August 7, 2006: Otakon after con report and pictures, the good, the typical,
and the trainwrecks....
Random initial pictures:
This was my second Otakon attendance. I was able to better judge the
differences between Anime Expo over here on the west coast, and Otakon
on the east. I have come to the conclusion that the focus for each con
is completely different and to compare them as a whole would be impossible
without adding an insane amount of personal opinion about each. Their
perspective focus results in the drastic differences in component parts
of the con such as: Guests, Game Room, and Art Show/Artist Alley. AX focus
is on the industry, industy guests like directors of major anime series/movies,
japanese and english VAs, character designers, manga artists, etc. Where
as the focus for Otakon seems to be the fans. Which resulted in the following:
AX's Game room was the size of a regular workshop/panel room (120 person
Otakon's Game room was the size of an exhibit hall:
AX's Artist alley and art show was paltry in comparison
Otakon's Masquarade was held in an arena about 2 short blocks
from the convention center:
Each con has their good and bad points. Coming to the realization
that these are two very different conventions that cater to two very different
audiences. I cannot say one is better than the other; only different.
I will continue to attend both cons so long as I have the means to do
so. Simply because I enjoy both cons.
Now on to the fun stuff....
Best Mecha went to this kit:
Best Scratch build:
And I got Best of Character/Figure for Sonsaku
and Best of Show for this Saber. On a side
note, talking with the judge while he was judging, he told me that the
Phantom deserved to get the Best Mecha award, but since he does not believe
in sweeps, he gave it to another kit. The figure kit was an empty win
since there were no other figure kits, other than the ones I brought.
The scratch build and Dio were also given since there were no other dio's
or scratch builds. This competition is just about as pathetic as AX's
in terms of participation. I don't know how much of an effect the concurrent
IPMS Nationals had on this, but judging from other forum members who went,
that would not have been a factor.
I spent a great deal of time just sitting inside the art
show talking to random folks who came up to look at the model contest.
The one lesson I learned is that chicks dig the figures. Duh.... well
I knew the majority didn't give a rats ass about mecha... but damn the
amount of oogling I got from women of various sizes and hotness... note
to self, build more figures.... While sitting there, I got to meet Mr
Seed builder. He hand paints everything. He has strong opinions about
being a hand painter.... good for him. I just have a different opinion
about hand painting. Good guy tho. I also got to hang out with Chris (Soupy)
who brought the Armored Core kit. Which is a vast improvement from his
red Kampfer from last year. I'm looking forward to what he brings next
year. Then there were the numerous trainwrecks, hotties (one girl asked
why I wanted to take a picture of her.... um.. because you're absolutely
hot, even in glasses...), and folks that I took pictures of while hanging
out at the art show....
This year was my first time attempting to sell some of my kits. I brought
along several older kits that I built, and one of my newer figure kits.
Nu Gundam, Gold and Purple Gelgoog, CoM Gogg, Yellow MK II, Wushu Astray,
Gundam Ver Ka, and 1/8 Rio. To my amazement, they all sold. Guess I can
look forward to bringing a few other kits to Otakon to sell...
Now on to the cosplay pictures.
The decent run of the mill cosplayers; group pictures are gathered here:
Last and definately least... The Trainwrecks - costumes that annoyed
me, showed way too much fat, franken alchemist, honda boobs, and of course
myself; for taking a picture with pyscho touchy feely 17 year old butterface
who would not leave....
Well, not completely least, but these pictures were taken on the last
night I was in town, and these are my friend Brian's friends. Whom I have
heard numerous stories about but have never met. Of course, they've seen
my website so they pretty much know my idiotic life inside and out. Hopefully
I didn't annoy them too much. We'll see if I'm invited to dinner again
next year when Otakon rolls around... or if they come along with Brian
out to Tahoe for my yearly ski trip...