:01 AM
If people want me to personally help them make a bootcover pattern (I believe we have 2 hours for the panel so there should be enough time), they need to bring a) shoes/boots to cover, and b) some cheap fabric or muslin to make a pattern with. Otherwise it'll be a demo.

dani
04-05-2005, 12:04 AM
If people want me to personally help them make a bootcover pattern (I believe we have 2 hours for the panel so there should be enough time), they need to bring a) shoes/boots to cover, and b) some cheap fabric or muslin to make a pattern with. Otherwise it'll be a demo.
According to the schedule http://www.ad-astra.org/Programming.html we only have ONE hour for both of us to go over our topics.

Sarcasm-hime
04-05-2005, 12:14 AM
Ah, ok. Nevermind. :P

Kaijugal
04-05-2005, 10:36 AM
Ah, ok. Nevermind. :P

You could always take it to the costumer suite ? ^_^

Ninja Sensei
04-05-2005, 02:01 PM
um i am just wondering what time i would have to appear on friday if i was to help set up cause i am on the volenteer list. little help anyone?

Anytime after noon (say between 12:00 and 1:00) and I should be there. Look for me (or Kia, as I believe she's riding with me).

Gord

Ninja Sensei
04-05-2005, 02:02 PM
You could always take it to the costumer suite ? ^_^

Nothing wrong with that at all.

Or Dani could give up some of his time on Sunday from his product demo.

Vanima Estel
04-06-2005, 09:41 PM
I hope that the possible TTC strike doesn't interfere with Ad Astra ... things are not looking too well and Friday is the deadline!

Amy the Yu
04-06-2005, 09:48 PM
I hope that the possible TTC strike doesn't interfere with Ad Astra ... things are not looking too well and Friday is the deadline!

I just heard from Seed that TTC strike is put off til Monday, so won't affect Ad Astra unless people aren't planning to go home until Monday.

Vanima Estel
04-06-2005, 10:03 PM
I just heard from Seed that TTC strike is put off til Monday, so won't affect Ad Astra unless people aren't planning to go home until Monday.

Oh, that's good news! (except for the people who might be staying right up 'til Monday ...)

Seed-chan
04-06-2005, 10:30 PM
About the TTC: I heard on the radio that the TTC union would wait until Friday and if they don't get a reasonable offer, then they'll go on strike on Monday. Which means the weekend's clear, but if they do go on strike, be prepared to check out on Sunday. Everything should be finalized on Friday though, so keeps your eyes and ears open.

chef_belegfea
04-06-2005, 10:53 PM
there's also the shuttle service to the airport and go runs a bus that has a terminal 2 stop between union and brampton...

Infini
04-06-2005, 11:30 PM
I would really love to come to Ad Astra, especially with so many interesting panels (I really need to go to a makeup panel), but unfortunately I can't afford it this year. I'm definitely planning on going next year though. I hope everyone has fun this weekend. ^^

Kia
04-07-2005, 01:51 AM
Anytime after noon (say between 12:00 and 1:00) and I should be there. Look for me (or Kia, as I believe she's riding with me).

Gord
I will be, as long as you're still offering! ^_^

Edgar Strife
04-07-2005, 08:23 PM
Hello
Just wanted to say have fun everyone for those who are attending AA tomorrow. I'll be comming on Saturday and I Hope to see everyone there.

chef_belegfea
04-09-2005, 01:22 AM
YAY!! I got my costume finished with like 6 hours to spair before I leave in the morning...

nuriko001
04-09-2005, 01:13 PM
there's a con today?

Nightmyst
04-09-2005, 08:39 PM
Just came back from Ad Astra a few hours ago. Sadly I could not stay for the lightning round or the masqerade. My parents dragged me off around 5:30pm :blubber: . Although I did enjoy myself and I learned a lot from attending the panels! ^_^

archangeli
04-10-2005, 02:25 AM
I've uploaded my photos HERE. (http://photobucket.com/albums/v249/archangeli/Ad%20Astra%202005/)

Enjoy!

Nancyboynoire
04-10-2005, 09:49 AM
Whoot! I had so much fun at the con and I learned a lot of stuff I wouldn't have nessarily learned at an anime con or otherwise. ( urgh forgive me it's like seven o'clock in the morning I think.)

I took like two pictures though ._. my camera broke but I see some pictures of me yay! n_n;

I also participated in my very first masquerade I was so scared lol, but I had to leave right after that I wasn't feeling well, and my poor old papa was really tired.

lainey
04-10-2005, 10:05 AM
I had a lot of fun! It was great seeing people again and meeting Xiola and Sarcasm-Hime face-to-face for the first time. Always loved their costumes and I finally got to see them up close..amazing fairies O_O

I was really impressed and had lots of fun. I do hope to attend Ad Astra again next year if time and school permits. Thank you for implementing more costuming stuff at the con. We really had a great time :D

chef_belegfea
04-10-2005, 01:58 PM
lots and lots of fun... wanna go back again...

Vanima Estel
04-10-2005, 03:40 PM
I had a wonderful time yesterday!

I wasn't supposed to go, but at the last minute I wanted to surprise some people who had wanted me to come. My mother said it was fine, so Archy and I arrived at around 11:00. We met up with Jamie and hung out all day until the masq. I talked Archy into signing up for it, and the results were very funny.

I loved the con. It was my first time at Ad Astra. People were warm and friendly and the atmosphere was really cozy. :heart:

Jo_Canadian
04-10-2005, 08:54 PM
man that was great...i went on friday with a full head of hair and now...i have none, at all. i have no hair above my eyebrows...and i did it all for elemental and for the turks...and yet somehow i am still forgotten...

Elemental
04-10-2005, 09:03 PM
You are not forgotten. Just wait till the con report.

And have I mentioned thank you (again) for being so on the ball?
Best Rude ever.

*runs off to find list of winners to post*

Squall1882
04-10-2005, 10:57 PM
*runs off to find list of winners to post*

Elemental.. is it true best of show gets two passes to AN and a guaranteed spot in the masq.??

lainey
04-11-2005, 12:15 AM
man that was great...i went on friday with a full head of hair and now...i have none, at all. i have no hair above my eyebrows...and i did it all for elemental and for the turks...and yet somehow i am still forgotten...

oh you were that turk!! so that's who you are! pleased to finally put a face on your screen name.
Thank goodness you were there and helped that person in the emergency situation. I think everyone is thankful of your help. It was a relief to see the staff and everyone being as calm as possible and dealt with the situation as best as they could.

Ahhh yes as Squall pointed out...is that true? Should we put something special on our masq entry form and I'm assuming we'd have to hand it in before the deadline correct?

archangeli
04-11-2005, 01:17 AM
Elemental.. is it true best of show gets two passes to AN and a guaranteed spot in the masq.??


Yes. It's true. It was posted earlier in an Ad Astra thread (either this one or the AA Costuming thread) and Kaijugal mentioned it to me last night about 10 minutes before the judges announced the winners.

Edgar Strife
04-11-2005, 12:35 PM
Hello everyone

After changing my mind about Ad-Astra and attending the convention, it was a very interesting convention and it was cool to see everyone there. Not only was Ad-Astra the first convention that I brought two cosplay outfit whisch were Subaru [from Tokyo Babylon, the one with the very light brown coat and hat] and Seishiro [from X, the one wearing the black coat and with the owl], but it was the first time I participated in the Masquerade. I was partner with Archy and we perform our skit. Abit nervours I was about the skit, but I got over it and went on stage. I even use my FF 9 Cd and they played the FF9 Battle theme during the skit. I had lots of fun, great to see everyone and I hope everyone had fun. One last thing, just wanted to say congratulation to The Turks for an excellent job they have done.

Kaijugal
04-11-2005, 02:20 PM
Elemental.. is it true best of show gets two passes to AN and a guaranteed spot in the masq.??

Yes it's true. I PMed Lainey with the details.

(No Lainey, you can sign up for the masquerade onsite if you want because your spot is now automatically reserved, although I do need your full names for the passes.)

Cheers!

ikegami
04-11-2005, 02:57 PM
woot! Ad-Astra was great! There was 60 people at the post-con supper. Wow!!!

Chantal-Antoinette, je suis désolé à propos de ta caméra. J'espère que les photos que j'ai prises de toi ont bien sorti. Je les afficherai ce soir.

For everyone else, the important part of the above is that my pictures will be up tonight. :)

Edit: Spelling.

Kaijugal
04-11-2005, 09:08 PM
I had a lot of fun! It was great seeing people again and meeting Xiola and Sarcasm-Hime face-to-face for the first time. Always loved their costumes and I finally got to see them up close..amazing fairies O_O



*ah hem*
http://photobucket.com/albums/v249/archangeli/Ad%20Astra%202005/?action=view&current=fearies.jpg

^_~ Kidding. :thumbsup:

Elemental
04-11-2005, 09:11 PM
Winners of the Ad Astra Masquerade:

Workmanship Awards

Young Fan – Adult Made
#1 Neo


Novice Division


Best Tailoring
#5 Xileos

Neatest Construction
#25 The very Sad Commercialization of Kingdom Hearts

Best in Class Novice
#24 A Klingon Fan


Journeyman


Best Uniform Construction
#11 Wilma Deering

Best Historical Sleeve Construction
#7 Charlotte

Best Construction
#9 Lady Arwen

Best in Class Journeyman
#21 Ice Fairy, Dizzy, and Doom Spirit


Artisan


Best Bead Detailing
#18 Amelia the Elder

Best Appliqué Work
#8 Nataku

Best in Class Workmanship
#14 Companion’s Guide to Gun Safety

Best in Show Workmanship
#28 Flower Fairy Story Theatre


Presentation Awards


Lightning Round


Birds of Prey, Balls to the Wall award
-Lightning Round 1, Dr Wholet and MC McGiver

Best Use of Skull Boobs
-Lightning Round 3, Man Miralda.

Best Lightning Round
-Lightning Round 4, Voodoo Ooga Boogaland


Novice


Best Novice
#6, Guard of the Fountain Court

Honorable Mention
#13 Wannabe Earl of the O’kneys


Journeyman


Best Recreation
#11 Willma Deering

Best Historical recreation
#7 Charlotte

Best Presentation Under Duress
#10 Whack-A-Smith 6000


Artisians


Best Full Frontal
#18 Amelia the Elder

Best in Class
#14 Guide to Gun Safety


Master:


Best Use of a Baster
#22 Hogwarts Sex Ed Teacher


Best in Show
#21 Ice Fairy, dizzy, Doom Fairy


Judges Choice
#28 Flower Fairy Story Theatre
(With an Honorable Mention for Best use of Prop)

Congratulations to everyone who won, and a big thanks to everyone who entered! I certainly couldn't have done this without you!

Scoti
04-11-2005, 09:47 PM
Best Use of Skull Boobs
-Lightning Round 3, Man Miralda.

LOL you know you want the skull boobs... :bigtu:

ikegami
04-11-2005, 10:13 PM
Piccies! (http://www.pictures.adaelis.com/aa2005_ikegami/)
The masq pics are dim, but the colours are prettu good since I adjusted the white balance of the camera beforehand. They can probably be bightened in PhotoShop or whatnot.

The original, high quality pics are available on demand.

Kia
04-11-2005, 10:14 PM
Best Use of Skull Boobs
-Lightning Round 3, Man Miralda.

LOL you know you want to skull boobs... :bigtu:
I was talking to Archangeli and Machiko in the hall during the dance and the guy with them stopped ManMiralda and said something like "Hey! You were Falling Titties Man? Wern't you?!" Best Name Ever. ^_^

chef_belegfea
04-11-2005, 10:37 PM
Piccies! (http://www.pictures.adaelis.com/aa2005_ikegami/)
The masq pics are dim, but the colours are prettu good since I adjusted the white balance of the camera beforehand. They can probably be bightened in PhotoShop or whatnot.

The original, high quality pics are available on demand.


YAY!!! ACTION POSE!!!!

great pics man!!

ikegami
04-11-2005, 10:38 PM
Amanda, you didn't include the Presentation Awards for the Young Fans in the list of awards.

oh, and I think
"Best in Class Novice #24 A Klingon Fan"
should read
"Best in Class Novice #4 A Klingon Fan"
#4 was the (half-)Klingon with the fan (http://www.pictures.adaelis.com/aa2005_ikegami/pictures/aa2005_ikegami_100.jpg), whereas #24 was Krikor et co. as the Crimson [something] (http://www.pictures.adaelis.com/aa2005_ikegami/pictures/aa2005_ikegami_135.jpg).

Squall1882
04-11-2005, 10:40 PM
AH.. sorry I didn't have much time in the past couple days to really post about Ad Astra 2005, but guess what!! I found some now and here it goes!!

It far exceeded my expectations for the con. I met quite a few new people (and realized who a whole bunch more were afterwords), everyone was so friendly about everything and all the directors / photographers / etc. of the con came up and introduced themselves to us at various points... that's never happened before it was kinda cool. Unfortunately I missed all the panels due to internal masq. issues within our group (due to procrastination), that is one thing I regret.. sigh no comments on those I guess.

Elemental you and the turks organized an amazing masq. Everything was done sooooo professionally and your responsibilities seemed to go without a hitch, a round of applause for you all.

Congrats to all participants of the masq. so much fun each new one that is entered.

Dawn, Maral and Xiola (sorry I'm not sure your name) OMG your costumes blew us away!! Such detail and intricacy... simply breath taking, aha we were all sitting there looking at them thinking "were not worthy, were not worthy" ahahah.. definately one of the groups that sets the bar, and so kind to all.. now that's gold!!

Ikegami, thanx for the constant documentation of Con after Con... Lol.. your the backbone of everybody's memories, the cons are great fun but once they are done it's the memories and pictures that last a lifetime!!

Archangeli, Machiko & Kia, a pleasure as always!!

Everyone else, hope I get a chance to meet you at some event sometime in the future!!

I love cosplaying, the people.. the atmosphere!! I'm definately going to attend this con next year!!

rubedo
04-11-2005, 11:16 PM
I was talking to Archangeli and Machiko in the hall during the dance and the guy with them stopped ManMiralda and said something like "Hey! You were Falling Titties Man? Wern't you?!" Best Name Ever. ^_^


HAHA the guy with them is me...common...his boobs like ejected LOL :thumbsup:
he was so leet! dance was... :jjacks: HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHA

Nancyboynoire
04-11-2005, 11:20 PM
Ah ma caméra... lol j'suis stupid Eric ...stupid petite fille.

Les batterie sont mort ces tous. XD

And pfft you always take nice photos you're like the everyone's favourite con chronologicer!

But I do have a question partaining to the masquerade...

Do the winners get prizes or ribbons or something? I was super sick after the masquerade and a cool toilet bowl and my warm bed were calling my name towards the end of the night so I couldn't stick around for the dance...

because if there are prizes... I would kinda like to pick mine up or have it mailed to me if that's possible n_n; just as a little memento of sorts. lol

archangeli
04-11-2005, 11:46 PM
But I do have a question partaining to the masquerade...

Do the winners get prizes or ribbons or something? I was super sick after the masquerade and a cool toilet bowl and my warm bed were calling my name towards the end of the night so I couldn't stick around for the dance...

because if there are prizes... I would kinda like to pick mine up or have it mailed to me if that's possible n_n; just as a little memento of sorts. lol

I guess when I ran into you after the masq. you were on your way out...
I hope you're feeling better.

Ribbons were handed out during the dance. I don't know if there were certificates or anything though. But if you filled out your address and info on the entry form I'm sure you could get your stuff mailed to you.

Ninja Sensei
04-12-2005, 11:42 AM
Ah ma caméra... lol j'suis stupid Eric ...stupid petite fille.

Les batterie sont mort ces tous. XD

And pfft you always take nice photos you're like the everyone's favourite con chronologicer!

But I do have a question partaining to the masquerade...

Do the winners get prizes or ribbons or something? I was super sick after the masquerade and a cool toilet bowl and my warm bed were calling my name towards the end of the night so I couldn't stick around for the dance...

because if there are prizes... I would kinda like to pick mine up or have it mailed to me if that's possible n_n; just as a little memento of sorts. lol

Ribbons were awarded. We have the entry forms for everyone that we will be going through to match those who did not receive them at the con. Elemental and I will be coordinating that over the next while ... once we come down from con fatigue. If you don't here anything by the middle of June, let Elemental or myself know and we'll look into it.

Gord

Neoengel
04-12-2005, 01:41 PM
Just dropping a quick note to say hi and thanks for making this AdAstra a very memorable one for me.

When I get some more sleep, I'll be sure to get a post con report and some photos from the convention posted :)

Sid ... "Beer Prince" / Con La Shok

lainey
04-12-2005, 09:07 PM
*ah hem*
http://photobucket.com/albums/v249/archangeli/Ad%20Astra%202005/?action=view&current=fearies.jpg

^_~ Kidding. :thumbsup:

*pokes* I didn't mean to leave you out...meaning that it was the first time in meeting them :D :D

But as always, a pleasure in seeing you again Dawn. I really still am *amazed* in seeing your costume being worked on outside on the sidewalk and literally transformed into an amazing piece of art lol lol

Procrastination is an inevitable trait of a cosplayer :D

Kaijugal
04-13-2005, 11:18 AM
*pokes* I didn't mean to leave you out...meaning that it was the first time in meeting them :D :D

But as always, a pleasure in seeing you again Dawn. I really still am *amazed* in seeing your costume being worked on outside on the sidewalk and literally transformed into an amazing piece of art lol lol

Procrastination is an inevitable trait of a cosplayer :D

Hee hee. I was just being a goof and teasing you because it amused me. ^_^ No worries. :D

It was nice seeing you and your gang at AA. We didn't really get to chat much tho which is a shame. Perhaps next time. Don't forget to send me your groups info so I can finish the arrangements for the passes you won. :)

As for working on my costume at the con, I almost always do it. I actually relaxes me. I find it's the cure for stagefright. ^_^ I did the same thing whe Anime North was at that hotel in 2000.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v481/kaijugal/StillCrazy.jpg :D

Squall1882
04-13-2005, 12:38 PM
Hee hee. I was just being a goof and teasing you because it amused me. ^_^ No worries. :D

It was nice seeing you and your gang at AA. We didn't really get to chat much tho which is a shame. Perhaps next time. Don't forget to send me your groups info so I can finish the arrangements for the passes you won. :)

As for working on my costume at the con, I almost always do it. I actually relaxes me. I find it's the cure for stagefright. ^_^ I did the same thing whe Anime North was at that hotel in 2000.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v481/kaijugal/StillCrazy.jpg :D

OMG... Dawn your hilarious!! I guess you plan it out so you have just enough time to finish what you need to before the masq. I know the times I've had to rush and finish a costume have been crazy stress, lol, I missed almost all day Saturday at CN. And that picture, total deja vu!! I love it. You kids must have some really crazy stories to tell, for sure at AN we'll have more of a chat!! Genki de!!

ikegami
04-13-2005, 05:06 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v481/kaijugal/StillCrazy.jpg :D
I thought you had finished that at home? Guess not. The real question is: Is that Phil next to you? hahah!

lainey
04-13-2005, 07:00 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v481/kaijugal/StillCrazy.jpg :D
Insane O_o

Will send you our info very shortly *pokes jordan*

Kaijugal
04-13-2005, 09:42 PM
I thought you had finished that at home? Guess not. The real question is: Is that Phil next to you? hahah!


Yes that's Phil. ^_^ HEh.

Yes no matter how much I plan ahead I always seem to be fiddling with things onsite. Then again it relaxes me. ^_^

Archy Jupiter
05-09-2005, 05:03 PM
Heya. I'm a taaad on the late side, but I finally uploaded my Ad Astra photos. :thumbsup:

I'm sorry to say I don't even have a story for this one. :thumbsup: I've been uber mega ultra busy since the con, and this will continue past Anime North. But, hey, better busy than having nothing to do, right? :D

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the photos!

- Archy

EDIT: Err... I'm so busy, I even forgot to give you the LINK. *falls over*
Here it is! http://nexuscosplay.atspace.com/ (Go to the Conventions section.)

Kaijugal
09-14-2005, 10:32 AM
FOR THE PEOPLE REFFERED HERE FROM THE NEW THREAD TAKE NOTE THE INFORMATION HERE IS OUT OF DATE AND IS REGARDING LAST YEAR'S CONVENTION !!! * NEW * INFORATION REGARDING THE NEW HOTEL, DATES, AND CHANGES TO THE PROGRAMMING ETC WILL BE POSTED SOON. >_<

chef_belegfea
09-14-2005, 10:33 AM
FOR THE PEOPLE REFFERED HERE FROM THE NEW THREAD TAKE NOTE THE INFORMATION HERE IS OUT OF DATE AND IS REGARDING LAST YEAR'S CONVENTION !!! * NEW * INFORATION REGARDING THE NEW HOTEL, DATES, AND CHANGES TO THE PROGRAMMING ETC WILL BE POSTED SOON. >_<

The new thread got closed...

heki-chan
09-14-2005, 12:10 PM
The new thread got closed...

Sorries >o< I've re-opened it, I didn't realize this one was from 2005.

Please continue there. ^o^