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Well after yet another dark menhera post, let's talk some con stories!
As I'm pretty sure I mentioned, I'm still a bit of a baby at cons and I haven't truly cosplayed in a minute. My first true convention flying solo was Anime Weekend Atlanta right before it got to DragonCon proportions. I'd like to go back if I ever make that serious of an investment but for now I'm enjoying local cons. The only thing I'm looking forward to at this point is branching out beyond anime/game geekery and more into film and literature, specifically horror.
Anyway, let's get into some of my favorite stories from my young convention life.
I just looked through my own tag and I didn't say a single thing about Hama Mini-Con! What a shame. Hama and Hama Mini-Con are located in Huntsville, Alabama in the summer and fall respectively. I figured it was time for me and mom to see how they do it in other locales and I'd love for her to go to AWA but until it becomes financially feasible, Alabama it was.
People warned us that Huntsville wasn't the best area and it certainly wasn't Nashville, but this was the second anime related event we've been to here and I have to say I still had a great time. My favorite memory of this convention was strolling around Big Spring Park, having a very nice Italian lunch, and no geese to chase me. Getting into the Dealer's Room without a lot of fuss was peak and buying my first Puvithel merchandise was such a pleasure. There was even a super cute idol group! I didn't dress up for this con but I did manage a costume change from day to night. All the fun of a con in one day! I can't wait to actually attend the full blown convention one day.
Last year, I feel like what I wrote about AkaiCon was mostly ho-hum. That isn't true, other than the parking situation and some of the scheduling misfires it was a very memorable con for me! I'll miss it being at the Maxwell. My absolute favorite memory here was being invited to my friend's wrestling podcast. After 2 hours of discussion and attempting to figure out audio, he decided that he just wanted a little con experience. It was the end of the night so there wasn't much going on except the very adult panels... fortunately, we are adults. We wandered down the hall and picked a door and, after showing ID of course, we ended up in a kink workshop, accosted by nekkid breasts and the promises of paddlings. I liked this workshop because it included a good bit of representation and practical advice for beginners and advanced learners. I won't say it wasn't scandalous, but it was that very behind the scenes peepshow feel that was cozy and wrong at the same time. Somehow, we can still look each other in the eye to this day!
My final favorite memory is of my dear, long lost and beloved GMX (please come back soon!). There I was in an obscure media panel, run by who I would find out later is the fiance of a good friend and creative in town. As we watched a commercial featuring Brad Dourif, I commented that I loved Brad and a man next to me looked me dead in the eye and said, "I met Brad Dourif at DragonCon."
Silence. And... blink. Go!
Why is that a favorite memory? Because sometimes your friends cancel your plans and you decide you're looking for a good time on Halloween and goddamnit you go out and find yourself a good time and somehow, over and over again, you find it. It's in stories, it's in incidents, it's in bizarre never-again occurrences. Here's to a season of more memories and shenanigans.
Ia! If you've come this far, you're either looking for weird or you know you've found it...