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Anime Expo Anxiety: Cosplayer's Remorse

UntramenUntramen7 mese/i faDiary
As always, I feel like a dang masochist going to an anime convention thanks to sudden waves of anxiety washing over me as I rush to get things settled and fixed up.

I've insisted on cosplaying at almost every con I've attended but there's always one thing that will go wrong with your costume at the convention. Cosplaying is tough! I'm only going one day but I'm still feeling the stress of it.

I'm cosplaying "Q" from Zero Time Dilemma (the third game in the Zero Escape series, which is super great BTW)
http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/ninehourspersonsdoors/images/1/18/Qztd.png
I've been hard at working making his helmet since... November? On and off, since I've been attending medical school and all. Finals in med school are no joke, but I managed to pass my cumulative final exam and freed myself up to finish painting and fitting the mask on.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DCyK0p-UwAAh8NS.jpg
It fits really nicely, and the foam inside keeps my head MOSTLY in place. the problem is the mask can slide around forward and back because I can't put any foam there (my head entry hatch is in the back). I'm mostly at the point of "acceptance" but wearing it casually for a few minutes as a test is NOT the same as wearing it all day for a con...

Also dang that mask gets pretty hot in there, I'm wondering if it'll be ok to wear for an extended period of time. I did promise my dad to only wear it for about 15 min at a time, but as always, when you're at a con, things can and will go awry. My peripheral vision is nonexistent!

I'm also wondering what I should do about a prop. I have a mini crossbow, a functioning one I bought on sale about a year ago. I was intending on de-stringing it and peace bonding it at the convention, but AX has really hunkered down and made weapons policy more strict. I can't bring it as it is a "functioning weapon" (even if I did de-string it!) and if I did want to, I'd have to break the firing mechanism. It seems like such a huge waste for me to do that though, so I may have to forego the prop completely. This whole weapons policy thing gives me a headache and this is really the first time I've cosplayed someone with a weapon so this is a lot of undue stress.

Still, I'm looking forward to cosplaying again. I may not be a super serious cosplayer but I've been feeling that cosplaying itch the entire year.

If anyone is a fan of Zero Escape and wants to take pictures with me, I'm attending Day 2! I'm unfortunately not going to make the Zero Escape cosplay gathering on Day 3 because 1.) I have other business on Monday 2.) I bought a 1 day pass and I am too broke trying to cover laptop repairs to spend more than necessary

And if anyone wants me to pick up some items from booths or their fav artists you can DM me! I do adore shopping for my friends, so having a few more people who want me to go on gopher run wouldn't be a big deal to me either.

Thanks for reading though my complaining and ranting, I just really wanted to get that off my chest somewhere.
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Oh hmm then its actually smaller than it looks. It looks really good btw.
Yeah I feel your pain cause I am only 5 feet tall. Bring a bag to carry it in!
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ChaBright (7 mese/i fa) #22424054Have fun at the con, and the mask looks awesome!! And trust me about props, after an hour of lugging one around as well as all the bags you'll no doubt end up with, you end up getting annoyed with it and just stuffing it in one of your bags and only taking it out for photos if you remember. Or, at least, that's what I always end up doing, though I'm by no means a super serious cosplayer. So, yeah, I never bother with props unless they're tiny or absolutely necessary for recognising the character, haha!

That's super true. I'm thinking about buying like a toy crossbow instead though, so I can play with my little nephew with those Nerf darts or whatever after I'm done. But you're so totally right about the carrying props thing. I have had a hard time carrying just my own merch and myself at cons so having a prop would be something else. Once my prop was a randoseru and it was nice because it counts as a backpack so thank god it was also a carrying device haha.

bambipie (7 mese/i fa) #22445017Maybe you can cut an opening in the back and top of the mask to allow airflow yet it will remain unexposed for photos? Or one of those personal mini fans!?
Also have you considered attaching a sort of harness around your head that attaches to the mask from the inside?
I dont know about the bow? I dont think you have time to make something so time consuming and I cant really see where you can get a prop one lol
Have fun, I wish I was going to AX this year lol


I was thinking about putting a fan in there, but there actually is not that much room in there... my hair would get caught pretty easily in the fan blades and I'd be trapped in there. Spooky to think about. I could try to make a harness, but I actually don't stick my head straight into it like a motorcycle helmet or anything. I actually have to slide my head diagonally through a hatch. it's more aesthetically pleasing that way, as the mask will sit flush to my neck. The problem is I'm not even close to being engineering savvy to imagine how to place a harness in there... It really took a decent amount of creativity and engineering to get the diagonal hatch to work but it's flawed since I can't place a bracing foam piece in the backside without completely blocking the entrance.

The design does have vent holes at the top, which hopefully will help me get some air but even so I don't want to wear it for a super long time anyways.
The idea of having a opening in the top/back seems to be interesting, but the problem is I'm short. I'm actually under 5' tall, and a normal sized person is taller than me and having a vent hole at the top would probably look odd. At this point, I'll just settle for the vent holes already present in the design.
Though next time if I ever remake this cosplay, I'll try to engineer it properly "OTL
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Maybe you can cut an opening in the back and top of the mask to allow airflow yet it will remain unexposed for photos? Or one of those personal mini fans!?
Also have you considered attaching a sort of harness around your head that attaches to the mask from the inside?
I dont know about the bow? I dont think you have time to make something so time consuming and I cant really see where you can get a prop one lol
Have fun, I wish I was going to AX this year lol
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Have fun at the con, and the mask looks awesome!! And trust me about props, after an hour of lugging one around as well as all the bags you'll no doubt end up with, you end up getting annoyed with it and just stuffing it in one of your bags and only taking it out for photos if you remember. Or, at least, that's what I always end up doing, though I'm by no means a super serious cosplayer. So, yeah, I never bother with props unless they're tiny or absolutely necessary for recognising the character, haha!
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Hope you have fun at the con!! I really like the costume, and I'm really impressed that you managed to work on it while going through med school. Make sure to stay hydrated! <3
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A fellow Zero Escape fan!!! Whoa!!! Good luck at the con, I wish you many happy wishes~! Your Q mask looks awesome!!
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Second hand waifus deserve a second chance at laifu!

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