September 2014 Update
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Published: September 10, 2014
The fall season will be upon us in no time and things have actually been a bit busy for me lately. I know that I said I wasn't going to any more conventions this year after Atomic Lollipop in July, but I did actually go to Fan Expo for a day (Sunday of the con) last week. I didn't go to Fan Expo last year, but I was feeling a bit sad that I missed out on Otakuthon the week before and I decided to look over the Fan Expo schedule. I was curious what the con had to offer and I found some of the panels on Friday of the con piqued my interest.  

There were a couple of guest panels that I wanted to see, but I didn’t leave myself enough time to plan to go by the time I thought maybe it would be worth attending the con for a day. Instead, my awesome friend Pan was able to get a badge for me to attend the con with her on the Sunday so I could still check out what the con had to offer. I had found that some of my favourite local Halloween/horror artists had art booths at the con in Artist Alley so I spent much of the afternoon searching for goodies. I did find some nice jewellery pieces and one figure that I wanted to buy in the dealer’s area. I didn’t get a chance to check out any panels because I was only at the con for a few hours and the day went by in a bit of a blur. Fan Expo is one of the most commercial cons in Canada so the atmosphere is quite different from most of the cons that I attend. There were some impressive exhibits and I may consider attending the con for a day in future years.

Pan and I re-wore our original design Supergirl and Batgirl dresses. It was nice to get a chance to Cosplay again before the end of summer. Fan Expo used to signal the end of the con season for me and the start of back-to-school for the first several years that I attended the con as I went to Fan Expo for the first time back in 2001. The con has grown exponentially since then and there are a lot of negatives to the event. I definitely wouldn’t recommend getting a full weekend pass, but I can still see the benefit of attending Fan Expo for a day because of the large variety of genres that Fan Expo encompasses.

Besides Fan Expo, I got together with my friend Pan last Saturday and we took some Cosplay photos of each other in a park near our house. I decided to wear my China Sherry costume. I’ve been hoping to get some photos of my China Sherry costume from RE6 for well over a year now and with the guns involved with the costume, it’s sort of hard to find a space that’s secluded enough to work with for a photoshoot. The shoot with Pan was lots of fun and we got some great character shots. Thanks to Pan for spending the day with me! I took some photos of her as a Teen Wolf character and that was a neat experience. I’m not much of a photographer, but it was fun to try my hand at it.

Now that it’s September, the con season has truly wound down for me. I’m still hoping to do a couple of photoshoots this year. I was planning to do a Tennis Peach shoot as I still don’t really have photos of that costume, but the temperature is set to drop in the next few days and I doubt I’ll be able to arrange for a shoot before it gets too cold. I have a new wig for my Shinku costume so I’m hoping to set up a shoot for that costume. I have zero photos of Shinku that I truly love because the wig has always been a frustration for me (that and squinting in pretty much every outdoor photo that I already have). ~_~ Hopefully I’ll figure out a shoot for that sometime in the next couple of months.   

I did just get shoot photos back from Otakuthon last year, the Cosplay Picnic and APOP so I’m really happy to have so many lovely photos to share. I’m finally working my way through my backlog of costumes that I need photos of and it’s nice to finally be catching up with things. Thanks to all the wonderful photographers that I’ve been working with in the last few years! It’s always such a triumph to see nice photos of a costume that I poured lots of blood sweat and tears into!

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FatalValkyrie's avatar
I'm really excited for Colossalcon next year with you and Amber, and everyone else! :3 it's going to be great! Cannot wait to be Sailor Scouts with everyone! :D 
straywind's avatar
I was pretty excited when Ammie asked me about a Sailor Moon group. (^^) I'm looking forward to seeing you at Colossal! You're going to be a gorgeous Mars! (^_^)
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Aww, thank you so much! :hug: I hope to be a GREAT Mars! ^__^
I'm SO excited to hang out with you guys again and have an amazing Sailor Moon group! Did you decide who you were going to cosplay? :) 
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I had been hoping to go to Colossal for a few years now so I'm super excited to see what the con is like now that I'm finally going. (^^)

I actually haven't decided yet who to Cosplay from Sailor Moon. I prefer to Cosplay as Moon because she's my favourite, but the wig needs some TLC and it's a bit of a pain to transport. I don't have very many photos of Mercury that I like so I should probably Cosplay Mercury. XD I'm still on the fence about it. (^^);;

I'm also still unsure about any other costumes I might bring to Colossal. XD I'm glad that I have lots of time to decide.
FatalValkyrie's avatar
I've been wanting to go for a few years myself now, especially after seeing many vlogs about how amazing it is! I'll be vlogging it myself and I cannot wait at all! 

Hmm, I can see why you're in between about them! Either way, you will look totally adorable! I cannot tell you how excited I am to see you and Amber again and get to cosplay with you! ^__^
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It was great to spent so much time with you this summer! :3

Thanks for the photoshoot day. That worked out surprisingly well and was super fun. Yay BS PhotographyTM. LOL.
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Hanging out with you definitely made the summer memorable. I really enjoyed our random outings and Atomic Lollipop was great fun. Even the insanity of Fan Expo is not that terrible with a good friend to battle through it with! 

Thanks again for helping me out and shooting with me! Glad we did it last weekend. I can't believe the change in weather in just one week!
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