As many of you may know, I’ve been working on a Maka Albarn cosplay for several months. Well, all of those hours of labor on my costume and prop finally paid off when I went to Detroit’s anime convention: Youmacon. The convention ran from November 4th through 6th. I went two of the three days: Saturday and Sunday, which is more than previous years.
This was my third time there, but my first year working on a costume for it. Last year, I bought my cosplay off Amazon and bought a cheap wig and inexpensive pants and shoes. While it was fun and all, I really can’t compare it to my experience this year. Let me tell you, if you want to get the full experience, make your cosplay. But, please don’t do it last minute if you don’t have the talent of working under pressure, it just won’t turn out.
Besides cosplaying, I got to meet two awesome voice actors in the world of dubbed anime. I had already met one last year: Vic Mignogna. He’s pretty cool, if you ever get a chance to see a panel by him or get his autograph, do it. Even my friend who doesn’t really like dubbed anime gets something out of meeting him. So, he’s pretty cool, and I also got to meet J. Michael Tatum. Which, honestly, I had no idea how funny he’d be. I found both the J. Michael Tatum panel from this year, and the Vic Mignogna panel I went to last year which are posted later in the post.
Oh, and if you’re confused as to who these people are, I’ll give a couple examples of characters they played.
Vic Mignogna: Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood), Tamaki Suoh (Ouran High School Host Club), Spirit Albarn (Soul Eater), and Rin (Free! Eternal Summer)
J. Michael Tatum: Sebastian (Black Butler), Kyoya Ohtori (Ouran High School Host Club), Scar (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood), Rei (Free! Eternal Summer), and France (Hetalia)
So, yup they were pretty dang cool. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture with J. Michael Tatum, I did get one with Vic Mignogna.
…And of course I got some cool cosplay pictures, which I’ll share with you guys.
But, I really wanted to tell some weird stories. So, when I first came into the convention center and got into line, not even five minutes later and a different Maka cosplayer came into line behind me, along with Soul and Spirit. So, immediately, I felt awkward. Luckily, they didn’t really talk to me, but I got some weird looks from the Spirit cosplayer, and he honestly kind of annoyed me (ironic, I know). And then, when we got into the place for the registration, there was a squirrel bee-lining for the women’s bathroom. And, I was updated, that the next day there was a piece of cardboard covering the bottom of the bathroom door. I am just gonna assume they didn’t get it out.
For the majority of Saturday, nothing really bizarre happened until we got in line for Tatum’s autographs. Then, I tried to lean Soul (my scythe) against the wall, and I hit the poor girl in front of me with it. From that point on, I didn’t lean it anywhere unless there was a corner. Oh, and then as we were waiting in line, this guy who was probably nearing sixty walked down the hallway with the most disappointed look on his face, and me and my friend about died laughing. Basically, the guy looked like the disappointment emoji. And, once we got into the room for autographs, I started sweating so bad, I felt like I was going to pass out. For one thing, they had us placed in front of gigantic windows, and second, I had two long sleeved clothing items on, one being black. And then, I was so nervous because I have social anxiety, that the lady helping out with the line had to give me a pep talk. But she was super cool and liked my cosplay so shoutout to her I guess.
After this, we went to the vendor’s hall, and a very accurate Deadpool cosplayer asked if I wanted to pretend to beat him up for a music video. So, now I’m in a music video that I don’t know the name of. Yay! And, after all of this, we went to the Q&A panel with J. Michael Tatum, and I don’t know if I’ve laughed harder in my life.
Here’s the link to that panel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv51ICeBvKA
And here’s the Vic Mignogna Q&A I went to last year (my friend is in the giant Mad Hatter hat) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG2i5LE6we4&t=2379s
And that was the end of Saturday’s festivities. Sunday, phew, that one was even crazier. And we weren’t even there that long.
So, let’s start here. When I woke up, I was so exhausted from the previous day, that I almost didn’t get up. And when I did and I got ready, I forgot it was Daylight’s Savings and I thought I was in the shower for over an hour. I panicked, and then remembered, but I was still the reason we were leaving later. And then, we got there, and the people meeting up with us didn’t come until maybe ten minutes before registration opened. Nothing happened in registration this time, so that’s good. But, my cosplay, ah, it began to slowly fall apart once we left registration.
First, I was asked to have my picture taken with my friend (who was Scorpion for Mortal Kombat) and we had to pretend to fight. But, Soul decided that he wanted to break in every place possible and I had to stick the pieces back together with bright orange duct tape. He held up well enough for the day, but it was still frustrating and I will admit I yelled at this prop I made quite a few times.
The only other major mishap I can think of that happened is when we went to Vic’s autographs. When we went up there, I was so excited that I took my picture and left before my brother could get his picture. So, he came over to me and with a very disappointed face told me what happened. So, guess who had to go back up there and ask Vic personally if my poor brother could get his picture with him because of my stupidity. Fortunately, he was very understanding and let my brother get his picture.
One thing you need to know about me- I do horribly talking to voice actors. Last year I almost had Vic spell my name wrong on the autograph because I panicked. So going up there made my social anxiety flare up like crazy. But it turned out okay so that was good.
I hope the stories weren’t too boring. I know I haven’t posted at all this month but I’ve been busy and dealing with some stuff so just be patient.
But anyway, Youmacon was awesome and I’ll put a little slideshow of pictures here at the bottom.
And, anime-wise: I’ve been watching the dubbed ReLIFE recently, and I watched Your Name. at the end of last month, along with some other things, so new stuff will be here soon. Thank you for dealing with my weird stories and schedules.
Hikaru and Kaoru from Ouran High School Host Club, and L from Death Note in the background (this wouldn’t go in the slideshow for some reason)