Anime and Cosplay

Nan Desu Kan 2012: Next level anime convention awesomeness

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Sadly, I got to day two too late for the "wig styling" seminar (wigs are an integral part of cosplay, and next to homemade weapons are often the most intricate and awesome part of a cosplay outfit.) But that left plenty of time to wander Artist's Alley and the Dealer's Room, the two parts of the convention meant solely for buying cool stuff like Manga, candy, body pillows and, of course, Gothic Lolita Fashion accessories.

I started my day with the Gothic Lolita dress-up battle. I hadn't intended on going so heavy on the GL theme, but if you've ever been to a festival or convention that serves several thousand people, you know that while you may plan on visiting ten events, you'll probably only get to two or three. This battle involved three women and their own wardrobes, and teams of fellow Gothic Lolitas on a mission to dress them up like living dolls based on themed rounds.

A panel of GL experts and the audience chose who best represented Lolita in "sports," "in the garden" and "at the club" attire, and this was definitely more fun to watch, since it was basically like playing Barbies. While the girls were tucked away in dressing tents putting together winning outfits, we got to see a series of "Shit Lolitas Say" videos that basically brought home this point: If you're not into the subculture, the shit isn't funny.

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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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