This past weekend, San-Japan happened in downtown San Antonio. Let me just say, this annual anime convention is an experience like no other! For one, it’s a 24-hour experience! Maybe this is common and I’m just unaware, but I’d never seen a convention go all night long before. I just wish we’d had a babysitter so we could experience late-night geek life! I guess I’ll have to plan better for next year. (Note to self: Invest in babysitters and energy drinks)
The theme for this year was Samurai 7, an anime that I’ve only seen a couple episodes of. I debuted my Sailor Saturn cosplay, and my husband dressed as a Steampunk DJ. Our son was a button-mashing no0b, haha. Our cosplays are discussed in a separate post. In the meantime, San-Japan did soooooo many things right! I definitely got my money’s worth (and spent much more than I originally planned). So let’s talk about how they impressed me.
Open space- San-Japan took place in an entire convention center PLUS portions of the hotel next door. This offered breathing space for everyone, which is something other cons I’ve been to didn’t do. You could walk around without rubbing anyone inappropriately, despite the fact that there were thousands of people in the rooms at any given time.
24-hour events- There was ALWAYS a panel, watch party, workshop, tournament, or other worthwhile event going on. From masquerade balls to sparring circles to karaoke, there was always something for everybody.
Affordable admission- My badge only cost $50 for the entire weekend, and had I ordered it earlier, I could’ve paid as low as $35. That’s an INSANE deal!
Pre-judging the Cosplay Contest- I love cosplay contests! What I don’t love, is sitting there for 3 hours just to get through the first stage of displaying all the costumes and then sitting around for another hour while the judges wade through their notes to figure out who won. Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t start at 7pm, but really I just want to snap some awesome photos and see who won! San-Japan had cosplay contestants report during the con for a step called “pre-judging” where they got an in-depth look at the cosplays and got to ask whatever questions they had about construction. This meant that at the actual contest, contestants spent a grand total of 20 seconds on the stages each, and all the competitors were displayed in a timely manner. YES! It still took quite some time because the list of people was long, but it would’ve been sooo much longer if they hadn’t done it that way.
I had a great time at San-Japan. I only wish that I had more energy and hours in the day to attend more events, and maybe more guts to participate in a contest of some kind. I also wish money grew on trees, because the pile of loot I brought home is nothing compared to the pile of loot I wanted and left on the tables. My only gripe is that most of the celebrity appearances were very obscure people. The kind of folks who have cult followings but most lay-people wouldn’t actually know. It didn’t take away from my experience, but it would’ve been nice to see some bigger names. Maybe that’s just me being an anime novice…
Now check out my awesome collection of new geek swag!!
Texas Comicon was a few weeks ago, and I was only able to go on Saturday. I made it worth it, though! I haven’t been to Texas Comicon in 2 years, because the last time I went (2012) it was a total bust. This year they announced that Jake “the Snake” Roberts would be there, so we decided to go. Of course, now that we live right around the corner from the old venue, they moved to a new venue :/.
Sindel is in desperate need of repair, which I only just discovered 2 days before the con. I may have to rebuild her from scratch, so I went with a “Sindel’s day off” look. I was still recognized, so I’m content with that. It was pretty crowded at the convention, so it was actually nice to be dressed comfortably.
The con had an interesting setup. It was taking place in a mall, so many of the vendors were located in open access areas. They saved the best vendors, celebrities, and exclusives for paid only areas, though. The feature was Optimus Prime and Transformers, but the VIP line for that was insanely long, so I passed that up. Instead, I met Jake “the snake” Roberts! He signed my Pick Your Poison DVD and a glossy photo and I got to touch his WWE Hall of Fame ring! How cool is that?!
I got a lot of cosplay inspiration from the costume contest, and I wish I could’ve watched it from a spot that would allow for better pictures, but I’ll still share them with you all. My favorites were definitely Akasha (Queen of the Damned), Dart (Legend of Dragoon), and Black Waltz #2 (FFIX). Honorable mention goes to Rule 63 Bumblebee, because she went so far as to include cupholders, lol.
My goodness! Life has been extra busy lately! I’m sorry I haven’t posted much lately, but the world is not even trying to slow down for me. At least now I can tell you about my time at Mini-Mini Con!!
Mini-Mini Con is a one-day event (ok, really 4 hours) sponsored by San Japan (an annual comicon) and Nine Tails (a local geek shop). Lots of local vendors come out, and I guess the best way to describe it is a “comicon preview”. Patrons and their kids were in cosplay, a live DJ played dance remixes of our favorite theme songs, and of course there was a game room set up.
I was able to pre-register for San Japan: Samurai 7, which is the full-size comicon taking place next month. YESSSS!!! My only regret was that we couldn’t hang out long, so I didn’t get to take many pictures. I was there long enough to get an awesome coupon for Game Over Videogames, however, which I used to spoil my husband for Father’s Day. Now admire my sweet new hair clip from Bonus Life Jewelry! Are you coming to San-Japan?
I don’t know how we are already the middle of June, but we are, and next week is approaching. This means two things. I will be turning 28, and Texas Comicon is upon me. My princess Jasmine cosplay is not even close to being finished! I may be forced to wear my Sindel again in celebration of the announcement of Mortal Kombat X coming in 2015. By the way, have you seen this yet?
Obviously, I can no longer put off investing in a PS4… but back to Jasmine….
I would just lock myself up with the sewing machine and knock it out, but life happens, and it will not be ignored. Wearing Sindel again would be a great chance to take some pictures, though. Last year, I spent so much time taking pictures of others at the comicon that I didn’t bother to get many pictures of my Sindel cosplay.
To be honest, I probably could finish Jasmine in time for comicon if I focus. I’ll just have to hope that this black wig and gold choker I ordered ship quickly. I will still have to style the wig once it arrives, and long wigs are so finicky! We’ll just ignore the fact that I’m not exactly in ideal midriff-baring shape for now. Con-goers aren’t supposed to care about that, right?
Will you be at Texas Comicon next week? Tell me who you’ll be cosplaying so I’ll know to look for you!
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