Can't believe it has been nearly a month since the Summer London Anime and Gaming Con had come to a close & it was such an enjoyable weekend. I know I am a bit late again doing a post-con write-up but have had some personal problems to deal with which had affected all aspects of my life. I'm still not exactly feeling great about things having suffered another nervous breakdown recently that left me in tears until 3 AM one morning, leaving me with no sleep & having to go to work at 6 AM operating potentially dangerous machinery. I am constantly filled with worry but I'm just about getting by. You don't want to here about that though, you want to read about some nerdy stuff! Summer LAGC
I love the atmosphere at Anime League hosted events & this was the second I had attended, the first being LAGC in February earlier this year. It is always so social & fun. Always good for a laugh & good to make an idiot of oneself by which I mean cross dressing as Vocaloid singer Megurine Luka & performing on stage on Sunday for Lip Sync Battle & being encouraged to join another Vocaloid cosplayer on stage for her dance routine.
As for Friday & Saturday, Friday I decided to cosplay as Kevin Keene AKA Captain N hero of the self titled Nintendo cartoon from 1989. I was worried that it wouldn't be well recognized since the crowd at LAGC is usually very young (in their early 20's) however while it wasn't widely recognized the reception from those who did know it was very positive.
For Saturday I cosplayed as the Super Saiyan 4 version of Goku from Dragon Ball GT. This was to be my main cosplay for the weekend since Dragon Ball is always popular & there is usually a Goku cosplayer whichever way you look. However this rendition is less common. In the 3 years I have been cosplaying & conventioneering I have only seen this version done twice (I also think that it may have been the same person each time). I was wondering how well received this cosplay would be & loads of people had asked for pictures & were amazed that I had incorporated lights into my hands so that as I pose it looks like I am actually launching Goku's signature Kamehameha attack. I decided to enter this cosplay into the competition & although I didn't win the crowd loved it cheering as I got on stage & done a Saiyan power up scream & shouted out an angered Kamehameha. One person even came up to me in the middle of one of the dealer areas asking to record a Kamehameha which as I started to shout drew a huge crowd. So many people had asked for pictures that day I had almost used up the entire wad of cards I took to promote myself. I had plenty to spare back at the hotel but of what I could take with me were nearly all gone.
The Goku cosplay also features in a video made by DELZDEV
highlighting a lot of cosplays from the weekend. www.youtube.com/watch?v=noIUpI…
The guest of honour at the event this time was voice actor Mike Pollock best known as the voice of Dr Eggman from the Sonic the Hedgehog series as well as numerous voice roles for the Pokémon anime including the narrator for a few seasons, Charon in the DP series & Drayden in the BW series. He is always so funny & during his panels would threaten to show the audience one of the worst things that he has performed in, a knock-off of the Disney movie Ratatouille called Ratatoing. Also in attendance as usual for Anime League events was pirate themed comedy duo Jollyboat performing a musical set & presenting a "choose your own adventure" style game with audience participation. I even got to chat with them backstage before I went on to perform for Lip Sync Battle as they had arrived a bit early to set up for their gig next.
I was worried about going due to the let down I suffered at MCM back in May. I was nervous about running into someone there where things had been on a downwards turn in our friendship. At the same time I really did hope to of seen them there & try to work things out bit unfortunately they weren't. Otherwise it had been a fun weekend & I did enjoy myself. Upcoming Cons for 2017
Sun 27th - Mon 28th August - Stars Of Time Tropicana, Weston Super Mare - Want to try to do both days but may only end up doing one. Considering taking Dr Fate & the above SS4 Goku.
Sat 21st October - Weston Super Sonic - Mephiles the Dark. Cosplay has been on hiatus for a while & needs to be gotten back to. Like LAGC I am worried about going to this event for the same reason. I love it however, it is somewhat local, small but social & a lot of fun. I've got to defend my two year cosplay championship so as worried as I am I have to stay positive.
Fri 27 - Sun 29th October - MCM London. Main cosplays: Ash Williams (The Evil Dead / Army of Darkness) & SS4 Goku. Want to try to put together a quick Axel Stone (Streets of Rage) & considering voice of Metal Gear's Snake, David Hayter, will be in attendance I may consider taking my Kaz Miller or may attempt a quick Liquid Snake. Plans for 2018
I am going to be taking a step back from a lot of cosplay making over the next year. Part due to feeling very unenthused to do much with my depression as of late & I want to try to catch up on a massive backlog of games & blu-rays I have. I have some personal voice acting projects I want to do as well such as a redubbing of House of the Dead 2.
While getting back into catching up on gaming I want to do some "lets play" videos, particularly some over the top Japanese action games like Bayonetta & Zone of the Enders. I would also like to do a weekly video of beat-em-ups for a "Friday Fight Night"
I am not giving up on cosplay & conventions. I will still attended my usual events but cosplays are going to be recycled. The exception being next year's Weston Super Sonic because I am planning what will be my biggest build yet & having to make this whole working a full time job I am going to need as much time as I can get. I am hoping that the event ends up being in the latter part of the year again so I have the time to be able to make such a big cosplay between a few repair jobs.
The cosplay I have in mind is Dr Eggman. I know that doesn't seem very adventurous or should take me the majority of a year but what I intend is to make the Egg Walker Mk. 2 from Sonic Adventure 2 & as such will likely be a great & time consuming challenge. I will even commit to go as radically far as to shave my head for the sake of the cosplay (that's if I haven't gone bald from stress by then). If WSS does end up being done earlier & the Egg Walker isn't done I will settle on having to do a quicky Mighty the Armadillo.
I may still make some other cosplays if time allows & there isn't much to do. I would like to do Anime League's Alcon 4 day event & cosplay the evolution of Darien Shields from Sailor Moon doing normal Darien, Tuxedo Mask, Prince Endymion & Moonlight Knight. It may yet be 2019 by time I do that because I want to focus on Eggman & his Egg Walker. In Closing
I have a lot still to keep me occupied for the rest of this year & into next year. I am feeling rather unenthusiastic about cosplaying as I have felt dissatisfied with how some costumes have turned out & not feeling confident in my abilities (despite many people's assurances). I do feel unenthusiastic because of the depression I have been feeling as of late too. I have had problems in my personal & social lives & at work as well. There is a definite bleeding effect of negative emotion flowing from one part of my life into another. I have been in a very dark place mentally but while concern is appreciated I m not worth worrying about. I got my cosplay work to keep my occupied & when I get back into making Mephiles for WSS I hope that the spark comes back. I hope that the other events that I have lined up can bring me some happiness even if it is just as respite for only a day or a weekend. In my 25 years, happiness is an emotion I rarely feel, only when I am away from my problems & where no one has to know the real me. Where I don't have to be me. Where I can be, quite literally, someone else. I did have a lot of fun at LAGC & can only look forward to my next event.