Today I had an absolute blast working at my company's booth at Comiket! I wonder how my younger self would have reacted if they were told they'd be working at Comiket on the 'official' side of it one day! It always seemed like one of those unattainable dreams, like working in Japan at all, but now it's suddenly real! And it's not nearly as scary or difficult as it may seem. I'm basically just getting paid to stand around in cosplay while holding a signboard, or handing out flyers, calling out to people to get their attention, pointing people to the entrance, and saying 'thank you' if they take a flyer or buy something, and occasionally pose for pictures.
(And make sure you don't hand any flyers to your own staff by mistake, because it becomes a reflex after a while to just stick one out whenever someone passes by... Apparently it happens, a lot... I only did it once though. >/////< )
Well, I did help a few lost foreign people too, and managed to get their attention by talking to them in English and telling them about our localized games, so I guess that was why the company wanted me there specifically. But it wasn't hard or stressful at all. Overall, everyone was just so nice! There was absolutely none of the scary stuff you might expect at a male-oriented booth like this, like stampedes for limited-edition goods, or people shoving cameras up your skirt or whatever. XP Everyone was really calm, friendly and agreeable, politely bowing, smiling, waving back when I waved at them, etc... It was just... a lot of fun!
Thankfully my blisters (mostly) healed on time, so I could wear the right shoes with my uniform all day =D Though I did take the precaution to wear other shoes to and from the venue, so I wouldn't have to walk around on them all
day. Because standing still in them is fine, but walking still hurts my heel a litte... But apparently that's normal for loafers when you break them in, according to a Japanese friend. I feel sorry for Japanese schoolgirls...
Me and R-ne, one of the main characters from our latest game! She was so cute! It was so cool to see a character which I've been looking at during work for months and months, come to life like this! I kinda wish I could have cosplayed from the same game, but they didn't have any more costumes for it made. u.u Maybe next time! >w< If only I had the money, I'd make it myself. OTL
Michiru was fun too though! I don't know how many people actually recognized me as the character, or noticed the small details I'd put in (Like the shark pouch, or the blue scrunchie around my wrist), most people just stopped and snapped quick pictures without really talking to me about the costume. (I think that's really a big downside of cosplaying female characters, most guys only take pictures because you're a girl, not because they care about the character...)
But the uniform is really representative of our biggest franchise overall, so that definitely got the attention of the passers-by! I went though my flyers so quickly, I had to keep running back into the booth to get more from the boxes there. =P I must have stood there for almost 6 hours, from 10am to 4pm, with only some short breaks, but it passed by in no time. >w<
Anyways, here's some more pictures~ Only from my phone, 'cause I didn't really have the time to bring out my camera and take proper photos. u_u I hope I'll find some of the pictures people took online later >w<( Read more...Collapse )