Loz and Joy discussed alot about Kumoricon so this was a collection of thoughts from both of us – Loz and Joy
Joy D’Avanzo my sister, is a new cosplayer to the cosplay community, she started at Jet city comicon 2013. Kumoricon 2014 was her first away from home cosplay convention. She has been caught in cosplay and costume at various renfaires including Midsummers Renaissance Faire in buckley washington, Emerald City Comicon, The EMP, and various events between washington and Oregon.
Normally Joy does panel work when she attends conventions, and Kumoricon wasn’t a con niether of us had ever thought to attend, because alot of my friends attend Pax.
Our younger brother was attending a con local to him, Joy and I wanted to be there for him, Kumoricon happened to be his first con. Joy sent in the makeup and prosthetic for characters and cosplays panel that we teach and it was accepted after a few blips in communication with the con. At this time Joy told me that our brother Joshua was also volunteering for the con, so it was worked out pretty smoothly that we would be working it to in our own way.
The Panel was scheduled during part of Opening Ceremonies, amazingly so we had a crammed packed house. I was surprised given it was a 2 hr panel, honestly when we opened those door for the panel Friday morning there was such a long line going all the way down the hall and around the corner, and they just kept showing up. The Yojimbo crew did an excellent job of covering the lines and keeping folks content, they are simular to line monkey in what they do, line money has alot of tricks up her sleeve to keep folks occupied while in line.
The Kumoricon photographers were all over the panel taking pictures as well as several other photographers, Chris Vance aka Big Chris a pretty cool cosplayer from Seattle was our victim for putting on prosthetics and applications he begged Joy to use the scar makeup over his eye so he could have a proper nick fury look to his face.
she and I were wary because between the smell of the liquid scar make up and the tightening process and I know she didn’t want to hurt his eye, He however pouted cutely and supplied a picture to her which I think put her a little more at ease to then produce the awesome look he wanted.
Im the other 1/2 of Joy’s and mine panel 2nd skin, and for the panel I had decided to wear marshal lee so we could show off how the aqua paints work, it was actually a good thing I had forgotten my regular grey skin tone at home, because we learned new blending skills with the aqua paints and yes even in face and body makeup white and black do make grey.
I got really embarrassed when someone asked Joy how far down the makeup covered me, those are shenanigans you would have have to be there for. So If you want to know the whole story on that ask me later and not in the middle of a crowed room. At my last count, we had almost 90 people in that room, with an average of count of 40 to 60 folks per the 2 hrs we were there. The folks that did end up leaving 1/2 thru only left because they had other panels they had wanted to go to that were at the same time as part of ours but they were disappointed with them when they got there.
Back to Joy’s and I brother Joshua, the first time con goer and con volunteer!
Joy and I had our doubts that he wouldn’t be able to work the con and appreciate his first con, but I was blown away, not only did he set his own volunteer schedule but his team loved him. He had such an amazing time as a volunteer, a cosplayer and a con-goer. I was truly glad to be surprised and very proud of my younger brother. He ever cosplayed with Joy and I. Joy was Poison Ivy, our brother Josh was the Riddler and I was of course Harley Quinn, tho I forgot my hammer at home. Josh had worked very hard on his Riddler costume and question mark walking stick, and it showed!
This was an AMAZING con, It was so fun and laid back this is definitely the con to go to for first time con goers, con-goers who just want a break or just to be at a fun con.
Kumoricon is a true cosplayer’s con, I found the heart of the cosplay community there. I think folks get burned out on cons and then folks are influenced by both good and bad feed back from cons their friends. And 1 bad experience can break a con for a person. So I say No matter the feed back from friends, or how good or bad a con is planned, take a chance on a con you haven’t attended, go explore and have your mind changed and maybe like me your mind blown.
Make up class photos at Kumoricon 2014 courtesy of Mee Minamoto
Make up class photos at Emerald City ComicCon 2014 courtesy of Thunder Flash Studios – Steven Tennant
Never Ending Story night picture courtesy of Amie Simon and Emp’s Myth and Fantasy Exhibit
Gothom’s baddies photo curtesy of Joshua Knight
2 Queens and a rabbit in drag photo curtesy of Latoyia and Lifted Geek
Leetah from Elfquest photo courtesy of Samantha “Little bunny foo foo” Phillips
All folks featured in the pictures:
Chris Vance “Big Chris”