So unintentionally my blog looks very bam here’s a review, BAM here’s another which is something I didn’t want so I’m going to try and make up for it now.
As well as going to YALC for the last three years in a row, I usually cosplay which is like following the rabbit down the rabbit hole. It starts with just a dabble and then all of a sudden bam you own wigs, contact lenses and gain a large collection of makeup. I love YALC but I also enjoy comic con I love exploring all the film memorabilia and everyone else’s cosplays.
My first year
I made so many rookie mistakes it was unbelievable as I was only there for one day but I did graduate a couple of days before then did harry potter studio tour. During this one day I managed to fit in two photo shoots, two book signings and I somehow managed to grab a couple of proofs looking back I have no idea either.
My second year
I thought I would put into practice what I learnt from the year before and this year being the first year I would attend all three days and decided I would cosplay. For each of the days I chose a different cosplay Wednesday Addams, Lydia Deetz and a Slytherin student (I’m not going to lie I just wanted the robes). My experience from this year’s cosplay was that Lydia was a complete miss I ended up looking like one of the cast of American Horror Story: Coven so I got to style out my miss. I take the total blame for the miss I didn’t really fully commit to wanting to wear wigs or contacts. With this year being spread out over the three days I tried to plan one big thing for each day but still even with two photo shoots on one day I manged to fit everything I wanted in. The big thing I learnt form this year was it gets hot stupidly quick and be prepared for it and books are heavy.
My Third year
You would think this year I would have learnt to prepare for the heat, heavy books and cosplay ideas, but again I kind of missed again. This year I copied two cosplays from last year I just switched Lydia for Lady Hades (Disney) this missed the mark like Lydia the year before.
I tried to hipster/teen out Hade as I didn’t want to paint myself grey with the heat. I took what I thought were the main components his yellow eyes, blue hair and the trade mark cigar, that wasn’t enough as people asked me who I was most of the day. What I decided to add really shows the Greek History nerd in me, I got fake tattoos of items that are associated with Hades such as the Helm of Hades, the ferry man and some symbols of death. I also added some of the creatures associated with Hades through the Disney film such as Cerberus, the fates, the Minotaur to name a few. I also wore a single black pearl as a nod to Persephone and her pearls.
Personally, I loved it so I guess that’s all that matters in the long run.
Again, I tried to keep the one big thing a day plan from the year before but kept the Sunday free so I could enjoy the last day without worrying about anything. Luckily the book signings and talks with authors I wanted to see matched up with my plans. Also, the two photo shoots I had were on the Friday before the con got really busy this in hindsight was a really good idea and I would recommend it. Having a good sturdy backpack was a godsend with film memorabilia and books.
This brings us to year 4 this year I am buying a small handheld fan! I will not forget this year! I am also feeling super lazy this year and will be using a cabin size suitcase to carry my books that’s because I have set myself I kind of slightly over ambitious 8 books to get signed and no doubt I’ll pick up more walking round.
This year my cosplays seem to be pretty straight forward keeping Wednesday Addams . The third I’m hoping to do Lady Jack Skellington I am obsessed with The Nightmare Before Christmas (useless fact we’re the same age). I am planning on using a more stylised make up to get away without painting myself white. I’m also keeping the idea of the costume pinstripe blazer and trousers but instead of a Victorian shirt (original plan) I have decide on a white chiffon shirt to keep cool.
As we get closer to YALC I will keep people posted and will probably do a what’s in my bag survival type post