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grandis
04-02-2007, 09:38 AM
I know most people are still at the convention. Le sigh. I had to come back to be at work today, bright and early.

The fine guild folks in St. Louis really pulled off a great con. For the day I was there, rooms and halls were full of costumes, mostly pirates given the themes, but there was a lot of variety. I received two hall costume awards for each of my day suits: an Ohtori school uniform and a corseted witch outfit. But there was much eye candy. :)

The display room was full of beautiful costumes and there were lovely photos to see. People were friendly and panels were good. On the whole, I enjoyed the convention part of the convention. Good work, con comm.

I met Sarcasm-hime, Kaijugirl, and C Sue Shambaugh for the briefest of times. I had better luck running into Capsule Corp and her friends repeatedly, but I didn't get to do a lot of socializing. I caught glimpses of Buddycat, Gravely, and many of the Costume Guild regulars.

In spite of much behind-the-scenes uncertainty, our group did very well at the convention. We took Best in Show Workmanship, and Best Recreation in the Master's Class. Thank you, Costume Con, for awarding our efforts. My own costume has taken thirteen months of my life, and a great deal of experimentation, angst, and uncertainty. I was elated when it came together, and I've been lucky enough to have my efforts recognized twice. This makes me truly feel I have arrived as a Master Costumer. They say that major wins at World Con and Costume Con can do that. Personally, the admiration of my peers means a lot.

Now, I'm going to sink back into several not as complicated, easy to put together, fun to wear suits. Oh yeah...

At any rate, if you're thinking about future costume cons, I've been to three. I find they vary in flavor from con to con, but on the whole, this one has shown me that they can be quite fine, and you can learn a lot.

Thank you, Trinity Blood group, for the shared opportunity to costume with you. Thank you, on line friends for making the experience enjoyable. Thank you, cast and crew of CC25 for working very, very hard. Thank you, judges, for recognizing a lot of hard work and good intentions.

Grandis

csueshambaugh
04-02-2007, 07:51 PM
I had a great time for the less-than-48-hours that I spent there. We went to both Masquerade Management seminars, and some fantabulous parties. Tom got a LOT of pictures, particularly of the historical costumes, which is where I want to be heading back to. We felt right at home. Whee! Can't wait for San Jose next year. (And we came up with a wonderful, **awful** idea for 2009.)

- CSue

supergeekgirl
04-02-2007, 07:54 PM
It was a great convention, very laid back and small (which is what I like). The costumes were fantastic! I loved the masquerade costumes, and it was nice that it was so intimate because we were able to sit quite close to the stage. I spent a lot of time with Khenemetset and Radragon76, who live right here in South St. Louis. I also got to talk a lot to CapsuleCorp and Greenfire, who were absolutely awesome. The rest of the cosplay.com-ers I talked to I didn't get to spend much time with, but at least I feel special for meeting them. I'm going back tonight for the Mouse-kerade in Hospitality. I dressed Menchi up as Comrade Menchi for it.

Karisu-sama
04-03-2007, 03:02 AM
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! :D :D :D
(And I demand photos!) ^_____^

Shine-Chan
04-03-2007, 06:01 PM
I had so much fun. It was really calm and relaxing as far as cons go. This is the first con I felt didn't have me rushing all around trying to see everything at once. I liked just talking with people in hospitality between panels. I forgot to take pictures for most of the con because I was enjoying just wandering around looking at people.

The masquerade had a full tec run through that was something I would like to see more anime cons do. During our run though my shoulder armor launched itself across the stage and some of the spikes broke. I ran back to the room to make repairs feeling doomed and frustrated. Luckily I had everything I needed for repairs and fixed it up before show time. I was freaking out until the glue set and the paint dried.

I seam to have no luck when it comes to getting early slots in the masquerade so I didn't get to see any of the other acts until they play the video later. I was the armored pirate in the pirates inc skit. I made up most of my silly dance on the spot after I blanked out on the moves I had practiced before hand. I guess I do better under stress than I thought.

I had entered the doll show with Zabusa and Syaoran I made awhile ago. There were some very cool dolls there and I was really impressed with some of the displays. I kind of forgot I had even entered until I was siting in the audience waiting for the judgeing to be anounced talking to the gothic Merry Popins and then I heard something that sounded like Zabusa and then my name.

I was totally blown away my doll had won for faithfulness to documentation. I had only made him so I could be more easily be recognize in my Haku kimono and I had only chose to toss him in at the last minute.

Then they announced the awards in the novice categories and I got another surprise I won a workmanship award for the paint work on my Faris costume. I didn't think I would win anything and I was sure I made myself look like a blithering idiot in front of the judges and forgot half the things I wanted to say but apparently they liked what they saw.

I saw one of the strangest horror movies ever waiting for the masquerade dvd to be done. Seeing myself on stage is feels kind of odd but I got a copy of the dvd any way.

I was Totoro again on Sunday and got roped in to loading the car. I didn't know the wind was so strong. When I got back inside I found one of my Totoro wiskers blew off. I told a few people when they took my picture and one of them went out and found it when I was sure it was lost forever and another person let me use some adhesive to stick it back on my face. People there were just super nice.

The show and tell was neat but I was overheating a little, hungry and tired so we left right after that.

CapsuleCorp
04-03-2007, 10:23 PM
Man, I am so tired. :)

CostumeCon was great. As quality as I expected. I learned so much, took notes, brought 'em home, been thinking about wings all the drive back today. I will get pics up...eventually. I have something like 110 - triple what I've been taking at anime cons. The ones of my costumes will probably go up here but the con photos (including both masquerades and the future fashion show) may be on my yahoo. Wherever I have space.

SOOOO much fun hanging out with Kaijugal and sarcasm-hime. :D You guys rock! Hardcore! If I go to the trouble of getting a passport I'll come do AnimeNorth sometime. supergeekgirl, good to meet you - yay for fangirling on our Kyou Kara Maou costumes! Thanks. ;) grandis, congrats again - I'll pick your brain about the foofy hat sometime.

And thanks to Bruce and everybody from StL for pulling off an awesome costume time. I wish I could go to San Jose, but alas, the moneys, they are not there. But now that Milwaukee has 2010, oh man, my backyard! I'll at least be there if nothing else. (too bad, really - Kevin, you are a hoot in action and I'd love to see how your con goes!!)

I really wish every costumer who has the smallest inkling to take cosplay seriously would go to a CostumeCon. I really do. You learn so much even if you think you know everything, and get so many ideas for what to do in the future to make it all even better. And get to fondle lots of nice costumes. ;)

grandis
04-04-2007, 10:30 AM
I really wish every costumer who has the smallest inkling to take cosplay seriously would go to a CostumeCon. I really do. You learn so much even if you think you know everything, and get so many ideas for what to do in the future to make it all even better. And get to fondle lots of nice costumes. ;)


It is a great way to get better at the craft. :)

Waiting for foofy hat mail...

Grandis

Buddycat
04-04-2007, 04:47 PM
Just wanted to pop in and say thanks for the kudos. I'll have more to say once I have time in the near future. Glad everyone had a good time.

Tancos
04-04-2007, 06:27 PM
I had a good time watching all the nifty costumes, and I took hundreds of pictures with my toy camera. I've posted a selection here (http://tancos2.pmachinehosting.com/animelog_comments.php?id=P2991_0_2_0) and here (http://tancos2.pmachinehosting.com/animelog_comments.php?id=P2992_0_2_0). I'll post many more when I have some time to spare -- maybe this weekend, if nothing else goes wrong.

Update (4-12-09): the old site is defunct. The pictures are here (http://tancos.net/photos/coscon2007/) now.

Costumers
04-04-2007, 08:25 PM
Regarding photos, our official photographer, Kerry Gille, took over 700 photos, from all three shows, the dolls, shoes and the halls. As soon as we can collate everything into some logical form he will have them available.

I'm glad so many had fun and learned alot. This is the third CC I've been co-chair of. I had a great co-chair and a wonderful committee to work with.

Now is the time to take a few off (working on not attending. I'll be at them with bells on) We have some projects for the next couple as well as Archon to work on now. (and an Elvis costume for a friend of mine)

Pierre

CapsuleCorp
04-04-2007, 11:15 PM
Oh yes, thanks go to you and Sandy too, Pierre. All the people everyone knows by name are so cool. It's exactly the opposite of what all the cosplay kiddies think about expert costumers - they seem to fear snobbery and elitism. But you guys all prove that being good at making costumes does not make one a snob. I felt very welcomed. I'll do whatever I can to help promote the cause of CostumeCon until the next time I can attend one myself.

Sarcasm-hime
04-04-2007, 11:27 PM
I have a monster case of Ze Con Plague (many apologies in advance if I passed it on to anyone), alas, so I gotta go to bed, but just as a short note Team Canuckistan (Kaijugal, Ikegami and myself) had a SUPER AWESOME time.

It's funny; I can say without too much vanity that around here I'm kind of one of the 'old-timer costume experts' and yet CC transformed me into a squeeing fangirl, following people like Lisa Ashton and Gypsy Ames around with starry eyes and pawing at their beady goodness. *lol* I hope I didn't make too much a fool of myself.

Mucho thanks to everyone involved, and we look forward to inflicting our many brilliant and twisted plans for future CCs on all of you. XD

Gravely
04-05-2007, 02:45 AM
CC-25 as it pertains to cosplay went off really really well I thought.
I saw new to CC cosplayers in many different costruction panels that showed that no matter what theme costume a builder is attempting, good construction is universal.

This was very apparent to me as the workmanship judge for SF/F. I judged at AUSA in the fall, and found plenty of things to give awards to, but this was the first time I had permission to paw around anime based costumes of this quality.
What I still find most intriguing about this slice of the hobby is the skill at finding original solutions to problems.

Grizelda and I made some good new friends, and we felt the warmth of the folks we'd met last year. And I will single out and embarrass Kaijugal for being one of the highlights of the con for me. There will be pumpkin pie at any con I'm at if I know you're gonna be there.


Overall, While the message still needs to be spread to all cosplayers everywhere, one thing is clear.

Costume-Con has opened it's arms to you all. We have not changed our judging critieria one little bit for you, and in the past two years many many major awards were given to Anime based costumes.

You've been treated well, You've won big time awards, tell your friends.

RaDragon76
04-05-2007, 02:28 PM
I just wanted to say I had a great time and learned so much at CC25. It was fun meeting and talking with all the costumers and learning new things that I can now apply to my own costuming. I liked the welcoming and laid back atmosphere of the convention and the friendliness of the green room and masquerade staff. You guys made all of us newcomers feel at ease and made the masquerade a wonderful experience. Thank you so much.

SGG- Great to talk with you again. Can't wait to see you at ASTL and Archon. Hope we can hang out with you again.

grandis- Congrats on your win. Your Trinity Blood costumes were simply beautiful. I can tell a lot of time and love went into them.

Kaijugal and sarcasm-hime- I'm glad I got to meet both of you even though we didn't really talk much. I've been admiring your costumes for a couple of years now and meeting you was one of the many highlights of the convention for me.

Sandy, Pierre, Bruce Etc- Thanks for putting together a wonderful convention.

I too will tell others about CC and insist that they try to make one of them. I learned so much even standing around in the halls, listening to people talk and I know it will help me to delvelope better costuming skills. I have so many ideas running around in my head now that it amazes me. I wish I could attend the next two costume cons but they are both going to be too far away for me to get too. I look forward to CC 2010 in Milwaukee.

khenemetset
04-05-2007, 02:53 PM
I enjoyed costumecon greatly. And I ditto everything that RaDragon said to everyone. :D

grandis
04-05-2007, 03:30 PM
Overall, While the message still needs to be spread to all cosplayers everywhere, one thing is clear.

Costume-Con has opened it's arms to you all. We have not changed our judging critieria one little bit for you, and in the past two years many many major awards were given to Anime based costumes.

You've been treated well, You've won big time awards, tell your friends.

There's a real slice of the anime community to whom this sort of experience is gonna appeal, and I think that their numbers will increase as they realize they're in it for the costuming first, the rest second.

I think that anime fans are maybe the most likely group of fans to costume. There's a real participation factor for it at the cons. Many of them decide after a while that they kind of like the costuming more than the shows, the skits, or the karaoke. They find themselves coming up with skits that present their costumes in the best light, rather than are the funniest or show the most flesh. They find that they've been making recreations for 10 or (*ahem*) more years, and that they've accidentally become costumers/cosplayers first, more than fans, and they care what their costumes look like.

Then, that's what they become hungry for more knowledge and appreciation, and maybe they wonder if there's something more out there. And that's when you're going to get them.

So I'm speaking to you, Anime Cosplayer who's just a little bored, who's noticing that your costumes are good, but you'd like people who know the difference between a good and a bad costume to notice, or to you, Anime Cosplayer, who are discontented with your skill level and want to get better.

This is a good place for you to go. Forget what you think you know. They are pretty supportive of recreation and genre costuming, and they just want to dress up in goofy clothes like you.

That said, what Gravely said. We've been noticed, and we've won awards. Go. Play.

Grandis

Buddycat
04-05-2007, 05:04 PM
While we're on the subject of thanks, I think I need to single out some folks on the committee that deserve recognition who won't toot their own horns. These 4 ladies all performed multiple functions. And most of those jobs were the less-fun, behind the scenes jobs without the high profile. You should know these people who are part of the community.

First Cathy Swope: Not only was she the Doll Show Co-rodinator, she ran the Green Room and also did some pre-con promotional library displays of costumes to help promote the con and the SLCG

Ramona Taylor not only spent time hustling to find the dealers for CC25, but she worked very hard to co-ordinate the Friday Night Social catering and decorate the ballroom (fortunatley, she had some help). Plus, she did the leg work to track down a good deal on the endless supply of toasted ravioli.

Dana Hinterleitner - Much has been said about cons lacking signage to inform people about events, venues, etc. Not at C25. She went above and beyond the call of duty with her banners, info kiosk and making last minute changes to meeting room signs up to and even while the con was still going on. It really added to the atmosphere that this was a serious, but fun con. We have affectionately nicknamed her "Signage Woman" You probably didn't see much of her because she was either in Ops creating those signs, or she was spelling our Hospitality person (Genie Hillen) some of those late nights. Dana, with her husband, Bruce, also created the outstandingly cool CD plaque awards for our winners.

Finally, there's my wife, Nora Mai. She did the job of at least 5 committee members. As I said at the con, she was the "spine" of the convention committee.

She performed 75-85% of the work on the Future Fashion Folio publication. She mailed them out when they were published last year. She was the Con Treasurer. She was the Membership Co-ordinator. She created and has maintained our incredibly thorough CC25 website. She created and formatted the Virtual Pocket Program and kept it updated every time Pierre and I had to make a panel programming change. She answered e-mails to the site. She reminded me about stuff I kept forgetting to do or needed to do in a timely manner. She mailed out the PRs and the membership packets that contained the FFF to those of you who registered closer to the convention. She made sure things got done when other people on the committee had forgotten or not realized some detail they'd overlooked.

She's the most organized person I've ever met and worked harder than anyone to make the con a great one. She still is - the work's not done yet. Still lots of paperwork and bookkeeping yet to be done.

And in the last year, she's been serving as the ICG's president - a supreme job of cat-herding if there ever was one.

supergeekgirl
04-05-2007, 10:40 PM
While we're thanking people, I want to thank Bruce and Nora and Aurora Celeste for having me come and do panels. Mikhail and I were very honored to be asked.

I want to thank Sandy for rescuing my Snape costume on Friday night.

Most of all, I want to thank Sheila for her advice about masquerade running and how to deal with certain people I've found myself dealing with.

I know I'll get to see all of you St. Louis people at Anime St. Louis, and I hope I see some of the out-of-towners as well. I can't wait for the con next month... no, wait. I can wait. Can't it be a month or so later? AAAAAAHHHHH!

CapsuleCorp
04-05-2007, 11:18 PM
OMG Bruce, your wife is awesome. :) Everybody on staff was - for a con this size, the signage, information, cooperation, neatness, detail, coordination, EVERYTHING outdid cons ten or twenty times the size. You guys all deserve kudos.

sarcasm-hime - depends on what kind of crud you caught, because I find myself coming down with a nasty cold today. :) Oops. Oh well! That's what we get for rubbing shoulders.

Buddycat
04-06-2007, 05:00 PM
OMG Bruce, your wife is awesome. :) Everybody on staff was - for a con this size, the signage, information, cooperation, neatness, detail, coordination, EVERYTHING outdid cons ten or twenty times the size. You guys all deserve kudos.


Thanks. :) I think we met, right? I tried to make an effort to talk to everyone who appeared to be new and /or cosplayers. I think I managed to meet everyone on the CC25 forums who came, save for maybe one.

Of course, I have to sheepishly admit I stuck my foot firmly in my mouth when I was talking to some of the folks from the KU Anime club (Aurora's friends) when I was having a very nice conversation with them. We were talking about conventions, and how (Mike?) was the chairman for Kansas City's Nakkacon(sp?) when I asked enthusiastically, "You guys cosplay too, right? You compete at cons?", not recognizing at the time these guys were part of the Best In Class Trinity Blood entry from the SF & F masquerade. DOH!!!!!!! I just didn't really recognize them, because I had watched the masquerade from the back of the room.

AuroraCeleste
04-06-2007, 07:53 PM
Of course, I have to sheepishly admit I stuck my foot firmly in my mouth when I was talking to some of the folks from the KU Anime club (Aurora's friends) when I was having a very nice conversation with them. We were talking about conventions, and how (Mike?) was the chairman for Kansas City's Nakkacon(sp?) when I asked enthusiastically, "You guys cosplay too, right? You compete at cons?", not recognizing at the time these guys were part of the Best In Class Trinity Blood entry from the SF & F masquerade. DOH!!!!!!! I just didn't really recognize them, because I had watched the masquerade from the back of the room.

Just to clarify, re-watching the Masque awards our award was Best Recreation: Master Class. The Manticore was Best in Class: Master, with no "Original" designation, so it wasn't best in class, but still got Best in Show for Workmanship, and we were plenty happy with what we got :D Just can't steal someone else's thunder.

That said, I don't think anyone was insulted, from what my friends have said you were the nice guy with the scary ideas (apparently you suggested some scary things on what we need to get going in the KC area) :P Also, at costuming get-together last night we were already enthusiastically coming up with a group entry for NASFIC, so I know at least two people I brought are *hooked* on this thing, and another has decided that Jacqui Ward is her new idol.

Chairman was Brian Smith, convention was Naka-Kon. It's in Feb., you should come :rockon:

Buddycat
04-06-2007, 09:14 PM
Just to clarify, re-watching the Masque awards our award was Best Recreation: Master Class. The Manticore was Best in Class: Master, with no "Original" designation, so it wasn't best in class, but still got Best in Show for Workmanship, and we were plenty happy with what we got :D Just can't steal someone else's thunder.

Hmmph. Par for the course. Well, what can you expect when I'm pulling it out of my butt to try to remember...?

That said, I don't think anyone was insulted, from what my friends have said you were the nice guy with the scary ideas (apparently you suggested some scary things on what we need to get going in the KC area) :P

Ya mean startin' yer own guild chapter? It only takes 6 people and one or two to do all the work ('cuz that's what ends up happening, in real life)

Also, at costuming get-together last night we were already enthusiastically coming up with a group entry for NASFIC...

Glad to hear it. We'll look for ya. It works that way - on your way back from CC, you get more ideas.

Chairman was Brian Smith, convention was Naka-Kon. It's in Feb., you should come :rockon:

Would love to. The trick will be cost. The theory is Nora and I will be going to Puerto Vallarta next year (as long as it isn't opposite CC26). Also, CC26 will be dicey. If we can't afford to both go, it'll just be Nora going to California.

Tancos
04-06-2007, 10:46 PM
I've uploaded more pictures. The first page of thumbnails is here (http://tancos.net/photos/coscon2007/).

keri1966
04-07-2007, 01:02 PM
I had a great time. I loved the Rock and Roll party on Friday night. It was great fun to wear my hippie outfit and fit right into that fun odd scene. Halfway through the party, when I saw several 18th century outfits I decided to have a bit of fun and ran back to my room and quickly changed into my French Revolution costume. I recieved my first ever costume awards, hall costuming awards- the first for my favorite Miaka costume- the pink one Watase drew for a trading card series. The other was on orange day, and that outfit has a special meaning for me- the orange shirt was the first garment I'd ever sewn for myself, and the black long skirt was my first sucessful attempt at making a tiered skirt. My purple 1860's dress recieved many compliments and several people took pictures of me in it. (It's one of my favorites of my historical costumes too.) I debuted my Tsunade outfit at Costume Con. I also wore my 1966 dress (made in memory of the year I was born) and had some compliments on it as well. My Hippie costume also recieved several compliments. I didn't get a chance to meet any regulars on cosplay com for more than a few minutes, but I met up with someone I know from Dollfie lists several times. :) The parties were nice, the Mousekerade at the end of the con was a lot of fun. I think I had the most fun at this con of any that I've gone to. A big part of that was no costume snobbery, no one whining about "so and so costumes don't belong here, blah, blah, blah" and the large number of costumers over 40, and many plus sized costumers too. The openess to all kinds of costumers was really refreshing. All costumers should have that attitude. It's too bad next years is too far away for me, since I enjoyed myself so throughly at this one. I'll be looking forward to a closer con sometime in the future. :)

Oh and I took lots of pictures! More than I usually take at anime conventions, there were so many fantastic costumes of all sorts!

Buddycat
04-07-2007, 04:18 PM
A big part of that was no costume snobbery, no one whining about "so and so costumes don't belong here, blah, blah, blah" and the large number of costumers over 40, and many plus sized costumers too. The openess to all kinds of costumers was really refreshing. All costumers should have that attitude. It's too bad next years is too far away for me, since I enjoyed myself so throughly at this one. I'll be looking forward to a closer con sometime in the future. :)

Thanks! I think you're one of the folks I didn't get a chance to talk to.

There had been complaints of "costume snobbery" in the past from a few (never could find out who - just rumors), but I think that that was more because they themselves weren't making any effort to meet people. I can say with confidence that we, here in St. Louis, were making an extra effort to actually get in people's faces and be friendly to anyone and everyone.

On people over 40 at CC - actually, that's more the rule than the exception. But we're trying to get more younger people to join our community - somebody's gotta carry this hobby on when we're gone, after all.

And many being plus-sized - yeah, well, y'know - when you get to be our age, that kinda happens..... It's funny - we've talked to more than one person who's expressed a little interest in costuming, but they had this weird notion that they had to lose weight or be skinny first. Some of the best costumers I've seen are no skinny sticks.

Karisu-sama
04-09-2007, 06:50 AM
Could someone who actually has the data please post a thread in this forum with the full list of winners of the awards at the Masquerade, please? :) (I would if I had it!)

Oh yeah; and perhaps a title pointing out how VERY well the Trinity Blood entry did would not hurt... ^^ Obviously Anime cosplay has a place at CC, duh, as I've been telling people for ages... :p :) Remember, it's ALL cosplay, no matter what the source material, as far as the Japanese are concerned. ^^

grandis
04-09-2007, 11:28 AM
Oh, Karisu, I sort of forgot to post this link to our TB gallery, as you asked.

http://images.cosplay.com/gallery.php?cat=70871&member=1991

Omission taken care of.

Buddycat
04-10-2007, 02:12 PM
Could someone who actually has the data please post a thread in this forum with the full list of winners of the awards at the Masquerade, please? :) (I would if I had it!)

Working on it. Someone posted the results on the ICG-D list, so we'll make an effort to get it over here soon. Still need to get the Historical results out, too.

Eleryth
04-10-2007, 03:52 PM
Thanks for all the reports and stories, guys! I'm sad I didn't get to go, and eagerly await more and more pictures!

I'd like to go to the next one, but it's a bit far away, and who knows what life will throw my way. May be a few years down the road, but I'll attend a CC at some point, I promise! So many of you I want to meet!

CapsuleCorp
04-10-2007, 10:02 PM
I'm in the process of getting my photos up. Well, I had half of them up...and then got sick. I'm vertical enough to sit at the computer and edit, so even as I speak I'm finishing the uploading. They're here in my gallery on cosplay.com. If you see you, or a friend, feel free to nab. And correct me on names or costume details if I've labeled them wrong.

Thanks again everyone involved with costumecon. I can't wait until I have the opportunity to make another one - Milwaukee 2010 for sure, don't know about Baltimore yet. It was so great to meet everyone, and poke at costumes, and now that people are posting saying what they were wearing, I can go "Oh yeah! I DID talk to you! Hi!" :D

CostumeCon gallery: http://images.cosplay.com/gallery.php?cat=70625&member=6457

Individual shots of my costumes (Shuichi Shindou, Lazlo, and Sanzo) are in the respective folders for those costumes. Didn't want to clutter my showoffs with lots of me.

Gravely
04-11-2007, 11:46 PM
Thank you for the pictures, I've left a few comments just for identification for folks.
Gravely

Buddycat
04-13-2007, 02:47 PM
Thanks for all the reports and stories, guys! I'm sad I didn't get to go, and eagerly await more and more pictures!

I'd like to go to the next one, but it's a bit far away, and who knows what life will throw my way. May be a few years down the road, but I'll attend a CC at some point, I promise! So many of you I want to meet!

Yeah, we wish we would've gotten to meet you. BTW, your membership packet will be going in the mail this weekend.

Eleryth
04-14-2007, 06:18 PM
My membership packet? What's that?

Buddycat
04-15-2007, 11:15 PM
You didn't sell one of your memberships. Therefore, you get goodies: the program book, the very nice badge holder and a very cool, limited edition commemorative CC25 pin!

BTW, I lied - the packet will be going out by no later than this coming weekend.

Kaijugal
04-18-2007, 08:25 PM
Up from the depths Thirty stories high Breathing fire His head in the sky Godzilla! Godzilla! ....

Um, I mean Kaijugal! *strikes dramatic Godzilla-like pose, (and completely fails to be intimidating.)*

^_^

I've recovered from the post con plauge, and have finally dealt with most of the things that have piled up here while I was away for a week playing hooky at Costume Con. (WHEW!).

How was it for me?

It was SUPER FANTASTIC. :bigtu: It was so super fantastic for so many reasons I truely cannot post everything here in any manner that would truely convey how great an experience it was.

It was not only just the high of four days of, costuming goodness, masquerades, parties, and just hanging out with interesting, likeminded people, but so much more. The atmosphere was very much like the cons I attended when I was much younger, and miss so terribly much.

Everyone was just so open and wonderful, kind, and encouraging. People were very enthusiastic about what each other were doing.

The Friday Night meet and greet dance was cool. So well decorated, and fun candies and rubber duckies on the tables. As well OMG real food was a pleasant suprise. I purchased a few goodies at the swap meet that happend during that time.

The Canadian Crew (Myself, Ikegami & Sarcasm Hime), didn't participate in any of the three maquerades, (Sci Fi &Fantasy, Historical, Future Fashion Folio), but we did our best to deck out with hall costumes friday, saturday, and sunday. I just love hall costumes and there were plenty to be seen at Costume Con. It was nice to see such a variety of costumes being worn in the halls, everything from historical, to original creation, to anime and other media recreations.

We did attend and watch all three masquerdes which we thoroughly enjoyed.
(If anyone is interested in obtaining DVD's of Costume Con masquerades, please PM me and I'll pass on the videographers contact information. I don't want to post it here for the spambots.)I was quite content to watch the masquerades to get a feel for them, since I totally wish to participate on stage next year.

I was thrilled that two of the drawings I submitted for the Future Fashion Folio were chosen and created by other costumers for that show. I was very excited about the Fashion Folio even before the convention. I had hoped to make something for it myself, but alas it was not to be this year. I will also bashfully say that I recieved a few awards for my designs before somebody else mentions it. ^_^;

Team Canada finally, FINALLY, managed to hustle thier buts into the exhibit room for a look see. This was masterminded by the amazing Gravely and Grizelda, and contained an amazing amount of cosutme con history in both photographic form, and in a wondeful show of some of the actual costumes and props themselves. (Yes there are a few photos for those of you who didn't have the good fortune of making it to CC25). This was definately my favorite non masquerade related part of the con hands down.

In retrospect I really wish I had spent more time looking thru all the photo books they had there among other things, but time at Costume Con is ever ticking, and as at any good con I had to pick a choose.

I enjoyed the panels I was able to attend, (as Sarcasm Hime pointed out, the only "bad" part about Costume Con, was that we were not able to attend ALL the panels.) Since Costume Con 26 is all about the Costume Continuum, I'm expecting that they'll have T.A.R.D.I.S. devices available to clear up this problem. ^_~ One of the panels I particularly enjoyed was the panel on sunday where the winners of the SF masquerade shared information & techniques about thier costumes, and where we got to touch, and generally enjoy thier workmanship up close. ^_^ Monday there was also a Judging related panel run by Costumers which I also was quite interested in, (which unforutnately Team Canada was a little late rolling out of bed for, so I missed the first little bit). I'm a sucker for panels about a) Judging, and b) with video of masquerades, c) old (costuming/masquerade) war stories.

Boo for having to miss the panels about running masquerades. I was unfortunately schedualed against them. *pouty face* *wry grin* *shrug*


The monday field trip to Jackmans Fabrics was fun, (except poor Sarcasm Hime was ill), and Mexian food that night was a yummy treat.

The room parties were fun and well laid out.There was a wine tasting friday night, Minion and Lab rat Ribbons among other interesting things at the Evil Genius partry, and our Ratta joined in the antics of the mousquerade on monday which was very unique to be sure.

One of unforseen aspects of the convention was meeting so many cool people and making so many new friends. There were so many wonderful people I cannot name them all here, but I will put down a few comments for those who I know are here:

Grandis: Congrats on your win. Your costumes were beautiful.

CapsuleCorp, RaDragon & Co.: You and your crew were super cool right from the very second I ambushed you in the hall on friday morning. XD Thanks for sharing your stories with us and I would totally love it if you made it up to Anime North! Contact me any time for help in this regard.

Shine-Chan: Your Totoro costume was definately one of my favorites of the weekend. It was so cute and well done. I want to steal it. ^_^ :heart: Also thanks for the tips on painting.

csueshambaugh: It was great finally getting to meet you in person and commiserate about adventures in masquerade directing. ^_^ I hope we'll have a chance to make it out your way sometime in the nearer future. (darn our cons always being on the same weekend)

Buddycat: You and Nora were the most super and wonderfully welcoming people. I can't say enough good things about you. :)

Costumers: Thank you for all your hard work on the convention. Also I really enjoyed your judging panel, and hopefully next time I'll be able to see the entire thing ^_^;;;.

And last but definately not least, Gravely: (Yes I am embarassed, but happily so. *^_^*) Meeting you was definately a highlight for me as well. :toothy: I look forward to seeing you and Grizelda again, and hearing more stories of your adventures. :)

Well, I'm sure I'll think of 100 more things to say after this is posted. ^_^;
In Summary: COSTUME CON 25 was a wonderful event. Big Thanks to the organizers and to all who participated in making it a memorable time.

Cheers!

P.S. I did take some pictures, which I will attempt to post soonish, either here or at a hosting site if somebody could suggest a good one.

CapsuleCorp
04-18-2007, 11:41 PM
Eh, post 'em here. I did. I figured, all the cosplayers ought to take a look at some of those costumes and get inspired. :) It was great to meet you too, and WHEE FUN! :D I love being able to get together with people with various costume experiences and pick brains. And commisserate on long-ago Toronto Treks! LOL!

RaDragon76
04-19-2007, 04:30 PM
Kaijugal- It was a blast meeting you guys as well. I was glad we got to meet and was especially happy to get to the chance to see your costumes up close. I don't care what the other EGL people say, your EGL costumes rocked and were the best ones I've seen to date. I'm glad I got the chance to see them in person. If we ever do plan a trip to Anime North (and that would be quite a trip for Khene and I since St. Louis is our home turf) we'll be sure to talk to you.

Shine-Chan
04-19-2007, 08:21 PM
Kaijugal post them here I want to see. I was kind of dumb and forgot I had a digicam for most of the convention. I loved your poofyness and thanks to your panel I now have an idea on how to make Dogtato-Kun.

I am glad you liked Totoro two of my friends now want to make a white and blue versions to go with me at Anime Iowa I really have to find a way to make a leaf that doesn't bruise my collarbone after a few hours.

grandis
04-20-2007, 08:43 AM
Thanks for the congrats, Kaijugirl. I wish that we'd had more time to hang out, but the whole masquerade thing ate the day I had at the convention.

You guys looked great in your faerie suits.

Grandis

Buddycat
05-02-2007, 02:18 PM
Just wanted to pop in here and say the 1300(!) photos of the con are now available on 5 CDs for just $50 a pop. So that he doesn't get spammed, I won't post his email here, but if you don't know how to contact him already, PM me.

We're working on the ability for folks to order individual shots.