MegaCon Tampa Bay: Sunday Vlog

I just realized that I never shared my vlog from Sunday of MegaCon Tampa Bay on my blog! If you all like Voltron, this is definitely very Voltron heavy!! I went as Lance and it was a blast. The fandom for Voltron is just so sweet and overall such a fun community. Really looking forward to going back to MegaCon Tampa Bay again next year! The convention was super well laid out and organized. Props to the team who set this up and made it great! Especially for its very first year in Tampa!

Megacon Tampa Bay Saturday Vlog

MegaCon Tampa Bay was a surprisingly amazing convention. Packed with panels, a very expansive vendor room and cosplayers, it’s definitely a good contribution to the cosplay scene in the Tampa Bay area! I’m looking forward to next year and definitely making sure to go again. This was the footage that my friend NekoUsagiTV and I captured during the convention on Saturday!

MetroCon 2016 Review

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This year I once again attended MetroCon 2016 for two out of the four days. While the convention has grown to include four days of events, the actual foot traffic did seem to be significantly reduced. This makes sense when you realize that this year was the very first year since its start of operations that this anime convention had restrictions to keep those without purchasing a ticket out of the halls. This was a double-edged sword. On the one hand, sales picked up for the convention and numbers were larger than ever before (at least in terms of ticket sales) but on the other hand, there were less cosplayers, less happening in the halls and Sunday was almost a ghost town even into mid-afternoon (though the ticket price was not significantly reduced enough to entice people).

The convention could also learn a lot from Tampa Bay Comic Con on how to organize lines. There is something to be said about the fast paced lines Sunday of TBCC versus the super slow lines during MetroCon on Saturday, despite both days having significant attendance for both conventions. Having the lines wrap around the outside and everyone stream inside upstairs through quick cashiers versus having a long winding carrel with slow cashiers definitely… Would make everyone a lot happier. Not only that, but the bag check and weapons check at Tampa Bay Comic Con was so quick and something you had to go through on the way inside that it literally took five seconds! I believe we waited for tickets for almost an hour at Metro.

Most of the time, I attend MetroCon for the main events and the cosplayers. This year I did not manage to see any of the main events but heard fantastic things about their production. Not surprisingly the actual side panels run by attendees were not that impressive. We attended a panel on “Who’s That Pokemon” but it was really just a rapid fire guessing game that left those without intimidate knowledge of all of the generations of Pokemon to just sit and listen to the crowd shouting out random names. Though the pictures were interesting, for sure. I only attended the one panel, however, so I can’t jump to many conclusions. Mostly I’m saying that I’ve never actually been to an impressive panel at MetroCon in any of the years I’ve attended that wasn’t a Main Event such as the Human Chess Match.

The saving grace for the convention for me were the amazing cosplayers that were in attendance. There were many amazing costumes to look at and a lot of people went all out on their cosplays!

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In addition, the artisan alley seemed larger than in years past and more spaced out, allowing for more opportunity to walk back and forth between their booths without being trampled (although many vendors did poorly in sales compared to years past, I’ve been told). That being said, I purchased a significant amount more of merchandise myself than ever before.

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Poster Via Lisaveee on Instagram

Then we get to my meetup for Miraculous LadyBug and, of course, this was the absolute highlight of the convention for me. I was so excited to see so many great cosplayers from Miraculous LadyBug come and join us for a photoshoot. Everyone was so sweet and so amazing! It makes me utterly proud to be part of this fantastic fandom.

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Overall, MetroCon is definitely the largest Anime Convention in Florida. It could still learn from its mistakes and the changes that were made this year and move forward. I’m sure that the ticket restriction was a necessary evil, but it could have been executed better. The cosplayers and amazing people in attendance made this convention fantastic and the main events are always impressive. Looking forward to next year~

No Sew Cosplay: Jack Frost from ROTG

 

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I’ve been around for a long time. My name is Jack Frost. I love being on my own. No rules. No responsibility. It’s as good as it sounds.

Just in time for Easter, I decided to do an article for Jack Frost, which is a cosplay you are bound to see at least once at a convention. This cosplay is fairly easy as well, so super great for a casual cosplay or a first time cosplay.

Wig: I always love Epic Cosplay Wigs. That’s why, the first place I looked for  Jack Frost wig was their website. It obviously requires styling, as you will need to spike up the hair which can be done by teasing it and spraying the wig with hair spray.

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Hoodie: Jack Frost is wearing a trademark royal blue pull-over hoodie. There are two ways of going about this, in my opinion. If you are going to a convention in the winter time, a normal hoodie like this one  (top pic) is fantastic. However, if you are attending a convention in the summer time, you might want to go with a hoodie with thinner material such as a beach hoodie (bottom picture)! Either way, you want to take white fabric paint and paint in the details on the jacket by studying pictures of Jack Frost’s hoodie and applying random lines to mimick frost. Make not to overdo the lines, and also make them opaque with one very thin layer rather than painting them in a solid white.

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Pants: You will need some dark brown pants for this that have a slim fit. Cut off some of the bottom, leaving jagged edges, then take some white and brown fabric paint and mix it together, then use it to make the pants look stressed and frosted. Make sure not to go to heavy, and use a brush that will add a lot of texture. Take some white and blue fabric paint to add a frost affect to the edges the same way you did the hoodie and use fabric glue to add brown ribbon around the bottoms.

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Staff: Hikari Shio on Youtube has made a tutorial on how to do Jack Frost’s staff using mostly household products such as a mop handle, cardboard tubes from wrapping paper, etc. She has also done tutorials on painting Jack Frost’s hoodie and pants, if you need a reference.

Invisible Shoes: Running around on a dirty convention floor bare foot or having to walk from your car to the convention center itself is not a good idea. You never know what you could step on. That’s why this video is fantastic! It shows you have to make invisible cosplay shoes, which will allow you to seemingly be barefoot. This is also better than wearing shoes you will have to take off for photo opportunities.

My name is Jack Frost, and I’m a guardian. How do I know that? Because the moon told me so. So If the moon tells you something…Believe it.