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Westercon 70

Panels and Generation Gaps


Saturday I attended as a panelist assisting Allen Amis Creations with his panel on using found objects in cosplay. The convention lost my badge and panelist pamphlet but they were very accommodating and ensured that I made it to my panel on time. The attendees were interactive during the panel and seemed excited to discuss matters pertaining to the fabrication of costumes.


Sunday I attended as a panelist again. this time with Allen Amis Creations and the talented Backer's of KnowOne's Designs. We discussed mold making, casting and techniques (both complicated and simple) to get the right look for a more elaborate costume piece, gem, appliance, etc.

Once again the convention could not locate my badge and I was given a sticky note to let me through the convention.

Overall Impression

The accidental attitude in the photo capture above by Anabel Amis sort of sums up my opinion of this event. I was excited to present and the attendees were incredibly kind but there just seemed to be so much that this event was lacking. It certainly caters to the generation before my own which creates a sort of rift in the con when trying to make new connections. Overall...I would present here again but attending for the sake of attending...nope.

Phoenix Comicon Prep

Getting ready for #PHXCC


Cosplay Materials - Alternatives to Worbla

NORTH 224AB  12PM-1PM  05/25/2017


Cosplay 101

NORTH 224AB  6PM-7PM  05/25/2017


Become a Cosplay Master

NORTH 224AB  6PM-7PM  05/26/2017


Video Game Cosplay

NORTH 228AB  3PM-4PM  05/27/2017


Anime Cosplay - Mastering Adaptation

NORTH 222AB  12PM-1PM  05/28/2017


RWBY Cosplay

NORTH 228AB  3PM-4PM  05/28/2017


Sam's Costumes

  • Thursday - Nisha (Borderlands TPS)
  • Friday - Delegate Twi'Lek Amara
  • Saturday - Cassandra (Soul Calibur)
  • Sunday - Nora Valkyrie (RWBY)

Lina's Costumes

  • Thursday - Not Attending
  • Friday - Sadao Mao (Devil is a PT)
  • Saturday - Morgiana (Magi)
  • Sunday - Penny (RWBY)

Cosplay "Safe" Spaces

  • Cosplay Repair Room (North 227BC)
  • Diversity Lounge (West 212 AB)
  • Hall of Heroes (North Third Floor)
  • Phoenix PD (Roaming)

What To Do at #PHXCC

  1. Check out the Programming Guide (printed or mobile app).
  2. Get a feel for where everything is located (explore).
  3. Visit the Hotels and Local Restaurants (discover).
  4. Setup a personal schedule of "MUST SEES".
  5. Check out the Guest List and visit the autograph area.
  6. Visit the Exhibitor Hall (visit 2-3 times because it's huge).
  7. Visit the Artist Alley (located on the third floor).
  8. Visit the "Hall of Heroes" (where all the costume groups are).
  9. Watch the Zombie Walk, Saber Walk or any other walk.
  10. Cosplay (buy a costume at the con or use clothes you have).
  11. Attend a panel (there are SCORES of these).
  12. Visit the Gaming Atrium in the Hyatt.
  13. Check out some of the street vendors.
  14. Chill out in one of the Hotel's lobbies and/or pools.
  15. Get your photo taken (professional or friend).
  16. Document your journey on social media (be a goof).
  17. Purchase merchandise from an artist or vendor.
  18. Enjoy a refreshing beverage (aka stay hydrated).
  19. Check out the Masquerade (Saturday night).