ACEN 2018

I can’t believe that it is already June. I’ve been dreaming of warm weather and summertime for 9 months and suddenly we’re in the middle of it!

Every year I kick off the beginning of summer by traveling to Chicago for Anime Central, or ACEN. My first time attending was in-fact my very first convention ever attended, back in 2006!!

I decided that I wanted to finally build a costume that I’ve had on my list for many years, Queen Beryl! With the help of @JCSCostumeDesign we created a custom jewelry set with large stones, solder, and a blow torch…heheh!

This year was another fantastic year to meet up with friends, make new ones, and see hundreds, if not thousands, of amazing costumes! I judge the masquerade with Mogchelle and this year we were joined by HDC Cosplay. They are both fantastic people and it was a pleasure to hang out with them all day while meeting with all the contestants.

The contest is pretty straight forward. We are summoned around Noon to start seeing scheduled Groups and Master class entries. We finish up with those around 3:30, just in time for a short break which we use to scarf food…this year I had a KFC bowl and it was everything I didn’t even know I needed. We return to our table around 4:30 to begin judging all other entries who are lined up in an adjacent room. We tend to take photos and make notes while simultaneously investigating the costumes brought to us. We love seeing all the detail and hard work cosplayers have put into their works of art!

Making our final decisions was extremely difficult this year as everyone brought amazingly detailed costumes to us. We only had a finite amount of time to decide and an infinite reasons to choose everyone! I am so proud of all who entered the Masquerade and look forward to seeing even more of you next year!

Oriana

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