After a very challenging last semester, I am finally finished with college! The plan is to do a few photoshoots with garments I've made, and I can talk about that more in-depth later on.
For the time being, I have a lot of catching up to do. Back to conventions & hobbies, and I have a lot of posts planned. Otakon is my next convention, so look forward to that.
If you've wondered what I've been up to in the meantime, the answer is.... Tumblr! http://mechafaux.tumblr.com/
Or more specifically, here are peeks at projects I've worked on: http://mechafaux.tumblr.com/tagged/stuff_i_make
Hello world, I have survived Magfest X and live to tell its tales... with pictures!!
What a whirlwind weekend, seriously. I did my best to go to as many of the concerts as I could, and try some games I haven't tried before. Also I spent a lot of time in the dealer room and meeting up with friends I haven't seen in years, as well as meeting Youtube heroes! Those were four of the most fun days I've ever experienced, now I am truly spoiled for conventions. There was never a dull moment, the enormous game room was open 24 hours a day with all the arcade games on free play (totally had a blast with pinball!) and there is always music to go check out & dance your night away to. The hotel was extremely beautiful and surreal. Only a few blocks away was a super awesome burger joint! I didn't wear any costumes this time but I sewed a lot of clothes and got to try out some new styles. Big thank you to everyone who made it such an excellent time, I couldn't have asked for a better birthday weekend.
Overall, NYCC this year was an improvement over last year. It still has a lot of kinks to iron out, but its getting there. 2011 was all about star power! The guest list was pretty awesome. I particularly enjoyed the IFC panel and seeing H Jon Benjamin, David Cross, Seth Meyers, Fred Armisen, etc. Everyone else might be raving about the Avengers cast showing up, but my tastes are strange I guess.
A lot of my photos are biased towards robot toys. And what a great selection there was this year, mostly at the Bluefin booth. Bandai had a strong presence at the con, with some solid industry panels to answer fan questions and preview new releases. I had a lot of fun at the Sunrise panel and regret missing the Tiger & Bunny panel.
We hosted a new panel this year titled The State of Mecha. I think it went okay for a trial run, fairly different from our usual style, but I'd like to hear from you if you attended!
We also had the great opportunity of conducting some really fun interviews, as featured in a previous post. I hope to do more of that next year.
Some of our friends were in the Artist Alley.. which was a bit hard to get to. Artist Alley is usually where I spend the most time at conventions, but there were a lot of cancellations this year and I didn't get to bring my sketchbook around. Instead, I just shared chocolate cookies with my favorites.
On Saturday, I was judging craftsmanship for the masquerade. Due to events of last year, very very few groups competed this year. I can tell NYCC is taking the event more seriously since the fall out of last year, but it will take longer for the cosplay community to return. However, the prizes are good and I encourage more people to compete next year (and hopefully I will return?). Please read the rules, though.. competing in costumes you didn't make yourself is a no-no. I have a post about masquerade judging here.
Also worth mentioning is the NYCC mobile app. Javits Center has notoriously terrible (i.e. nonexistent) phone reception and WiFi, so it was an improvement to make the app work offline this year! However it still crashed a lot and left much to be desired. I use Guidebook at most of the cons I go to, I feel like it is pretty much perfect (I'm using a Droid 2Global) and I like keeping it to one app. Guidebook makes it easy to make your own schedule, set notifications, and use con center maps without ever needing a paper guide. Let's hope they make the switch next year.
NYCC 2011 still suffered from huge crowds and some serious con funk, but this year felt a bit more worth it. Although I am still biased towards fan-run cons and feel less devotion to industry-run cons, I look forward to next year and what new things 2012 will bring!
Earlier this year, I got to help a friend out with a costume in return for some help on my own project. Sewing is my strong suit, props not so much... so it was awesome to get help from the best around!
Anyways, on to the pictures. Here is Amazon Mandy as evil Belldandy, looking absolutely stunning:
Click the picture to see her gallery & information for this costume.
You can see progress here, and the tutorial for the shoes here.
Long time no see, friends. How have you been? I would like to say I've been travelling the cosmos, I've been so inspired by space! I partially blame Kamen Rider Fourze (it's sooo good!) but I've always been obsessed. So here is a round-up of my top 10 right now, not in any order:
My friend and I went to get lunch at GoGo Curry today and we had to get out of the way of the movie being filmed in front of our favorite lunch spot! Some of the crew came into GoGo and removed all the posters with the year on them and asked them to turn down their speakers :/ All I had was my phone on me, so here are a bunch of not-so-great photos of Imogen Poots and Penn Badgley on the set of Greetings from Tim Buckley, a movie about Jeff Buckley. Click pics for hi-res.
Last night, my friends and I traipsed about the city for Fashion's Night Out. We started off heading to Saks since things were going on on every floor. It was pretty interesting and they really put a lot of effort in, I loved some of the DJs a lot! Our next stop was the Ace hotel for a carnival style presentation for Opening Ceremony and Rodarte... although we never made it inside, we still had fun playing the carnival games outside and enjoying amazing gourmet street food. After that, we made our way to Soho and popped in the Betsey Johnson store. Crowded, but cute! Soho itself was very VERY crowded and littered with trash and police doing their best to keep the crowds out of the way of cars... trying to get home was like making my way through a mosh pit. Anyways, still an eventful evening overall and I took lots of photos! Take a look: