May 11th, 2009


ACen '09 Report

I don't know what to say about it. I had fun, I'm tired as balls (as would be expected), I made money. I didn't take as many pictures as I'd liked, which was surprising considering I always have my camera with me. I think it was mainly because I didn't really recognize anyones costumes this year. I've been out of the anime loop for a while now. There were a few fantastic non-anime costumes, including a Rufio from Hook, The Shredder, and even two guys dressed as contestants on Legends of the Hidden Temple. My childhood was going nuts at this con, it was pretty wicked.

The walk back and forth to the InterContinental didn't seem like a bad choice at the time, but after it all I'd MUCH rather stay at the Hyatt. It may have been less than a half mile to walk to, but even that, after being sick, was too much. I partied way too hard Friday, that also might've been what did me in this weekend but I hardly regret it.

I know now what to expect from anime fans as far as the artist alley table goes. I highly doubt I'll do it next year, but I was happy I actually sold something. Everything I was hoping would sell quickly didn't go so quickly. I did sell all of my Mario star purses, but for less than half of what I expected. The sushi purse didn't sell, the keychains did quite well, I sold a potion bottle, and someone stole a bracelet. Which is ironic, considering that was the WORST out of the bunch and I was laughing that someone would steal that piece of shit. The jewelry didn't do so well, but I don't know what I was expecting from this crowd.

On Saturday, my contacts were bothering me so much that I couldn't take it. I either had make up on them or they were just way too old. And the second pair I brought, in case they didn't work, I did something incredibly stupid and put 2 pairs in my one case that sometimes leaks the saline solution. So they weren't floating in their solution, and hence fused together. Good going me. This makes me want Lasik really really badly. I wish I didn't have to deal with any of it any more. But $1,000 an eye? Not covered by insurance? Yeah, that hurts.

in_motu_proprio stopped by and I feel bad that I didn't hang out with her more. Particularly because I was feeling rather shitty Saturday night after she left. I went back to the room around 10 because my eyes were hurting so badly I looked like I'd smoked a bong through my eyeballs. But that wasn't the case at all. It was the hurt long after I took the contacts out. My eyelids were nearly fused together, I was terribly afraid I had pink eye.

This year didn't go by as quickly as the past years, probably because I wasn't wasting my time walking from one place to another and did a lot of sitting at the table. I enjoyed my roommates Sarah and Betsy very very much. They were super cute and made my weekend most enjoyable. Betsy's Edea costume was STUNNING. She was, hands down, the best of the 3 I saw. And it was her first costume! That helmet was just so bad ass. Our group was well recieved at the Final Fantasy photoshoot, and I'm glad to say I was the only Irvine. Everyone else had duplicates, but I was the lone cowboy.

Now that it's done, it's time to get started on Azkatraz! I do have Port Washington coming up next month, which should also be a blast now that Mouse isn't doing a table. But I'm looking far more forward to Azkatraz and my lady-wife's visit to Chicago. If I wake up a bit more, I might work in my sewing room today before work. I'm busy now for nearly the entire week, which is alright considering I abandoned them during a busy weekend.