Con Report: Mechacon X

Hello again! I haven’t put up any promised reviews yet because I’ve been busy preparing for the title of this post. Mechacon X was a blast! Disclaimer: My experience is not indicative of anything but my experience.

My first day, there weren’t many panels I wanted to go to. I ended up hanging around Artist’s Alley, where Trust was on sale alongside my mother’s crafts and my cousin’s artwork. The first day I made no sales, sadly. When I wasn’t in Artist’s Alley, I was walking the con floor. My major disappointment was with the game room. It was moved off to the side this year and it lacked its defining feature. Without the mecha simulator pods, the game room was just another game room. Sleeping Samurai was a good addition in its stead. I took my fiance on in a bout and won him. Things I learned about myself: I go for the gut. Even so, fake sword fights and a round of Dance Central couldn’t completely fix the mecha pod disappointment.

On day two, I’d planned to cosplay the whole day. However, an early Yu-Gi-Oh sealed deck tournament took up a ton of my time. It was okay. I got a pretty good stall and token deck out of it. (Translation: I could bring up stuff to absorb damage while I got my own attackers out of it.) It was fun, but I felt like it took too much time from me. I had to skip a few panels I’d wanted to go to. After the tournament, I went up to the room and got into my cosplay. Only one person recognized me as Quatre Winner from Gundam Wing. I went to the Eien Strife concert as Quatre and found out something cool. I share a birthday with the lead singer of the band! I told her about it afterwards and it was like, birthday bonding moment is go! The rave was fun. I don’t dance, so I sat to the side with my fiance and enjoyed the music. I had glowsticks!

Day three was the winding down day. Vendors were discounting things, people were leaving, and I sold a few books. I didn’t cosplay that day. I went to two panels throughout the whole weekend on sunday: Eien Strife’s retro gaming challenge, where I failed horribly at Contra, and Spike Spencer’s voice acting panel. I gave Cheydra of Eien Strife a copy of Trust for her birthday. There was some disappointment as well. I got Spike to sign my copy of Tales of Vesperia without issues on Saturday. On sunday, however, I walked away from two actors when they demanded my hard-earned money for their signature. I told Scott Menville to his face that if they wanted my money for their signature, I’d be walking away – and I did.

The best part of my weekend was on Sunday. There was a Mecha Maid and Host Club on the third floor. I went there with my fiance in part because we wanted to see what it was and in part because we were hoping for free food. The food wasn’t free, but we had fun. I mentioned that it was my birthday and about halfway through the show all proceedings were brought to a halt. I’m not sure who she was, but one of the maids who wasn’t in a dress was on stage making this huge spectacle about secrets being kept. The next thing I realized was that I was surrounded by maids and hosts. They got on the floor and sang Happy Birthday to me. I got the cutest little treat for free and it was overall just very adorable.

Next best thing was seeing a booth for TeeTurtle in the Dealer’s Room. I got a Pocket Fury shirt – in short, when I where it, it looks like I have Toothless in my pocket. His tail with his prosthetic sticks out of the pocket and down the shirt. It’s officially the cutest thing I own.

I had a good time during the weekend, in short. There was some disappointment, but overall it was a very positive experience. I already can’t wait for next year.

Things are happening

Hello again! It’s taken a lot longer than the expected few days to get the ball rolling, but here things are. I have set the official release date for Trust at July 26th, 2014. When it’s officially available for release, I’ll post again to let my wonderful followers know.

After that, it’s back to the grind with normal stuff. More books to write, you know. More writing will be happening. More reviewing, too! My next review victims shall be:

Minecraft (PS3)

How To Train Your Dragon 2

The Lego Movie

Any others you can recommend!

Seriously, I’m kind of waiting for other stuff to come out. If you want me to watch a particular movie or play a particular game, just let me know in the comments. I’ll be happy to do everything I can. 

Until next time~

Not A Hiatus, Just Busy

Exactly what it says on the title. I’m working on several things outside of WordPress. I’m an aspiring author, or so my blog title says. Give it a few days and I’ll be an honest to goodness published author! My book Trust is being re-published due to things. I’ve done all the technical things and within a few days, Trust should be available for sale. Wish me luck! 

Good news, everyone!

Whenever I type that I say it in my head like Professor Farnsworth. I could have spelled that wrong, so if I did, apologies! Anyway, I really do have good news.

Trust is now available on Amazon.com to purchase! You can find it here: http://www.amazon.com/Trust-Acceptance-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00EWTJCCM/ The price for it is the same as on Smashwords, $2.99. 

Sorry for the short post. See everyone next time!

Con Report: Mechacon 9

Sorry it’s been ages since my last post! Loki stole my attention. The last few weeks are a blur, to be honest, between work and getting Trust ready for Mechacon. It was successful – Trust is available on Smashwords for download! The link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/349840

Mechacon is an anime and video game convention that happens annually in New Orleans, Louisiana. This year was my third year going, though my first with a monetary interest besides spending money. I worked with my publisher and my mother, the artist Lepplady, to do a promo. The promo didn’t work out exactly as I hoped, but I did give out a bunch of business cards for my book. With any luck I’ll generate some sales from that. (I gave a coupon code for a free copy of my book to Johnny Yong Bosch. I mean, how awesome is that?) 

Without being able to buy anything this year save for the plushies I purchased ahead of time, this year’s con was much more devoted to experiencing the event. I arrived early Friday morning after working the night, so sleep deprivation was my immediate worry. Thank goodness the hotel provided a lot of coffee! Friday there weren’t many events I wished to attend. I honestly don’t remember much of it. I walked around the floor and got familiar with the locations of everything. There was one panel I wished to attend at 2pm, and I believe that it was the Mighty Morphin’ Bleach Ranger panel hosted by Johnny Yong Bosch. I managed to ask a question about the Tales of the Abyss anime series that was recently picked up by Funimation, so I’m happy. I also took my turn at my mom’s table in Artist’s Alley. There were plenty of of con-goers looking at the wares but very few sales. At the end of my day I went to the game room to play a round of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but I was unable to. I settled for a few rounds of DDR to work off the rest of the caffeine in my system so I could pass out – finally. My day ran for 27 hours!

Saturday was the busiest day of the con for me. I woke up early and was unable to sleep afterwards, but showers. I don’t have a shower in my house, just a bathtub, so I cherish every shower I can take. I took one Friday as well after a short nap, but Saturday’s shower served to reinvigorate me. It didn’t matter that I hadn’t slept. I was going to enjoy my day!

There were three panels I planned on attending before the Eyeshine concert at 8:30 and then the rave directly afterwards. The first was a Doctor Who 50th Anniversary panel where we all discussed aspects of the series and what could happen with the show. It was awesome hearing all of the fan theories about what could happen in the episode. Hearing that it was filmed in 3D made me happier. It wasn’t because I can view it in 3D. Knowing that the series was getting that much love and dedication made me happy to be a fan.

The second panel was another Johnny Yong Bosch Q&A. I mostly went just to hear him talk, to be honest. He has a lovely voice. He is also very amusing and I found myself embarrassed on his behalf many times. The stories he told in his Q&As were enough to keep me well engaged. Well, until my coffee wore off and I had to start stifling my yawns. Really, Johnny, I adored your panel! Please don’t be mad that the woman in the Tails hat was yawning every so often. 

The third panel I arrived at late because Johnny’s panel ran a bit over. It was an improv panel where two gentlemen impersonated Wheatley from Portal 2 and riffed on various subjects. I threw out two for them to riff on – Pacific Rim and Gravitation, and the gentlemen handled it splendidly. The highlight of that panel, however, was when someone walked in with a replica Wheatley core. After the improvers noticed it, the man with the core had it deliver the perfect line for the occasion. Nothing could top that!

Other highlights from Saturday are my few hours where I cosplayed as Mew from Pokemon. It was a gijinka cosplay where I wore a pink dress and a Mew tail. I planned on cosplaying all day but the flip flops I wore got on my nerves. I did get to be awesome when I had to venture into the real world in full cosplay. There were volunteers in front of the WalMart I went to who asked me why I was dressed as a kitty. 

The other panel I attended, though I don’t remember what day it was, was a panel about JRPGs. I got to play a bit of Tales of the Abyss, though I couldn’t find Belkend and the controls for the combat were remapped funny. There were bunches of games I saw that I hadn’t heard of before. Hell if I can remember their names though!

Then came the true highlight of my Saturday night: The Eyeshine concert! I managed to get a spot right at the front. It was close enough to the stage that I could see every member of the band clearly. The music was excellent and, even though I didn’t do much jumping, I screamed so much that my voice went funny. I called Mom in the room so she could hear my chipmunk voice. It was hilarious. Directly after the concert I got in line to have a badge signed by Johnny. After he signed it I gave him a coupon code for my book. I can only hope he really does download it – I told him that if my book was ever made into an anime, I’d want him to voice June. 

Then, the rave. I avoided the line because I didn’t feel like waiting and ended up doing an interview on Electronic Dance Music. They said that they liked my answers to their questions, but I derped because I forgot one of the questions. So, who knows? Once I got into the rave, I sat in the back and just let the bass make my entire body vibrate. The thrumming in my sternum was so pleasant. Despite the loud music it was quite comforting and I think I managed to doze a bit. A cop woke me up though and I made sure to stay awake after that. At about three I left the rave. I knew I needed some sleep! Before that, though, it was time to game. I walked around the con floor with my Wii Remote and Nunchuck attached to my belt because that’s how I play Smash Bros. After the rave I was finally able to play a few rounds. Sonic + flat stage + neutral b attack spam. ❤ Then I did some Dance Central because I only ever get to play it at cons. It was fun 😀 Also of note was running into Eyeshine at the MechCorps simulators. I was gonna wait around to watch them play because a rock band in giant robots doesn’t happen every day. I eventually gave up and went to play my games.

Finally, Sunday. There was exactly one thing I planned to do, and that was to go watch the Bleach movie that was screened in the video room. It was the fourth movie, the one that took place in Hell, and I’m kicking myself over not watching it before. It was epic! After that I went to Artist’s Alley to help mom pack up. They left a bit earlier than I did. The very last thing I did at the con was play a round of Dance Dance Revolution.

I did come home with an army, though. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=4540048439143&set=a.3601248449730.114674.1829139703&type=1&theater

Overall, I had a lot of fun this past weekend. I can’t wait for next year! 

Updates!

Argh, I don’t know why I get sidetracked. Maybe I should get on a monthly schedule instead of weekly. It seems I can only post that frequently, right?

But, that’s the future. For now, we have updates! I have made a facebook page for my upcoming book: [Edit: I changed the page into a general author page and the url changed. The new link is https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTheaLarson ]This page features the cover art for my book and, in the future, snippets and trivia. I also have a twitter: https://twitter.com/KuraHikari I’m still trying to figure it out, but at least hashtags are interesting. (Hashtags still need to get off of facebook, though.)

The few people who have read Trust blind (that is, without me telling them about it beforehand) have said that they love it so, yay! My ending has made many people feel exactly how I wished them to. I can’t wait until everyone else can read it too! There are only a few more steps left in the process before Trust is ready for the world. I’m so excited that I can’t stand it!

In other random news, I watched the Avengers movie for the first time two weeks ago. I decided to do so because Captain America looked interesting. Also, Iron Man 3 had the events of the Avengers as a major part of Tony’s story. The character I ended up enjoying the most, however, was not Steve or Tony.

It was Loki. Tom Hiddleston was perfect, so much perfection, that I fell in love with Loki immediately. I watched Thor a few days later – not because of Thor, but for Loki. As a writer I was able to get inside his head for a week or so and it was marvelous there. I need my own deliciously snarky character because I can’t keep Loki.

So, that’s been my life in a nutshell. Let’s hope I can post again before September, right?

Louisianime 2013

So, I’m overdue for a post. I figured that while I was excited still over the anime convention I just attended I can post about it! Use this energy for something productive, right? Right?

So, an overview: What the heck is an anime convention? It’s basically an event like any other convention, though this one is centered around Japanese animation – and video games, and comic books, and whatever else feels like wiggling in there. Steampunk is taking over Louisianime (so sad), so even if you just like western video games you can still go to one! While there, one attends panels about various aspects of the anime world – panels about various shows, panels about genres, panels about tea, etc. Industry Guests such as directors and voice actors also show up and host panels, and they also sit still long enough to sign stuff for the fans of their stuff.

My favorite part about Louisianime this year, though, was the Dealers’ Room. It’s a giant room filled with anime goodness. Normally I go through the Dealers’ Room wistfully because I can’t afford what I really want, but this year I had a grand ol’ tax return. I bought a bunch of stuff that I wouldn’t have normally been able to from the Dealers’ Room – plushies, figures, anime series, and my favorite: wall scrolls. I bought a Gravitation wall scroll and a Black Butler wall scroll that I’m going to have to find places for on my wall. So happy!

The last bit about the anime conventions, and this one in particular, was Artist’s Alley. Most cons will have an Artist’s Alley, and it’s basically a space in the convention where freelancers of all sorts – artists, sculptors, sewers – will set up tables. Art of all sorts will greet one as one walks through the convention floor. I bought a print from one person of two characters from No. 6 (an anime I have yet to watch but whose characters are gorgeous), while from another I bought two adorable plushies and almost bought two more but resisted the temptation. There was also a guy doing commissions! For $25 I now own a custom piece, this one of my current book’s character, June. The picture has him smiling and happy, which makes me happy because his story isn’t really a cheerful one. It’s nice to have him at least look happy right?

Ah, I forgot about the most fun part of conventions: cosplaying! The word comes from the Japanese contraction of the two words “costume play” and it basically is what it sounds like. People make the outfits of the characters they like and wear them around the convention. I saw several Kiritos and at least four Jack Frosts wandering around, as well as a kickass dragon that scared several people. My cosplay this weekend was the Pokemon Mew. I did a gijinka version of it so I just had the tail and the ears and a cutsey pink outfit.

So yes. In a single sentence, it could be said that I had fun this past weekend. While wandering around, though, I couldn’t help the fleeting thought that I wouldn’t mind seeing my characters brought to life. One day I want to be pleasantly surprised by seeing June gracing art, immortalized as a plushie, or given a physical form through cosplay.

I’m confident that I’ll have June’s book finished by Mechacon. I doubt it’ll happen that quickly, but perhaps I’ll be surprised. With that, a lot of my manic energy has faded. It’s time to buckle down and get to work.

See you all next week!