Costumes and Performances by Tab Kimpton

Back from BanzaiCon and Norway!

Just got back from Banzai con and my fantastic trip to Norway. I tell you, the Norwegians know how to throw a con!

Some of the highlights of my trip:

  • Waking up at 4 am for the train trip to London Stansted
  • Paying £70 because when Ryanair says 2 15kg bags, they mean 1 on the way, 1 on the way back.
  • Airports make people seriously angry. I was the happiest one there I swear.
  • Landing on a run way with 5 feet of snow on either side
  • Becoming “The English Dude” on the friday because I didn’t mention why I was there to people.
  • Paske Eggs!
  • My hotel room shower had 2 shower heads. One for my head, one for my butt.
  • Free wifi!
  • The opening show!
  • Awesome stage with amazing projector and sound system! I got to use a headset mic!
  • People loving my stall stuff
  • Meeting some amazingly friendly people and talking about the difference between the countries
  • Weird money is weird!
  • Pizza at the end of the convention with some of the people I’d made friends with. Awesome end to an evening.
  • Norway man and Norwegia woman!
  • Selling enough that I could abandon a suitcase in Norway and not pay the extra luggage charge on the way back.

Here’s the video of the opening show. I kind of turned away at the caramelldansen bit thinking it would be like every expo, but then it got so much better. These guys are great, you can tell they worked hard, and it’s really funny.


Also, here’s a picture of Norway from my hotel room:

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31 Responses

  1. henrik

    when did you come to the hotel you stay’d on, I’m wondering because my class had a prom there at thursday.

    February 22, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    • admin

      I arrived Friday around 12. Must have just missed you!

      February 22, 2011 at 12:21 pm

  2. 2 shower heads, hahah!
    Glad you had fun ^^ I really enjoyed hearing you talking, because I love your British accent!! It was so beautiful <3
    "big boobs, smaller boobs" xD

    February 22, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    • Tab

      Haha! That’s one of my favourite panels to give. It’s always a laugh- though that was the first time someone volunteered to get into the binder for me and actually did it!

      February 22, 2011 at 12:41 pm

  3. Missed your panel due to con duty :| But I had great fun discussing..certain subjects with you the evening before the con :P

    Glad you had a great time, hope you’ll be back next time :D

    February 22, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    • Tab

      Haha, we did talk about some interesting things!

      I shall hopefully be back for another con! You couldn’t keep me away!

      February 22, 2011 at 1:07 pm

  4. The guy with a hat

    I truly enjoyed your presentation about Steampunk, you gave a great amount of tips and hints in how to have the most fun while doing it without TELLING us what to do. Amazing presentation is amazing, if you catch my drift^^

    February 22, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    • Tab

      I’m glad you liked it! I try to let people do their own thing when it comes to steampunk- it’s all about your own interpretation, and I love seeing what new ideas people come up with!

      February 22, 2011 at 1:08 pm

  5. Karina Sørensen

    You were amazing! Learned so much more about makeup and all that stuff n.n
    And my friend was so happy for the signature you wrote on the T-shirt we gave to her, thankyouu! ^w^

    February 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    • Tab

      I’m glad I could help! I’ll try and get some tutorials up on here soon around cosplay stuff, hopefully that will help people a bit more!

      February 22, 2011 at 8:05 pm

  6. Zammy

    Påskeegg! <3
    Your stand had lots of amazing stuff, and I still feel sorry for myself for not being fast enough to get any goggles.
    Ha, ha!

    February 22, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    • Tab

      Haha yeah! I should have warned people that goggles tend to go fast, but I never know what’s going to sell out first! Each con is different, and sometimes I barely sell at all.


      February 22, 2011 at 8:06 pm

  7. You’re amazing! That’s what you are!!
    I loved your panels because they gave such great tips and your british -oh-so-wonderful accent is so oh-so-wonderful to listen too!

    Glad you had a great time and I hope you would come for DesuCon, since it’s larger and bigger.. And.. Larger…
    //The girl trying to interview you:3

    February 22, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    • Tab

      I’m looking at going to DesuCon- we’ll see what the organisers have to say about things! Though it’s really hard to find out what dates it will be- I had to ask a Norwegian friend, and she only knew through facebook!

      February 22, 2011 at 8:08 pm

  8. Alex


    this is how i should have been

    Some of the highlights of my trip:
    having Zant touching my fake facial hair ^^

    naah just kidding :D but i have to say ur ”speaches/classes” were awesome. hope i see more of ur work. and i wonder how much would it cost if i would order a costume i ask u to make ? ^^

    February 22, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    • Tab

      Haha, I had many people touching my face, it’s not an unusual thing for me :p

      Just email me at with some pictures of what you’re after and I’ll quote you!

      February 22, 2011 at 11:39 pm

  9. Henrik Aleksander Nilsen

    Hey. I liked those powerpoints you showed us at Banzaicon. Would you like to send me them? I would like to read through them on my own in case I find some good tips. You can send them to Thanks.

    And thanks for putting my Youtube video on your page! I appreciate that.

    February 22, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    • Tab

      Cool, emailed to you! Let me know if you don’t get them.

      February 22, 2011 at 11:41 pm

  10. Mellon

    I’m so happy to you had a good time! I missed your first panel, but I got to attend the last two and they were both great! Thank you so much for advices and help :D
    You kinda robbed me, though…I left home determined I would save my money and not buy anything…I returned home broke, with two watches, two pair of goggles and a ring <3

    February 22, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    • Tab

      I’m sorry I have such beautiful things! How do you think I feel when I order everything? I could seriously have a pocket watch horde.

      February 22, 2011 at 11:42 pm

  11. Alex

    Mail sent^^ thnx for the help Tab :D ur just Awesome! ^^

    February 23, 2011 at 7:03 pm

  12. Anine

    VIKINGS! you met us! <3 You know, you were pretty lucky. Right after you left we got 3 days with heavy snow and rain =_=

    February 27, 2011 at 11:54 am

    • Tab

      Haha! Glad I missed what you call “bad” weather.

      February 27, 2011 at 12:05 pm

  13. HaruhiJasmine

    Hi! Is the costume tutorial you showed us on Banzaicon anywhere to find? I am making a maid’s dress now, and I can’t remember the cosplay tips you learned us… I really need help!!

    February 28, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    • Tab

      The panels I did were steampunk, props and special effects, so I don’t know if there’s anything that would help you with your maid’s dress. Sorry!

      February 28, 2011 at 8:08 pm

  14. HaruhiJasmine

    ok, thank you anyways :)

    March 1, 2011 at 1:41 pm

  15. Why hello thar awesome Tab!

    I was wondering if you could send me that powerpoint of the Steampunk panel you had? I loved it, and hopefully it’ll make my Steampunk character/outfit better next time ^^

    My email is :)

    And remember – beware of the badass ducks of Norway! ;D

    March 2, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    • Tab

      Sent! Let me know if you don’t get anything!

      March 3, 2011 at 3:27 pm

      • Thanks, I got it now ^^

        ~ Lenny

        March 4, 2011 at 10:13 am

  16. Kakashi

    Yo Tab^_^

    I wonder if you could send me the emails from Banzai?? I would be really happy if you could^_^


    April 12, 2011 at 9:42 am

  17. Kakashi

    Feel like an idiot.. I forgot to say the email.. Well, the email is

    So if you would or could send me the email I would be really happy!

    Kakashi x)

    April 12, 2011 at 9:44 am

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