We left the apartment at about 8am and drove towards highway 5. We stopped at a Starbucks about 10 minutes in to get some breakfast munchies and as we were waiting for our delectable treats I got a call from my little sister. It seems she was taking care of a neighbor's place and she had discovered some stuff out of place. I got to listen to her adventure of searching through the house (even though she should have just LEFT and not chanced it), and luckily no one else was there.
But yeah. We got to highway 5 and took it alllll the way down to my brother's place in Aliso Viejo. The drive was quite hot and of course we got stuck in traffic when we got into LA. I mean come on, it's LA. My brother was at work until a bit after 5 and we got there around 4, so we found a Barnes and Noble near his place and read books. I hung out in the kids' section, but their comic selection SUCKED. They had a good variety, but they were all volumes 2+. I don't want to start a series with volume 2, thank-you very much. The one comic that did have a volume 1 sucked horribly. It was something about digital creatures in some game. If I want digital creatures, I think I'll stick to Digimon from now on, thanks.
Got over to my brother's place, ate pizza and hung out with him, his amazing girlfriend Yolanda, and their amusing cat Tussin. I put Tussin in a laundry basket and gave him a wild ride on it. Surprisingly, he didn't try to get out of the basket, he seemed to enjoy it. Crazy cat.
Woke up very early, got dressed and headed out. We stopped for some breakfast at a bagel shop, then drove down 5 again all the way to San Diego. We got stuck in some crazy traffic but still made to downtown by 9:30am. We had purchased parking passes for a place about .7miles away, so it was a little bit of an adventure getting to the convention center. Nur got in line for his badge, and I skipped over to the professional area to pick up mine. Easiest badge pickup ever. I wandered around the exhibitor's hall for a little bit then decided to flee the area... but not before having a great time interacting with a small child being carried over his mother's shoulder.
See, I was cosplaying as Zakuro from Kurozakuro that day (the character in the good-looking drawing I'm holding. What? So maybe I just want to show off the drawing I got from Natsume-san last year...), complete with sharp teeth. The young boy had no idea what to make of this strange sharp-toothed character following his mommy around. I would change my expression every time he changed his. It was great fun. =D
Met up with Nur as I was about to clear out of the hall and we both lined up for the USA show panels. With my trusty iPod Touch, Cole, in my hands I!!!....... watched the latest episode of White Collar. After a couple hours or waiting, the line was let into the hall and we had the great pleasure of seeing three amazing panels for three fantastic shows.
First up was Burn Notice. Watchable here~! The panel was a blast and BRUCE CAMPBELL WAS THERE. AHHH BRUCE CAMPBELL. He's so great. *_* I don't know what to say about it. Looooved the panel. And everyone there got a Chuck Finley shirt. THE MOST BADASS SHIRT EVER>
Then it was time for White Collar. You can watch the panel here. The cast seems to really enjoy being around each other and HOLY CRAP Matt Bomer is a sexy man. And watching him and Tim DeKay interact was like watching two brothers play. And we got sexy Neal shirts.
The final USA panel was Psych. You can watch it here. Those guys are like a big family, it's always a blast to see them on stage. PLUS we got both a song AND a dance performance. Great times. They gave us "The Con is On" shirts and foam pineapples. Sorry Alexandra, for not giving you my shirt. BUT I TOLD YOU THAT YOU SHOULD HAVE TAKEN MY EXTRA PASS. OH HO HO HO!!! The only thing that would have made the panel better would be if Buzz was there. NEXT YEARRRRR!
After the panels, I just hung out for a while until the manga localization panel, which was fun and informative. Plus, I knew a couple of the people on the panel, and that's always fun!
Next was Bandai Entertainment. They announced Tales of the Abyss (anime) and Turn A Gundam. TURN A GUNDAM HOLY SHIT GUYS. Then there was a Q & A session. A FREAKING Q & A SESSION DURING WHICH THEY ANSWERED EVERYONE'S QUESTION EXCEPT MINE. THE GUY LOOKED STRAIGHT AT ME SEVERAL TIMES TOO. PLUS I WAS PROBABLY THE FIRST, MAAAYBE THE SECOND OR THIRD PERSON TO RAISE THEIR HAND FOR THE QUESTION SESSION. I MEAN REALLY? He picks EVERYONE except me. Does he have something against Zakuro? DID ZAKURO MURDER HIS FAMILY? NNGGH. Stupid, I know, but really frustrating!
We went back to the car and waited 45 minutes in the car in line to get out of the parking lot. Heh. Nur had met up with Thy and Mark earlier and they had given him the key to the hotel room we were sharing with them. We grabbed food, watched the Mentalist, and chilled.
On Friday I wore Sever costume. It was a lot more comfortable than I thought it might be. It was a blast to wear, and people seemed to enjoy it. I took pictures with all sorts of people. We went to the Costume Designers: Designing for TV panel, but before it one of the panelists told me that she really liked my costume and gave me a Hall Costume Award. *_* OMG I WAS SO HONORED. She was so nice about it too.
Sev's head is way too big for his body. Oh the things you realize way too late.
Then we headed to the Yen Press panel... but had to sit through the "Neighbors from Hell" panel. Uhhh... not too sure about that show. The Yen Press panel was GREAT and they licensed some GREAT STUFF holy shit. And they gave away books! I got a copy of "Book Girl," which I'm not quite done with but am thoroughly enjoying.
Uhhhhh, after that we headed out to see the EA stuff outside. They had stuff set up for Dragon Age 2 and Dead Space 2. OMG DEAD SPACE 2 I WANT TO MAKE ISSAC'S SUIT. *_* SO AWESOME. I wanted to take pictures with the Dragon Age 2 dragon that they had set up, but since I would block it, I let this one guy take pictures of it first. Then he had the nerve to SHOO ME AWAY. It's not like I was next to it, I was plenty far away from it. AND THEN HE TOOK LIKE FIVE MINUTES TO TAKE 700 PHOTOS OF IT. NNGGHH. We finally just said screw it and took our pictures in front of it. Sorry man, but you had plenty of time. While in line for the Dragon Age 2 demo, we saw a Shepard
Sev with a dragon! I need to fix his pants/legs so they're more digitigrade and less just... BIG.
We headed back to the convention center, grabbing some of the free Scott Pilgrim garlic bread they were handing out (it's rather hard to eat when you have a large bird-skull mask on) on the way in. We got in line for the Pixar panel, but had to sit through the Comic Design panel first. I say "had to sit through," but it was more like, "had the pleasure of also attending," because the panel was FANTASTIC. I really loved hearing what the designers had to say about their covers they worked on. The Pixar panel was also fantastic and really inspiring. The panelist showed the animated storyboards from the scene in Up where Carl reads the Adventure Book towards the end. I WAS TEARING UP JUST SEEING THESE CRUDE DRAWINGS OF IT. IT'S THAT POWERFUL. T^T
Headed out after that, picked up food and just vegged in the room.
Saturday was Kurotabou day. I had worn this costume a couple years before, but now that the anime is out and it's legally available AND the series is reaching three years old, I figured people might actually know who I am now. AHAHAHAHA... why do I kid myself? The costume was a disaster. The nice wig I ordered didn't come in on time, so I had to make due with a super crappy wig I bought at a local store. Then my priest robe kept slipping and the Nura-gumi jacket I had made specially for Comic Con always wanted to fall off. It was horrible. I wore it to the Shonen Jump panel then promptly threw the wig away and took most of the rest of the costume off. While I was sitting in the panel some people sitting next to me tried to guess who I was. They first guessed "the person who sealed the nine-tails" from Naruto (Did they mean Yondaime? Kurotabou looks NOTHING like him), then "someone from Bleach." When I told them who I was, you could tell they knew who I was talking about, so that was cool. After I had shed the most fail-rific parts of my costume, I had an opportunity to talk to one of my editors and a head editor that I had never met before. It was nice to see them. But then I realized I probably looked like a HUGE WEEABOO. I mean, more than usual. Without half the costume, I was just in a kimono with a hakama over it. And I had one of those big round rice-picker hats (or whatever they are), but I only wore that occasionally. We call it a weeaboo hat (or the weeahat), because it's SO FREAKING WEEABOO. Well... at least the kimono and hakama were really comfy.
I then got in line for the Fringe panel, but I was in line way early (about 4 hours early), so I sat through the Futurama panel (really awesome), Simpsons panel (pretty cool), and V panel (probably awesome if I watched the show). Nur left during these panels to drop a bunch of stuff off at the car because he's very nice. The Fringe panel was AMAZING. And Joshua Jackson is AMAZING. Holy shit that guy is amusing and just a blast to watch. Great, great, GREAT panel.
After Fringe we made our way to another room to get into the Human Target panel. We got in early and sat through the Nikita showing/panel. The show looks pretty meh, but the first ep had a neat twist and the main actress is smokin' hot. The Human Target panel was fun and it made me super excited for the new season!
After Human Target, we bowed out of the convention center and headed back to the hotel and to get food.
We packed the car and headed back to the convention for the last day. I got in line for the Castle panel at about 8:30 and the line was already CRAZY. Nur found me after getting his badge and we just watched stuff on our iPods/iPhones until the line moved. As we went into the room, we all got nice aluminum waterbottles with "CASTLE" printed on the side. Very cool. The panel was a blast. Very fun, very amusing. Had a great time. We stopped by the fulfillment room after the panel to redeem tickets for items we had received during the con, but alas, missed out on the Human Target shirt. I guess they ran out really fast or something! Oh well.
We hopped in the car and drove the very, very, very long way back home. It was a great trip, a great con, and I can't wait until next year. =D