Danielle and I were there, staying together with other mutual friends. Coming to Dragon*Con, after missing 2012, was like coming home. It was great to be back! This was, by far, one of the quietest, low key D*Cons we have ever been to in all the time we've ever been. We took fewer, simpler costumes, and wore even fewer of the ones we brought. Between the the two of us, we wore:
Tony Stark (Avengers/Battle for New York version)
1940's Pin Up
Sweet Lolita Coord (lavender gingham)
Princess Leia (Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope)
Formal Tony Stark (Iron Man II version)
I did bring my Mia Fey and Phoenix Wright costumes, but with my ankle still giving me quite a bit of trouble, I was hesitant to wear anything with heals. Plus, Danielle and myself really weren't costumes at all by the time Sunday rolled around. The rest of the weekend was spent in casual clothes just enjoying the sights. I went to several awesome panels run by amazing people like Fev Studios, Lone Wolf Armory, God Save the Queen Fashions, and Arda Wigs.
It was yet another awesome year, and we've already registered for 2014.
My second year going to AWA since leaving SCAD, I did this con on my own. This con, to me, is th Dragon*Con After Party and Cosplay Family Reunion. This particular AWA was no exception. My costume list was:
Tony Stark (Avengers/Battle for New York, Battle-Damaged version)
Hongbin (VIXX - "Hyde")
Sweet Lolita Coord (lavender gingham)
Phoenix "Pheenie" Wright (Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations)
I did a lot more costuming, all in all, and shared table space along side my good friend Fev Studios in the Artist Alley, and I sold out of 75% - 80% of my button stock! Tons of friends, both old and new, and, really a fun time. My 93-year-old grandmother had passed the week before, and it was the perfect way not only to refocus on work, my plans for the future, the dreams for this studio, and my over all goals, as she would have wanted. All in all, after a rather tiring run of cons, this convention left me feeling rejuvenated. It feels a lot more like the cons I used to go to as a teen, fun times with good friends in amazing costumes.
You can bet AWA will continue to be one of my regular stops on the con circuit. It's always been one of my favorites.
The 2013 Convention Year - In Close
I have had the pleasure of going to more cons and events, this year than I have in a rather long time. Not just these cons, but also the local Renaissance Faire, Lolita Meet Ups, SCA events, coffee shop meet ups, and all sorts of things. In the meantime, I'll be working on new products for the shop as well as finishing up all the lingering projects around the studio.
Here's to an awesome 2013! We've already pre-registered for PAX East, Dragon*Con, and other events. Here's looking forward to finishing this year strong and an amazing 2014 con season to come.
This year at SDCC, I had an amazing time! Bludhavenbird Cosplay hosted Danielle and myself. He and his family were wonderful beyond words; I can not thank them enough for welcoming the two of us into their home and into their lives. That allowed me to rent a car so we could explore San Diego a bit more freely.
At the con itself, I met so many amazing people, whether they were famous or other costumers and individuals heading to nerd central. Not to mention, I got to see another of my costumes debuted in person, even down to my client's make up and taking her application photos for the Rebel Legion. If anything, the reason I love what I do and began this business is because I love seeing the smiling faces both of the people that wear my costumes but of the people whose lives are touched by seeing their favorite characters bought to life.
Comic-Con was 4 intense days of costuming, fighting lines, attending panels, seeing previews of new movies and shoes, and shopping for those ever illusive exclusives! I'm still fighting off the jet lag as life returns to normal, but it was so much better than SDCC 2012. If I am able, I certainly wouldn't mind making SDCC a regular thing, and maybe even trooping along side my fellow 501st Legion members or working the table.
I miss everyone already, and hope I can stay in touch.
- Snow Bunny Studios News -
With some of the recent changes that have taken place in my life over the past few months, I will be seriously cutting back on the commissions I will be doing. Some of these changes have already gone into affect and posts have been made in reference to them. However, I thought it would be best to ensure that everyone new exactly what was going on.
Those that contacted me prior to my leaving for SDCC have been grandfathered in under my previous commission rules, but starting July 23rd, I will not be taking full costume commissions and will be seriously limiting the number of smaller commissions I will be taking. I now also require a minimum of 6 months advanced notice on all commissions. This may change in the future so that I can return to the older commission rules, but when that will happen I do not know.
After I hurt my ankle last winter, I still have a couple lingering commissions that need to be completed that I have been struggling with. Plus, I have a back log of personal and business costuming related projects, I would like to clear out that cache as well as continue to more forward with my plans to grow Snow Bunny Studios to better serve your costuming needs in the long term. Sadly, this means for the time being, I will have to limit what I do in order to complete those project. My goal for Snow Bunny Studios is always to provide you with the best quality and highest accuracy possible. I also wish to provide my clients with more ready made items in my Etsy shop. Hopefully, this change in commission status will be a temporary thing, and everything will be up and running back to normal soon. Again, commissions are not closed, they are simply of a very limited number.
If you are interested in a Snow Bunny Studios product, check out my Etsy shop. If you can't find what you're looking for on Etsy and wish to ask me about a commission, please contact me either through email or use the Wufoo Inquiry Submission Form.
Thanks everyone for being so amazing and supportive to Snow Bunny Studios and Happy Cosplay! Stay tuned for more amazing things soon.