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Convention Preparation

Whys is that cosplayers always tend to run late. Its something to do with procrastination and it is contagious. I am not exempt form of course. I have four fingers in band-aids and my right hand could get carpal tunnel if I am not careful, but these costumes will be done by tomorrow night.

Why am I doing all of this? For Anime Banzai 2012: Utah's biggest anime convention and it is this weekend. It was my first anime convention so I am proud to feature it on this site for my first convention review. The review will come next week. For more information on Anime Banzai this is their site link below.

http://www.animebanzai.org/

Anime Banzai has been running since 2005 and has grown so much over the years. In 2011 they had over 3,000 attendees!! This anime convention has video games, card games, panels with your favorite anime characters, panels on costume making, and panels on Japanese culture. It is a great convention to go meet new faces and mingle with the other amazing geeks and nerds of this genre.

This year I am returning with two panels to teach. One is my standard beginner's guide to wood working and props, which will be run on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The other is something new. I will be joining Shannon Deonier (Pannon) and Stacie Pitt (Tatsue) in a panel on general prop making. Each of us have a different medium that we use when making a costume prop and we thought we would offer advice on these materials. This panel will be at 8:00 p.m. Friday night.
Working with Banzai staff to get things running and communication with the staff has been superb this year. They have had very fast responses to questions and solutions to problems. I am very impressed with how they are running things this year. It has been nice not having to wait forever to find out anything.

The activities I look forward are Cosplay Chess and the Cosplay Contest. These two have been a favorite of mine, whether I am participating or just watching form the crowd. This year I will be participating in both. the Chess game theme is Kowaii vs. Kawaii (Scary vs. Cute.) My sister will be debuting the cause of my finger's discomfort in the chess game. She will be on the cute side as Princess Agitha from the video game Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. I will be on the cute side as the Wasp from Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
Agitha and my Ordon Link cosplay will be in Saturday night's Cosplay contest. I am hoping (yet also frightened) to be boosted to Master Class category. The competition will be stiff! I have already seen so many great cosplays in the works.

I am currently making a list of amazing cosplayers to feature on this blog. I hope to feature one cosplayer a month at the very least. Look for the first one in November. In the mean time, if you are going to Anime Banzai I hope you have fun! If you see me there go ahead and come say hi!

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