End of summer and autumn is a really busy time of the year for me and to add to it two big cosplay events, AniFest, held for the first time and including the 2013 Portuguese ECG Competition, and Cosplay @ Amadora BD, our oldest cosplay event.
I was once again honoured to be invited as a judge at the Portuguese ECG Eliminatory at AniFest, which is the most priviliged position to watch any cosplay competition, where you get to see and analyse the costumes up close, talk to the cosplayers and get to know them. Some of the competitors were cosplayers I already knew personally, some others I knew from photos or repeatedly seeing them at events. I feel it's hard to get to know other cosplayers unless you have a more personal contact with them, because people change their appearance so much, and there are so many people attending these events. For a very absent-minded person like I am, it's hard to keep track. So guys, if you feel like talking to me, just say "hi!"
Another great part of being a judge at ECG this year was to get to know Shappi, who besides being a fabulous cosplayer is really sweet and nice. There were other international cosplayer guests from the Netherlands (sorry guys, I forgot your nicks, forgive me, I'm a silly person) besides the French ECG Organizer. The other Portuguese cosplayer judge was manabuutena who was part of the winning group last year and is the loveliest cosplayer! Loved talking to you
The contestants were more than last time I was a judge, but less than last year. Even though there were lots of cosplayers at the event and a huge number attended the next day's parade. I was honoured, together with my fellow judges, to give the first prize to Lunnacry and her cousin, as Sakura-hime and Shaolan from Tsubasa Chronicles, and to SingingNight, as Chandra from Magic, the Gathering. I already knew both girls as cosplayers and all I can say is that their work evolved a lot and their potential is huge. I'm very proud of them! I also wish to focus on Sofy202's Link cosplay which was amazing, really detailed.
On the first day I wore my new Non, from Majokko Megu-chan, cosplay, but it was really hot and I was suffering the whole day, spending most of the time sitting down at the dressing room, where the air-con was cool and chatting with cosplayers. Hemno-Snap took some photos, but I don't think they turned out any good, or maybe he'd already sent me some. Well, the purple fabric slivers and blue wig at the prize giving at the ECG are mine ;D I'll be wearing it next at the Cosplay Photoshoot, at Carnival, when it's cool!
The next day I didn't cosplay, facepaint cosplays are definitely not for hot weather, and took some workshops, a general cosplay one, by AnaIsabelaSantos, where she shared some useful tips, mostly for starting cosplayers, and an armour and prop workshop, by Shappi, where I really learned a lot and realised I already followed her on Facebook. She's a really good armour builder and uses all kinds of materials, from cheap cardboard to expensive worbla, all depending on the budget and end result.
All in all I liked AniFest a lot, it was very well produced, the international guests were a really nice plus, and the venue, a film/video/media school, was well chosen. The only negative was the hot temperature, which is very hard for me to deal with, but not for the organizers to control.
You can check my photo gallery on Picasa, but forgive the really awful photos, I wasn't feeling 100% because of the heat, cosplaying Non in that heat really got to me.
Cosplay @ Amadora BD
No matter how disappointed I get with the festival's organization and venue planning, this is probably the cosplay event I hold dearest to my heart because I started it, and because the comics festival once used to be really good, although not remotely as crowded as it is now. So, I went as Tsukikage-sensei, from Glass Mask, because it's comfortable, discreet enough to ride 30 mins wearing it on the subway and because cosplayers get free entrance on the parade day. Well, I'm broke!
Well, every year I ask myself what's going to be worse than last for cosplayers? This year the stage was a thin strip with hardly no space for the audience, which was the most stupid so far. I should make bets for next year, but at least this year it wasn't placed in the gloomy garage!
After the cosplay parade there was a cosplay debate. I can relate to the organization wanting to approach most points of view, there were two cosplayers (very different kinds), a photographer, an event organizer and a college student researching cosplay as a pop culture phenomenon, but they only addressed very basic issues and maybe there were too many guests for such a short time. I hope they organize others and go deeper into the cosplay theme. Afterwards, I wanted to approach the researcher, but he made a quick getaway and by the time it took me to come down from the seating area, he vanished!
Again I took some (reference) photos, there were a lot of cosplayers attending, the stage was far from ideal, so enjoy!
Oh, I almost forgot! I'm accepting resin jewel commissions, I ship anywhere, actually not to have to waste part of my resin batch. Two slots are already taken, but I'm still accepting orders. Please check it out!
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