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July 2014
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johnsconsultingmoustache asked

Your performance in the masquerade on sunday was absolutely amazing! The first few references had me wondering, and by the end of it me and my friend were almost crying with laughter! So annoyed I didn't get to catch your cecilos cosplays on the saturday though, they look fab :)

Aw thank you very much, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Yeah, some of the audience starting tittering at some of the references but we’re pretty sure most people caught on at ‘getcha head in the game Keith’ ha! Ah thank you! We were only around for the last hour or so and the Saturday masquerade so that’s probably why! :D

July 2014
21

pinkstyledhorizon asked

Just want to say that the Ellis and Keith performance on Sunday was one of the best things I have seen in a long time! I could not stop laughing and me and my friends were talking about it most of the way home, thank you so much for that! XD

Aw aw aw thank you so much you’re very kind! I’m glad you enjoyed it! This message has made my week now aw I’m flattered enough for me and Cait right now aw

July 2014
21

JOURNAL - Manchester Comic Con 2014 

So, yesterday Cait and I got back from Manchester Comic Con - which was the first convention we’ve ever stayed at for the entire weekend! The whole event went in a blur of fun and fangirling but I’ll try and go through it.

19th July 2014 - Day One

Day One began with an early start - for both of us. We both had work first thing as Saturday was only a half-day for us. The night before we had been on Skype for quite a long time running through everything and making sure we’d packed everything - thankfully we had! After work we headed into Manchester to check into our hotel and change there, I recommend the Ibis on Portland Street, it was in a great spot, just a three minute walk away and the room was great.
Once we’d got sorted we headed to the convention centre and got into the queue. We were warned that it would be at least a 2 hour wait to get in, so we might miss the Masquerade but we got into the queue anyway and crossed our fingers. It must have worked because we were in about three quarters of an hour later! MCM also allowed everyone free entry because the event only had a few hours left, we only wanted to see the EuroCosplay Championship Qualifiers anyway so we pretty happy with it! We were recognised a few times and people took some photos of us (as Cecil and Carlos) before we went to the theatre. The masquerade was awesome and had so many high quality cosplays involved. 
Afterwards we walked back to the hotel and got changed into our evening cosplays (Germany and Fem!Italy) and headed to the party. (SIDENOTE - Fab Cafe, where the party was held, was literally just across the road so if you’re interested in going next year I highly recommend the hotel for location.) We didn’t stay there long as we want to do a few more run throughs of our performance in the hotel and didn’t want to be tired the next day! After a bit we went back and practised for a while before going to sleep - crazy night am I right?

20th July 2014 - Day Two

Day Two was probably one of the best con days I’ve ever personally experienced! We were in the con all day as Ellis and Keith and tons of people recognised us and asked for photos! The atmosphere was brilliant and there was plenty of cosplayers and stalls to gawp at. At one pm we went to the Hetalia meet up to get some shots of the awesome cospayers there (finished photoshoot images can be found on our Facebook page) and make some new friends! It was a lot of fun, even when we were invaded by Homestucks. Thnak you to Amelia, who did a really fantastic job of organising it!
When the meet up finished we hurried back inside and got ready for our first masquerade which we were really terrified for! While we were queueing ready to go on, we got to chat to some truly awe-inspiring cosplayers, including the lovely lady who was cosplaying as Maleficent and who would go on to win Best Costume. When we got dragged backstage I was pretty scared - it wasn’t even your normal cosplay displaying it was a skit so I was on the brink of wetting myself - and before I could blink Cait turned around and said
"We’re on next."
And I was having a microphone shoved into my hand. It was over in a blur, I think my brain shut off so that I couldn’t panic. However, the buzz of being on stage and making people laugh made it all worth it and as we were walking off stage to sit down I decided that we’re going to have to do it again - because I felt fantastic. That being said, I am very very proud of Cait, who made an amazing Ellis and had to carry most of the lines herself. Hopefully, now I’m over the first-time nerves I’ll be a bit more useful!
We didn’t win Best Performance in the end, but there’s nobody I’d rather lose it to than the amazing Harley Quinn cosplayer who did a parody of ‘Do You Want To Build A Snowman?’ who won in the end, and deserved it 100%. Afterwards, as we walked around for fifteen minutes before leaving, we were told by many people how awesome our performance was. One kind gent even came up to us and told us it was “great” and “refreshing” and “really really funny” and I’m pretty sure both our heads enlarged significantly.
Before leaving we got to make our only purchases of the con (I underspent on my budget in the end - I’m so proud!), Cait bought the Hetalia movie ‘Paint It White’ on DVD (*seethes with jealousy*) and I got Volume One of Young Avengers, which I have been looking for for ages.

Overall it was an amazing experience and meeting so many new people really made it for me, though our skit being a success definitely gave me the ego boost I needed. Seeing both masquerades and performing has given both of us a kick up the backsides as far as cosplaying goes - I, personally, am more in love with it than ever before and both Cait and I are looking forward to more challenging projects.  Thank you to everyone who came up and said hi and complimented our cosplays and/or performance, you guys are a huge inspiration and one of many reasons why we do what we do. Meeting people through cosplay and sharing interests really makes the whole experience to me so for future reference, if you see us at a con, do not hesitate to say hi even if you don’t know our costumes or even want a photo.

And with that, I think its safe to say that my third Manchester Comic Con and Cait’s first (*gasp*) was a huge success!

- Beth

July 2014
20

camelotsconsultingtimelady asked

Hi! I saw you today at comic con and you two were incredible (this is will graham from the accidental SuperHannibal by the way) Did you have a good day?

Oh wow hi! You guys were perfect :’)

We did thanks - glad to be out of that binder now though haha! Hope you did too :D xx

Cait

July 2014
19
Ladies and gents, I present the most last minute cosplay ever - Germany and Fem!Italy :D

Ladies and gents, I present the most last minute cosplay ever - Germany and Fem!Italy :D

July 2014
19
Cecil and Carlos are hanging out at Manchester Comic Con - come say hi if you see us!

Cecil and Carlos are hanging out at Manchester Comic Con - come say hi if you see us!

July 2014
17
crackedcosplay:

Cracked’s Cosplay Plans for MCM Manchester Expo 2014!Saturday - We will be at the con from around half 2 onwards as Cecil and Carlos from WTNV!Saturday Night Party - There’s a party at Fab Cafe on Saturday night and we will be chilling there from 7pm as Germany and fem!Italy from Hetalia!Sunday - Sunday we will be hanging around all day as Ellis and Keith from the beaut of a game, Left 4 Dead 2 and we will also be performing in our first masquerade, so please come and support us!That’s all for now - please do come and say hi if you see us, we love making new friends at cons! - Beth

crackedcosplay:

Cracked’s Cosplay Plans for MCM Manchester Expo 2014!
Saturday - We will be at the con from around half 2 onwards as Cecil and Carlos from WTNV!
Saturday Night Party - There’s a party at Fab Cafe on Saturday night and we will be chilling there from 7pm as Germany and fem!Italy from Hetalia!
Sunday - Sunday we will be hanging around all day as Ellis and Keith from the beaut of a game, Left 4 Dead 2 and we will also be performing in our first masquerade, so please come and support us!

That’s all for now - please do come and say hi if you see us, we love making new friends at cons! 

- Beth

July 2014
15

Beth and I having small yet certain last minute panic attacks whilst throwing blood over Ellis and Keith’s t-shirts.

That’s one of those sentences that only works for cosplay or homicide.

Cait

July 2014
15

Keith’s zombie apocalypse weapon of choice is complete!

July 2014
13

the-first-kraken asked

Hey so I remember you saying you were doing a nightvale meetup at mcm on saturday. Any developments?

Yep, it’s on! Saturday at 4:30pm (we can’t get there any earlier, and there are a LOT of meetups on the Saturday) and Cecil and Carlos will be hanging by the doors - follow the big white hair and “TAKE DOWN STREX” sign!

We’ve made an event on Facebook too, if you’re interested - https://www.facebook.com/events/730057067058356/?ref_notif_type=plan_user_invited&source=1

We’re hoping to get a photoshoot with any cosplayers who turn up, but it’s fans and cosplayers alike! Hope to see you there :D

Cait