Thank you so much,
for letting me mooch off your free table this con. XD And for letting me tag along for an awesome roadtrip of AWESOME.
San Japan was really cool, I'd heard good things and am happy to agree with said reports. Not sure how next year will be since they're changing up the table set up, but this year was definitely awesomeness. So Thursday we scout around the AA and it's like a reunion of my family away from home, my fellow AA peoples. We arrive at the lineup for FCFS table assignments only it's all sorts of confusion of what time it's SUPPOSED to be. But all sorts of familiar faces showed up:
. I might not have seen them at the line up, but definitely at the AA:
and others I'm sure I missed. Srsly, it was a total AA reunion. XD
Also got to see
which was totally unexpected but awesome. As said, it was a pretty sweet con and everyone was so receptive to our stuff. The only weird point, I think, was when I was told that my Italy was actually Romano, and then this lady went on incredible and REPETITIOUS lengths to describe the differences. Like, repeating nearly the same sentence like 2-3 in a row. And then later she came back with a drawing of both including "helpful" descriptions of personalities. >_< I understood you the first time where I made a mistake. I do not appreciate your over-enthusiasm over a fandom I don't share the same exuberance for, nor do I appreciate your obvious lack of acknowledgment when I (early in the conversation) realized my mistake and would take note to fix it. :< Also, because someone complained (or so the rumor goes), all of us... like 5ish or more tables had the shift our stuff down and change up the entire AA table setup to accommodate how one table was blocked by lines. :
Also, got a repeat customer 'cause I used his commission has a commission example, which was neat. I've also drawn my first shadier furry commissions. It's like a milestone! Exciting!
The cosplay was all over the place, including a ridiculously huge dalek AND (David Tennant) Doctor. There was Aisha and Gene from Outlaw Star and a whole slew of more obscure and unique cosplay (even a Senri from +Anima!). And impressively 2-3 Mizuno's from Rosario+Vampire, a girl cosplaying from Hunger Games, and this awesome B/W pokemon trainer who had 5 Oshawtts of varying sizes until at the end of the con had collected a 6th to complete his team. Lots of steampunk and the usual gothloli and raver chic (I love getting pics of people's clothes for inspiration). I've noticed a rise in American comic/superhero cosplay, like this Deadpool X23 couple. Although both *Alicechan
and I positively cringed at the blasphemy of a guy sporting a Green Lantern mask (and presumably the ring) but ALSO a huge Captain America shield. ... WTF?! DC and Marvel DO NOT mix like that, even taking into account the 90s Amalgam series only did fan match ups of characters in even fandom followings . . . Captain America would never fight against Green Lantern, imo. Ug.
Additionally, lots of Sailormoon cosplay. Like... a lot. Sailormoon, Eternal Sailormoon and Moonlight Knight couple, Queen Serenity, Princess Serenity, Tuxedo Kamen, Sailor Uranus and Neptune, Sailor Saturn, Sailor Venus, Sailor Jupiter, Sailor Chibimoon, and I think not only a regular Sailormoon but also maybe a SuperS version. I'm talkin' an impressive we-could-do-a-Sailormoon-photoshoot collection. We also saw a lot of neat Sailormoon shirts and even an awesome print dress.
The dealer's room wasn't bad, just not really appealing to my interests. It had a nice selection, but since I tend to collect artbooks, lapel pins/buttons, and hats/masks, it didn't really appeal to me much. Got a few small things but the major loots came from our Half Price Books tour/bender. We hit nearly every HPB in San Antonio, San Marcus and Austin (plus a few toy stores). Coolest find was buying Sunflower 2 at one store and in the next city, finding Sunflower 1. Also was able to say hi and catch up with a coworker who transferred down to Austin.
Definitely awesome. And disturbing at how much crap I bought. Long live the discount... I may have actually bought 25+ manga and artbooks and stuff. 9___9;;;;
I'm gonna upload a map with pics of the Half Price Books storefronts we hit, it was an impressive and happy trail we made. Although there were a few photobombs when we tried to take pics, darn you pick-ups and SUVS. D:<
Got a table and plan to hit up AnimeFest (Dallas, TX Sept. 2-5)
Also, for those who commissioned me and are still waiting . . . thank you, THANK YOU for your patience. They're all in varying states of completion and I haven't forgotten about you at all. T___T;;; The San Japan con prep got me before I could finish them before the month turned over, but ALL of them will DEFINITELY be done by the end of the month/before Animefest. x_x
Art Trade in progress with:
(D: I'm sorry I got distracted by the costume!)
Current dA status: a hot mess, it's true
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