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Getting Serious About Cosplay


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You can watch me stress out over cosplay sometimes on SnapChat (samiisabelle). 

Now when I talk about “getting serious” I don’t mean trying to make a career out of cosplay (don’t get me wrong, you could totally work towards a career in cosplay if that’s what you want). What I mean is putting in a bit more effort in my projects instead of just pulling things out of my closet or HOT GLUEING EVERYTHING (but don’t be mistaken. I still use hot glue for a lot of things XD).

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Lady Loki (Montreal Comicon 2014)

I think the first cosplay I put any real effort into was my Lady Loki. I learned how to put together some scale maille for a top, I fumbled my way through making some (really heavy) horns, and although I didn’t have enough time to learn how to use my sewing machine I learned shortcuts (with that stitch-witch hemming tape thingy) to put together a cape and “skirt”.

After that, I decided I wasn’t going to leave everything off for the week (or maybe two) before the convention to get my stuff done. Or at least try to anyway.

My big project after Loki and one of my pride and joys would be my Leafeon Gijinka Armour. After coming up with my concept art, I scoured all of youtube, read tons of tutorials, and then dove into the world that is Worbla.

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Leafeon Gijinka (Pokemon): On the Left 1st paint job (Atomic Lollipop 2015). On the right 2nd paint job (Otakuthon 2015). (Photo: HM Cosplay Photography)          

I worked on that armour on and off for a month or so, and even though the first paint job I did wasn’t as nice as I wanted it to be for the convention, I loved it. After that con, I went over the previous paint job, added a bit more detail, and experienced my first cosplay photo-shoot at Otakuthon.

The cosplays following Leafeon is me just going through the motions experimenting with any and all materials I can get my hands on. I sewed my first dress for Rory Mercury. I’m learning new techniques in my prop making. I’ve learned how to budget my projects. And while I haven’t perfected my time-managing skills in regards to project decisions/convention dates, I get things done.

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Thor (Jane Foster) Progress Shots (2016)

There’s just this amazing feeling of watching something, scraps of foam or fabric become something more. I don’t know… I think getting serious about cosplay is about trying new things, and learning from all the mistakes you make along the way.

Sometimes I wonder if I embraced cosplay because it’s easier to see the end result compared to my writing where trying to get to the end of my story is like trying to put out the fires of hell with an ice cube… XD that’s a thought for another time though.

Here’s a little preview of my current project~

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Bellossom Progress Shots (2016)

Otakuthon is this weekend (Aug 5 – 7) in Montreal and I’ll be attending on Saturday as Rory Mercury (because she’s one of my waifus and I had a lot of fun being her) and Sunday as Bellossom.

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Catch me as Rory Mercury on Saturday if you’re going to Otakuthon!        (Photo: Lost Dumplings Photography – Anime North 2016)

Until next time~
Much Love,
Sam ❤

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Busy Being Semi-Unproductive


Foggy Montreal -St Catherine Street

Well today was a rather busy day of semi-unproductive-ness. 😀 But it was fun. See.
I had planned on getting some laundry done to start packing for my trip (I know. I leave on friday and I still haven’t packed… this is normal. You’ll quickly learn I’m probably the queen of procrastinating) after work. Instead I went along with a co-worker while she handed out resumes (and a pit stop to take pictures of the city and the fog) until noon where we went our separate ways: me meeting a friend (Mandy my co-writer over at Dreaming With Ink), her heading home.

Mandy and I then walked up and down Ste-Catherine’s browsing the shops for a bit before going to meet another friend of mine during his lunch break. I hadn’t seen him in a few weeks and we’re going to New York together with a few of our (mostly his) friends on friday so I figured it would be best to get an idea of what our plan is. Once we separated with him, Mandy and I decided we were hungry (that’s not new haha).

We went to visit an old place we frequented during our college days and reminisced those hilarious adventures we had. One day, we should just record our shenanigans just so you see how crazy-sometimes face-palm worthy we get.

Did I say where we had gone? Sorry, we went to this place called L2 in Chinatown! Ordered (the usual): some Green Apple Bubble Tea, Taiwanese Spaghetti, Spring Rolls and Fried Buns. 😀 Delicious. I’m getting hungry again just looking at the photos. Yumm.

After that, Mandy and I got stuck in the rain, raved over cute things at some boutiques, and I went crazy at this korean store. Did I mention I love the catchiness of korean music? Well now you know haha! I’ll get into that next time because, really… that’s a whole post in itself. I’m surprised I hadn’t written about my love for it yet!

Anyway. After this long day I think I’m going to get some sleep!
Until tomorrow~!
Sam

Foggy Montreal – St Catherine Street

Green Apple Bubble Tea

Taiwanese Spaghetti

Spring Rolls

Fried Buns

P.S: I didn’t ask how your weekend went!! Sorry about that, hope it went well 🙂

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Playing Tourist: At the Biodome


Before I get started I just wanted to mention this: Today marks week three of blogging every day and I’m kind of disappointed that I’ll have to break my streak by going out of town this coming weekend haha. It’s a little silly to be disappointed but I can’t help it. And! It’s not like I won’t write; I just won’t be able to post it. Sigh. But still, it isn’t the same. When I get internet access in California, I’ll be sure to do some mass updating haha. I’ll figure something out.

Anyway, moving on.

You know when you’re on the computer to get some work done but something else manages to distract you? Yeah. That’s what delayed my post today. It’s also how I decided what I’d actually write today’s entry on.

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I enjoy playing tourist in my own city. So, while I was browsing on my computer looking through old files, I found the pictures I had taken back in January from my adventure to the Biodôme.

It was the first time I had been there since I was eight or nine years old. It was so much fun, the animals are beautiful and definitely look well taken care of. Makes me wish I could work with animals; stupid allergies.

If you were there with me, you probably would have been annoyed by my constant “aww-ing” and need to use force to pull me away from the lynx.

Do you have a favourite animal?

I’ve never been able to decide what mine is but I can tell you it jumps between wolves, most felines, and red pandas. Aww. Just thinking about them makes me giddy. I want to hug one.

I decided to put the rest of the pictures at the end for this post 🙂
Enjoy and until tomorrow~!
Sam

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Shakespeare in the Park


Kirsten Rasmussen (Kate) and Alex McCooeye (Petruchio)*click photo for source (not mine)

Before I get into raving about The Taming of the Shrew, I just wanted to mention how unproductive I was today. It was great. You see, today was my first day off from work (besides weekends/sick calls) in… foreverrr. I had originally wanted to be super productive but after I managed to sleep in until 8am, eat a bit of breakfast, and have a quick read, my mind and body decided: No. Let’s not be productive today and catch up on all the sleep you’ve been missing.

So. I did just that. I slept until 1h30 where my stomach woke me up because I was starving. Then I napped after lunch. Ahhh, the sweet life of a house cat (but this is another story).

Anyway. Moving on from that boring topic and onto SHAKESPEARE~!

In this cosmopolitan reimagining of The Taming of the Shrew, co-directors Andrew Shaver and Paul Hopkins see the two main characters, Katharina and Petruchio, as sparring misfits whose love ultimately creates a transformation. The show will be presented as an Italian carnival, including a round stage reminiscent of a circus tent with an exit in the middle of the stage and side ramps leading actors in on bicycles and other devices. Actors will perform in 1960s Italian fashion wear with a touch of Elizabethan England, most notably in the collars. Performances will be highlighted by live a cappella Italian singing led by Davide Chiazzese, a Sicilian-bred actor with training in traditional Italian folk music.
– taken from Repercussion Theatre Website

Okay. As you can see, thinking about it still makes me giddy! 😀
It was so good. SOO GOOD.

It was my first time watching a play in the cemetery so that added quite an interesting atmosphere to it! It made me wish I had gone last year when they did Hamlet. The driver of the shuttle van told us there was even a bit of fog one evening. How creepy is that?

My friends and I got there a bit early, found a good spot on the right side of their set up, and set down our giant blanket. We watched and listened to them set up the mics and music and before long the show was on the road!

They sing in italian (as mentioned above); I didn’t understand a word of that but it sounded great! If I knew how to speak italian, or remembered the lyrics, I’d be singing along! Unfortunately, I can’t speak it so I can only hum what I remember of the tune. The rest of the play was in english though so don’t worry!

The costumes were really well done and I liked that the different “groups” had their own color theme to differentiate their characters (especially if they play two different ones). For example, Petruchio and his group wore light aqua/blue while Lucentio and Tranio wore purple/lavender.

The actors did an amazing job! Kept my attention the whole time. I’ve been to plays before where I’d unfortunately get bored and wish it would finish already (I was in a drama class while at college that required me to watch 4 plays throughout the semester). Their adaption was really well done, hilarious! I don’t think I’ve laughed so much at a play before. And their improvisation? Great! Just before the final banquet scene for the three marriages, some of the production workers were shouting about how the battery was running out, the actress who played Kate pulled Petruchio along saying something like: “Hurry Petruchio! Before the Battery runs out!” That got a good laugh from the audience.

You could tell the actors really seemed to enjoy what they were doing and had a passion for it. They weren’t just playing a role or saying lines. There was real energy behind their whole production that really stood out for me.

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All in all, my friends and I had a great time and we’re definitely going back next year.
Did I mention how good it was??

Do you enjoy live shows? Or do you like performing (acting/singing/dancing)?

Personally, I love live performances. I’ve only been to see a broadway once, but I’ve been to plenty of plays and dance performances (non-professional though). I’m actually hoping to watch the Ballet production of Kaguyahime in October if my wallet allows me haha. We’ll see 🙂

Until Tomorrow~!
Sam

P.S: I leave you with a video of the intro of the play! (I also didn’t edit this yet because I’m in a bit of a rush; I’ll come back to that when I come back!)

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Must Share Excitement


This is a late and super short post but I just had to share my excitement with everyone.
I just got back from watching Shakespeare in the Park: The Taming of the Shrew presented by Repercussion Theatre at Mount-Royal Cemetery.

It was SO GOOD.
SOOO GOOOODDD!

Seriously. I’m still smiling and laughing to myself.
SO GOOD.

I wish I hadn’t forgotten my camera to take pictures and show you all. But! I’m thinking of going to see it again before I leave on my trip! If I do, I definitely won’t forget to bring my camera.

I’ll talk more about it tomorrow since I should be getting some rest.
I just really wanted to share how I was feeling about it so you understand all the hype I’ll give it tomorrow. 🙂

Sam

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Playing Tourist


Meli and I with the canopy in the background

I don’t know about you, but I enjoy playing tourist in my own city just to see what’s going on and be around people who love where they are. Now. With all the strikes that had been going on almost daily, I didn’t really feel the need to explore the city like I usually do. But, since it’s toned down a lot I decided maybe today’s the day to go on an adventure!

After work, I decided I wanted to see ‘Les Boules Roses’ by Claude Cormier & Associates. It’s a canopy made out of pink resin balls that goes on for 1 kilometre through Montreal on St. Catherine Street. I missed it last year so I knew I didn’t want to miss it this year!

While I explored and took a few photos, I listened to live music, watched people play on a giant chess board and (finally) fulfilled my craving for sweet potato fries. All in all, it was a nice relaxing afternoon and I think my next “playing tourist” adventure will be at Jean Drapeau, or maybe the Old Port! We’ll see!

Do you play tourist and explore your city? If you’re from Montreal, any recommendations for where I should go exploring next?

Au Village
Nous Croyons
Que Les
Différences
Doivent Enrichir
Plutôt
Que Diviser

At the Village
We Believe
That
Differences
Should Enrich
Rather
Than Divide

an R is missing… It fell haha.

Till next time~!
Sam

P.S: It’s a good thing I got home relatively early. It’s pouring outside, there’s thunder and lightning and my power has been out for 3 hours now. Sigh. Thank god for smart phones or else this post wouldn’t be getting up on time…

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