1) Event: International Cosplay Day Singapore (ICDS) 2012
Venue: Convention Centre, Ngee Ann Polytechnic (Singapore)
Date: 26 August 2012 (Sun)
Cosplaying: Perona from One Piece
2) Event: Singapore Toys Games & Comics Convention (STGCC) 2012
Venue: Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands (Singapore)
Date: 1 and 2 September 2012 (Sat and Sun)
Cosplaying: Cheren from Pokemon Black & White (2 Sep)
It has been a crazy busy two weeks! Last week was the inaugural ICDS, and over the weekend was STGCC.1) ICDS 2012
I was really excited about ICDS as it's the first cosplay event that seems to give equal coverage to both Eastern and Western cosplay. Although I've only cosplayed anime characters, I'm very much a fan of Western games and pop-culture. I was contemplating whether to cosplay as they announced the details rather late and the date is close to other upcoming events. I got attracted to the idea of going onto the cosplay runway, as I've never tried it before and wanted to experience it. Long story short, I registered for the runway, and also convinced
to do the same. Both of our applications were accepted!
On the day itself, I prepared my Perona cosplay. This time, I wore gray-coloured contact lenses (couldn't do it previously as somehow my eyes were too dry) and spammed more eyeliner to make the eyes larger. My parents decided to come along and see what the fuss was all about, and to help me take pictures, so I got a ride there. ^_^ Help with transport is really useful when you have lots of bulky props, weird hair colours and thick makeup.
was still preparing his Ace tattoo when I got there, so I walked around by myself. I made friends with a girl who was cosplaying the 2Y later version of Perona, and also dropped by the Table Studio booth.
We had to report for the runway at 12.45pm sharp, and they grouped us according to series. There were only three One Piece cosplayers, the both of us plus a Luffy that we made friends with. In order to save time and make the flow of the event more efficient, they gave us the option of going out together or solo, so we decided to go as a group. In less than two minutes, the stage time was over, but it was still a really fun experience! I didn't really see many of my other friends at the event, I think most of them were tired out from Natsu Matsuri that took place the day before, or were preparing for the other events. Toshiro was there as Grell from Kuroshitsuji, and took part in the cosplay competition. There weren't many entries for the competition, which made my parents suggest that I join the next time, until they realised it's not that easy. Maybe one day...
We were really hungry towards the end of the day, so Toshiro,
, my sister and me went for dinner. Only later at night did we learn that the cosplayers did Gangnam Style on stage to wrap up the closing of the event. ARGH so epic and we missed seeing it with our own eyes! I've always thought it would be really funny to have cosplayers doing Gangnam Style. Yes, you can brick me now. >_<2) STGCC 2012
STGCC 2012 was held at Marina Bay Sands. As expected, there were tons of curious stares from tourists. On day 1, I met up with
and the rest. We reached MBS at about 11am, but since they had to prepare their cosplay, we only ended up heading into the convention centre at almost 1pm. I wasn't cosplaying on day 1 as I had to head elsewhere in the afternoon. There wasn't really much to do, mostly just walk around and look at all the merchandise for sale. Much love for
who kindly let us use the
booth on both days as our HQ! They had good business despite us causing a ruckus everytime we were around, haha!
Day 2 was more fun, as there was the cosplay catwalk to watch, and PIKO's performance. And I was cosplaying as Cheren from Pokemon! My first cross-play, and also first time trying this character. Cheren was
's idea, and his instinct was right as my face shape suited the character. The best touch was the glasses, which he lent me as well. Compared to Perona, this was a much easier cosplay. Props-wise, I used my home-made pokeball, a store-bought Cinccino plushie, modified shoes, and of course, the glasses. I left Cinccino at the booth and borrowed their Snivy instead, as that's the starter pokemon (I don't have any starter pokemon plushies
). It was comfortable walking around, but I doubt I have much pictures as pokemon is not really that recognisable or popular compared to other games/anime. I did catch the attention of some real fans, but that's about it. I consider this cross-play successful as not many people could recognise me, hehe. Although they could still tell I was female. :/ I took pictures with a Pikachu cosplayer and Mei from Pokemon B2W2, but I don't think they play Pokemon B&W as they didn't have any reaction whatsover when they saw me. Oh well, I guess it will be more obvious (and fun!) when I cosplay with a team, maybe do a photoshoot? *pokes