Sabaku Magic

Hello, friends! I recently had the amazing privilege of being a cosplay guest and contest judge at Sabaku Con 2018 in Albuquerque, NM! Just wanted to write a quick (yeah right) blog post about the experience and share some pics, thanks for reading☺

First off, here are my fellow cosplay guests and judges, left-to-right (ignoring le me) we have Mara-san Cosplay as Hinata, Quintilla as Jolteon, and Ri Care as Xayah, look how cute they be! Go check out their pages, they’re full of magic and pixie dust.

Since it was an anime con, I tried to theme my line-up with that in mind! I fixed up my Fem!Fullmetal Alchemist from a couple years ago, mostly replacing a few automail pieces (where’s Winry when you need her 😭), built an original design Eevee gijinka in a couple weeks purely for the sake of WIP pics on the props, and of course for Mother’s Day I HAD to wear Raven Branwen 😉 They were all great fun to wear, but good grief, my Eevee fabric DOES NOT BREATHE!

Judging the contest was an amazing experience, we had about 3.5 hours of pre-judging where we got to examine each competitor’s craftsmanship and hear about their build process! Each one was amazing and mind-blowingly creative, and they honestly left me so inspired to try out some new techniques in my own work, both in sewing and prop-making! Their onstage performances later that evening were equally incredible, we have some madly talented people in our community and I was beaming like a doof through the whole thing ❤

I also ran/participated in several panels over the weekend! Friday was Group Cosplay and Cosplay Crossovers with Mara-san and Quintilla, and on Sunday I debuted my brand-new panel, “Tackling Props: A Beginner’s Intro”. No one left crying, screaming, or swearing, so I’m counting it a success!

All of that said, the highlight of the weekend was truly the staff, Greg and Stacy of Monkey Paw Entertainment have an incredible team that makes you feel like family, they’re all hilarious, and it was the smoothest-run convention I’ve ever attended. I wish I could name and thank every single person but alas, my thumbs would fall off, so just know that you are hugely appreciated and I can’t wait to work with you more! The company is always looking for staff for their other cons too, so consider taking a look at their openings if you’re going!

In conclusion, 100% recommend this con and other ones run by Monkey Paw, I can’t wait to try Saboten in August and I will absolutely be hitting Sabaku again next year! Thank you to everyone who said hi, stopped to chat at my table, and came to one of my panels, you were wonderful and I look forward to seeing what you create for next year!

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