Thursday, October 29, 2009

Halloween Cosplay Scavenger Hunt...

It's been a while since I came up with a scavenger hunt list...I guess with my Halloween plans in place this weekend (it's a secret until I post pics), I should come up with a scavenger hunt list to focus my picture taking that night...I'm not really doing much research on what to expect, but I plan on going to a place that will be probably 20% PG-13 and 80% R...I'm just thinking of what might be awesome Halloween costumes.

Celebrities
-Michael Jackson (I'll be surprised if I don't see this)
-Kate Gosselin
-Jon Gosselin
-Amy Winehouse (I saw a costume labeled "Train Wreck" at the store, and the character looked just like her)
-Kanye West (bonus if Taylor Swift is there too)
-Michael Moore
-The Beatles (if I had 3 other people, I so wanna do Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band one day)
-Hulk Hogan
-Adam Lambert (bonus if said costumed person does the album cover)
-Lady Gaga
-Balloon Boy (there's a company actually selling this costume)
-The Mythbusters (Adam and Jaime...shouldn't be hard)
-Marilyn Monroe
-Slash (Guns 'n Roses)
-David Beckham
-Ozzy Osbourne
-Britney Spears
-Gene Simmons
-Hugh Hefner

Characters
-Ugly Betty
-any Marvel or DC superhero
-The Joker
-The Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland (bonus if Johnny Depp version from upcoming movie release)
-any of the Watchmen
-Sailor Moon (probably the only anime costume I'll find that night)
-"D***-in-a-box" guys from Saturday Night Live (I refuse to open the box)
-Napoleon Dynamite
-The cast of The Office (I admit I don't watch much prime-time network television)
-any pirate (though I expect a lot of Jack Sparrow)
-any character from Disney/Pixar's Up (bonus if there are balloons)
-any Disney princess
-Tinkerbell or any Disney fairy
-Harry Potter
-any character from Ferris Beuller's Day Off (I'm thinking of someone wearing Cameron's Red Wings jersey)
-any character from The Breakfast Club (fingerless gloves + denim jacket = John Bender)
-Princess Leia in that gold bikini (bonus since it's forecast to be cold Saturday night...)

Typical Halloween Fare
-a witch or wizard
-an angel
-a devil
-a ghost
-a vampire
-a zombie
-a nurse
-a schoolgirl
-a geisha
-a cop
-a generic fairy

I expect a lot of political costumes, though the only costume I'm interested in seeing in this category is something related to health care reform...I'm envisioning a group costume like "death panel" where you might have a couple Grim Reapers behind a table. Or maybe the infamous illegal alien costume (though the orange jumpsuit makes me think about Guantanamo Bay more than illegal alien).

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

What Makes a Great Con?-First In An Irregular Series

I was thinking about what makes a great anime or general fandom convention after seeing the Anime Expo forums thread about suggestions for next year's convention (and as of the time I'm writing this, an argument why it is not AX's responsibility to provide free bottled water to attendees...honestly, I think it's the attendee's responsibility to stay hydrated, and if you are too cheap to spend $3 on a bottled water at a street vendor when you're thirsty and have cash, then you deserve the consequences). So what would I want???

-Air conditioning!
-A good mix of old and new anime series being screened (and with Crunchyroll becoming a major player in streaming anime within days of their release in Japan legally, this hopefully will be a lot easier to get the new stuff...and I'm too tired to deal with the fansub debate, so please no comments about it)
-Good nearby food choices.
-More industry representation so fans can let them know what series are worth licensing. I still think the best cons are the ones where the companies who distribute anime actually show up.
-A meishi (calling card) printing station so cosplayers and cameko who don't have any can make a couple during the con so they can let others know how to find them online.
-Maybe break the Masquerade into several sessions...After the first hour, I'm usually bored because of a) terrible acting or b) not taking time to actually pose if there isn't a skit...Maybe break it into divisions like night one for amateur class then moving on to master class on the next to last night (the last night is when the winners are announced)...the same suggestion also for an AMV contest of breaking it into sessions.
-A real scavenger hunt that takes the entire time of the con, not just an hour.
-Last minute schedule changes posted at the entrances of the convention center/meeting hall in addition to any daily newsletters handed out.
-More cultural programming such as bath house etiquette or how an admission of being an anime/manga fan has affected the careers of Japanese politicians (like former prime minister Taro Aso)...to appreciate something as foreign as anime involves learning something about the culture for which it was originally created.
-While some complain about watching anime in English dubs...it would be interesting to see American shows in Japanese dubs in a special screening.

Just a few of my ideas...

Saturday, October 3, 2009

MikomiCon 2009 Parts 5 and 6: If You Have Rock Band, They Will Come



I've been slacking off in writing the MikomiCon story, but I am finally ending this...Well it was hot all weekend, so there wasn't much foot traffic for the outdoor performances...



But there were some all right performances....such as Black Crystals



Traci Hines



and CSUN's own Jishin Taiko



And Monkeys Flying High, who performed also during masquerade...



In the end, because of the heat, the most popular activity seemed to be Rock Band...





Finally, I'm done with this story...now to get ready for the fall