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Goodness I can not really be bothered with a full blown journal post about last year or this one coming, so I'll be brief.  I'm also not checking for spelling or grammar so... here goes nothing.

Last year was a pretty good year cosplay wise - not much going on, but all very fun.  I've already spoken about the first half of the year in my previous post so I'll just talk about July onwards.  

First up was the Christchurch Armageddon event, which was very small scale due to the earthquake but great fun to meet up with friends from the South Island.  Unfortunately there was not a lot of time for that as this was the most stressful con for my sister and I that year!  On the first day of the event, we were taking part in a katamari cousin group with my sister as Daisy and myself as Fujio.  God, these costumes we so fun!  Aside from impaired vision of course.  The only reason these costumes were stressful was that we had to fly bulky mascot costumes down to the opposite end of the country with only one checked bag each!  In the end we (well, Jess) plotted the ultimate Franken-box which housed her katamari head, inside of which was the cone of my head rolled up, both our smocks, leggings, etc.  Only the base of my cone went in my checked bag (which had our civvies and supplies).  On the Sunday we were to be entering our Theodore and Elizabeth (Persona 3) costumes into the costume contest after failing to finish them on time for the Auckland Armageddon event the previous year.  So naturally we HAD to have them finished and to the highest standard possible.  We did manage to finish the costumes and enter them (but not without copious amounts of stress with a sprinkle of sleep deprivation).  I'm happy to say that we won Best in Show with these costumes! (A huge thanks to kitsubasa for letting us use her sewing machine down in Christchurch.  We'd have been hopeless without it.)

You can find photos of our winning costumes here: authenticsowilo.deviantart.com… (static-sidhe is pictured in that gallery too, but did not enter the contest with us.)

There's not much at all to talk about with the rest of the year.  To Overload I cosplayed Dave from Homestuck - a very impromptu costume which I am not going to upload any photos of (partly because I do not have any of good quality, partly because the costume is not very high quality itself) but I did manage to get into the newspaper with said costume.

Auckland Armageddon, which is usually the big one, was nothing special for me this year as my sister was reaching the most critical time at the end of her degree and was unable to enter the contest (and I did not want to enter without her).  It was also smaller this year for me as two of the four days were on working days, so I had to attend school on those days.  So, we wore our Persona 3 costumes on the competition day so that we could stand on stage for the Trans-Tasman cosplay cup finals wearing the costumes that got us there.  A huge congratulations to seraphik and static-sidhe who won the Trans-Tasman cosplay cup with their dynamic Granado Espada costumes!
On the previous day Jess and I cosplayed as Jake and Finn from Adventure Time for the Cosplay Games, run by Jess and our friend KeyshaKitty who was cosplaying Fionna (and our friend Val cosplayed Princess Bubblegum!).  The games were a total blast, and it was so much fun having Adventure Time related antics with my friends.

Phew, so that's it for the second half of 2011!

Now, onto 2012.

Again, not much to say about this, particularly as only half the year is planned.

I'll be attending the first Armageddon Event in Hamilton dressed as Link from the beginning of Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on both days.  My friend KeyshaKitty will be cosplaying Zelda, and my sister will be cosplaying Fi.  I'm really looking forward to these costumes, especially because Skyward Sword was such a good game.  I had originally planned to also cosplay Vincent from Catherine as Troy Baker was going to be attending as a special guest, but as he has had to withdraw, I have chosen to postpone that costume for stress's sake.

A week after that, I'll be off to Wellington Armageddon again.  On the Saturday I plan to cosplay Isamu from Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne (or Lucifer's Call depending on the version you have).  I had myself a whole group but I think I'm the only Nocturne cosplayer left for WellyGeddon, unfortunately.  
On the Sunday, the plan is to cosplay Clive from Professor Layton and The Unwound Future.  A group does exist for this one, and my friends Li-Bai, Safyra, and Mats will be entering the contest with me as Luke, Flora, and Hershel Layton respectively.  Hopefully I can find some fabric the right colour before it's too late! (Why is that so hard?)

So that's all that has any sort of concrete plan, even if some of the concrete might still be setting.  (Oh, metaphors, oooh.)
Possible other costumes for the year include Sherlock, from BBC's modern tv show, and a certain someone from Pixar's Toy Story.

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Skyward Sword costumes can not WAAAIIITTTTT~! :heart: