Today was kind of a day of panel fail all around. But it's not time to talk about that yet.( Xellos final evolution(-r). )
I have to say that Xellos is a really good cosplay choice. His outfit is relatively manageable in terms of moving around, being able to go to the bathroom, etc. And underneath the cloak, he basically wears normal clothes, so you don't need to strip to be able to go somewhere for dinner after the con. And
he has a bag, so you can carry stuff with you and not need to put it down every time someone asks to take a picture. (And black is almost an acceptable choice for the bag color, so you don't have to make or buy something special, either.)
I would definitely want to wear the costume again, whenever my hair being shoulder-length coincides with my attending a convention. But someday I will do Yankumi, too. Even more obscure, yay!
We did find Filia, and as I suspected she had no mace, but we still got a nice ( action shot. )
And I sang at open-mic karaoke, as I've always wanted to! I thought I should represent for my series more, so I did "Plenty of grit", the Slayers Revolution OP
. Unfortunately, the guy did not announce my song (though they did for most other people), so people were probably still clueless as to who I was and what I was singing. But I made at least one fangirl happy: as I walked onto the stage, she jumped up and shouted, "Yay Slayers!" and then as the song started, her eyes widened and she gave a little gasp and just looked so excited. ^_^v That was worth all the practicing last night and editing the track (to cut out that ridiculously long bridge) and burning it and printing out the lyrics and everything.
Tomorrow I will be free of having to worry about stepping on my cloak, or adjusting my tea cozy, or not whacking someone with my staff. It's a short day anyway, so I don't think it's worth the time I spend struggling with the sash. It really is one of those things... the parts I spent so much time on beforehand are more manageable, once I figured out how to do them (though I just realized tonight looking at my reference pictures that I've been overlapping the tea cozy backwards, d'oh!), and the parts that were so simple to prepare (cutting three pairs of different rectangles of fabric) were a pain. We also went through an entire can of purple hair spray figuring out how to apply it best. Today's application was much more even, efficient, and better-looking, in my opinion, though it apparently doesn't show up as well in pictures. It was a nice dusky purple tint, the way I
think it's supposed to be.
Anyhow, I feel a little bad about this girl who was dressed as Kurapika that I ran into twice, who told me she kept wanting to take my picture but never had her camera. Now she'll never have the chance... at least not for a year or more. ^^;; But what can I do. There will be a Mudkip hat with my name on it tomorrow, and that will be the extent of my "cosplay". They herd I liek them. :]
[Actually, I like Wooper better, but in general I like them both, and the hats were cute and relatively cheap.]
Getting back to cosplay... ( Bonus pic! )