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Self-promoting.. issues? Slide show with NYAF 2009 Pre-Party images.

September 29, 2009 Leave a comment

Okay as I am pretty much done with my draft for con report. Right now I am getting down to sorting through images, now if these were family images it would be pretty self-explanatory, but as these are all digital photos. There is apparently a protocol one must go through, such as fixing the lighting or adding in your own name to show ownership etc. etc. etc. I don’t even what to think what Eric must be going through. He would be calling my camera entry level, but it is still something that I must navigate with.

I threw up pictures from last Thursday’s Pre Party up on Flickr, and just to emphasize the point, might as well throw it on a slide show as well. From that post, I took down those images.

Getting through the pictures have not been easy, and I pretty much in awe of my photographer friends. I don’t think of myself as a pro, but I really love to look through photographs sometimes. For me to take pictures, that is something I need to master eventually.

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Post NYAF.. labeling and typing..

September 28, 2009 2 comments

Well it is the day after NYAF 2009, and yes it was a productive con. I liked the panels I was able to attend. Got spooked out by the crowds on Saturday. Was able to network some more. Got more experience as press. Missed seeing a lot of people. Bumped into a lot of unexpected people.

Working on JLHLS con report, researching, and typing I took, trying to determine what kind of label I want to use. I took off some pictures from a previous entry for that reason. Should I tie my real name to this blog and so forth? So much to mull over on aspects of what to do and what not to do.

I don’t believe I am sick, but man the sleeping this weekend was pretty strange. >_<

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NYAF – Recap of Day 1-2 – slightly epic feelings..also bittersweet as well..

September 27, 2009 Leave a comment

Okay well it is the middle of the night from Day 2 to Day 3 of NYAF, no pictures, and yes I realize that this can impact the way my blog is taken, but all the photos are still RAW, so to say, so cannot fix them without needing to Press pic the best first, and then leave some for this blog. Also if I fix pictures at this moment, will probably try do so in better lighting..etc. I give the greatest kudos to professional photographers.. fixing digital pictures is sure not easy… to the point where I couldn’t even sort through MELL concert pictures, without enlisting the help of a personal photographer friend.

So yes, probably no sleep if I am on like this. Right now twittering/iming like mad…

But yes, after my previous entry on the Pre-party, this is Day 1 of NYLA- two days ago. I got to the Center at around 10-ish. Anticipation was in the air. I was waiting, since I didn’t really plan for much to do, go to panels, and do press duties. Unfortunately some slight problems, forgot Tomino item, so after a nail biting day of waiting for the item from my mom. I was also waiting for a friend who gave me his VIP ticket for the Tomino signing.

I am leaving the details of the panels I attended to my press report, so this is on my personal feelings before I lose that drive to write about this.

The con opened at 1pm, so went to the dealer’s room first, then off to panels. Attended how to become famous on the internet.. then went back out to dealer’s room, picked up the Tomino item from my mom. Then off to Vertical Panel. I never was able to go to one, so I caught this one. My mind turn slightly gooey when I realized that they have Chi’s Sweet Home, the manga.

Then back out to go meet up with a friend. After grabbing dinners, never buy Center food again, they rip money from your wallets.. $9 for a panini. So after wards, went back to my friend, and waited, when the time for the autograph came, also asked staff if my photographer friend could go in with him to take a picture, and man that was epic, I wasn’t VIP, so my friend went in. Honestly this autograph and photo is for a friend of mine in Japan, so she’s pretty happy when I called her on Skype later. So evidence is good and sweet. Couldn’t sleep til 4:30am.

Day 1 complete. Now Day 2.

Crowds and more crowds.. plus my sleep schedule is like now. No sleep…

Day 2. Makino’s concert. I spent the night looking through my collection of books, and pencil boards, so many choices. I also purchased a cd that was her latest single. Got two tickets for Makino’s signing, the day before. So that morning I sold the cd to another friend. Listened to concert, ran back out for another cd single… I believe my photographer friend called it desperation. So when the line was mentioned that she can only sign official cd’s, I was disappointed. I wanted my pencil board signed, since it is a policy of mine. Because of a necessity of going over to SBR panel, quickly signed the cd I purchase and then ran to the panel. Because I purchase a new CD single, there was the second autograph session of the day. Following the panel, I went back to Makino autograph, and got my pencil board signed. Shocked and happy. She drew a cute bear on my pencil board. Yes I am a sucker for seiyuu’s. Yes to the fact that I learned that she drew the same bear figure for any Sakura relevant products. Yes to epic feelings.

Then a downtime, of course by now I was already starting to feel exhausted. The crowds definitely unnerved me, even though I took some pictures. The camera unnerved me slightly as well. I was really tired, so I went to the Press office for cover. I probably shouldn’t over do it, but I did/do.. and yes there are moments I stick a foot in my mouth. Day 2 is one of the worst days, so today I saw so many people I knew, and missed out on seeing 3-4 people. So real bittersweet feelings for that one.

Then toward the evening went over to Hinano’s panel. It was good. Got some help with Pangya PSP, and experience multi-player option. Following this panel, I made my way over to the Blogging RT for a little bit, wanted to stay a little longer, but hunger drove me out… After dinner, made my trek back home, and so now at 5am, wonder if I can squeeze in an hour or so sleep, to go to Day 3 of NYAF, and then off to a personal friend’s event.

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New York Anime Festival 2009 – Pre party – Cake pics..

September 26, 2009 3 comments

At this part of the city, within the Jacob Javis this weekend, New York Anime Festival 2009 is happening. Now backtrack to the evening before that, there was Del Rey co-sponsored event with NYAF for a Pre-convention party at Dave & Busters. It was Del Rey’s 5th year Anniversary, and yes, there was a cake sponsored by Ace of Cakes from Food Network. What was funny also was that right across the street, Cold Stone Creamery was having an event as well, where there was free ice-cream for a donation. However, because the lines were massive for that one, I did not try to go for that ice cream event, but saw a Female Wrestler Maria at that event. Have pictures, but because in the heat of NYAF at the moment, will have to fix them when I am done with the con. >_<

Back to the Pre-party, waaay too many people, just people snapping pictures of other people actually. Got pictures of the cake before the cutting, from two perspectives, and then the Katana as it left the building. Also got other interesting pictures like the drink menu, and some samples.. courtesy of Twitter’s @reika and friends.

If you didn’t know it already, the cake was cut with a katana. This was acknowledge via Twitter..

Rumor is we’re cutting the #NYAF Pre-Party Cake with a katana. See if it’s true on 9/24!

Then

We have the sword! We’ll be cutting the Ace of Cakes cake with a katana from Dragon Song! See their booth at #NYAF!

Bumped into Omo and Moritheil….and several more people.. and that was an interesting evening.

I had a tiny taste of the cake and thought it was too sweet…. Moritheil, I recall had some observations of how the waiters got mobbed and then some.. cake ran out as well. Would he recap this experience, who knows.. but that is experience of yours truly..

Couldn’t get a picture of when the cake was exactly cut, but perhaps there will be other sites that actually have pictures up? Also because of my photography skills, the pictures might be or be not good, but the lighting was also not an ideal situation.

Probably will end up throwing pictures up on Flickr when I have time to fix then.. so stay tune or not.. ^_^

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Otakon 2009- Day 1 and Prior

July 18, 2009 3 comments

I arrived to Baltimore via Bolt Bus with a roommate acquaintance, which has free Wifi, will be leaving on it by myself on Sunday. Hopefully I will be able to sneak past my mom some items I shouldn’t have got in the Dealers room. What can I say, penalty next month then.

Oh well another year at Otakon, what is that word again? I probably should use this type of phrasing to being my official Otakon report. This year so far as I saw is that the crowds and lines are actually larger, it is actually quite nerve wrecking. This year is my second year as press, and it is a grain of salt.

Grain of salt, they have great guests, but really bad on the scheduling. I was trying to get for Rai Becca’s sign and there is only one chance, and I lost it. I did get to get Kikuko Inoue and Mell’s autograph today. This year there is a lot of concerts, and I am sure if you look at Anime Vice, Japanator or all the other blogs, then you’ll see something.

My legs, and arms are hurting in some muscle group, and I am in shock actually.

Right now it is about 4am in the morning, and I am trying to get over something that really upsetted me, in the last two hours when I realized that I lost it.

For people who follow me on twitter. My twitter is at the moment private, and for Otakon, I am actually twittering on another name, that is my organization that I am writing for.

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Otakon Schedule – initial planning..

July 11, 2009 3 comments

My blog will probably turn into an Pre-Otakon planning ground. This is my third year going, and first time that I didn’t plan on the moment (ie when I get to Baltimor). Got inspired to plan my schedule after seeing Omo’s planning. Lucky him with getting to go Tokyo. I still miss that city after going there in May. Got a slight headache from trying to scroll the page from left to right.. why can’t they have an option where you can check off things you want to do from a damn stationary checklist?

At the moment, these are what events I am going to most likely do at Otakon:

otakon plans

The first set of tables is on Friday. I will be giving up the time to go see VAMPS, but I think the opportunities to see a seiyuu is much more important. Will have to see on the spot if I want to go to Otakon Fan Parodies or not. Also not sure about fan panels. 18+ panels I am slightly iffy on, but because I am actually in a closer hotel this year, shall have to see. Not included in the events are Twitter Meet up on Friday evening before MELL’s concert.

Wondering at the moment if Naomi Tamura can autograph my artbook for Magic Knight Rayearth. Ahh most likely not, but cool swag for her I don’t have.. still I think I have okay items for the other guests to sign. I hope to god that I will be able to get Becca and Kanon Wakishima’s autographs – for a friend.  I can say now that I am not really familiar with their works, but because my friend asked for autographs, must attempt.. still this year’s Otakon is going to very likely be a memorable year as well. ^_^

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Otakon 2009 Prelimiary Event Schedule released!

July 9, 2009 Leave a comment

Whoa.. I just found out about Otakon’s Preliminary Event Schedule and man is this year’s autograph scheduling sad or what.. >_<

It can probably lessen wait time, but if my eyes aren't deceiving me – Kikuko Inoune is only going to be autographing for one day. MELL, Becca, and Wakishima Kannon will be doing autographs after their concerts or so. Oh and because VAMPS are going to be in the room prior to the Opening Ceremonies, they’re going to empty the room half an hour before. I don’t believe this would conflict with press. I wonder if they’ll do it like last year? Because of the stress of there being a duo of famous rock singers, and the fangirls. I am actually thinking about the relative calmness of the Opening Ceremonies afterward. >_<

I somehow feel my face kinda pinching up in stress.. at the wait and running between these autograph sessions, and trying to go to other panels.

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Preparations for Otakon 2009

July 5, 2009 Leave a comment

Okay, hotel room check – months ago, with roommates from last year. Triple check!

Bus ticket check check..

I don’t know if I will be able to locate my DS Lite in time, oh well I never was able to get into those huge group things at Otakon. I still have my beloved laptop and PSP though.

Also placed the things to get autographed somewhere I can remember it.

Must remember to go out tomorrow and purchase Sharpies from Staples. Go and hit the three bookstores for Becca’s cd and definitely go and check out B&H for a camera bag.. with an extra battery to purchase.. must find the SD card I purchased when I was in Japan. ^_^

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