Hmm.. its been about two weeks now since AKON and I can’t believe I haven’t gotten around to posting anything yet. Here goes.
The con itself was unchanged – still at the Sheraton in Downtown Dallas, with overflow at the Marriott and space taken in the Plaza of the Americas. Since I’m a lazy bum procrastinator extraordinaire, I waited until the last second to make my costume EVEN THOUGH I HAD TONS OF “NOTICE” ON WHO THE HECK I WANTED TO COSPLAY. FML. Therefore, I spent the entire night and morning constructing Fran’s dress.. had two hours of sleep. Maybe I have mentioned on here (prob not) but I am taking summer classes and they’ve been leaving me exhausted. 7:30AM-11:40AM.. and I get to places early so… more like 7AM to 11:40AM for me. Run errands, work… which isn’t too difficult but still. Anyways, back to AKON. UHmmmmm.. went to class Friday morn, got back home, packed and loaded the car, drove to downtown.. thought it’d take me 30-45 mins to get there and find parking – nope! Took 20 minutes! That’s a new record!! Somehow I got there on the right road and went into the right lot where there was still a spot available. AND it cost me $3. (Just this once, it got more expensive once the lot owners decided to jack up the price and make profit since it was gonna get filled up anyway.) Called Changalang Changsta (LMAO) and cut in line with him. My friends had waited for three hours – THREE HOURS in pre-reg line to get their badges and lucky me gets to cut in and wait only 30 mins. Score!
OK, no more details. The dealer’s room this year was very… different. It had the same elements – Kyoto Kytchen, its few other food/snack competitors, wall scrolls, swords, figurines, jewelry, plushies, etc.. but there seemed to be an absence of something I can’t quite put my finger on. There were tons of Doctor Who posters and more scifi souvenirs this year – which I’m very happy about.
The cosplay this year varied wildly. Usually, I can tell if there is a “favorite” or trend going on. If anything, there was a bigger presence of steampunk than anything else but nothing dominated the con. Not like Naruto, Pokemon, Hetalia, Bleach, etc of the years past. There were also quite a few DW cosplays running around! One of the highlights for me was seeing Magic Knight Rayearth – talk about old school! I will post a few photos here but will upload to my SFH page on Facebook. In fact, I’d get right on it now.
Another highlight – seeing The Silence. Wait, just forgot, who’d I see? JK. If you haven’t seen that episode of Doctor Who yet, you won’t get it. But they were there and I got them and they were awesome. I wonder how they made an appearance so quickly?? I think someone is going to cosplay Idris soon, I can feel it in me bones. Speaking of, I’m thinking my next DW cosplay is going to be a “pretty” Weeping Angel. I’ll research body paint.
Highlight number three and the funniest and possibly the best – was seeing a group of Hard Gays. Yes, HARD GAY. In case you’re not familiar, Hard Gay is a Japanese comedic personality where he wears tight leather shorts, leather vest and goes around doing… questionable activities for giggles. I was upstairs leaving (?) the dealer’s room when I chanced upon them and HAD to take pictures. OMG… so epic. The guys were having a great time, they were so into character.. and they were extremely fit.
I didn’t make it to any of the panels – in retrospect, I didn’t go to any panels and most events but I got an awful lot of photos. Still had tons of fun. Next year.. next year will be the year of photos AND panel.. and I will be a skanky cosplayer, mark my words! LMAO. OK off to upload photos.
Here are a few more.. will add link to FB gallery of photos.
***EDIT***: Here is the FB gallery!