Monday, May 30, 2011

Whole Wheat?

Oh my gosh, I completely forgot to tell you one unforgettable experience at Comicon! This one was good.

So Caj left to take Jac to visit some family for the rest of the weekend. I was giving blood and had just finished so I decided to wander a little bit. On the main level of the convention building there was a huge line of people with green wristbands. So I stopped and decided to ask a random person what the line was all about. There was a lot of noise and I have a really hard time separating words sometimes so I heard something like "W~l~Wheat~." My mind had to make up the missing parts of the words and the closest thing it was familiar with was "Whole Wheat." So I smiled and nodded, "Okay, thanks!" and started walking away. Then I started to think. "Whole wheat? That doesn't make any sense. What, like it's a bread line from the depression?" Now I began to think he was making fun of me and I was so offended! I was just curious, asking a very simple question. He didn't have to go and make fun of me. Whole wheat. Like a bread line. How rude! Seriously, I spent a good 10 minutes so frustrated by the rudeness of some people. And then it hit me.

Wil Wheaton.

I'm beginning to wonder if they didn't take some brain cells with my blood.


Maybe my expectations were too high because of my experiences at Anime Expo, but Phoenix Comicon was such a bust. Half of the panels were unprofessional, felt thrown together and unplanned, so we walked out. A quarter of them were cancelled or the panelists just never showed up! We were really looking forward to the Cosplay Drama 101 panel Saturday afternoon and were so disappointed by this time with having one event cancelled, another one ending an hour early because they failed to plan, and now panelists just not showing up altogether, we left the convention never to return. But with all of this, we did have some highlights.

Highlight #1: Tips, Tricks and Etiquette for the Cosplayer panel by Banzai! Productions! Seriously, this made my convention. If it weren't for this group I would have felt like I completely wasted my husband's money. I was never aware of their work before, but I feel okay in that considering they've only been around for a year and I haven't had internet for a year and a half. I will certainly be keeping track of their work now. What made them and their panel so amazing? It was so clean! There was no offensive language, no offensive behavior, no innuendos. The room was packed full so obviously they don't need it, and really, nobody does. That's what people need to understand. No one is going to complain that you don't swear enough, but people will leave if you are too offensive. If you need to swear like a sailor and joke about explicit behaviors to get an audience, maybe you suck and shouldn't be performing. The true performers are the people like these who are highly entertaining without the trash. Thank you.

Highlight #2: Red Cross Blood Drive! Wow, was the convention so bad that having a needle stuck in my arm for half an hour made it to my top 3 highlights? Yes. And I'm type O-Neg so I know how important it is to give blood and am really giddy about any opportunity I get to do so. I'm usually really timid but the people there were such a joy to talk to, and I'm sure they felt the same about me. Any time I feel good chatting with complete strangers is a highlight for me.

Highlight #3: Cosplaying as a Family! I don't care how cool my cosplay is, cosplaying alone is depressing. It was so much fun going with Caj and Jac and people took so many pictures. Being able to bring a smile to you, the convention-goers, is why I cosplay. That and it's good fun dressing up.
It was also really cool to see Bruce Boxleitner, he seemed to be a pretty cool actor. If it weren't for Caj's favorite movie being Tron (at least until Legacy, which changed his favorite movie to Dune), I wouldn't be familiar with him. Now I intend to keep a closer watch on his work.
I've never been real big into American comics, so I didn't know much about Stan Lee either, other than he is Marvel Comics. I'm so glad I went to his panel though because that man is a hoot! I love funny old men. I'll probably follow his work more closely now, as well.

So that was my convention experience. I hope Caj wasn't so disappointed with it being his first con that he never wants to spend money on another one again. I may volunteer for SabotenCon this year to see if it's worth going to, otherwise we'll have to save our money and go to Anime Expo in a couple of years.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Adventures in Cosplay

We're going to Comicon this weekend! It's too bad Caj (my super awesome husband) has to work, but he'll be able to go Thursday and Friday night then all day Saturday. He's never been to any sort of convention so this is my early Father's Day present to him. This is also our opportunity to see how Jac (our coolest son-shine) does at a convention before he spends the rest of the weekend with family.

With me, a convention just isn't a convention without cosplay. So we'll be dressing up as characters from Death Note because that's really easy to do last minute and it's not completely embarrassing for anyone who has never cosplayed before (Caj). Naturally I'll be Amane Misa, and Jac will be so adorable as a Chibi Light with a Chibi Death Note and Chibi Ryuk (teehee!), and Caj will be L. I was having him try on clothes for the cosplay last night and he was getting all in character and everything and oh. my. word, I had my doubts but he is going to be the best L EVER. I'm so happy I married an actor. I almost ruined it last night when I was cutting a nasty old black wig we had, which I messed up phenomenally, so I'm going to the store now to get a real wig for him to wear.

Monday, May 23, 2011

~Heyo Everyone~

Hiya, I'm Dea~Hime! I'm a twenty-something wifey/mama and I love anime, video games, and especially cosplay. These things are pretty obvious.

What you might not know about me, but you really should be able to tell, is I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Does that come as a surprise? I really hope not! I am always trying to do my best without letting my hobbies get in the way. That's what this blog is about. It's not just for other Latter-Day Saints who like anime and video games, but so anyone who's not can see that being spiritual and religious doesn't restrict fun. In fact, it opens my life up to much more happiness and freedom!
Feel free to ask me any questions at all, I'll do my best to answer them.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read my blog, and I hope you return soon!

PS> What can you tell by my first post? If you guessed I love Jurassic Park/Dinosaurs and that I'm really excited to have internet/phones... You're right!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Mr. Hammond, the phones are working.

Sweet raptors, I have internet and phones!