A-kon 29 was Terribly Awesome.

DSCN1996 - 1I want to start out with an explanation, so you know that we are not starting strong here. A-kon was Awesome… but everything that would have made it that was in a terrible way?

This year’s A-Kon was 4 days, but it was Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday so I had to request 3 days off in one week and one in the other, so I lost money from work. But 4 Days! Except that registration was not the noon time the e-mail said, and it opened maybe a couple hours late… but count it… 4 DAYS! I was in line for 5 hours, and we ended up not being able to actually do anything that day. What do I mean?

DSCN0155Well, V.I.P.’s had their own line, unlike people who pre-registered, and since I actually went down into the line at 5pm wanting to wait for things to die down a little, I ended up obtaining one at 10pm.   We could have gone to the masquerade which was going on for another hour or two, but we would have to go back to our hotel across the street and get ready, and we would have to leave early to re-pay for parking at our respective spots. So we got food instead.

dscn0447.jpgDealers room/Artist Alley was no open on Thursday at all.Neither was The Game Room. We kept coming back to this weird ‘Why did we pay to be here today?’ conclusion, and when we did… there would be people arguing for A-Kon saying that today was Day-0 of the convention.

No, Today was a paid for day that was advertised that I missed work for, woke up early to get to from Houston to get there when they said registration was going to be, and yeah… A-Kon straight up lied to us.

MAGFest is also a 4 day convention, and guess what? THE FIRST DAY IS THE FIRST EFFING DAY! I’ve been to both of these conventions in years past a day early, Wednesday for Mag 2016, and Thursday for A-Kon 16, and you don’t charge people extra just to be able to pick up their God damn badge because it’s more convenient for you.

On the plus side… we got to watch Dragon Ball’s Funimation Dub that night in one of the 2 hotels that are also connected to the convention center [but not physically] … that’s something, right?

One cosplayer explained to me that people do not go to A-Kon for the panels, but are there for the awesome cosplay. There is a lot around the convention center, and in that aspect, this entire area is a cosplayers and a photographers dream come true!

These are all, technically, different locations all within close proximity to each other. They are so close that you can be in one spot, zoom your camera and snap a great photo from a different one, like I constantly was.DSCN0247 - 1.JPG

DSCN1275Awesome, right? Well… this technique, sniping, can be cool… but I felt bad as I was constantly doing it. Also, there were groups fighting for spots no matter how well it was organized ahead of time. Speaking about time, sometimes one location was too dark by the time the shoot rolled around so a location change was needed.

Also, I feel like I need to emphasize that all of this is free. You could just go to the convention every day, not even stay at A-Kon’s hotels or even over flow hotels, and not give them a penny for it all. That’s… terribly awesome and it happens at other conventions.

Hopefully no one ever discovers this truth in mass. I spent a lot of money to be at this 3-Day 4-Day convention. It is sad though, as A-Kon probably put on a really great show.

The dealers room was huge and had tons of dealers, which might have been detrimental over all. I wonder if that helped Artist Alley sales? I did see two panels while I was there, one on Japan’s role during WWII put into context which was quite informative, as well as a Japanese tea ceremony on Sunday. There were people in them, but it wasn’t full… which given the population of A-kon… I guess they were taking pictures of cosplay?

20180610_005431_Burst01An outside rave is an amazing thing, but one with a noise ordinance? How about a different rave that is easy to get into with girls making out and posing like they are ready to get it on? That’s pretty awesome, but what if I said that this all ages rave was one of the most brightly lit raves I’ve ever been to, so if anyone is under 18 and can see that… well, that’s pretty damn awesome.

The game room was 100% fighting games on consoles, while the arcade games were… lackluster? at least two of these machines where multiple arcade machines that were… you know… technically illegal… but on the plus side, I did get to play a Japanese only puzzle game with a mermaid in it?

DSCN2013Video gaming and table top were in the Omni, which was the hotel that I was in, while a viewing room and some panels were in The Sheraton, and there was a places in The Convention Center that I was only discovering by Saturday night when I was traversing the bottom left of the convention center to try and get to the top right of to get to the rave. There is just too much of the convention that is too hard to care enough about to find casually because it is just too spread out.

In short, A-Kon 29 is hard to review on a 1-10 scale… so I’m just going to leave my originally short description: A-kon 29: Terribly Awesome.

Expect an update with cosplay photos this week.

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Louisianime 2018

DSCN0380Louisianime 2018! AHhh Baton Rouge LA! My home away from home! The land of uh… Louisiana! And a Raising Canes that is within walking distance! I… okay… so I’m missing a chunk of useful information about the city of Baton Rouge, but you know what? Louisianime is the only convention that I’ve been to 9 years in a row… OUT OF 10! I was there when it was being dreamed up by a couple of my friends, and then bought by two of my besties and than the dark times came… but they got better than worse and finally AMAZING.

Now that I’ve sold you on Louisianime, here are some links to my photos from the convention:

Cosplay: https://www.flickr.com/photos/netsenshi/albums/72157666903481727
Misc: https://www.flickr.com/photos/netsenshi/albums/72157695058337991

ARE YOU NOT [yet] ENTERTAINED?!

Okay… so here are some videos then?

I hope everyone enjoys them?

Louisianime 2018, the non-review

In order to get a selfie from the very front of the audience of the cosplay contest, sometimes you have to sit at a door for hours before, and agree to take pictures during.

 

Still, full disclosure, this is not an un-biased review of the 10th year of Louisianime.

I’ve been to 9 years of this 10 year convention, and I will do some sort of tribute to that, but I wanted to do something that was more a tribute to this year and not the over all of this convention.

20180512_151102This convention ran pretty smoothly from what I could tell with truly no major figurative fires having to be put out, which is awesome. Once again though, reviewing any convention where your major view point is this… is pretty hard to do, especially because being from Texas means that I got there a little later than I wanted, and left a little earlier than I wanted. I need to arrive on Thursday and be okay with having to get home at around midnight instead of around 6pm… Which I haven’t been doing that in the last few years.

DSCN0428I’ve been going to conventions since 2004, and like I said… this is my 9th year of the 10th year convention, so should I rinse and repeat my excitement for a convention that I actually hold so near and dear to my heart? Nah…

I hope next year, for it’s 11th year, that they do some things really differently, and I will just leave it at that… until then… can I just say one thing?

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This sure is a sexy banner. Can’t wait to see it for the next 10 years! Expect a post in the next few hours that has youtube videos and a cosplay pictures… but come on… today is Sunday… which is typically a useless day! You thought that this post was an anime convention review, but secretly it was Dio a Sunday post all along!

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….Chick-fil-a is still closed.

Down with The Sickness

When you go to a convention, there is a chance that you might get sick afterwords. I went to MAGFest, and I fell victim to it this time around. This phenomenon goes by many names such as con plague, con flu, PAX Pox, etc… and I did a comic about it a long time ago.

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Upping your immune system and taking allergy meds can only get you so far. I missed work because I was bumping shoulders with a small city basically in winter during terribly cold conditions.

Also my roomies got a chest cold right before, so my flu-like symptoms make sense. Headache, slight fever, chest congestion, etc. I felt like I was going to faint at the airport as I wore 2 coats and I missed a day of work. FUN!

But hey… that’s the risk we take, right?

Louisianime 2017

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Like usual, full disclaimer: I worked as a volunteer at Louisianime, I’m good friends with 1/2 of the owners of said convention, and since I was given a badge, hotel room, and gas money, I can not fairly review this convention. 

Now that that is out of the way, let’s discuss Louisianime 2017!

… … … It was fun and a lot of the stuff went off rather smoothly? Like I said, I worked there and I can’t tell you even if it was fun, as I was working.

They raffled off a Nintendo Switch, The table top gaming room had Pathfinder, Cards Against Humanity, and several board and card games that my roommate provided for the convention. The Library Bards were our musical guest, and the crowd really seemed to like them, so go check them out.

Below is the cosplay contest:

Here are some of the pictures that I took of the convention

Here is the link to all of my photos from the convention: Louisianime 2017

 

MAGFest 2016

MAGFest was well over a month or so ago, and I am only now finishing a video? Working hard, or was I hardly working?

Shut up and watch the video already.

There will be more videos uploaded later, including panels and what not. Here are a few below:

Below are some of my photos from the convention, as well links to all of my albums.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/netsenshi/albums/72157662702616824
https://www.flickr.com/photos/netsenshi/albums/72157664347643669
https://www.flickr.com/photos/netsenshi/albums/72157664347859109
https://www.flickr.com/photos/netsenshi/albums/72157664893631971
https://www.flickr.com/photos/netsenshi/albums/72157664470756270
https://www.flickr.com/photos/netsenshi/albums/72157665064018805