Blizzcon 2010 Impressions

So, yes, we are a bit late to get our Blizzcon review up, but come on- we didn’t have a computer for the entire week we were out there, haha. Slightly our problem, we got rid of the laptop we had before due to problems to build a desktop, and had plans on getting  at least a mini laptop before Blizzcon, but we got so busy we didn’t even think about it, and to be honest, we were too busy to blog anyway.

On October 22-23, Mario and I attended Blizzcon 2010 in Anaheim, California.

For the first day, we were both in full body paint, wearing huge masks and it was honestly hard to see much of the convention. We were up at four in the morning, painting each other, and had two other people helping us- my painting took the longest because I had white designs on my legs and stomach that needed to be painted in and then carefully painted around.

We got outside right around 9:30 and were bombarded with people taking our pictures. It was really hard to move much, and we need to walk around to find some friends, but it took a little bit of time, haha.

Really quickly we want to thank everybody who helped us throughout the weekend. Pocket was awesome with helping me with the designs on my legs, it would have been impossible to draw them myself, and the Deeters were amazing as well- they all helped us by carrying around tissues, getting us water, helping with costumes and costume fixes, making sure we ate, and helping me when I needed someone to hold my staff (it was really heavy, and hard to balance with my left arm). They also helped us immensely backstage, and helped to keep me calm when I was honestly about to just drop out of the contest due to nerves. Thank you all! It was also awesome meeting all of the other cosplayers there, Jenny, Leslie, Jen, Christina, and anybody else whose name I have forgotten (I’m really sorry, terrible at names!).

Right before the opening ceremonies, we were asked by a Blizzard employee to come upstairs for some photos and a photoshoot, which was pretty awesome. We haven’t seen the pictures from it yet, though, but neither have our friends who were interviewed as well.

For the opening ceremonies, we were actually backstage, watching the screen, because Mario needed to fix his wig really quickly, and then right when we walked back out we were asked by Direct TV to be interviewed about our views for the opening ceremony, which hadn’t even ended yet, haha.

We weren’t too impressed with it, to be honest. Last year, there seemed to be a ton more excitement, and a ton more announcements. There were all the excitement about Cataclysm, about being able to fly in old world, about all the new guild stuff that’s going on. This year, it seemed like it was just ‘Hey, happy to be here, we’re awesome’ and then the (awesome, yes) ‘Geek is’ presentation by Chris Metzen.

http://www.youtube.com/v/Z_uAbmka5Ko?fs=1&hl=en_US

The last Diablo 3 class was also announced, the Demon Hunter. It looks like a fun, ranged class to play (though I’ll be playing around with every class until I find the one I love) and the costume looks pretty fun too, though I doubt I’d be making it since they had a model walking around wearing it, and they’ll probably be walking around wearing it in upcoming Blizzcons as well.

The rest of the day was honestly a blur to me, we were running around a lot and went back to the hotel room several times to fix wigs/masks/eat something. Before we knew it, it was 4:00 and we needed to head to backstage for the costume contest.

I feel like it was more organized that I heard it was in past years, though it was my first year entering so I really don’t know. They did have seats for people to sit in, and bottles of water for everyone, which was nice.

I was so, so very nervous going into the contest. I was nauseous while standing in line, and it all felt very rushed to me. I did feel like they didn’t spend much time judging costumes, they walked around with a clipboard and asked us our number for the contest, and then silently looked at us and moved on. I think it would have been nice if they at least asked a few questions about the costumes first.

However, I did get to the top five! I’m pretty excited about that, and the girl who won first place (Christina) did an absolutely phenomenal job, she hand tooled all of her leather on her costume herself, and the details were amazing. For those of you who haven’t seen her:

Simply gorgeous.

It was pretty exciting, because apparently after I was pulled away to get in line to go on stage again for top five, Mario was approached by one of the guys who worked on the Diablo 3 concept art for the Witch Doctors, and he thanked us for doing such an awesome job on the costumes. Woot!

We didn’t attend any panels or go to any booths on the first day, and barely made it past the first 20 feet of the convention center.

On the second day, we dressed as Kalecgos and Tyrigosa:

I was pretty happy because I got to get a manicure in the hotel spa that morning! My nails were torn up from wearing the long fake nails the day before, and definitely needed it.

We actually didn’t do much second day, we wandered and checked out some booths, got some stuff from the Blizzard store, and got our picture taken on the Frozen Throne.

What could be more awesome than that, you ask? Well…

Mario proposed on the Frozen Throne! (of course I said yes!) Best. Geeky. Proposal. Ever. I mean, not just for the Frozen Throne, but add that in with it being AT Blizzcon (where we first met, by the way) and us being in costume as Kalecgos as Tyrigosa, who are betrothed in the lore.

Oh, and because I’m proud of my boots (even though I didn’t wear them for longer than a few hours, I forgot to wrap my feet) here’s a quick picture of those:

Woot. I ended up keeping on the leg pieces and putting on tennis shoes… Tyri’s going to the gym! Just remember, people, if your shoes or boots aren’t completely tight/rub when you walk on your feet, then wrap them/get something to cover the rub points. Because it hurts.

We found the photobooth, but we were pretty upset that we didn’t see it on the first day. Boo.

So then we all met up with our friends, and sat and waited for Tenacious D.

The first few songs were pretty awesome, but to be honest, we weren’t too impressed. It seemed more of a show than a concert, I guess, and though they were entertaining, they just didn’t seem to please the crowd quite as much as Ozzy did last year. Last year, every person was on their feet, cheering, singing along, and this year… it was only maybe 1/3 of the people who stood up, there wasn’t much cheering and screaming, or singing along. While it was amusing, it just doesn’t hold the same amount of interest for us as last year, and we ended up walking around and going to some booths we weren’t able to before because of the lines.

It was amusing that they had the Lich King fight the Metal, and then they became friends. That was pretty awesome.

So, I guess that’s it for our roundup about Blizzcon. This was pretty much from a cosplayer’s point of view, and so that’s why I didn’t cover the panels or many announcements. Next up, a review on the official, unofficial Blizzcon after party, and a quick review of the Hilton.

 

We’re home!

Expect a flood of posts in the next few days on Blizzcon and our opinions on the events that happened! We just got home today and have been without a computer since we left, so we’re getting settled back in before we start throwing out posts. We had a ton of fun at Blizzcon and it was amazing making so many new friends!

Blizzcon at last!

That’s right, people! It’s the morning of the first day of Blizzcon, and we are in the midst of getting painted and dressed for the con. For those of you unable to attend the convention, here are some pictures from our photoshoot a few weeks ago:

Please try and imagine Mario’s mask with huge, red and black feathers across the crown. Pictures of the end product after we get back today, but for now, this is all we have :D

Tomorrow I’ll show pictures of our second day costumes. For now, I’m off to finish getting ready!

Blizzcon!

That’s right! We have FINALLY finished all of our costumes, and today is full of packing and doing laundry and getting the house in order before we leave on Wednesday. We will post a few pictures from our photoshoot the day of, so that even if you aren’t at Blizzcon, you can still see our pictures! We’ll also be participating in the costume contest, and will be wearing costumes on the second day. If you are going to be at Blizzcon, and see two witch doctors walking around, come up and say hi! Get a picture with us! We love meeting new people!

I wanted to put up a quick post on things that we’re doing to get ready for Blizzcon, and if you have any suggestions, feel free to comment!

Firstly, we’ve put on our costumes, walked around in them, made sure everything worked with everything else. I mentioned that in my last post, but it’s important!

Today, we also practiced packing everything into the car- if you don’t have a lot of large pieces, you don’t have to do this, but we have a huge shield, two large masks, etc, that need to fit into the back of my car (luckily I have fold down seats). It took a little while to figure it all out, but it’s important to make sure before the day that you’re trying to put everything in! If you’re flying, same thing- make sure all of your pieces fit into your suitcases without problems.

I made a ton of lists, too, of what we need to pack, what we’ve already packed into the box, what needs to go into our cosplay emergency kit, and what medicine we might need to bring- pepto bismol, tylenol, etc.

After everything is packed, we’re going to check and double check that we haven’t left anything out or behind, and then it’s all going to be sitting neatly in the garage until Wednesday, since I’m not so comfortable with driving around with all that in my car until Wednesday.

You may also want to make sure that you have your Blizzcon tickets printed out, your reservation confirmations printed, and try to prepare for bad weather- I’m probably going to be freezing, since it’s going to be on the cooler side, but nothing I can do about that. I’m more worried about it raining, though, since it’s going to rain in Anaheim for the week all the way up until Friday, when it’s supposed to be only cloudy. Really, really hoping it doesn’t rain. There isn’t an umbrella big enough to cover Mario’s horns.

Anyway, I could list a lot more, but somebody has already done that on the Blizzcon forums, so check that out.

Oh, and if you’re cosplaying, don’t forget to come to the cosplay meetup on Thursday, and the photoshoot on Friday! I can’t wait to see everyone there!

Things to do before going to a convention in Cosplay

This weekend, Mario and I had a photoshoot for our costumes for Blizzcon, mostly because I wanted to put together business cards for the convention, but more importantly because we needed to do a trial run. It’s always important to put on everything for your costume, including body paint, tattoos, makeup, wig, whatever is going to be in the final product, at least a few weeks before the convention that you’re going to. That way, if it’s an elaborate costume with lots of pieces, you’ll know how long it’ll take you to get ready, and even if it’s not, it’s good to practice walking around, being in character, posing, and seeing how the costume moves. Then if you’re going to run into any malfunctions with the costume, it will happen in your trial run, instead of while you’re at the convention or on stage for a masquerade, and you’ll have plenty of time to fix it.

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What we’re working on

You may have noticed that our posts have been very few and far between lately. Mario has the next two weeks off work, and pretty much every spare moment we have has gone towards finishing our Blizzcon costumes before October 1st so that we can do a photoshoot and get business cards printed out in time.

What are we wearing to Blizzcon? Well, for the first day, Mario will be the male witchdoctor from Diablo 3 concept art, and I will be the female witchdoctor. Now, we don’t want to put out pictures of finished pieces or the finished costume before Blizzcon- we don’t mind people seeing what we’re doing, but we don’t want to get rid of that ‘wow’ factor that you’ll get with seeing the completed costumes/pieces for the first time. So, here are some pictures up close of some of the pieces that are finished, and some that we’re working on:

(These are, from the left: male witchdoctor wig (is up into a bun for storage), female witchdoctor wig, Kalecgos wig and Tyrigosa wig.)And for good measure, a few pieces of our Tyri and Kalecgos costumes (which we don’t mind showing finished progress of)

Both our Kalecgos and Tyri costumes are about 90% done, male and female witchdoctors at about 85%.

SacAnime pictures! (and kind of a review)

Mario and I had a great day at SacAnime! We drove 2 hours to get there, and ended up stopping a few places on the way (since we found out it didn’t open until 1pm on Friday) then arrived right as they opened. There were a few other Team Rocket grunts, an Ash and some good cosplay! We didn’t get many pictures with our camera, but here’s a flickr with a ton of photos from the convention, and it’s going on for today and tomorrow as well, so they should have even more photos up soon.

There were some good vendors there, a neat pajama company that made full pajamas shaped like animals; kangaroos, chickens, and even monsters. Then of course there was the awesome Pocket, who has a video game based webcomic. There were also lots of weapon vendors, with some good Master Swords and Hylian Shields, and we ran into a pretty good Link, too… didn’t have the camera on us, so we didn’t get a picture.

We ran into a Princess Zelda on the way in, which was pretty awesome.

And of course, an obligatory photo of us fighting Ash for his Pikachu.

We left early to have dinner with friends, but it was still a pretty fun day. If we lived closer we would have gotten a weekend pass, because we think Saturday is the day for cosplay, but oh well. Friday was still a fun day.

SacAnime!

Mario and I will be at SacAnime on Friday, September 3rd! We’re going to support our awesome friend Pocket and go to our first Anime convention! We’ve been to several conventions, but none of them specifically for anime, and we’re really looking forward to it. Look for the Team Rocket grunts!

Speaking of Team Rocket grunts, I’ll post up a quick and easy (as in, you don’t have to sew anything yourself, because you might already have most of the materials, or they’re easy to buy as is) Team Rocket grunt tutorial. Stay tuned!