This year brought some new experience for me! I actually DROVE to Montreal with my friend ~Mystic-Allure. She did the Home-Morrisburg, ON driving, and I did the cross-border and Quebec. I did all the driving on the weekend. I gotta say, while I hated the drivers and the construction, the drive wasn't too bad. And I'd never done a round-about before!
~Mystic-Allure and I headed out Thursday morning. With our stop in Morrisburg for gas/bathroom/changeover, waiting for the ferry, the ferry ride itself, and construction, we arrived safe and sound at Place Rosemere at 3:30. We stopped there so that we could make sure there'd be someone home when we got there.
Got up around 7 or so to make sure I could get my body painting done. The easy part was the clothes, but the makeup??? Oh god! I don't remember the last time it took me so long to apply makeup! ~Mystic-Allure and I were ready to go around 9:30am fully in our cosplays, makeup and all (I even cut my nails into the shape of claws! -again-)
However I ended up taking ~DarkWolfrin over to Wal-Mart with my mom's van. Some things were needed and they'd be quite cumbersome to walk with.
After all the waiting, and figuring out how to program in Montmorency Metro to ~Mystic-Allure's grandfather's GPS, we got to the convention around 1:30 or so. ~Mystic-Allure and I came out of the pre-reg line around 2pm.
Tavros was very awkward to walk around in thanks to how big I made the horns. I'm going to remake them so that they're smaller, lighter... and possibly more durable! Sadly one of the rivets on the one horn popped (pretty sure it was the one that had been messed up on), and a crack developed. Plus they hurt my head... a lot.
I had so much fun~ I made quite a few new friends and I love and miss them already! My Gamzee, Karkat, and Sollux especially! ;( I miss you guys!
I spent most of the day with them and it was just so awesome! Though apparently me speaking French is adorable, and it's even cuter when it's in my Tavros voice.
I woke up at 6am... to get ready.
I drew the spider scar onto ~Raybras' back, expecting that we'd be entering the masquerade. This took roughly 20 minutes to do. It wasn't too bad at least.
Izayoi's makeup was simple to do, and all I had to put on before heading out were my two under kimonos and the hakamas. I was not driving wearing the wig or my five open kimonos! No way would I travel wearing all those. Considering that I put on the kimonos once we got to Jardin Botanique around 9:00.
We were there until about 11:45, and then we headed to the Palais des Congres. I can't wait for the photos from the shoot! I know there will be some really nice ones of me with ~Alexis-Rider (Inu no Taishou) and ~FrenchLily (Inu-Kimi).
I walked around with ~Mystic-Allure, and then on my own for a little while. It wasn't until around 3pm did the rest of the group come to the Palais. I was tired and slightly annoyed because I kept getting told for two years "oh we'll spend all day together as a group!" yeah.... didn't happen >.< Wasn't pleased about that.
It didn't help that no one told me that we weren't entered in the masquerade! The masquerade apparently filled in 45 minutes plus had an extra 21 entries!!!! OMG! I REALLY WISH I HAD BEEN TOLD BEFORE I GOT ALL THE WAY UPSTAIRS!
But I did hang out with them for a little and we wandered the con. Sans Rin, Inu-Kimi and Naraku. Naraku (~Raybras) took off with a friend of ours.
I was able to find my Karkat, Gamzee and Sollux (who became Jake). They surprisingly recognized me, but then I did say "Shinomiya~" in my Tavros voice which they had become accustomed to.
When I went to dinner with ~Mystic-Allure, ~Raybras, and Vicky, I found a cosplayer outside who absolutely made my day! And I made hers She was cosplaying as female Neuro from Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro While she didn't speak much English, or me much French, when I said "Female Neuro?" she squealed and was so happy! According to her friends I was the first person all day to recognize who she was cosplaying. I made her day. To me it got even better when she came back outside from getting her prop. She made Evil Javelin and had the demon claw hand!!! I fangirled so much over her and I think I hugged her about 15 times! Day. Made. YES!
I wandered with ~Raybras at night though He was being creeper Naraku and I'd just follow along behind him and be elegant. I loved the people that recognized who I was!!
I think my favourite moment of the day came near the end. I sat down, and spread out the kimonos so I could sit comfortably while friends talked... and this adorable little girl came up to me and asked if she could have a photo with me. My heart melted and I happily took a photo with her. I asked her parents' permission if I could put my hands on her shoulders for the photo and they allowed it. Awww she was just so cute! I like having people ask for a photo with me because they love the character/how I portray them, but when a child asks me, I just instantly fall in love with them. I don't care if they don't know the character or whatever, but the fact that they'd want a photo. GAH JUST TOO CUTE! (yeah I love children)
My faith in humanity was restored a little bit too that night. I went to get a coffee for myself, and tea for ~Mystic-Allure (I needed coffee for being alert enough to drive. Halfway up the stairs with the two drinks. I had to stop. Someone asked me if I needed help (I had to lift my kimonos and hakamas to easily go up stairs), and took the drinks up the stairs so that I could lift the hakamas and kimonos. I was so thankful! I really appreciate when people will offer their help!
Ironically this was my busy day! Usually Sunday is supposed to be the relaxing day! HA Not in this case xD
I wore Grell as voted by everyone here for Sunday as I couldn't decide. ~Mystic-Allure wore her red Ciel outfit to wear with me and meet Tatum
I lined up to meet David Vincent first and got his autograph I got him to autograph my Fate/stay night box set Now I need to get the autographs of all the other servants VAs! I started with Assassin, now to get the others.
After being done with David Vincent, I lined up with ~Mystic-Allure to see Tatum I was so happy when I went to meet him Even better? He commented on my chainsaw and he remembered me! He loved the chainsaw And when I said I went to meet him at Fan Expo, and told him I was the Grell in a ballgown, he was all "That's why you look so familiar!" And he remembered my Grell voice I said to him, in my Grell voice, "Sebaschan, will you sign yourself for me?" And he did! He signed the Sebastian body pillow
After Tatum and David went over with ~Mystic-Allure to see *kaiser-mony at her artist table. She was so happy that I brought her Brio (it's an Italian soda that tastes like carbonized caramel). I promised her Brio, and Brio was brought!
After seeing her went with ~Mystic-Allure as she went to change from Ciel to Judal. There was supposed to be a Magi shoot going on. So she changed for it.
At first we were told it was down by Lipstick Forest, on the way there ran into David Vincent. I got a photo with him and talked with him a little bit. And got him to record a video for *CosplayCanada here -> www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVzQbU…
We did find the Magi cosplayers, up by the escalators in Hall Viger (aka the main lobby). Lots of photos! Once a barrier was created between me and them I went and sat down for a bit. Feet hurt from Grell's heels. I think I was in my slippers most of the day. I had a couple come up to me asking for photos. I like when people come up and ask for photos with me ^^
After that not too much happened.
HOWEVER I did go to the Homestuck photoshoot put on by Homestuck Montreal I think of the Homestucks I've met they are certainly the most polite and the quietest! This is the first Homestuck shoot I've walked away from without a headache!
I got to see my Karkat, Terezi, Gamzee and Sollux (who became John). Gamzee hugged me pretty tight because they love Grell. Everyone loves Grell :3
Bonus: I gave kisses to Karkat and Gamzee. And had one stolen by Aradia xD
Best Homestuck shoot EVER!!!!
And of course, finished off the day with ~ryoky28's annual dinner.
I'm going to exclude the bit of end-of-con drama...
Monday, I came home with ~Mystic-Allure. Because she had another hour drive after my house, I did the whole trip driving from Boisbriand to home. We missed our exit for the 20 though and ended up in the Soulanges xD But we made it!
Con Score: 8.5/10