Tuesday, September 29, 2009

MikomiCon 2009 Part 4: Kame hame haaaa! (Yeah, I'm Not Much of a Dragonball Fan...)



Well after sorting through all the pics, here were my favorites from the Hadouken contest held after the presentation of the masquerade contestants and before the performances when I left...for 12 contestants, the masquerade judges just seemed to be taking way too long...











Yes these people were trying to summon/pull? a hadouken...the prize was a prize ribbon...






Coming up...general Rock Band pics...and then some performances...


Saturday, September 26, 2009

MikomiCon 2009 Part 3: If You Blink, You'll Miss It...



Well there were only 12 entries I believe for the Masquerade hosted by Kyle Hebert of Dragonball fame...The little giveaway before and the hadouken contest after the actual presentation by the entrants in the masquerade took longer. With the exception of some skits that had too much action (and in some cases, the same cosplayers and costumes I saw during Nisei Week back in August) that are not included, here they are...










If I knew it was going to be this short, I would've just taken video and capture frames in order to get better pics...

Now to sort out the hundreds of pics I took of the hadouken contest to find the few that are actually worth showing...

Thursday, September 24, 2009

MikomiCon 2009 Part 2: Who Gets Free Stuff?

Okay so before the Masquerade, there was a need to stall for time, so the host needed some fun ways to give away free stuff like deciding who has the weirdest prop:


Boa, French bread, a McDonald's cup, a hand broom, and I have no idea what that last item was...

Weirdest plushie...


The one that looked like a toupee won. The rest were regular store bought items like a Care Bear and a Pokemon...

Weirdest hair...



I think the guy on the left with the mane won...

Shortest person...



Biggest sword...most were disqualified since they were bought at the dealers' hall...



And most exotic money...a Mario star coin beat out a Filipino peso, Japanese yen, Chinese yuan, and Thai baht.

This little game turned out to take longer than the actual masquerade itself with its 12 entries...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

MikomiCon 2009 Part 1: Random Cosplay Pics

Let's start the MikomiCon 2009 story with some cosplay pics outside of the Masquerade...

Some One Piece...

Now someone who thought that if Mario can be a pimp (see one of my earlier posts), Toad has to be a narc...



Now some standard Kingdom Hearts cosplay...



Some music cosplay, like the first time I've seen a gender-bending Mio from K-On!



And Deathklok sans Skwisgaar and Pickles...



Some girls in cosplay...



Some fun with a box...



Of course, you'll end up in the box if you kick it...



And I thought I found Waldo, but it turned out to be from another Miyazaki movie...



Coming up...how to decide how to give away free stuff...

Monday, September 21, 2009

MikomiCon 2009 Part 0 of 6?: The Quick Rundown

Well I was thinking about doing an actual con report at Mikomicon held at California State University at Northridge by the CSUN Anime Club, but since it was so hot outside, I didn't really do much. So rather have a day-by-day report going, I think I'll just first run down what panels I actually attended:

-B-Boy Dance Workshop (way too early in the morning to do any physical activity, especially after a 90 minute drive to CSUN)
-Dealers Hall/Artist Alley (didn't see anything I wanted to buy or couldn't find at the stores I normally visit).
-still wondering why the student union area where events were held is on the other side of campus away from student housing. Shouldn't a student commons area be at the center of campus where almost all students pass through every day?

I think I'll break this up into six parts:

1. Random Cosplay Pics
2. Pre-Masquerade (aka stalling for time)
3. Masquerade
4. Dragonball Kamehameha Contest Highlights
5. Rock Band pics
6. Performance pics

Pretty much I spent most of the weekend in the lounge playing Rock Band because a) it was air-conditioned and b) there were comfortable couches. I did visit the screening room twice, but they were screening series I've already seen before.

Now to pick out the best pics...later...

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Would There Be Cosplay at a Disney Convention?



Well I wasn't sure what to expect at Disney's first D23 Expo (the 23 is for the year the Walt Disney Studios was founded) as Disney fans definitely cover a much broader range of people when compared to anime fans.

Since I wanna focus on cosplay, I'm not gonna get into much detail as to what I saw there (a preview of the expansion of Hong Kong Disneyland and Cars Land at Disney's California Adventure, So You Wanna Be an Imagineer panel, a panel on the evolution of it's a small world showing fake versions of the ride the Imagineers found in mainland China, an audio animatronic Wall-E, Michael Jackson's Captain EO costume). I did find a little cosplay, but not anything I felt like taking a pic of, like a well endowed but mature Mouseketeer (1950's version) named Mommy, some drivers from the old school Herbie The Love Bug, Belle, some Stormtroopers, and a guy I saw during the small world panel dressed as Russell from Up, complete with merit badges. But the overwhelming majority of attendees were older Disneyana collector types who wanted to know all the little behind-the-scenes info on one of the largest entertainment companies in the world.

Actually the best costume I saw that was worth taking a picture was at the place set aside to promote the new Johnny Depp movie Alice in Wonderland:



Again I only planned to visit it today only, so maybe there would be more costumes tomorrow or more were around on the other days...But I definitely plan on attending next year as it has the potential to be the event to attend to get the your fill on all things Disney.

I definitely will get back to posting cosplay pics soon...and probably getting back to writing out a better cosplay scavenger hunt list of rules.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Cosplay in Motion: Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend

After volunteering for every Disneyland Half Marathon weekend since the beginning in 2006, I've been always interested in running and fascinated by the cosplay I see among the runners. Since I think volunteerism is more important than taking cosplay pics (the event supports the Anaheim Community Foundation), I don't have any cosplay pics from the weekend, but I can list some of the cosplay I've seen and maybe offer suggestions for those who want to run long distances (5K or more) in cosplay:

Among the thousands of runners that passed by my station:
Minnie Mouse (ears, shirt and skirt)
crossplay Minnie Mouse (ears, sports bra, and skirt)
Tinkerbell (way too many to count)
Pocahontas (a couple actually)
Peter Pan
Malefecent (Sleeping Beauty)
Belle (Beauty and the Beast)
a cow (two actually)
Huey, Dewey (Louie fell behind)
Indiana Jones
a kid in a black gi
Mickey ears
Goofy hats
Nemo hats
Winnie the Pooh
Cinderella
pirate (a couple)
"This seemed like a good idea 3 months ago.." t-shirts
"Will run for beer" t-shirts
"Will run for coffee" t-shirts
a kid in a yukata
Aladdin
Jasmine (Aladdin)

Some running cosplay pointers:
-your costume will get wet from your sweat, water you pick up from water stations, sweat from other runners, etc...so design the costume with that in mind. I guess Mickey is easy since you can get a black tech shirt, red running shorts and Mickey ears.
-apparently, they make running skirts that have polka dots on them, hence seeing several Minnies.
-remember to thank the volunteers along the course...they woke up hours earlier than you to set up so you can have a safe and smooth race.
-no other runners can see your costume if you're last, so train to make the pacing requirements. It took me about 4 months from total sedentary person to make a basic 15 minute mile pacing requirement for last year's 5K. There are many websites out there that offer advice on how to prepare for a race. Find a plan that works and stick with it. This somehow reminds me of last year when I saw a girl wearing a frilly skirt and a black t-shirt that read "you've been outrun by a skirt" on the back. Probably my shirt should read, "you've been outrun by an anime geek"...it should be less offensive than the "In my dreams, I'm Kenyan" t-shirt I see.
-from my own personal experience, running with a digital camera with the intention of taking pics while on the course is probably not the best idea. So is stopping in the middle of the path in order to propose to your girlfriend when there's still a thousand runners behind you. Or drinking lots of water a half hour before a race...

I'm obviously no cosplay nor running expert, but from a volunteer's view who has talked to marathon runners and other volunteers who witnessed SAG cart pickups, I have learned that a major reason runners get injured or fail to complete is because of lack of proper training and/or they do not take the event seriously...

Well runners have a runner's high...I have a volunteering high...or maybe it's due to the lack of sleep.

Maybe I'll take part in the Expedition Everest Challenge at Disney's Animal Kingdom next year...anyone wanna be my partner for this 5K run, obstacle course, and scavenger hunt?