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{July 14, 2014}   London Film and Comicon 2014

Hi all!

Wow what a weekend, mostly good thanks to friends but this was a story of all that could go wrong probably did!

LFCC was on 12th July 2014, we set off that morning and turned back twice due to things being missed or hiccups but off we set! Queue the usual comedy of the damned lorries on the motorway hogging lanes trying to overtake each other doing the same speed and off we went into London. The underground had some closures and so the area around Earls Court was terrible for traffic, buses all over for replacement services and then a 45 minute trek around that mess to get a car park we could use. Of course the one I picked happened to be closed that day, I am sure you can see where this is all going right!

We finally got parked up and walked down, and then my gosh the queues!  If I hadn’t got a ticket for the day there is no way I would have waited around in line. We walked around and finally found one poor harried assistant outside who managed to get us directed to where we could get in without facing the lines…

We walked along and the queues were not moving as we did, inside it was stifling hot and I was later informed that the air-con wasn’t put on as no one fancied paying the extra costs. If the posts on social media are to be believed then the police had to go in and order it turned on because of the implications of health and safety and that some people did in fact need emergency treatment, I can believe this as we saw paramedics with an ambulance arriving around midday. This is pretty shameful given that it was at Earl’s Court 2 and people are expecting the basics in the middle of London… not a good deal guys really!

Inside the lights are tungsten yellow things, they make everyone look a bit pallid and ill if you ask me and other than butt loads of signings areas there wasn’t really what I would call a great deal to do. Most conventions I go to you can listen into panel talks etc but you had to pay extra for that on top of your ticket, yeah you heard me PAY for panel talks. Hell no! I gave up my money for a ticket, paid £13.70 to park in a hobo-riddled car park, was overheating and had to pay for anything to do? Screw you Showmaster’s, one step too greedy.

Stan Lee – Poor man he’s 91 and it’s his last showing in England. Be reasonable, but no Showmaster’s allowed a virtual signing queue for 2000. Work that out, he has to sign two a minute at a solid 16 hours to get through that. Plus the photography… what an insult to one of the greatest comic legends… no wonder his team had to step in and stop the madness for him and then people are complaining because he cannot do that much. Expectations are ridiculously set and people are absolutely unreasonable to have complained about him, not all English people are this damned rude I say!

Right, the good bits – friends, cosplayers and the crowds who refused to let the actual convention organisers ruin it. I saw some fantastic people and caught up with friends. I was happy because I made some new friends and saw people I had only spoken too via my facebook. THAT is the bit that made the convention, everyone smiling and getting involved with helping one another, cheering each other up and chatting about costumes and planning their evening in the pub as a reward.

Cosplayuk made the costume for me for Anya Stroud and I was super happy to finally be able to show it off in person to them. I met a fellow gearhead that hopefully will be cosplaying in future with us and I saw people that I really do miss throughout the year, so all in all that aspect of it made it worth the trip.

Heading home? Oh my you think it stopped there? Hell no! We pulled up at Northampton Services for a quick break and to get something to eat. We set off again back towards Nottingham and experienced “that guy”. The driver was in the middle of the three lanes and kept roaming between the other two narrowly missing cars. We opted to attempt to drive past him as he was also slower than he should have been in that lane and as we did we spotted the idiot was asleep at the wheel! So we called the police, we had passed services a few miles back which also meant he had, which meant he was either already asleep on the road or had been so arrogant that he cared little for the safety of himself or others. I hope they found him and I hope they sort that behaviour out, it’s not impressive or clever.

When we got home and dropped off our Cyclops, me and my friend got out the car to collect our well earned bottle of wine and some beers. Sadly the Cyclops additional parts that had been painted appeared to have melted all down my car and into the seats. Sunday was then spent cleaning up what could be removed. Phewie!

So Sunday afternoon we went over to Games Workshop HQ and had dinner before I said goodbye to a good friend for a short while. Conclusion? Love the people, didn’t love the convention sadly. I doubt I will be going back to an LFCC any-time soon as I think they have been utterly greedy and not even played safe for people who were doing some seriously lengthy travelling to celebrate their fandoms.

I hope if you had a better experience than me this blog isn’t just a pool of whine. I really did love to see everyone and I swear I know not every volunteer, person involved or attendee had a rotten time, so please please don’t take this as me hating on you or your efforts.

Peace Out.

 

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{June 18, 2014}   MCM, YCC6 and other things…

So.. it’s been a while and that’s mostly been to fighting a bout of depression that I really didn’t fancy boring folks with. Depression is to me a personal thing, when it comes to causes, but the upshot is when you come out of it the other side fighting it’s a good thing to apologise if you mucked up. Sincerely, I can admit I make mistakes and I think people should be able to do that. It’s not weak at all in my book to say, hey I f*cked up I am so sorry.

So after that I was in talks with my doctor and he suggested instead of giving up and moping around I should go to MCM London, get my costumes out and generally stop putting myself into the gloom and self-doubt.

On the Friday me and my friend Kyle headed off with the car loaded up, the traffic was surprisingly easy going and we hit London before the event opened. Checking into the hotel we were surprised by how nice the Travelodge was, (I haven’t used them before) and then proceeded to unpack and get our costumes on. I took Ezio from Assassins Creed 2 for my first day, I got to wander around and look at the stalls. The ticket system was fairly fluid on the first day and we had a nice time. A few drinks the night before, something to eat and a late-ish night we were all happy to get ready for the big day on Saturday.

Saturday I chose my crossplay of Chris Redfield, lost in Nightmares from Resident Evil. I love meeting up with REUK and I always feel so happy to see everyone. Leon Chiro and Philipe Lauby were there looking awesome, along with Neil Gorton of Capcom who took some pics and videos. It was a lovely day, packed however and I am told that the ticketing system in the morning was pretty much a hellish run, when I went in a bit later it seemed that they had ironed that out significantly to be fair. It rained terribly, and heavily, and a lot of folk outside got a nasty drenching, me included. It sparked a mass rush for the cover but the security at the exit spotted the problem and opened the doors to prevent further troubles.

Saturday night we went for a nice Chinese meal, had a few glasses of wine and then went into the Fox. I walked home after a few drinks and wandered back with another friend in a nearby hotel. We had a nice chat and then it was great for me to relax and settle down before my friend got back. It was a great night and it really did serve the purpose of relaxing my already anxious self. Well served friends, cosplayers and bar staff!

Sunday – Well I decided that after loosing over 9 stone in the last couple of years, of paying the awesome CosplayUK to make the base of my dream dress I would get my guts sucked in a bit and cosplay Anya Stroud’s CIC outfit from the first and second Gears of War.

I was so lucky! Me and my friend, who borrowed the Stranded coat and a lancer, were picked by MCM to be in a video! And then we got some wonderful pics by the gent below. I was so very proud of the dress and all the bits I added to it. I felt like the dieting, the work and the effort to get out all paid off in that regards. I have achieved one of my Dream cosplays and it’s all down to support and friends who help me out.

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YCC6 – Yorkshire Comicon.

So after the big weekend at London, we had a break and went to YCC6 in Doncaster, at The Dome. It’s my first time making a costume utterly without purchase off commissioners and friends so I was nervous I admit.

I picked a Death Knight from World of Warcraft, and I went for their starting kit. I know there’s plenty more I can do with it but I made a point of buying scrap materials from work and then from trying to reuse things as much as possible. The whole thing cost me about £10 in total and about a month on and off of sewing.

Suffice to say I felt quiet nervous about this one but the new medication has kicked in, my panic attacks are down and I am generally thinking that it’s perfectly okay to try these things because hey, everyone has to learn somewhere!

I met new friends, saw older ones, I loved the venue but it was a bit warm being next to a swimming pool! The day went really fast in fact, but we did have a giggle surprising local Asda (Walmart) people by wandering around, the Ghostbusters even got picture’d by staff. Overall when we left, a little tired and possibly bedraggled it was in a high spirit.

Our next outing is to LFCC (London Film and Comicon) and I am taking Anya again. I simply love the costume and am hoping that CosplayUK will see me, my costume and the bloody big grin all wrapped up in one. I know Stan Lee will be there but I didn’t get a ticket and photoshoot organised in time, so my loss but I hope if you did you get to have an amazing time.

So what are your next plans? And if you ever spot me around a convention here in England PLEASE stop me, say hi and if you are in costume and I have my camera tell me to get a pic for you because I am probably so happy to meet you I might forget that part.

Frag out!

Rea

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{November 3, 2013}   MCM Review Oct 2013

So it’s been a bit manic but finally I have time to get some writing about the event up and running, other than the previous comedy post about the situation with the weird man on the Sunday.

So here goes –

Friday: we had a few blips to get there, we were stuck in a two hour tail-back around the Birmingham area, I really needed to pee! But it’s okay once we got on the road it was a fun trip down and despite the cheesy music in the car my friend fared well and came in alive haha!

Getting our wristbands for the weekend on early entry wasn’t at all painful compared to the May queue. It was simple in and out, bands on *which by the way are a better quality so thanks MCM!* and then into the event.

Friday’s is for me the better day to try and shop, Saturday I barely ever go into the complex and hall. It is just toooo busy! So we had a wander and I brought some rather sexy Gears of War additions for my collection.

Saturday – Oh lords just TOO busy to be inside. And it’s not even just the staff that can be rude, most of them were okay this time. I’ve had the door staff and people being quite rude before but for the most part I escaped that. I will however say some members of the public should probably be glad there are not real weapons they are that damned rude! Pushing people, moaning about the fact there’s too many folks. It’s a convention expect people to be there, but if you can’t be polite or at least move out of the damned flow to have a twenty minute food break I’d rather you let your oxygen go to another person with a brain…

I went to the Fox the Saturday night, a little bold for me as I am terrible at these social things. Cosplay is the way I have picked to battle this social issue, so I went and I had a lovely time. I came back, passed out for about three hours and then woke up with an anxiety attack, however could have been worse because I at least got a little sleep. Did also have a lot of bacon for breakfast – mmmm bacon!

Sunday was a lot calmer indoors, it meant we got a little chance to do some last minute shopping. My friend James had found me a Robbie Rabbit from Silent Hill, I never did find the Konami Store! I was dressed in BSAA outfit, whilst I wasn’t stopped as much as others I really did have a wonderful time in that costume. REUK are just wonderful as a group, I feel like part of a family there.

So the organisation? I would say considering the volume not bad. Again I would say some of the staff/volunteers sincerely need to work on their damned attitude. It’s a nerdfest/geekfest of people that probably aren’t all as brave as they think and sometimes we need a little human touch even if we don’t look one. However when it came to a problem on the Sunday the security on site were on hand and dealt with the issue quickly.

Props/Con Goers treatment – whilst I had no problems myself I was really angry to hear that sensible con-goers with props were turned away whilst others in there I could see were more dangerous with their behaviour than any guy with a fake gun could ever have been! It’s not the Props it’s the bloody people that need chucking out. I would say there should be a check point where you can get your weaponry/props checked out by ONE central point. If the weapon is deemed safe and the cosplayer sensible then give that prop a tag to tie on or something that makes it clear it’s been deemed con-safe. It takes the personal issues away from the door security and means less trouble for those of us that can go in and out ten times a day, then suddenly stopped by the one guy/gal that suddenly takes a dislike. It’s far too based on someone’s personal opinion which means too much error with bias.

Stalls/stands – FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WHAT COMICS! Seriously it’s called Comiccon and there was like one, maybe two stalls of comics? Very disappointed that the gaming side is lacking, the comics were hit and miss on about two stalls. If I wanted to buy a lucky cat or a bazillion takes on Japanese sweets that we already could buy on the ENTIRE area of Japan food then wow great day. Didn’t see a damned thing outside of the Gears tucked away in some boxes and the Robbie that someone else found for me. I wasn’t impressed with the range this time, a shame as people go with all that money to spend on an event and can end up coming back with very little.

The Steam Punk stands seemed non-existent and even if you are not a major fan it’s part of the conventions generally. The Table Tennis area was a terrible idea, whilst standing by my friends waiting for his cosplay judging we were constantly bombarded by the damned things and watching some kid destroy a table and having to keep repairing it. Not a good idea MCM really, really not!

So overall? Negatives =Biggest lets downs? Not a single guest of interest for me as a gamer, I don’t give a shit about Young Dracula and I don’t care for half of the crap put on inside. Sadly it was just not exciting for the line up and I was sad to hear so many negative bits about it.  Gaming was not really that varied, a shame but the ones on there looked popular enough for the mainstream.

Highlights – I did chat to a developer for a bit who was making his own xbox game and that was pretty cool. Costumes – plenty of good ones and I got to see a lot of my friends finished products from their blogs and facebook make it into real life. New friends I made along the way, absolutely the highlight! A couple of people stopping me for my pictures, I’m not bothered by popularity but it’s a massive compliment when someone does stop me.

Go again? Yes I will be, I will be going to May to see if some of the points addressed by people are picked up on and resolved.  I don’t want people to think I don’t ever have a good time there, I really do or I wouldn’t go back but I’d hope for more variety on the menu by May. Please MCM PLEASE go back to the pre-mainstream crap, I’m a geek and I don’t want it to feel like a trip into the city centre over a weekend of celebrating that fact.

And LOVE to everyone I met there!

So some shoutouts and links for anyone that got to the bottom of this haha!

AJL Armours and Cosplay

Big Red Ape Cosplay

Capcom UK

Buster Boy Cosplay

Cosmic Workshop

Cosplay Without Bias

Cosplayuk

Jon Fisher Photography

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{October 24, 2013}   Pre Expo Blog

Wow it’s time already? MCM Expo in London, I am packed as much as I can be before setting off. Since May I have downed my size from 24 – 18 apart from my top half cos my stupid bewbs refuse to disappear on me just yet!

What a crazy few months of prepping it’s been too. I am taking an upgraded version of my Nero from DMC4, and I am taking Dante again, female version, with a sword I will be picking up the Friday. I am then going to be taking my first full Resident Evil one, I have made a crossplay (sorta) of Nightmare version of Chris Redfield.

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So here’s where the nerves start, despite loving the costumes and going out on a crazy train for three days there are some things I can’t ever stop. One is that sickly stomach feeling when I realise just how nervous it makes me but that’s okay this is a hurdle I would love to cross sometime and only by carrying on will I really get a chance to do that.

I want to thank my friends, you’re support has been overwhelming and to everyone that’s new to my little page I genuinely thank you for taking the time to read what I put on these pages.

Conventions are a fantastic way to show off the things you love, and the passion that you have. So far I have realised that there are some I enjoy as costumes more than others but the response to them varies too. For instance my Marluxia from Kingdom Hearts gets me a lot of nice comments but I have had a couple of nasty ones about others I do. I don;’t mind, I accept that everyone has a different taste but I think that overall it’s important to respect the work that people out into them. For this reason even if I don’t know the character or particularly like the character I will still compliment a job well done. I think we should all do that.

So to everyone off to London, or just interested in these things in general I hope to see you around or if not I hope you enjoy what I write.

See you all soon.

Yours.

Gearsgirl.



{May 13, 2013}   MCM Expo London

Good day again,

Alright that was possibly the slowest of updates ever and I do apologise! I’ve been preparing for May’s Expo here in London.

Here are my planned cosplays.

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And here are the reservations/problems I am facing.

1. I am a fairly big girl, I know this and I am constantly dieting, trying to improve that but alongside this is depression. For anyone that suffers this mental disorder it’s HORRID! Not because I cannot live with it most of the time but because other people quite often are not sure what to say to me when I am in a bad bout. And I can’t blame them… I’m always striving to do what I can but there are some very nasty folk out there who like to think that it is okay to be downright menacing and evil with their comments. Which by the way not only can destroy a gal’s confidence but also bears no relevance on the actual costume you have made.

2. The costumes I pick – I don’t pick anything fleshy for reason 1, I also try to pick them so that whilst I am not a slim girl they are not going to be offensive on the eyes. I am utterly critical of myself and my own face.

So the costumes I picked?

Well the first one for the Friday is Rangiku Matsumoto from Bleach, she is not a big girl but I decided that the one thing I could copy? My boobs. Yeah I figured if you got it once in a while you can flaunt it. Sadly they are not all the gift you might think they cracked up to be, finding a bra to fit is not as easy as I might like and one with cleavage instead of full on sports is even harder. If you look through my blog before there is a picture of this from a past convention but I think it’s looking better now. I have lost weight and got a better wig.

Saturday day I am taking my lovely Marluxia outfit. It’s so much fun and I got a giant pink scythe! This thing came and it was orange so I have had to repaint it, it was not easy but I think it’s much more bold and fun. Marluxia is from Organisation XIII and is one of the “le gasp” bad guys… but I totally love him and well I crossplay him.

The second for Saturday night is the one you see below. Dante-esque. I will never be male, muscular or sexy like him so it’s my slighty less awesome take on it with a a girly. I think I shall call her Toni Redgrave! Dante is one of my fave boys in all of gaming, and his little cohort in 4 Nero is a close second. Dante’s outfit was possibly one of the most fun and simple really… I utterly adore wearing the coat too.

Lasty on the Sunday – Female Nero. (or Nera as some suggested) I have spent so much time and money on this thing it is pretty scary. The wig is actually from Darker than Black but the shorter version just made me feel so uncomfortable. I like this one and it means it’s more individual to me as a person. There are blue contacts and they are going to be in for Dante and Nero but in most pics I haven’t bothered. The sword is MASSIVE I am going to try and get straps around it to ensure I am safer walking around. Nero’s gun is with me even though not in the pic and I have since got the boots.

So if you see me at London May Expo please say hi, and PLEASE don’t be mean as it can destroy a persons confidence which in turn sets them back on the health kick.

With love to all

Rea – MJ-Cosplay



{May 30, 2012}   MCM London 2012

Hey all!

Well I had an absolutely amazing time. Last year I went but hadn’t really known what to expect so this year I had a plan to go out in costume and have a grand old time.

I picked Rangiku Matsomoto from Bleach because she’s a favourite of mine and as a larger girl I wanted to avoid making a mistake with the costume. I have others but she was the one I set my heart on. It was totally worth it as well…

We drove down early on the motorway but there was a nightmare traffic build up from an accident on the M25, by the time we got to the hotel we were definitely ready to get a shower and cool down. Four of us met up at the bar and we got something to eat and watched other people who were already in costume wandering around. We really got a great feeling for the type of wonderful people we were about to meet too!

After wandering around London and drinking until gone 3am when I woke up I expected a bit of a hangover but nope! So breakfast done the labouring (but fun) process of getting into costume began. I adore the wig by the way, I guess because my hair is naturally very dark unless I bleach it (irony) I haven’t got a lot of scope for colour. This was totally out of character for me but a good giggle none the less.

 It took sometime to wrestle into the costume but then with everything ready I met up with my friends and we headed off to the queue. The queuing part to me is actually one of the most fun parts too, hugs, costumes and cheers go up all over the place and you get to see people that you are also likely to spot throughout the day, though I also admit the pre-brought tickets seem like a good venture if you are not there for just one day.

For the price of £3 off a stand I ended up with the best thing ever, a fan! It was amazingly sunny and warm so moving around was causing sweat. We wandered around some stalls and took some pictures, had a look at the gaming stands and planned a day of shopping. All this time we were saying hello to people in costume and one of the best things is that no one judges you, that’s the whole point isn’t it? Having fun… well yes we did!

 I guess the highlight of my day in terms of the celebrity thing is meeting Elvira. She was there promoting her new film and if you brought it you could get a picture with her. Elvira is amazing! I don’t know if you remember the 1988 film but my gods, that woman looks sooooo good. She had a smile for everyone and I think anyone that had a chance to meet her would say the same.

I spent quite a bit of money, including buying a keyblade for cosplay. I might never go as Sora but I absolutely wanted one of these since I first picked up Kingdom Hearts. I do however have the coat so maybe it’s time to polish that one off… The whole day was busy, but so much fun.

 To everyone that I met and said hi to, or said hi to me if you got any photo’s of me or of your day to share please do link them in my comments. I had such a wonderful time and want to thank everyone that was there for the amazing community spirit.

Rea (Rangiku hehe)



{May 27, 2012}   Aftermath

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I plan to write more about it once I can move better, my feet ache and my brain’s a bit tired from all the driving but it was such a stunning weekend.

 

Thank you to everyone who embraced my efforts as Rangiku 🙂



{May 20, 2012}   Cosplay – Rangiku’s Wig

Isn’t it just fab? I mean aside from my face being on the pictures that is haha

I wish my own hair was as long as this, it used to be but not any more. One thing I have learnt is that in Cosplay you have to put aside your own person worries and just have a jolly good time!

The wig wasn’t all that expensive really, it was around £20 so that’s pretty manageable. All I have done is left the hairpiece on a stand apart from trying it on.

I have had to buy a wig cap and some pins as it’s fairly heavy, also I think I will have to work out the best way of keeping my own hair up. I’m thinking it might be an old style French plat or something. They are tight to the head and they would mean less worry.

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{May 20, 2012}   one week to MCM

and here goes!  The first part of my blog is about the sword I have.  This is the sword that I had made for Rangiku Matsumoto the lieutenant of the 10th Division for Bleach (manga and anime)

I picked Rangiku because while I am planning a diet and working on many cool things the idea of loosing enough weight to get into some more er… skimpy things is on the back burner.

Rangiku is also one of my favourite female characters. I am going to put up more about it all but for now this is the post I fancied starting with.

I hope you like it as much as I do 🙂

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