What the Flick?

After the new year, I went to my Flickr just to poke my nose around, and I was greeted with this message…

flickrlockinggetpro

So, expiring the same day it goes into effect, I could save 15% on going pro… so what are my options?

flickr plans

*sigh*

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?

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Remember the Pre-Bowsette times?

I took these photo in January of this year at Magfest in MD and June at A-Kon in Tx. Considering the fact that Bowsette hit us in September, I thought that these were worth sharing.

Remember the before Bowsette times? Where you could be a bad ass fan creation that was more adapted from your own creation than someone else’s? Before the bandwagon effect? No? Okay.

Below are some fun photos I took this year, mostly of cosplay. Expect a few more posts before the end of the year and after about how awesome 2018 was!

 

The Bowsettes of Oni-Con

DSCN0122 CROPWhile 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.

DSCN0116The 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!

For more pictures of Bowsette, as well as Oni-Con… check out my flickr album here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/netsenshi/albums/72157673354214147

Cosplay does not make you special

DSCN0023.JPGLast 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

dscn0035.jpgI 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.

DSCN0117I 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.

*sigh*

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.

Jump a train to Nerima, Tokyo, Japan!

Sean Ranma sketchWhile on vacation, I met a man who quite possibly has the largest collection of merchandise from popular 1989-1992 anime Ranma 1/2, or らんま 1/2 if you are from Nippon.

When he told me that he needed help fulfilling the bucket list entry visit a real life location from the aquatic gender bender comedy, as a fellow fan, I had to help.

So what location in Nerima was this? Furinkan High? The Tendo Dojo? Shakuji-Koen Park? Hah! No. We went to the famous fence alongside the river that was used in many episodes, especially when walking to or from school!

Ranma Fence

While most of the photos were taken with his camera, here are some of the results that I captured from this trip to the real fence seen in Nerima!

River walk in Nerima.jpgOne path on each side, one lane street in between. Not much to see, or too much? Who knows. This was an interesting place for a cosplay photo shoot.
Nerima with Ryouga.jpg

This area is west of Oizumi-gakuen station along the Seibu Ikebukuro line. While to many, this may not seem like a worthwhile excursion, I actually had a lot of fun going along!

Wait… why was Urusei Yatsura’s Lum in one of those pictures?! The Oizumi Gakuen station is the closest station to Toei, known for shows like Dragon Ball and Sailor Moon, so naturally this is known as the birthplace of anime!

Oizumi Anime Gate

They have statues out front from Astro Boy, Tomorrow’s Joe, Galaxy Express 999,  and even one of that obnoxious alien from Urusei Yatsura!

Urusei Yatsura Lum statue

Astro Boy

Tomorrow's Joe

Galaxy Express 999Also, I got to see the Galaxy Express 999 train! Or rather… a train promoting this 1977-1981 Manga and Anime!

Galaxy Express 999 trainEven if the photo shoot would have been a bust, which it was not, the station alone made the trip completely worth it!

Ikari Warriors throwback Thursday

18056_419056375525_4413961_nI cosplayed as Ralph Jones, from King of Fighters as well as The Ikari Warriors! I did this… man… A long long time ago. This picture was done in 2007 at the first Anime Matsuri! Remember in the long long ago, when we had high hopes for that convention, and thought people would not get harassed by one of the convention owners? Ah… good times.

Anyways, so yeah… Ralph from KOF… look it up.

Me and you… Breeding…

pokemonbreederHello lovely people! This throwback cosplay Thursday, I thought I’d share my Pokemon breeder from the original Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire games. This is one of those short lived cosplay for me, from Oni-Con 2009. It was very casual, and weird as heck that I did not already have a plain white t-shirt and pair of blue jeans already in my closet.

I sprayed my hair blue for this one, but it’s not readily apparent, unfortunately. If I ever cosplay as him again, I will try and make it more blue. I also wish that I had purchased one of those giant eggs too, but oh well. Anyways… maybe someday soon.