Entries by Linda Yan

Otafest Cosplay Contests Galore!

By: Amanda L. Hello Cosplayers!! Happy 2019! The countdown to Otafest is on and I can’t wait to see what amazing cosplay outfits you all have been working on during the winter months! Here’s a refresher on what we have planned for Cosplay Programming for Otafest 2019! Every year, we are really excited to host […]

Cosplay 101: The Art of EVA Foam

By: Kendra K. Hello everyone, I am here to talk about a now-common material that many cosplayers use: EVA Foam! EVA foam is a light-weight, durable, and cheap foam material, which can serve as a great alternative to other materials, such as Worbla (a thermoplastic used often for props and armor). Foam can be used […]

Otafest & the Spirit of Generosity

Hello, everyone! I’d love to share a little story with you all: a tale which has repeated itself over and over every year since it first came to be. In planning for Otafest 2009, back when Otafest was still at the University of Calgary, our attendance numbers had been rising steadily to include about 4 […]

Welcome to the Otafest Homecoming

By: Sarah W.| Photo: Yugophoto| Two decades of Otafest. I’m writing this article from southwest Ontario, where I’ll be traveling from to get to the convention this year. I’m thinking about my friend Red who I’ll be meeting at the con, and our friend Sel who can’t join for the first time since 2008 since […]

How Living and Teaching in Japan Changed My Life

By: Jessica Roh | Anyone who has traveled to Japan will tell you how meaningful and impactful the experience was for them. Japanese culture is as beautiful as it’s land whilst Japanese people are friendly and hardworking. Through the JET Programme, I was fortunate to get a one year contract, teaching English in Kyoto city. […]

RPGs and D&D

By: Anna Sheldrick | I am searching an abandoned apartment in Philadelphia, the occupant was found dead in a mansion just outside of town. I find a video that I think should provide clues as to why he died. Instead I find a video with alien slime and go crazy. I shoot my partner in […]