Yes, sorry for my long absence.
But, this monket has been to Armageddon! (You may have seen me perched behind someone in a wheelchair taking shots.
The stormtrooper guys
Lots of really neat people there; a few good cosplayers too, which I tried to snap some pictures of. There was a pink-haired girl (I'm not sure who she was cosplaying as), Pikachu, a grey-haired character I don't know, and a cat-girl (yeah, Pikachu tried to duck back and hide, but I got 'im good!) and some characters from Full Metal Alchemist!
And 'le gasp!' I saw Link -twice! Man, this Link cosplayer was good (and short to boot!). Then, there was a statue -not the best lighting in this photo, but it was a pretty cool figure.
There was also a booth for DeviantArt there. I had no idea they'd be there until I saw them there; next year I'll have to keep my eyes out on the DeviantArt site.
were really nice: stopping to let us take a photo. So even guys who work for the villains of an Empire aren't all that bad at heart. Also the FPS
(First Person Shooter, for those uninformed) guys were really great too -even letting my wheelchaired-friend and her comrade pose for a picture
with them while a mate of theirs took their photo!
I think all that fragging must give them red eyes. And look at my friends in the second photo: the red eyes are contagious!
Of course, what I really came for were the bargains: any manga for $10! Usually they retail for around $20 each, so that's a major manga bargain. Not to mention that boxsets of manga and anime both abounded at excellent deals. I managed to scoop up an anime boxset of 'Pretear' for $55, which I felt really good about. Still need to watch it though -I'll make a day and plug it into my TV and DVD coconut tree.
It was a long day, but with some 'Hello Panda!' strawberry filled treats and assorted Sushi-ish treats from a Sushi bar afterwards, it was great. Mmm... katsu prawn-topped rice wrapped with nori (dried seaweed)...
a bit like an early (edible) Christmas present.
How neat to meet other New Zealand artists! The guys at the DevArt booth were great; I'll need to check out some of their galleries... not to mention producers of New Zealand comics. It was really encouraging to meet other comic artists; I may be a monket, but knowing there are other New Zealand-residing setient species creating comics... well, it just lets me know that I'm not alone in this country as I put my efforts into training myself in this art form. And the goal of one day getting published... seeing others who've achieved this goal... it let's me know that it's possible!
Many thanks to everyone -from those who merely smiled as my friend in the wheelchair accidentally rammed into their ankles in the crowds, to those selling food, comics, DVDs and other merchandise at excellent prices. To all those who smiled, cosplayed, and made the day fun: thanks for making this trip away from Coconut Island fun.I hope I'll see you all next year.