Crafting Eleanor Hume's spear

Crafting Eleanor Hume's spear

When approaching any staff or spear project, I tend to rely on my tried-and-true materials: PVC pipe and foam.

Eleanor’s spear is taller than she is, so I purchased a ten-foot long PVC pipe and politely asked a store employee to cut it into two five-foot sections. (A ten-foot pole wouldn’t be able to fit in my car, anyway!)

Otakon 2018 wrap-up

Otakon 2018 was sort of like a milestone for me; it marked ten years since I started cosplaying.

I first cosplayed as Luke fon Fabre from Tales of the Abyss at Otakon 2008, which was my second time going to a convention. I went every year since 2007--this was my eleventh Otakon! Wow.

It was nice to see a growth in attendance for the con since moving to the new location in DC at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. There were a lot of cool things about the Inner Harbor, but it had been clear for years that Otakon had outgrown the space. A lot of us approached the first year in DC with some hesitation, but last year was one of my favorite years of the convention. The concerts were outrageously fun, there were cool panels, and I got to hang out with some people I hadn't spent time with in a while.

Body Image and Anxieties

Delete. Delete. Delete. Delete.

As a college senior sitting in my bedroom with my digital camera on hand, I went through the self-portraits I just took, critically examining how my body looked in the black bodysuit I was trying on for a costume. Fifteen minutes in front of the mirror with my camera had already passed. All I wanted was one picture to put on social media to show that I was almost finished with a costume of Nia Teppelin from Gurren Lagann. I also wanted that photo to make me feel like I looked good in the costume so far.