Yoooo!! You guys have been asking me to do a list of preparations fro SDCC after doing one for Wondercon. So here it is! Everything you should take care of and get ready for the next four days!
Tonight remember to…:
Take a shower
TAKE AN AIRBORNE — Do not risk getting CON FLU!
CHARGE everything!!! Camera/phone/ipad/mp3s…
Do some last minute laundry
IRON YOUR CLOTHES/COSPLAY (I always forget to iron my cosplays and regret it when the pictures come back and I’m a wrinkled mess. Do it now so you don’t have to later)
Check your cosplay contacts - change the solution and make sure they are full.
Eat a good meal and drink some water. Please. For me.
Do you need petty cash for the weekend? Make sure to write a little note on your hand to stop by for an ATM (lets not get those fees for having to use a random one at the con — plus LINES)
Need Gas? Note on hand.
GENERAL PACKING the night before
Grab your business cards, badge (or printed barcode), wallet, ID, tickets, cash, printed schedule, prints or thing you want SIGNED and but them in a pile by the door. PUT YOUR CAR KEYS ON THIS PILE. You can’t forget it this way (alternatively, put your phone on it.)
Grab Airborne, asprin, ibuprofen, any prescriptions or emergency medication you may need. You NEVER know when a headache will ruin your day. Bring it.
I usually pack a bag of food. Cookies, granola bars, some instant ramen and instant mac and cheese (if you have a coffee maker in your room, you can have instant free hot water for quick lunches like this). AND water water water. Food around the con center is usually EXPENSIVE. This will save you time and money. (they charge like 4 bucks for water.)
Bring clothes of course. But specifically do not forget socks, bedtime clothes, stockings, belts, or swimming clothes.
HAIR TIES. Yeah I know, I forgot about those too.
Make sure you have all the shoes you need. The sexy heels, and the good ol’ flats when you get tired of the heels. Also sneakers.
Contact case & solution
COSPLAY PACKING the night before
I usually start stacking my Cosplays in folded piles by the door in order of the day I will be wearing them.
Put costume jewelry,belts,hair accessories, gloves, trinkets, small props, and extra pieces in SANDWICH BAGS and put them on top of the folded costumes they are for.
WIGS. Pack your wigs in sandwich bags. By the door. Stuff a WIG CAP into EACH BAG so you are guaranteed to have one for each day.
Pack an extra sandwich bag for Bobby pins, safety pins, a needle and thread, extra thread, FASHION tape, super glue, fabri-tac, hot glue/gun, HAIR TIES (yes again), and anything you may need as back up. Extra sequins, some metallic paint for that prop you are worried about, or etc. This is your REPAIR BAG.
Rubbing alcohol is great to bring. It removes makeup stains and paint stains from most anything.
Wig Brush, Wig Detangler, Hairspray, Styling Gel.
Remember how we packed the costumes by the day you will be wearing them? Now decide what civi-clothes you want to wear on each day afterward. This helps me remember what else I have planned those days. (Like after parties or contests. So now you can have contest entries, party shoes, and etc remembered and taken care of.)
LIGHTENING COSPLAY MAKEUP CHECKLIST: Foundation, face paint, sponge brushes, powder, makeup sealer, concealer, eyebrow glue, eyebrow colors to match your wig, regular eyebrow pencil, pencil sharpener, eye liner, that other back up eyeliner I know you have, white eyeliner, eye shadow (for each character), WHITE eye shadow, BRUSHES, MASCARA, fake lashes, fake lash glue, lipstick (for each character), chapstick, lip gloss, blush, bronzer, contouring shadow, that weird thing you need for that weird cosplay (a marker or jewel for your forehead or something), CONTACTS and solution, wig glue, wig caps, hair ties, bobby pins. (I said these twice and thats because its important.) Oh and if you are making a fake beard, don’t forget the stuff you use to make it.
Are you wearing earrings this con? Fake nails? Need Nail glue?
MAKEUP WIPES. (if you dont have any, get some, they are magic. Also, q-tips)
COSPLAY SHOES. Each day. Piles by the door. You got it.
All props/weapons — by the door.
To the left to the left — everything you need for the con in suitcases to the left by the door.
THE DAY OF (the con or going there)
Don’t forget to..
Good Morning! EAT SOMETHING NOW.
Brush your teeth and then pack your toothbrush and tooth paste.
While your in the bathroom grab your Razor, Shampoo/conditioner/bodywash
Do your makeup for the day then pack it all up — put it with your cosplay makeup.
Take everything off the charge and PACK THE CHARGERS
Camera/Camera battery/SD card
Everything else should be pre packed from the lists above. Now get it all together! BUT DONT FORGET
Call your hotel if needed/hotel buddy
GPS the directions if needed.
Badge pickup info?
Now as your leaving, grab that important pile by the door with your keys and ask yourself: “Food? Cosplays? Camera? Phone & Charger? Props? Toothbrush?”
SPECIAL SDCC SPECIFIC TIPS:
Where are you parking? Parking sucks and is expensive. PLEASE research where the heck you are gonna park. Some garages arent open 24 hrs. Think about thisssssss.
Check the programming schedule. CHECK THE PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE. Check the schedule. SCHEDULE CHECK.
Write down the rooms/times of the panels/events you want to go to. MAKE your own schedule. Seriously.
WHEN IS THAT PANEL YOU MUUSSSTTT GO TO? SDCC is HUGE and overcrowded every year. ALWAYS assume your must-see panel is widely popular and get there 2-3 hours beforehand. That seems extreme — but panel rooms DO NOT CLEAR OUT before the next panel begins. So if you wanna see the Hobbit panel and before it is the Big Bang Theory—- Those Big Bang jerks might sit there and fill the Hobbit room and let no one else in. GET THERE EARLY. Plan on sitting in the panel before yours if you are worried. And if the panel you wanna see is in HALL H: Plan on going the night/day before buddy. And pack a board game, your psp/gameboy and a sleeping bag/blankets.
PANELS ARE NOT AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS. Panels do not host the autograph session. If you want to meet the guest/celebrity you need to get a ticket or go to a different place than the actual panel. The panel is to watch and listen. Signing and meeting is a different event. Check the schedule to understand where you need to go for what you want to do. Or google it. Companies/studios usually make their own rules. For Legend of Korra — you needed a ticket to get a poster and signing REGARDLESS of whether or not you were at the panel. And in some cases — you need to choose ONLY ONE because you gotta line up for both.
It’s okay to make a lot of plans and see a lot of things — buts crazy out there so make sure to PICK ONE THING each day that you want to do more than others. Focus on doing that unless it falls through. This will save you from running around wanting to do everything and ending up not doing anything because you missed your chance.
SHOP EARLY EACH DAY. Exclusives are usually sold with a limited number each day and they always sell out by noon. Get that thing you want ASAP and then be a happy camper all weekend. Check the SDCC website to see what exlusives they have.
Remember to pick something up before or during the con that you can have signed if you are going to a signing! They don’t always have freebies to give you!
Keep a granola bar and safety pins on you at all times. You never know when you are gonna faint or your cosplay rips or both!
Please eat. Please. Eat. Eat food. No — not just the granola bar I told you about. Food. Twice a day at least. Please. I’m guilty of fainting at a con for doing this and it is stupid and dumb and I worry about you.
oh my gosh I'm a really really big fan of both your cosplays and once I read that you two are a fan of Penny Dreadful sdfghjkl I can imagine Sheila as Vanessa Ives and Sylar as Dorian >u< Oh by the way I was also in your first Tahorra livestream!
OH HEY!!! I have pictures of your Desna saved on my computer!!!! We love you back!!!
I’m all for Vanessa — but we prefer Sylar as Frankenstein rather than Dorian. (I may or may not have a gigantic crush on Victor.)
ah hi your cosplays are absolutely amazing and i was wondering if you guys are going to cosplay from dragon age inquisition when it comes out (and if so who?) thank you!
No not yet. We don’t know any of the characters very well.
It takes awhile for Sylar and I to decide on characters to cosplay. We like being characters we love and relate too. Most of our costume debuts are later than the show/series/games debut because we want to be sure we want to cosplay them.
Cause it sucks committing to something only to loose interest or realize you like something else better. Especially when that commitment is an expensive time consuming cosplay.
Are you part of a lot fandoms? It seems like more 10+...How can you do all that cosplay. I'm extremely jealous...P.s I've been stalking your tags, your cosplays always always come out beautifully.
We like a lot of things yes. We are huge Bioware fans, Sheila is in love with Dishonored, we are Fannibals, and Game of Thrones nerds. We love Penny Dreadful (no cosplays…yet), and Marvel. We like a lot of things and we cosplay a lot.
We arent the biggest contributers to fandoms though. Aside from our cosplay.
I think that anon was asking if it was "okay" to cosplay things that weren't anime or manga. Like Disney stuff. I don't think they were asking you guys to.
Ah okay! That makes much more sense in retrospect. It seemed directed because of the ‘you.’
Argh that’s still frustrating though.
I love answering questions, I really really do. Most of my extensive knowledge of the cosplay world comes from getting questions I don’t know the answer too — I spend a lot of time figuring out the answer to bring to my asks because I know what its like to be lost in this vast and complicated world. Especially when you have to make something really weird like a jet pack — or get your wig to look like snakes.
BUT I get really frustrated with questions where the answer is really only a click away. ON my blog.
Pictures of me in my Elsa cosplay are literally a page over on this blog. (Actually, you can just scroll down, we have infinite scrolling.) Not to mention I have a button on our sidebar to take you to our cosplays.
I’ve been getting those a lot lately. Questions that are on the FAQ, which I have reminders to read. Or questions that would take only a little searching.
It’s hard getting those. Because I have no choice but to delete them. I hate ignoring questions but nowadays I get a ton, and there are other questions with more pertinent specific questions that get priority over “where can I get contacts” (on the FAQ there are links)
So when I get something like “I like your Elsa, Sylar should be Jack Frost.” (Literally got this yesterday) It’s a little frustrating.
Hey. I was wondering what got you into cosplay? And like - how did you get your confidence to do it? It looks like something I want to try, because I am obsessed with anime and manga, and I have seen some cosplays that are just jaw dropping. But -c-
"-c- I’m terrified of looking like an idiot. Especially compared to awesome pros like you. So - have you got any tips on how to get into cosplay? And the best way to make your first costume or something if you’re a complete noob like me? Thank -c-"
We get our confidence to cosplay FROM cosplaying. You just got to stick it through your nerves to get to that first costume done and into character.
I mean, that’s really why cosplaying was done. You get a chance for a day to be someone else and everyone also sees you as that character. It’s amazing! And people like enjoying that magic with you.
There really isn’t anything like literally stepping into a fictional characters shoes and having everyone recognize you as them.
Especially when you cosplay someone you admire and love — theres no avoiding loving yourself in return. Because your love for that character spreads to yourself once you are them and BAM confidence galore.
PLUS you meet amazing friends and people from it. Because just by seeing you as their favorite character they have already bonded with you on a deep level of story, lore, character pschology and more.
hello! i saw your maya cosplay and it's amazing! i plan on cosplaying her and i'm having a bit of trouble choosing the right wig for her. I looked it up and saw many picked one from Arda wigs but I was curious as to what wig you used and if you dyed it or styled it and all that jazz. thank you!
Oh no man, my wig was horrendous. It was an old miku wig (waaayy too teal, and way too bright) I tried to paint. Personally, I hated it and it only looked right because of my photoshop skills.
This is one I like for Maya. Contrary to popular belief — I think Maya’s hair is quite dull at its base. So I would take a wig like that and then lightly use some watered down acrylic paint to brighten the top of the head.
Hi! This is an odd question but one of my difficulties with cosplay is being too small. I've always been small for my age (I'll be 22 in a month). Its caused problems for me in the past with people saying I looked sickly or anorexic. It gets to me with clothes or trying to plan a cosplay, I just see my collar and shoulder bones sticking out and the disservice to the character by being so scrawny. I was wondering you had any advice for a smaller cosplayer? Thank you in advance.
My advice for you is the same I give to everyone about their body insecurities, no matter what they are.
Just keep doing what you are doing. Cosplay is for everyone and specifically for yourself. What other people think about you is irrelevant to what you want to do. And try not to limit yourself to characters you think aren’t fit for you — do them anyway. Its the only thing that will make you feel better. Because avoiding them and wishing you could do them will only make you sad.
I firmly believe that becoming someone else, even on the surface can be an extreme confidence booster to you personal mindset. And it need be, cosplaying characters out of your body element may be a motivation to remain healthy and happy. :)
Hi there! I'm making a Hawke cosplay and I'm just making the gaunlet from craft foam and I like it but I wondering if there is anything I can do to the spikes coming off the fingers tips to harden them so they don't bend out of shape or crinkle if they bump into something? Thankyou so much!
Meh not really. Thats the sacrifice of craft foam. It’s gonna be filmsy, even if you seal it in mod podge and gesso and wood glue.
If you want, you could back the craft foam with a heavy cardstock, or a plastic! But unless you cover it with worbla, the stuff will be filmsy on the surface.
Hey Sheila! I remember you making a post about a list of things to bring to a convention right before Wondercon. I looked through the blog but I couldn't seem to find it. Is there a possibility you could post another one for SDCC? Thanks!
It’s here! But I PROMISE I will make another right before SDCC that will be SDCC specific!!
HEY MY FELLOW WONDERCON COSPLAYERS!
Take a shower
Lay out all the peices of your cosplay in piles BY THE DOOR. (Shoes, props, wigs, skirts, gloves…)
Stack your prints, business cards (I always froget these), badges, and tickets next to your purse and wallet with your keys on top.
If you need to stop by an atm in the morning, write it on your hand!
If you can— watch the show/play the game of what you are cosplaying tomorrow! This alwyas gets me pumped!
Take an Airborne! You don’t want con flu! Boost that immune system!
Don’t forget to pack….
Your makeup! When I’m done getting ready, I put the stuff I need for that look (eyeliner, special lipstick, spirit gum, lash glue, eyeshadow) in sandwich bags and take them with me! You never know when you need a touch up!
Makeup Remover wipes! (great for makeup and stains on your costume!)
BOBBY PINS & SAFETY PINS (shit goes wrong)
Superglue/Fabrictac/hot glue if you can!
Extra Hair TIES
SNACKS AND WATER (dont forget how expensive it is!) Toss some granola bars in your tote so you dont faint at the con!
Why were you worried about cosplaying Elsa? If you don't mind my asking.
SHES WICKED PALE. And I am soooo not. Korra/Nilin is my more natural skin tone.
Its a small insecurity of mine, considering in the past I’ve had comments that I’m too dark to cosplay pale girls (or in other instances: too pale to be dark girls. It never ends.) I pull off brunettes and black haired girls better than blondes.
Not to mention the costume was just difficult. Difficult and tedious and expensive.
BUT I DID IT AND I WAS HAPPY.
Anyone having similar insecurities, please know that I encourage you to challenge them and do them anyway!!!
Because I knew that doing Elsa while being not pale enough/good enough would make me happier than not doing her at all.
Just wanted to let you know that after playing Dishonored it has totally consumed my life and I was lucky enough to find your beautiful fanfic to add to my suffering. I read all 23 chapters and I cannot wait to read more, you're a fantastic writer!