Pikachu Card Holder/Wallet – DIY #10

Pika… I’m just a Pika on a wallet.

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Shoonie turned 18 on April Fool’s day. I still remember going to visit 3 days after she was born, and now she’s going to start college in a few more months. (;w;)

If there’s one thing I can recommend to a prospective college student, it’s to keep a wallet or card holder on your person at all times. (That is, if you don’t already) Along with your student ID card, you will need to carry your bus pass/driver’s license, health card, points cards, and debit card, to name a few. And as you get closer to graduation, it’s nice to create and keep a business card with your information on it, to hand out at job fairs.

This project was inspired by a Pika phone case Shoonie made for me years ago, back when I was about to graduate high school. Sadly, the case was too small for my clunky LG Neon. Said phone up and snuffed itself out about a year later. Good riddance.

Now it’s 8 years later, and both Shoonie and I have come quite a ways since our beginning years in crafts and design. I decided to make this as a tribute to how far she’s come.

The initial design for the wallet included a few slits for card holders, a clear window for a photo ID, and a pocket for cash money. Kind of like this, but with a photo ID window instead of the zippered change pocket. To make the ID window, I took inspiration from one of Yumi King’s past tutorials. And you know that Rilakkuma = YASSS.

Then, I gathered the materials needed:

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1 sheet yellow fabric

Scraps of dark brown, red, and black fabric

White 3D paint pot

Needle and matching threads

scissors

measuring tape

seam ripper

clear ziploc bags

money and cards (for reference)

Pencil and paper

 

…and promptly decided that the scope was too great. As you can tell from the lighting, it was very late at night, and we had to travel to Shoon Land the next morning. After much hesitation and deliberation, I decided to just duplicate my own basic cardholder. The outside would be a Pika face and tail, while the inside would resemble a 3DS. I made a paper prototype:

I cut a 10 x 13 cm rectangle, and two 5.6 x 5 cm rectangles. The “dip” in the center is meant to make it easier to slide your cards in and out of the holder. The small rectangle on the right was meant to become a tail for Pika’s backside, but decided it would only cover the stripes on the back.

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In the end, it wasn’t as all-in-one as planned, nor did it have the fancy 3DS detail on the inside. But it does what it’s supposed to do. And look, it holds $18!

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Overall, I have quite a ways to go in terms of my felt/needlepoint skills. Attach11638_20170425_165436Luckily, the upcoming month’s project will grant plenty of time to work on that…

Watch out for this at the end of the month, along with a plushie to go with!

Have you tried making a wallet/purse before? If so, what did you use? What were the results? Comment below!

Pika, so happy~

Pixel Art: Heart Earrings – DIY #8

Why wear your heart on your sleeve, when you can wear it on your ears?

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These earrings ended up looking like raspberries. So I’m calling them “raspberry hearts,” like in that one song from DDR. As you can see, they look better from a distance.

I’ve been staying in the Winter Wonderland this weekend, to spend Valentine’s day with Top Hat. We are going to stay in, dress up nice, and eat a candlelit, homecooked dinner. I’m going to wear a red dress, but couldn’t find matching accessories or jewellery. And so two nights ago, I made these with materials provided by Mother Top Hat, and earring hooks that were hiding in my bag from the Muffet earrings. Here is what I used:

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Fine beading cord

Earring hooks

Pliers

This pixel heart, as a guide. 

*The scissors became useless, after I learned that the pliers had built-in wire cutters.

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I started out with a length of wire that was the length of my forearm, and 5 beads to start the center chain. There must be a proper name for it, but I call it “weaving.” Basically, you string the 5 beads as normal, then use one end of the string to weave back and forth between them, creating a sturdy chain.

I personally prefer to use polyester sewing thread, because it doesn’t curl back on itself as much, and it lays completely flat and doesn’t kink. Beggars can’t be choosers, of course, not to mention this cord is sturdier and doesn’t show between beads as much.

When working pixel bead art, start from the middle, and work one side at a time. This will keep you from getting confused, and causing the work to twist. It also helps if you sort out your beads ahead of time. This way you can determine which ones are too tight for your needle. If they can’t handle the eye of a needle, they won’t be able to handle the bundles of cord created by weaving. I got the Mad Hatter to do this step for me… after he woke up from his couch cat nap.

dsc_0153Another thing I suggest is to work beside someone motivational. Sometimes the best way to work isn’t to work with them, but to work alongside them. What I mean is, do your own thing, but do it in proximity to one another. I kept struggling and breaking beads while sitting alone. It wasn’t until the Mad Hatter finally came to sit with me, that I made progress. This is also a good way to spend time together, while still doing nothing at all… if that makes any sense.

Whether you have a date for Valentine’s Day or not, this is a cute project to make. You can wear them, give them to your girlfriend, or give them to your best friend tomorrow, for Friends’ Day.

To attach the hooks, I wove the remaining ends until they both stuck out of the top center. Then I just tied them to the hook, and snipped any excess cord.

Tonight, The Mad Hatter and I are going to have a nice date. I’m going to wear these earrings with a red outfit. Stay tuned this weekend, to hear about our date, and a DIY for the outfit! Meanwhile, enjoy today’s entry for the 30 day art challenge. Click the image to see the rest of this month’s submissions!

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Food is a universal language. Whether you have a Valentine, are just celebrating with friends, or you have exams to worry about, take time today to share a meal with someone. Meals taste better when shared.

From all of us at Pika’s Penguin Production Company, have a safe and happy Valentine’s day, and don’t forget to brush your teeth tonight!

Pika, so happy~

*DO NOT CLICK OR POST BEFORE DECEMBER 30, 2016*

Greetings from 2015! Another year has come and gone. With the success of your 2014 time capsule, it’s only right to make one for this year, as well. Although this blog was written on January 3, 2016, it only encompasses the dates between December 31, 2014, and December 31, 2015. Please comment as you see fit!

You can’t remember the first half of 2015 very well, since it was pretty meh. You made the decision to take a semester off school to clear your head, and in the process found a part time job to help earn your keep. Plushies have been put on hold for the most part, in favour of learning to cook new dishes from scratch. Your current signature dish is chicken “stoup,” as dubbed by Shoony this New Year’s Eve.
The semester you spent in school was not a waste, of course! You studied Mandarin Chinese, discovered a new interest in video editing, and made a cutscene for your Demo Reel Development class. The latter is your first step towards completing your game project. That’s good! Next stop, the prototype. Expect to graduate in 2017; better late than never.

Your first Anime North was great! You went with your birthday buddy, and you cosplayed Katara from Avatar: The Last Airbender. Sadly you didn’t stay long, due to exhaustion, and the fact that your cosplay was derpy at best. Assuming you do return this year, you were considering cosplaying either Sheena from Tales of Symphonia, or Oliver from Ni no Kuni. Hopefully, you’ll run into more people you know.

Tay moved away this year, but you still say hello now and then. You two spent a day together in the summer, and you sent him a Sadaharu plushie after he moved. Thanks to him, you got back into anime, and even found a couple new series to watch. Don’t forget, once he gets his own place, he owes you a sweet snack! Ginger is still as adorable as always, and you continue to pray for his good health. As a matter of fact, you were talking to him moments ago! Conversely, you haven’t spoken to East much since he graduated this year. He’s keeping busy busy, working on everything and stopping for nothing. Whatever that means.

As far as the blog and crafts go, you entered and won a couple contests on DeviantArt, and you may have earned some fans among Shoony’s friends. 😛 You succeeded in making two more giant plushies: Kirby, and a Master Ball. This year was focused on crafts, particularly sewing and decorative desserts. If anything, you’ll make a good housewife, right? Ha! Ha! Ha!

Speaking of which, you met someone very special this year. We’ll call him M. You met him while visiting Top Hat, and your first words to M were, “hi! Do you taste good? :3” He likes Magic: The Gathering, Doctor Who, cheese, and eating pasta raw. His personality can be described as quirky, silly, nerdy, and cute. He’s also quite keen on you learning to play Magic.

You two had your first official date on July 29, first kiss on August 8, and became “official” on September 1. That means as of writing this blog, you’ve been official for 4 months. Not to mention, he’s convinced you to start watching Doctor Who! Kitty and Brandon seem to like him, as well. This Christmas, you rode the VIA rail train for the first time, and had an “actual” Christmas dinner with his family. (The kids’ table is a thing! People really do bake stuffing inside the turkey! You thought these things only happened on TV!) Maybe things can work, maybe you can make it to an anniversary…
I really didn’t want to get my hopes up by asking this, since we know how things can come crashing down at a moment’s notice: are you two still together? It would be really nice if you are. If not, well like I said last year, you’re hottest at 25, so he’s totally missing out. 😛

Now, it’s time for a checklist of goals, and things I’m looking forward to in the coming year:

  1. Game: Making a playable prototype.
  2. Animation: lots more of it.
  3. School: finally passing “that course.”
  4. NaNoWriMo: actually complete it this time.
  5. Plushies: complete at least one per month, even if it’s just a small thing, or not even my own pattern.
  6. M: our first anniversary.
  7. Friends: Introducing more of them to M, and attending Kitty’s wedding! =O
  8. Anime North: attending for the second time.

Well, 2016 Pika? How’d we do? What do you think of your 2015 self? Comment in your next response!

Pika, happy new year~

Pixel Art: Muffet (Undertale) – DIY #7

Blaaaargh.

Beadwork is a lot harder than it looks. Gone are the days of being five years old and simply stringing brightly coloured plastic beads onto an elastic cord. These are the days of painting 1 mm beads, (millimeter, for those outside Canada and Europe)  and then weaving them in such a way that they remain firm.

Top Hat requested Undertale-themed earrings for one of his nieces. And because the internet can never have too much Undertale fanart…

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muffet-gridAs usual, pixel art is easier said than done. Fortunately, Muffet is already drawn in pixels, so it was simply a matter of transliterating the large image to GIMP, with a visible grid. Doing so resulted in a product that was about 36 beads long.

Well…that turned out to be waaaay too long.

img_20161218_211049167So there I was, hunched over a puddle of tiny beads and a single, flimsy beading wire, with only the soothing melody of Danny Sexbang’s vocals as company. Because the wire was a shiny gold colour, it kept getting lost, or mistaken for a stray thread. I always found it in the end, touch wood, but it was time consuming. After about an hour, this was all I had accomplished.

Let’s take a break to enjoy this amusing incident that occurred during this time.

Me: *singing aloud* “Taaaaake…onnnn….meeeee~”
Top Hat: “Take me on? :D”
Me: “Yep, it’s the NSP cover!”
Top Hat: “NSP?”
Me: “Ninja Sex Party.”
Top Hat: “…”
Me: “Lawl it’s a band.”
Top Hat: “So there are sexy ninjas playing instruments?”
Me: “Well, only one of them is a ninja.” (Ninja Brian)
Top Hat: “That’s such a lonely party!”

img_20161219_123558782Finally, I could take no more. This chintzy wire was good and fine for getting through those too-tight beads, but it was flimsy and kept getting lost. Fortunately, Mother Top Hat has lots of craft supplies. Including steel beading needles! Things went a lot faster with these needles. It was nice to sit next to Top Hat, while we worked on separate projects. Except the part where I stabbed myself in the throat with a needle, that hurt. X_X With the needles, this is what I accomplished in less than 20 minutes. Note that it’s a lot neater, as well. The trick is to work one side at a time, and finish that side before returning to the other.

At long last, I was finished. And then Top Hat pointed out, that Muffet has eight legs, not six. And this is why I ‘humphed’ at him. Which really wasn’t a good thing, because then he got more pictures of me going ‘humph.’

At this point, I was so tired and wanted to spend the last night doing something besides working. So the earrings now look like the finished product, shown above.

After posting the earrings to Facebook and Instagram, Huggie Buddy posted this in the comments. Super! Just as I said I didn’t want to look at beads for the rest of the year, all my brain could think of now was, “MAKE MORE CHARMS!”

1482428044245Upon returning home, pink beads and a pack of needles in hand, I set to work on a full-size Muffet. And here’s her progress, two days and a stiff shoulder blade later. When it’s finished, I’m going to send this to Top Hat, as a supplementary gift alongside the derpy earrings. Maybe it can be a window charm?

Next week will be the blog no one waited for: the time capsule! I don’t remember what I wrote in it, but hopefully I stuck to at least half of those resolutions.

From all of us at Val’s Crafts, Pika Plushies, Pika’s Penguin Production Company, and so on so forth… Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year 2017!

Pika, so happy~

30 Day Drawing Challenge: Part 2 of 3

On Sunday, I broke the month long silence and told you what was up. Today, we’re going to continue on, since I have much more to say about the second half of the challenge.

From Day 15 onward, the challenge took a turn. We were no long warming up: we were getting real.

 

Day 16 – Scribblenauts

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For this challenge, you have to draw a scribble, and use that scribble to form a tangible drawing. Mine looked like the dummy from Undertale wearing a grass skirt.

8-bit characters look very different when drawn with solid lines. This drawing was finished by 2:00 pm, making it the earliest completed challenge to date. Which is good, because it meant having a lot of time in the evening to sit with Top Hat and chat about life. You know, changing the art style isn’t the only way to make something different. Maybe it’s just drawn in a different setting, like in a meadow, or another place that is free of stress. Or maybe it just looks different, like when you draw an American cartoon character in anime style. Or maybe you just get to know it on a more personal level, like when you finish a series finale, and then relive the series again starting from episode 1. Back when you first started, who knew that you’d grow attached to the characters, or that you’d come to identify with them on such a level?

Okay, enough pseudo-poetry.

 

Day 17 – Pixel art

After waking up to a new beginning, it was time to tackle the next project: pixel art! After studying game development for so many years, you’d think this was a no brainer for me.

Quite the opposite, actually. The better you get at something, the more critical you become of yourself. Why do you think it takes so long for new plushies to appear? You end up starting new shapes, only to rip them out and start over, and so on so forth. I intended to draw something cool, but it wasn’t working, and I got frustrated. Top Hat suggested drawing a cat. And why not, after being surrounded by cats for two days straight.

uoit-dc-day-17It’s a calico cat. This challenge would make an excellent graph for a pixel blanket. This project was created by Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me, and was featured on Moogly’s Facebook page, and it was just too cute! Now, if only I could find the patience and motivation to make all those squares. I’d really like a Majora’s Mask throw, just to decorate my bed. (That Harry Potter blanket is ancient, and getting a little stale)

Did you know there was a time, when good yarn was only $2.59 a skein?! At least, according to the labels in Mother Top Hat’s stash. I now possess a skein of black yarn, which will be useful for finer embroidery. It could also be useful to make a new mini shrug. (I’ve underestimated how much I’ve grown since high school) If this kitty was covered in more, darker spots, it could almost look like Cheery the cat.

 

Day 18 – Rocks and Trees and Trees and Rocks and Rocks and Trees and Trees and Rocks

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And water.

That’s what we have, here in Canada. Oh, and those horrible flying monkeys from Wizard of Oz, that we refer to as our geese. Thankfully, there were none of those this time around.

This was a bittersweet day, because it meant having to leave Top Hat and come home. Sigh. But hopefully there will be many more times together.

This challenge was inspired by a picture I took at Rock Dunder. It encompasses the best that Canada has to offer, in terms of rocks and trees and trees and rocks, and rocks and trees and trees and rocks, and rocks and trees and trees and rocks, and rocks and trees and trees and rocks, and waterrrr~

I’m okay with how the rocks turned out, but hesitated too much with the colour in the trees. As usual, photos and drawings don’t do the scenery justice.

 

uoit-dc-day-19Day 19 – Still life

Remember when you took an art class, and the teacher made you draw a bowl of fruit? That’s what this challenge was about. I drew yarn. Incidentally, out of all the 30 day submissions, this one received the most +favs. It is now the featured deviation on my deviantART.

 

Day 20 – 22: Fun with Markers

Time to bust out the traditional art tools! Although day 20 was drawn digitally, these three days could be considered the minimalist days. Calligraphy challenges remind me of the time we went to the kitty cafe, and Kitty commented on how the cashier/barista had really sexy handwriting.

uoit-dc-day-20Day 20’s challenge was to design a tattoo. These words have significance to me, and they’re words that one should always remember. Ever heard the song, No one Likes you when you’re 23? Well, as a matter of fact… I started this blog at age 23. That was two years ago. Back then, this blog was all I had. And right now, I’m working a crummy job, saving money to go back to college, making crafts, and an old friend has become my sweet, supportive boyfriend. I’m okay. And if I can be okay, you will be okay, too.

uoit-dc-day-21Day 21 was a calligraphy challenge. But let’s be real, it was a continuation of yesterday’s challenge. I reused the “swoop,” which looks a lot better when you use the shaped calligraphy brush. These look like simple words, but in truth, it took several tries to get the words aligned just right. The finished product is now plastered on my door. This way, the words can be seen every day, every morning when leaving the room to face the world, and every evening when lying in bed and pondering life.

Finally, we just draw stuff with markers. I was going for a flower or something, but it ended up as this butterfly-like abomination. I call it, “Queen Jellyfish.”

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Day 23 – Brained Food

“Bring your favourite food to life,” they said.

With the cold weather coming on, there’s nothing more satisfying than a hot bowl of creamy chicken soup. But why stop there? How about some dumplings?

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I drew some friends as dumplings. I’m in the very center, and Top Hat is beside me with the carrot top hat. Shoonie is below, though I forgot to add a handle to the celery shoon. Tabbs is the big one, next to the mini kitten dumpling. And of course, Kitty and Bear are at the top, with a hearty (pun intended) carrot. The others are Cassie, Huggie Buddy, Alburr, and Ginger. Ginger has carrot hair. I ran out of space to include Nerdbra, Lawraffe, and Melon. Hopefully they can appear in another post. :O

For those girls who say they only hang out with guys, because girls cause too much drama: well, maybe you just need to find more girls like my girls.

Yikes, this post got long. We’ll have to make this a three-parter!

Are you eager to see the conclusion to this challenge? Are you just eager, because once the challenge is over, it will mean back to plushies? Comment below!

Pika, so happy~

30 Day Drawing Challenge: Part 1 of 2

So this is what I’ve been doing all month. And holy sheep, I actually finished it. Why not recap the experiences with the 30 day drawing challenge?

Day 1 – Super You!

uoit-dc-day-1The first challenge was to draw yourself as a super hero. This is Shay Crowe, alter ego: Crocheria. (Working name) She has the ability to bring the plushies she makes to life, or simply wrap her magical yarn around her body, and use it as leverage to grapple. Think of her as “yarn spodermin.”

If you’ve perused Tumblr, you’ve likely happened upon The Knitter. Consider this his nemisis. I took way too long to finish this, and it looks like something I would’ve drawn in high school. There is a long way to go…

The design was inspired off Pascal from Tales of Graces, and… I dunno…Harley Quinn? I would like to wear long, thigh high socks with garters. As for the boots, not even I remember if they’re supposed to be boots, or thicker socks.

Days 2 – 7: Basic Anatomy blaster

These days were the most tedious. Although the point of this week was to help improve your ability to draw basic anatomy, they were very tedious. Hands are forever my nemesis, though day 6 was the day I learned to use shadows to indicate depth. Legs and feet were fun to draw, and yes, I used Spiderman as a reference for the leaping pose. The eyes and basic poses were drawn on the same sheet, and I didn’t feel like separating them in the dA submission.

 

Days 8 – 14: Concept art, and a doggy

Finally, a chance to draw concept art for other projects! These are plans for things that appear in my next project, a NaNoWriMo novel. It would be nice if the dream home became real one day. And the doggy is just a doggy, because doxies are cute.

The owl is Hibou, the main character’s pet owl. He is a cute, loyal companion for the most part. However, he also has the ability to turn his head upside down and emit a horrid screech, when he is upset or provoked.

The grey chain link on the right hand side is a sort of mind-controlled weapon. At least, that’s the best way to put it. The blue chain on the left is an alternate version of the weapon, after a certain point in the story.

Lac Gaawel (Mirror Lake) is a spring located on a mountain summit. They say the water here is so pure, that if you gaze upon it, you will see your true reflection. This means that you will see yourself as you naturally are, without makeup, masks, or transformative magic.

This armour is initially worn by a character who appears much later in the story, but is significant nonetheless.

 

Days 15: uoit-dc-day-15Hero Revisited

We’re at the halfway mark, which means it’s time to revisit that character you brain-farted out on day 1. You must place them in an action pose. This is where I settled on this style of using polygons, rather than drawing lineart and colouring in. (Translation: I couldn’t be arsed to put effort into lineart)

I do like the way the hair turned out, and it felt refreshing to draw something besides the usual 3/4 view static pose.

Incidentally, day 15 was also Keedee and Bear’s wedding day! I was unable to attend, so I wrote a simple prayer for the two of them on Facebook. Remember folks, true love is not letting them put green peas in their mac and cheese.

It’s safe to say day 15, was the start of a time of changes for my close friends and I. Kitty got married to a cute bear. Tabbs found and adopted a kitten companion. And me? Well, you’ll have to find out next time!

Have you tried a 30 day challenge before? If so, what were they, and have you finished? Are you participating in this month’s NaNoWriMo challenge? Comment below!

Pika, so happy~

 

FanExpo 2016!

We may not have made it to Anime North this year, but FanExpo certainly made up for it!

You’ve likely heard of FanExpo, Toronto’s biggest convention for ALL geek culture, rather than just anime. As you can imagine, it was jam packed, even for a Friday, and despite being during the long weekend. Unfortunately, Umbreon had not been completed in time. And it still isn’t. Womp.

As I’ve already made a post about things learned at Anime North, it is only appropriate to recap things I learned from FanExpo. So sit back, enjoy, and hopefully take a few things away from the experience if you’re deciding to attend in the future.

Transportation

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View from around the corner of Union Station

FanExpo takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) located in the downtown core, near the CN Tower and Rogers centre. Not to be confused with the TCC, which is in the West End. If you live near the subway or GO train, it should be easy to find your way down. One rule I’ve learned about taking the TTC is, “as long as you can find your way to the subway, you’ll be fine.”

FanExpo was much easier to reach than Anime North. From Union Subway Station, just walk up to the main road and follow the crowd down Front Street. At first, I tried following a Deadpool and his dad, but they seemed lost as well. A trick to remember is, “find the main street, and then follow that toward the CN Tower.”

It’s even easier if you take the GO train, because you can just follow the covered path to the South Entrance. This was much easier than going to Anime North, which requires you to take another bus after getting off the subway. And it’s easy to access from the GO train, which makes it even easier for people who come from far away. Even though Umbreon didn’t have eyes, it enjoyed the journey, as well.

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Hello FanExpo 2016!

It only took an hour to get downtown by subway, if you initally take the Express bus. But it’s a good thing I got there right as the registration opened, because it gave enough time to look around Vendor’s Alley.

Vendors’ Alley

Consider this part 1 of the Alley visits. Here, you can buy prints, as well as receive autographs and photo ops with your favourite celebrities. Panels and autograph sessions don’t start until 11:00, so take your time looking around, and figuring out where things are; the escalator layout in the MTCC is quite bizzare.

Why be a Pika IN a bag, when you can be a Pika bag?

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And Umbreon found itself.

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Don’t worry, Umbreon. You’ll look just like this… eventually.

Although it was Stan Lee’s last year going, I didn’t get a chance to see him. But it’s okay, since autographs and photo ops with him ran up to $119! It must’ve been exhausting for him, since people were continuing to come up when he was trying to sit down and take a break. “With great power comes great responsibility,” I suppose? XP Really though, I hope Mr. Lee will be okay until the con is over. Can you believe he’s turning 94 this year?!

Vendor’s Alley is also where you can learn about new series, and obtain more information about shows and web series you already follow. This is where I found out about Super Geeked Up. For those who have heard of them, yes, Jeff Burns is a pretty cool guy in person. For those who haven’t, they’re basically a geeky comedy show, and later that day, they did an improv show reenacting classic movies in funny ways. Or so they said, I missed it. 😦

But yes, I have watched the first episode of Super Knocked Up. Honestly, I think I like it better as a comic, rather than the video format. It’s got a hilarious premise (super villain gets pregnant by super hero, hijinks ensue) but the first two episodes are very…slow. When reading a comic, you automatically assume that time is passing from panel to panel. But in the videos, they’ve recreated the scenes in real time. Maybe they were trying to get a laugh out of the awkward silences? I feel the first two episodes could’ve easily been squished into one. But the season finale was intriguing enough that I do want to keep watching, despite the Dumbledore they’ve pulled with Jessica Jones in season 2, so let’s see where this goes.

Check out Super Geeked Up’s official website. And if you’re interested in watching their videos, or Super Knocked Up, check out their Youtube channel or Facebook group.

 

Cosplay

The best part of FanExpo is that people are allowed to dress up as Marvel/DC characters. Yet, I found myself drawn toward the video game/animation characters. And I didn’t get a proper picture of the Darth Vader lineup. Womp.

First, let’s enjoy this Katara done right. As well as Sokka, Momo, and Suki.

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Know what we should do next year? Make a bunch of tiny mascot plushies, and get their cosplayers to pose with them. I saw a couple cosplaying Cosmo and Wanda, (Fairly OddParents) and thought it would be great to get a picture of them with Baby Poof. Or even this awesome Link and Sheik, with a Navi plushie. Wait, this is Twilight Princess Link, so it’d have to be Midna.

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Should’ve asked Sheik to play “Thor and Dr. Jones”

Sadly, I didn’t cosplay this year. I just wore my shirt with all the Doctors from New Who. (New Doctor Who) They did have a booth for Doctor Who Canada, and the people there looked exactly like the 10th, 11th, and 12th Doctors, River, and Clara. I wonder if they attended Alex Kingston’s panel?

FanExpo 2016 drinking game: drink every time you see a Harley Quinn cosplay. Take another drink if it’s the one from the comics, TV shows, or most media until now. If you’re playing the hardcore version, or just don’t care about your health, drink every time it’s the one from Suicide Squad.  (By the way, you could totally hear Margo Robbie’s accent slipping. It wasn’t a bad thing, it was just one of those things you can’t help but notice)

 

Celebrity Guests

Ahh, another great thing about FanExpo: the celebrity guests! I got to see Charles Martinet (voice actor for the one and only Super Mario) and Alex Kingston (River Song from Doctor Who) in person. Is it sad that you never imagine them as being real people, until you see them in person?

Sadly, Veronica Taylor (original voice of Ash from Pokemon) had a panel the day before. And I missed her autograph session. But it’s okay, not like I had an Umbreon for her to sign. In fact, it didn’t cross my mind to bring some of Peck Peck’s Mario games for Charles Martinet to sign. That would’ve made a good present, since I didn’t find anything for him. :\

I won’t talk much about the celebrity guests here, because I want to save that for future posts about the characters they’ve played.

What I learned: Bring memorabilia for your favourite guests to sign. Autograph prices are a lot cheaper if you bring your own material. And they make great presents for the nerd in your life who is hard to shop for.

 

Artists’ Alley

Time for every crafty person’s favourite spot! This is where you do most of your walking, so be prepared if you’re cosplaying in heels. Or barefoot, as one brave Robin (Fire Emblem) cosplayer did. And expect traffic to be slow, when you’re weaving through stalls, stopping to browse, or trying to get past people who have stopped to browse. Here are some bows that were on sale at one of the front booths. I wonder where they get this printed fabric? It would make cute pyjamas:

I got Shoonie two bows. BUT WHAT KINDS COULD THEY BE? Are they featured above? Are they a different kind? You’ll have to wait and find out. 8D

I met a fellow crocheter named Maria. She ran a booth selling crochet cozies, gloves, and creative barettes. One barette was a gigantic donut! Maybe I should’ve gotten that for Baker Shoonie. Maria was also selling perler bead bows, some of which had a Pokeball in the middle. Sigh, here were much more creative bows, and for the same price as the ones from the first stall. I should’ve looked around, before buying the two from the stall up ahead. >.< Maria was cool about me just browsing for ideas, which was nice of her. There is a rule now: my close friends and family are not allowed to buy plushies from anyone but me. Hey, good things come with a price! Literally.

If Maria is reading this: Hi Maria! Good luck with your cutie crafts! 😀

Here are links to Maria’s shop, as well as other cards found around the alley:

Nerdifacts (Highly recommended for cuteness!)

Atomic Ami (More cute amis)

Cakes Cove (Crafty Bakery)

Imaginism Studios (Cool artwork, and a business card of a cute bunny)

Geek At Heart (Bronze work)

Grumpycakes (Cute, cartoony illustations)

 

While walking around, guess who else happened to be there? Kitty! He was with Amy, who is cute. Thanks to Amy, I got over my concerns of buying something for myself. Hey, this will look great laminated and hung up on the wall. Those InuYasha and Naruto posters were getting stale. I hope this time next year, the three of us can attend together again, alone with a fourth person. *River Song voice* Spoilers~ ʕ •ᴥ•ʔ

And it’s kinda neat to see a real life copy of a drawing you’ve only seen on deviantArt. I’d seen this artist’s work around dA before, and love her use of bright colours and lights. She also had a Zelda pic, but… it was NSFW. And I live with my parents, so. (Click image for original dA post)

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What I learned: Look around before buying. You might find a cute plushie at one booth, but you might find something even better at another booth. And if possible, wait a day or two for prices to drop. If you’re meeting up with people, use the garbage bins around the cafeteria as landmarks, since they’re the easiest ones to find. Or better yet, arrange to meet up and walk around together before the con begins.

 

Final Verdict

Even if it was only for a day, and I was alone most of the time, FanExpo was great. Although many people were not in cosplay, it still felt out of place to be in regular clothes. I’m not sure if they have scheduled photo shoots for each series/fandom like AN did, though I guess with all the different fandoms and genres present, it would be impossible to accomodate everyone.

It’s easy to have a journey of self-reflection when you’re alone. Oddly enough, it wasn’t until I started walking with Kitty and Amy, that my feet and legs started to hurt. Though aching legs usually only happen when….uh oh. ;w;

And this concludes our Sunday reading. Here, have an orange R2-D2. He was beeping and squeaking just like in the movies. It’s too bad you had to pay extra to see Mark Hamill; I wonder if he did a special skit with this R2.

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Did you attend FanExpo? If so, which celebrity guests did you see? Which ones would you like to see? If you didn’t attend, have you attended in the past? Would you like to attend? Comment below!

Pika, so happy~