Friday, October 31, 2008

If Only I Had My Camera...

Since this a costume play blog, I gotta post something on Halloween. Well I'm getting ready for a bento picnic with a friend tomorrow. At the Japanese store I went to today to get some bento meals (since I don't know how to cook any bento dishes besides rice), there was a costume contest. Too bad I didn't have a camera, and all the announcements over the PA were in Japanese. But at least I have something to say for Halloween.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Some of my favorite pics from my first year of attending cons Part 3 of 3

And finally here are some of my pics from Autumn Dream (Ani-Magic) at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds.

Some of my favorite pics from my first year of attending cons Part 2 of 3

Add VideoHere are more of my favorite cosplayers from Anime Expo 2008.

Some of my favorite pics from my first year of attending cons Part 1 of 3

Since it seems like I won't be going to any more events before New Years (I won't be in town to go to Anime L.A. either), I might as well post some of my favorite cosplay pics. I took a lot, but these would be probably my top 15. For my first year, I only went to two events, Anime Expo 2008 in L.A. and Autumn Dream (formerly Ani-Magic) in the Antelope Valley in Lancaster (if you're not from California, it's a little town near Edwards Air Force Base where the space shuttle sometimes lands)

Above are some of my favorite pics from Anime Expo 2008 held at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Cosplay Scavenger Hunt List Attempt 1: Anime Only

What are some anime series/movies that would make an interesting scavenger hunt?

*I've actually watched at least one episode

Princess Mononoke*
Kiki's Delivery Service*
Death Note (but not L)*
Coyote Ragtime Show*
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya*
Full Metal Panic!*
Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu*
Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid
Naruto (if I decide to go mainstream)*
Code Geass: Lalouch of the Rebellion*
Gurren Lagann (I guess I should watch this one for reasons beyond Yoko)
Porco Rosso*
My Neighbor Totoro*
Pani Poni Dash*
Panyo Panyo Di Gi Charat*
To Heart*
Excel Saga*
Nerima Daikon Brothers (I'm surpised I saw a girl dressed as Inspector Widget at AX)*
Lucky Star*
Gunslinger Girl*
Elfen Lied*
Nanaka 6/17*
Sailor Moon*
Please Teacher
Chromartie High School
This Ugly Yet Beautiful World*
Dirty Pair
UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie*
Oh My Goddess*
Hare + Guu*
Chrono Crusade*
Gundam franchise
Tenchi franchise
Tokyo Majin
One Piece*
Ninja Nonsense*
Neon Genesis Evangelion*
Azumanga Daioh*
Vampire Knight
Fruits Basket*
Prince of Tennis
Slam Dunk
Yu Yu Hakusho
Comic Party
Urusei Yatsura
Trinity Blood
Sakura Wars
Cardcaptor Sakura
Yu Gi Oh
Twelve Kingdoms
Sgt. Frog
Rurouni Kenshin
Tokyo Mew Mew
Comic Party
The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye
Saber Marionette
Ninja Scroll (only because this was cited as inspiration for the film adaptation of Daredevil with Ben Affleck...Director's cut is so much better than the crap that was release on Valentine's Day weekend)

Hmmm...I'll only have as much as four days (minus possible time taken by volunteering) to try to find one character from each of these series at a con. I really should whittle this down since I also want to have video games represented...

Friday, October 24, 2008

What Is A Cameko?

Okay, if you're reading this, the first two questions that probably come to mind are

1) What is a cameko? and
2) What is the point of your blog?
3) Why a cosplay scavenger hunt?

Here are my answers:

1) According to the book, Cosplay Girls: Japan's Live Animation Heroines (published in English by Cocoro Books in 2003), cameko are "amateur photographers at cosplay events, are mostly men in their twenties and thirties who have a special affection for the characters the cosplayers portray...Although they generally behave themselves, there are invariably those who see it as a chance to snap a few 'dirty' pictures." Now this book shows interviews with some cameko whose ages ranged from 27 to 46, and all of them had digital SLR cameras. I however believe in the philosophy that a great picture does not come from the equipment, but from the skill of the photographer. Along with the fact that I don't want to carry a large camera around, I take pictures using just basic point-and-shoot cameras. I have some pics taken with my point-and-shoot cameras on Flickr under mfbtrojan if you wanna see samples. Two of them were added to Schmap guides, one of the Rose Quarter of Portland, OR, and another of Santa Monica State Beach near Los Angeles....Great, I'm now rambling after answering the first question.

2) Now I set up a blog so I can post my thoughts about cosplay (costumed play) and taking pictures of cosplayers. I want to have a focus on anime since I prefer anime and video games to manga as I'm a bigger fan of the moving picture as opposed to the written word (except for the short story). My original motivation of this blog was to document my efforts to come up with a master cosplay scavenger hunt list that my friends, who have never been to a con, let alone watch anime, can use.
3) My inspiration for a cosplay scavenger hunt comes from a reality series and a movie. The movie, Scavenger Hunt released in 1979, was one of the funniest movies I ever watched. It's about a scavenger hunt devised by a rich toy/game magnate to determine who would get his fortune. The maids and butlers had to search around town for these items, which included a fat guy (bonus points), in order to collect the most points.
The reality series that comes to mind for inspiration is The Amazing Race. I remember many Roadblocks and Detours where the teams had to find something that was unfamiliar to them, like last Sunday's episode where the teams had to match the face tattoos on the Maori warriors.
Now the scavenger hunt list would be a way to guide me as to what I want to take pictures of (and introduce me to new series that I have never heard of) and a way for my non-anime/non-cosplay friends to meet new people and hopefully change their perceptions of what anime is about. I knew some had misconceptions of anime when I showed Best Student Council (Gokujou Seitokai) to a friend of mine. His older sister asked what we were watching, and I answered that it was anime. She only thought of anime being ripoffs of Sailor Moon.
Now the advantage of a blog is that I can get feedback from my readers of my blog as to what series and video games to try to look for. I plan to periodically post a list of characters and point values. Hopefully the reader comments can help me determine the point values to assign each character (as there is no guarantee that every character on the list will appear at a con...I so wanted to see someone dressed as one of the girls from Kanon at AX08, but it didn't happen, I did see Nabeshin, though).
I hope this is a better introduction than my first post.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Amateur Cameko Has a Blog.

Well I just set this up right before bedtime. Maybe I should start working on this when I'm well rested.