It was so tiny last year that I wasn't even sure I was at the con hotel when I got there. I had a good time, though, and I went to more panels than I had in years... It was mostly because there weren't a lot of cosplayers or photographers or the usual hallway things to do, but it was nice talking to people. They had a good dealer's room, and there was stuff I wanted to see/do that I didn't get a chance to, which is surprising for a con that small. I really wanted to go to the café and eat the mysterious rice burger, but I never got the chance!! I also heard there was a lot of late night stuff that I didn't even know about.
So, I'm thinking about going back this year. The hotel is cheap... which is good, because it was seriously dumpy. lol! It was very clean, but falling apart. I'm told it was undergoing renovations and we got the poo rooms while the upper floor got purtified. I'd stay there again! Even if I got an old dumpy room, as long as the water didn't run all night and the toilet worked, I think it'd be ok. Since the con was in the attached little conference center next door,
While I was there, I had a hard time coming up with stuff to do, so I even went to the gaming room and played Mario kart 64 with complete strangers. It was so weird, but fun. I guess I used to do stuff like that a lot at anime cons before I started cosplaying. I don't really have the stamina to stay up all night or get drunk, but I heard they have pub trivia at nights with adults getting drunk.. and that's a totally different atmosphere from underage raver kids getting drunk :P
So yeah. Ushicon. Hotel is totally do-able. I'm even considering driving all by myself. I rode down with friends last time. We had fun rooming together, but there's a certain appeal to maybe rooming alone. I'm not really good at talking to people, despite how much I love to blab, so being at conventions alone is really akward for me. The main reason why I wouldn't want to is because I wouldn't want to do the drive. People that know me well enough know how terrified I am of the car.. and the highway... and long trips alone. I've only ever done solo trips down to Austin once, and Dallas twice. The second Dallas trip was downright awful because my Mini ended up needing emergency service, and I had to go back and forth between Plano and Arlington a few times on top of the trip to& from Waco.
ANYWAY.. Ushicon.. yeah...
I dunno. I've thought of a few panel topics since G-fresh asked me about hosting some. Sounds like a pain in the butt, but I do want to give back to the community. I have things I'd like to talk about that I haven't seen in Texas panels before. That being said, I haven't been to many cosplay panels at all in the past few years, so I don't know what those kids talk about nowadays. :P Most kids have Cosplay 101 panels. That's like.. con staple. You have to have at least one. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with that, but I think the community has matured enough for more advanced topics. Ushi is small, so I don't think I'd want to do an ethics panel or race panel. You need bigger communities for successful round table discussions, and smaller cons are better for how-to type stuff.
So really, that only leaves me with one new idea, I guess, and that's my "What not to Wear" style panel that goes into alterations, dressing for your body type, how to change costume design to be most flattering, etc. It wouldn't be a negative panel where you pick people apart, but a learning panel where I'd teach what hem lengths are most flattering on X body types, X height, etc. How to alter a costume to make it look best on your own body without deviating from the design so much that it's unrecognizable, etc. How to look at a character design and block out the profile and fake it on yourself, you know.. that sort of thing. I have a little bit of experience in it, but not a ton. I do think I have things that are worth passing on, though. Little tips and tricks to make costumes more polished. I'm certainly no pro seamstress, so sewing/ advanced cosplay panels are really intimidating to me. Sometimes people interrupt you in the middle and tell you that you are doing everything all wrong.. and I'm like.. if you know so much, why are you here and not running it so I don't have to feel like this??? lol
Anyway, to qualify for a comp badge, I'd have to probably run like 2-3 panels.. I think that's what it's been with other cons in the past. Though, at some of those other past cons, I've judged the cosplay competition, so maybe that also counted towards my panel count. I don't know!
I would also need to decide how many costumes to bring. Since it's not a huge convention, I wouldn't be loading down with like 2 costumes per day. 4 sounds like a pretty good number. One for Friday afternoon, two for Saturday, and one for Sun morning/ afternoon... though I don't know how late I'd stay on Sunday. I used to leave these things when I had to check out at noon, but since the parking lot is right there and parking wasn't a huge problem last year, I'd just be able to chuck everything in the trunk and stay longer if I wanted.
That being said, what costumes?
Hikaru for CERTAIN. Since it's an older crowd, those people know how to appreciate old school costumes, yo! I also really really really want to finish my sword for this.
Arche from Tales of Phantasia? It's also great and oldschool, plus Greg loves Fujishima, so he'd appreciate my ridiculous wig for that costume. Also, it's comfortable. Downside? Midriff keyhole in February. It could be cold! Also, the wig is heavy, so it's not an all day costume.
KEEFFFKAAAAA if I had no roommates, they couldn't complain about the 2 hour dress time this silly costume has. It's also really warm because there are 8 million layers. This costume seriously needs some suspenders, though. I have problems with the pants falling off due to the weight of the beads that hang down on one side. It also needs a few minor repairs. Have I mentioned how much I love my Kefka costume??
I don't know what I'd bring other than that. I'm thinking maybe my Kyoko Sakura costume, but I remember those boots being downright awful. I do have some finishing work to do on the entire costume, but PMMM is a popular series, and it'd be cool to bring something new. It'd also be nice to get it 100% finished and take a few photos, but getting photos will be tricky if I'm by myself. Also, I talked to Jisha about making me her spear, so I'd want to bring it to Ushi if the spear got done. Not sure it will happen, though. We'll see.
If Jisha ends up going and possibly staying with me, we might be wearing Persona 4 and Bleach. I would tell him to bring Sabin, but he might whine like a bitch for me asking him to wear a tiny tank top in Feb. So maybe Yumichika and Marie or Yukiko. He wants me to let his girlfriend wear my Yukiko costume. He kind of planned it without talking to me, and I'm kind of not that happy about it. Also, she's much smaller than me, and I'm pretty sure the skirt won't fit properly. He should just get her a Naoto costume for Christmas and they can take dumb couples pictures together :X
I know my once-a-month LJ post is already super long, but one last thing.
I need to get rid of some costumes. I simply have no more room for the new stuff. I want to get rid of the old stuff that does not fit properly anymore for a few reasons.
1) To make some of them fit again would take a lot of work. Some are not alterable
2) My house can only contain so much stuff before it looks like hoarder paradise. I must get rid of old stuff to make room for new stuff.
3) I need to come to terms with the fact that I will never wear some of these again, regardless of whether or not they fit, will fit, can fit, or whatever.
I'm really kind of sad about it all because I don't want to get rid of anything that hasn't been worn a lot, or anything I'm particularly attached to. I got rid of about half a dozen or more costumes/ costume pieces a few years back when I decided I was going to be fat forever and the smaller stuff would never fit again. That was dumb, because it totally would now! :X But.. the quality of my earlier stuff is not that good. It wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be, and as soon as the stuff was out of the house, I didn't miss it. This time, I have to get rid of some of the good stuff.
Final Fantasy III- Refia, Red mage version: This one was on the list to get rid of last time, but it was the only one I kept. I did too good a job with the color blocking and construction and just couldn't bring myself to do it. I tried it on a while ago, though, and I'm swimming in it now. It is not worth it to take it in. Time to let it go for reals, yo!
Cornelia Li Brittania- Only wore it once, to the big Geass meetup at Anime Expo... in... 2008? I don't remember what year I went, but I seriously haven't worn it since. The shoes were god awful. I was considering taking it in so I could wear it again with Tania's Lelouch costume, but it was going to be too much work to take in
Gogo- omg gogo. Gogo went everywhere and had many adventures. Gogo is falling apart in some places. Some parts of Gogo aren't safe to go in the washer and probably smell like sweaty crotch. Gogo is awesome? Now that I have Kefka, though, I'm never going to wear Gogo again. Time to pass on my safety hat to someone else or throw it away.
hide- I kind of don't want to get rid of this one. The goofy robe is free size, and I pretty much made the wig myself using a red base wig and a shitton of real human hair. I've worn it like 3 times, and it's awesome, even if only like 2 people have ever recognized it in the hall. My eyeball vizor is epic. Maybe I shouldn't get rid of this one? I don't know if I'll ever wear it again, though!!
Kurotsuchi Mayuri- I've made two different versions of his outfit. I don't know if I'll do any Mayuris again. The wig takes up a lot of room, and the hat for the first version is not collapsible. My wrestler masks are epic, but I've moved on to other Bleach characters. I dont' know!! I just don't know. >..< Kinda want to get rid of the gigantic hair head horns, though.
Rita Mordio- This one has been taken in once, and would be a pain in the ass to take it in again. It's a fun costume. The shoes are comfortable. I'm on the fence. I suppose I should see how much room I have after I get rid of the "for sure" stuff.
Tellah- Also a super epic costume. Warm... fun... I look like a fucking Muppet. It's awesome. I've worn it three times. How many more times am I going to wear it??? If someone offered me a good price on it, I'd sell it I think.
Yu~ki- Sadly, only worn once. Not going to sell or trash, though. Gonna cannibalize all that nice, expensive garment grade leather and make a proper waist cincher.
Rabi~en~Rose- My first costume! Sort of! Well, most like my second costume ever and my first group costume. This thing was made by my Mother in Law, so the craftsmanship is good! It fits, but I probably won't ever wear it again. I'd consider selling it, but since it was made for me by someone else, I don't think I'll ever be able to throw it away.
Also? I'm considering selling my wedding dress to a consignment shop. XD I'm never going to wear it again. I don't have a daughter to pass it down to. It's just taking up space. It would be kinda cool if someone else got married in it, though! I dunno what else to do with it. It's just sitting around, and I couldn't just throw my wedding dress in the trash. :X
I'm probably also going to retire all the Haibane costumes. They were great when AnimeFEST kept bringing over creative staff from the series, but I'd have to make a whole new costume to go with the wings since I cannibalized the Kuramori costume to make the Nemu costume, and I'm pretty damned sure that skirt is way too big now & the sweater doesn't fit properly anymore. hmm.. Maybe I should keep my wings and make a Reki or a Rakka costume! My love for Haibane knows no bounds! I would like to get rid of this extra pair of wings, but I don't know who would want ash grey wings! It's probably considered a super old series now, and I never see cosplayers actually wanting them. :X
Oh.. and the elephant in my closet.. Millenia. I know I should get rid of this. I won't ever wear it again as it is now. It has been sitting so long that it needs all sorts of repairs. I'd actually need to take in the stockings, which is kind of shocking XD Ugh. Millenia. Even if I don't ever wear it again, I don't think I'll be able to get rid of it.
The whole getting-rid-of-costumes thing is kind of a huge downer for me, but I am excited about having more space. What I have to do to get more space is depressing, though :(