In November, I was contacted again, and this time, it was for Comic Fiesta. Since there was a little more time than before, I accepted the job to cosplay as their Lilo.I for the event. However, there were last minute changes, and I had to switch to cosplay as Lunaria from Dragon Nest. They suggested the character as it was still a white dress and was simple enough to quickly work on. I was really looking forward to cosplaying Lilo.I as I actually do play the mobile game.
I worked a little on the ensemble, with long breaks in between as I was busy with university assignments, presentations, and tests. But I was still confident that I would be able to finish it before the event. After all, us cosplayers are notorious for burning the midnight oil. When I became free from university priorities, I had a spare two days to work on the ensemble. I completed it in the wee hours of morning of the day itself because I decided to sew the lines on Lunaria’s dress instead of painting it, despite the latter being a quicker option.
On the day of the event, we left home around 9 and were caught in the traffic jam heading into MIECC. It was a horrible journey, made worse by taking a wrong turn. Even looking for a carpark was horrendous, we had to make several rounds looking for a spot while my mother and I had to tolerate a shouting Calvin in the back. We told him to go ahead as we needed the peace, and shortly after, we found a spot. Thank you, Lord of Parking Lots.
We quickly made our way into MIECC, and found a spot where I could quickly get ready for the job. As I am a quick changer, I went to a hidden area to quickly change (thank you, Felyne whose name I forgot to ask for, for letting me do so) and went back out. I realized not too soon after that I left my safety pants behind, and considered it a lost case. Thankfully, the Felyne found me and returned my safety pants. Yes, I am that Neko, leaving around my undergarments.
I had to make several trips to the bathroom to make adjustments. For some reason, the waist belt was a tad bit too loose. Thanks to safety pins, everything held up. I called Terrence, my handler, and after being ‘bestowed’ the ‘magical hall pass’, we made our way to the booth, and the Felynes were not spared from me fabulously flashing the tag at them. I’m sorry, I had to. Magical hall pass is too much fabulous. Yes, that odd switch in tone/grammar is intentional.
My job consisted mainly of taking pictures with people. GamesBerry ‘borrowed’ me for their lucky draw picture session on both days. It was really sweet of my fans to gift me Christmas presents, but I had a slight fear when I noticed chocolate. If I have too much chocolate, aside from getting hyper, my cheeks puff up. I had to space out the chocolates over the next few days to avoid such situation. Nonetheless, I really appreciated the gesture. I still had to run around to look for people on the first day, and the reception inside the halls were non-existent. Guess I got a good work out from all that running. Once I was done with my job for the day, we packed up and left at 7 p.m. and was stuck while trying to exit the carpark, for two hours. TWO HOURS. I even managed to remove my contact lenses and makeup in the car. It took us another half an hour or so to reach the main road to. Thus, we planned to arrive earlier and leave earlier the next day.
For Day 2, we proceeded as planned as it was a breeze getting into the carpark. I stayed at the booth for the lucky draw picture sessions, and was mostly running around, interacting with people, buying items, etcetera. Good thing I managed to bump into a few old acquaintances over the course of two days, and got to meet a cosplayer who I had been following for a while.
All in all, aside from the bad reception and bad traffic jam, Comic Fiesta was pretty ok. There were several options for refreshments and meals, better crowd control, and better organizing of space, though I'm sure there is still room for improvement. Spared from the KLCC guards this year, at least.
Once again, thanks Terrence and XM (I associated your nickname with exam, haha) for the wonderful opportunity, and for taking care of my mother and I.