Costumes, Comics, & Cake

Oct 19

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wardengrey said: I totally get what you mean with AB in particular. I'm on the other side of the spectrum of you where I'm a younger cosplayer who's only been doing anime cons for the past 7 years until I went to Boston Comic Con this summer. Totally different atmosphere and expectations from the majority of the con-goers. and you're right: certain cons just aren't for everyone. Anime cons can sometimes feel forever-15-years-old, and comic cons can feel stiff/industry-ish. Knowing what you like is so important

Yep! Totally! Different strokes for different folks. :)

My first convention ever was DragonCon. It’s a party con - the crowd is my age, lots of drinking, loud, crowded, sensory-overload. I love it, cause drinking naturally makes some of my social anxieties relax. Other than that, comic cons are my home, which can be very industry-focused, older crowd, not so boisterous, and well-attended by families.

AB had that party-like atmosphere…but with no alcohol, and everyone’s sugar-high.

Anonymous said: Hi!! I saw your post about anime conventions and just wanted to ask a question/s.. I'm pretty shy around people and haven't really had much interaction around large groups of people, and i've only ever been to 2 cons, a sci-fi con and a gaming con. I love anime though, and I do enjoy doing things such as photoshoots with lots of people, at least a bit at a time. Do you think an anime convention would be too much for someone not so used to a big crowd?

Hello Anon! It really depends on the convention. I’d recommend looking up some local anime conventions, and then do a search for it’s attendance. Bigger conventions tend to have wiki pages that will list attendance in the right-hand column; if there is no wiki, it can be assumed it’s a small convention. I think it’s safe to say that conventions with 5,000 attendees (maybe even 10K) and fewer can be considered a small con, and while that number may sound large (and possibly overwhelming), it’s good to remember that that number is indicative of the entire weekend, not like all 5K people are there at the same time. AB had 25K people in attendance this year, but I never felt like it was over-crowded.

I guess the only way to really know is to buy a pass, maybe just a one day pass, and see how you like it! If you don’t enjoy yourself, oh well, there’s $10-$25 down the drain, but if you do, great! :)

EDIT: I feel like I should note that my interaction with people is much, much more when I’m in costume. I’m more visible, and there’s more going on with me for people to relate to. But I have seen people who have clearly wanted to keep to themselves at conventions, in and out of costume, and no one really bothers them. While conventions are a big social engagement, and have the opportunity to be very social, they don’t *have* to be.

anabokokarasux said: U ever thought of coming 2 animenext or castle point anime convention?

bigjavo:

bellechere:

cosgaycosplay:

bellechere:

I have no interest to go on my own dime. If they invited me as a guest, I’d be glad to attend and host some cosplay panels.

Not directed at you, just in general: I’m not sure why people think I attend anime cons? I’m very flattered you’d like me to be at one, but I’ve only ever done one anime costume. Anime just isn’t really my thing. After 9 years of attending conventions, this year was my first anime con - Anime Boston - and only cause I live in Boston and had a free pass. I enjoyed it, but…it’s a different crowd, and I felt a little out of place.

You mention that the crowds are different - as someone who is just getting into cons, do you mind explaining what you mean if you have time?

Certainly! The crowds are a lot younger, and because of that, filled with a much more unrestrained enthusiasm. There appeared to be a lot of teenagers who were excited to be away from their parents and around friends, and where also really energized on caffeine and sugar. It was much louder than my usual conventions. It was never really annoying (though I did almost get run over a few times by people playing tag, or catch-me-if-you-can), but it did make me feel older than I am.

As cliquish as AB seemed (lots of cosplay groups, or cosplay clubs/meetups, who didn’t seem to be interacting with other groups, even if they were from the same anime) people were also really warm and welcoming. I made some new friends there (HEEEY lissinator AND ninjacowstudios!) and people seemed eager to relate to the costume I was wearing (Lust, from Fullmetal Alchemist). There was never a moment where I felt like I had to justify my enjoyment of FMA - unlike comic conventions, where I’ve been called the ridiculous ‘fake geek girl’, have been asked to recite the history of the character I was wearing, or remember what exactly happened in issue #whatever. That was pleasant.

Since I’ve only watched a handful of anime, I was worried I’d be out of the loop and unable to recognize a lot of costumes, but that didn’t wind up being the case. And those I didn’t recognize, people were very, very, very receptive to tell me aaaaall about their favorite anime.

I found it to be enjoyable, but a little draining. Maybe the latter part could be attributed to having been a shut-in for a couple months after my divorce, and AB was the first large social interaction. Probably. But all the rest remains true.

I don’t see how that made you feel really out of place though? I mean maybe being that much older thant the median age of the poeple in attendence would be something that could make you feel out of place and not being that big into anime. 

but from what you are saying it seems like the people were very open and eager to include you in their enjoyment of things and share rather than force you to prove you belong. 

I know that sounds like a lot more fun to me. I’m probably more into anime than you are but I’d probably go to that thing every chance I got just to enjoy the atmosphere. 

Well, that’s you. You’re not me. Maybe you should go look up some local anime cons.

As an introvert, it’s very draining for me to be ‘on’ and surrounded by bustling, excited people. I felt like I had to be more ‘on’ and interactive at AB than many other cons. And I don’t know how old you are, but I’m at an age where I would be poignantly aware of my age if I returned to the halls of a middle school or high school, and that’s just what it felt like.

anabokokarasux said: U ever thought of coming 2 animenext or castle point anime convention?

cosgaycosplay:

bellechere:

I have no interest to go on my own dime. If they invited me as a guest, I’d be glad to attend and host some cosplay panels.

Not directed at you, just in general: I’m not sure why people think I attend anime cons? I’m very flattered you’d like me to be at one, but I’ve only ever done one anime costume. Anime just isn’t really my thing. After 9 years of attending conventions, this year was my first anime con - Anime Boston - and only cause I live in Boston and had a free pass. I enjoyed it, but…it’s a different crowd, and I felt a little out of place.

You mention that the crowds are different - as someone who is just getting into cons, do you mind explaining what you mean if you have time?

Certainly! The crowds are a lot younger, and because of that, filled with a much more unrestrained enthusiasm. There appeared to be a lot of teenagers who were excited to be away from their parents and around friends, and where also really energized on caffeine and sugar. It was much louder than my usual conventions. It was never really annoying (though I did almost get run over a few times by people playing tag, or catch-me-if-you-can), but it did make me feel older than I am.

As cliquish as AB seemed (lots of cosplay groups, or cosplay clubs/meetups, who didn’t seem to be interacting with other groups, even if they were from the same anime) people were also really warm and welcoming. I made some new friends there (HEEEY lissinator AND ninjacowstudios!) and people seemed eager to relate to the costume I was wearing (Lust, from Fullmetal Alchemist). There was never a moment where I felt like I had to justify my enjoyment of FMA - unlike comic conventions, where I’ve been called the ridiculous ‘fake geek girl’, have been asked to recite the history of the character I was wearing, or remember what exactly happened in issue #whatever. AB was a pleasant change from that.

Since I’ve only watched a handful of anime, I was worried I’d be out of the loop and unable to recognize a lot of costumes, but that didn’t wind up being the case. And those I didn’t recognize, people were very, very, very receptive to tell me aaaaall about their favorite anime.

I found it to be enjoyable, but a little draining. Maybe the latter part could be attributed to having been a shut-in for a couple months after my divorce, and AB was the first large social interaction. Probably. But all the rest remains true.

anabokokarasux said: U ever thought of coming 2 animenext or castle point anime convention?

I have no interest to go on my own dime. If they invited me as a guest, I’d be glad to attend and host some cosplay panels.

Not directed at you, just in general: I’m not sure why people think I attend anime cons? I’m very flattered you’d like me to be at one, but I’ve only ever done one anime costume. Anime just isn’t really my thing. After 9 years of attending conventions, this year was my first anime con - Anime Boston - and only cause I live in Boston and had a free pass. I enjoyed it, but…it’s a different crowd, and I felt a little out of place.

Oct 18

montyhulu said: As a kid were you ever frighted of a monster under the bed?

Nope! Nor of the closet.

I did, however, fear going up the stairs when there was darkness behind me. Going down the stairs, into darkness? Fine. But heading up, I felt like I could never go quick enough. Was that creak of the stair residual from my weight being on it, or was something else following me? Was something about to grab at my ankle and pull me back down, screaming and scrambling and ultimately losing? It didn’t help that the water heater was in the basement, and it would rumble and roar when it turned on. To this day, in a totally different house, sometimes my steps will hasten when heading upstairs at night.

“I crave touch, yet I flinch every time someone is close enough.” — I have become rather fearful I suppose.  (via dollpoetry)

(via nudityandnecromancy)

Oct 17

dalekofchaos said: You must get this a lot, but you are so pretty :D

tallestsilver:

^ My usual, everyday self. But thank you <3

TALLEST, I LOVE YOU.

I AM DYING.

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Oct 16

filthy-humans said: You're rogue is absolutely amazing! She is one of my all time favorite comic character and favorite marvel character period and your pictures personify her perfectly! Is the hair a wig or is that your hair with an impeccable dye job?

Thank you! Mine too! :D

The white bangs? Those are mine. I used to have the hair that went with it:

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But then I got divorced, and since he’s the one who wanted me to have long hair, I was eager to escape from that hated stereotype, and out came the clippers. So here’s what my hair currently looks like:

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It’s still white in the front, as you can tell from the Savage Land pics. That piratey-steampunk-ish pic was taken at sunset. The rest of the hair for Savage Land was indeed a wig. But, yep, love me some Rogue! I’ve had it dyed like this for 9 years now. :)

If anyone’s interested in learning how I bleach my bangs, go here: http://bellechere.tumblr.com/post/14245568260/how-do-you-get-your-bangs-so-white

Anonymous said: From the Savage Rogue set, my favorite's the one with the surf coming over the rocks. You make it look awesome, but the whole time, I think I'd be thinking, "Shit, don't fall down, don't fall down, don't fall down."

Bahaha! No, you’re totally right. That’s exactly what I was thinking. Waves in Hawaii are no joke, and that lava rock is hella sharp!

I want to remake my Black Cat for Rhode Island Comic Con, because Halloween. I’m not looking for a redesign, but I’d like the bodysuit to be more interesting looking. More seams/panels for a more tailored look, y’know? Anyone have any images or ideas they could send my way to get the creative juices flowing?

EDIT: I should have been clearer. I’m looking for Adam Hughes/Terry Dodson Black Cat. Not steampunk, or outer space, or Linsner’s, or the new Amazing Spider-Man’s awful designs. I’m just looking for a stylized bodysuit pattern.

Heads up, Carol Corp! I&#8217;ll be getting this image made into a poster, which I will be selling at Rocky Mountain Con. ALL profits of this poster will be going to Aurora Rise - a great charity for a tragic event, and definitely a good reason to pick one up! Hope to see you there, Denver!
Photo by Robbins Studios Photography and Fine Art Captain Marvel costume made and modeled by me, BelleChere Cowl made by 4th Wall Design

Heads up, Carol Corp! I’ll be getting this image made into a poster, which I will be selling at Rocky Mountain Con. ALL profits of this poster will be going to Aurora Rise - a great charity for a tragic event, and definitely a good reason to pick one up! Hope to see you there, Denver!

Photo by Robbins Studios Photography and Fine Art
Captain Marvel costume made and modeled by me, BelleChere
Cowl made by 4th Wall Design