I recently went to Anime Austin 2019, and well… I’m done. The first convention I ever went to was Oni-Con in 2004. for years, I was haunted by the fact that I lost the convention badge from my first convention. Now, I find that laughable, considering the last few I haven’t even cared to preserve.
While I will have a further retrospective on the last… fifteen? I seriously spent more time going to conventions than I did from Elementary to High School?! *sigh*
Anyways, so here are a bunch of random photos that I took, or had taken for me with my camera… and yeah… A lot of fun stuff there.
A female Shadow Link
Steam Punk Sailor Moon Group
Gary Oak? or wait… Is that Blue?
I hope everyone is having a happy great Throwback Thursday!
This blog is 9 years old, and has covered/embraced/celebrated many different things from My Little Pony, Cosplay, Comics, Video Games, and more. I do not know the future of this blog or domain name even… I do know that it has been an enjoyable time, and I have had the glorious opportunity through it to interview some cool people and meeting new friends.
Below are 9 pictures from my blog, each from a different year, and 8 of which were created by me.
The Death of the mastermind of 9-11, Cosplay Prom, Art for a friend and her husband, Me with some Poke babes at Coast con, Jupiter and Mercury together to tease one of my friends, Rogue from MagFest, MLP cosplay from the last Nightmare Nights, Skies of Arcadia cosplay from last years MagFest, and the unearthed magazing cover featuring one of my favorites Futaba-Kun change! Mmm…. some interesting and even good times.
Like I said, I do not know the future of this blog. I really want to migrate the content of this blog off of wordpress. I do not like using it’s image menu, as the further back I search for images, the less stable it gets. Also, I’ve reached past 80% of my allotted image space.
People have been clamoring that there is an Anime Gate going on, and that taking down the popular voice actor, Vic… Mig…nawn… Vic. Taking down Vic was a huge part of this. My argument is Anime Gate is much older than #KickVic, and is much broader. Let’s start at the beginning.
Signs at conventions asking for hugs/kisses, people taking pictures with cosplayers with their hand on their boob/butt, hyped up youngsters running at people full speed for a glomp, etc… Anime Convention goers have always been debaucherous, and there has always been this awkward excited energy to anime conventions… and a lot of us finally grew up and it became more okay to say ‘This! This! I don’t like THIS!’
2014’s Cosplay is Not Consent is where Anime Gate really started from. Then we have the whole Momokun situation where a cosplay guest was being all handsy and gropish with other attendees. People complained and conventions restricted her appearances but lately it’s as if people forgot about her.
In between, we’ve had the whole Anime Matsuri situation, where John Leigh of Anime Matsuri had lolita guests claiming that he had harassed them both online and in-person.
Vic Mignogna has had allegations whispered at conventions since I’ve been going to them in 2004 that I have personally heard of. Women claiming that Vic is creepy, that conventions were going to stop having him as a guest, etc.
There is a spreadsheet going around of accused abusers from anime conventions. Right around this time, #KickVic started. Something like #KickVic was almost destined to come up in this post #Metoo world. The allegations against Vic Mignogna aren’t that bad even, for the most part. Too huggy and kissy on women/girls of questionable ages for way too long of a time. That sums up this whole Vic thing, in a nut shell.
‘This! This! I don’t like THIS!’
While convention behavior between guest and attendee, cosplayer and attendee, and even guest and convention volunteers once you factor in Vic’s alleged behavior towards staff when he doesn’t get his way, is only half of what could be considered an Anime Gate.
You then have Westerners trying to re-make anime in their own image, what with Crunchy Roll allegedly misappropriating funds to make High Guardian Spice, Steven Universes nods to video games and anime, Crunchy Roll ignoring the popular Goblin Slayer for it’s yearly awards because it’s content is problematic, Netflix’s She-Ra, and the countless ‘Ameria-manga’ cartoon and comic art styles that have come before all of this.
The real Anime Gate might just be the fact that a lot of the 2nd generation of Anime fans who were 90’s kids finally grew up and took off the rose tented glasses, and said enough was enough on social media… where they were finally heard.
But hey… that’s just a theory… an Anime Gate theory!
After the new year, I went to my Flickr just to poke my nose around, and I was greeted with this message…
So, expiring the same day it goes into effect, I could save 15% on going pro… so what are my options?
I am not paying $50.04 a year to store my photos somewhere. At one time, when it was offered, I did sometimes go pro… but that was when I was trying to be either a convention photographer or a convention journalist.. and yeah… that sucks… so where will I go?
WordPress? No… I’m at almost 80% there. Deviantart takes too long to upload even one picture. *sigh* This sucks, and I’m not sure where the future of my hobby will bring me to…
Below are some photos I’ve taken or had taken for me (such as mermaid-ed ones) that will soon need a new home, I guess. Enjoy?
While at Oni-con last Saturday, I accidentally ran into a gaggle of girls dressed as everyone’s favorite Mario meme generator, Bowsette!
How long will a sexy version of Bowser wearing the same crown that can turn Toadette into Peachette be relevant? No clue, but this awesome moment in time was captured by my camera… and that’s pretty awesome.
The crazy thing is that the crown that causes this transformation is from a game, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe for Nintendo Switch, that has still not even come out yet! Six days away, and there are Bowsettes, Booettes, and… Shygette? Shy Gurl?
Whatever, it’s cute and the main point is that it’s so much more awesome than Toadette… which was surprisingly absent when I was at Oni-Con.
At this photo shoot, there were Mario’s and Luigi’s but no official princesses in sight, which was a little sad as I amd a huge fan of Princess Daisy. Anyways, enjoy the pictures below!
Last Saturday, I went to Oni-Con in Galveston, Tx! While I took a lot of pictures that day at and around said conventions, there was something that I wanted to say before I tackle that. If you are at a convention, you might end up having your picture taken, or there might be video of you. Is it a little rude? Yeah! Is it wrong? Maybe not? Let me explain the story that happened to me at Oni.
I was in the smoking patio they had on the second floor chatting with some friends from out of state.
All of a sudden, a girl gets on a pillar that is attached to the railing, and poses for a picture. This is unsafe behavior, in the evening where light is low, and is posing in heels on something that is maybe 18inx18in
I snapped a picture of her from behind with my camera, as it was just faster than using my cell phone. A minute or two later, the friend of hers who took the cell phone picture complains that if you want to take her photo, you can just like… ask.
I go “I was taking the photo because what she was doing was dangerous. She could have fallen and hurt herself.’
“Still though, you can just ask”
I would never have asked. What I was doing, was contemplating showing the photo to the hotel staff which would probably get Oni-Con in trouble because their guests were violating basic safety precautions, but you know… whatever.
I get that Cosplay is not Consent, but cosplay doesn’t make you ‘special.’ The rules still apply to you even if you are dressed as a witch, angel, or virtual idol.
If I want to take a photo of someone who is doing something stupid? Be glad that I didn’t take video… which is something I could have done just as easily.
Expect some photos tomorrow from my Saturday at Oni-Con. Maybe I will do one tomorrow on the Bowsettes of Oni-Con? I might just do an over all one… but expect a couple updates soon.