Apologies for the long journal, this might take a while |D I would add everyone I met but my memory sucks most of the time so I get worried I'll miss people out ;3; so if I saw you over the weekend, I love yooou <3
had come over the night before so we could pack his stuff altogether, so we got the train up to London and then got the Virgin train from Euston to Coventry. We had Burger King lunch, omnomnom and then pissed everyone off by taking up luggage space, but that didn't stop a couple shoving their smaller cases on top of mine....8|
Mostly played Animal Crossing on the train, since I try to play it every day (HAHAA) and then we got to Coventry! (and I moved the smaller suitcases on top of mine and got evils from the couple and it was like YOU COME AND MOVE THEM THEN LAZY POOPS)
Then met up with a lot of peeps either on the train or off at Coventry, unfortunately we couldn't join them straight away as we had to taxi to the Premier Inn just off of the A45, as we were staying there for the first night as we couldn't afford 4 nights at the doubleroom accomodation, sobbu...;__; so we checked in and then unpacked our cosplays for Friday, before getting a taxi to the Warwick university! There we met people coming and arriving, and said hellos and whatnot. Also we realised this weekend was indeed going to be WASPCON just like last Aya...OTL. I was a bit anxious, as I had been stung by a wasp the week before and it had gotten infected, causing me to need antibiotics...I didn't want a repeat ;__;
After a while a bunch of us went into Bar Fusion where I had my second cheeseburger of the day...then I was starting to get weary so bidded everyone adieu and we taxi'd back to the hotel.
That night I slept okish...had my earplugs in and closed the window as there were noisy blokes outside the Harvester restaurant :/ and then at midnight, a delightful family came back next door, with small noisy children. Luckily they shut up after a half hour or so so I could get back to sleep |D
Friday - Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (and James as Naegi Makoto from Dangan Ronpa)
We got up early and had some brekkie and packed while getting into cosplay. I fretted over my eyelashes not going in and then remembered what I had to do, OTL. Then had makeup and added the wig and walaaa. We brought everything downstairs and checked out then called a taxi, but we weren't in the best of moods because it was chucking it down!!! I was not very happy...we took the taxi to the Scarman conference centre, on campus, which was our accomodation for the next few days - we couldn't check in but could leave our luggage in the cloakroom so that was fine.
Then we got an umbrella up and slowly trudged to registration to get our con badges, and then took refuge in the arts centre where I dabbed at my can of beans carefully as it was running slightly from the rain (even the sharpie ran and that's supposed to be permanent, wtf...) We also had complimentary wi-fi so I was checking Facebook and stuff X3
We stayed there until I got a call from one of the others in the Adventure Time group, and went outside to meet them, and lo and behold it had stopped raining and the sun was out. HOORAAAY!!!!
Then we had our shoot which was epic and I feel honoured to have joined in with Team PiC in their group And then we saw children and teenagers inside a room pressed up against the window because omg people dressed up lool. XDD;; I mostly ignored them. Then I got epic photos from Beth X3 (I have uploaded them already)
Then we went to rehearsals for Sunday Night Live, to check everything was ok, then I'm pretty sure we had lunch. Then we went to Cosplay HQ to see all the extras, including photos of cosplayers we had submitted (I featured twice, as Dilandau and Miku, yaay) and I ended up watching the Prosthetics panel ran by Xaerel, FatKraken and Sands, three cosplayers I admire and respect tremendously. It was very insightful and gave me a lot of ideas for the future...
Afterwards we headed over to the opening ceremony, with the massive queue hahahaha!!! XDDD It was rather short though, so afterwards we had time to go and get changed. Since it was our friend's birthday party, the theme was gothic/alternative...so we did crappy Death Note cosplays! XD I was MisaMisa with no wig (but my hair put up into mini bunches), a black cami top, purple skirt, fingerless gloves made from tights...XDD and a makeshift Death Note pahaha! James was L and actually looked quite good! Hahah
We arrived back in time for the Illustrated History of Anime Penguins panel! This was hilarious and I was wonderfully freaked out by some of the clips...Japanese why...then straight after was the Anime Room 101 hosted by That Man himself, Keith of Team Giblets. Again, amusement ensued, listening to Nert of Many Lemons rag on Cowboy Bebop (pahaha) and Tab of KhaosKostumes show the horrible anatomical disaster that is badly drawn hentai! Such fun.
Then we had dinner (a wrap from Costcutters hahah) and then couldn't find the others in the party so headed over to the Karaoke! Met up with some friends. Me and my friend Chris did something we promised to do after Minamicon this year, which was sing a duet of Snakeeater from Metal Gear Solid 3 XDD It was good, but I hardly heard myself as Chris has such a powerful voice LMAO! People clapped us at the end so I assumed I didn't sound like a dying cat...then I went crazy over people doing the ending to Free! (the new swimming anime out at the moment) as well as the Sailor Moon English opening hahaha
After we had done our choices (James sang from Sonic Adventure 2) we had a wander and then found the others for the party!! They had been under our noses the whole time, OTL! So I was able to see Sean and give him birthday wishes, as well as talk to people I hadn't seen yet, so that was awesome. Then it was time to go back and sleep.
Then came the worst night EVER
Saturday - Ice Climbers from Super Smash Brothers (and Ice Climbers)
Dramatic much dundundunnnn
Ok so basically, I was still taking antibiotics for my wasp sting, but my last one was set for Saturday morning. I'd taken one beforehand before I went to sleep, though James was wary since I'd consumed alcohol within a few hours of going back. It didn't say anything on the label about not taking with alcohol, so I assumed it was fine.
During the night I woke up with a bad upset stomach. After relieving myself (ahem) I then felt dreadfully sick. I tried throwing up but nothing came, so all I could do was sit on the bed distracting myself with the internet. I tried to go back to sleep but I felt so sick lying down, it wouldn't happen. Anyway, the time came to get up to get ready for breakfast. I had taken some Gaviscon tablets an hour beforehand to see if that would relieve my nausea (it didn't) so when I took my last antibiotic? HOLYCRAP SUDDENLY HORRIBLE HEARTBURN. I guess when it says do not take gaviscon until two hours after antibitotics, it also means BEFORE as well. ARGH
At least it distracted from the nausea so I managed to walk around and get ready for breakfast. Went downstairs and met our good friends Pez and Storme, who sympathised. Pez got me a peppermint tea to calm my stomach (it really helped) and I did try eating a cooked breakfast, because I'd spent the day before looking forward to bacon...but in the end I could only stomach dry toast. So after a few slices, I felt a lot better and we got into our costumes. We went to the university and my boot covers got mucky already, OTL. We had a photoshoot with our friend Kiereeerrrn and then hung around the circle steps for the others in our group. I was surprised so many people asked for our photo XDD;; I had spent a good time worrying over the hammers I made, and so many people complimented them. I must have done a good job so I'm pleased
Then I got an ice cream!! It fell apart. Sads. We met with most of the others in the Super Smash Brothers group, including Chris as an amazing Captain Falcon, and had our photoshoot. And this is where I realised, oh I feel better but the couple of hours I got sleepwise? Catching up with me and I was just drained of energy. I just felt so unenthusiastic and I felt terrible about it. We went upstairs to Cosplay HQ for photos and I actually had a cry on Harriett (our equally awesome Pokemon Trainer) because I felt I'd let the group down. After assurance, I felt a bit better and perked up after that.
We went to the masquerade rehearsal, and then I think went to the dealers room, and then games room and we played some Super Smash Brothers XD I actually suck at it, only character I'm good at is Pokemon Trainer because of FUCK YEAH CHARIZARD XD;;; then we went to Bar Fusion for some much needed lunch (I was rather peckish now) and I had sweet and sour chicken balls in rice. Mmmmmm so yummy. I ate too much. Then James and I were falling asleep in front of Ellen, our Marth, and that was awkward. SORRY ELLEN! Then we went back down to the games room, played more SSB with Ellen and Fiii (who was going to take photos of Ellen anyways so good timing) and then James and I played some Rock Band. I remembered how much I suck on the drums...but on guitar I'm actually decent hahaha!
Then it was time to queue for the masquerade. We were given the number 76 in the lineup! HAHAHAHAH! I assumed this was because Chris had a panel to run that ended when the masquerade started, so they gave him and the others time to run over to be in the group. Luckily, it turned out they needn't have bothered as Chris ended his panel early XD; but I'm still grateful they predicted what might happen and altered things accordingly I perked up a lot more here and flitted towards everyone I knew in the queue, and then AWESOME THING HAPPENED. Our SSB group was also running on the theme of There Will Be Brawl, a fan-made web series starring Matt Mercer, an American voice actor. Mr Mercer was a guest at the convention, as usual, and someone told him there was a group backstage. So he came backstage to see us and have photos with us! I know a couple of people had their conventions made that moment XD
Then we were called up for the lineup, we went onstage and had good cheers, and then exited and had group hugs XD Then we sat in the audience and heckled everyone else we knew when they came onstage hahaha
Afterwards, we went back to our room and I did a quick change into my Traveller outfit. I was going to wear it properly the next day, but I wanted some night shots while it was still lightish, to show off my LED scarf! I got some snazzy photos from Beth and I can't wait to see them <3
Then we had dinner (Costcutters again) while watching K-on! On the big tv screen which was awesome, and then I was getting cold and tired so we called it an early night. I'm sad I missed out on the party that evening as my friend Homan was doing a DJ set, and from what I heard it was pretty good but never mind, he will do more in the future I'm sure! Plus I needed the 9-10 hour sleep I got in the end! Slept all the way through, and when I woke up at 6.30am the next morning I felt pretty damn good!
Sunday - White Robed Traveller from Journey (James as Gendou Ikari from Evangelion)
We went down for brekkie and I actually ate a cooked breakfast! YAAY! only the bacon was too salty for me, sads. I got into my Traveller outfit and remembered to safety pin my cloak to my bodysuit, as it had slipped back and tried to choke me the night before, hahaha! We got to the usual meeting place and said hello to everyone, then after a lovely video filming session with Ellie (Littlegeeky) I went to our rehearsal for Sunday Night Live. Once we did that, I headed back to Cosplay HQ for photos in the studio as well as molestation with Storme while Pez was on the judges table judging the Eurocosplay entrants, hehehe. Then we headed back outside and I met with Harriett and James, my other Journey friends, and then met with Emi (Emzone) for an awesome photoshoot! Then I didn't check the grass and it ended up still being damp and my white bodysuit got muddy at the knees, HAHAHA! Silly me XD (it's ok, it's washed off nicely XD) then more hanging about talking to peeps and I got Fruit Pastilles! Then we queued up to see Cosplay Chess! I heckled everyone haaha but I really enjoyed it, and wish I'd had the chance to take part, so will definitely put myself forward in the future. Only negative was it appears someone went backstage and took cameras, wallets and a phone from the bags of the people onstage. One was looking for her phone and the gophers found one in the audience, and we were all like aaah and then I realised THAT'S MY PHONE WHOOPS. I must have left it in the audience.....................thank god I was there......awkward! Alas the other girl never found her phone, so it was treated as a theft. Really brings a downer, things like that, I hate people who steal but I hope this will tighten security in future events, but still, shouldn't have to at an anime convention!!! Some people are just dickbags.
Then it was time to get back to the room and change for the Sunday Night Live performance, and this is where I trolled everyone. Everyone so far knew I was just singing, and James wasn't involved at all. Hohoho how wrong they were. It was a massive bluff as we were actually going to show our video we'd done of Weeb Police, which may be continued in the future XDD depending on how well it goes down at Minamicon next year. We went backstage and it meant we couldn't see the closing ceremony, and we missed P-chan getting forced into a onesie of his namesake character from Ranma 1/2! Sads. But then it was the start of SNL and the nerves started to kick in, even though all I was doing onstage was miming ahah! But I'm really happy with the reception of our skit, we had people coming up afterwards saying it was hilarious! If anyone wants to see it, it's here! www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2Xzy9… Obviously it's the whole Closing Ceremony and SNL, so I've started it where I come in. This is the best footage as it has both us onstage and the screen behind XD (and hey you might recognise some ye olde fanart that used to be on DA..........) but yes...we couldn't stop ourselves from laughing!!!
Then after that we hung out with peeps before going over to Varsity, a pub/restaurant just inside the campus. We went with Nikki, Sarah, Joe and another bloke whose name I've forgotten, balls. I had hunters chicken, mmmmm! Then we headed back to the party and to the barrr!!! I didn't get outrageously drunk again like last time (when I had had nothing to eat) so I had a great time catching up with friends and dancing to the last numbers. Then we all went outside and had a massive group shoot by the stairs XD I can't find myself at all, OTL. Then after a long time of goodbyes, went back to the room and crasheddd
After a while we packed most of our things, then had brekkie (so long cooked breakfast) and then had chats with everyone else before going back up and packing the rest. I had the common sense to checkout before sorting out the string to tie up the hammers' harness, hahahaha. Then we trudged back to the uni steps, to say goodbyes and we got a taxi back to the station in time for our train back to Euston, then got our train back home where James couldn't find his keys and I was trying to remember where I had put them and I suddenly remembered they were in the front bit of his suitcase, EHRPHEREPRE
So yes! All in all an amazing last Ayacon! I am very sad it has ended, but I will NOT miss the fecking wasps...I'm looking forward to seeing where Amecon will be next year! I know Gemucon has taken up Warwick next year...but I can't afford £60 for reg, unfortunately. I'm awaiting Kita reg to open so I can pay that off then immediately book a room at the Hilton! If it's like in the past where you can pay on check in, that's awesome as then we can save up from now until then Also definitely going to Minamicon next year as well! This will mean we skip out on May Expo, but it means I have time and funds for Amecon...and I have a cunning plan...
Cosplay plans for rest of the year:
London October Expo 2013
~ The Rain Card from Cardcaptor Sakura - 10%
~ Ice Climber (pink) from Ice Climbers/Super Smash Bros (with James as blue) (rewear) - 100%
London October Expo 2013
~ The Rain Card from Cardcaptor Sakura - 10%
~ Ice Climber (pink) from Ice Climbers/Super Smash Bros (with James as blue) (rewear) - 100%
~ Gou Matsuoka from Free! - 15%
~ Possible White Robed Traveller from Journey (for an evening?) (rewear) - 100%
~ Sheryl Nome (Diamond Crevasse) from Macross Frontier - 0%
~ Possibly Superted? from Superted - 0%
~ Sheryl Nome (Diamond Crevasse) from Macross Frontier (rewear..) - 0%
~ George Sanderson from Monsters Inc - 0% (he's the one who has the sock and they're like OMG POISON and shave him and stuff...)