Time for the recap of my favorite convention of the year! This is my fourth MAGFest, my second year volunteering, and my first year as staff. It’s a party convention with board games, video games and friends, and I prepared appropriately.
December was a busy month for me between travel and crafting! I did a TON of stuff, and January and February are also going to be insanely busy!
Basically, the theme of this month was LOCATION SHOOTS! I visited to the Black Hills of South Dakota for the holidays, and the area around my childhood hometown has some incredible locations for photo shoots. I connected with some talented members of the cosplay community in my hometown and we collaborated on some AMAZING stuff.
This is from a Christmas shoot with Brad Behles Photography! He wanted to do a fun Christmasy shoot, I had a new dress and a fancy white-blonde wig, so we got together, set up an in-home studio, and started shooting!
This shoot was very different than the ones I'm used to. It was essentially an in-character fashion shoot, which meant I was the *only* thing of interest in the frame. I had to focus a ton of effort into my posing and expressions, rather than letting the costume do most of the work. Overall, it was a new experience and I learned a lot from it. Even if I wasn't in character 100% of the time.
ReplayFX is a game con centered around gaming competitions with an emphasis on arcade games and pinball, but also includes great nerdy musicians (Triforce Quartet). They've been trying to increase the cosplay presence over the last few years, and have done a great job with a high-stakes cosplay competition and phenomenal guests! I wanted to go to ReplayFX in 2016, but wasn't able to make it due to a schedule conflict. This year, I made sure to clear my schedule!
This year they also hosted ToonFest, the yearly meeting of Toontown Rewritten's fans and developers. As someone who played Toontown throughout all of college as a way to keep in touch with my sister, I had a BLAST at their booth playing with the Gags and coloring Cogs and getting exclusive item codes!
I only cosplayed on Saturday (as Hannah Alexander Squirtle), and that was a wise decision. As much as I love cosplay, it's really hard to play video games and giant Connect 4 when you're worried about your makeup smearing, your wig tangling, etc. On Sunday, I stole friends for photoshoots (I'll make sure to post some photos here when they're all edited!)
I also made it into Zadra's HulaCam video! (Heck, I made the cover!)
Hello friends! A lot has been changing lately, so I wanted to give you a few updates on how life is in the Ginnysphere. I'm trying to revive my blog (you may have noticed the year-long hiatus). As a part of that, I want to introduce a new regular post: monthly updates!
It's kind of like a monthly newsletter, delivered right to my site! Each month will include my most recent shenanigans, including convention attendance, costume progress, new photoshoots, and whatever else I've been working on!
Since I haven't been overly active on social media since, like... May, we'll do a recap of the summer thus far.
Have you ever looked longingly at the embroidery machines whenever you pass by them during your weekly fabric run? Promised to spend less on fabric so you could afford such a magical machine (and then never manage to do so)? Wish you didn't have to do embroidery by hand?
I am here to save you! In this tutorial, I'll be explaining how to make beautiful embroidery using the basic sewing machine you already own!
I used this method to do all of the embroidery on my Hannah Alexander Squirtle costume. I'll be putting the patterns I used up for sale in my store soon, so keep an eye out!
Prints are also up for sale in my store during the month of July. Every order gets a free mini-print! If you've ever wanted to hang my face on your wall, now is the time.
Okay, enough self-promotion. On to the tutorial!
My first Garden State Comic Fest was in 2015, two years ago, and I was really excited to return! GSCF, held in Morristown, NJ, has a really chill, mature environment, the guests are high quality, the vendors are unique, and they always put on a really great show.
It's the only con I've ever heard of that's held in an ice rink, which is a convenient way to beat the July heat! They've recently expanded their programming to include cosplay ice skating, a two-hour event where cosplayers get to skate around in their costumes. It's pretty great.
Make sure to check out the gallery from the event below!
Hello friends! I have an important announcement!
I'm CHANGING MY NAME. Well, my cosplay name. Not my real one.
I'm going from 'Ginger Liz' to 'Ginny Liz'.
It's not a huge change (just a few letters, really), but I want to make sure ya'll know!
I have a few reasons. They're pretty simple:
Mostly, just the physical addresses where things are located. I'm still going to be posting cosplay content and ere are all the new, fancy social media links:
Website: http://ginnyliz.com (http://gingerliz.com will also work for 2 more months)
(yeah, YouTube is a mouthful, but I can't get a vanity URL until I hit 100 subscribers. So... go sub? :D)
What do I have to do?
Well, nothing really! Just commit the name change to memory and enjoy the ride! I'm working on updating all URLs, and they should be fixed within a week. If you come across a broken URL, please let me know and I'll get it fixed ASAP!
Much like Obi-Wan, you may have sensed a disturbance in the cosplay world this week as a hundred thousand voices cried out and continued to cry out over a certain convention's social media fiasco.
As entertaining as the whole blowout has been from a spectator standpoint (I've been likening it to watching a slow-motion train crash develop into a mag-lev pileup), I'm not here to talk about the specifics of the Sante Fe Comic-Con debacle or the many, many cosplayers it antagonized. My opinions on the matter are fairly irrelevant, seeing as I'm an east coast cosplayer and I hadn't even heard of SFCC before last weekend.
However, it has spurred interesting discussions both on the page and across the Web on the topic of the validity of cosplayers as convention guests. It has been enlightening (and sometimes infuriating) to see the smorgasbord of opinions from across the world on the comments of the initial post and the conversations that followed.
So I thought I'd throw in my two cents.
I'm getting to my Katsucon recap a bit late due to MAGFest directly following it (and the fact that I stupidly decided to start and finish a cosplay in between the two weekends).
Katsucon is my favorite convention; it's so full of amazing costumes and passionate fans and incredible locations, as well as all-day, all-night programming -- if you can find time to attend in between your booked photoshoots! I spent a lot of time gawking over the incredible cosplayers and giggling at the acrobatics of photographers trying to get the perfect shot, hanging out with some of my closest friends, and generally looking adorable/pretty/frightening, depending on the day.
I apologize in advance for this recap being pretty much "I hung out with friends, took some pictures, and did a bajillion photoshoots" but tbh that's exactly what happened. I made it into Artist Alley once and didn't make it into the dealer's room at all! And forget about panels... Next year I want to fix that.
Here I'll post tutorials, convention reviews, and any cosplay-related subjects I feel like talking about.