Anime Central, Day 2

May 13th, 2007

Today was a good day, Hamtaro.

Yes, I was marginally grumpier than yesterday, but I sincerely doubted anyone would notice. And Bruce said that, considering how miserable a bastard I felt, I was remarkably nice all morning.

I had some terrific conversations with folks in the AM, and by the time the Yuri Panel rolled around in the PM, we were down to the last few books. So, that put me in a goodish mood.

So the high point of the day was when I devloped a new game for the vendors – cosplay bingo. I’m going to create game cards and we mark off when we see old standards and wildcards. It’ll help pass the time. :-) We saw all the usual standards we look for (I got bingo at about 2 PM) and our wildcard was awesome – Hamburglar.

The Yuri Panel was pleasant. The room was mostly full, but people dribbled in and out, as they do when we end up talking about good yuri and not the stuff they like. lol

I spoke to Media Blasters during the day, and they gave me permission to formally announce their licensing of Simoun. :-) So, really, it’s official. No joke. I am going to do my damndest to see that Yuri fandumb is served well when it is released. Some of the MB ladies suggested a Simoun cosplay contest at Yuricon’s 2007 “Yurisai” event…I think that would be spectacular, don’t you? THIS is how awesome MB is – when people came up to them today to ask about Simoun, they said – “Go to the Yuri Panel.” Is that not utterly awesome?

(As an aside, I also had a chat with Geneon about Marimite. I know that they have nothing to confirm or deny about it, but that wasn’t the point of my chat. Let me just say that, *should* they ever license it, I feel slightly more comfortable that Yuri fandom will not be ignored. And incidentally, Sean, I met your friend Drew. I’m not sure he was as happy about that as I was. LOL)

After the panel we stuck around long enough to get rid of the last few books and say good bye to all our pals in the Hall, because tomorrow, we become tourists. We’re off to the art museum and other site-seeing things.

We ended the day with an overpriced, mediocre meal, but surrounded by good company, and after I watched a kung-fu vampire flick (starring Peter Cushing!), I’ve retired to my room to write this post. Now I am going to talk to my wife, because I’ve barely seen her for two days. :-)

Thanks once again to the folks at ACen for their hospitality! They will be getting a thank you note, for sure. :-) Thanks also to the folks who came to the table and to the Yuri Panel – it was great talking with you, seriously. Thanks to Donna, Serge and Bruce for everything and special thanks to Pern, Nic and Pat for drinks, snacks and bad movies. And, of course, super special hugs to my wife, who protected our table from Hamburglars while we were out talking about Yuri.

If I’m not wiped flat tomorrow, I’ll try to review something. :-) Oh, and total at-con purchases for me? Two sandwiches. How sad is that? lol

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8 Responses

  1. Futaba-chan says:

    Some of the MB ladies suggested a Simoun cosplay contest at Yuricon’s 2007 “Yurisai” event…I think that would be spectacular, don’t you?

    Sigh… I just cut my hair too short to wear in odango, and it won’t grow in to that length by September. Oh well, time to start working on that Kyuushuu-sama costume, I guess….

  2. M says:

    I was one of said attendees at the Yuri panel at ACen (the one that asked what titles were recommended for people who had never read any Yuri before), and I want to thank you for it. I learned a bunch and I’m looking forward to learning even more. Thanks again.

  3. m: Glad you enjoyed the panel!

    futaba: awesome! I look forward to seeing that costume. Personally, I think the only character that would suit me would be Wauf. lol

  4. Danielle says:

    I was the grad student (shoulder-length brown hair, glasses) who stopped by your table and was able to talk to you and Bruce and I wanted to thank you for the lovely conversation. I had a difficult time at the convention (my first) in many ways because I was totally not prepared for the culture of it (even though I suspected) and it was really great to talk to actual grown ups and have a serious, intelligent conversation in the midst of all the craziness.

    (And must apologize for leaving the Yuri panel early, was so exhausted by that time I just wanted to drive back to friends who graciously put me up for the weekend.)

    Finally, I can’t wait to read the lovely books you publish!

    Danielle

  5. Hi Danielle! It was a genuine pleasure to chat with you. (And I understand SO well about the culture shock.)

    Please, if you get a chance, email me at anilesbocon01@hotmail.com (or failing that Yuricon@hotmail.com) I’d like to talk more about your research. :-)

  6. Anonymous says:

    I made a cosplay bingo game a few years back. It has since morphed into Anime Con Bingo…
    http://kawaiiorkowai.com/bingo/animecons.shtml

    -PatrickD

  7. Hey Patrick!

    Your bingo is hysterical. Ours is going to be a bit different (we have very specific in-jokes that will need to be represented,) but thanks so much for that link. It’s damn funny. lol

  8. Pat says:

    I missed the Hamburglar??! Whatever bad movie I was engrossed in at the time could not beat seeing the Hamburglar at an anime convention.
    I’m sorry that I’m so lame as to get to this weeks after the fact, but I just wanted to say that I had a great time hanging out with you folks at ACen.

    I do wish that Peter Cushing kung-fu-vampires/weird-Lawrence-of-Arabia-in-Asia movie had been better. Oh, well. We didn’t even exhaust this year’s supply of bad movies. What can I say? I had better luck this year. There’s still “Lost Empire” with the silly ninjas, and bad “The Last Dragon” ripoffs.

    I look forward to Yuricon, and being a cheerful minion. :)

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