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The con season is pretty much here at this point and sadly my plans for the year have changed drastically. I'm still excited for Anime North and that is happening next week. Unless something happens, my plans for the con are set. I'm planning to wear my new Bulma (Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods) costume on Friday of the con. I have my table for the Nominoichi. It's N172. Anyone looking for gently used Anime plush toys, DVDs, figures and wigs, please stop by. :3 I have things from series like Rozen Maiden, Sailor Moon, Madoka Magica, Vocaloid, The Legend of Zelda and more. Hoping to drastically clear out things so maybe I'll just split a table next year. I went overboard trying to manage holds on the Anime North forum and it hasn't really felt like it's been worth the time and effort I've been putting in. Next year I'm just going to pack a couple of boxes and show up the day of to sell my goods instead of accepting reservations in advance. Should make the event less stressful because it's driving me up the wall this year. XD

My other costume plan for AN is Dilandau (Escaflowne). It's being put together by my wonderful friend Ammie and the sword for the costume is being commissioned from my friend Adrien. Really excited for the costume! I hope everything comes together nicely and fits. I won't be getting the costume until AN and it sounds like AN will be a test run for the costume. Not sure when I'll wear it again after AN, but I plan to get lots of wear out of it. Kind of breaking the bank a bit with this costume so I have to get a lot of mileage out of it. (^^)

Speaking of other cons, sadly I no longer will be attending ColossalCon. I had booked a hotel room and I bought a badge for it, but circumstances have just worked out in such a way that it's not feasible for me to go. Between having some dental work done, my upcoming Dilandau costume, the cost of events pertaining to a friend's wedding next month (a wedding I'm a bridesmaid for) and Anime North, budgeting for Colossal really wasn't in the cards. Didn't really think so many things would hit me at once when I made a reservation for a room at the Kalahari last summer. It seems unlikely I'll ever be able to go to Colossal. It's a more expensive con and you have to reserve a hotel room almost a year in advance. It's really impossible to plan out so much in advance and it runs so close to AN. Things definitely would be more feasible for 2016, but I don't want to take on the responsibility of booking a room again. Anyway, that's life. Thankfully I have found takers for my hotel room and my badge. Just waiting to be paid and to figure out the logistics of transferring the room. It's really too bad that I couldn't go. The venue looked amazing and I was excited to see some of my American friends I hardly ever see. With the exchange rate I won't be taking on some other US con this year so I'll just have to see if things look more promising in 2016. Something tells me I won't be travelling to as many cons in the coming years though.

Last time I updated here I mentioned planning to work on my Madoka school uniform. Work has kind of stalled on that. Pan is doing me a big favour by helping me pattern out the blouse, but the days are going by really fast and neither of us really have time to work on it much in the foreseeable future. A few weeks ago we decided to delay the costume until after AN. I had been looking forward to wearing Madoka at Colossal so Madoka getting delayed was another blow to Colossal for me. The current plan is to work on our Homura and Madoka costumes for Atomic Lollipop, but with the way June is filling up for me, I'm 90% sure that costume is going to get delayed until Anime North 2016. I would probably work on it during the summer and fall. Would love to get it done in time for Atomic Lollipop, though, as the Science Centre exhibits and the outdoor courtyard would be lovely for photos of the uniforms.

So yeah, after Anime North I'll be attending Atomic Lollipop. What I'll wear to APOP is up in the air, but probably nothing new. I'll post about that con closer to the event. I might make a quick post about AN next week, but my plans are tentatively set. I only plan to bring Dilandau and Bulma unless I want to bring a Lolita outfit or something. If something happens and Dilandau gets delayed, I'll have to dig through my costume bins. Maybe I could bring out my Halloween Witch Rei costume or something. Otherwise my only other potential con might be Fan Expo for a day. Would love to have more things to do this year, but I'll hopefully do some private photoshoots to get photos of some older costumes that are lacking in the photo department like Shinku (Rozen Maiden), Saki (Onechanbara) and Celia (Harvest Moon). We'll just have to see how the year goes, but I am crossing my fingers that I won't run into more complications and issues!
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FatalValkyrie Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
Nuuuu ;-; I'm so saddened by this! </3
I was really looking forward to seeing you and Amber again and doing the Sailor Guardians together! But I also totally understand the situation as well and financial situations, it's why Colossalcon is probably the only con for me this year. 
straywind Featured By Owner May 19, 2015
That Sailor Moon group was something I was looking forward to! It was really my only set Cosplay plan for the con. :( Sorry we weren't able to make it! I hope we can maybe give the group another shot at a later con. Sorry to hear that you're facing a similar situation with cons. It's really frustrating when it becomes tough to be able to financially plan for a con. Anyway, I hope you have a nice ColossalCon!
AmmieChan Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
We should try to arrange a photoshoot for Onechanbara. I really wanted to get more shots of my Aya costume, especially with your Saki! Maybe I can arrange a day trip to TO so we can do a shoot with Stillvisions or Solartempest. 
It does suck about Colossalcon. I was looking forward to it as well. The US/Canadian dollar is really bad (for us) right now. Maybe in a couple years or so we can look at it. I do like the idea of trying more local cons since so many are popping up now. Niagara Comic Con isn't too far, and I've heard good things too. This year was kind of a wash out with so many things on the plate. Weddings always cost so much ><
straywind Featured By Owner May 19, 2015
Would be really awesome to get some shots of the Onechanbara girls together. :3 I want to maybe re-purpose the wig for Homura from Madoka Magica down the road so getting photos of Saki soon would be nice. Don't really think I would wear that to a con again, but I am dying to wear the skirt since that part turned out really nicely. XD

I am bummed about Colossal, but c'est la vie at this point. I'm honestly kind of happy it fell through now that I've had a couple of weeks to reflect on it because AN has just been hitting me hard with stress and I have so many little activities and events in June because of my friend's wedding. Could really use the whole month free. Maybe it'll be worth trying to attend Colossal in a couple of years.

I have heard good things about Niagara Comic Con. Might even have tried it this year, but the Saturday is out for me as that's my friend's bridal shower. XD Maybe next year! So glad you have some cool con things coming up with London Comic Con! That's really exciting!
PrettyKitty Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, bummed I won't see you at Colossal, but it's totally understandable. Take care of yourself and looking forward to seeing your new stuff~
straywind Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
I'm very disappointed that I had to cancel, but logistically it was the right decision. Didn't expect so many expenses to hit me at once. >.< Hope I can see you at some other con in the next couple of years. I would like to cross the border at some point. I hope you have a great ColossalCon, anyway! (^^)
PrettyKitty Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I know that feeling.

Definitely, and thanks!
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