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Journal Entry: Mon Oct 15, 2012, 9:31 AM
So, it's been a whole year already! Around this time last year I was at at Replay Expo (now Play Expo), my first games expo with Kaivallone with my first handmade Link costume, so I was really pleased to have been able to wear the improved version for this event.

This time I went with Kai again, as well as Matthew who was kind enough to put us up at his house for the weekend. We had just as much fun there as we did at the expo!

I'm still beaming from the weekend, it's been an unforgettable and extraordinary couple of days and it was just what I needed!
Play remains my favourite expo and it makes me rather sad that we don't have more events like this! I'd certainly like to see quite a few people and partners more often than once a year, but ah well!

With it being a local con a lot of my friends were there, and I was lucky enough to run into a number of the cosplayers from last year's Replay, so it was great being re-united with and spending some time with everyone that I haven't seen for so long.

Like with most cons I procrastinated like hell and ended up finishing my costume the day before, so I almost didn't end up going as Link, which would have been baaaad! I really need to stop doing that

It's still pretty early after the con so I don't have as many pictures at my disposal as I would have liked, but here we go anyway:

After picking up my ID badge, I started the day out as Primo and spent quite a while on the cosplay desk signing people up for the cosplay competition, so I got to chat with most of the cosplayers who wandered by and was able to drool over all their costumes.

I'd already shopped around and bought things before doors had opened, so it wasn't too bad to sit around, since I had a good view of the cosplay stage and the panels being run on it.

I gots me some lovely phone charms and stickers from the wonderful tavington's stall although the highlight of the day has to be Kaivallone buying a print for me as well as a FREAKING LINK ON EPONA FIGURE. just give me a minute while I collect my feels...

At some point we ran into a Gokudera and his friends, who were supposed to come as KHR characters which was pretty damn epic because other than ewonka I've never personally run into another KHR cosplayer outside of my group of friends. Needless to say, we clung to them for the rest of the day.

Half way through the day I changed into Hibari, mostly for comfort, but also because I really like Hibari. and so I could bully Dino Then I continued to derp with my old and new found friends.

In the evening we went for KFC because it's not a con without chicken and waited impatiently for the second day.


Onto day two and I had the pleasure of cosplaying with the amazing magical-pantsu as my Zelda <3

We entered the masquerade together and placed third! Not to mention, we ran into and adorable little OOT Princess Zelda, who we spent quite a bit of time with through-out the day, as well as with our Dark Link.

I'd managed to get into the Wii U section in the morning before any staff members turned up, and later we got to cut the queue and play the games because they wanted pictures of us in costume on the consoles!
I wanted a Wii U before, and now that I've actually tried one out I'm dying to own one. /nintendofangirling/ it was tonnes of fun to play with the other Zelda cosplayers on Nintendo Land and Mario!
Oh, and Kai of course had to try and snap a photo from the entrance anyway.

It was also pretty amazing to be recognised by some of the previous years attendees and even better to see the ones I'd spent time with the year before although I still managed to miss a few people orz and I even had a few people letting me know they'd seen me in the video on the website, haha!

Finally we gave in and bought the expensive, but very tasty cakes from the Amazing Cake Co, and had no problem at all eating our hero :3

We also bagged some nice free t-shirts from the lovely lads at RetroCollect and even a free cake and wrapped the day up by buying my first print from Cosplay Portrait. All in all, an epic end to the weekend, which left me even more depressed than last year that it had to end...

Of course, I could go on about so much more, but I'd be here all day, so for now I'm going to leave it at that, while I continue to hunt down pictures and just fangasm over what an amazing weekend it's been.

Sooo, you can expect to see lots of photos coming your way once I've got my hands on them. We didn't get quite as many as I would have liked, and the area wasn't really the best for photos, but we still got a few decent ones, and we're hoping to get a lot more at the next con.

Until then, please enjoy this photo of almost all the cosplayers who attended on Sunday, and if you really can't wait, you'll be able to see more photos on Facebook


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magical-pantsu Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Awwww Lexyyyyyy!! <3 <3 <3
It was so fun being your Zelda, and we must do a pair cosplay again!
LinkyLex Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It most certainly was, and we do! :D <3
DingoDogPhotography Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow. That looked so totally awesome. :w00t:
It looks like you had a really good time. And as usual, all of you costumes looked fabulous. I'm so envious of you, having such an awesome Con. Oh well, hopefully the one I'm attending, later this month, will be as much fun.

I'm so happy you had a great time. =D
LinkyLex Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I did, it was a blast! Play always is, because not only do I see my friends but I know loads of the traders and staff. I'm glad you like them! ^.^

What con is that? I've got a big one at the end of month too ^^
DingoDogPhotography Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Its my first big Con to go to. Its called GMX (Geek Media Expo) and is Oct. 26 to 28. It takes place in Nashville, Tn. (about three hours away from my in Memphis) and should be around 3,000 - 4,000 people. I've been preping for this Con for months. It'll be my first time Cosplaying and I've got five different costumes to tryout.
I'm so excited; I can hardly wait. The only problem is that I don't know anyone else attending.
Oh well, it'll give me a good chance to meet new people. I hope to take tons of photos.

What Con do you have coming up? What costumes are you going to take?
LinkyLex Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow! Same dates as my con! Niiiiice!
It sounds awesome, I hope you enjoy it :3
What costumes are you thinking of?
& I'm sure you'll run into, or befriend someone :3

I have London Expo next, and I'm taking Vongola Primo, Hibari Kyoya, Twilight Princess Link and Alice with me.
I'm in groups for each of them as well so lots of fuuuun ;D
DingoDogPhotography Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Sweet. I guess that weekend is a popular time.

My best costume (the one I'll spend the most time in) is the Vault dweller/Hero of the wasteland costume from Fallout. I've spent 3 months working on it, I hope it turns out well. My other big costume is classic Link outfit. You've always been my inspiration to start Cosplaying; so I decided to make a Link costume as a tribute to you. Its nothing special, but I think it looks good.
My other outfits are a cheap steam punk costume ( this is my worst outfit), a Star Trek uniform, and death costume (it just an old Halloween costume, but will work perfectly for the "monster ball" there holding).

I don't yet have any photos of my costumes yet, but I hope to take some at the Con. I just created a account ( [link] ) and will be posting them there. It would mean the world to me to get your opinions on them. I'm new and need advice.

London Expo sounds like it'll be a load of fun. Your so lucky to have friends that Cosplay too. Working in a team sounds so exciting.

Opps. I almost forget to congratulate you for winning Third place in the costume contest. Is this your first win?
LinkyLex Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Must be :3
I think something else is going on over here too xD

Wow 3 months! I'm sure it will be great ^.^ and it must feel good to be able to wear it at last!
& wowowow that's so sweet of you <3 I'm really happy that I could inspire you, I'm especially excited to see this Link costume! :D

The monster ball sounds fun :O aha good to see you have something in mind for it :3

Thanks for the link to your account, I don't use all that much, but I'll keep an eye out for your photos ^.^ and I'll be more than happy to offer my opinion :3

Yeah, I'm really looking forward to it, it's going to be a chance to meet the cosplayers I've met over DeviantART over the year too, so eeee, exciting!
It's amazing yes! Especially when the people in it are as talented as these guys are :£

& thank you, thank you! Yes it's the first time I've placed in a contest! -still over the moon-
They told us we looked really professional :')
jettyguy Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amg I miss it ; A ;
LinkyLex Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too! -sobs-
chocolate-revel Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
This weekend was so awesome :D It's so cool to see it from your perspective too ^^
LinkyLex Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ayeee, I loved it so much! We need more cons like this!
chocolate-revel Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
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