osaraba: (dead inside)
So after 10 years of faithful attendance at Otakon, this year, potentially to be year eleven, is the one in which I will not be going. It feels crazy and weird and wrong to not go, but there are a few things which just naturally point in that direction for this year.

A little higher up on my travel priorities right now are Berlin (sometime before 2nd week in August) as I mentioned previously, and Vancouver (theoretically over Thanksgiving).

The other two cons that I'm planning on attending this year are Dragon*Con and possibly Wincon. D*C's "cheap rate" deadline is coming up (end of the week!) and I've got to shell out the $80 for that. Wincon's second pre-reg deadline is at the end of the month, but is $100.

I'm less sure about Wincon, truthfully, because I don't know anyone in the fandom all that well (except for you two) and... well. Not that I wouldn't have a good time, but in light of the lack of connections, and not wanting to do the *I DON'T KNOW ANYONE, LET ME CLING TO YOU* thing... the cost might be prohibitive? (But the potential for going to a Blackhawks game! DO WANT!)

Sigh. I'm just going back and forth, thinking aloud now. Why is this so difficult!

Anyway, back to the point: I'm not going to Otakon this year. Neither are Liz or Juliet. And probably not Maryann either, come to think of it. What is up with that?!

SO SAD. ;_;

Hey Zack!

Jul. 13th, 2009 10:08 am
osaraba: (drakengard lalalalala~)
I'm right smack-dab in the middle of World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks, and it is pretty darn awesome. I'm not usually one for non-fiction, and even though this is obviously fiction, it's written in a non-fiction/doctumentary style. HOWEVER, I have been in the mood to read non-fiction lately, so it worked out to perfect timing. (It's been sitting in my office desk drawer for the last year, lent to me by my boss.)

I really like how it starts at the beginning, chronologically, and goes through the war. Every "interview" is with a different person, in a different state or country, and reveals more and more about the status of the world's survival strategy (or lack thereof).

In most books and novels I read, I feel like the author tells a story -- the story is built up as events happen in the present time; even the history of the characters or the world they're in is "added" in for exposition or affect. In this case, however, I feel that Brooks slowly reveals what has happened in such a subtle and talented way. I'm not sure if that's only because of the documentary style he adopts, but he pulls it off perfectly. It's absolutely captivating. I can't wait to finish it.

I know the rights to the movie have been bought, but it's not even in pre-production yet. Seems like they're still working on the script? This would make such an awesome documentary-style movie; I wonder if they'd keep it that way, or if they'd just make it into a typical movie instead.

Speaking of movies, I've re-watched a million recently while working on cosplay at home. I finally watched Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (#3), which I thought was much better than the second one (which was insanely boring and stupid). The third still had way too much Keira Knightly in it, but the scenes of Jack in Davey Jones' Locker are surreal and amazing. Those scenes make the whole movie worth seeing; they're absolutely gorgeous.

So yes, at home I'm working slaving over our Drakengard cosplay. As usual, we leave things for the last minute, and now we're cramming to get everything done in time for Otakon. I'm actually apprehensive that we won't be able to finish things up (unlike previous years where I was confident we'd finish by deadline). So we'll see how that works out. I'm excited for it, but I know that not many will recognize where we're from, which is too bad as I think that game ROCKS!

Even better? I'm actually going to have fake rose petals with me so I spin around and be crazy. (See icon above.)
osaraba: (sara (kozi))
So one of the rooms is taken. Does anyone need the other?

I'm going to cancel the other some time this weekend.

Details here:
osaraba: (drakengard lalalalala~)
A whole lot of stuff has been keeping me busy lately.

With last week's new iPhone 3GS release, the "old" 3G went down to $99 with a 2-year contract. With some discussion and finagling with Liz, we both got new phones -- hers is an LG Invision, mine the $99 8g iPhone 3G. I looked far and wide for a phone to compare to the iPhone and, for my personal taste and the features I'm interested in in a smartphone, the iPhone was actually the nicest. I'm slightly ashamed of myself everytime I look at it. Still, it was $99 for almost EXACTLY what I wanted. How can I argue? There still are instances that remind me exactly why I dislike Apple products, but in a phone, it's something I can overlook (whereas I wouldn't be able to overlook it in something like a laptop or desktop, or even an mp3 player). In any case, Liz's new phone is sleek and pretty and super lightweight! And I've been having fun with my new iPhone as well!

Saturday night I went to Medieval Times in NJ with a big bunch of coworkers for Danielle's birthday party. It was a blast. Our group was rooting for the yellow knight. Unfortunately, he was pretty lame. However, the "MC" of the tournament was CUTE. Long hair. Accent. Awesome. =D

Sunday I woke up with a scratchy throat. Went to eat lunch with parents and then came home to work on cosplay. Unfortunately, the scratchy throat developed into a full-blown cold by the end of the night. Stuffy/runny nose, coughing, SNEEZING, feeling weak. Ugh.

Monday and Tuesday were the worst. I've been drinking hot tea like there's no tomorrow. (Which isn't so bad, considering I love tea.) Yesterday was slightly better and today has also been slightly better, though I suspect it will be another week before the cough is completely gone. Which is fine, as long as it's all gone by the time Otakon rolls around.

Cosplay is coming along a bit slowly, though we all have a good grasp on what we have left to do. I think we'll make it in time. Haha, I'd really like to be done a couple of days before the con, so there's some relax time first, but at this point, why break tradition? We'll see how it goes.

All of a sudden today I'm in the mood for 311 (and therefore a mix of other reggae/ska/punk/dancehall stuff too). [livejournal.com profile] metallicapixie and [livejournal.com profile] lolichan are both partly to blame.
osaraba: (sara oni)
Hello all.

I've got 2 rooms for Otakon that I don't need. Info below. Comment or email me if you're interested. Please pass this along to anyone who might be interested. If no one takes these off my hands by the end of June, I'm going to cancel them.

Radisson Lord Baltimore Hotel
Check In: Thursday, July 16 2009
Check Out: Sunday, July 19 2009
Rate: $149/night + taxes
2 ROOMS, each with 2 double beds, no smoking
osaraba: (nyr leetch)
Maryann asked me about Rei from Breath of Fire III, so I did an image search to refresh my memory about the details of his clothing and look what I came across...

Otakon 2001 pics... ah memories

But that isn't the funniest part...

The first picture in the second row has Liz ([livejournal.com profile] metallicapixie) and Angelica ([livejournal.com profile] koyappi) in it! Liz was 13 at the time... <3! And Angelica and I were 20... >_<;

Back in 2001 we didn't even bother to look for pics of ourselves online...

In other news, I'm watching the DVR recording of tonight's Rangers vs. Devils game... it's a really good game, and I'm excited to see what the result will be. I never thought I'd be so happy to have a DVR -- I thought I wouldn't be interested in watching a game that wasn't live, but as long as I don't spoil myself, I still enjoy it. It's also even better, because if I miss something, I can just rewind it! Hahahaha! I've seen every game since the season opener (except for the second one) and I've been having a really good time following everything. I hope to continue following the games as religiously as possible. =D
osaraba: (sara tats)
While this wasn't my most favorite Otakon, it was pretty darn enjoyable. Cosplay this year was much more relaxed, and while I missed the energy and chaos of our more eye-catching cosplay, I also enjoyed feeling like I could change out of costume earlier than I normally would. It certainly allowed me more time to just hang out with everyone this year. Yeah, it seemed like this year was hang-out con. Not that I don't hang out every year, but it was certainly more concentrated this year.

Here's a reference pic: http://www.naruto-world.com/animebook/naruto-animebook-04.jpg




KATIE & KELLY! GUYS! I was just thinking we should really hang out again and I mentioned as much to Judy and then she reminded me that you'd be coming down for NYAF! Awesome! =D Are you guys staying with us?


All in all, an excellent weekend of hanging out. Not so much for cosplay, though I did enjoy our cosplay thoroughly. I think we all looked very good, actually. Next year I'd like to go back to video game cosplay, though.

More pics of us from Refractor Productions can be found here. Just scroll to the bottom of the page and you can see our set. Haha, in the close-up one, you can kind of see my tattoo inside my kimono. ^^;

osaraba: (sara tats)
Hey guys. I've got a friend who's interested in making a short parody film. I'm not going to get into what it's about here, but his roommates, who were going to be in it, kind of flaked out. I know that Mario's into acting, but I don't know if he'd be interested -- he's also not on my flist. My friend who's making the film will be going to Otakon and I can introduce him and have him talk about his idea. Would one of you fwd this to Mario, or ask him if he's potentially interested?

Also, John-- you met him, it's my friend Jon from high school. I know you're into film editing, so it's possible you may have something to discuss with him as well. I'm not sure exactly what kind of input or work he's looking for on this one.


Aug. 6th, 2008 09:58 am
osaraba: (minako hand it over)
Cake is going to be playing at the Starland Ballroom!!!!

Wednesday, October 1st
$31.50 GA

I want to go SO BAD! And it's relatively cheap! But it's at Starland, which means it's a PAIN to get to from the city by mass transit and it's on a weekday, to boot. ;_; I've never seen Cake before live, and I'd really like to, dammit!

It's times like these I really wish I had a car.

In other news, Zoltan confirmed that he & Jon would both be joining us, so yaye~ more people in the room. =D I wonder what their experience will be like, with a 25,000-people con as their first. It's actually really difficult for me to imagine what it's like coming to cons for the first time nowadays since it's been so long since I started attending these... and since it's been so long since I've actually done anything but cosplay and hang out.

I passed out last night at midnight -- on the floor, no less -- after sewing the collar onto Liz's kimono. Tonight I will be making up for it by most likely not sleeping until I get on the greyhound tomorrow morning. Ah, crunch time. >_<;
osaraba: (portal dead in the water)
So I have 2 rooms with 11 (possibly 12) people in them, and I'd like one or two more, if possible.

Anyone know someone who needs crash space?

I'm in the Radisson from Thursday to Sunday. Final cost depends on how many people end up staying, but it's approximately $25-30/night per person.

Also, please don't recommend anyone to me that you wouldn't trust in your room.
osaraba: (yatta!)
So this year's Otakon was crazy and fun and disappointing. It was really awesome to be able to see Seki Tomokazu! And I was able to have him sign that hard-to-find WeiƟ photobook that I have. Which was so exciting! I was unbelievably lucky to have done all those things. I have to thank Judy's coworker Manny for getting such a sweet spot on the line, and for letting me take his place! =D

Unfortunately, Seki's Q&A and autograph sessions, on both days, were scheduled at the SAME TIME as the Kingdom Hearts photoshoots! T_T It was so mean! So we missed the KH photoshoot for Friday, which was probably the better one. And even though we went to the Saturday shoot, we only stayed for like 15 minutes because it was totally lame. So that really sucked. I don't quite regret staying at Seki's Q&A session instead of going to the Friday shoot, but I almost do. Dammit.

photos of Seki )

Anyway, besides that I think we really didn't go to any panels or anything. We stopped into a video room for like 2 minutes because it was semi-dark in there and we were glowing! ^^; We basically did what we normally do -- walk around and get stopped every few minutes for photos. =D

I think our costumes were pretty good considering we really only started working on them 2 weeks before the con. I didn't feel as satisfied by them as I think we might have had we started a bit earlier. But they worked out well. And in some respects, maybe even better than they would have, since we had Judy working with us at the hotel on Thursday night -- she has amazing paint-mixing powers, srsly! If I ever need to paint anything for costumes again I know who to call.

Kingdom Hearts II: Space Paranoids (Tron) cosplay )

I didn't get to hang out with [livejournal.com profile] sharona1x2 or [livejournal.com profile] dc_logan like last year, but at least we bumped into them, so I got to chat for a few minutes. <3 And I know that [livejournal.com profile] jana1x2x1 was there, but I didn't get to see her at all. =(

Also, Friday hijinks were fun. We left a little... present in the boys' bathroom. (We had ajoining rooms in our hotel, and it was basically split into the boys' room and the girls' room.) ^^ Don't worry, btw, it's strawberry syrup. Really. ^_~

viewer discretion advised )

I'm skipping over lots here, but on the bus ride home we got to watch Yoshi's Sailor Moon DVD! The perfect ending to an awesome con.

Selected pics uploaded here. You can also look at Judy's set here.

Ken. Who?

Jun. 27th, 2007 12:31 pm
osaraba: (saimono shuusei Uhh..?)
So, Sharon JUST TOLD ME THAT SEKI TOMOKAZU IS COMING TO OTAKON! OMG! Oh. My. God. OMG. alskjflahsdfljas;le!!!

It's really weird because a couple of months ago, I remarked that he'd gone to Anime Expo twice and wouldn't it be awesome if he'd come to Otakon? AND NOW HE IS. HAHAHAHAHAHA.

And there goes a big chunk of my day because I'll have to stand in a freaking 5-mile line for 5 hours just to get a 1-minute autograph.


osaraba: (shines into the dark)
We got somewhat split up on buses to Baltimore this year, due to being early, being late, being on time.... yes, I suppose that's somewhat vague, but I won't go into specifics.

The first people we ran into when we got to the hotel were Sharon, DC, and Jay! How lucky! It was really nice to see them then, especially since we didn't end up seeing them until late on Saturday, and only for a short time.

We got a slightly smaller room at the Radisson this year than previous years, which was unfortunate. Thursday was sunny and hot and since we waited for a couple of hours on the pre-reg line in the blazing sun, I got a bit of a tan. (Not that you could tell under my white facepaint cosplay...)

I don't think we did a whole lot of con stuff. I know I missed a couple of panels I had wanted to go to. Friday we got to the BCC kind of late, spent a while having our pictures taken... walked across the BCC, spent some more time having our pictures taken... wanted to go eat, but we had to go back to the fountain area to make the KH photo shoot. Which actually kind of sucked, so we left to go to the Hall Costume contest... waited for hours, finally ate, waited for another hour, went to have our pictures taken at the Photo Suite, waited another half an hour, and finally got judged. Which was *squee* (see previous post).

Also at some point on Friday we bumped into that cool Riku and Anti-Sora whom I'd met at AnimeNEXT (the Riku was cosplaying Namine) and took a few photos together. I actually spoke up and said that I'd met them at AN, and recalled to the Anti-Sora that I'd asked him about where to get the zentai suits he used (and which we actually ended up using too), and they actually remembered me, LOL.

Saturday was much the same except we actually made it to the cosplay panel we wanted to go to. Maryann took very helpful notes, and I hope we can actually use them to make something awesome for next year. Liz went into the wig panel briefly, but it seems they were going reeeeallly slowly, so she didn't stay for long. We went over to the other KH photo shoot (which sucked more), but we got to see Chris, Carrie and Cloud (Greg, whom I'd also met at AN and said hi again). We went to eat, then touch up our makeup, then... I can't quite remember. Oh yes! Dealer's Room! We FINALLY got to the dealer's room. Amazingly enough, I bought one $4 manga on my first trip to the dealer's room when I usually spend like $60 in that first shot. There were a few things that I was considering, but nothing really caught my eye except those $30 Nana wallets (which I didn't end up getting anyway).

We changed out of our KH2 outfits and into our FMA outfits for a few hours on Saturday night, which is when I bumped into [livejournal.com profile] sharona1x2, [livejournal.com profile] dc_logan, [livejournal.com profile] devilkitty0, [livejournal.com profile] klingonpoo, [livejournal.com profile] yaoichick, and a few others as well. It was nice seeing everyone again!

Sunday we took another turn around the dealer's room and I ended up spending about $80... a mild year for me. Not the least I've spent at a con, but certainly not much more than that. I got a cute moogle shirt, Mezzoforte, KITE, and Alien Nine DVDs. (I sooo can't wait to see A9 -- I really loved it!) I finally picked up the only volume of the SDK manga I was missing, so I am now completely caught up, and a random volume of the Kare Kano manga which I have a couple of volumes of, but am trying to collect and complete. I also got a laptop bag from Myth -- it's one of those sling-shoulder backpack deals, which I hope will work better for me than a one-shoulder messenger bag 'cause my laptop is too heavy to carry on just one shoulder for more than an hour. I also got a small FMA poster for free, signed by two of the American voice actors (whom I'll never actually hear, but whatever -- the poster was really smallish and cute, which is what I wanted).

Oh! Maryann was so sweet -- she bought me a Brom calendar for 2007! She got me one for 2006, which is up on my wall and which I love to look at! She says it's also to make up for the "lame pen gift" she got me for my birthday, and it definitely does that. <3

Overall, this was a weird con experience. I didn't get to hang out with old friends so much, which was unfortunate. But I got to say hi to some new friends I made earlier this year at AnimeNEXT and that really made me really happy.
osaraba: (solitude)
What we were cosplaying: Kingdom Hearts II: Timeless River Sora, Donald & Goofy, along with KH2 Hayner, Roxas and Axel.

Goofy (Liz), Hayner (Juliet), Sora (Sara), Donald (Maryann). Click for larger pic.

More pics. You know you want to see them... )

Some more random pics can be found in this directory.

Oh! Some cool news -- Liz, Maryann and I entered the Hall Costume Contest for Friday in the Novice category (because this was our first time entering a contest) ...and won second place! *squeeeee* We were the very last group to be judged on Friday, and the judges were cool and funny, and it was actually really awesome and fun getting to explain how we went about making everything! *more squee*
osaraba: (welcome to the reality)
A day and a half to go and we have a lot of little things left to do for our costumes. Most are things that really have to be done to make the costumes complete, so I'm really nervous about this. I keep going between extreme excitement because our costumes are almost finished and dread because our costumes are almost finished.

I always say we should start working on the costumes earlier, but we never do.


I have a feeling we're going to be up all night tomorrow finishing up all the details (which isn't exactly unusual for our con-going experience). I really wish I could just take tomorrow off, but I can't.

OMG, wish us luck.

*is scared*
osaraba: (obsession)
  1. vest pattern
  2. wig
  3. hats
  4. shield
  5. shoes
  6. gloves
  7. stuffing
  8. single fold bias tape
  9. hooded jacket pattern
  10. stiff white twill, 2 yds
  11. 24" white #8 zipper

  1. dress pattern for Lust ([livejournal.com profile] windsorblue, what did you do? Buy a dress/make one from a pattern/make one from awesome sewing knowledge?)
  2. gloves
  3. bald cap
  4. stuffing
  5. white contacts
  6. wigs
  7. denim jacket
  8. white fur collar

Am I forgetting anything?

osaraba: (pink stare)
(1) NIN is playing the Friday night of AnimeNEXT at the PNC Bank Arts Center. Oh, what shall I do? Go? Can I afford it? Err, money/planning/decisions.

(2a) OMG, MUCC is playing Otakon.
(2b) We should probably buy bus tickets sometime soon, right?
(2c) Looks like our cosplay group is narrowed down to me, Maryann, Liz, and Juliet cosplaying the grey-scale versions of Sora, Donald & Goofy from the Timeless River world, with Juliet cosplaying Hayner to match up with Angelica's Roxas (except that I think Angelica isn't cosplaying the casual version of Roxas, so it may not quite match) and possibly Lene as Axel. The four of us will also be cosplaying 4 of the homunculi from FMA: Liz and I will be Lust and Gluttony, Maryann will be either Envy or Sloth, and Juliet will be Greed. ♥

(3) For anyone who is going to Ycon, the $40 pre-reg ends May 31st, so you should send in your registration payment by that date. The next tier is $50 until Sept 20th, and $60 at-door.

Angelica, I'd appreciate it if you could find out from your mom if she can get me those opaque, white contact lenses, and how much a pair would be. Sankyuu~
osaraba: (sara)
Three out of four (so far) of our "possibles" have said that they're going: Nikki, Indira, and Jerry. This makes 11 of us. [livejournal.com profile] yoshiinjapan, you're going to have to make sure that Joshypoo comes, if only so our hotel costs will go down. The Radisson room is $505, the Wyndham room is $477, for a total of $982. Split between 11 of us, the total is $90. Split between 12 of us, the total is $82. So I'd really like to get at least a 12th person to cut down on costs. Don't forget we still have the transportation costs to think about. ::sigh::

OT, I got the complete Kare Kano DVD set in the mail today. I definitely won't get rid of the fansubs because the ones I have after episode 8 are excellent translations and pretty good quality for VHS copies. But it'll be nice to be able to watch them in high-quality format that won't wear out the "tape" when I watch them over and over.

This was a really odd day: I saw Lene & Nikki for lunch, which was nice. Talked to Angelica a lot today; rare. Then, not two minutes after I hang up with Angelica (at 1am, of course), Nicky calls me! If I haven't called her, she always seems to call me when I've been thinking about her for the previous couple of days.

And now my right shoulder hurts because I have had to type this all out from a contorted position, and with only one hand, because the other arm is currently being used as a body pillow by the cat. I am reminded of my folly in thinking she was just being silly when [livejournal.com profile] ponderosa121 reported that her cat (kitten?) had gone to sleep in the chair at her desk and therefore had to go get another, less comfortable chair (or something similar), because no, she couldn't move her.
osaraba: (grrrr)
So far, we have 8 definites: [livejournal.com profile] koyasunomiko, [livejournal.com profile] koyappi, [livejournal.com profile] metallicapixie, [livejournal.com profile] fiinedeiopeia, [livejournal.com profile] louiex, [livejournal.com profile] inbredchocobo, [livejournal.com profile] yoshiinjapan, [livejournal.com profile] mailliwkuraido.

If you're on this list and you are NOT definitely sure you're going to Otakon 2006, please comment and let me know.
If you're on this list and you ARE definitely going, please comment and let me know.
If you're on this list and you are NOT pre-registered, go give them your money NOW.

The possibles: [livejournal.com profile] mikomishiranai, Jerry, Joshypoo, and Indira.

Right now I have a reservation at the Radisson and another at the Wyndham.

If you are the friend of one of these possibles, you MUST get in contact with them and find out if they're definitely going or not. Especially since 3 out of 4 are not on LJ. And please let me know. If there aren't enough people for the 2nd room reservation, I WILL cancel it IN JULY, because I will NOT chance getting charged a $475 late cancellation fee!

Also, as much as I'd like to have the cost of the room go down to $50 per person, I do NOT want to chance being thrown out of the hotel because we have too many people in the room, and they find out because we're too loud/rowdy/etc.! I'm not comfortable with the idea of more than 8 in the room, and the more I think about it, the more willing I am to be a BITCH to make sure that there AREN'T more than 8 people in the room.

If all 12 people actually go (it's too bad Otakon doesn't have group registration rates anymore, dammit) then we can split up into the guys' and girls' respective hotel rooms. The guys can have the cheaper Wyndham room as it has just one Queen-size bed. Luckily, the Wyndham has good-sized rooms anyway. If this works out and you need additional roomies to lower the cost of the room, let me know and Angelica or I would be happy to help you find additional roommates.

If anyone reading this would like to claim a spot for the 2nd room, please let me know!

osaraba: (sara)
Angelica found a pic of our cosplay online. It's a real good one, too!


And from the same site, here we are again in the lower-right corner, with Alex and Josh.


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