Well I'm finally getting around to writing my post-con journal. I didn't take a whole lot of pics (for whatever reason) so once again there won't be a recap video.
Hitoshura3 picked me up around 3 and we headed to the hotel. When we got there, a few problems arose.
Checking in, there was a surprise deposit we weren't initially aware of. But Marshall called his dad and things got worked out somehow. After hitting
up Pre-reg, we went back to the room and I ordered pizza. The delivery guy called saying he knocked on the door but no one answered; at which point, it was pointed out to me that I'd given the wrong address when placing my order. I repeatedly apologized to the very understanding delivery guy, and then re-ordered from a different location (thankfully I was paying in cash).
My friends got dressed and left before I did, so I met up with them in the convention center later. On the way there, some guy cleaning out his car stopped me and asked me what was going on. I told him and then he asked how much it was. I directed him to the hotel (where I assumed registration was), though I have no idea if he did anything after that.
Met up with Hitoshura3
who had found someone cosplaying Kinji (from Aria the Scarlet Ammo). It's a lesser known series we both enjoy, so we were glad to see someone cosplaying it. I was debuting Lucy Heartfilia and had a cute moment when someone asked me to take a pic with their daughter (who later hugged me before leaving). "Kinji" stuck around with us and he and I went to the autograph signings. He told me about a plan he'd had regarding Vic Mignogna (since Kinji is voiced by Todd Haberkorn). Once we met Vic, we came up with this:
Todd's response (shown on the left) came a few hours after I tweeted the pic. We got a kick out of it, and so did Vic when we showed him. We on/off crashed in our hotel room throughout the day (Kinji and a friend from Shoboucon joined us). That night, we did karaoke which, as it turns out, Kinji was also involved in. Neither of us won (no real surprise), but we all had fun. I was using my newly acquired Plue plushie to help cheer on the competitors and the tech guy was like "What is that thing?"
We all told him Plue is a dog (in what logic, idk).
Re-donned Lucy and headed for the con. There was some confusion as to when Cosplay Chess started, but that was soon cleared up. My friend Shelby and I decided to sit in on the panel scheduled before it and wait it out, only to realize I'd forgotten my badge (which I went back and retrieved with plenty of time). Cosplay Chess started and I managed to last on the board longer than last year, and I wasn't a pawn this time so added bonus. The panel was held in one of the outside tents and ran a tad long, but thankfully they kept us all hydrated. They said there'd be another game, but that it'd run till 3pm. Since I was now able to go to the Voice Actor Reading, I didn't stick around for it so idk how it went. The reading went well, and afterwards I hit up the dealers' room some more, attended Jad Saxton's Q&A and then waited for Reni Mimura's Q&A, only to be told she wasn't able to make it (apparently due to flight troubles).
Later, we hit up Vic's Q&A where we told him about Todd's response to our tweet. He answered a few questions, talked about Free! a bit (I don't care what the haters say, he will do great as Rin). Kinji came up and crashed with me and Marshall in our room for a bit before the Whose Line panel. We watched some vids, finished the leftover pizza, and eventually headed over to the con hotel earlier than planned due to impending weather (it started pouring not long after we got inside). By the time the weather cleared up, I realized I'd once again forgotten my badge so we headed back to the room to retrieve it. GeneStarwind21122
ran the Whose Line panel this year and earlier that day had asked some of us for Scenes from a Hat ideas. One of mine got picked and it actually produced better results than I'd thought.
I decided not to cosplay that day, so I just wore my Death the Kid shirt and met up with friends again. Did some more minor shopping in the dealer's room and got "lunch" in the hotel bar area before Hitoshura3 and I left.
Now all I got is planning for NekoCon. Initial plan was just Rea (from Sankarea), though friends from a prior Soul Eater panel asked if I'd do Liz with them again. This mostly hinges on them getting the panel scheduled, so right now that's up in the air. Kinji will be cosplaying Sankarea with me as Chihiro, and that's as far as we've planned so far.
Can't say for sure I'll update again before NekoCon, but we shall see. If not, ciao, lovlies!