Anime LA 2014 days~

ALA was SUPER fun this year =3 I mean like… it was one of the best I’ve had. But I guess that just shows how well it’s been growing through the years :]
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So I’ll start this post off with a good old fashion picture of myself xD I brought back out my Arch Bishop from Ragnarok Online! It’s the same cosplay on the back of my business card so I thought I would make it my official go-to table outfit~ It’s pretty comfy too! I got ALOT more ribbons this year! This picture was taken sometime on the 2nd day so it doesn’t show all my ribbons :[ But I ended up getting another Hall Cosplay Award Ribbon! (It’s okay to get more than one right? It was for 2 different cosplays anyways… xD) And also a “Beater” ribbon for my participation in a quidditch squad xP Anyways. Let me continue xD

We thought since we both had weapons… why not fight?! Unfortunately… my bow wasn’t in working status sooo (I lost that fight…) But honestly… how was I gonna beat a Kirito!?

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I also debuted my Archer cosplay from Dragon Nest! Although the sad part? The pictures of my archer cosplay was taken on the 3rd day when I didn’t have all the pieces T.T So I’m missing my boots and arm warmers in the pictures…. But I figured I’d share the pictures anyways xD

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The one decent picture! I’m still sad about the arm warmers… :/ I’m having pretty much most of the cosplay re-done before my next convention pops up! Oh and then I also have a nice close-up of ragnarok (and another on my facebook page  if you haven’t seen that yet :])

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It’s funny cause Hermsi (who is the photographer is ALL these pictures) was actually being a creeper behind a curtain and the shot turned out nice…. who knew. But he hated taking pictures at that location, the lighting was terrible xD

Anyways! I met some really cool new people and said hi to some friends here and there~ A lot of really cool cosplays too! I was quite impressed. So first off is the Lizbeth of our group~ I love this picture cause we look straight while the background looks like it’s slanted… weird huh?

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We made friends with other artists which was so adorable! They make cute little hats which are to die for xP She also ended up buying a bow which she is wearing~ (You can tell my the pink that doesn’t completely match her outfit xD But it’s so adorable)

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Okay now here’s something I envy SO much! This cosplayer was amazing~ It’s mainly on how she made this cosplay. I love the creativity in it as she actually used patterened fabric or lace to enhance the look of the cosplay versus just having flat colors and fabric. I thought it looked really nice so I just had to get a picture with her =3 (btw you’ll also see in the next post why I loved this cosplay!)

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The name of the cosplay escapes me but…. it looked really nice in person. It was also funny cause we both saw each other and spazzed xDD So she got a picture of me while I got a picture of her and it was so fun xD

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You know what’s also fun? When my hair catches the wind and I look this a cover girl xDDDDD

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Okay I think anymore pictures and it’s gonna be hard to load my page xD So I’ll continue with text and links~

I found my friend Tarei who was so adorable~ (and short!! XD)
A Tetra cosplayer who Hermsi spazzed over… She looks really nice though!
How could I not take a picture of a Dynasty Warriors group?!
Pokemon trainer cosplayers! Ah… I just had to take a picture~ I love seeing kids get into cosplaying
And um… me failing on pretending to blend in with the mannequins…

Alright that’s the extent of my 3 days. I love having a table at ALA to get to talk to the other artists especially our partner Tirramisu who continues to provide awesome company :] I also apologize for the possible terrible photoshop T.T Alot of the pictures were just taken in bad light and I blame it on being indoors and florescent lighting.

Already looking forward to next year! You know where my updates are~ Facebook : Twitter

–Kimikotan

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ALA 14′ Lineup! (9 days!!)

Hello everyone!!! (slightly caffeinated still… bear with me) …

Anime Los Angeles is coming up in about 9 days~ I’m super excited but I’m also (more so than other years) very unprepared so far… I was actually debating on not finishing my Dragon Nest Archer Cosplay but… a few days passed and I don’t think I would be proud of myself if I put it off for another convention. So I decided to suck it up and just try my best, even if I have to makeshift some parts. So I’ve been working frantically in between posting, taxes, and family ordeals. It’s been quite difficult but then again… once I finish it all it’ll definitely be worth it~

Alright so here’s this year’s line up! It’s a 3 day con so I think 2 costumes plus manning a table is plenty for my plate xD

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So the Dragon Nest Archer is gonna be awesome but also quite chilly to be in xD And no. I don’t think I can produce that much cleavage… xDD Well… I could but I tried it and I don’t like it… >.< It’s not very …me. And Asuna with a slight re-make from Anime Expo! I’m thinking…

Friday: DN Archer
Saturday: Asuna Arch Bishop
Sunday: DN Archer

So as I’ve mentioned, I have a table this year in the artist alley! They finally gave us our spots so I’m located in 6a (right next to 6b which happens to be the awesome Tirramisu who was our table buddy last year~) So it’s going to be really awesome just with that =3 Anyways…. here’s a map!

ALA Table SeatingSee the entrance? Yea just walk straight and look to your left xP Come say hi to us!! I might not have a lot in stock but… I’ll try ^^;; Looks like a lot more bows/pouches versus ears like years before… and hopefully in the next years I’ll get some fashion items and more cosplay accessories!!

Alright… time to cut it short here xD Back to working… which oddly enough hasn’t felt sweat-shop-like lately o.o

–Kimikotan

PS HAPPY NEW YEAR! I’m taking the year day by day and just making sure I am happy and productive each day =3 (minus my vacation days xP)

Anime LA 2013

ALA 2013

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Anime Los Angeles 2013 was awesome. I was technically the artist assistant to our shared booth for the weekend~ Let’s see… where do I start off…

Well the booth and selling itself went better than our first experience where we both wanted to just quit. But it’s a learning process for us and we’re constantly trying to improve. One thing we did learn was to not procrastinate so we are both starting on many things right away. Hopefully school and graduation won’t get in the way but… I want to see how much I can do before my time at this university is up.

The con itself was fun. I attended the starlight ball where I was so frazzeled before betting up on stage. It was really … a daze. I remember just running out there and running back >.< Reminds me of my “model walk” day. xD Don’t ask~ Anyways the girl who got princess I think should have won. And the girl who did win… well… I wasn’t very impressed with even after seeing it up close. I’m not saying she shouldn’t have won… I just was not sure what the judges were really basing awards on. (sorry for the rant..)

People were also pretty nice to us at the artist table. We made friends with both our neighbors =3 Super cool people. They make me want to do more artist alley tables even without making a profit (but I can’t afford to not break even xD) I found my bows are popular~ I’m still debating on making the price a tad bit higher but… I figured since I love them so much I’ll keep it relatively the same =3 I’d rather keep them cheaper and share them than make them expensive. I want it so even little kids can buy them =3 They’re cute!

No pictures of Jolteon though T.T It didn’t turn out at any way how I wanted it to and it was a mistake on my part to try to rush such a process. I’m disappointed in myself but to make up for it I’m promising myself to never do such a thing again and only work on big projects if I’m going to even put time out.

Anyways. That’s my badge. Some buttons I got with commissioning a girl. And the bow with bells I refused to sell even though Gee thought I should xD But it’s probably the first butterfly bow I made and it’s special to me~ It also rings when I walked =3 I put it on my badge~

Sorry, no pictures with cosplayers this time around! I was too busy >.< AX though!

–Kimikotan