Monday, May 24, 2010

Cosplay In America Book Launch Party at Royal/T



Well if you read my previous post about the SoCal Cosplay Gathering a few weeks ago, then you knew about the upcoming book Cosplay in America, a photo book made by Ejen Chuang. Well you can check out the site for details about the book...this post is about the launch party held yesterday at Royal/T in Culver City.

Before I went to the party in the back, I treated myself to lunch in the cafe, a Kobe beef burger with some tea...



The last time I was here, I was served by a maid, but I guess Sundays are a form of casual Friday...



Now Royal/T is more than a cafe, it is also an art space...



After lunch, I finally went to the party in the back...





Like any party, there were DJs spinning music people danced too...



I guess the author really wants to document the whole book publishing process...



and get his subjects to sign his copy...



One of the other subjects in the book is a family of Gundam cosplayers (I guess their son had to stay home...)



There was also a hopping place where you can rock out to Third Eye Blind if the tunes spun by Tune In Tokyo were not to your liking...



Nearby was what appears to be the background used in the book, which oddly enough, wasn't used much by the cameko and cosplayers in attendance...



Then some of my college buddies arrived, so I stepped back out to have a minty limeade while they enjoyed their lunch...



After my buddies left, a chat with a professional costumer, some cosplay pics (I'm saving myself for Anime Expo...)...



...and a raffle for some tickets and a copy of Cosplay Fever, then going back home to get ready for the daily grind again...

So that was my Sunday...how was yours?

Monday, May 17, 2010

Travels with Yui: Las Vegas

One time hanging out at Disneyland, I saw some people taking a Flat Stanley pic...since Flat Stanley is too common, I wanted to do something a little more unique, so I bought an extra Yui plushie (after the first time I got during the cherry blossom festival in Little Tokyo) and took it with me to the city where I grew up...I visited family this past weekend...Unfortunately, I lost the plushie when I returned home, so these are the last images of her (until I get a new Yui...)

So my first pics are from a drive up Desert Inn Road to the Strip...

You can see the Rio in the background...

Then The Mirage...

...Treasure Island and Palazzo

...more of the Strip

...and The Stratosphere

...Fashion Show Mall's cloud canopy...

...then turning onto Paradise Rd.

...seeing the Las Vegas Monorail tracks...

...and another turn...



...more admiring the changing Vegas skyline...

Then finally stopping for breakfast at the buffet at Paris Las Vegas...



Then lunch at Mon Ami Gabi also at Paris Las Vegas...(grilled cheese and short ribs sandwich with fries)



And then wandering across the street and back...



and then flying home...



As this was more a family visit than a vacation, there wasn't much opportunity for pics...I hope I'll get a new plushie before my next trip...RIP Yui plushie #2 (#1 is still with the rest of HTT...)

Monday, May 10, 2010

The SoCal Cosplay Gathering 2010 Part 4: Now for Some Cosplay

I'm trying to cut back on trying to get every cosplayer's pic in any single event so I can step back and actually enjoy what's going on around me. Besides, one doesn't make a costume just for a single event, especially for a one-day BBQ (I think...).

So here are the pics, FIGHT!





Now FINISH HER!



It's been a long time since I watched Pokemon...



I wonder which is the better ninja/samurai world...



Yui!...(my new catchphrase since I got an extra plushie to take with me on trips.)



I wonder what the rebellion would be wearing if Darth is wearing this...



Some more cosplay...



When I asked if he was excited about M. Night Shyamalan's movie, and I got weird stares...



I still don't know why it's so hard for me to find a red sportcoat for my Nabeshin costume...



Some of my readers (I'm still amazed that I have people reading my blog...I'm not an expert in anything anime or otaku related, just a guy with a camera and almost too much time on his hands)...



When I first saw this, I honestly thought he was Bob The Builder...



Cosplay while checking out the Rock Band song list...



And one more before I finish...



Well I'll have a flurry of posts in the coming weeks as I think I'm gonna start taking plushie Yui pics when I go to interesting places that don't have cosplay or cultural events...As always, leave a comment if I didn't add a label for a particular costume.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

The SoCal Cosplay Gathering 2010 Part 3: ...I Don't Want Others to Remember the Details, Just the Image...

The above quote is by American actress Gloria Grahame, probably best known for her role as Violet, the promiscuous girl saved by George Bailey in It's A Wonderful Life.

Anyway, I think this event was the first time I really took a notice to the really small details of a costume, especially when two people pointed out I used the wrong hiragana on my Meito Anizawa costume (Merito instead of Meito...). Three costumes really stood out for this. The first one was Russell from Up...



While I have seen Russell costumes where the house was also included, I started to really notice the merit badges, where this cosplayer mentioned he matched the badges and their order to those seen in the film.



Another cosplay that impressed me was the Gordon Freeman costume based on the Half-Life game series I've seen evolve since last year's gathering...



While one would argue that the larger prop hasn't changed much, I would point out that the outfit now looks more like something you would see if a live-action version of the movie was made, complete with official looking identification...



When I first saw this cosplay, I thought it was just a guy in a suit until he did a pose for me...



Upon a closer look, he also added a press badge...



While someone may not remember the exact details of a costume such as the Gordon Freeman's badge number or the type of soda the bottle cap merit badge came from, the little things do contribute to the larger picture of the cosplay...I guess that's the reason why I like putting flair on my apron for my Meito cosplay...

The final part of this story...too busy chatting to take cosplay pics...