Post-convention

It has struck me! The post-convention feelings that make you sit and stare at peoples photos of the con and wanting to be there again.

I'd actually made plans to write entry for every day at NärCon at the internetcafé they had there. When I arrived the first day of Närcon, thursday, and made my way to the computers there were a lot of people who just shouted "DIBS!" and held onto that computer the whole night. When I finally got one it was something wrong with the keyboard and I couldn't write ;_;
It's just not the same to try and recall everything afterwards but I'll do my best!
I'm no pro photographer so I didn't bring my camera to the convention. There are so many talented people documenting everything and a lot of it will be up at NärCons flickr-site so if you want to see good photos of the convention, go there! Of course I'll share the photos I've uploaded to instagram over the days and write about my first time cosplaying at a convention!
 
I'm so, so happy that we rented a car and drove to NärCon. Being able to roadtrip with friends and stopping for lunch whenever you feel like and not having to stress about keeping the time. Awesome.
 
I really didn't want to miss anything at the convention so I made a schedule for myself a couple of days before with the all the info I needed! The time, place and date of the movies, lectures and workshops I wanted to attend.
We stood in line to get in longer than it took to drive there but with good company, an umbrella and some water to cope with the sun and the time flew by! It was my fiances first convention so he didn't really enjoy cueing as much as meXD With approximately 5000 visitors, it's amazing that we got in in just over two hours.
 
I didn't have a lot planned on Thursday and Saturday since I wanted to cosplay those days so after we got into the area we left our things in the sleeping halls and headed for the convention. I booked a time at the photo studio to get photographed for the competition and then I got into costume! We actually stood behind four really cute Links when waiting to get in, probably from Four Swords and I found two of them when I was Ashei and of course we took some photos together! Here's my crappy mobile phone-shot haha!
 
 
I'll have a proper photoshoot in the woods with my Ashei cosplay as soon as I can! The shot taken in the studio for the competition hasn't showed up at NärCons site yet. I guess they have a lot to do right now when the convention is over but as soon as I can get a hold of it I'll give you a better look at the costume^_^
 
He's so happy to attend his first convention :3
 
I got out of the costume as soon as I had taken the photo in the studio because it was soooo hot and super uncomfortableXD I couldn't sit down, and i got blisters on my feet after walking around in the shoes for too long. The shoes was suprisingly comfy considering the heels and how much I walked around in it though. It wasn't that many people that recognized me but many came up to me and asked about her and really like my work so that was a really cool feeling!
 
 
Every cosplayer(and other people too for that matter) that I met and talked to was SO nice! I met these two a couple of times during the con in the cosplay workshop, at the contest and also afterwards, they won the price for best group!
 
 
This group of browsers were so cute! <3
 
 
When I complemented this guy for his choice of cosplay we agreed that more people should cosplay from Doukutsu Monogatari, so go and play the game if you haven't and get on it:D
 
 
I'd followed Emelie "Sedra" Bäcklins progress with her Dalek and even if I haven't watched Dr. Who I just love this. When cosplayers construct a costume where they really become the character is the best. I wish to accomplish that someday too! She won the price for "Best Idea". I thought she'd win the whole thing though!
 
Linnéa "Mitternacht" Karlsson had so many costumes with her to the con! I only took a photo of her Sonia from Dangan Ronpa. She was so cute ;_;
 
 
I really liked the opening ceremony, they had a video explaining how Närcon has grown from a small convention to the biggest one in all of the nordic countries and for someone like me that had never attended NärCon before I liked that you got some background story to it:D It started at 10 pm and went on for an hour and since I drove all the way from Stockholm to Linköping I was really tired and went to sleep afterwards.
 
 
I had planned lots of stuff for Friday since I wasn't cosplaying then. We slept until lunchtime and started the day with watching One Piece: Strong world. It rained a lot so we were drenched and freezing by the time we got to the con. Starting the day by just sitting down and watching a movie was really cozy while the rain was pouring outside. I had some time to kill between the end of the movie and the start of a lecture that I wanted to attend so we looked around the shops a bit and just hung out with friends.
 
 
I was a little early to Sabina "The Sabi" Mangals lecture about cosplay make-up so I waited outside and she was actually there so I got a chance to talk to her for a while before the lecture started and she was so energetic and happy! I felt like a sloth that morning after a long nights sleep and a movie so she woke me from sloth-mode haha! We talked a lot about the competitive side of cosplaying and had a lot in common about the way we view cosplaying as a hobby and a life-style. I had a great time talking to her and her lecture was packed with useful tips<3
 
 
Some League of Legends cosplayers got together for a shoot and even if I haven't played it I love the character designs so it was fun to see so many of them at once. Chrix design that cosplayed Vi won third price at the Nordic Cosplay Championship that was held later that night. I wanted her to win!
 
 
I spent a lot of time with Laxhmi Lundell these four days, she's a talented cosplayer that I look up to a lot and I had so much fun talking to her about everything from everyday life to cosplaying. Since she has competed a lot and also judged cosplay competitions I asked her all my questions and shared my fears and she soothed me with her knowledge :3 I took this shot when we were in the cosplay workshop. I helped her out since she had really bad luck with the wolf molds. All the paint peeled of right before the con so she had to redo everything! I'm so glad she finished it in time so we all got to see it on stage<3 She won the best craftmanship category!
 
 
I regret not taking a less shaky picture, but anyways, I met Josefin "Tennyo" Slorafoss a couple of times during the con and she was, just as all the other famous swedish cosplayers, super nice <3 She had commented on my facebook-page that she was excited that someone wanted to cosplay Ashei here in Sweden. She's cosplayed both versions of Midna and also Princess Zelda from the same game so I had looked forward to showing her my Ashei:D I was suprised that all the talented people that I met were so talkative and humble about their cosplays and that they were willing to share advice so freely.
 
 
This was one of the photos taken in the studio on thursday. On the day of the competition, Saturday, I had fixed some small things. The make-up was MUCH better and my hairline didn't look as wierd where the wig meets my real hair. Laxhmi shared a really good photo on facebook of me up on stage taken by someone she knows so I asked that person if I could use it here and on Cosplay.com until I get a proper photoshoot.
 
I think this photo is very Ashei :D photograph taken by Seb Yoshi Zingmark
 
Before the contest when I was getting dressed a seam in my pants broke! I rushed to fix the big hole and missed the rehearsal so I was very confused when I got there. I actually almost fainted backstage because I had forgotten that I wasn't supposed to wear the shape wear I wore on thursday. It was too tight and in the heat and being nervous I felt really sick! Laxhmi, one of my friends that I came to the con with and some of the staff there helped me get out of the armour so I could go inside to rest up, get out of that cursed shapewear and drink some water. I was number 63 so I got there just in time to get my costume on again and get up on stage. I'm so proud of myself that I pulled it off. I was still a bit shaken so I didn't remember afterwards what I did on stage haha! But my friends said I was awesome and made her (few) signature poses and I didn't fall or anything so I'm happy with it!
I watched the rest of the show. There were so many great cosplays, it made me proud to be a swede:D
Apparently a lot of the audience couldn't take the heat and walked away after half the show so I felt bad for those who walked up on stage then. They were really good at handing out water and going around with fans backstage but most of the audience didn't bring any water so they probably felt awful!
 
I actually got called in for an interview with the judges! They really like my paint job and how everything was put together. I got so many nice comments about my cosplay and that they looked forward to my future ones since this was my first! They were surprised that so many of the ones they called was first timers^_^
I had a really good time while waiting to get interviewed. The other cosplayers in the waiting room were just as nervous as me and we listened to good music and talked about the con and of course, the competition. Afterwards me, Laxhmi and Sofie Busk that cosplayed Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones(she had sculpted and cast a dragon in latex!) watched Late Night with NärCon and then I went to sleep so I wouldn't be too tired driving home.
 
 
On sunday we packed up all of our stuff in the car and made our way to the con. The only things on the schedule was the japanese street-fashion show and the announcement of the winner of the contest!
Sofie was modeling at the fashion show so I wanted to see her Cult party-kei outfit, so pretty*_* I really love that style so it was nice to see a fashion show with more styles than lolita.
Afterwards they announced all the winners and as I've written already, a lot of people I'd talked to and gotten to know won:D Unfortunately I didn't win anything but I'm just so happy that I entered and that I got called in for an interview.
 
I'll have to ponder for a while about what my next cosplay should be. Feel free to come with suggestions! I've made an album on my facebook page with cosplays I want to make in the future if you want to take a look:)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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