It’s a little difficult to write about things when so much time has passed, but I finally have enough pictures to share with you to make it worth showing you guys! Project Cosawesome happened from November 14-16th. It was an event for cosplayers and cosplay photographers to come together, share the things we know, and take awesome photos. I brought four costumes with me: Enchantress, Superwoman, Punk Rock Raven, and Zoey from Left 4 Dead. I’d already had several good pictures in Enchantress, but these rest of them were new or hadn’t been photographed yet.
PCA went from Friday to Sunday, so I drove out to Indiana after teaching on Friday afternoon. I spent a good part of the evening being nervous because I didn’t really know anyone (I’d met people a few times during conventions, but hadn’t spent long with anyone who was there on Friday). So I hid in my room until the bar photoshoot and messaged Mia Moore about how ridiculously awkward I was. After that, I went out and got sushi, then put on Enchantress and went down to the bar shoot. I hung out with people for a while, and then went to bed because I had to get up super early to do my make-up for my She-Hulk costume.
Which you don’t see pictures of here. Because it all went horribly awry.
Okay, that’s a little over dramatic. But the make-up didn’t work out. I went to the store to get the make-up I wanted–the right color of face paint and Pros-Aide paint. Pros-Aide is good because it’s basically a liquid latex, and will not come off unless you use remover. So I went in to the costume store knowing what I wanted, and was really dumb and was talked into another product by the girl behind the make-up counter. A product which rubbed off on my nice, mostly white She-Hulk leotard.
So I stewed around my hotel room for a while, and then put on my Superwoman costume in order to get to the Ladies of DC shoot. It started off a little slow, but more and more cosplayers joined as the shoot went on. I got to work with photographers that I’d never worked with before, and it was a lot of fun! I was also great to meet a few people who knew who my costume was :).
I was going to hang around for the All DC Comics shoot after the Ladies of DC shoot, but I was worried about being ready in time to go off-site for the Punk Rock DC shoot. I’d never been in a cosplay group this large, and it was SO. MUCH. FUN. It was fun and funny, and it really helped that this was the comfiest costume I have ever worn.
We spent that night at the hotel’s bar, and drank and played games. The next day was the Video Game photoshoot. I was originally going to wear the Aqua costume I was working on, but then I got pneumonia and wasn’t able to finish it. I got a wig for my Zoey costume, though, and updated a couple of things to wear it for Project Cosawesome. While hanging out with everyone on Saturday night, I met a Louis cosplayer. It turned out that a couple of people had Joel and Ellie costumes, and we did video game zombie hunter photoshoot!
If you follow me on the social media, you probably know that I got in a car accident on the way home and totaled my car. But up until that point, the weekend was awesome. I wish that there had been a little more talk about cosplay–people seemed either caught up in taking photos or hanging out with friends. It was great in the moment, but I wish we could have shared a little more tricks of the trade. Of course, I probably could have pursued that a little more. I only thought of that in retrospect.
PCA was really just the greatest thing ever. I made a bunch of real-life cosplay friends, and we’ve even started to plan cosplay groups for next convention season. Overall, it was a great weekend–even with the way it ended.
For more photos from the weekend, check out my cosplay page: Geekphoria Cosplay.