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I only did Saturday at the con. I don't think I could have done a whole weekend. What an intensity of geekdom pouring in from all sides! There was tons of cosplay, too. My friends went as Krieger and Pam from Archer and got tons of asks for photos. They got tons of compliments. And here I am walking around in my completely obscure costume from a book series written in 1998. I was recognised four times out of thousands of people. Next time I think I'll do a character that's more a little more well-known. But I'm glad I wasn't wearing high-heels or anything tight or heavy. My gosh, the stamina some folks have for carrying props around on a cement floor all day!

Going to the con was also a really good litmus test for my levels of social anxiety. I am anxious in noisy crowds. I can't hear myself think. I can barely stumble out a few social niceties. Gosh I wish I could have been more eloquent sometimes, but between shouting my words and being bombarded with colours and smells, I'm ok with the fact I was able to speak something that sounded like English in the main hall. It's good to cycle in and out of the main hall to have cool-down periods in quieter areas. I think I might have started to panic if I didn't have some time outside of the intense noise.

Overall it was a great experience. I loved going up and down the artist alley seeing new projects, checking out everyone's style. I liked playing cosplay bingo and seeing everyone so excited about their favourite characters. What amazing fun. I will definitely return next year.

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nightlynxness Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
Sabriel!!! Wonderful cosplay! *claps*
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BeffaneeMaree Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh my goodness! Your cosplay is awesome, and your bell bandolier is perfect! I have always wanted to cosplay as Sabriel, great work! Too bad so few people recognized your cosplay, the book series is wonderful. :hug:
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bjhu Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Were you Sabriel? I loved that book so much!
Your costume is awesome! The bell bandolier and everything!
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RobynRose Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
I was! I had little bells in my bandolier and everything! (I probably could have done without them, though. They added a lot of weight to my costume)
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Charlene-Art Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome stuff :)
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RobynRose Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Thanks. :D
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manic-medic Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You make an awesome Sabriel! Love the costume, especially the bell belt :D 
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RobynRose Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
I made the little pockets all the night before out of vinyl. No more panic cosplay! Finish your costume on time!
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manic-medic Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, wise words! They look very polished and finished so your effort was worth it :D 
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Adcacai Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I wish I would have seen you there in your costume! It's fantastic--and one of my favorite book characters. You'll have to drop by and say hi in the artists alley if you do wind up going again!
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
It's awesome you had a few people recognize you!! It's a little bit of a let down when only a few people know who you are, but it's a way cooler bond sometimes xD  Glad to hear you had fun and will be back! :D
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RobynRose Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
I feel like being recognised as an obscure character is like a secret handshake. Instant bonding! (and that way I wouldn't get too overwhelmed with photo asks)
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, there are definitely some downsides to being a too well known character xD This is one reason I like doing less known outfits of popular characters!
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UltraxSoul Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
it was a ton of fun! I was there on saturday as well and i know the feeling of being overwhelmed and anxious in crowds. It was my first time going to a real con and like you said it was a good "litmus test" to see where my limits are! Glad you had fun and hopefully we'll both be there next year!
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KiilKannibble Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I was there Sat! :)
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Elvarnya Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student General Artist
I wish i could have gone to fanexpo but i was busy with family stuff. A friend and I are planning on doing a Lireal and Dog cosplay.
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RobynRose Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
I need to post a picture of my sister's dog. She looks (and behaves) exactly like the Disreputable Dog. Incredibly stubborn!
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Elvarnya Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Student General Artist
That's awesome. The Disreputable Dog is probably my favorite character in the entire series. Yeah I also need to post a picture of my Lireal cosplay, but it's a work in progress. I have waist clothes for the second librarian's uniform I just need to get the wig and make a couple other things.
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NionVox Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I would have been SO excited to see a Sabriel costume. I have the entire series and am sad it's not more popular. :<
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EetrsWorld Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do you have any pictures?i
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RobynRose Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
I did not bring my camera that day (I already had a sword and bell as hand props, and I was juggling a water bottle as well, so no room for a camera) but i had a few taken of me.
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EetrsWorld Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah that's cool! I'm glad you had a good time!
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