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Let me know, is your heart still beating?

A bit of sad news today…

Recently it was announced that the Melbourne Anime Festival, better known as “Manifest” is shutting down for good.

It came as a bit of a shock, there hadn’t been any mentions about the possibility of it shutting down (well, not that I’d noticed, but then I am hilariously unobservant), and there had even been some mentions of plans for 2014 and 2015, but, well… There will be no Manifest 2014, as 2013 was the last one.

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Does anybody know right now exactly where you are?

Manifest was a full on weekend this year and after working so hard on costumes everything ended up coming together with barely a hitch in the road… barely…

On Friday I headed over relatively early, arriving somewhere in the vicinity of 10am. More or less I was simply there to get my bearings, see where everything was, pick up a show bag (mostly for the timetable) and do some minor shopping (which resulted in some DVDs and a cute alpaca toy for my mother who recently spent some time in hospital).

It’s one of the small sized “AlPacasso” toys. So cute!

Being in costume that day also involved a couple of hugs and photos (but not too many, since Fridays at Manifest tend to be pretty quiet).

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Come take my pulse, the pace is like a runaway train.

Costume progress.

After some thought on the matter I decided to slip a couple of (very small) shoulder-pads into the Junior Warrant Officer Schrödinger shirt.

They are hand-stitched in place.

Some people have strong opinions on shoulder-pads, saying that they should not be used if you are feminine or have poor posture because all they really do is end up drawing attention to the fact, but if that were true then only male body-builders would ever bother getting a nicely tailored suit.

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