Archive for June, 2009

Colossalcon part 2: Friday

June 13, 2009

Well I’m a day late, but at least I’ve done it.

That’s all I really care about. The con got started early on Friday though I didn’t. Got to go to several panels and guest Q&As and sent my time in between them getting food, cruising the halls, checking out the vendors room, and getting some autographs.  The autographs moved pretty well on this day; not to long, they moved at a good speed, and people weren’t rushed through.

Expand Your Collection on a Budget: The first panel I made it to the day was ‘Expand Your Collection on a Budget’ about ways of finding anime cheaply. The guy running it some good pointers about sharing with friends, places online to order from, and certain stores where you could find some good deals with. I helped to share abut using Big Lots to find stuff at; as well as list a bunch of different websites where companies have been putting stuff up online for free. Gundam with Brad Swaile: First guest panel of the day I got to see was ‘Gundam with Brad Swaile’ who has done work in Gundam Wing, Mobile Suit Gundam, Gundam SEED, and Gundam 00. He answered a lot of Gundam related questions and others about voice acting. He’s a very interesting guy, bit of nerd which is cool. He’s collected models of all the different mobile suits his characters pilot, which is pretty cool. How to

Anime RPG: I was only able to stop for a little bit in this panel since I had to get some stuff for my own panel, but I wish I had gotten to see it all. The panelists discussed combining anime and table top role playing, two things I love very much. I got the feeling he knew quite a bit, I so wish I could have picked his brain some more.

American VAs; A Fan’s Perspective: This was one of my panels; it was bad, so bad I’m ashamed of myself. I apologize to wasting everyone’s time who was there. I hadn’t planned out the panel to much; mostly I was kind of hoping to play off the audience, but I didn’t get much from them. The only good part was playing ‘who would you cast in a new dub of Sailor Moon.’ The was kind of fun.

Shin-chan: Next event was Q&A seesions with Laura Bailey, Travis Willingham, and Chuck Huber. Another great session with lot of questions about their work on Shin-chan and other projects. I got several of my questions about Shin-chan answered, like ‘have you every felt ashamed of the lines you had to do.’ Answer, yes. Got to learn Chuck loved doing drunk Hiro and saying ‘crustival,’ a festival of crust. Travis’ role on Shin-chan was the only time he had to stop while reading lines and ask what in the world he just said.

Comics vs. Manga: Kind of quircky take on the subject of American comics verse Japanese manga. Talked about the differences in art, story, the culture of comics in both countries, and how it is put out. Went over crossover of both, like Batman being done by the Japanese. The neatest part of it was where we would pick a person from manga and person from comics and then debate who would win in a fight. I did think the moderator was kind of condescending at a few parts during the panel, not so much when she told some of the annoying people to stop talking but take the moment that if you hadn’t seen Paradise Kiss “they sucked” this isn’t really the attitude one should have when leading a panel, even as a joke.

Death Note Q&A: Yes another panel with Brad. This one focused more on his role as Light in Death Note. He opened the panel by playing the first opening theme of the show on his guitar; well done. There were a lot of questions about what he would do with a Death Note if he had one (leave it where he found it), his thoughts on the end of the series (he had a hard time recording it he was so emotional about it), and about the live action movies. Besides having to do the ‘potato chip’ line again, he also gave one of Light’s mad laugh using a picture of Light’s face on a stick to hide how ridiculous he looked doing it. The best part of the laugh was where he turned around and spun the picture around which had Light’s face turned upward which he held over his shoulder. Hard to describe but really funny to see.

Crack Anime: My other panel of the day, about weird anime. I mean stuff fans of anime find weired. I spent a little bit talking about what qualifies as ‘crack anime’ and where I go the term from. Then we spent the rest of time naming some different series which we could call ‘crack.’. A lot of fun strangely. I even kept tracking of what we had named my computer and then projected onto a screen Learned some new titles I hadn’t heard before and got some new intereste in some I had heard but haven’t seen yet. We had to debate a few, but usually Of course I’m still upset by the little girl who said Prince of Tennis was crack anime and ordered me to add it to the list. I’ve provided the list to look over. I’m sure I’ve misspelled most of them by the way.
List of Crack Anime
1.Excell Saga
4.Blue Gender
5.Prince of Tennis
6.Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi
7.Puni Puni
8.Mushroom Samba of Cowboy Beebop
9.Haruhi-chan Sumumiya
11.Cat’s Soup
12.Axis Powers Hetalia
13.Serial Experiment Lain
16.Puni Papa Dash
19.Magical Play
20.Ghost Stories (English Dub)
22.Ninja Nonesense
23.Cromarti High School
24.Paranoia Agent
25.Dead Leaves
26.Daikan Brothers
28.Mermaid Melody
29.Fighting Foodons
31.Dual Master
32.Samurai Pizza Cats
33.Pawua Island
34.R Juneah


Colossalcon part 1:Overview and Thursday

June 11, 2009

Last week I attended Colossalcon in Sandusky Ohio. This was my first year at a Colossalcon.

The hotel it took place in was very nice. The whole place had a safari jungle theme; the some of the people who worked there wore safari gear. It had a water park inside and if I hadn’t been busy with the con I might have made it over there. The room I had was a nice size, with a very good tv along with a microwave and refrigerator.

Hallways were annoyingly crowed, mainly with people just standing in the middle of the hallways being hazards to others. The hallways themselves were very big so it wasn’t the worse I’ve ever seen them, but still annoying.

The con used wrist bands as a way to identify attendees instead of badges like I’m used to. I disliked them. They weren’t as uncomfortable as I feared they would be and they did make it so you wouldn’t lose them since the only way to take them off was by cutting them. I just didn’t like the way they felt and I always liked being able to read information about people on their badges, with these you didn’t even get a name. Still they did offer badges with the year on them, I got one of those, and as a panelist I got one that said panelist as well.

Vendor room had a nice variety and was set up nicely. Though it did get easily crowded. I would have switched the entrance and the exit. I usually flow right when I enter one and with this one the exit was to the right of the entrance.

The video game room was standard fare of rhythm games, fighting games, first person shooters, and the like; not much to draw my eye. Same with Artist Alley. Nothing that really drew my especially, though there were some people selling their own comics which I wish I had checked out more.

Panels had some nice variety to them, even if I didn’t get to go to many. The set up for them weren’t to bad, but right outside the rooms was were people liked to gather in the lobby so the noise from outside was bothersome. Closing the doors helped some, but you would still occasionally hear a scream or loud yell from outside.

Food at the hotel was kind of high, what else is new. Places nearby weren’t to far off though. It took just a few minutes to drive to get some good food; just not close enough to walk.

The main attraction for me to the con was the guest list. They had Laura Bailey voice of many excellent characters including Tohru Honda in Fruits Basket and Shin-chan in Shin chan; Travis Willingham voice of Colonel Roy Mustang in Fullmetal Alchemist and Ginko in Mushishi; Michelle Ruff voice of Rukia in Bleach and Yuki in Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya; Melissa Fahn voice of Ed in Cowboy Bebop and Gaz in Invader Zim plus she’s an excellent singer; Aaron Dismuke voice of Alphonse Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, and Ion Fortuna in Trinity Blood; Chuck Huber voice of Hiro in Shin Chin and Shou Tucker in Fullmetal Alchemist; Brad Swaile whose voice several Gundam characters and Light from Death Note. All were very friendly and interesting to hear from. I think the most entertaining would have been Brad, but if I have to hear that ‘I’ll take a potato chip and eat it’ line again I will be forced to hurt someone.

Vic Mignogna was at the con as well. He was suppose to be there Friday through Saturday, but couldn’t get there till about noon on Saturday. With the big following of fans he has and the limited time available with him caused the line for his autograph to be massively long, which I skipped. Ah I’ve meet him before anyways.
Michael Sinterniklaas was scheduled to appear but wasn’t able to make it.


Cosplay at the Con
Most common series cosplayed: Fullmetal Alchemist, considering all the VAs from it no big surprise
Other common series cosplayed: Code Geass, Final Fantasy, Bleach, Naruto, Death Note, Lolita style, Gurran Laugen, Sailor Moon, and Soul Eater
Cool rare cosplays: Papillon from Buso Renkin, Melfina and Suzuka from Outlaw Star, the Gundam Wing cosplayers, and this from Azumanga Daioh

The con stared Thursday night with a few events. I was only able to be there for a little while on Thursday, mostly just getting the lay of the land and checking things out. I did get to see Chuck Huber’s panel ‘Anime and Education.’ It was an interesting idea about trying to make education more interesting to and therefore easier to learn, mostly through the use of anime, manga, and video games. There was talk of different anime and game series out at the moment that have some sort of educational aspect you could use to them; different things a series could have that would make it more educational; people shared some stories of what they’ve earned from anime.

Should have more tomorrow about Friday.