So much to say.... eventful would be an understatement.
Call it childish excitement, but I literally didn't sleep at all the night before. That had its toll later. Quitted rolling in bed about 6:30 and woke up to do a final shave and head to the hotel where I was to meet the other people of my group.
Got dressed there about 9am, which would make for a full 12 hrs sraight of wearing the costume, including the shoes and wig (more on that below). One of the girls (S Moon) did my makeup and I think she did an amazing job, considering the raw material
We drove to the Convention centre and luckily found parking at the building itself, which was very useful along the day. Got regged int othe con at about 11:30.
I was amazed at the amount of people who asked for my pic. Never had that kind of attention happen to me before. That and people stopping me on the aisles to compliment me. Call me vain but I loved the attention and the possitive comments that people gave me spontaneously.
Regarding the con itself, I understand now the derogative comments it was given. The only attractions for the paying public were to look at cosplayers (who paid themselves to get in, call it doble dipping), the dealers room (who also paid to get in, another doble dipping), the idol show (again, paying members providing entertainment), a room with movies and a couple of panels. For my own situation I look at it as training or rehearsal for bigger and better things, so it's positive.
The costume held its end of the bargain. I had never worn it before for more than a few minutes and was curious and a bit worried how would it react when put to work. Glad to say not even one stitch popped, nothing fell apart and only needed a couple of safety pins for some minor adjustements. The skirts trims and back bow survived me sitting without complaint, and even drove back and forth in full costume.
I did submit my body to a bit of abuse (well, not really abuse but outside its normal routine). At the end of the night I loved to take off my heels, but that's no news for almost any cosplayer. I was a bit worried about how would my digestive system work inside my corset. Also, I estimated that going to the washroom would had involved taking EVERYTHING off and on again, well over 1/2 hr of work, so I decided to avoid it. Based on these two things, my whole diet for the day (till I got home around 10pm) was 1/2 bagel and 1/2 glass of water. My body has lots of calories stashed all over, so it didn't have the right to complain about not getting more for a few hours. I didn't feel weak or faint or anything like that.
Adding the little sleep i got the night before, the heels, and the lack of entertainment, at the early afternoon I foud a chair and sat down for a while, almost ready to doze off.
Regarding crossplay, nobody EVER said anything negative, or made me feel my choice of character (or gender) to play was unwelcome. Got nothing but thumbs up from everyone. Considering that regardless how good the makeup and costume was, I think it was obvious there was a guy underneath. Having shaved at 7am, 5-oclock shadow eventually started degrading the makeup job. We could have taken the effort of take everything out, shave and apply makeup again, but I don't think it was necessary for this particular situation. It is something that might have to be considered for other ocassions.
My tucking, chest taping and corset didn't bother a bit during the whole day. Forgot I had them after 5 minutes. Other people might comment if they achieved the right effect, but I think they worked as well as I could have hoped.
To my surprise, the biggest leftover I have on my body is the mark of the wig elastic in my forehead. I tried the wig yesterday for the first time, and there was no time to fix it, so it poked my forehead the whole day (even sometimes painfully). Even now after 18 hrs since I took it off, the red marks are clearly visible, and a bit painful if I touch it. Definitely something to fix. The only other leftover is a bit razor burn I will get with all the shaving, but that's expected and have dealt with it before. Nothing to worry about.
My group wanted to join the pseudo-masquerade so we half cooked an improvised dance, and of course it looked improvised and didn't get very far. Regardless of the dreaded "idol" theme, it was a chance to see great cosplay skills in action with the almost 20 participants.
I got some pics on my own camera, and aked all the people that took my pic to email me copies (does anyone think handing out a card asking for that sounds pretentious?). One came in already. I will be flooding my gallery soon as soon as I get a bunch cleaned up and sorted. Check it out regularly.
So in short, 99% positive, plus 1% seemingly negative but also positive because it helped me find things that need further attention.
It was GREAT to meet all the people that came to say HI, and I'd LOVE to do it again soon