Anime Expo and Fanime 2014 recap

Soo.. Fanime 2014, always a love and hate relationship with this convention. Always great people and great cosplayers but this year the Artist Alley room we were given was rather small compared to previous years. I had gripes with last year’s venue at the huge tent but after this year’s experience, I would much rather move back to the tent. Lots of my artist friends (both legacy artists and recent artists I met) were actually unable to attend because the AA max table count was lower then previous years and a new jury system was implemented at the last minute. They really cut it close this year in terms of AA registration and the line just to pick up my badge was pretty horrendous so as a result I had a pretty hard time setting up on Day 1 of Fanime. Hoping next year is more organized along with a bigger venue for Artist Alley.

As for Anime Expo 2014, this is probably my favorite convention of the year. I always have fun even if I am behind my table for most of the time. I noticed there were a lot more out of country participants this time around for the Artist Alley as well as out of country attendees. I debuted a couple of my larger projects along with additional regular characters that I have been working on for the past few months. Very glad that everyone stopped and stared in awe every once in a while, it must mean I am doing something right lol. The attendance this year was through the roof from what I saw, lots of long lines and people of all ages. I didn’t get a chance to check out everything I wanted to, I missed out on getting a GG Xrd T-shirt, didn’t get a chance to meet with the members of Cloud 9 & Team Diginitas, and I even missed the Mega64 booth which was right near the front of the exhibitor hall. Hopefully I’ll get another chance next year.

Future Conventions…
Japan Expo 2014 (maybe?) August 22-24
Sac Anime Summer: 2014 August 29-31
Nan Desu Kan: 2014 September 12-14

Anime Expo 2014

Just wanted to give everyone an update on my location at Anime Expo 2014. I will be in the Artist Alley at table A62 next to my aurAspirality brothers and sisters so be sure to stop by and check it out.

Apologies, I can’t seem to find a map atm

I will also post up my convention aftermath of Fanime 2014 after Anime Expo is over.

Future Conventions…
Sac Anime Summer: 2014 August 29-31
Nan Desu Kan: 2014 September 12-14

SakuraCon 2014

Hey everyone, I’m back from SakuraCon and it was a blast. I met a lot of new people and cosplayers. I shared a booth with my buddies over at aurAspirality and man it was insanely busy. I don’t think I had much time to walk around very much but the portion that I did see was highly impressive probably even more impressive then any other convention I have been to. The selection spanned across sci-fi, comic, and traditional japanese culture despite being an “Anime Convention” which I really liked. I am hoping to return next year if I am able to grab a table.

I am currently running pretty low on inventory but I’ll be sure to have everything back up to stock by the time Fanime rolls around.

Future Conventions,
Fanime: 2014 May 23-26
Anime Expo: 2014 July 3-6
Sac Anime Summer: 2014 August 29-31
Nan Desu Kan: 2014 September 12-14

AOD on Jan 25 & 26 SF

Hey everyone, been a long while since my last update. Just wanted to post that I’ll be at AOD on Jan 25 & 26 at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco. I will be sharing a table with my buddies over at aurAspirality. Here’s a map of where I’ll be exactly.

Anime Expo 2013 and Kintoki Con recap

Well it’s been a while since my last entry, just been busy with work and school as always. Anime Expo was pretty exciting, by my speculation there was even more in attendance this year. I got to set up my new equipment for the first time and it looked way more professional then my janky white cages =P. I was a little out of the way this time, closer to the corner but I did meet a lot of interesting people. Some of the people I had met at Fanime also paid me a visit at AX, always good to see old customers. Btw, for future reference feel free to chat it up with me, I think I’m a friendly guy haha. 

Anyways AX was a good venture both for financial and leisurely agendas.

As for Kintoki, little bit on the slow side but I had fun just kicking my feet up and relaxing for a change. It was a good break from the chaos that occurred at Fanime and the hectic-ness of Anime Expo. I know I should have talked to my table neighbors more but I’m still a little bit on the shy side when meeting new table artists. I’ll say this much though, they were really nice people, they gave out food a lot o.O. Next time I’ll be sure to bring something good to share. 
I also debuted my completed New Age Blue Spirit (I wanted to wear it to AX but sadly the chest armor was not completed yet) and signed up for a photo-shoot. I am very eager to see the photos, the staff over at “At a Whim Photography” were really professional. I’ll post them up as soon as I get them.
Lastly, Future Conventions
I am confirmed for Japan Expo which takes place on August 23-25 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Table Placements haven’t been confirmed but I will update this journal entry once I get it. I am going to try to create some new art pieces for this event but it’s a 50/50 at the moment since my desktop pc hasn’t comeback from the repair shop yet.
Currently, I am looking for more conventions since when it hits the second half of the year, conventions start to slow down. If you have a suggestion, feel free post it up on this Journal or send me a note. 
This is my new layout after getting all the new equipment. This picture was taken on Day 3 of Anime expo 2013 so there is quite a few things missing from my set up. It still looks pretty good if I do say so myself.

This is my new layout after getting all the new equipment. This picture was taken on Day 3 of Anime expo 2013 so there is quite a few things missing from my set up. It still looks pretty good if I do say so myself.

Anime Expo July 4-7 2013

This is pretty late, the last few weeks have been pretty hectic since Fanime just cleaned my inventory out. Lots of new stuff, I got a new display & equipment all ready and I’ll have 8 new creations to show off so be on the look out for my booth. My booth will be almost entirely revamped from what everyone saw at Fanime so don’t be surprised if you don’t recognize it at first. Unfortunately, Anime expo hasn’t supplied the public with a definitive map for the exhibitor hall but it will be in the attendee booklet. I’ll be at F9 and list as 777 Sprite Productions. 

Everything seen at Fanime 2013 is restocked
8 New items
As for cosplay, I’ve run into a few problems. The new weapons policy & the Airport TSA policies have unfortunately caught me by surprise and I will not be able to bring a number of my props. I’m going to bring my New Age Blue Spirit (minus the twin broadswords), my K’ cosplay from King of Fighters, and perhaps my Knight of Zero Suzaku Kururugi or my One Piece Ace Portgas cosplay (these two are still undecided). Less variety this time around but at least more people will get a chance to see them. I really wanted to bring my FFX Auron cosplay since people seemed to like it a lot but the Sword and Jug just take up too much space in my luggage and I have to jump through quite a few loops in the rules to get them safely to the convention center.
Update: Fanime 2013

UPDATE: locations just came out for Fanime 2013 again in the South Hall, I will be at seat 264 and my buddies at aurAspirality will be at 263

here’s the map:

Fanime Plans 2013 and SF Cherry Blossom Recap

Late Late Late
I am nearing the final stretch for finals so I can finally do a recap for SF’s Cherry Blossom Festival….FINALLY. This event was a bit of a gamble for me, during previous years I was only a spectator and that was already pretty hectic. Luckily, :iconhyperbooster: helped me get a table and I jumped right in. Although SF Cherry Blossom Festival has a good number of Anime/Manga fans, they don’t necessarily make up the larger portion of the attendees which was the thing I was most worried about. However, it turned around fairly well, I got to introduce my art pieces to a crowd that was entirely new and chatted it up with many unexpected art lovers. I was already there with my buddies from :iconauraspirality: nerding it up and what not but I also met a good amount of new friends like my friendly neighbor :iconsteph-laberis:, photographer :iconpineapple-pocky: (check out her blog new Artists who want to do AA =D), artist I annoyed a lot =X :icontesoro-universe:, second artist I annoyed a lot =X :icondarkkenjie:, pastel artist :iconcoreybass:, and a fellow perler artist :iconmy-dark-dreams:. Overall it was really awesome meeting everyone, pretty sure I will be back next year. Nice artists, nice customers, good business

Onto Fanime, it seems there are a lot of complications this year due to the construction in the convention center. This year the artist alley is going to be in the South Hall which is described as, from one of my rover friends, a giant airplane hangar. Although on the outside it just looks like a blue circus tent, Fanime staff confirmed that it will be air-conditioned, bathrooms will be available close to the area, and they will post AA signs up everywhere in the convention center.
here’s a map that was provided on the Artist Alley FB. Remember AA in the South Hall this year

I currently have 4 new things to showcase but I think I can get up to 6-8 if I manage to finish restocking early.

I’ve seen a couple of my artist buddies from previous conventions posting up on the AA Facebook but I’m not sure as to whether they got a table or not. Crossing my fingers that they did. The good news is that Fanime will have roughly 350-400 artists (this is my own personal estimate from speculation) that’s about 50-100 more then last year but the bad news is that we might be jammed packed in there ><. No email on where I’ll be in the seating chart yet, staff says that they are working on it, really hoping it is soon. I’ll update the journal when I get it.

Lastly, for my cosplay plans I may be debuting my Ace D. Portgas costume, along with version 2 of the New Age Blue Spirit, and finally my Auron costume. I got someone to watch my table for me this time around so I can actually attend a few gatherings, not sure what to expect, excited but kinda nervous at the same time. Probably be wandering around a little more often this time.

Future Conventions
Anime-Expo 2013
Kintoki 2013

SF Cherry Blossom Festival

Hey everyone, been a while since I last posted but just wanted to announce that I’ll be at the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival for both weekends of April 13-14 and April 20-21. I will be situated near the Kinokuniya book store along with my partner in crime :iconauraspirality:. I have a few new things to showcase but I might just save that until Fanime rolls around since I have only half a table at this event. It’ll actually be my first time selling my crafts at the SF Cherry Blossom Festival since the tables are a little pricey but attending is free. Every year, I think that the organizers close a very large portion of the city just for the parade and vendors that line the streets. It is very crowded so I would suggest you take the bus if you plan to attend, I personally have had very bad experiences trying to drive there merely as a spectator. I maybe taking commissions this time around since I have a week in between April 13-14 and April 20-21 but I am currently unsure of whether I will have the time or not (school, work and all that).

I am 90% sure I’ll be in my Auron cosplay again like at AOD, going to try to finish the sake jug this week perhaps I’ll also bring out my Blue Spirit on Sunday or maybe the following week. My Ace D. Portgas cosplay is still in the works possibly making an appearance on April 20-21. I may wear my Assassin’s Creed 2 Ezio Cosplay but I’m still kinda 50/50 on that.

I have been preliminarily approved into Fanime 2013 but there seems to be quite a lot of chaos between the organizers and the Artist Alley right now. I understand that the convention center is under construction but apparently we are going to be in the South Hall which sounds very unpleasant at least from the descriptions given by other Artists on Facebook. Hopefully everything will be resolved by the time Fanime starts, only about a month or two away.

Future Conventions
Fanime 2013
Anime Expo 2013
Kintoki-Con 2013