Anime Expo 2011
My second time at the largest anime convention in the United States and it still felt like an entirely new experience. Sure standing in the ridiculously long lines, staring at the awesome swag, and running around from one end of the convention center to the other wasn’t anything new, but I had something special in mind! Equipped with a friend’s fairly nice DSLR, I planned to search high and low for cool things to display on RandomC — especially cute cosplays. Who wouldn’t want to snap a few photos of the people who take cosplaying seriously and refine it into an art?
I don’t know how real photographers do it and I’m by no means a shy person, but asking someone for their photo only to be given a dirty stare before reluctantly posing makes you feel pretty bad. Especially when they go and start commenting about why taking photos is a hassle or just stupid! I mean, why would you spend so much time making an amazing outfit and complain about getting attention? Fortunately, not too many people were like that, but it really takes the fun out of taking photos when you feel like a creeper doing it. It’s not like I’m taking photos to fap to them like some of the real creepers were!
The other thing I always do when I go to an anime convention is get something drawn. I have this strange obsession with hand drawn art, and I love things that are sketched and penned. As you can imagine, I spent a lot of time searching high and low throughout the artist alley looking for someone to draw something. In the end I didn’t find any artist who piqued my interest, except for the amazing Mr. Mason who I met last year. Not only is he an awesome guy but his artwork is stellar. So after a long explanation about the site without revealing that I actually write for RandomC, I asked him to draw an avatar for all the writers. How do you guys think they came out?
Besides accomplishing both my goals, there were a few random surprises that I can remember. Getting a ticket to the sold out Kalafina concert was definitely pretty cool. I’m not sure what it was but hearing Magia performed live sent some chills down my spine. While my attempts to utilize twitter failed pretty hard, I managed to surprise PockyG while standing in line for the Nirgilis live panel. I’m not sure if he was surprised because he got to see me or because I went over and vigorously shook him — I’m hoping it was the former.
Enough of my rambling! Go flood the comments while you ogle the pictures (: