Katsucon was first held in 1995 at a small hotel venue in Virginia. As of 2013, Katsucon has now been running for its nineteenth year hosting its fourth year at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center Continue reading →
This was the first year AnimeUSA was hosted at The Washington Marriott in Washington, D.C. and with that I had high expectations. I have been attending conventions since I was 12 and was very excited, as this Continue reading →
I had no intention of going to Anime USA. I hadn’t worked on any costumes for it or even looked at the guest list before getting a message on the Monday before asking me if I wanted to go. I realized that (despite being a fulltime grad student) I didn’t have anything to do this weekend, so I might as well join my friends. Someone had backed out at the last minute but they still needed someone to round out the room so it wouldn’t be too expensive. I immediately began a mad dash trying to get everything together to go (which did involve me waiting outside for the bank to open at 9am so I could cash my paycheck and still make the 9:10 bus to campus).
The excitement started a week before. As a stereotypical cosplayer, I procrastinated and eventually ended up packing in a panicky rush the night before. The hardest part was probably waiting through school and for the bell to ring, so I could hop in the car and head to Animeland Wasabi. It’s always so exciting when you start getting close to the hotel and you see the first of the cosplayers!
Getting in shape for cosplay, and getting in shape for yourself are one and the same. Cosplay is a great motivator if you are willing to push yourself, but what about after you’re done with the costume? When you put your spandex away and go back to the real world do you stop working out? Do you gain back the weight?