August 22, 2005. This was my first year attending Otakon. I went mostly
to meet some of the Child Of Mecha modelers and hang out/drink with my
friend Brian. Most of the pictures are of good, bad, and just plain ugly
cosplayers. Also of note, I entered a couple of my models into the modeling
competition. The artshow and modeling competition far exceeds that of
Anime Expo. The artshow area alone was 4 times larger than that of Anime
Expo. The artist alley section was also about 4 time larger than that
of Anime Expo. And it's interesting that Otakon caps the attendence to
25k, where Anime Expo had about 35-40k this past year. Quality over quantity?
As for the modeling contest, I came away with some new friends, and meeting
some folks I have been communicating with at CoM. I had alot of fun at
the con and it is very tempting to return next year.
These young ladies played music from EVA at the Masquerade
witha cello and violin; impressive.
The fatties and uglies:
I told this one not to pose, because those lovely stretch
marks are so worth showing off when you dress that way:
Apparently this is what Sephiroth looks like after eating
Cloud, and possibly his friends.
A little note on the following. One of them apparently gained
a few pounds from the last time they wore the outfit and effectivly popped
out a little rasin while posing.
Random findings, crowds, etc:
These made me laugh (read: real tools)
Brian's white, so this is obvisouly NOT a gang sign... Braces
are such a turn on aren't they?
What does Star Wars and Light Sabres have do to with Anime?
Probably as much as a cosplaying Willy Wonka. I only hoped that in the
time I spent eating dinner, one of these virgins managed to lop off another's
legs or something similarly tragic. Yes, I'm jealous that I don't own
one of those nifty little sound producing sabers licensed by good ole
Even more sad that the above scene.... The only model I
got to photograph the entire con.... Some guy was snapping it, guess the
con was a bit on the boring side for him. Well, at the very least, Ricky
and I highly encouraged him to enter the modeling contest with it just
snapped. Oh yeah, I remember the guy mentioning something about seperating
the parts from the trees using his teeth. Guess I should go update my
tutorials to include that helpful little tip.
As for who won the model contest:
Best of Show - Tim's
Best Mecha - Ricky's GP-02
Best Diorama - My Kampfer
No figures were entered and no scratch builds.