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Birmingham MCM Comic Con

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 25, 2013, 12:52 PM
Last month I went to MCM Comic Con at the NEC (National Exhibition Centre) in Birmingham. This was my first time at an MCM event outside of London, and my first time visiting Birmigham too!

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~FRIDAY~
I travelled to Birmingham by train, wearing lolita! When I got there, it was really easy to get to the NEC, as it's adjacent to Birmingham Internation train station. But the NEC itself is a little bconfusing to navigate if you haven't been there before. Plus, only a few of the hotels are located inside the NEC complex. Most of them are a good 5-10 minute walk away, with fences and roundabouts between. I stayed at Premier Inn with :iconx-steffi-x: and her fiancÚ Stephen. Luckily, they'd been on an earlier train, and were able to warn me not to go to the hotel on foot (and avoid traversing the aforementioned muddy fields, fences, and roundabouts in 3" Mary Janes >.> ). Unfortunately, I still had to wait 30 minutes for a taxi, which meant it was past 2pm when I finally reached the hotel. I spent the rest of the afternoon hanging out with Steffi; eating sweets, watching Spongebob, and playing with Sailor Moon toys, until dinner.

~SATURDAY~
After changing into Esmeraude, I met up with Steffi & Stephen for breakfast, and then we got a taxi to the NEC. We went to collect our wristbands, and then headed to the Cosplay Desk for some last minute costume adjusting. While there, we had a good chat with the lovely people behind the desk, and met up with Carla (:iconzedela:). After spending the morning shopping in the dealer's room, we had lunch and then headed to the Sailor Moon photoshoot meetup! Around 3pm, a few of us went to watch Honey's performance in the masquerade. We were lucky to arrive early enough to get good seats, but the masquerade was delayed due to previous events overrunning. After about half an hour, me & Steffi decided to go off and practice dance routines instead. Carla was nice enough to film Honey's performance, so we still got to see it <3
We grabbed some food from Subway and headed back to the hotel. I gave up with the shower in my room (when they say power shower, they MEAN power shower!), and had a nice bath instead. After my bath, I caught the end of Daddy Day Care, and Matt Smith's appearance on The Johnathon Ross Show, while getting as much packing done as possible!

Goodies bought:
- large lavender Arpakasso (named Mr Sparkles, because of his sparkly bow~) from Tofu Cute
- Chocomint tea cup 2-way hairclip [blue] - also from Tofu Cute

~SUNDAY~
Wore lolita on the Sunday, although a lot of people thought it was steampunk, as it was a classical co-ordinate!
None of us were feeling particularly hungry, so instead of breakfast at the hotel, we stopped off at Starbucks in the NEC before leaving our luggage at the Cosplay Desk (We had to check out before 2pm, and as the hotel was a taxi ride away, it made more sense to check out in the morning).
We didn't have any photoshoots or meet-ups planned for the day (although Steffi did get stopped for photos a lot!), so the day was mostly spent browsing the dealer's room. I headed home around 4pm, weighed-down with bags. And my Arpakasso stuffed through the handles of my suitcase, since he was too big too fit in my shopping bag!
I did miss my train from King's Cross, but that gave me a chance to have a look at the new Platform 9 3/4 area (which has been moved so that it's no longer between Platforms 9 and 10) and the Harry Potter shop. Take a look at my Flickr & Youtube accounts for photos & video!

Goodies bought:
- Alchemy Gothic 'Wallachian Prince' coffin bag
- Gothic & Lolita Bible volume 46 & poster
- crucifix necklace from Goldfish Dreams (run by the lovely Helen)
- Adventure Time and My Little Pony badges from Badge Monkey
- Star Wars Ewok plush (Disney Parks version)
- GE Luna Pen keychain from Tokyo Toys

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Hello there, thank you so much for adding Captain Hook to your favourites! So, I would like to invite you to my auction where I hope to sell her to a good home. Come and bid if you are interested!

 

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RosieSama Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Rachel, we need to talk... Now-ish if possible ._.
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KawaiiRoxX Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for the watch ♥
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Thanks for the +Watch ❤~\(≧▽≦)
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MondshineAkari Nov 22, 2012
Thank you for the add :3
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:iconblooddiva:
Hi! i was wondering if you could vote in this contest for best costume , we are a little short on voters and would really help the judging , you don't have to be apart of the group but it would help :meow: thank you [link]
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JaydennWolfsbane Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Hiiii Rachel~ if I give you my email address could you send me those cute pictures you took of me and Neptune at the Expo? <3 ^^ Also I hope you had an awesome Expo and Halloween ^^ x
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Thanks for the Llama!
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x-steffi-x Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Ooh also, I started learning the Sailor Moon dances.
I'm confused on L'amour, D'amour Moonlight. But I'm getting the hang of La Soldier. I'm also learning Marina's version of La Moon!
These dances are bloody hard! :ohnoes:
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voracioussketching Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi! I was curious about whether you are still doing commissions - specifically your Holy Blade Venus charm? I wanted to feature it in a Sailor Moon fanzine as fanmade merchandise, but I was hoping it's something you're still willing to make and sell for people who might want one. :) Thanks for your time!
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youraveragenerd Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the watch!
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x-steffi-x Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You've been tagged! [link]
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x-steffi-x Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hey, do you know when you'll be coming down to mine, if possible? :meow:
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Tsuki-no-Kagayaki Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And thank you for the :llama: dear:huggle::happybounce:!
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Tsuki-no-Kagayaki Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you SO much for the :+fav: and for the :+devwatch::love:! I got my first watcher ever^^! It's an honour for me:squee:! And I really appreciate it very much :heart:! I'd love to hear how you liked my mirror:D!
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x-steffi-x May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Close up of Bodice Trim: [link]
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TSLoire May 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the Llllllllllaaaama Badge!
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x-steffi-x May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hey I've joined a Sailor Moon group temporarily to do a group with them next year, I thought you might be interested: they really need a Chibi-Usa but you can be any other character also! [link]

They have a thread on CosplayIsland. We could also convince them to be a part of our own group too, or merge? Well, if they're all dedicated to being a part of a group, we could benefit!

Let me know what you think!
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Mikacosplay May 12, 2012  Student Photographer
thanks for the llama^^ :heart:
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x-steffi-x Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I've finally sent your pattern pieces. It took me long enough, I know! I'm sorry, I've had so much on my mind and it kept slipping from it! :shakefist:
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Reryuuzu Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for Llama)))))
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hollystarlightanime Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the watch, fellow Sailor Moon fan! :)
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thank you for the waaaaaatch !!! we are soooo happyyy :*
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Thanks for the WATCH! ^^
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TheAnna Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the watch!~
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