Monday, October 31, 2016

Kitacon 8 Summary

Hello peeps!

Kitacon, the small local con in the heart of Kemi, was held during 29th October inside Sauvotalo in well, Kemi, Finland. I went there together with Sacchan, Shiro Samurai, Hasakitsuki and Firith. I had a good time at the con and it was nice to spend time with my friends and to be at a small con for a change, with my last con being a bigger one up here. But now to the con summary.

Saturday morning came and my alarm rang at 07:30 local time so I got up and prepared the breakfast for the both of us once the clock hit 08:00. Firith had gotten up before me, as his cosplay required more time to put on than mine did. He was going as Ayame Sohma from Fruits Basket and my choice was Germany from Hetalia. After finishing my breakfast, I started to put on the cosplay and when it comes down to makeup, I skipped a big chunk of it; I couldn't be bothered to do proper makeup for such a small con. Somewhere past 08:45 or so, Hasakitsuki came to wait at my place and around 09:10 we were all ready to leave. Sacchan and Shiro Samurai arrived at 09:20 or so and after that, we left for Kitacon.

Somewhere around 11:30 (Finnish time) we arrived at Sauvotalo and once inside, I went to check out the Dealer's Hall on the first floor, which was in the main area. There wasn't that much to see and I was surprised that the usual stores like Urumi and Fantasiapelit wasn't to be seen anywhere. However, the obligatory sweet stand was there along with some second-hand sellers and some other peeps selling random geeky accessories and pins.

All photos taken by Shiro Samurai.

The sweet stand...
... and it's merchandise part.
Main area, first floor.
One seller sold their old-school games. The nostalgia! <3

After properly checking out the Dealer's Hall first by myself and later with Hasakitsuki and after giving the Game Room a speed visit, we went upstairs to check out the Artist's Alley as well. Upstairs we met Firith who tagged along to the Artist's Alley with us.

Main area, second floor.
Artist's Alley. The stage was in the same area.

The vast majority of my con time went to chilling and hanging out with my buddies along with checking out what the con had to offer. There was this one panel that the majority of our group was interested in, but we missed it as it started as soon as the con opened and we were late. Oh well, not a biggie. I spent the most time with Hasakitsuki and Firith as I kept bumping into them most of the time and they just tagged along to wherever I was heading. At one point the three of us decided to take a break and went to eat and sit at the cafeteria upstairs. I was the only one who didn't buy anything but we had a nice time. It was relaxing to sit for a while and talk casually. After sitting for around 10 minutes or so this one North Italy cosplayer and her friends found our table. These peeps felt like they'd been following us around the con as if they wanted to ask for a photo/talk but didn't dare to until they found us chilling in the cafeteria. The Italy cosplayer wanted some hug-themed photos with me as Germany and I found it kinda funny how their friends were like "C'mon do it, I know you want to! :DD" and pushed the Italy cosplayer gently, who was a bit shy and all that stuff. Of course I was up for the "hug photo" idea as I do get dem feels when the two characters hug each other in the series.

After that the photos were taken, the Italy cosplayer thanked me and asked if I was on any social media and I told them that I'm not, sadly. Oh well, no can do but I hope that they find my blog -I mentioned that I have one- if they ever want to get in touch with me. Before the Italy cosplayer left with their friends, they tried to say "Auf Wiedersehen" (it's like saying "see you around" in German) to me and I noticed that they were struggling to find the right words so I decided to help them out. It was so cute when the cosplayer thanked me for helping out and left soon after with their friends. This silly, yet super cute encounter made my con. I felt all warm and happy when they left somehow. How to describe this feeling? It's this feeling you get when someone has had an eye on your cosplay and looking at it from a distance -with you noticing/knowing it- and when this person finally muster some courage to seek you up and ask for a photo. The interesting part is that I had, ever since I saw that Italy cosplayer at the con, a feeling that they will search for me and talk with me/take photos. I was right. Cosplaying as Germany was a really good choice and it made me really happy too. As soon as I entered the Dealer's Hall for the first time, I heard congoers saying in the background as I walked by "Oh my God, Germany!" and one saying "Germany is my favorite character!" it just felt great to know that there are still character fans around, even at small cons for a series that has had its popularity period already.

Somewhere past 15:00 (local time) or so, our group decided to go and eat as we all were hungry. Some of us wanted to go to the local Subway and others to the Hesburger. I belonged to the burger people and I went to Hesburger together with Firith and Hasakitsuki. The rest of the group (including Sacchan's little brother Joni, who she went to pick up at one point) went to eat at Subway. The 3 of us walked to Hesburger and ordered whatever we wanted to chow down once we got to our destination and then... it happened. I don't know if this is coincidence or whatever but I mentally almost choke on my coke when I saw that the same Italy cosplayer whom we met at the cafeteria back at the con, came to the same place to eat as us and almost at the same time! Here one needs to know that Kemi has several food places near the central area, especially hamburger restaurants. I know that many congoers are cheap and all when it comes to food but I just find this creepy somehow, not in a bad way though. I must say that I didn't see them behind us as we walked to Hesburger. Back at the con I, Hasakitsuki and Firith waited at the entrance (we all had agreed to meet there before we split up) for the others and after some waiting with no one showing up, we all agreed to go and look around if we would bump into them elsewhere. I checked the Dealer's Hall and Game Room without results. Later we found them upstairs, Joni in the main area and the rest at Artist's Alley.

When there was about 1 hour left of the con the entire group dragged their asses downstairs and the remaining con hour was spent at the Game Room. Shiro Samurai used his final con time to play some Super Mario World on SNES while I and Firith watched him play. Even if I love the game with it being a big part of my childhood with other SNES titles, I didn't feel like playing at the con. I do enjoy watching others play surprisingly much actually, so I didn't even mind not playing in the end.

Game Room. I appreciated it a lot that they used those old, fat televisions for the majority of the retro consoles.
Kitacon also had this creative room or whatever it's called in English, where you can draw, build puzzles and being overall nerdy and creative. I didn't spend time there while the most of my company was there at one point.

Creative room.
At one point during the day, I think it was somewhere around 13:00-14:30 Shiro Samurai and Firith wanted to have a pair photoshoot with their Fruits Basket cosplays, so I acted as their photographer. The photoshoot was rather quick as it was fairly cold outside but I was happy that I got at least a few decent photos taken within such a short time. After taking their photos, bro asked me if I wanted the so-called "cosplay proof photo" because well, I had a cosplay on after all. Of course I said "Yes" but I do plan to have a proper photoshoot of Germany some other time.

DISCLAIMER!

I'm aware that the character I cosplay in this post might wear details/symbols that can be offensive or emotionally unpleasant to others. I, as a guy with his heart and morals in the right place, just want to make it clear that I DO NOT support, agree with, believe in or have any other connections to the ideologies/beliefs that the character I'm cosplaying is representing. Readers, please keep in mind that what I'm wearing is JUST A COSTUME and shouldn't be taken as anything more than that. Thank you.

The uniform is actually more green than brown but the light made it look more brown.
When the clock had struck 18:00 Kitacon had officially ended. But our nerdy group stayed inside Sauvotalo for as long as it was possible until we really had to leave and go outdoors. You see, there had been some gasoline issues with Sacchan's poor Renault and we all got worried about the situation. Luckily everything went well in the end after some waiting outdoors and in a kiosk close by. We all arrived home safe and sound. Almost as soon as I came home together with Firith, I took a photo of the beautiful magnet that I bought from the con's Artist's Alley. It's so pretty and vibrant in its colors!


Before ending this post I want to thank everyone in our group for the company and well, goodnight peeps!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Kitacon 8 Cosplay Plans

Hallo all!

For quite some time ago I found out thanks to my bro that Kitacon will be held again, after their long silence. I was happy to find out that Kitacon is coming back as I enjoyed last year's Kitacon surprisingly much for being a local con. This year I'm going there with Sacchan (our driver), Hasakitsuki, Shiro Samurai and Firith, in other words, full car. Firith has wanted to come to the north for while now and he finally made it, yay!

Kitacon will be held in Sauvotalo that is located in the heart of Kemi, Finland, during the 29th October. I have no expectations of the con but I'd be really happy if the merchandise selection is similar to last year's and well, I go to local cons to hang out with my buddies anyway. Normally I don't bother to wear an actual cosplay to small cons but this time I decided to break that tradition. So this year at Kitacon you will see me as:

Germany from Hetalia.
I decided on Germany because I really want a proper photoshoot with him and because said cosplay is actually warm enough for me to wear during this time of the year. You see, the winter half year is approaching us northmen (no matter how much I protest!) and it gets gradually colder and colder as weeks go by and well, I don't want to freeze when I can look good in a uniform, haha ~

That's it for this post and see you guys around!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Lens Review: Beaucon Jewels Blue

Hello everyone.

It's been over a month since I posted my Tracon 11 summary and well, I feel like it's time for me to write something new again and today I actually felt like doing something productive or cosplay related. When afternoon came I took my lovely Beaucon Jewels Blue lenses with me and skedaddled my way to Shiro Samurai's place to review the lenses, while bro was still available to act as the photographer.

Photographer: Shiro Samurai

Lenses in their vial bottles.


All of the photos below are taken during a cloudy October afternoon somewhere around 15:20-15:45 local time.

One lens in. Notice enlargement.
Bathroom light.
Flash photo.
Corridor window.
Corridor light.
Staircase, yellow light.
Staircase, orange light. Natural light on the photos left, as there was a window to my left.
Indoors, storage room.
Outdoors, back against light.
Outdoors, facing light.
Here's a distance photo feat. outfit of the day.


Color: 10/10
I love how well these cover my natural color and how vibrant they are, even at a distance. Perfect for cosplay, if you ask me.
Comfort: 8/10
I have worn these for over 6+ hours at a convention and I had no issues with them. But it took around 5-8 minutes for my eyes to get used to them after inserting. I also want to mention that one of my lenses had a minor defect on the pattern. Luckily, this didn't reduce the comfort level.
Design: 8/10
Simple and stylish. I just love how the black outer ring adds more of an unnatural vibe to it.
Enlargement: 5/10
There is an enlargement in these but nothing too big. Looking good on my small eyes in other words.
Naturalness: 5/10
The pattern is more realistic than many other lens patterns that I've come across but since the colors are so bright and vibrant... well, it's kinda hard to believe that these are your natural eyes after all.
Opacity: 9/10
I was surprised at first how opaque and how well the blue covers my natural eye color but heck, I'm more than pleased! I love these!