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Supanova Brisbane November 2011

Brisbane was so lucky as to get a second Supanova in 2011!  As next year it's moving permanently to November and the April one is moving to the Gold Coast.

I don't normally cosplay at the local con, as the people I usually go with aren't particularly into cosplay (and there's way too many people from work I risk running across).  But they weren't interested in coming to this one (or had moved overseas by this point), so cosplay was on.  Because frankly, without cosplay, Supanova is the most boring con.  There were some cool guests, but those were all rather wasted on me.

Went as Kunsel from FFVII: Crisis Core on the Saturday!

This pic was way off-centre so it's a cropped version hiding all my dirty laundry.  Ahaha, and the waist-guard/binding made me look fat.  And my arms are so weenie!  That's why I'm only Second Class. But I spent exactly no money on the costume, so under those circumstances...

About half a dozen people recognised it as Kunsel though, which is frankly about half a dozen more than I was expecting!  <3 There are other Kunsel fans in the world!  High-fives were had.  There were another dozen more who pegged me as a 'generic SOLDIER', which is actually still pretty accurate.  Nobody guessed Luxiere.  Poor Luxiere.  XD 

The weather on the Saturday turned out to be fairly cool!  That was a lucky break, considering it had been unpleasantly warm earlier in the week, though I kind of regret not re-using Celty now.  Oh well, hindsight is 20/20!

Anyhow, on to more pictures!  Speaking of hindsight, I couldn't see anything on Saturday, given I was pretty much limited to extreme peripheral vision and whatever was directly in front of my feet.  The SOLDIER helmets really are impractical!  So I caught only a tiny fraction of the awesome cosplay wandering around the con, but here's what I did get:

D'awwww.  This is not what's actually happening, but I like to pretend this is kind FF:Agito characters helping the poor lost Rikkaluma.

Batman and Green Lantern (perhaps the source of the mysterious green light infecting all of my photos?!).  Batman doing some hardcore sweating apparently, but since he's Batman, he has to be stoic about it. :|

Gumby, because why the hell not?

Kuroshitsuji.  Caught in the middle of a smoke break.

Somebody has stacked this deck with Jokers!

Tim Burton's Catwoman is still the best Catwoman.

Where the Wild Things Are!

Yoite from Nabari no Ou!  What on earth happened to that series?  The fandom burned so brightly then promptly fell over dead.

Giant Chomp-Chomp.  Complete with giant chain, which you unfortunately can't see in this picture.  Epic.

At this point I had grown a bit tired of wandering around bumping into things and went to check out the Madman Theatre for some Angel Beats and Tiger & Bunny (so what if I've already seen it?).  Then wandered back to the Trader's Hall to meet up with silverharmony.

Where I found a Selphie from FFVIII!  I geeked out a little bit.

And a Shana from Shakugan no Shana, too!  No idea how she managed to slip that sword beneath the con volunteers' notice.  Nice work, as expected of a Flame Haze.

At this point I tagged along with silverharmony's group of friends to the Madman National Cosplay Championships.  There was a crazy line, which we magically bypassed to the underground staging area which was apparently the secret epic cosplayer hangout.  XD  I was a shameless photo opportunist.

No idea what this is from, but awesome.  Probably not the most flattering photo I could have taken though, mid-blink, oops.

silverharmony's Digimon cosplay!  It was an awesome cosplay, and it was also awesome to get the chance to actually hang out properly!  XD  Thanks for letting me latch onto you and your crew.  Hope Brisbane treated you well, was totally chuffed someone finally came to Brisbane! \o/

Epic dying Gabranth from FFXII!  This was Wakaleo, aka Kenny, one of the finalists.  The full list of finalists is here.  They are all insanely awesome and god-level.

Um, also, my apologies to all the cosplay comp people for the photo harassment when they'd probably all retreated back there to prepare in peace without being bothered!  Did not belong!

That said, omg, incredible Aeon from Castlevania.

Onto the comp itself!  Um, this is kind of embarrassing, but since we were downstairs with all of the supporters and finalists, we got to enter through the back entrance and sit in the VIP section, second row back, directly behind the judges.  *coughs*  All without having to stand in line. It felt very illegal, but wow, awesome seats!  Haha, thanks Harmony, you are well-connected!

First entrant!  Actually, that is not accurate, this is the first entrant's props.  The banners changed mid-skit, and that massive armoured brute?  Giant puppet.  How did she even get them there?

Yeah.  This is what the National Championships are like.

The whole set up was pretty cool, actually.  John Robertson (the MC, comedian) would give a spiel, they played a short video about each entrant while they set up, did their skit, posed, John would ask a bunch of questions, more poses, then there'd be a trailer or something for an ad break, then the judges' thoughts!  (Not always in that order, but close enough.)

Desert Rose's final form.  The reveal part of the skit was very emotive and elicited quite the gasp of a reaction.

Gabranth again, with helmet this time!  I unfortunately didn't manage to get a good shot of his swords, but how awesome is that?!

Best part?  For his skit, he cosplayed Basch on video!  XD  They're twins, after all!

These two were the eventual winners of the championship!  From Perth, they did Okami.  The Amaterasu puppet was amazing, it was almost like a real wolf, not only was the craftsmanship excellent but the puppeteering awesome as well!  John was petting he and she had the tail wagging and leaning into the scratching just like a dog!  Adorable!

And their skit.  Wow, their skit.  You know you see staged fights in cosplay comps and they kind of look a bit awkward?  This was nothing like that at all.  So much twirling!  XD  Amaterasu fought with two lanterns on a rope, Waka fought with a light sword that changed colour whenever swinging it.  They used an accelerometer!  Fancy.  It looked incredible.  I desperately want to find a youtube recording of their performance, but none seem to be up yet.  :(

I missed getting a decent photo of Miss Ollie's and Giorgia's, but check out Castlevania duo, Matt and Jeremy!

They had a destructible set, that also made for a pretty cool skit.  (Alucard transforming mid-skit, adding those wings and a good deal of badaasery.) In addition to looking like they should be photographed from a high angle and put on the cover of a Jpop album. 

Once the national championships ended, I realised that I had at some point lost a glove, had not yet eaten that day, and so decided to wander home.

On the somewhat wandering path to the exit, though, I came across these:

Captain Falcon!

What?  I... how?!

XD  And toy soldiers!  \o/  Pretty clever idea!

So that was Saturday.

Despite being exhausted, proceeded not to sleep that night either.  I think I have developed insomnia again.  So got an early start on Sunday!

I had actually planned on just re-using a cosplay for Sunday, since I really didn't want to spend any money, but could not resist this once I remembered I had an appropriate wig:

(Actually just wanted to include this picture mostly because I was so pleased with how it turned out despite being made with a leftover bit of scrap fabric and a paint pen but it really doesn't show up in any photos)

I went as Mitsuru Kirijo from Persona 3.

Not the most accurate ever (could not bring myself to mod the shirt, since it's one of the few proper dress shirts I own and may need it for job interviews!), but considering the circumstances turned out better than I expected.  I broke my 'no-spending-any-money' rule very slightly on this cosplay by purchasing the required coloured contacts (fortunately pretty cheap due to a Halloween sale).  I could also hear my optometrist's disapproving voice in the back of my head all day.  XD Oh well!

Sunday actually started out a bit of a disaster all around, so it was a good thing I woke up early.  I lost my wig cap for one, couldn't find my nail polish either, and when the time came to put on fake eyelashes realised that the eyelash glue tube had somehow completely dried out despite having never been opened, so had to try and make do just with mascara and eye-liner instead.  I am pretty fail when it comes to makeup so this was daunting.  And the less said about the skirt the better.

Arrived at the con fairly early and went for a wander around the trader's hall.  Still couldn't see much, what with lack of glasses and and hair covering half of my face, but it was easier to browse than on Saturday.  Still surprisingly busy, though!  Almost as busy as Saturday!

Somehow managed to resist the cheap games at Gametraders, and the imported DVDs at Neo-Tokyo, and the manga at King's Comics, and the OSTs at Transreality... :E  Yeah, it was basically torturing myself.  This is maybe the first time I've gone to a con and not bought a soundtrack from Transreality!  Because I already own them all.

And stumbled across a not-too-shabby movie-version Wolverine!

And met this cool pair of Sailor Moon cosplayers!  Good choices, my two favourite inner senshi!  Jupiter also recognised Mitsuru which totally made my day. 

A little while after this I ran into a Naruto Akatsuki cosplayer who was also a fellow Persona fan and we geeked out about the anime for a little while.  Apparently he's planning to do Nyx and Izanagi next year, how epic is that?  And is planning Yosuke as well.  Anyhow I'm feeling kind of bad about that because he asked me to add him on Facebook but I can't actually remember his name.  (Pratt?  Razael? idk.  I think he was from Sydney or something since he kept talking about Sydnova.)  On that note, surprising how many people I saw who I recognised from cons in other cities, actually.

Chewbacca.  Because there's always someone stupid enough to not only wear a full body suit in Summer, but to wear a full body suit made of fur.

TIGER!  XD  This guy was hilarious and awesome.  Nice bunny ears, sir.

Lightning from FFXIII!

This was awesome Lord of the Rings cosplay!  Unfortunately very hard to get a photo of because they kept disappearing back behind the booths (presumably difficult to move around) and whenever they did emerge traffic stopped and a protective layer of photographers formed.  Now that's armour!

Yoko from Gurren Lagaan!  Dressed for the weather.

At some point around here, wandered back off to the anime theatre to see what was playing, then hooked up with silverharmony again to wander the trader's hall once more.  Sorry for dragging you along while I randomly chased photos Harmony!  And after all that, I realised we never got around to MySpace photoing!  D:

Hobo'd in on other person's photo here.  XD


XD  Ezio and Alistair discuss the finer points of perching on walls.

No idea what the costumes are, but incredible!

RAN INTO A SOUJI FROM PERSONA 4!  Ahaha kind of awkwardly appropriate given current fic. This guy was awesome, he had actual Arcana cards with him!  I also ran into him again later with a Pyro Jack prop, guys!  It was amazing!  I am still kicking myself for not getting a photo of that, hopefully there are some floating around the net.  Was so psyched to come across another Persona cosplayer.

Hahaha totally random crossover time.  FFVII/Kuroshitsuji?  Why not.

Min and Jen doing Tiger and Bunny!  Was so psyched about this.  Note the shoes!  (Also, Kotetsu supporting rival brands, Karina would be so devasted.) XD

Gabranth and Vaan!  Vaan was Will, one of the cosplay championship judges and last year's champ.  I think he was also the guy who did that crazy Snow cosplay last year with the Shivacycle?  I am also pretty sure I've seen him do Tidus as well.

I couldn't decide between these pictures so here are all of them.  These guys are hilarious.

Actual proper one this time.  You don't realise how crazy complex Vaan's costume actually is until you see someone cosplay it!

Anyhow, at this point in tagging along with silverharmony we somehow wound up hanging out with all the epic cosplayers again, which was a lot of fun.

Shantotto!   Now there is a character I never expected to see cosplayed, and certainly not so well!  Had the 'ohohoho' laugh down pat too.  XD

Borderlands.  Note the cell-shaded clothing.

The Flash and Boy Wonder!  (And Link, on his way to do some questing.)

Min and Jen returned later having changed into slightly less casual Tiger and Bunny regalia!  Not the best photo, but wow.  So perfectly accurate!  Should emphasise I do not really know these people, I just enjoyed being a hanger-on.  XD

Anyhow, at this point the primary activity at Supanova had become sitting around, and my feet were starting to hurt and eyes starting to itch something fierce so headed off.

One last photo for the road:

Wolverine and Deadpool!  No pop culture con is complete without a Deadpool.

So that's Supanova November 2011!  That's four cons in one year, how did that happen?


( 24 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 7th, 2011 01:56 pm (UTC)
First of all, lol your journal entry has an awesome URL xD

Secondly, SERIOUSLY, DON'T WORRY. Socializing with the cosplayers you've never met is how you get to know them (and I was really glad for your company! Latch on to me as much as you like in future please). We're all nerds anyway so you definitely belong. I think I myself made like 10 new good friends from coming to Brisnova, you just have to dive in lol XD

Gods yes, the sitting around was terrible. I had nothing else I wanted to do after the Colin Morgan panel! I stayed around for about 3 more hours after you left and my friends and I just bitched about how there was nothing to do haha DX Sydnova's much the same though. Oh Supanova!
Nov. 7th, 2011 02:10 pm (UTC)
LOL, I didn't even notice! Lucky!

Haha, I do know this, cosplay is the ultimate ice-breaker. It was fun, I enjoyed it! It just felt like a casual noob hanging out with all these hardcore veterans - all those people who have been doing it for five to ten years! :P (Yourself included! How long exactly have you been cosplaying anyway?) Anyhow, yes, thanks, sitting/wandering is much less boring with good company! (3 hours! Next Supanova someone should bring a board game.)

Also what are you doing on LJ, surely you've only just returned to Sydney!
Nov. 8th, 2011 04:41 am (UTC)
Haha yeah I had! Still having headaches from the transition back home lol. Nothing can keep me from the Internet though!

I think this must be my 5th or 6th year cosplaying? So yah I guess I'm a veteran, but I'm not "as veteran" as some of the real veterans haha. How long have you been cosplaying?
Nov. 8th, 2011 05:14 am (UTC)

Five or six years! Very impressive, but not surprising given I think we've been LJ friends for at least half of that time and I seem to recall you had a pretty cool back catalogue even then. XD As for me, 2-3 years? I think the first time I ever cosplayed was as Yagyuu with a Prince of Tennis group to the Australian Open in 2009, lol. Do you remember what your first cosplay was?
Nov. 8th, 2011 06:49 am (UTC)
OMG HAHAHA you have all my respect for cosplaying PoT to the Australian Open hahahahaha that's just epic XD Do you have any photos? :P

Yeah I do! My "official" first cosplay was Syaoran from CCS. Before that I did do some crazy dress-ups that I don't count though (like Harry Potter hahaha).
Nov. 8th, 2011 07:11 am (UTC)

It was a while ago so these were all I could dig up! (I'm pretty sure they're someone else's, too.) If you're a member of the pot_com_au comm there's a stack more (all very strange.)

:O Syaoran! For a first cosplay that's phenomenal!
Nov. 9th, 2011 01:27 am (UTC)
Hahaha so cute!! Maybe we should do a PoT team together sometime XDDD

Lol thanks, that's kind of you to say, although I didn't bother lining costumes back then so it's like, fraying on the inside hahaha. 8'D

Also, one of my friends linked me to this :P
Nov. 9th, 2011 02:21 am (UTC)
Haha, we should! If we can fit it in between all your Meikos. ;)

XD Doesn't matter if you can't see it!

Ack! XD It's a nice candid shot though. (Talk about a ninja photographer!)
Nov. 7th, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC)
We seem to have no fandoms in common these day but still WIIIIIIIII, shiny cosplay! I like.

Your FFVII cosplay looks fantastic -WOW!- but rather uncomfortable. Could you even see with the helmet on? It's huge =S

OMG NAZGUL *____________________________*

OH THOSE GINTAMA COSPLAYERS ARE SHINY. I'm dying to get Tsukuyo done for a future con. Still, what's with the sudden overabundance of the Kamui/Kagura siblings around the world? There were quite a few of those 'couple weeks ago in Barcelona...
Nov. 8th, 2011 05:19 am (UTC)
:( Yes, I miss sharing fandoms with so many friends! Maybe we'll eventually trip into the same thing again sometime.

I could see, um a little bit! If I pushed it up at a bit and tilted my head back. XD

They were great, weren't they?! Haha, I hadn't noticed the upsurge in Kamui/Kagura sibling cosplays, maybe because they're such comfortable and practical yet still awesome cosplays?

There was also a full set of Dr Whos running around! Every incarnation! But sadly didn't get a photo... :(
Nov. 7th, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC)

So jealous I can't freaking spell...

Edited at 2011-11-07 10:39 pm (UTC)
Nov. 8th, 2011 05:24 am (UTC)
Maybe you do, but they're just so fast. :3
Nov. 8th, 2011 05:33 am (UTC)
It's a rilakkuma! :000
Damn~ the pictures look awesome darls. :)

The one who did Aeon? Castle..something...that's a neat cosplay.

Digimon! Mimi. Damn, I feel old now. ;;

Oh darls, I think this is the second time you cosplayed a character with a helmet too. Hahaha. Was it uncomfortable though? D:
Nov. 8th, 2011 05:42 am (UTC)
Re: It's a rilakkuma! :000
Thanks! There were so many amazing cosplays to take pictures of~

Aeon (from Castlevania). It's an amazing character design, isn't it? (Costume, too, for being so accurate.) One of Takeshi Obata's creations I believe. Looks like it belongs on one of those goth-rock album covers!

But I like helmets! Not at all uncomfortable, aside from the compromised vision. I was smart enough to make it nice and light this time.

Nov. 8th, 2011 02:17 pm (UTC)
...You are so fast with your updates. ;;

I feel like I've already half commented on the things here while chatting to you but yes! Vaan is William, who did Snow last time with that crazy bike, and he's done uhm, that new blackhaired FF hero? The name eludes me at the moment..

WHY DID YOU NOT TELL ME ABOUT THE NAZGUL TRIO? SLDKFJS They are so amazing, it's weird because I haven't seen any LOTR cosplay before either! D:

COSPLAY LOOKS REALLY GOOD. Also! The belt middle thing looks amazing! *__* And the helmet of Dooooom! sdfjslk so so much better all together. ♥ Also Persona! Heee, so you did use her in the end and sdlk I like it. I think the wig looks cool. :|

Nov. 8th, 2011 02:32 pm (UTC)
Because I don't angst over them and edit them like you do. XD Or did you not notice the disjointed stream-of-consciousness commentary? I will probably read it again later and wonder what the hell I was thinking writing half of it.

Yes! Will did Noctis on the Saturday, sadly no photos of that but it was quite awesome.

XD Um, there were so many amazing cosplays it was hard to remember to mention them all! They were incredible but I am not nearly so huge a LOTR fan as you! I bet there are a million better pictures on the net if you go looking.

Thank you! I am stupidly proud of belt middle thing, even though it's not much of an accomplishment. XD The wig was mostly annoying, I did not use nearly enough hairspray on it! But thank you again.

Yes, Aly did an excellent Arthur! (At least, I'm pretty sure it was Aly, I am bad with keeping names and faces straight). She went off to get a picture with Colin Morgan while in costume, too. XD Wish you could have been there P-chan! You could have done some quality stalking. :P
Nov. 9th, 2011 06:03 am (UTC)
I didn't notice the disjointed stream! Not until you mentioned it, haha!

s;dkfjsdlk ah well, it's okay, I think I have a few from years ago of him in it. *__* And skldfjskld with the LOTR cosplays, well there's nothing quite like knowing your friend saw it, rather than just online. Makes it tangible, like it really does exist, rather than just on the internet. ♥

It looks really good! You didn't show me photos before but ♥ I am imagining it took some of your time, and it's just so shiny. *__*

OMG. SHE'S ARTHUR? sldkfjsdflkj ARTHUR COSPLAY WITH COLIN MORGAN. ;; I didn't even realise and sldkfjsldfjsdlf okay, that just sort of makes my day and depresses me because I WISH I HAD BEEN THERE TO SEE THE TWO OF THEM. ...I would definitely have stalked well and probably at my finest. :| IT IS DANGEROUS FOR MY HEART TO SEE YOUR POSTS, WE MUST AGREE TO ONLY GO TO CONS TOGETHER FROM NOW ON. >:|
Nov. 9th, 2011 06:22 am (UTC)
XD Eyewitness accounts! Proof it's not just a massive internet photoshopped scam!

Hee, thanks. Actually didn't take that long! Maybe about two hours. Mostly just glued and sticky-taped together.

:D Ahaha, indeed! With fancy red cape and awesome chain mail. Except Colin Morgan is quite a bit taller apparently so that made for some amusing heigh difference. But good news! She reported that he said he just loved Australia and was going to convince all the rest of the cast to come next time! :P SO YOU MIGHT GET MORE CHANCES.

Nov. 9th, 2011 08:43 am (UTC)

SDFKSJDFLK Chainmail. ;; Omg, I wish I could have been there to see his reaction and to see whether or not he wanted to tell Bradley that he saw someone who was supposed to be there. I wonder if he liked it. ;; And idk about him coming back to Australia, because I think it's just a PR thing, to say nice things about the country they're in. Especially Colin, who's definitely more tightlipped than Bradley. ;; STILL, I LIVE IN HOPE.

Nov. 9th, 2011 09:05 am (UTC)
It is amazing what sticky-tape and hot glue can do. AMAZING.

XD Oh of course it's all PR, but we love the pretty sweet lies anyway.
Nov. 13th, 2011 08:02 am (UTC)
Wow, that competition was INTENSE. It always amazes me how much thought and time and effort and money is put into some of these costumes. Go fans, haha.

And Kunsel~! ♥
Nov. 13th, 2011 10:16 am (UTC)
Haha, well, a trip for two to Japan was up for grabs! And these were some of the best from all over the country.

What's really amazing I think is how many totally awesome costumes don't even enter the comps.

♥ Kunsel! Everyone I spoke to all agreed he did not get enough love.
Nov. 16th, 2011 09:05 pm (UTC)
Such. An. Awesome. Kunsel!

I'm actually incredibly jealous of your amazing cosplay skills. I wouldn't have thought you didn't belong if I saw you with the competition people!

Such lovely photos! I'm really glad you shared your experience, and I think you've just convinced me to go to this coming year's Anime North to experience the fun for myself!

Also, I am currently playing P3 and P4 simultaneously, so I actually knew who Mitsuru was. BTW, I am impossibly hooked. There aren't enough hours in the days to attend all the social link events I want to attend! It's because of my depressing tendency to want to do everything that I haven't progressed very far in either plot...

T-T I want to read your fic! But I also want to max all the links! Such a dilemma. XD
Nov. 17th, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
Aha, thank you.

Definitely check out your local con! And cosplay if you can, because it's a great ice-breaker (especially if you're on your own).

Awesome! Take your time and max the links (although I think it's practically impossible to do everything on first playthrough...). The fic will still be there when you're done. :)
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