Monday, 30 May 2011
10:22:46 PM (GMT)
I haven't actually covered Expo much in my journals for some time... but it's a big
part of my life and I haven't updated on Kupika in some time.
Expo was this weekend just gone, and the team debuted the Highschool of the Dead
cosplays that I made - they seemed to go down pretty well (though Hellsing will
always come top I reckon), so I deem them a success.
The cast was as so:
Muffinbake as Busujima Saeko
StarDust as Komuro Takashi
Donnie as Shizuka Marikawa
RAWR_Igirisu as Takagi Saya
Bootheghost, myself as Miyamoto Rei
I made the three girls' uniforms from scratch, plus I did the modifications on
Takashi's jacket. I also styled all the wigs and modified some of the props, as well
as sewing Shikzuka's skirt, not seen in this photo.
It was a pretty good Expo, though not quite top - still going with October 2010 for
the best yet - though we had some good times, particularly with some of our close
friends. I think the novelty of Expo has finally worn off, which might be one of the
reasons it wasn't so adreneline fueled as usual, though I think the windy, cold
weather was the main downer on the weekend; notably, the sunnier weather on Sunday
menat that it was the better day.
The best thing that happened... probably the fact that Muffinbake totally
pulled. ;D This one bloke who ran a yaoi store was a fan of HOTD, and so after
photographing us and talking with Harrie, he came after us for Harrie's phone number.
A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN, METHINKS. It's my new OTP for srs.
Basically, this year was all about the people and less about the cosplay - we spent a
lot longer hanging out with friends than trailing the halls looking for cosplays. We
spent a good deal of time with our long-time friends from Cumph Cosplay, including
the amazing Anna and the FABULOUS Fay, and another few hours with some of the
Hellsing crew from October last year, who we're all firm friends with - Ziggi, Paul
and Karsten especially. There was lots of kleptomania there, but not just from Ziggi,
A bad thing was Big Brother... yes, they went to Expo, but we didn't really feel the
effects until we arrived home and checked the Internet. There is a MASSIVE backlash
against BB and the Daily Star newspaper for publishing photos without permission and
using information incorrectly... enough for a court case in fact, and I believe some
people are sueing them over it. MCM really fucked up this time... first with stealing
Iain's idea last year, and now this - no wonder they were down 3000 guests this event
and everyone's moving to Kitacon now.
But anyway, I won't dwell too long on the negatives... we had a blast in our new
cosplays, and StarDust successfully took on the challenge of being manly for
the weekend - a feat which has so far been quite difficult for the likes of
Muffinbake. Many people commented on the fact StarDust was such a pimp
with all these girls in short skirts around her... but HOTD is a harem manga series
as we all know. ...even though, admittedly, Imo did look like a fat chinese
man in many photos. :P
I bought: Bleach 35, Bakuman 5, a Boo the Ghost hat (yes, fo' srs!!), 2 x pocky,
chewy sweets, 2 x Miyavi posters, T.O.P poster and a Chinese music magazine about
Korean and Japanese music. XD MONEY WELL SPENT.
It was a good weekend, and definitely a weekend well spent - a much needed break to
the stresses of exams. Though I am seriously running on empty now... I slept in till
2pm today, which is something I never ever do.
It was great to see so many people again, and we're all keen to meet up again in the
summer before the next Expo, in October.
And what will October bring, you ask?
Last edited: 31 May 2011