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I Went to San-Japan! (My First Anime Convention)

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 areĀ 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!!

 

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Texas Comicon was Awesome!

Sindel MK Day OffTexas 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.

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Texas Comicon is coming!

princess jasmineI 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….

princess jasmine cosplay progressI 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 wigĀ andĀ gold chokerĀ 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!

Thank you for reading!

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My Comicon Schedule for 2014 (I Hope)

Sindel Cosplay 2013

Sindel Cosplay 2013GAH! Comicon season is starting and I haven’t even finished one cosplay yet for this year! I need to get on my sewing machine ASAP. Remind me to get on that… anyway…
One thing I absolutely LOVE about living in San Antonio, is the fact that everything happens here. Concert tours come through, WWE comes through, any form of entertainment you could possibly want to see is happening here somewhere. That includes comicons! I went to 3 comicons last year without leaving the city limits. And this year my plan is the same. Get to as many cons as possible while using the least amount of gas. So these are the comicons I plan to get to this year:

Texas Comicon (June 20-22)– This con is relatively small and inexpensive as cons go. I like to think of it as a hidden gem because they tend to have awesome celebrities but nobody really knows about it yet. This year, I’m on a mission to be Jake “the Snake” Roberts!

San Japan (July 18-20)– Ā This is actually an anime con, and I did not get to go last year, so I don’t know what it’s like. I expect awesomeness, though. I’ll have to bone up on my otaku-streamers ahead of time.

Wizard World (Aug 1-3)– WIZARD WORLD IS COMING TO SAN ANTONIO!! YESSSS!! John Cena, William Shatner, and the Boondock Saints boys are going to be there. Yup, this requires my presence.

Monster-Con (Sept 6-7)– This one is actually a big fat “maybe” in my agenda. I’m not really into monsters or scifi. I don’t even watch horror movies because I have nightmares, so I don’t know if I’ll handle zombies and gore in celebrated excess. But it could be just another fun con. *shrug*

Alamo City Comic Con (Sept 26-28)– I had so much fun at this con last year and I cannot wait to take my husband this year! Lita is coming, and that’s reason enough for me to go. The vendors are also amazing. This is where my son’s MK nightlight came from in case you forgot my geekout about that, lol.

That’s 5 Cons without leaving town! I hope I can get to them all, but a budget doesn’t stretch as far when you’ve got a house to be responsible for. We’ll see. I’m also on the lookout for Pax South tickets to go on sale. Yes, Pax South is going to be right here in San Antonio in January, and unless the tickets are astronomical, I WILL be there. But that’s 2015, so I’ve got time. *Sitting down at the sewing machine now*

What cons are you going to this year? Any chance I’ll see you at one of these?

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And the Winners Are…

giveaway prize winnergiveaway prize winnerFirst of all, THANK YOU to everyone who supported the site by entering this giveaway! We ended up gathering 160 entries! Not bad for a first giveaway, eh? Anyway… without further ado, the winners of the Hungry Coqui Geek Pride Day Giveaway are: *drumroll here*

  1. ___aprilnicole___- from Instagram
  2. drumcrazzie- fromĀ Instagram
  3. Yamile loves u! @_TX__bringMe_– from Twitter

 

 

Congratulations to you three! You’ll each be receiving an email today with instructions to claim your new shirts. I appreciate your patronage and hope you send us pictures of you wearing your new prize. In the meantime, keep an eye out for the next giveaway. And HAPPY GEEK PRIDE DAY 2014!!

*Winners were selected using the random.org random number generator, which was cross-referenced with the list of entries. Winners have 1 week to claim their prize, after which time new winners will be chosen and contacted.*
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Geek Pride Day: Hungry Coqui’s First Giveaway!

Recently, Star Wars fans the world over celebrated May the Fourth be with you. While I have seen all of the movies, I am not a huge Star Wars fan, so I did not partake. However, May 4 isn’t the only day this month to let your geek flag fly. May 25th (the anniversary of Star Wars), has been considered Geek Pride Day for several years now, and I’m celebrating in my little corner of the blogosphere with HC’s very first GIVEAWAY!!! YAY!!!

HC first giveaway geek corner

I have acquired these geeky t-shirts, and I will be giving them away on May 25th of this year. The rules of entry are simple:

  1. You must subscribe to the blog directly or to one of the social media feeds to be an official entrant.
  2. You may subscribe/like/follow multiple feeds for multiple entries.
  3. Entries are accepted until 11:59pm (Central) on May 24th.

Follow HC on the following sites to earn an entry to the contest. (If you’re already following, you’re already entered!)

That’s six chances to win! Follow HC today!

A closer look at the prizes (click to enlarge):

This ladies tee features Yoshi and is a generously cut size medium. I have one that fits comfortably and I normally wear a large. Two of these will be given away.
This ladies tee features Yoshi and is a generously cut size medium. I have one that fits comfortably and I normally wear a large. Two of these will be given away.
This regular tee is a size Large and includes Blanka, Guile, Ryu, Ken, Dhalsim, and Chun Li from Street Fighter II. One of these is available to win.
This regular tee is a size Large and includes Blanka, Guile, Ryu, Ken, Dhalsim, and Chun Li from Street Fighter II. One of these is available to win.
Winners will be contacted via email on May 25th and announced that day on the blog and social media. Winners will have until 11:59 (Central) on May 31st to respond via email and claim the reward, or new winners will be chosen and contacted.