Hey there deviants! I'm back from Sakura Con and I've got to tell you- it was virtually everything. By that I mean, it was fun even though by far not the best con. It was disappointing, yet worth the cost. It was inspiring, yet also very small feeling.
Sakura con provided both sides of a con experience. I've gotten used to the other conventions I attend growing, changing, and getting more exciting. So these days SC just feels very small, and like a let down in many ways. The events which were really good previous years have become very lackluster, and the special/celebrity guests and panels are not things I'm interested in.
HOWEVER the cosplayers attending were as awesome as usual, I got some otherwise hard to find manga, and a couple plushies I'd never get elsewhere. I also got to nerd-out and hang out with my friends and brother who lives out of state. And for the first time ever, I made sure to nab some decent cosplay photos. So we were really able to turn the weekend into a good time.
SC also offered up a lot of new ideas. Ideas about how to make a convention better, and what people expect from one. A friend of mine was toying with the idea of creating our own at the convention center in our city, not far from Seattle, which is rarely used for anything. The idea seems popular, but it's a complicated thing to get started so I hope he got ideas just as I did. Also there was the artist alley. Still as small as it was in 2009, the SC Artist Alley had some wonderful talent this year! Prints really seemed to be the popular thing too. I got a lot of ideas from looking around at the things other people make, as well as from the things that some artists and vendors were kind enough to share with me.
Next year, I'm not sure if I'll attend SC- the likelihood is that I will simply for the time with my friends and opportunity to cosplay- but I'd really love to find an even better anime-oriented event. This year I've really given thought to the costumes I want to do next. A lot of which are Final Fantasy Characters. I think there's two I'm set on, but a third costume choice has yet to be made, and with so many options, it's going to be difficult.
Looking forward to this next year after con-season,
Listening to: Eerie silence
Reading: My math HW
Drinking: Chai Spice Black Tea