19 hours ago
Me trying to recreate my profile picture... except I can't smile well. My top lip is still totally numb. Maybe next week it'll be better. (6 weeks and 1 day today!)
"...How do I smile again?"
SO TAKE MY PICTURE WITH YOU RTX TRAVELERS
AND LIKE NERDY THINGS
AND MY FACIAL EXPRESSIONS ARE INCREDIBLY LIMITED RIGHT NOW FYUCK
BUT I'M TRYING
(My impression of how swollen my face used to be)
Enough with the selfies-
And stop talking about your face-
FACE COMPARISON TIME!!!!
Excuse the towelI'M FABULOUS LOOKING ALWAYS)
Le Before ----------------------------------------Le After
Things that have change:
- My nose is wider and more turned up (which I wasn't expecting at all)
- My chin is shorter, let alone my whole face is in more proportion
- My eyes somehow got bigger
- My cheek bones are more visible
- My tongue is smaller, which is weird (I currently can't touch my tongue to my nose like I used to, and I'm unsure if that skill will ever come back)
- My smile will be much better looking... gotta get that orthodontist to work.
...and all of this from necessary jaw surgery to correct my "underbite" and "crossbite". Basically my face was broken and put into proper place. I'm still swollen in my cheek area, I can tell because my dimples aren't there.
I'm currently on "soft solid" food... which has been a challenge, and kinda painful, (not to mention getting feeling in my teeth AKA braces are painful YET AGAIN) and half the time I end up screwing it and going back to apple sauce...
All I can hope is that this is all worth it someday!
LOOK AT THAT JAW LINE
LOOK AT IT!!!
4 days ago
I forgot to post this yesterday, but on Saturday I got interviewed for the Baltimore Post Examiner! You can check the article out here: Otakon: Anime enthusiasts eagerly embrace annual convention
Sunday = So tired, might fall over, go buy the last of things and wear an easy cosplay
So I finally was able to cosplay Kaoru (Yes, the Kaoru from Kaoru27umi) I'm so happy, I can't stand it! Yaaaaayyyy~
Aeyhagwbg the colors are so great! I love this outfit!
I had a great deal of people come up to me, ask for a picture, and then ask "so are you cosplaying someone...?" "what character are you?"
Responding Kamiya Kaoru from Rurouni Kenshin in correct accent apparently spun some people's head haha~ which triggered the "...w-who?"
This is my 2nd kimono I'd made, my first being Enma Ai's from Jigoku Shoujo. This time around the basis pattern I sped through. I swear I made this in less than a week (which is why this was a Sunday outfit)
I've had this fabric since 2007. Yes, that's how long I planned to do this cosplay.
Hardest part about these pictures was my inability to smile yet. I wanted to smile, I really really wanted to, but I couldn't. Plus my checks are still a little chubby chubs haha~
Walking around in a kimono is a bit restricting, but not entirely too bad. A lot of little steps are necessary and shuffling. It's been a little while since I'd worn one, but once I put it all together I felt really comfortable wearing it.
Had some fun with photoshop.
What I really wanted for this outfit was a good backdrop.
In Philly we do have a "Japanese house" in the city, soooooo I may contact a cosplay photographer and take some pictures there. (You know, when my cheeks aren't so puffy and I'm able to smile!)
I used one of the many sensu (Japanese fan) I have for these pictures. I thought this one was pretty since it had sakura and colors resembling some in the kimono/obi/ribbon.
This sensu I've never used in dancing actually. I have some beautiful ones that were for performances only and given to me as gifts from my master that I treasure too much to bring outside.
This weekend was really good for me.
Not only was it my "showcase my new face to the world", but it helped me become more aware of my new features (with help from camera and posing) along with being comfortable with talking even with numb lips!
Helped me gauge my energy levels as well.
All in all, a very successful weekend, for more reasons than one!
I put up all and more photos on my site here:Julie Maxwell's site
Under "cosplay" and "Otakon 2015" pages! Have a look if you wanna see the pictures in better resolution + other pictures I took of other cosplays!
And that, my friends, is the end of my Otakon journals.
I had so much fun, met some awesome people, and got to cosplay as characters I've been wanting to do for so many years now!
Looking through these pictures and seeing how different my face is, is incredibly surreal. I'm finally able to go "wow, this is how it's supposed to be..."
Life, it seems, is surprisingly in the most unlikely and enjoyable ways!
5 days ago
Day 2 WOOHOO!
Saturday = Walking is going to be difficult and a million people will take your picture. Make sure your cosplay doesn't fall off you.
This, indeed, was something I was worried about on this day.
When I say holy-fucking-shit-this-outfit-actually-turned-out-well... I am not kidding.
I was terrified it would 1) not fit 2) fall off & 3) fall apart. None of those things occurred thankfully! (Thanks to a lot of body tape... like a lot... like A LOT... which @truthsavirtue can vouch for my utmost cursing/frustration getting into this outfit... how the hell does Seong Mina fight in this outfit?!?!)
Safely say I'm thrilled and joyed how this outfit looks! + a million pictures to showcase!
Fun cosplay secrets:
1) I'm actually wearing heels. Oh yes, boot covers are excellent and made my already long legs look longer! (Balancing was interesting since no one knew I was doing a double act)
2) I AM wearing underwear and hosiery. Many a "omg" look. You cannot tell, which is the point, but on several occasions I got some odd stares to why I'd have the courage to wear this. The answer is, I don't, but Seong Mi-na sure does!
Did I see any other Soul Calibur cosplays? No. -le sobs- I wanted a picture with someone else but nooooooo. A million Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter cosplays, but none for the SC.
That being said because no one else was cosplaying Seong Mi-na, let alone anyone else from SC, I had soooo many people coming up to me and chatting away about how my character is awesome and SC is great, etc.
Between my outfit and truthsavirtue's, walking around was indeed, um, limiting. Heels, big weapons, and flowy fabulous fabric. So we basked in our glory of looking oh-so-fabulous!
At least Saturday was when I was starting to get used to posing with my "new face", and I could move my upper lip better when talking.
It's weird getting used to a new face. Especially since for years I've been posing a certain way and now I have to change it...
Saturday is always the wooooow for cosplay. So many amazing ones, I barely got any pictures because I was way too tired/distracted with my own cosplay to go about snapping photos of others... plus the room gets ridiculously crowded!
I think people watching at Otakon is by far my favorite pass time.
The characters, let alone the interactions, you see is really a nice treat. Like jumping right into a video game/anime/manga/comic!
So while I was waiting to get a spot near the fountain for some more pictures, who walks by?!??!
My cosplay Idol: YAYA HAN!!
(If you have no idea who this is, you need to go to her site right now: yayahan.com)
When I say I fangirled the fuck out, OH BOY DID I!!
I've been cosplaying since 2004 and she was the main reason for me going "you know what? I wanna be like her..." and I GOT TO MEET HER YAAAYYYY!!!! -happy happy-
I never thought I'd ever get the chance! -girl scream-
As a nice treat, I got to do a photoshoot with a photographer around the Baltimore Inner Harbor Area in this outfit.
Yes... I walked out in pubic, where normal people were, in this outfit.
Yes... many an odd look, (but a few "omg your from Soul Calibur!" which was pretty cool.)
Yes... this was where I got the most, "why the fuck are you wearing that?!" looks.
And YES IT WAS AWESOME.
We went back to the room, had jello shots (by shots I mean spoon fed ourselves). Jello is one of the few things I can eat, so that was a smart idea!
The rave was completely amazing, I love the atmosphere and colors and lights and music... it's just sooooooo much fun!!
What an amazing fun day!!
DAY 3 TOMORROW!
6 days ago
Day 1 BABY!
Friday = Walk around and see as much as possible because most likely you have an outfit that permits this movement.
This was the day I dressed in full Misato:
I am so incredibly happy with this outfit. I can't believe how well the jacket turned out! -insert tears of joy-
There weren't that many Evangelion cosplayers. I was the only Misato (that I saw), even though it's 2015 THE YEAR OF EVA. -ahem-
But when I heard "you're the best Misato I've ever seen" that put the biggest smile on my face (...and I still couldn't fully smile on this day hahah~)
I saw a lot of RWBY Cosplayers. Like... a lot. Like too many.
And whenever I went up and asked them, "hey, you on the Roosterteeth site?"
"No." "What's Roosterteeth?" "I thought that was just a company?" "I just watch on youtube." "...Huh???"
I... just... can't...
The "what's Roosterteeth" especially is a big what-in-the-shining-fuck?
HOW CAN YOU NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS GLORIOUS SITE?!
The Dealer's Room is always a joy. I bought a lot of NERV stuff this day, because, well, duh. I already have a lot of NERV stuff (...I may possibly be a little too obsessed with this show), but I bought a bag, a blanket, some figures (yes, I bought a figure of Misato dressed as Misato XD)
Drinking Ensure all day helped me save A LOT of money... thus I could buy more. (I enjoyed this trade off)
Being a fangirl is hard work.
But I will always hold cosplay as my highest "geek work". (Which is why I have a million pictures)
Otakon is a completely different world. You randomly high five people, get shout-outs in your character name, people wanting hugs and pictures, fangirling/fanboying over your favorite characters as they walk by, giving out a bazillion compliments to successful cosplays, a lot of pop color hair and skimpy outfits...
I heard "JUST DO IT!" A million times (Yes, Shia Labeouf made an appearance)
Basically you can do whatever you want and no one cares.
It's an utter joy.
Hang around in the big "cosplay gathering" room for people watching:
Travel to the Artist Alley and Video Game Rooms
Walk around the panels, and other gathering areas in the convention center...
There's always a lot to see and a lot of people to meet!
I gave out my card to many people, trying to get those interested to travel to my site
We stayed for several hours before going back to the room and changing for the rave, which is always a fun time! (Except now they stop the circles from forming???) I glowsticked and danced it up!
A very successful first day!
DAY 2 TOMORROW!
1 week ago
SO. The beginning. Day 0.
Breaking this all up into 4 journals. Because I can. 1 a day because I have a lot of pictures to edit... and I barely got through Friday last night...
Thursday = Stand in line for hours to get a badge.
No sweat. I was dressed in Misato:
A dressed down version. (AKA the version from the beginning of the series when she picks up Shinji)
I was actually still super numb in the lips and I had trouble talking still on this day... hah!
Met some wonderful people (who thought I was 21... that's cute), I drank my ensure, and jammed to music as we shuffled along the line! 2015 marks my 7th year going to Otakon, my 1st being in 2004.
After badge collection? One of my favorite bands preformed at the Matsuri!
I'm the purple hair right in front of the lead singer, Kenji03. FRONT AND CENTER BABY!
There setlist was so perfect. They were perfect. I sang along to every song. I was so happy and excited!
As an encore, they played my favorite song "New World" and I cried. I couldn't believe I was finally seeing them live. I've waited 10 years to see this band. 10 years. Missed my opportunity when I was living in Japan... and finally the wait is over!
Not only did I shake Kenji03's and TEEDA's (the other singer) hands, but I rambled off to Kenji03 「大好きですよぉ！大ファンなんです！本当に大ファン～！」and he pat my head a few times and did a small laugh from my comment!!!
-insert long girl scream here-
To make everything even better, I got the setlist:
It's all too perfect.
And so the amazing weekend had begun!
Day 1 tomorrow!
1 week ago
And by face I mean some new cosplay. (That counts right?)
Otakon was a blast. I'll post a few pictures now and probably do my overall excitement coverage tomorrow... because I am EXHAUSTED and a lot has happened and it's awesome and great and so much fuuuuuunnnnnn.
Being a geek rocks!
Get ready for photo notifications tomorrow because I LOVE PICTURES and took a billion + 7. And they're all amazing.
Sorrynot sorry whatsoever.
And yes, I made everything (^_____^)
(Except my new face, the surgeon did that one.)
- Katsuragi Misato (Neon Genesis Evangelion):
- Seong Mi-na (Soul Calibur III):
- Kamiya Kaoru (Rurouni Kenshin):
(Y'all are probably like, "ummm you look the same...?" I promise, it's a big difference.)
5 weeks today of healing!!!
Actually still swollen haha~ but 80% of the swelling has gone down now, so it isn't too noticeable. My chin is smaller, my cheek bones are higher, my nose is more turned up, and my jaw is HOW IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE... (minus the gap in my teeth XD) I have room in my mouth!!!!
Basically my face is much more harmonious! YAY!
My top lip is still completely numb, and most of my nose, and on my cheeks... so smiling is kinda... eh, I'm trying. BUT I can drink out of a cup now and I DON'T drool or spill!
Keeps getting better and better!
LOVE YOU ALL!
2 weeks ago
Comments on pictures are gone forever?
Is Karma gone?
Does my Japanese look weird to you: これ見えますか？
Do I not have any messages anymore?
Can we not use spoiler text anymore?
Is format on old entries messed up?
Are the smiles gone?
(Wish they would've mentioned they weren't carrying over data from the latest weeks...)
But thank you in advance for my +1 Zing! oh lovely mod system you.
You should have never left me in the first place.
*insert temporary hearts here* <3<3<3<3
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