evilhippo: hippo (42 [towel])
( May. 14th, 2007 01:48 pm)
Actually, I lied. ACen pictures are up now. There aren't many, because a lot of them didn't turn out well (I'm sorry, I'm picky!), and most of these will probably get taken down within the week, but it gives a small idea of the con. Kind of. Okay, it gives a very small idea of the con, mostly from the art table. But now you know exactly where we were. (There are also a couple (meaning two) of interesting ACen pictures here, because I kind of dared him to come people-watch.)

And, as of 11 tonight, there are a few more. Because.
evilhippo: hippo (48 [jedi])
( May. 14th, 2007 12:27 pm)
I think today is another lesson in realizing how tired I am. I think I slept for at least ten hours, not counting the nap I took almost as soon as I got back last night. ACen was fun, especially Saturday once I felt better (Thursday and Friday I felt kind of like crap, from stress and being slightly sick). Unfortunately, I don't really have any amazing stories to regale everyone with... I got glomped more than I did last year, which was good (though part of it was one girl that I ran into in McDonald's, and continued to run into all the time through the night). I actually braved the soap bubble which was... weird. I'll leave it at that. Working the art table was fun, as usual... we sold a lot of buttons and stickers, which means I kept pretty busy. (Busy enough, at least, that I mostly managed not to dwell on the ten-page paper I have due this Thursday morning). And hanging out with [livejournal.com profile] sketchyheart's friends was fun... my usual groups just kind of involve wandering, and skip on the random midnight battles when the Spoony Bards start playing battle music.

In other news... the apartment search continues this Wednesday. One of the places I'm seeing is going to be shown to me by someone who doesn't speak a word of English, which ought to be... an experience. I think this is the point where I have to officially acknowledge that I should probably learn at least a little bit of Spanish (I wouldn't even consider going, being as shy as I am in bizarre awkward situations like that, but I think it'll be fun. Most of the situations involving mutual incomprehensibility I run into here are the result of people just being airheaded... and the apartment looks like a really good deal).

I'm thinking that the best way for me to reduce my horrible anxiety over being able to get an apartment is to get a part-time job between now and the end of the month. I'm also working on my resume and stuff tonight so I can actually apply to places that don't pay minimum wage. There's a job as an audio-visual tech at the Art Institute that I would dance circles for weeks straight if I got. My chances aren't great, but I am mostly qualified, so we'll see how it goes, I suppose.

Oh, and eventually there may be ACen pictures... I just have to work on getting them off of my camera, and cleaning them up, and... stuff.
"There are some minors drinking over there... but that's okay. Throw them out on the streets, they'll be the city's problem."

Yay, con. So, I've got a whole long list of things I need to write about sitting in my bookbag... plus I've got pictures that I need to upload. Including both the random people I missed yesterday. And a tiny child Sauske. And Katamari peoples, and other random yay. Oh! The Gate Baby was here. Actually, I don't know if it was ACen's Gate Baby, but it was a Gate Baby, so that made me happy. We had to give her a hug. I got a lot more hugs today, at total random, than I ever did at ACen. Though the one guy in the lobby Saturday night of this year's ACen, when I was looking for pizza places, who nearly threw me across the room spinning still wins at the hug contest that I wasn't having until this very moment... because that made me really happy. And he was nice. (Yay!)

Also... I feel a great need to point this out. There was this guy. Oldish, grey-haired... in shorts and a grey tightish-fitting T-shirt. We had to ask him if he was cosplaying Holland (from Eureka7). He was not. Okay, we said to ourselves. That is a wee bit uncanny. And to myself, I said "But that shirt is not quite the right shade of grey." Then, later on we saw him again, a bit after midnight. He had on long pants and a different shirt... BUT IT WAS A HOLLAND OUTFIT DOWN TO THE SHOES. So, obviously our conclusion is that he's somehow stolen Holland's wardrobe... or was lying to us about cosplaying him. Because wow. It was uncanny.

There was an awesome L today, who stabbed one of our candies with a fork and then proceeded to unwrap it in her mouth because of... weirdness. This amused me to no end. Along with the random people, whose pictures I will have up eventually, promise! Because I don't have that many, and I can probably yoink them off of my camera... now. And upload them while I'm here, because that's a good idea. OH! And there was one amazingly super-evil cruel cosplayer, who I will explain properly when I post all the pictures. I yelled at her. Because she was cruel. Cruel!

So, this weekend has really been an interesting social experience for me. I am so not used to being... behind a table for a con. But I actually rather like it. It's kind of a shame I suffer from a lack of easily marketable skills. (Alas... I'm suffering from yet another bout of art-jealousy this weekend.) For a bit, I was all like "ooh, I should find an excuse to be a minion for ACen, because last time just wandering everything all the time was... tiresome. And their artist alley's in an awesome spot for wanderers." But then I was told they're thinking of moving ACen to June. To which I reply "omgwtfisthiscrap?! You may not move ACen until after next year because if you do I won't be able to go, and this past ACen will have been my last without any kind of proper warning, and I'll be missing the tenth one, which is a crime in and of itself, but mostly I don't want this past ACen to have been my last, because it's not the best note in the world to leave on. Kay. Plus I'm working on talking people into coming so I can meet actual internets people this time, which is something I have yet to manage at a con. Zomgah." I really wish the hotel had let people hang out until the wee hours of the morning. I spent the evening after Artist's Alley closed lugging the button maker around. Which made me feel cool, but it would've made me feel cooler if I'd found a proper way to attract people's attention to it so I could sell buttons.

Unfortunately, at this point I seem to have lost my massive sheet of notes reminding me what I need to write about. I know some random anbu thought that I was a pirate while I was dressed as Winry, which... way confused me. Not nearly as much as the soccer-mom that was walking down the street when I was coming back from my food run, though, who spotted me and stared resolutely to her left until she passed me. If I'd stepped in front of her, she would've walked right into me. That was how badly she didn't want to be seen staring at me. (Come on, people! The two old ladies I ran into on the way to Walgreens actually smiled back and laughed a bit before giving me a half-approving nod. Which I think amused me more. For once the Winry costume was appropriate for the weather. Also, I love confusing random innocent people. Apparently the employees of the nearly-invisible food court were the most confused, because the place was overrun by cosplayers all day.)

Edit1: OH! We also caught the Speed Grapher dub. I must say... I am quite happy with Chris Sabbat's job on Saiga. Honestly, I think that, if the cast settles in, Speed Grapher is one of those dubs that could potentially be better than the Japanese. Just because holy wow, parts of the Japanese version were bad... mostly the parts that invovled speaking any English (and there were a lot of them). I've got my complaints though, of course. The opening theme wasn't Girls on Film, and that made me a little sad, especially because the instrumental thing they used was pretty boring. I might be able to get used to Suitengu if I ever watch more of it, but wow... I couldn't stand him in the first episode. Once he settled down in the second, though, he became tolerable. Nose-guy, though (whose name I can never remember) leaves me very unimpressed (even though Greg Ayres popped into the room in the middle of the second ep to babble at us a bit). Kagura wasn't bad. And most of the incidental characters weren't too bad. [livejournal.com profile] sketchyheart and I had to make faces at each other a few times, but on the whole... Okay, actually I'm gonna go back to Chris Sabbat. Because his Saiga's got this whole bored noir detective sort of thing going on, which I love. Even though I didn't really feel it there in the Japanese, it just fits so nicely. It actually added a better atmosphere to the first episode, and on the whole... I don't think much was changed in the translation. I can remember pondering over a lot of lines that still exist in this dub when I was QCing. Not that that's usually a good sign, but hey, it's not a bad one.

Mostly, though, I think Christopher Sabbat deserves a big hug for Saiga. If I ever see him, I think I will. (Still reconciling this with Armstrong, yes, but... hehehe.)
evilhippo: hippo (76 [bubble])
( Jul. 14th, 2006 07:20 pm)
So... even though I saw Mr Tumnus today, and a Cloud-as-Zoidberg (it almost makes less sense than that if you saw it...), I have no pictures... because I was silly and left my camera batteries upstairs in the hotel, and I was hard-at-work minioning. So there you go, not because I'm lazy this time (which is rare, trust me).

In case anyone needs to know where just about any fast-food establishment near the Cinergy/Duke Energy Center is in Cinncinatti, I am available for the asking. I suck at giving directions, but after wandering a decent three-block radius around today searching for Chick-fil-A (which was hidden in the basement of a mall-thing that was unreachable by human means) I feel like I can find anything.

I do, however, have a few things I feel a great need to write down, just at random. One: FMA panels. Plz stop reading CoS in Five Minutes. It was posted. I read it. People recorded it and posted it. I didn't listen because I didn't want to.

Of course, complaining about that is probably like complaining about dubs, where being on LJ and hanging out with the cool people is being subs, and fan panels have the sort of totally-at-random fan and nonfan people hanging out them, and are made for easy-access like dubs. Whoosh. Bad metaphor, go! However, sitting in the panel and listening (though it was fun) has made me love my eensy non-corner-whatever-it-is of the fandom more, because bits on the outskirts of fandom where we're all on the same page and are all "yay, really rambling discussion that is... whatever it is" are wonderful.

Two: I forgot what two was, so obviously it wasn't important.

So, on the previous note (being number one), we shall play the meme game:
1. Comment and I'll tell you what fandom I associate with you.
2. I'll tell you what icon I see on my friends list and know it's you.
3. Post this in your own journal so I can see what you associate with me.

To make this more interesting, I will try to name a fandom that is not FMA. Whoosh!
evilhippo: hippo (52 [dork])
( May. 7th, 2006 08:15 pm)
Well... that was a quick two and a half days.

A long, rather disjointed summary of my ACen '06 lies beneath this cut )

Sadly, I was unable to recruit anyone to friend Pirate!Hughes, mostly on account of not being able to come up with any way to do it other than signs... which are illegal at ACen. Maybe I should randomly post to the forums. I was told that I should cosplay as him next year. Which would be awesome except... um... crossplaying as Hughes. As a pirate. I have this thing where I actually have to pull off looking like the character? And considering I got mistaken for sixteen at least three times at the con, I don't think that'd work... So what I need to do is find someone to con into cosplaying as Pirate!Hughes for ACen '07. It'll be the tenth year. There will be big celebrations. And you will be a pirate for it. You know you want to, random anonymous guy out there (or possibly the Hughes with three outfits from this year. Notice how I asked before I glomped you? That's because I'm a nice person, and I know you want to cosplay as Pirate!Hughes now. Really. People have cosplayed as the recasted!sins and their own fan characters. I think what I need to do for the next year-minus-three-days is make Pirate!Hughes infamous... I'd better get to work.)

P.S. TEN! You are asexual! Stop that!
Toronto has a ComicCon. WHY DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS BEFORE. I am going. I am so going. [livejournal.com profile] chocolatemoose, you are coming with me, because there is going to be Elijah Wood and Jhonen Vasquez and lots of people from Star Trek and people you've never heard of and it'll be worth it just for the insanity (which is why I plan on going). This is totally seperate from my intense desire to get to the San Diego ComicCon before I'm too old to justify it as a not wholly-dorky act... but... eeeee. So much random stuff! And the exchange rate makes the all-access passes positively lovely compared to Otakon (which was my previous random thought). I'm not even going to ask my parents. I'm just going. August 26-28th. Who's with me?

P.S. The co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons is going to be there. [livejournal.com profile] becada422, you are now also required to come. To protect me. We can make fun of him. And his fans. Mercilessly. Hehehehe.
Really, I could have started this whole thing Thursday, what with emergency trips in the rain down 55th street to the tailors to get slits cut in the side of Mr Vash-san's coat. But that was about all that happened, anyway. Friday... the big departure day. And what a day it was!

Getting to the Con! An adventure in and of itself... )
Finally at the Con, Adjusting. Taking Pictures. )
Friday Evening sees J-Rock, DDR, and weird weird anime. )

And on to Saturday! Which I will write sometime tomorrow, because I am totally going to bed now.
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