I'll admit, the day after the convention it was pretty strange that everyone around me wasn't dressed up in ridiculous costumes.
Yes I'm back from Maryland and back to work. I've actually been back a few days but it's been crazy hectic this last week. I did a little inbox catch-up but still have more to do. Otakon was absolutely amazing! We had so much fun, and were able to cram a lot of stuff into the three days. I think we ended up going to 9 different panels, while still spending plenty of time in the Artist Ally and Dealer's Room. If you're in the skype room you've heard me go on about my adventures already. But man it was awesome. This was my first convention, and I really hope to do it again next year. We didn't dress up (I don't think I'd ever really do cosplay) but we got to see sooo many cool costumes.
This year there was a heavy theme of Kill la Kill, because they had the main cast has guests and several events/panels for it. So of course, a lot of people cosplayed from the show. And if you know the show at all, you'll know what the costumes look like. We quickly found ourselves repeating "Can't tell if just half naked of a Kill la Kill cosplayer." I have absolutely no idea how they got away with the Nudist Beach costumes. I'm guessing there was no dresscode. Anyway, I actually really like the show so it was a lot of fun this year. I got my friend into it the night before by showing her the 4 dubbed episodes. She ended up really liking it too. So of course, we hit up the Kill la Kill panels.
We got to go to a Q&A panel with the main cast of people. For the most part I didn't really know any of the voice actors (I'd seen them in stuff but none of them really stood out as ones I remembered). Except for one chick (Carrie Keranen) who we knew from Berserk. So we were interested to meet her and holy crap, she was absolutely hilarious. We also went to a screening for the show where the VAs did some games after it played. Getting to see anime in a big theater was surprisingly fun, I didn't really expect much since we had seen the show before but we really enjoyed going. I also got to hear the best phrase ever before they started: "Please be sure to turn off your nipple lights. Thank you."
We also went to the Voice Actors After Dark, and Dante Basco (Zuko from Avatar) was there, along with some other VAs we didn't really know, before the Kill la Kill cast showed up towards the end. There was so much stuff that happened I can't even begin (mostly because it was all horribly inappropriate and hilarious. Cards Against Humanity was involved). Then on the last day we decided that Carrie Keranen was so funny that we went to her Q&A panel instead of Dante Basco's (who we had planned on going to). And it was a very good decision. Usually panels have hundreds of people, but we got there and it was about 10. Then she came in as it started and said "Hey guys, are you all alright if we crash another panel together?" So she walked us down to another Voice Actress's panel (another VA from Kill la Kill, Christina Cabanos, who was also really cool). It was a very small group so anyone who wanted got to ask a question, or multiple questions (my friend did). It was such a neat experience, especially being such a small group it was much more conversational. We were able to get her to sign our badges before we left.
We went to a few other smaller panels as well, but those were the big ones. I picked up some nerd swag from the dealer room, and we stayed at a nice Bed and Breakfast. It was an hour long walk to the convention each day, so we doubted we'd see any other con-goers at our place. But there was actually another pair of guys staying there, and we got to eat breakfast with them. They were pretty awesome, and one even had the same profession as I did. We talked for a long time and even got some show recommendations from them. Almost wish I'd exchange info with them before we left.
So now I'm getting back into the normal groove of life, back in my old apartment. I'm sorry that a page didn't go up on Sunday but I really just did not have the time for it. It will resume normal schedule this week. I always keep a back-up page, but knowing that work is going back to full swing, I decided just to hold onto it and take my time on the next page instead of panicking over schedules. I am so worn out this week.
So have you guys ever been to a con before? If so, what was the coolest thing you got to see or do?
Listening to: Douglas Douglass
Reading: The Good Thief (finished)
Watching: Legend of Korra
Eating: Mango Salsa Chips (wtf is this)