Ottawa Comic-Con | May 13-15, 2016

I was finally able to attend an Ottawa Comic-Con… you know, what, 5…6 years later? Better late than never. I also sacrificed a severe amount of sleep to be able to go. I wish I could say it’s because of costume delays, but actually it was because of work. Oh darn those responsibilities. Suffice to say, I had an excellent time helping a couple of friends man their booths *cough* and avoiding the massive crowds where possible.

Little shoutout to Nytro Cosplay  and his friend Spencer (who kept trying to buy things in bottle caps, haha!) in my main photo here…we almost missed each other, but glad they managed to spot me! I also love that we all have different versions of the Pipboy.

I didn’t manage to grab too many photos this year, and primarily because it was so darn busy that I actually wasn’t able able to pull people aside. There were some truly amazing cosplays I saw in person and even in photos that I missed. I was only able to attend Friday and Saturday, but something is better than nothing! Without further adieu, please enjoy!

Neegan and Daryl (The Walking Dead)

My friend Lexa Lefay featured as Cinderella. She didn’t make the costume herself, a friend had made it and exclaimed that she had the excuse to be a princess for a day! Hey, why the heck not!

Simon (Gurren Lagann)

L: Lady Sif (Thor) | M: Kuzco (Emperor’s New Groove) | R: Fleur Delacour (Harry Potter)

L: Fallout Sole Survivor | M: Mad Max | R: Capable & Nux (Mad Max)

Team Fortress 2 … the guy in the baseball outfit jumped in out of nowhere, no idea what series he might be from… haha!

Peekaboo cosplay had created a custom fawn cosplay. I was incredibly intrigued by her lantern… beautifully done! (her cosplays are exquisite!!)

Lana & Archer (Archer). I saw them from afar towards the end of my day, the guys at the booth I was at shouted “LAAAANNNAAA” and apparently that was enough to get their attention (It was pretty funny). I have to say, these two are pretty darn accurate to the show – excellent job!!

We Can Do It - posterized

Lastly, I’ll finish with this – Photographer Stephen Orser did this up for me, which was very kind of him. I love it! 🙂

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All photos have been taken by me unless otherwise indicated. You are welcome to these photos as long as they remain for personal use. If you require them for commercial use they must maintain the watermark logo or email to discuss licensing details. If I have made an error in cosplayer details, please let me know so I can make the change. If you are in these photos, I am happy to credit your facebook/website, and send you the original image.

Convention lighting is not forgiving so I do apologize if they are not of the highest quality as I do not have control around our environment.

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Kelvin’s Birthday | The big 30!

One of my best and closest friends – Kelvin- just celebrated a milestone! His parents and friends were very eager to make it special for him.

We had an old school type theme, though I had decided before discussing with his mother that I was going to do a “punks not dead” cake, so in the end it worked out pretty well. I spent a lot of time developing a great white cake with black, white and red (albeit, looks pink) icing. Topped with silver edible ‘studs’. The boys aren’t overly fond of fondant, so I did my best to work with purely buttercream frosting. Doesn’t matter anyway, it tasted amazing (if I do say so myself)!

The cake baking I took with snapchat… haha, I was so excited.

So I had found a trick to make pure red icing, but apparently I added too much black to the red, and it ended up turning dark purple. I was really disappointed but improvised and pulled out the black food colouring and went that route instead.

I have learned over my time baking cakes that it’s better to let things sit to cure, if you will. I let the black icing with silver sprinkles sit overnight, and did the remaining decorating the following day.

I did the anarchy symbol on both sides, ‘punx not dead’ one side, and his name on the other. Suffice to say, I’m pleased my writing with my icing is getting much better.

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So before I got this all wrapped up, I found this artwork at Toronto Comic-con from an artist, and got it professionally framed. As soon as I saw it I had to get it for him.

Gandalf was having fun playing with the string on his gift, haha.

His mom had a fun time cutting out these skulls and incorporating this into the decor.

Burgers and dogs were ready to go!

Great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors! Country air felt so good for all of us.

Inside, we await cake to be served…

Kelvin’s being a good sport about posing for all the photos I’ve been taking, haha.

Kelvin checking out the cake details, and finally we get to see what it looks like on the inside! I’ll end here with Kelvin opening our gift. Lighting was getting tough though so I decided to stop taking photos.

Thanks for scrolling through. We all had a lovely time!! What better than to spend your birthday with the people who mean the most to you. 🙂

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