First off I would like to wish all my East Coast friends the very best. Stay safe, stay dry!
On to the recap, as demanded by *LeftWingDuck
mostly because she wants to see my pictures.
So if you just want to see some panel pictures, go here: [link]
and you can see all my pics. I couldn't be arsed to caption any of them, though, so if you want to know who's in them you'll have to ask.
Hanna got here on Thursday night. I woke her up with my alarms Friday morning; I had to go to work, so we ended up driving separately (which turned out to be a very good thing). She went early and I headed out around 2 to Columbus. I got there a little after 3, found Hanna and registration, and this time I had my badge in about 10 minutes. Nothing like Sugoicon, thank goodness! We went to *Sonion
's panel at 4:00, which was very interesting, and then Hanna had her panel at 6:00.
Sonny at his 4:00 panel.
We then puttered around until the 11 Anime Voice Actors 18+ panel, and we sat right up front. I was surprised they let us take pictures. Video was strictly verboten. Eric Vale stole the show with an impersonation of a voice actor not present. It was downright uncanny how much he can sound like this particular voice actor.
Seems they do not get along. But anyhoo, at one point I laughed so hard I thought I was going to faint. My only critique was there were too many sex questions. Come on people! Some are funny but it got boring after a while.
We would have liked to stay for the 1:00am panel but we had a 1 hour drive home and wanted to be back early on Saturday, so we headed out. I paid for my parking and started to roll out of the garage when I realized there might be something horribly wrong with my car.
Hanna was behind me and halfway down the block I had to pull over. My brakes were gone. DAMMIT. See how it was good we drove separately? We decided to leave my car in the garage and worry about it later; we got home around 2:45am.
Next day we headed out early so we could see *Sonion
again, this time in a panel geared towards Fullmetal Alchemist. Perhaps I failed to mention that *Sonion
is not just an awesome cartoonist, but also the voice of Maes Hughes? He's awesome like that.
This panel was packed and extremely funny. Sonny stole a pink piggy and named him Philip.
I wore my Merryweather on Saturday. In the dealer's room, we talked with James Hatton and his lovely wife, who loved my costume. I bought a book and got a button from them, then when I was putting my wallet away I realized I could not find my license.
This would prove to be an issue as without it I could not get into the 18+ panels in the evening, even though I'm on the wrong side of 30. But so is life. I went to the Nostalgia Critic Q&A and ripped my bag apart. No license. I called my aunt and had her rip my room apart. No license. So there I am in Columbus with a car with no brakes and no driver's license. Yay!
After another panel with *Sonion
(damn he had a lot of panels!) I had to take care of my car. Hanna wasn't feeling well so she went to the food court to eat and relax. I got my car out of the garage, very carefully, with almost no brake pressure, and called AAA. They were there lickety-split, so I suppose if your brakes go out the place to do it is right downtown Columbus. The driver was very nice and very cute and said he didn't mind the drive out to Newark. He made sure I had a ride home before letting my traipse back to the con. So there I was walking down High Street in my Merryweather dress and carrying my wings and hat. I managed to lose my wand and a nice lady came running up behind me to give it back. It was kind of hilarious, to be honest. Losing stuff all willy-nilly.
Our next big thing was meeting *Sonion
for drinks at the hotel bar. We had to wait a while but it was worth it. I got a free drink from the bartender (it was non-alcoholic, of course, remember - no license!), and then Sonny gave us all free sketches. I got Col. Armstrong being attacked by a raccoon.
Later I spilled Sonny's wine on Hanna's sketch. It was just one of these days. I told Hanna I would be fine if she wanted to go to the 18+ panel; I would be more than happy to entertain myself by wandering around taking pictures, but she decided we might as well just go home and get some sleep so we could be early again on Sunday. It was a very long day, and despite my issues I did have a blast. I got my picture taken lots of times and got to meet *oneoftwo
. I bought some of her HP kissing buttons. So cute!
Sunday we got up early Hanna was already up when my alarm went off. I don't think she slept much, to be honest.
But we wanted to be back in Columbus for the 11:00 panel where a bunch of the voice actors would be cold-reading a terrible radio play from 1949. It was damn hilarious. I got some pictures although they aren't all that great.
Then Hanna wanted to go get a picture with Sonny *Sonion
so we did. His table looked so lonely. Maybe it was the sign.
Next up was a panel with Doug Walker, the Nostalgia Critic, about moviues you hate but everyone else loves, or vice versa. He had mentioned the day before in his Q&A that he might be filming a skit for TGWTG at the panel on Sunday, so understandably I was all "must be at panel!!!" As we were waiting in line Ian Sinclair suddenly came up behind Hanna and I to ask who we were waiting for. I was all OMG, it's Ian Sinclair!
We told him and he said he loved the NC. then he went walking off. Completely random!
Anyhoo, The skit is here: [link]
if you are interested. It is very funny and Hanna and I are in it for about a half a second. Internet famous!
I managed to be first during the panel, admitting that I hate Ferris Bueller's Day Off. I might like it if Ferris weren't such a spoiled rotten douche bag, or if he got caught in the end. Hate hate hate him!
A horse is a horse of course of course...
Hanna and I enjoying some scintillating conversation:
A few cosplayers I stopped for pictures:
Some general pics of the con:
The mural was really cool. Hanna drew a couple things but I never did. Someone paid $81 for it at the closing ceremonies.
So that was the gist of things. I had a very nice time despite my troubles. Seems the car is going to be about $600.
And I went and got a replacement license today. It's still pink. I have no idea whatever happened to the other. I guess it got tired of me bitching it was pink and lost itself.
But I will know now to always put it back in my wallet after getting carded at a 18+ panel instead of sticking it in my pocket!
We'll probably go to Sugoicon again this year. James asked us if we'd be back and we were all
he remembered we were there last year! Which reminds me I need to e-mail him the picture I posted in my gallery here.
And oh yeah, as soon as I got back I recommended *Sonion
for a DD because he had never had one! Check it out:
I might post some of the better pics to =AreteStock
Some I like quite a lot. I'll have to see.
But as for now photobucket will have to do.