First of all, I finally made a decent looking site for my photos! [link]
Second, I just got home from my first Dragon*Con! It was the best convention I've been to, hands down. What a great bunch of people and costumes! I especially loved the parade; it's the first time I've ever really seen a convention truly celebrate the cosplayers.
Unfortunately when we got back from the convention, we found out we had to buy a new car and do some home repairs, on top of other expenses like my schooling. This means that I'm putting Raiden on hold until we build up our savings a little more because I want to recast the arms and the legs, which will be another $400. We will have new costumes for Anime Los Angeles though, but Raiden will likely not be one of them. We plan on doing MGS1 Snake, Sniper Wolf, Venus from Metal Gear Acid 2, and Klan from Macross F. I already have the materials for Venus and Klan, so it's easier on our wallets.
Also, I'm sorry for being a bit unresponsive. I've had trouble with DA lately, and it only recently was resolved!