[Leanne] Anime Expo and ComicCon

I know it’s kind of late to be writing a con report for Anime Expo. Well, this month has been kinda crazy with lots of stuff going on. So crazy, in fact, that I won’t be at the San Diego ComicCon — I’ll be at a wedding instead. (Congrats, Julia and Pete!) I should be at ComicCon next year. San Diego is my hometown, and I really want to be there!

So. Anime Expo was pretty cool. In fact, I think it was the best time I’ve had at AX, and I’ve attended and worked the con for several years. I got to meet a Gaia Online friend of mine, and make some new friends. I spent a lot of time in the shoujo room showing videos, and can recommend that you check out Strawberry Marshmallow and World of Narue, which are both excessively cute, and IGPX, which is roller derby with mecha. How can you go wrong?. No super-big winners this year like Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars (which if you haven’t seen, you should), but I found all of those entertaining for various reasons.

It was nice working the afternoon-evening shift. I got to see enough of the con before my shift, and got to check out a Photoshop panel on coloring, which was pretty good. The panelist gave me some good ideas which I’m looking forward to putting into practice.

There was good stuff in the Artist Alley. There’s always good stuff in the Artist Alley, and I actually recommend that you shop there first before you go spend money in the vendors’ hall. I got a bunch of really nice bookmarks and gorgeous original-art prints for a very good price. If you get the opportunity, you should definitely check it out; there are a lot of small gems there.

Have a good one, people!