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For the very first time, the stars and planets aligned and I was able to attend on Sunday. Now, whether or not it was really worth the extra day is debatable, but I will treat it like a mini victory anyway.

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(Left to right: CPK with Shironuri, Karkat, Classic Lolita)

(RANT ALERT: VERY LITTLE INFORMATIVE CONTENT) These are the days when this really is a PERSONAL blog first and foremost.
I will say, however, that this post isn’t going to be as informative as I usually like to be. My con experience has evolved a lot with time: it used to be that I conquered alone, shopping and stopping to take lots of photos. Now, the biggest portion of time is spent chilling with friends (who quite often aren’t in cosplay and leave the con early) and following group plans. I have few pictures beyond of myself. And honestly, I’m getting burned out. This was my 17th convention (all in the span of 4ish years!) and I know what to expect. I’ve never been a panel person and I’m past the “must buy EVERYTHING” stage.

Thus, my weekend was dictated by when my friends were arriving (and my parking situation). I drove myself all three days, a first, and managed to get myself lost once or twice. I learned from my mistakes and found creative detours when crowds and accidents blocked my way.
My panel was on Friday. It was…disappointing. My friends said I did great, but I feel bad anyway. A random guy, identified only as “Steven,” crashed my panel to talk about sushi and boobs :/ I do believe that will be the end of my paneling days. (This is tied in with the gyaru thing) Saturday’s Lolita panel was huge, with 108 in attendance. It was disgusting. She is a terrible public speaker and they are so uppity and I have so few loli friends (gee, with my wonderful personality) and the way they hypocritically were falling over each other to praise Bodyline, when they turned up their nose at it last year…ugh UGH. (My underage friends all avoided Mr. Yan like the plague. I don’t care if he’s behaved thus far this weekend, he still gives us the creeps and I would like people to respect that his track record may be intimidating.)
Sunday wasn’t that great. It was crowded and annoyingly loud and I was done with the con scene but I wasn’t about to abandon the kismesis.

(END RANT)

There wasn’t any one fandom represented the most, cosplay-wise, like in previous years. There was barely any hetalia, what felt like minimal Homestuck (although the meetup was decently large. Where were you hiding?), and a handful of SNK. Jo Jo’s Bizarre Adventure, that one basketball anime, Free!, and comic characters were common. I saw a surge in kids’ cartoons, such as Disney princess groups and that one fab Danny Phantom group.

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A big change was the con configuration. You can feel how much attendance has grown- there will even be a 4th day next year! The vendor room was moved into the larger ballroom upstairs, flip-flopping with special events/autograph track. (It was nice not having autograph lines near the vendors) There were a number of tables in the back of the room, which became out favorite meeting spot. What Pumpkin was in the vendor room, so I bought a Knight of Blood pin. I also bought sea salt ice cream lollipops, a Patlabor CD (dakeshimeta midNIGHT BLUUEEEE), and a necklace. There were two booths selling proper Lolita, but I abstained for the good of my wallet (the weekend’s parking fees probably could have bought a dress argh).

Overall, it was a good con. More organized than, say, Khaotic. Consistent, entertaining, the best hometown con.

 

 

 

 

 

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I attended on Saturday, having rushed like mad to make it in time to watch the Combat Musical, my annual Khaotic tradition.

Well, the musical was lame (I miss the great energy from last year’s cast, Archer was tedious, the groping and sexual humor was overwhelming and not funny, Catwoman’s cat puns, etc…) save the part where M.I.B. agents danced to Michael Jackson songs, but a tradition is a tradition.
At 2pm, I went to the lobby and talked for a long time with my local Lolita comm! We had a nice time and that probably was the least awkward, most friendly meet I have experienced. It was a small group, so after a while we split up, went to talk to a friend in Artist Alley, and occasionally walked around together.

Khaotic was in the usual Sheraton, nbd. I resigned myself to accepting failure with regard to trying to get a panel slot; apparently they ditched the myconsonline site for some other email/online form method without actually informing anybody??? So I missed out on my chance.
There were a TON of Homestuck panels, considering 4/13 is Sunday and all. Otherwise, I ignored the panel schedule, as it was veeeery sparse, per usual. There, in addition to the panels, was the normal screening room, tabletop room, gaming room, and autograph signings. The vendor room seemed smaller than last year, having more people selling odds and ends from their own collections than fulltime vendors. There was not a designated kpop or manga vendor, both staples of most other cons.

I did purchase one thing, however uwu
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One of the English GLBS!!! From Autumn 2008. It’s amazing how much Lolita changed from then until 2010, when I came on the scene….

 

Common cosplays were SNK, hetalia (surprisingly enough), and Marvel characters. I saw a splash of Dangan Ronpa and other recent anime/anime game favorites. The biggest shock, however, was the lack of Adventure Time. For the past year, every con I’ve attended has been flooded with Fins, Fionnas, Bubbline couples, etc… and yet I only saw one Marceline today???
Overall, I had a great time despite the meager programming and sub par organization. I don’t have as much to say this year because I honestly did not see any big changes in feel from last year (I actually stayed longer this year, from 12 to 4:30ish. Last year I showed up for the musical, ate lunch, and left)

Shado and metro seem to be bustling with energy and expansion while Khaotic is stagnant.

I have mixed feelings about yesterday. I arrived at 9am, and from then until noon everything went fine. I went with a friend (he was dressed as Dave Strider), and we had a lot of fun just exploring. I stopped by and watched a few minutes of a Vocaloid panel, and the bjd social. I even ran into another friend who I don’t get to see very often!

My Karkat costume looked pretty good, imo.

By 1pm, however, I was a total mess. I quickly changed into my Matryoshka costume (bad idea! It was way too many layers, and I overheated quickly) and ran over to the Cantown meetup area.

Well, a Hetalia photo shoot had apparently shown up unannounced and taken the spot. Homestuck fans milled around, waiting for 2. The Cantown did not officially have a meetup, per say, but I did collect a bunch of cans. The HS photo shoot went from 2 to 4, and emptied out pretty much the second it ended, so nobody was left to build the Cantown with me. One awesome girl came around with a bag of cans, and I got a few shots before leaving the area. (I was giving my friend a ride home, so I had to leave)

The thing that got to me the most was the crowds. The area was way too small to contain the HS meetup. Security was getting annoyed at us for blocking a staircase (even though it was way out-of-the-way, and not actively used for anything except getting to the meetup. Bleh fire code), and the crowds were so large, I just didn’t see any use in trying to fight through them to join in photos. I knew I’d never get a good shot standing down there, and I was overheating at that point, so I just left. I was so overwhelmed and stressed out. I didn’t want to abandon the Cantown (nononono!) but I knew that if I hung around the meetup any longer, I’d become a complete mess. I changed out of my costume, and wandered the vendor room one last time. I came just in time to grab the cans, and left.

I feel guilty, you know? I’ve had two bad experiences with HS photo shoots now, and I really don’t want to put myself through that again. I love Homestuck, and I love cosplaying Homestuck characters, but I just don’t want to be at the meetups anymore. This is a hard realization for me because up to this point, my focus had always been “try to get attention for your cosplay.” I suffered through my Matryoshka costume, even when the weather was too hot to wear it, just because I knew people liked it and would take pictures. It was so self-centered and desperate. It worked, too. At Megacon, I received a lot of attention, since it was a less common cosplay. At Metro, the environment is very different, however. People are less likely to take pictures, and seem less into that whole experience. (I don’t understand it)

I don’t know if I’ll volunteer to host a Cantown again, if it means being present at a photo shoot. Maybe if I get a whole team of people to do it together, like a panel. I dunno. At the moment, I just feel awkward about the whole thing. I know the Hetalia photo shoot was way out of my control, but I still feel like I failed everyone.

 

I’m sorry this got so personal, but this is a serious thing for me. I’ve gone to eight conventions now, and in a few weeks I’ll be packing my bags for Connecticon, and I need to figure out whether or not I still want to be active in Homestuck events.

The one comment that made me feel like any part of it was worth it was when a Vriska cosplayer came up to me and told me that she recognized me from Shadocon (in the Matryoshka costume). I don’t care about being the best HS cosplayer anymore, but I’m glad that I at least got to know some local fans, and are recognized by them.

(today’s Homestuck meetup. Also posted on the metrocon cantown tumblr)

Today I attended Metrocon 2012! This is my third year going to Metrocon, and I really do recognize a lot of the usual congoers at this point. Today was no exception, but this year’s batch of popular cosplays surprised me.

In past years, Death Note has reigned as the main casual costume, but this year I saw many more Kingdom Hearts cosplays. Hetalia became more present than in past months, and ATLA and LOK jumped on the scene as well. Quite obviously, the costumes I saw the most of were Homestuck, but I ran into quite a few Shions as well! My personal favorite cosplays of the day included Lettuce from Tokyo Mew Mew (http://butts-isnt-an-emotion-asshat.tumblr.com/) and Rufio.

(Me in costume, right before driving to the convention center)

I went to a panel on Para Para dancing. We ended up learning how to dance to “Love and Joy.” (spoiler: it’s hard) I stayed at the con all day and raked in sweet loot like a KERA magazine, an f(x) coffee mug, an alpaca key chain, and a lolita skirt from Princess Pearl Designs! I fell in love with the skirt the minute I saw it on their etsy. The waistband was too big, however, so I’ll pick it up tomorrow after they custom alter it for me.

Overall, it was a great day. My highlight was buying more Sea salt icecream lollipops (what a mouthful). They sold out so quickly last year!

The vendors had a great selection, and I can’t wait to check out a Vocaloid cosplay performance at 10 tomorrow. I hope people like my Matryoshka costume, because I want to retire it after this weekend.

I  just wish everything regarding the meetup and the Cantown project run smoothly! Eeeks!

Yesterday  I attended Khaotic Kon for about three hours. At first I didn’t even want to buy a con pass, and just hang out in the artist’s alley, but in the end it was worth it. Within minutes of arriving at the hotel, my friend and I went straight into the Khaotic Combat Musical.  The performance was a mashup of Doctor Who and various anime, cartoon, and video game characters. Some of the fight scenes were cheesy, but it was very entertaining overall. The crowd was moderately rowdy, giggling and singing along, even shouting out to certain characters on stage. I had a nice conversation with the girl sitting to my right, and left the main ballroom feeling excited for the rest of the con….

….until I realized that there wasn’t that much left to see. The artist alley boasted a better selection of artists than Shadocon, but the vendor room left me wanting more. For the first time in seven conventions, I left without buying any merchandise whatsoever.

My friend and I wandered the halls, searching for any panels to drop in on, but discovered that there were seldom few of those, either. We sat to eat lunch, took a few pictures, and left right as the maid cafe was preparing to open. I was surprised to see that there was very little Homestuck cosplay (which had been a huge fandom at Mega) and Hetalia cosplay was on the rise again.

I’ve been spoiled by Megacon and Metrocon, that’s for sure, but Khaotic felt anti-climatic. Shadocon was quite small in its first year, and even in its second year, lacked the panels and vendors that other conventions have, but still had enough going on to keep visitors occupied. Khaotic occupied an even smaller venue than Shado, and seemed to have less attendees as well. (I figured that because of the lack of overflow into outdoor areas- even the main lobby was not full to the brim by a long shot. If too many congoers had attended, the pool and outdoor walkways would have been in more use)

The convention has lots of potential! This con wasn’t advertised as much as I would have expected, and the lack of buzz was reflected in its attendees. Few of the people I know had heard of the event before I threw flyers at them. Once the word gets out more, it can grow, just like Shadocon did.

(no photos because I was closet-cosplaying, and I didn’t take too many pictures of other people. Plus, I don’t have any of their urls to credit them ):)

(These guys were great!)

I attended Megacon 2012 on Saturday, and was shocked by how much larger it was than last year. For starters, the vendor room was way more than twice the size it had previously been, which caused problems at the entrance. Instead of having the multiple doors open at the center, like last year, they only had one small door open at the very end of the hallway. Needless to say, security didn’t really check for con passes. For most of the afternoon, I sat at a table down that hallway, and people watched.

I arrived a bit before 10 AM, before the con really started. The minute the vendor room opened, it was already filled with people. This startled me, since on Sunday of 2011, I walked in when it first opened, only to be greeted with a nearly empty convention center.

I spent a good hour or so exploring the vendor room, and managed to run into a friend who was (hesitantly) volunteering, managing a line for autographs. Poor girl. My parents were getting tired, so we left and found a nice table and ate some snacks before taking on the artist alley.

Honestly, I got lost in there. Completely and utterly lost. Later, I found out that one of my favorite webcomics was there, but I sure wasn’t in a position to find them! I wandered a bit more, then left and sat at a table again, pretty much staying in one spot until 4 pm. I saw some amaaaaazing costumes, and I saw some that could have used a little more effort. The most popular costumes this year seemed to be from My Little Pony: FiM, Adventure Time with Finn and Jake, Kiki’s Delivery service, and steampunk coords. I’m sure the costumes became more diverse and adult the later it became, but I didn’t get to stay too long. It seems that steampunk is rising in popularity!

I didn’t attend any panels this year, surprisingly. (Especially after being IN the costume contest last year, and hanging around the panel rooms a bunch) There didn’t seem to be that many at all, and I had already missed the X Japan and H.Naoto panel (Grrrr! Friday only!)

The cool part was meeting up with other Homestuck fans. A tad before 4, I ran over to the meetup area. I saw a ton of great costumes, from Runawaystuck Dave to Bunnygirl Gamzee (Ahhh! So cute!). There were a whole group of Ancestors, God Tiers, and AUs. The most popular new character seemed to be Roxy.

I wanted to stay for the whole photoshoot, but my parents wanted to leave (bluh….my ride home). At first, we were inside the convention center, away from the rest of the crowd, but apparently something else was coming in that space next (I saw a private photoshoot for like 3 people in there, setting up), so hundreds (according to the lovely lady running the meetup, there were 300 Homestucks that attended) of people had to get up and move in a mass exodus. I had mixed feelings, as my wig was slipping off, my makeup melting, and my patience wavering. Between dashes to the bathroom to fix my wig cap and two head bands (horns, matryoshka), I followed the herd to……..the outdoor smoking area.

That’s right, we were brought to a small outdoor area, complete with a charging gold cart and smokers, who really didn’t want to move. The leaders tried to cram us into the space as neatly as possible, avoiding blocking any doors, and hopefully keeping the security guards from approaching us. This utter chaos was the final straw for me. My mom was annoyed, urging me to leave already, and I knew that my costume looked sweaty and less photogenic then it did hours before, so I reluctantly left after staring in the first Karkat group shot. (I laid down on the ground in front of the group :3)

I feel bad because I had to skip the Can Town Project, run by Brittany, but I really had no choice. In the end, I had a great time, however.

(Total loot: 4 mangas, 1 KERA magazine, 1 free Hetalia poster, a ton a cool photos.)

I attended Shadocon for about three or so hours on Saturday, leaving after the big Homestuck photoshoot. I have to say, attendance was way up from last year, but that raised new issues for the venue. There was more people there than the hotel lobby could hold, so most of us hung outside, around the pool. (Last year, I don’t think that many people went outside)

Also, there was a lack of activities and panels. Two scheduled guests cancelled, the vendor room only had 16 vendors, and artist alley barely had 10 artists. Next year, I probably won’t even bother buying a con pass, and just take photos by the pool instead. The sheer mass of con goers overwhelmed the con staff, and I sincerely hope they move to a bigger hotel or work their way up to a convention center in future years. (Whoops, comic con was the same weekend, took up only local convention center. From what I heard, Shadocon was bigger, though)

Once I settled in and met up with some friends, I started enjoying the con more. We found a huge, EMPTY field behind the hotel, and spend a lot of time out there, avoiding the crowds. At 4:13 pm, I returned to the pool area for the Homestuck meetup.

Gosh! That part was so amazing. It was much more organized than any official part of the con, and I was thrilled to be able to jump into some pictures. We posed for just about every pairing ever mentioned in the fandom. I (Matryoshka Karkat) stood out a lot in the group shots since I was not in a canon outfit, but I received a lot of compliments. :) In total, there were only 3 Matryoshkastuck cosplayers (Me, Bro, and Cal).

I got to talk to my friend, who was dressed as Terezi. (She did a fantastic job on the makeup! She also used gray gloves instead of armsocks, and with yellow fake nails placed just right, they looked pretty realistic) I also got to meet a wonderful Dog-Tier cosplayer named Emily who was coerced into the position of leader of the local Can Town Project! I left before I could find out if we’d still take pictures with the cans, though. I hope next con we can collect waaaaay more cans.

Overall, I think that the amount of organization and thought put into fandom meetups is astounding. I enjoyed the convention very much, and I can’t wait for Holiday Matsuri, if I can make it.

Here’s my costume. I also posted pictures of me and matryoshka Bro and Cal on the tumblr for Matryoshkastuck


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