So, last Saturday was DEVCON, a sci-fi/comic convention that takes place in a lovely venue, the Guildhall, right in Plymouth city centre. I’d had a great time cosplaying Arcee at the Xmas Devcon last December, so I was really looking forward to heading back down there, this time as Slipstream of course….
Devcon is a fairly small convention but definitely a thriving one, and there was plenty going on to keep us busy including a Magic the Gathering tournament and a rather cool giant Scalextric racing circuit, as well as the stalls and guests. It also has a really friendly, safe and supportive atmosphere and I was quite touched by the number of people who treated me like a long lost friend just because they liked my costume or remembered my Arcee!
Slipstream went down really well: I had many compliments on the costume and posed for loads of photos. There were quite a few Transformers fans in attendance so this time quite plenty of people knew exactly who I was and I had some great TF-related chats! Most the younger convention-goers thought I was Starscream (the kiddies are possibly a bit young to have seen much Transfomers Animated but hey I can live with that, and you know how much I like Starscream anyway, right?)
There was a cosplay competition, the first one I’ve entered. I didn’t win anything which didn’t surprise or disappoint me at all as I had no expectations really, but I’m glad I entered as I got a good reaction from the crowd when I went up to do my “Decepti-turn” and it was a nice opportunity to enjoy other people’s costumes. I have to admit the competition was somewhat disorganised as I don’t think they were expecting quite so many entrants. At the last minute the organisers had to move the competition venue to outside the Guildhall in order to fit everyone in! So things got a little muddled. But being too popular is really a nice kind of problem to have and the whole event was still a lot of fun. On a personal note I was actually quite relieved that we ended up staging the competition outside because with all its foam, leather and synthetics, my Slipstream costume is hot and I found I could only manage so long inside the venue before I had to go outside to cool off!
Anyway, back to the competition: there were loads of great costume entries from people of all ages, and it’s wonderful to see that the cosplay scene in South West England is really thriving. I do think that it might have been fairer for the organisers to have imposed a few more restrictions or categories with regards to differentiating homemade and bought costumes, but this is a minor quibble and as Devcon is a rapidly growing event perhaps this is something that will be considered for the next one.
Still, no quibbles from me about the cosplay competition’s very worthy winner: I was glad to see the title of Geek King bestowed on my friend The Khorne Bezerker by Exeter Cosplay since his really is an incredible build. Here he is with another great Warhammer 40K cosplayer who was at Devcon….
We didn’t take that many photos this time but here are a few from round the convention, taken by B and Sadie:
Here are a couple of my favourite costumes from the day:
Now some crowd shots from during the competition:
And go on then, a couple more of me:
So, what’s next for Addaltmode Cosplay?
Well, the quick answer is… definitely something! I’ve been bitten too hard by the cosplay bug to stop now.
In the short term, I hope to still have a bit more fun yet with Slipstream and Arcee, because having spent 5 months on a costume I think I’m allowed to wear it more than once! The next stop for them will be Unity Family Fun Day next month.
With regards to the next costume project, well… much as I’d love to get known as the “Crazy Transformer Lady” I’ve decided I’d like to tackle something slightly smaller in scale next time. I love my Autobot and Decepticon costumes very much but I can see the appeal of going to an event in a costume where my movement isn’t quite so impeded and which doesn’t fill up multiple huge bags and need a team of helpers to transport. So the next project will be a little smaller in scale but hopefully it will still be fun to make and wear and for others to see. The other advantage of having a less extreme costume where I don’t need someone else to dress me is that it will free up B to cosplay too, so yes our next project to going to be a paired cosplay and I’m very excited about the prospect of two of us cosplaying together!
Who are we going to be? Ha! I’m not telling you yet! But feel free to make a guess (I’d love to know what you reckon we might do!) And stay tuned here for a new series of cosplay work in progress posts coming to Addaltmode pretty soon (and yes I’m aware I still owe you one about Slipstream’s wings and backpack, that’s coming too!)