Cosplay Mania 2014 Aftermath

At long last, Micah here with the Cafe’s little post-con report of Cosplay Mania 2014!

It was fun, it was tiring, it was huge, we had severe crowd control issues with the booth next to us, and we saw so many awesome cosplayers who even bought their keybies!

Pikachu cosplayer getting their keybies!
Not every day you get to help Pikachu pick out keybies!

I was even able to take a few pictures of cosplayers outside the venue. It baffles me how amazingly crafted some of them were, from hardcore armor to the biggest props I’ve ever seen. Read on for a peek at the ins and outs of the biggest cosplay event of the year!

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It always starts with ingress

Ingress is always a doozy. Over 750 keybies need unpacking, arranging, re-arranging–so much arranging. It’s the ultimate memory game, single-player, and it gets more challenging every new keybie release.

The left image is my before shot, although I was 90% done at this point. Though my mom and our helper quickly got all the keybies out onto the stands, making sure each character was next to their keybie-mates was the challenge.

Once we’re done, everything’s tucked in nice and cozy for the next day.

The pre-Cosplay Mania (and every convention, really) memory game All ready for the next day!
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Keybie Lookalikes

We got so many awesome cosplayers with their keybies, I think it must be a record :O Not surprising, since Cosmania is the biggest cosplay event of the year.

All these lovely cosplayers get 20% off their keybie lookalikes (For those who aren’t familiar, cosplayers who buy their keybie lookalike get 20% off their keybie at every event we go to), and, with their permission, their photos posted on our Facebook album. Feel free to tag yourself or your friends!

RWBY's Ruby Rose with her keybie lookalike at Cosplay Mania 2014! Fairy Tail's adorable Gray and Juvia with their keybie lookalikes at Cosplay Mania 2014! Super Mario with his keybie lookalike at Cosplay Mania 2014!
The cutest Yoshino from Date A Live with her keybie lookalike at Cosplay Mania 2014! The cutest Yoshino from Date A Live with her keybie lookalike at Cosplay Mania 2014! Just had to take two pics.
This particular cosplayer caught my eye–I have never seen a cuter pout.
Pokemon's Hilda with her keybie lookalike at Cosplay Mania 2014! Kill La Kill's Mankanshoku Mako with her keybie lookalike at Cosplay Mania 2014! Kingdom Hearts' Sora with his keybie lookalike at Cosplay Mania 2014! Noctis Caelum with his keybie lookalike at Cosplay Mania 2014! Ib with her keybie lookalike at Cosplay Mania 2014! Ib's Mary with her keybie lookalike at Cosplay Mania 2014! Gundam SEED's Athrun Zala with his keybie lookalike at Cosplay Mania 2014! FFX's Yuna with her keybie lookalike at Cosplay Mania 2014!Kagamine Rin with her keybie lookalike at Cosplay Mania 2014! RWBY's Ruby Rose with her keybie lookalike at Cosplay Mania 2014! Shingeki no Kyojin's Annie Leonhart with her keybie lookalike at Cosplay Mania 2014! Shingeki no Kyojin's Hanji Zoe with her keybie lookalike at Cosplay Mania 2014!

 

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Cosplayers galore

I don’t explore outside the venue of any event often, unless I was going to use a bathroom that was only outside the event, but I got to see seriously impressive cosplays–as well as ones that just made me smile. That BaRapunzel, for example.

All these shots were taken from the side since I was just literally passing through instead of actively taking pics, but I wanted to share!

 Awesome Princess Mononoke cosplay complete with a ride-able wolf! Awesome Princess Mononoke cosplay complete with a ride-able wolf!
Kill la Kill cosplay group BaRapunzel--the guy was hilarious I had to snap this pic. I'm not actually familiar with this cosplay, but man did they look cool.

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Spotted a Cat

Kudos to my buddy Cat (the caffeinated kitty who wrote Cafe Talk: Know Your Types of Coffee!) for braving the rain, the distance, and the big-ness of MoA to make it to her first cosplay event and help out at the Cafe’s booth! Good thing you weren’t alone, Cat!

Outside Cosplay Mania 2014 Glad to have you at Cosplay Mania, Cat!
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#Keybiecustomers

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Thanks so much to everyone who shared their keybie hauls on Instagram! We check the #keybiecustomers hashtag (and peeked at #keybie) and it’s awesome to see your collections!

We’re currently restocking some designs that sold out, but we’re also bringing in new keybie goodies that we’re really excited about–so stay tuned! > w <)/

Thank you all so much again, see you at our next event!!

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