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Summer is busy...hmm.
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Oh man I'm sleepy. I hope this blog entry makes any sense. Excuse my horrible grammar because of my sleepiness.

So I did go to school on Friday (because it was a minimum day so it's not like I'll be doing much and we leave at around noon anyway). Afterwards, I packed up the stuff I was selling at the Swap Meet along with my friends' stuff they were selling too.

I noticed that there's a lot more people on Friday than previous years. It was packed up the wazoo. Normally, Fridays at Fanime are not that packed... boy it was different this year. Hopefully tomorrow won't be too bad (but then again it's Saturday so I'm worried a bit).

I didn't buy much. Nothing was speaking to me saying "BUY ME NAO!" I'll take pictures of what I did end up getting in my overall Fanime blog. Today, I got a Ciel Phantomhive print from Artist Alley (thanks Ariel for buying it for me!) and a Mokona Modoki plush from the Dealers Room.

I lined up in the preregistration line for the swap meet approximately... 6:30. My friends and I ended up selling a lot of stuff. I dunno how much profit I had but I feel very stripper-y since I got lots of one dollar bills in my wallet now hah.

I forgot to take pictures of the area but I did get a few shots of some random cosplayers:

My favorite is the kid Ness. I love when kids cosplay.
Note to self: Do Not Smile Widely/Big. It looks like I have a double chin when I do that... =_=

See you next blog~ Maybe I'll post a picture of myself in Yoko cosplay. That's if I remember to take a picture of myself... haha.

Previous Fanime 2009 blog entries:
Day 0
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Shall I be doing one of these everyday? We'll see how much time allows. Since this is day 0, there isn't that much to do. I should have taken more pictures (and apparently the ones I did take end up sucking) so you'll have to make due with what I have.

I got my badge thanks to Gia for offering an internship! I waited literally less than 4 minutes to get it. The registration staff was awesome and gave me a badge quickly:

My badge
My badge
Look at that 1337 Photoshop (... Paint) skillz there bruh! ... I was sad that they didn't include a lanyard so I used one from a previous year.

Since I went with one of my friends, we waited in line for her preregistered badge. Oh jeez I should have taken a picture of the line. It wasn't too bad because it ran smoothly but still after getting my badge, her wait was forever. I believe we waited for 45ish minutes. That actually isn't bad but still, 4 minutes versus 45 minutes...

While roaming around, I went to the Swap Meet that's on today. There's another one tomorrow that I'll be participating in. Anyway, here's a couple pictures of the area

Sorry for the really fast shots. I didn't want to sit still and take a proper one. Once the convention rolls into Day 1, I'll take more proper shots. Promise!

Oh man I already spent money and I haven't even gone to the Dealers' Room yet! Here's the stuff I bought:

These were from the Swap Meet.I hope those figures weren't bootlegs... but oh man it was such a steal if they're real! I got the Nendroid AND the Figma Yuki for $20 total! The seller got it as a gift from her sister and she never watched the series so she was just selling both of them together for $20! They're quite awesome, I'lll take a proper photoshoot after Fanime weekend is over (aka when I have enough time). The Yoko phone charm was bloody adorable. I think I got jipped off the price ($12) but it's so adorable.

Am I excited for the next coming days? Hell yeah.
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I pretty much finished the wig to the best of my noob abilities. I really didn't know what I was doing half the time but I tried. It turned out... decent I guess. If you don't care about the methods and/or process, just look at the last two pictures and you'll see the finished wig.

Before I begin, I thought I'd show you how my (exciting!) wig stand looks like:

Wig Stand
Wig Stand
My dad gave me a large "nail," two pieces of spare wood, and a PVC pipe that the nail fits in. I just suckerfalconpunched that nail and place the PVC pipe around it and BAM instant wig stand.

Let's start with the normal cutting stuff:

So from my previous wig-related blog entry, you can see where I sectioned off the wig and how I tried to figure out Yoko's bangs. Despite knowing in my head what I wanted, I ended up not following the sections I clipped perfectly. I followed the sections initially but I had to move parts of sections around and add more hair from one area to another. The cut pieces (first picture) can be used as wefts if I want to add something to the wig but for now they're just sitting in a sandwich bag.

What methods I FAILED:

There's a couple of methods I looked up online but they don't exactly work for Yoko's bangs (or I just plain suck). The first method I tried (look at first and second picture) was using hair rollers and pins to curl up the bangs in their respective sections. This didn't work because the pins ended up creasing the wig's fibers and it didn't really curl enough because I didn't put enough hairspray. I had to use a hair straightener (set on low) to remove the creases. That was not fun. I also had to rinse off all the hairspray because it hardened the wig fibers a bit.
My second method was to let the rollers hold by themselves and put a bit more hairspray (pictures 2-6). I didn't use the pins to hold them down this time so I could avoid the creases. This method didn't work either because It ended up not curling at all. I rinsed the wig a couple times (like seen in the fifth picture) and ended up with something that resembles the last picture.
There's a couple other methods I tried but I can't remember at the top of my head. I might have blocked them from memory. I also don't have picture to job my memory so OH WELL.

I was getting mad at myself for being crappy at wig styling. Well everyone has to start somewhere I guess but still.

The method that worked for me:

Working with the wig was getting me agitated. I decided to look at several different angles I could find of Yoko's hair instead of focusing on how other cosplayers did their wigs. Her hair does inconsistent things in the anime after re-watching a couple episodes so I decided to screw it and make it spikyish.
So I sectioned each part of her bangs in the first three pictures. After getting the base of each "spike," I started shaving parts of the wig fibers that are below each bang to make it a bit thinner when it reaches the pointy part of each spike. It also makes the bang look fuller from the top. I then used a hair curler (on super duper low so it doesn't melt the wig) to make it curl a little bit.

After deciding where bangs go, I started putting pins around each spike's ends (as you can see in the last two pictures). I would hairspray the sucker enough to be hard. I left the hairspray to dry and eventually starting moving bangs into the position I wanted them to be in. After deciding exactly where I want things, I repinned each of the hardened bangs to place and hairsprayed like crazy again.

This method wasn't full proof. Before pinning the ends of bangs, I tried just hairspraying each bang. That didn't really work because while it was wet, the hair that makes up each bang would spread apart. I also had to make sure I hairsprayed the bottom of each bang without making it stick to the mannequin head. That was annoying. I learned that using a water spraybottle helps loosen any mistake I did even if the bang was hard.

And here's the end result:

The ponytail wig needs to be combed a bit more but other than that, I'm pretty satisfied with the wig for my first time styling. I have no idea how to make her side bang "poofy" out of her head (the one with her skull pin) so I decided I'll just leave the side bang against the hair. Ignore the pins I left on the head... I forgot to remove them when I took the pics.

If you're wondering why I'm not wearing it, I left my wig caps at a friend's house and I haven't bothered her about it yet so just wait a while. =) If you are curious, the ponytail reaches roughly my bum. In my next Yoko cosplay update, I'll have a picture of myself actually wearing parts of the cosplay.

On my to do list:
  • hammer in studs on my belt
  • make that long glove she wears on her left arm
  • order my boots and paint them
  • fix up my random accessories

Pimpin' Ain't Easy: I "guest-starred" on the podcast run by Moonstorm and Lunarmoth. I talk about some cosplay stuff at the end of the ending theme so if you care to listen, check out the podcast right here.

tl;dr: My first attempt at wig styling was... okay. I may have failed a couple methods but I found my own and it worked out fairly well.

Previous Yoko Cosplay Blog Entries:
Update 1
Update 1.5
Update 2
Yoko Wig, Part 1
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Alright, I'll tell you so open up those big ears and listen well. With a man's soul and a strong back, Cure Maid Café celebrates Gurren Lagann: Lagann Chapter (the movie) being released in Japanese theaters on April 25, 2009. They will display various merchandise and costumes and sell things inspired by the movie. Show your manly spirit blazing by quenching your thirst with Simon's blended drink and ordering a Burning Drill Spirit dessert!

When the first movie came out, Cure Maid Cafe had an event dedicated to a Gurren Lagann theme. There were lots of illustrations hung on the walls as decorations and other things on display.

Whether impossible or laughable, this idea should be done somehow in the US. I would definitely go to opening day if there was a café that would do this.

What would you order from the menu if you could visit a Gurren Lagann themed café?
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So I got my wigs in the mail recently and I have started to mess around with them. This is the first time I'm dealing with styling a wig since other my other cosplays didn't have wigs that needed major styling. You can follow my triumph (or downfall) of my process right here on the Vice. So let's begin with a few pictures.

This is the Femme Fatale Wig from Amphigory. I should have taken a picture of the backside but it slipped my mind. Anyway, it's rather curly at the ends of the wig so I had to straighten it. I found a tutorial online from Katie Bair's website where it shows you step by step how to straighten a wig out.

I boiled some water to roughly 180 degrees Fahrenheit and here's how it looks all wet and icky:

Holy tequito Batman it works!

Amazingly, it is super duper straight now. It took forever to dry though... even when I left it outside.

Now here's where I ran into a bit of a conundrum. As I've said, I never styled a wig before so I was trying to figure out what sections of wig fiber goes to which bang. Yoko has bangs and random pieces of hair all over the place.

From my circled diagram (fear my awesome Photoshop skills):

There are five main sections I have to deal with. There's two long parts that are symmetrical on her head (they're kinda like sideburns but... not). Then there's two side bangs where one floats to the side miraculously (where the skull pin is) while the other floofs up. The last bang is the one in the middle.

So after staring at my wig for God knows how long, I've sectioned them off with hair ties and clips:

It looks quite funky since it isn't styled yet but I kinda know what I'm doing (I think... and hope).

As for my other wig (Punky XL) I ordered:

I started straightening it a bit more since it was folded from delivery. Instead of using Katie's method, I used Catherine Jone's method. It turned out good because it took out all of the random creases that were on the wig. I will be using a large hair clip to attach this wig as a ponytail. When I fake ponytailed it to my real hair, it reaches roughly my bum so I'm happy about the length of it.

And now I fear my pair of scissors because I will now start styling my bangs... It's the moment of truth and I will make my first wig cut today. Wish me luck.

In non-wig news, I got a new computer. Here's a picture:

I'm still not used to the monitor being so huge.

Previous Yoko Cosplay Blog Entries:
Update 1
Update 1.5
Update 2
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