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Posting this at 3am because I am jetlagged from Germany trip and not bothering to correct my sleep schedule. Afterall, I'm heading back out on Monday morning again, for a week in Japan.

Germany happened right on the tail of Dragoncon, I fly to Frankfurt then drove to Kassel to partake in Connichi, the largest anime convention in Germany. And it was an amazing event, filled with cosplayers from various European countries in gorgeous meticulously crafted costumes. For a craftsmanship lover such as myself, it was a breath of fresh air to be surrounded by all this wonderful handiwork. For the first time in a long time at a convention, I could wear a costume made by me (Granado Espada Wizard) and know that the people who saw it believed that I indeed made it myself.
In the US, I used to never be challenged on whether or not I made my own costumes, but in the last few years it seems like people only want to know where I bought them. Indeed, it is far too easy to have a full costume made for you, or order one off ebay. The percentage of craftsmanship driven cosplayers is shrinking, while the overall cosplay community is growing. In Germany, the mentality in Cosplay is still that everyone makes their own costumes, or work on them together with friends, and what is valued the most is craftsmanship and detail.
I definitely want to return to Connichi next year if possible, and make a new costume for it!!

After the convention I got to visit my parents for a few days and tour around parts of Germany I hadn't been to before, such as the beautiful medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Taube. I also got to visit cosplayer and armor master KamuiCosplay, which was inspirational and motivating at the same time. She gave me the confidence to look at full armor projects for my future costumes.

Now I'm back in my home for all of 2 days before it's time to fly again, to Tokyo for a few days of eating, toy collecting, Ghibli museum, and then Tokyo Game Show! Riddle and I were invited to cosplay on the Cure stage, so look for us on Saturday there!

At the end of the month I will be at Anime Weekend Atlanta doing panels, hosting the costume contest, and signing calendars at my dealer hall booth #218!

Busy September....
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MYChakram08 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist
You were at Connichi? Awww... I would have liked to see you! But t's nice that you liked it there, everytime I'am there I realise how many cosplayers there are.
TheKing2 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
talk about multitasking you need to go home recharge and take some time to un-whine that's something i would do. Wouldn't you?
Anthiea Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I will be at AWA. Hope to see you and your wonderful cosplay there! :)
Darkstalkerfan5000 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
i hope to see you again!*-*
Koenken Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
I hope you have a good time in Japan.

Glad to hear that you have been busy and been enjoying it.
DarkSamuraiX1999 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
Saw your pic with Omi and Riddle, so epic seeing you three together ^^
UrdFan Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
always busy. You are such a powerfull woman. I can't wait too see you again next year in germany ^^
blacklion40 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sad to read, that more and more Cosplayer give thier projects in others hands. I like to craft almost everything of my costumes on my own. The feeling of getting it finally done is awesome and I would miss it so much if I wouldn't do the thing ss on my own anymore.

I'm glad that you like the connichi in Germany. And I have to say it was a big honor for me to meet you there. The calendar I bought from you will get a special place in my room for sure.
JellyfishCosplay Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I hope you will visit Connichi next year again =D
XenomorphicDragon Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Wow, you do have a busy month.
I'm a new water of yours thanks to your AMAZING cosplays. I'm going to be at the AWA as well--I hope to see you there. :D
neocoolstar Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
AHHHH I'll be at Tokyo Game Show too! Definitely find some time to get to Ghibli museum >_>
TheBlackPancake Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh my god, you were at Connichi? You should have told us! Or did I just miss this journal?
Oh, I wish I would have met you, that would've been so awesome!
Were you there at Friday, Saturday and Sunday?
kazumi218 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Luckily I'm not one of those people who buy cosplays. :) For one reason being, the average person who sells the cosplays don't carry my size, so because of that, I've started to make my own and in the past couple years I have progressed a lot! From my first cosplay that I hand sewed, Eevee from Pokemon, to my in progress winter elf that I'm making from scratch (besides your elf ears that I just ordered xD).

Well besides that, I hope you have a good trip :D
Michiaki Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Was nice to see you in person :D
(I was the one in blue turtleneck on your panel on Friday)

I really enjoyed your discussion panels, I would be glad if you do something like that again :D

Btw, I made some videos of your panel on Friday, may I send those to you?
lPixieFairyl Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Yay!!! your coming to AWA
Lhene-Amira Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Student Writer
Making a costume is most of the fun, and it adds to the enjoyment of wearing it. And the sense of accomplishment you get after finishing a costume... it's amazing. Those who buy their costumes don't take the same pride in what they're wearing, and are often careless about the costume. There are also lots of little details that can point out those who just buy: the clothes don't fit right, they're made out of cheap material, the person wearing them grabs any opportunity to be photographed (even rushing into others photos), it's an extremely popular character...

I think I own one bought cosplay piece, and it's something I've never used to cosplay the character. I just liked it as a piece of clothing. I suppose that buying costumes can be a good way of trying out cosplay with little effort, but I don't understand why people continue to buy their costumes, year after year. They never seem to enjoy what they're wearing as much as those who make their own.
chococatnip Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
(Speaking from someone who has worn many bought cosplays before) I honestly cannot deny that making your own cosplay is great, and that sense of accoplishment when you finish is amazing and I definitely do prefer it. At the same time I can still enjoy wearing a costume that I did not make. For me it's not just making the costume, it's about potraying the character as well and having fun with it. For example, this year I plan to cosplay as Rapunzel from Tangled. It's a dream cosplay of mine, but the costume is a bit out of my skill range atm so I've found someone to commission it for me. Someone else is making it, but that won't take away my enjoyment from the cosplay especially since I'm planning to make my own wig. =) I think enjoyment varies from person to person for sure.

Also not all bought cosplays are cheaply made, it just depends on wear you're buying it. *nods* For me, I'm currently learning to sew so one day I can make amazing elaborate costumes. I'm starting with the easier projects first of course, and if I want to cosplay something more difficult I'll find someone who can commission it for me. (or buy it premade if I can find anything worth buying =P) =) As for people who simply prefer to buy. Although sewing is a skill anyone could have with practice and patience, it is not something everyone enjoys. Some just want to put on a costume and be a different character for the day and there's nothing wrong with that. I definitely do believe people who buy should consider commissioning rather than just going to ebay though. Many commissioners are cosplayers themselves and need the business so they can finish their own cosplays.
WashuuOtaku Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, part of the reason is that the glut of great "homemade" cosplayers that have retired over the years but still have those great costumes or continue making them, thus making a little industry. It is the progression of the art and should be accepted. So it is very understandable that (for some people) they automatically assume you purchased it from someplace and probably want to recreate the magic themselves.

That reminds me, gotta pick-up Mom at the airport this week, who's returning from Germany.

When you go to the Ghibli Museum, make sure to take the bus that connects to the station (seen here: [link]); my friends and I didn't realize this and we walked two kilometers through the suburb to it. Don't make the same mistake I did.

I hope to see you again at AWA, stay healthy!
jstuckey001 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
we live in a disposable society nowadays, learning an actual art is hard, supposedly, and most believe that models have neither the ambition nor skill do what you can do. It really is an accomplishment to how good your pieces' look and I have enjoyed seeing you showing them. I hope to one day see a couple in person at a convention.
artico Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Yay! AWA!
The first time I ever saw you was at AWA when you were in your Carmilla cosplay!
So much <3 for that wonderful outfit!
Lumis-Mirage Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist
Was really amazing to have you here in Germany <3
yeah would be nice to have you here next year again and maybe cosplay something all together ??? ;D

Have fun in Tokyo!! I hope you can can some rest at the end of the year ;D
Calssara Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I am glad you liked out little convention ^.^
It was an honor to have you here. Everybody really loved you for being so nice and down to earth Everybody said "OMG she is really just 'one uf us'!" XD

yeah in Germany MOST of the people like to make their costumes by themselves. Wearing costumes is fun, but making them is much more fun <3!!! I never had so much fun on making a costume as I had with my Saber costume *laugh*. Totally looking forwrad to see your next projects <3. Shall the Worblas be with you hahaha LOL~
Timinithis Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
I hope i have the chance to see you while you are in Tokyo. If not, thanks for coming to my part of the world and hope you come back again soon.
Nikoschka Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It was sooo amazing to see you in person! You are such an inspiring cosplayer!
Mauryv Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
You're going to be at the Tokyo Game Show?! Oh snaps, we HAVE to meet up! I'll be there around noon on the 22nd!
Sora-yaoi Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
I was really really appy to meet you in person there. It made me damn happy <3
UpperClassK9 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
I think your house must be collecting dust EVERYWHERE haha! It doesn't sound like you particularly dislike all the traveling either, but jetlag must be horrible.
Kei-Dynamite Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
I'm glad you had a great time in Germany, although I'm sad I didn't get to meet you on Connichi weekend!
Even though you're super busy this month, I wish you the most of fun! :)
Pentragon1990 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I´m glad you enjoyed your stay at Connichi, it´s my favourite Convention ^__^ And you describe our mentality perfectly, the most German cosplayer make their own costumes or at least try it and create them together with friends :)
Only 2 days at home? You really are a busy person ;) I hope one day I can visit the Ghibli museum too, I see so much photos from it!
I hope you have a nice stay in Japan :)
zeronemike Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow... sounds fun ..
AngelOfBeauty88 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Reading about you talking about Germany makes me want to go back. And takes me back to my younger years when I was living over there.

And going to Japan, I am sooooooo jealous. Must be nice to be able to go to other countries for conventions and such.
Bromopar Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Its really disheartening (not just for cosplay but in general) how people would rather just give someone money to make or fix or modify something for them than actually take the time and effort to do it themselves. I'm forced to wonder if the culture of money that has been cultivating for so long in the upper income levels of society has somehow trickled down to the rest of us. I especially see this in automobiles when I try to show someone some really simple maintenance they can do themselves for cheap but they always tell me (without letting me show them I might add) that they'd rather pay someone else to do it for them. As a fellow DIY'er this saddens me to know that this attitude has spread to artistic realms as well.
Dah-Art-Yamazaru Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
though I see what your saying not everyone has the skill to even attempt making something amazing..not that I am defending it I want to try making one some day myself when I've gained the patience ; w;
Bromopar Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Patience is key. I'm in the process of making a couple of cosplays myself and while they are no where near the level of Ya Ya's I'm still quite proud of them.
kazumi218 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Same thing goes for me. I started hand sewing a couple years ago, although it wasn't the best of work, I was still proud of what I made and learned as I progressed. :)
Bromopar Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Practice is how you get to Carnegie Hall according to my late father. Not sure I'm up for going there unless they have a cosplay contest or comic convention though. :)
kazumi218 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
lol exactly xD
Arasiyris Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
To be quite honest, when it comes to sewing, everyone *could* have the skill. At least to attempt it. Not everyone is going to pick it up really easily and love it, but the fact is that in the past, almost everyone - men included - knew at least the basics of stitching. Youtube how-tos make it even easier, and a found-item costume is not hard to put together and add some personal flair to, especially in the steampunk genre. But people seem entirely unwilling to even attempt it. It makes me sad, because I think it takes away from the culture of a con and from people's enjoyment of each other's costumes. =( I think people should make at least one part of every costume they wear.

Now, all that said, I think there are certainly times when it's totally okay to buy a full costume - I wouldn't expect a new mum to have time to sew her own costume, for instance, but I wouldn't want her to be left out of the con. But I don't think exceptions like that represent the overall trend.
Dah-Art-Yamazaru Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah that is true, I guess I'll just have to find a pattern I like and make it my own with a few modifications :D
Arasiyris Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Go for it! You'll have a lot more fun wearing it =)
MasterSaruwatari Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Student Writer
pack week. when will you take a rest?:D
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