April 2, 2011

Shuto Con Recap!

Well a Shuto Con has come and gone. Welcome to all of you who visited us at our panels we had!

For those who are not in the know, Shuto Con was an anime convention held in Lansing, Michigan! It was it's debut year, and I gotta say, WHAT FUN WAS HAD!

Crash Bang! was there presenting panels on cosplay stuffs, and my friends had an art booth in the artist's alley. Since I was only going to be busy a few times during the weekend, I was more than happy to give them help with setting up and watching the table when they needed to leave.

I am the best helper ever!

So yeah. Convention! Hotels! It was in a Real Convention Center! Super awesome!

...And I totally forgot to take a lot of pictures. Seriously, I need to add a paparazzi crew member to Crash Bang!, JUST to get some good pictures of conventions I go to.

I spent most of Friday walking around in a haze. I had like 4 hours of sleep. Each night that week prior to convention. NOT A SMART IDEA.

When I got to the hotel, the staff was super duper nice, and they were able to give me a connecting room with my friends who were also signing in. And they did it early, and so pleasantly! So WIN for the hotel.

The artist's alley was HUGE. It was so spacious, I was kinda sad I didn't have a booth. But with the new booth in process, it was kinda hard to get it set up and ready .

The vendor hall was a tad smaller, but had some good vendors in it. I found a cute Zero plush, and the entire series of Last Exile (I had been looking for it for some time). The rest of the time, I pretty much spent in Artist's Alley. Got me some neat stickers of AMURICA and others. Saw lots of cool artwork.

We presented two panels on Friday: Beginning Sewing for Cosplay: A Primer, and Cosplay Level Up!. We had quite a few people, and hopefully they were able to garner some good info from the panels. The sewing panel was new, so if anybody has anything they'd want to see added let me know! I'm always editing my presentations.

I love talking to people about cosplay, so I actually spent most of my weekend talking about that and art.


It was time to debut our new costumes (which I had been up late every night the week of, trying to get it all done - not doing that again for a long time, no sirree). That's right, THESE COSTUMES:

I'm such a handsome gentleman-manchild-thing.

I finished Vyse (after several trials and tribulations, almost not having wigs, and costume pieces malfunctioning, oh the stories), and helped Jessie make Aika from Skies of Arcadia.

...I was shocked, there were several people who knew what we were dressed as, and were totally psyched that were dressed that way!

We accosted The Enthusiasts and hung out in the booth for a while taking pictures, and generally derping it up. Lots of hijinks were to be had.

Other cosplayers we had with us that day were Yuki from Vampire Knight and Suki from Avatar the Last Airbender. Naturally, we were goofballs. Derp.

Here's some pics! THESE ARE THE WEIRD PEOPLE I KNOW, it really explains everything, doesn't it?

I bought a fish in the Artist's Alley!
We claimed it was a sky fish we caught with the Delphinus,
but Suki disagreed, and told me that if we ate it we'd kill the moon,
but I told her we had 6 moons, and really, nobody would miss one.
I kinda hoped it was the yellow one, because then Valua would totally be SOL
and leave us alone. And... then I took Suki's picture at Jessie's booth.

She was showing me her Smoulder.

Suki tried to get Aika to help her defeat the fire nation,
and she got confused, wondering if she really meant Valua.
I think she meant Nasr. Aika was alway bad with directions.
All the Herp that You Can Derp!

So I did a lot of wandering on Saturday, as I had a lot more time (and a lot more sleep!).

I got to do some nice photos with a lovely gal on Saturday. I'm waiting for them to be processed, which is why I don't have them up just yet. But we took LOTS of pictures in the nice weather outside. After a few mishaps with phones not getting proper reception, we met, and took pics.

Best quote(s) of the weekend:

Me: *posing for pictures on boardwalk *
Little girl: "What are you doing?"
Me: "Uh...we're at a convention."
Little girl: "What's that?"
Me: "Um..it's like a big party for people who like costumes and shows."
Little girl: "kay!" *runs off *

I saw a lot of nice cosplays, but snapped only a few pictures. GAH. BAD ME. So here's the few pictures I have.

I found an Excalibuuuuuuuuur!

His history began in the 12 century!
 Astrid was attending too! 
I made sure not to make too much eye contact.

Nice Axe!
 The convention hall was really nice and spacious. We were sharing it with some other groups, so I'm not sure how they took to us, but really, couldn't be any worse than the Christian Retreat group and Cheerleaders at Ohayocon.

How many crossovers can YOU spot?
Overall it was a spectacular con, and I was sad to see it only be two days. I'd love to have it be 3 days next year, with a little bit more signage and official contests/events and things.

Only one thing I wish I DIDN'T bring home with me: CON PLAGUE. I got something that knocked me out a bit all week, which is why it took me till Saturday to post this.



  1. Hi!
    I was so glad to see you and hear all the information you had to offer. It was really helpful. I now have a lot of ideas for how to make my San cosplay much better. I also enjoyed seeing your cosplay. Fantastic work!

    I hope you don't think me forward, but would you be able to send me the handout from the props and armor panel. My husband really wanted the information but had to leave early for the Struggle Tournament and then there wasn't enough printed for everyone in the room. Thanks either way!

  2. Creating "new costumes (which I had been up late every night the week of, trying to get it all done - not doing that again for a long time, no sirree)"...I get to call BS now unless you plan on nixing any new costumes you have on the back burner. I've worked with you before, stress/procrastination work is sometimes some of your best. Maybe if I knew when you had conventions I could start sending you No Doze/ caffeine pills in the mail. Dave might not like me for it...Oh well! The costumes look fantastic by the way.

  3. Raze Hel: I've been looking through my old external drive, and I haven't been able to find that file to my dismay! I need to check my older computer to see if somehow it got onto there, Otherwise, I may have to retype it up! Oh no!

    Lindsay: Thanks! I've actually been pretty good about getting stuff done SOMEWHAT ahead of time. Though I'm not sure I want to take that bet. :P Thank you for the compliment though! I do really like how it came out.

  4. Oh goodness! I hope you don't have to go to that trouble for it!