|It's got that brand-new convention smell!
It's a con in it's first year, and I signed up to do some cosplay panels under the title Crash Bang Cosplay! So here is the recap of our hilarious derpness that was AWC!
Thursday we left after Dave got out of work, and picked up Sil along the way (it seemed silly to make us drive separately). Thanks to construction traffic and morons, we did not get in until 10:30ish Chicago time. (We had forgotten that we go BACK IN TIME when we hit IL).
We got up, and since nothing was really going on until 1, we decided to work on our costumes some more. Oh yeah, to catch you up, we were making the main waiters from a series called Cafe Kichijouji de, and we wanted to enter AWC's costume contest. Well thanks to setbacks, problems, and the like, we were forced to finish the sewing in the room. I'm not talkin' buttons, I'm talkin' 3 sewing machines set up in the room with honest to goodness sewing.
|Note how we're all in denial! Except Dave. He was doin' okay.
If anybody has ever seen my panels...all I have to say is NEVER DO THIS. IT IS NOT FUN. We were ecstatic when we got them mostly finished that morning. So we then changed into some costumes and headed out to take pictures and wait for my panels!
I was wearing F'lhammin, Sil was in Fuu, and Amanda was in Alice Liddel. (Picture shows Alice, F'lhammin, Fuu, in that order) It was a very girly day indeed!
|We're like Charlie's Angels. But with 100% MOAR AWESOME.
You can see our photos of the first day here: Alice Liddel, Fuu, F'lhaminn
Time passed, and we went out to dinner, and then did our slew of 3 panels. It was a lot of fun, and from what I hear everybody learned a lot! If you're new to the blog, and came here from my business card, HI! It's good to see you.
Other things I did this day were: Entered the hallway contest as F'lhammin, found a CAFE KICHIJOUJI DE stamp set, and derped it up.
Went home, finished up our buttons and whatever, and then went to sleep on the BEST BEDS EVARRRRRRRRR.
|Quite possibly the MOST obscure set of costumes I've ever been a part of.
|We blame Minagawa for our suffering.
- Waiters in the actual hotel cafe
- Hotel Staff
You'd think the crazy hair would be a tip off, but we had a LOT of people go "Um do you know when the shuttle arrives?" hahahaha, you crazy people.
Went and got ourselves judged for the craftsmanship, and after dropping out of the performance side, we got pressured to join back up, so the four of us headed off to think of something to do on stage. This last minute planning would prove advantageous to us, as within 20 minutes we had our choreography and a couple hours later, we had the PERFECT music to use (thank you hard drive with all your classical music on it). Went and did the skit review and we were IN! We then practiced in the hallway later that day like CRAZYFOLKS.
Other fun stuff before masq:
The chef of the cafe came up to us and was joking all like "Hey we need your help!". And then he offered to LET US IN THE CAFE TO DO A PHOTOSHOOT OMG. So we took the nice camera, and had a good session in the cafe. :D You can see all the pictures HERE: Cafe Kichijouji de
THEN we found out there was a dessert cafe, and since we didn't have a ton to do - we tried to volunteer. Didn't need our help for that one, but they DID say they might need us at the guest cafe. We said "SURE WHY NOT?" and went on our merry way.
Had some pictures taken by The Enthusiasts! That was fun.
|The Mystery! The Excitement! The WAITING!
|We'll be back next year to bring the fun and hilarity of Cafe Kichijouji de.
We're looking for a Toku. ARE YOU UP TO THE TASK?!
Turns out we got Best in Show. Not only did we make all our costumes, but our skit was apparently quite accessible to all the crowd (as in, you didn't need to know what we were from to enjoy it). So thank you AWC for your award! (I also got 2nd place for F'lhammin in the hallway contest. :P Thanks for voting!)
....hilarious side effect: I've now got two other members of Crash Bang to fall on if we do groups, cause they can't stop raving about how fun it was! SEE. I TOLD YOU SO.
|See what you missed by not being at the cafe?
Amanda and I then changed into Vampire Knight (again!) and derped it up the rest of the day. We wandered about - went and had lunch at the Staff Cafe (our thanks for working at the Guest Cafe), had some hilarious conversations, then went out and took VK pictures.
|That guy, on the right?
Yeah, that was F'LHAMMIN on Friday.
Then we packed up, cleaned up, and hopped in the car to head home.
The trip home...was....unpleasant. It took us 9 hours to drive from Chicago to home. I've never had a problem with downtown Chicago traffic. Yes, there are a lot of cars, but it moves, and you just have to realize that they're all probably going to try to kill you at some point.
|Only good thing that came out of that traffic jam. I got nice pics of downtown.
We dove off on an exit we used last time (after our 3 hour travel), and discovered that there was some sort of accident in the middle of where all three freeways meet in a junction. NOBODY WAS MOVING. Turns out a semi jackknifed and fell over and they were having difficulties getting it upright again.
After getting out of that mess, we then traveled relatively unhindered the rest of the way. Unfortunately it means Dave and I got back around 1:30 am, and unpacked the car and whatever. I was a total zombie corpse on Monday as was Dave, so we took the day off as a "sick day" as we were barely able to figure out what time or day it was.