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  1. Okay. I need some input here. I'm cosplaying as Oki from Okami, and I've been thinking about the wig for a good while now.

    What I was planning to do is buying an Axel wig and dying the lower half of it black. And tada, Oki. I'm buying the 100 dollar wig as well, as it's just great quality and I suck at styling wigs so I'm not even attempting it.

    But I did some research and found that real hair dye doesn't fair so well on synthetic hair. So I need a foolproof way of dying a wig black. And since this is an expensive wig, it DOES need to be foolproof...I'm dead if I screw it up. @____@

    I've heard about the whole acrylic ink + rubbing alchohol + spray bottle technique...that's what I'm thinking about trying, but I'm not sure.

    It would depend on what kind of synthetic material it is, some can be dyed with regular liquid fabric dyes, some you can't really do anything without destroying it, and others work best with homemade dyes.

    I definitely think the fabric dye would be a safer bet than the ink though. If little bits of the wig could be spared or a cheap wig of the same synthetic obtained, trial and error is the best way to figure out which method to use since wigs come in so many varieties what's best changes case by case.

  2. I'm in the middle of outlaw star for about the billionth time. I've got my 95 dollar box set from back in the day that's been watched so many times some of the discs get a bit moody.

    I'm in the middle of Gurren Lagann too. I haven't managed to snag the third volume yet, meant to at AUSA but NO ONE had it except one dealer who was way over charging.

    Also semi in the middle of hellsing..... I watched the first four episodes like 2 years ago and haven't quite gotten around to all the rest... I really should gget on that.

  3. Do an oldies but goodies night maybe? Outlaw star/cowboy bebop, dragonball, ranma, fushigi yugi, yorodin samurai troopers, eva? Get people that are new to anime into some of the older "classics"? Not to mention seeing them on the big screen would be great.

    Oh definitly yes. I tend to lean more towards the oldies (outlaw star being one of my all time favorites) so I'd love to have an oldies night just so I could meet more people who are into them. So few people seem to like them nowadays.

    And a yaoi room... I don't think I could ever leave.

  4. I may actually be staffing at AnimeUsa this year, so I hope to see you all there.

    I'll be staffing ausa at registration, so chances are I'll see at least a few people from Otakon. My first time staffing a convention so I'm rather excited.

  5. O.o Can't wait to see this at next years Otakon. I would definitely go for fiberglass or something similar with something like this, at least for the large panels and over all structure. Cardboard and craft foam always seem to have issues when you start using them for full suits of armor and things of this scale.

  6. The Books... ::crawls into corner::

    I wish there were laws protecting students from financial predators....

    Half.com is my savior, I managed to get all the books I needed for about 1/8th of the evil bookstores costs.... so I'm still in financial ruin, but not quite as deeply as I thought I would be.

  7. I usually try to go to the small businesses rather than chains, they pay more and usually have much nicer employee policies, and more often than not will hold your job for you for the next summer. I'm lucky enough (or unlucky enough to need them) to have two jobs right now. And in a week or so I'm adding being a full time student to the list.

  8. well thats the thing about Cons.... the dates for the con are basically half cons staff vote other half is the Hotels saying... I staff AUSA and i would prefer it be the week Halloween hits. think about it staff toss small candies out into the crowds just before cosplay

    Someone threw pocky off the balcony into the crowd by the fountains at otakon last year, I was trying to get pictures of the Hellsing group and *smack* box to the face. I was ecstatic.... til someone stole the box before I could grab it. :)

  9. I plan to go, even though I haven't bought airline tickets yet.

    It'll be the last convention of the year for me, and it's a good way to end the year by seeing my friends on the East Coast oncemore. :) Just weird how my con-season ends early (Mid-October) as they moved AUSA up a month, as well as Yaoicon (which is usually Halloween weekend.)

    It's going to be a looong couple of months until Ohayocon in January 2009.. :)

    *sigh* I wish I could make it out to yaoicon... I've been trying to save up and get airline tickets and such for two or three years now and haven't managed it yet.... Next year! Hopefully :P

    For the most part I'm limited to mid-atlantic cons. =/

  10. Wow.... that's pretty terrible... I made the mistake of not paying close attention to my spending and spent all my money for books (all 500 of it) and went back to work only to be told that my hours were going to be cut in half. So otakon has left me without books and completely broke (as it does pretty much every year) and now I make just enough to cover bills.... who needs food and gas? Not me. And books for college? nope, I've got a mountain of manga to read, they would only collect dust anyway. ><

  11. I saw the topic about Katsucon 09 and was wondering who will be going to AUSA this October (omgsh so soon... so much planning to be done). I'll be there, volunteering again and hopefully with crash space, and maybe just maybe cosplaying Yoko from Gurren Lagann. So who's going/cosplaying/vonluteering/in the hotel and all that fun stuff?

  12. This is my first year going to Katsucon. I'll be volunteering, and if I get crash space I'll be in the hotel, otherwise I'll be commuting. If I have the hours off I'm going to cosplay as lenalee for a bit, but chances are the con will own my soul in much the same way otakon did this year. I had so many plans for cosplays and fancy outfits and ended up in a pie tshirt, slippers, and ripped up jeans on Saturday. :D

  13. Hmmm... so much stuff.

    -Gurren Lagann Vol. 1

    -22 assorted Doujinsh (bleach, gravitation, samurai champloo, FF VIII, Saiyuki).... cost me like 400 dollars ugh... doubled my collection though...

    -6 yaoi mangas

    -A katana, I don't need anymore... but it's become a yearly tradition to find the cheapest one I can on Sunday, I've never paid more than 15 for something that was 50 or more the day before :wacko:

    -Kamina figure

    -a few vinyl stickers

    -a riding crop (I needed one for actually horse type stuff and it was pretty :()

    -Bleach tea mug thingys

    -Cell phone panda charm

    -Panda eared hat

    -Pink wig for next years yachiru cosplay

    -Rooster Squishable (actually bought it online during the con cause they were sold out... but I'm counting it anyway)

    -Enough oreo brownies to live on for the weekend (those things were delicious... mmm...)

    -Four prints in artists alley

    -The light/L piece from the hentai part of the art show

  14. I've started planning and putting together my Yoko costume for next year (I have a guinea pig named Boota I really wanna bring along... but that would be a horrid idea ^_^). I have everything picked out and planned (except the rifle... it's proving difficult)... I'll definitly be using my Lenalee costume since I was all excited this year... and then forgot my wig at home.

  15. Yeah, so Saturday morning I dressed as Donut and had my picture taken an uncountable number of times. Anyone got one of those pictures? Also, I was one of the... I think there were about 5 Ocelots. I was the one without a hat and with only one revolver, and I ran around with an Eva and Snake the whole time. I need pictures from that as well. Also... The Metal Gear Solid skit. Anyone know where I can get videos of that? I was in that skit. Thanks to anyone that can get me these pictures!

    I was the girl who handled your registration, so I saw you. :D No pictures though, sorry (I really wanted one though, Donut is my idol). Did you get your costume fixed up so you could move? You seemed to be having major issues at reg.

  16. Place: Brookshire Suites

    Number of People: 4 on thursday in a standard room and 6 on fri/sat in a suite

    Hotel Staff: The staff at the desk is uber friendly, they gave me all the keys I wanted, told me about the 10 dollar fee, upgraded me to a suite without cost because of booking misunderstandings. The people at the reservation hot line were anything but helpful. They gave me conflicting answers about adding people to the receipt, when I asked about a week before the trip exactly what type of room I would be getting I was told that I would have a suite, only to arrive and find out that orbitz/expedia/hotwire (I used orbitz) bookings are standard rooms only, the front desk couldn't upgrade me for thursday but gave me a king suite for fri/sat because of the reservations people. The hot line also told me check out would be 4 o'clock, that they allowed the later check out. On Sunday I got a call at 1140 telling me my check out time was 12 and that there were no late check outs, The front desk allowed me an extra half hour without charging me the fee for being late. SO pretty much... if you have questions before your trip only call the front desk of the hotel directly, don't let them direct you to reservations or any of the other "help" lines.

    Walk to the con: The street its on seems a bit iffy at night, there are dark alleys right next to the hotel (so many dead rats -shudder-) but really, it was only about 5 minutes walk which was awesome if you can get past the atmosphere.

    The good: The FREE breakfast bar, eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes... amazing. The suite we had fri/sat was amazing, we fit two twin air mattress and a queen in along with the king bed with room to spare. The bathrooms were really nice.

    The bad: The standard rooms are TINY. All the furniture is wedged in with VERY little walking space. Definitely not worth the 200 a night. Our door also had issues with closing, you could slam it and walk back over to find it open.

    Stay there again: In a suite yes, if I couldn't get a con rate room, in a standard room NO, not even if I were desperate.

  17. As for symptoms; planning for next year's con WAY too far in advance, going crazy over hotels, working on costumes (again WAY too far in advance) and looking at pictures and visiting the Otakon BBS everyday seem to be pretty constant for me. >>;

    And let's not forget, wandering through the mall thinking "where are all the cosplayers?" or waking up wondering where you are because your room doesn't look like the hotel your supposed to be in.

  18. It is right after Otakon that I think about maybe checking out other con's, but after seeing the best can I really see the rest :D

    most of the other three day cons are worth going to and often don't end up costing NEARLY as much as otakon (especially if you volunteer and get crash space and reimbursement) AUSA last year was pretty good, it had a decent dealers room, nice artist alley, a bunch of interesting panels. Not quite at otakon's level but fun none the less. I've already got three cons planned in between now and July. I couldn't survive without them :P

  19. A gathering would be great for tieing things up. The way it usually ends feels like stepping off a cliff into the real world. The place where the street performers gather would make a good spot. I was totally bummed on Sunday this year because my hotel changed my check out time from 4 o'clock to 11 and gave me 20 minutes notice. Lost a good two hours of the day and missed one of teh last panels I wanted to go to.

  20. I totally know what you mean... I wasn't even out of Baltimore yet and I was already sad that it was over, I'm still trying to shake off a bit of the depression. I got excited when I found out next year was in July and that I wouldn't even have to wait an entire year, and then getting a hotel all early helped a bit more. My friends will be sick of my whining about otakon being so far away within a week or two. I won't stop until sometime around oh... July 16th.

  21. I did have a budget of 1500 but that got totally blown out of the water by day one.

    Hotel: 330 for my share (i had to eat it for two people who pulled out)

    Dealers room: (this makes me wanna cry but the loot was so worth it) around 740... I'm not even entirely sure...

    Artist alley: 185

    Food: 15 (WHOO free gofer food! The little oreo brownies were delicious)

    Gas: 30

    Parking: 84... -.- Don't listen to the brookshire when they say the parking garage across the street is cheaper than valet...

    Cosplay (which I forgot my wig for)/Accessories/etc: 750

    So... I got up to somewhere around 2100, really... who needs books for college anyway :)... And now I'm back to saving and planning and budgeting for next year. Already have 500 put into the hotel and 80 into next years cosplay.

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