St Alban’s Comiccon

I had a very long day on Sunday, but I’m glad I stuck to my guns and guested with Squad UK at St Alban’s Arena. We had a table to display props, so I grabbed as many as I could and loaded up the car. Lady M has unfortunately got the summer cold thing that flattened me last week, so I left her sleeping and pootled around the M25, not entirely sure what I was going to do for parking – but determined to wing it.

Once I’d parked in the Maltings and ferried boxes and cases to the venue I eventually managed to find the others in the pre-opening set up confusions and we set about sorting out the table.

Now, I enjoyed the event immensely, but there were issues with the venue. It’s a theatre, not exactly designed for bustling stalls and tables. There was no air conditioning, though we were lucky enough to grab a window location so could get a breeze or two. Far worse though was that the venue was totally unsuited for people with mobility issues. Access routes were narrow, we were on the first floor with no lift access, and I only saw one disabled toilet in the building.

The staff were friendly, even if some of the organisation was a bit…vague… but most importantly we had a good turnout, and I rarely stopped talking all day with families about our props – and how simple techniques and tools could make outstanding items.

We had masks and headdresses, bodices and pieces of Halo-style armour. Cigars and cigarettes, wands and guns, hearts and sunglasses – and people were amazed at how light but sturdy most of these items are. All day long we talked about layering fabrics or working with foam and card – and encouraged people to take photos of friends (or selfies) with the props.

By the time we packed up and hit the pub afterwards my voice was croaky, but it has resparked my enjoyment of cosplay and events far more than I thought it would.

And I have a new challenge. I’ve agreed to make a new gender-bent cosplay: Poison Ivy. Watch this space…

Con Appearance this week

I’m going to be at the St Alban’s Comic Convention on Sunday, guesting with Squad UK again. I’m taking Boomerang to fit the theme so I’ve minimal preparation to make, other than double checking tonight and tomorrow where all the elements are.

The shirt and scarf are freshly laundered, while the props SHOULD be in their usual places. The last couple of years have taught me however to assume nothing.

What I can look forward to though is the fun of catching up with people I’ve not seen since the end of May. I’ve been on a bit of a low and lack of inspiration when it comes to cosplay, so being able to just chat and compare notes and mess about with the talented people around me will do me a power of good.

I’ve also put my head above the parapet to volunteer to take part in a small panel about cosplay at the event – where I’ll be talking about body positivity and creativity among other things. I’ve even made some notes so I won’t be totally winging it. (I will be totally winging it).

So, that’s about to happen… I may even post my notes after the event and comment about what I actually say in comparison.