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Better Than Being A Tapir: My First Cosplay Experience

A long time ago, while looking through some sites on how to make the costume for Link, I asked my mum if she would help me make it. She turned to me and said, “Why don’t you go as a tapir?”

That made me go WTH?! Tapirs aren’t cosplay material, unless there’s a tapir character out there that I don’t know about. So I totally dismissed that idea and tried to think about what to dress up as for the STGCC 2010.

After many months of talking about it, my friends and I decided to do a steampunk themed group dress up. Once that was decided, we went off to get our costumes. It took me a couple of months to get everything together since life was hectic and I had yet to decide what kind of steampunk character I was going as. It took me a while and then, I decided to go as a steampunk floozy.

Pictures after the jump.


Ok, so it’s more floozy than steampunk but there’s just something about dressing up in a corset, a short skirt, fishnet stockings and boots that gave me a somewhat liberated feeling.

back view

It took me a while to put on everything since I didn’t realise how difficult it was to put on the fishnet stockings. My toes kept getting caught in the tiny holes. After about 20 minutes struggling with everything, I finally came out of the stall and showed the AdCrew my whole get up. I think they’ve never seen so much skin on me before.

me and the halo guys

My make up could have been more intense and over the top but I don’t have as many colours as I would have liked and well, after walking around the hall, even though it was air-conditioned, you tend to perspire and the make up just disappears.

As I was taking pictures with the Halo guys, suddenly at least 5 different people with camera’s just popped up from nowhere and took pictures of me and the Halo guys. It was rather disconcerting and yet interesting at the same time.

the adventure crew

One would think that the corseted steampunk girls would get more stares as the group of us walked to the nearest McDonald’s for a snack but no, the purple haired random Pokemon scientist got the most stares. Strange and funny, don’t you think.

Overall, I had a lot of fun and frankly, I can’t wait for next year so that I can dress up as something else. Hopefully, as Link this time.

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Meeting Gail Simone (And Crying)

When the guests lists for the Singapore Toys, Games and Comics Convention (STGCC) was released, my friends were superbly excited that Gail Simone was coming for the con. I’ve read her works and I love the way she writes, so I was just as excited.

On the opening day of the convention, I met with Joelyn and we headed to the con to meet Sarah who was already there as a volunteer, so that I can pass her my copy of Wonder Woman: The Circle so that she can help me get it signed by Gail Simone the next day, just in case I miss the signing session.

As we were walking around the hall, looking at the different booths, Sarah said to me, “Turn around.”

I turned and there Gail was, standing and talking to people. We went up to her and asked if she would mind signing my comic book. I handed her the book and burst into tears. It was so embarrassing for both Gail and myself. It was the biggest fan girl moment of my life.


I seriously did not expect the tears and I was so damn embarrassed, but Gail was such a good sport. She signed my book and even let us take a picture with her.

Me and Gail
Photo courtesy of Seriously Sarah

If you clicked on the picture to embiggen it, you’ll see that I still have the tears in my eyes when we took the photo. Fangirl much?

Anyway, I managed to arrive at the con on time for Gail Simone’s signing session. As I was queueing up to see her, she walked by and I started crying again. It was mucho embarrassing but I got my tears under control by the time it was my turn and managed to tell her coherently that even though I don’t have anything for her to sign that day, we, the HSWG, had something for her instead. We passed her a copy of Happiness At The End of the World and Bubble G.U.M., signed by all the writers involved so that she can have something to remember us by (as if having a crying fan handing her comic book to get signed isn’t memorable enough).

me and gail 2

So, it was the most awesome thing to happen to me that weekend. I really hope that she’ll come back soon and that we don’t have to wait another four years for us to see her again on our shores. I can promise that I won’t cry the next time I see her. Really!