So I´ve never been able to go to San Diego Comic Con(SDCC) or New YorkComic Con(NYCC).Mainly because I don´t have the money for travel they aren´t ridicously expensive,but I just don´t have the money to get there and stay during my trip.So I normally stick to local cons such as Dragon Con and Anime Weekend Atlanta. That is when I´m home in the U.S., but that´s not where I am now.
I am in Colombia and while here I want to go as many conventions as possible before I go home. I´ve already went to a small MegaCon event in Armenia, but this seems con seems to be largest convention in the country.
So I´m super excited. Last year Bruce Willis was there,this year the actress,Millie Bobby Brown, that plays 11 from Strager Things will be here, as well as Jaime Lannister from Game of Thrones,and the author El Diario de Dross.
So I expect a little bit of everything, I´m really hoping for Power Ranger and Wonder Woman stuff, because of the recent movies.Though honestly I have no idea what to expect.
But what´s awesome is it sponsored by the Marvel,Disney,WB,Sony,Paramount,SyFy channel among so many others big companies.
I´m more than a little excited,but I´ll keep you posted.
Let’s start off by saying this, I am treating this convention as a solo entity. I recently realized that almost every convention I’ve been to happens to be one of the biggest in that country, or it’s somewhere in the top 10 there.
So first off let’s talk about who this convention for … …. TEENAGERS.
Now that’s a not a bad thing,I’m just not one anymore.
But you know what I did notice, those kids looked exactly how me and my friends did in high school. Punk, buttons, anime T-shirts,buying posters,plushies and pocky, those kids were us.
Now if I were to be honest, I only stayed for like 10 minutes.
I got bored.
Well I’m a vendor/artist/panel kind of women. I can spend hours going through artist alleies deciding what jewelry,comics and random things to buy.There just wasn’t an artist alley, But there were a couple of vendors and video game competitions.
So as far as this con goes, it’s a good place for teenagers here to meet others with similar interest. It was small, but for the audience it was perfect .
So out of seven Dragon balls it gets a two.
Well, the convention would have gotten a four D.B. ,if it hadn’t been for one guy at the door,not letting me leave when I wanted to.
I understand only so many can come in at once but ,you know what makes that easier, people leaving.
So it’s officially been a years since I’ve officially started cosplaying. What a year. I’ve been to three conventions this year,and I’ve done cosplay at all of them.Since I’ve been back I’ve attended, AWA, DragonCon, and Nerdacon. I ended and began my cosplay season at AWA.
Let’s talk about my first cosplay.
So while I was in Korea,I actually got the dress and scarf for my Bulma cosplay,but I decided to wait until I got back home to actually do it.I didn’t know how I’d be perceived being a black cosplayer in Korea,so I decided to wait. I was dedicated to being the best Buu Saga Bulma ,ever. I even bought a scouter while I was vacationing in Japan(yes it yells sayings from Sayians in Japanese :P). I had a lot of fun finding everything. Actually I had more fun getting the things for the cosplay,than actually wearing them.
Regardless of the time I put in making the shoes,I didn’t feel great about that cosplay. I realize now that while I was wearing it, I was letting people reaction determine how I felt about it. Rather than me loving it because it was awesome.The next day I did what is probably still my favorite cosplay.
My Steampunk Cheshire.
I spent like a month(or two) making the tail,out of yarn,I followed this awesome tutorial from Zullala. And it’s probably still the most rewarding thing I’ve ever made. Not just that, I bought necomimis and yellow contacts.I mean like it will probably always be my favorite cosplay.Group cosplays are definitely my favorite way of doing cosplay. It was with this cosplay I realized the key to having a good cosplay is having fun with it.Nothing else really matters.Rather if a hundred people ask for my picture or no one.FUN is the number one thing that you need to make sure you have when cosplaying.
After my first few cosplays
So far I’ve been Clar(k)a Kent,Billy Cranston, Alice,and Jubilee.You’re probably wondering where the rest of my pictures are.Well to be honest when I do a solo cosplay I kinda get to distracted with the con,but don’t worry I’ll take some pictures in December.
So as of now I don’t know if I’ll be doing any more cosplays this year but I doubt it.So I have to decide which cosplays to bring with me to Colombia.I really loved my Jubilee and I’m thinking about fixing my Bulma wig and giving it another spin.I’m also considering do a Luffy cosplay if I can make the vest before I leave.I already have the hat and sandals…
I’m not entirely sure what cosplays I’ll do next but they’ll be awesome,and even better.
I’m not trying to say that my Dragon Con was killer(or am I) or like that you didn’t have a good time.But like, I had one of the best things that can happen with anyone in their fandom.
So Friday was my first day at Dragon Con I went after work and got kinda lost(stuck in hotels with no knowledge of how to escape).I went to the dealers room plotted out what I might buy [I never just buy stuff of a whim I think about it and decide later[unless its like a rare (fill in the blank) for really cheap].Next I went to the JoyStick Video Game Bar,for a live Black Nerd Girl Podcast(It was awesome).Saturday was full of just hanging out with new friends(so busy having fun I had no time for panels).
SUNDAY IS WHEN IT HAPPENED.
So, I don’t think a lot of people know this about me, but I’m undercover hard core Power Ranger Fan Girl.Like I own Saba,the communicator watch,the white ranger movie morpher,along with the original TV show morpher(with all the coins),not to mention I’m reading the comic about them by Boom.So I decided if I don’t get to make it to any other panel, I have to go to this Power Ranger Reunion Panel.Got there two hours early,only to find that I’m like fourth in line fast forward to us and a Doctor Who line merging.Fast forward to us getting in.Side not I was doing a Billy Cranston Cosplay(blue ranger plain closed cosplay).So we have the actors and voices of Jason,Lord Zed,Billy,and Alpha 5.Someone interrupts that they should do,the iconic transformation ‘It’s morphin time’ thing Austin St. John(Jason) is like you got to finesse me before we go into that.Richard Horvitz(Alpha 5) was hilarious and so was David Yost(Billy).As the end of the panel,David Yost was like yeah we’re gonna do this and dedicate to you guy,who interrupted the panel.So the host managed to have a red ranger morpher,and guess who happened to have a blue ranger morpher to be used. Hahahahah
THAT WOULD BE ME!!!!!!!!!!!
So as far as I’m concerned my morpher is an official a blue ranger morpher.
And here’s the video proof
Yep yep,I got a much better interaction than I could have ever expect.
Dragon Con is a South Eastern U.S(Southern) Convention held every year in Atlanta,Georgia. Though I had heard of it ,I had never previously had the money to go.So I decided before I leave, I had to attend,because who really knows when I’ll be back in the country.
It’s a big convention spanning three hotels and two alternate buildings.At first I wasn’t sure exactly how to classify this conventions, on it’s website it points at itself for being a Science Fiction, Fantasy, Gaming, Comics, Music, art, music, film and just pop stuff as a whole convention.But if we are to be totally honest it’s mainly a Science Fiction and Fantasy convention.
Which is awesome,because although anime is one of my biggest and original loves, I have a much longer history with Science Fiction and Fantasy than anything else.I can tell you for a fact that Star Gate:SG1,Sliders,Quantum Leap,Xena,Herculese,Power Rangers,and Star Trek:TOS where some of my first shows.So although I did watch a good bit of anime as a child,it dwindles in comparison to the amount of science fiction and fantasy that I consumed.
So unlike at other conventions you are getting a very high dosage of Dr.Who,Star Wars,Star Trek, and Star Gate(not in my preference order but the popularity order).But you also have major amounts of stuff like Power Rangers and other shows of that sort.Not to mention the a lot of famous stars such William Shatner,and the stars from many top shows such as Stranger Things,Buffy the Vampire Slayer,etc etc
What can you do and see?
Like it’s a major part of the con is cosplaying. The pictures I have take are nothing in comparison to the little amount of pics I’ve taken. I’ve never seen so many cosplayers in my life.And doubt I will again honestly(unless I go to SDCC or NYCC).
One of my favorite things I was able to do was go to a live podcast panel and a Dragon Con panel.The first picture is of a Black Girl Nerds Panel ft Afua Richardson.
This picture is of a Power Ranger panel featuring Jason,Billy,Apha,and Lord Zed.Even for this panel(Power Rangers isn’t big like Star Trek or Dr.Who but it doesn’t have a dedicated fan base) .I lined up two hours in advance and I still wasn’t first in line.If you’re going to a panel make sure you do it early,or you may not get in.
Full of all of the awesome nerd things you could think of.I saw a lot of awesome Star Trek stuff which made me really happy(it’s not the most popular show so finding stuff can be a little difficult).I wish I would have taken more pictures.On one level was just stuff: steampunk, Star Trek,Dr.Who,anime, plushies,Princless volumes,and a gigantic number of memorabilia from any fandom you can think of.So the next level is full of independent artist who are selling there crafts,and there are also a few comic book artist.Most are those who have done a cover for the big 2, but there were a few independent artist trying to build a fan base.What’s cool about that is if you buy their books,they’ll sign them for you.So for me, I just bought a couple of comic books( and got them signed by the artist),Star Trek coin cases,a gundam(Iron Blood Orphan), and a Legend of Zelda Purse.I spent most of my money on food actually,all the restaurant in that area of Atlanta are really expensive(especially during Dragon Con) not to mention the hour and thirty minute wait time(Next time I’m packing lunches).
One of the major things that I love about it was how random it was.These were some things I just randomly bumped into.There were so many others,but I’ll leave those up to your imagination.
T-Rexes(though they said they were Raptors) fighting Sith and a Knightwing.
How often will you see Team Rocket members dancing to the Cantina Band
Dragon Con was totally worth the money,I would love to go again.
So after putting in a lot of thought I have finally decided on my cosplays for dragon con
Who will I be,I guess you’ll just have to wait to see?
Lunella Lafayette,from Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur.
Though I am going to do her,I’m still thinking about how.I probably will add more of a Tomb Raider feeling to mine,going for a teenage/adult version of the character rather than taking on the tween character as is.Also because the character is new there aren’t a lot of cosplays I’ve only seen two,so I’m excited .The only thing I need to do is order the glasses(yeah I wear glasses so it’s easier to just order a cheap pair on Zenni that to suffer a day with contacts and cute plushy T-Rex).
I know I know,stop judging me ok. Regardless of my feelings on Superman, I must admit as a person I really appreciate Clark.I mean it’s hard not to like the man.So though I’ve done this once I plan on doing one again,with better shoes.
Billy Cranston from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Not to get you guys confused, but I’m not doing the Blue Ranger I’m doing a cosplay as Billy Cranston the character.Going to have the morpher and the communicator as props (I’m going to push play on the communicator randomly and look around suspiciously as I rush off).
I went to Japan last year and just realized I hadn’t done a full post about it.
8.)Theme cafe’s or restaurants
Don’t go to anywhere in Asia without going to at least one.In Japan there are myriads of awesome themed coffee shops.Look at me and this owl chilling together in Akihabara(yes that is a real owl).Now I also went to the Final Fantasy Cafe which I would definitely suggest you go to (great food),but I would suggest you skip the Square Enix Cafe(unless you just want to buy final fantasies plushies that is).
[You don’t need a reservation for the owl or falcon cafe<you can get one but it’s not necessary>,but you will need one for the Final Fantasy Cafe]
7.)Festivals(or anime conventions)
Now this really does depend on when you come to Japan.I purposely went during the summer season, because I wanted to experience at least one festival.I really enjoyed the Sumida Fire Works Festival,which was very pretty, but super crowded. Like I have never been to an event that crowded in my life.I enjoyed it more because of the experience than just the fireworks.Seeing all the couples and kids in their yukatas,and all the different street food vendors, it really made me smile.Now though I planned to see the fireworks,the friend of the owner of the hostel I stayed at told me a about Wonder Con. Now everyone knows about Comiket, but I had never heard about WonderCon. Turns out it’s an anime figurine convention.It was amazing,and a totally awesome addition to my trip.
6.)Studio Ghibli Museum
Don’t wait just go.If you are into animation and you like Studio Ghibli movies, you should go there.It is one of my favorite museums I have been too(period), it was beautiful.Full of different ways of interacting with the artwork,and a lot of original sketches you won’t be able to see anywhere else(all of the pictures I have are of the outside, because you aren’t allowed to take pictures of the inside).Also you get to see a movie short while you’re there.
Studio Ghibli Museum
Sofie’s Hat shop resturaunt
Princess Mononoke stained glass
5.)Do some shopping in Closet Child.
So living in Korea the style was cute,cute clothes cute everything.Yeah this is a lolita shop ,but there is one thing it does have beside sweet lolita… … a gothic/punk section.You don’t understand,there is no girl punk scene in Korea(nor a Hot Topic or anything remotely like it) so this store was my first chance in almost two years to get nice fitting gothic clothing
4.)Buy some books and games at Book-Off
This is a used book,CD,DVD,video game store.There is not an American equivalent of this store.I was lucky enough to find Nujabes, Uverwold and Home Made 家族[Kazoku(family)]. So if you’re into J-Rock/Pop or Neo Jazz this is the store you can go in and find your favorite artist for really good prices.If you look at the pictures, yes that is Monster Hunter 3 for a 250 yen( around 2.50 USD) along side Earthbound 1+2 for game for GameBoy Advance for almost 50 USD(crazy right).This is a great place to go for used games and music.
3.)Spend some time in a Sega arcade.
Maybe the younger generation may not know,but Sega was a big part of the life for my generation of gamers. The Sega arcades are four levels of awesome. Did I mention that there’s a whole section dedicated for music based games,and a whole floor for taking pictures.Most arcades close at midnight(Korea too).Now let’s look at the pictures so I can tell you where our arcades drop the ball if you look at the picture on the top right , that machine dispenses cards.These cards save your data,so you’ll never have to start from the beginning.The other pictures are of the Pokken Tournament game that’s coming out, and the rest are of Hastume Miku game,and the place where I’m touching is the button to save my data.
This hidden gem,was in the area I stayed in.No it isn’t as big as Akihabara,no you will never hear as much talk about it,but it was beautiful.Most of the stores are Mandarake,different ones that have all types of things.There was one just full of Super Sentai and Kamen Riders memorabilia.I actually saw a replica of the original super sentai morpher,it looks almost identical to our Mighty Morphing Power Rangers morpher. But for a price of 500 dollars.I just couldn’t afford it but I wanted to.Now I don’t have any awesome pictures of the outside but these are some of my pics of stores inside of the Broadway that I really liked.
My guilty pleasure,like the Ghibli Museum it doesn’t allow pictures on the inside.I mean I love it so much I wrote a whole post on it in my travel blog.So no it’s not like a host/hostess club or a maid cafe.This is a restaurant you walk in and you are catered too.You don’t pull your chair out,carry your own purse,or even pour your own tea.It’s a place where every woman can feel like a lady.You can dress up or wear jeans,you come as you are.The architecture, the huge chandeliers,and the food,makes you feel like you’re being transported from Japan to England.The way you are treated it makes it a place that no girl should pass up.But reserve in advance(The picture on the right is showing them booked solid for the day[they’re normally booked two weeks in advance]).
Next week I have my first Greenheart interview.This interview will determine if I am eligible to teach English in Colombia.It’s the vetting process by Greenheart so see if you are really dedicated to teaching before you can get to the second interview.
Ok so I’ve done an interview from EPIK years ago,and it was really good.I connected well with my interview we laughed and talked about shopping.I’m not sure what exactly I should do to get ready .I mean I’m already studying grammar and Spanish.I’m not sure what else I can do…..