Well, things didn't go quite to plan!
I was planning on pulling off 4 new cosplays this year, 2 of which at Supanova. My usual partner in crime, Ryan, decided to take a break from cosplay this year. So, I attempted to enlist the help of my friend Oliver (guard number 2 from the Robin Hood group) to play the antagonist in a Highlander vs Kurgan stage fight! I completed my costume with relative ease, considering I already had a suitable trench coat and had obtained the necessary stage weapons. Unfortunately, things happened. =\ Oliver ended up having a schedule conflict with a prior commitment. And we simply ran out of time to prep his costume and choreograph the fight. I'll admit, it was largely my fault for not keeping up with the plan.
Anyway, I DID manage to get 2 new cosplays done for Supanova. And instead of taking a friend and doing a stage fight, I simply took my girlfriend. It was her first time attending a con and she rose to the occasion with 2 of her own cosplays. We had a blast together, and though I was disappointed I didn't get to do a stage fight this year, it was encouraging to see other people had taken our idea and done the same; two other groups did stage fights this year!
I'll sum up events. On the Friday night, we got there late. I donned my Richard Conway (Gunpoint) costume. I am quite proud of this one, as it is my first cosplay that I have made completely solo! All my others have had input from friends or family but this one was all me. And with that in mind, you'll understand how devastated I was when one of the lights broke before I even got inside the dome... I had equipped the boots and pants of this cosplay with EL Wire that lights up with a current to pull off the costume. The light on the inside of my left leg had its wires ripped from their terminals when the cord got caught under my heel. It's repairable, just not on the spot. So, the Friday was a little disappointing, but still fun. It was crazy seeing how few people attend Supanova that first day! Probably less that 20% of its usual turn out. We stayed in the Novotel across the road from the Dome this year and BOY was that a good move! It made it so easy when it was time for lunch or if we needed a break to just walk 5 minutes to our room! 10/10 will stay there again! I haven't uploaded any pics of this cosplay for 2 reasons; first off, the shots I have aren't all that high quality, and secondly, I am planning on doing a proper photo shoot of this one ASAP! Look forward to it! ^_^
The Saturday I attended as Guybrush Threepwood (Monkey Island) and my girlfriend was Yuna from FF. We had a great day and even managed to get a few photos from some pro photographers attending the con. I got a lot of positive feedback and even found another Guybrush cosplayer! If I had had more time, I wanted to actually do a sketch on stage as part of the cosplay comp. The highlight of my costume is the skull prop of Murray, the demonic talking skull. With a lot of help, the skull has had springs attached to the jaw so I can manipulate and a bluetooth speaker inserted into a cavity drilled in its base! This allowed me to play a selection of audio clips of Murray talking that I ripped from the game. The sketch idea was for me to have a conversation with Murray, using a preset sequence of these audio clips to maintain the illusion. I simply ran out of time finishing off my cosplays to cut this sequence together. Oh well, maybe next time!
Finally, on the Sunday, I revisited my Lara Croft crossplay and my girlfriend donned a Rem cosplay (FF). We had another great day, and got signatures from and photos with Veronica Taylor (the voice of Ash Ketchum from Pokemon)!! I got a few pics with those photographers again and we called it a day a little early. That wig is ridiculously tight! Pretty much lost circulation in my scalp!!
We left the following day. Being an idiot, I accidentally left my Guybrush jacket in the hotel room and had to get them to post it back to me. All in all, it was a great experience and I had heaps of fun. I'm hoping to attend Oz Comicon later this year, though I'm not sure if I'll be able to assemble any new cosplays in time. I really want to get that Briar Rose one happening, but she may have to wait until next year. However, without spoiling anything, I WILL have a new CROSSplay. And I won't be the only one playing the opposite gender either!
Oh! One last thing! I FINALLY got around to making an official Facebook page for my cosplay work! It's called Combat Cosplay and I would seriously appreciate any likes you guys could throw at it! Here's the link:
Anyway! Look forward to more new stuff coming soon!