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Here we are again… another weekly round-up.

Life is getting busier now. I got me a press pass for the San Francisco International Film Festival. Now it’s about setting up interviews with people. This is both exciting and scary. I feel like things are actually starting to move forward for me. This is an incredibly scary thought. It’s continuing in to the unknown. If I want it bad enough, I’ll keep going. I really would like to write and not being in an office job.

More importantly, I’ve got plenty of writing that I’ve done over the last week. I will get some more writing up on Thursday.

Enjoy!

There are somethings that politicians say that make me think WTF.
Square Enix takes some sexy away.
Who can forget Torchwood?
This is a reassuring story.
Remember the “what gender is Sheik” question?
More politician WTF.
Business world scandals can be equally be interesting too.
If you hadn’t heard, Hillary Clinton is running.

That’s it for this week’s round-up. I hope you enjoy the articles. I’m pretty proud of all of them.

‘Til Thursday!

A tale of two Zeldas

A tale of two Zeldas

After Badasses of Japanese History it was time for dinner. I had 2 hours to kill between panels… so it seemed the best time to have dinner. So, I decided to eat at the Grill on the Alley. The restaurant happened to be inside the hotel where all the panels were. The restaurant looks like a steak house. It has that stereotypical steakhouse look. They also have a GIG certified kitchen which means if you’re ordering gluten-free food from them it is made with the utmost care. I sat in the bar. The cocktails were great. Their signature cocktails were tasty. I ordered the chicken breast.

Now I know, when you get chicken breast it generally winds up being dry and in need of something to make it edible. That was not the case with this chicken breast. It was so incredibly moist. It was the most moist I’ve ever had a chicken breast outside of making fried chicken at home. The seasoning was minimal. It was simple a simple salt, pepper and garlic rub. And while it was minimal, it’s all that was needed. It came with some mashed potatoes. The potatoes were also sublime. They were creamy and just the right amount of butter. I topped off my meal with a lovely glass of port.

Prophet of the Helix

Prophet of the Helix

After ordering, it took some time for my food to get to me. I’m not entirely sure how long it took as I

was reading manga. I realized it had taken a long time when I saw my waitress talking to the restaurant manager and gesturing in my direction. The manager came over to me and told me that my dinner was on the house. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the only time that they were late. It also took a while to get my port. It wasn’t because they were busy. It was fairly quiet. It took them sometime to pour me my glass of port. They wound up comping me both my meal and my glass of port. They were incredibly apologetic. While it took me a while to get both my food and port, they did a wonderful job of serving me despite the hang up behind the bar and in the kitchen. I highly recommend them.

After dinner, it was time to head up to my last panel for the con, Gametrailers.com 7.9 Out of 10. It was an interesting panel. They talked about where they came from. It was nice to get an idea of where Gametrailers had come from and how it morphed in to what it is today. They talked about the programming that they’re currently running on their site. They also did a Q&A session where they were asked questions about their shows,

Naruto's Sexy no Jutsu

Naruto’s Sexy no Jutsu Picture by Jeanie Butera

 

 

talking about covering video games as a media outlet and even some personal information.

One of the questions was if they were looking forward to any video game event in the near future. One of them mentioned that they’re looking forward to the Final Fantasy XIV Fan Fest. The fest will be in October in Las Vegas. I will be attending the Fan Fest as well and will write about it afterwards.

Fanime this year was different this year for me on so many levels. That’s not a bad thing. That’s a wonderful thing. I felt more fulfilled this year. I had more fun this year than I have had previous years. I’m not entirely sure while that is, but it was fun. It was another succesful Fanime. So, until next year, this is it for my Fanime write-up.

Nightwing and Starfire Picture by Jeanie Butera

Nightwing and Starfire
Picture by Jeanie Butera

My start for Sunday was a rocky one. That’s not entirely surprising as I went drink for drink with someone drinking beer. I woke up at about 5 or 6 in the morning and eased my way back in to being human, one sip of water at a time. I wrapped myself in my blanket and sat in my chair and sipped a

Ryu fighting in the light of day

Ryu fighting in the light of day

glass of water while occasionally dosing in my chair.

I decided to take it easy dressing wise, after all, I was nursing an initially brutal hangover that managed to tune down to a headache.

We had to get an early start on the day as I wanted to hit a panel at 9 AM. So, its bright and early back down to San José for another fun-filled day at Fanime. Of course, I was still feeling a bit dehydrated and had a headache from drinking too much.

But I managed to make it there a little late to see a panel on how to make your own props.

I must say, the panel on how to fabricate your own props was incredibly enlightening. They talk about the time it takes to create something entirely from scratch, largely using MDF.

The props they made had an amazing amount of detail. It was interesting to finally have some idea on how to make props. It’s something that everyone who cosplays will need to do more than likely.

After that, I headed over to a panel called Sewing Lolita. I was hoping that the panel could give me more information on how to do tailoring as a lot of Lolita clothing, while designed for multiple body types, still requires a bit of tailoring in design.

Zelda, Groose and Ganon  from Skyward Sword

Zelda, Groose and Ganon from Skyward Sword

Boy, did it give me a lot of information. I learned a lot of places to go and find patterns for Lolita clothing that I had never thought of. It even talked about tips with taking care of finer details and trims which can be more complicated if you’re not used to sewing.

They also covered things that I had never thought of… like irons. They also talked about something that I’ve always wanted to do, drafting your own patterns. I’ve always wanted to draft my own patterns for designs that I have thought about making. It was a great class to go to and I kind of wish it was longer than the period it was. That’s OK, because I truly enjoyed it.

After the sewing panel, I met up with Craig and we headed out for brunch. The goal of brunch was to try to get rid of the headache that I had leftover from drinking the night before. We hit a local café that has some amazing gluten-free baguettes. I had a great breakfast sandwich. La Lune Sucre is a very good café that has gluten-free options for those of us who can not eat it. They have gluten-free quiches and a wonderful gluten-free baguette that rivals Mariposa Bakery’s baguette. They also make a fabulous hollandaise sauce.

After a wonderful brunch on a warm Sunday morning/afternoon we headed back to con. We wandered

Everybody was Gundam fighting... Picture by Jeanie Butera

Everybody was Gundam fighting…
Picture by Jeanie Butera

around Artists’ Alley and picked up some awesome art pieces. A large piece that shows the seven sages from Ocarina of Time, a Persona 3 piece and a piece that puts Winry Rockbell from Fullmetal Alchemist as Rosie the Riveter. There was another piece that I saw that had Mikasa as Rosie and said I can do it. There was also a picture in the same scheme as the Obama Hope poster, but it had Shibe Doge and it said Wow. We also ran in to someone who does commissions of Final Fantasy XIV pictures. I e-mailed them, but I have yet to hear back.

After Artists’ Alley, I made my way to my next panel. It was also a sewing panel. This time it was a panel about reading patterns. I was hoping to get some more enlightenment about patterns that I hadn’t learned about before, but alas it was largely everything that I had known from having sewn. It was a great panel and addressed a lot of questions that people had. It was nice to see patterns torn down to the nuts and bolts explained like my grandmother had taught me.

Right after that panel, there was another panel that was about Japanese history. This one was called the Badasses of Japanese History, It was an interesting panel that talked about some amazing people in

Morrigan from Darkstalkers Picture by Brit Cossel

Morrigan from Darkstalkers
Picture by Brit Cossel

Japanese history. Many of them were shoguns. Some of them did other things. All of them were considered incredibly badass. Some of the badasses were Oda Nobunaga, Miyamoto Musashi, Fukuda Keiko, Uesugi Kenshin and more. It was a thoroughly entertaining panel.

You know you’re curious… so here it is. Nothing but pictures from this years Comic Con. Enjoy!
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An amazing elf (possibly dark elf) from WoW cosplay

An amazing elf (possibly dark elf) from WoW cosplay

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I saw quite a few Links this year… I think I’m going to start making this a game called Link hunting.

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A panelist from Insights for Independents

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The moderator for both Insights for Independents and Writer’s Journey

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Panelist from the Writer’s Journey

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Another lnflatable from Teen Titans, Starfire

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Another lnflatable from Teen Titans, Cyborg

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Lego Robin

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Detail of Lego Batman… it’s really impressive

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Lego Joker

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Detail of Lego Bag End

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This montley crewa was waiting to get on the Assassin’s Creed IV ship

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Assassin’s Creed III group

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Love this satellite cosplay.

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Spider Jerusalem from Transmetropolitan

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Sergio Argones

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Awesome Captain Hook cosplay

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I’m not sure what this is… but not only is my interest piqued, but the pumpkin one looks awesome.

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For some reason this still amuses me as much as when I saw this happen.

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Cross-gendered Thor cosplay? Yes please!

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A roving Riddler

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Very cute Riku cosplay

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Nami handing out drinks on a sultry San Diego day

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Usop is thinking of something.

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Cute How to Train Your Dragon cosplay

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An incredibly accurate Loki

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Go, go gadget arms!

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Steampunk, cross-gendered Darth Vader > lingerie Darth Vader

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Two voice actors from Ben 10

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Here, have another Neil Gaiman shot

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And another for science

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I’m not sure what this knight is from, but it always reminded me of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

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A pretty good Riker cosplay

 

Nami and Ussop take a break from the Straw Hat Crew to hand out drinks on a balmy San Diego day for us Comic Con attendees.

Nami and Usopp take a break from the Straw Hat Crew to hand out drinks on a balmy San Diego day for us Comic Con attendees.

Afterwards they were doing a little outside party thing where they were giving out Shonen Jump-themed beverages and free t-shirts. The line was long for the t-shirts (not surprising as they were being screenprinted on site). It was a 2 hour wait but it was well worth it because we got to have some interesting conversations with the people around us. It also allowed us the chance to get the last stamp on our scavenger hunt.

After spending a good amount of time outside, we decided that it was time for air-conditioned sit down time and made good use of the random tables in the registration area.

We decided at that point that we were going to go to different panels. I decided to head over to Gays in Comics XXVI.

Every year Prism Comics puts together a panel about what it’s like for the LGBT community working in both the comic industry and the entertainment industry. It was interesting to hear some

Superman, Supergirl (deceased) and Sir Not Appearing in This Comic (but if you know, tell me) from Crisis on Infitnite Earths storyline

Superman, Supergirl (deceased) and Sir Not Appearing in This Comic (but if you know, tell me) from Crisis on Infitnite Earths storyline

of the things that are going on and getting to hear about some of the LGBT comics out there. I still keep holding out for more bisexual comics. I have a feeling that’s going to take some time to happen. (Unless there’s some manga-style illustrators out there reading this blog, because I have a story…).

It was pretty cool to hear about some of the stories that are out there. It’s pretty amazing. It was also pretty cool to hear how much respect they had for each other.

There’s also the jokes and anecdotes that made the panel more interesting. In many ways it reminded me of the Black Panel.

I was in that panel for a hour when it became obvious that it was going to run over (which was not a problem as it was the last panel in that room). I jogged all the way over to a panel I thoroughly enjoyed last year, The Best and Worst Manga of 2013.

I love this panel.

I do. I have gotten so many wonderful suggestions on manga to read from it… and this year was no

The Gaslamp from the Geek and Sundry Prom

The Gaslamp from the Geek and Sundry Prom

exception. I got to hear a lot of titles that I hadn’t heard of before like Kitaro, Wandering Son, Children of the Sea, etc. etc. They also mentioned manga that I had been reading/heard about like: Attack on Titan, Silver Spoon, Blue Exorcist, After-School Charisma, Bleach, Vagabond, Ooku, etc. etc. It was quite the list and there are so many that I really want to pick up now. The last thing I need is more manga to buy (but will probably do so anyways).

If any of you out there are interested in what their suggestions were for the last year, I happen to have them all in photos. So, let me know. I can always just post the list in picture form.

And that was our last panel for the night. It was a bit difficult to leave the panel as it was about the same time that the Masquerade started. It’s a popular event, but I have yet to actually watch one (and I’m not great enough at costuming that I can

Awesome couple that I met at the Geek and Sundry prom... and quite possibly the best Link and Zelda costumes I've seen.

Awesome couple that I met at the Geek and Sundry prom… and quite possibly the best Link and Zelda costumes I’ve seen.

participate). It made it a bit slow-go to get out of the building for the night.

Once we were out we headed out to dinner, followed by the Geek and Sundry Prom event.

Then event itself was pretty neat. There was DJ.ed music, a working bar (that was slammed the entire time we were there), photo booth style prom pictures, board and video gaming and an awesome chill space.

It was pretty awesome to get to hang out with some of the cosplayers… especially the best Link and Zelda duo I’ve seen all con. They were so incredibly friendly and we had a great conversation. It was a lot of fun to get to be out for a bit… even for my incredibly introverted self.

Quite possibly one of the most fabulous unicorns at Comic Con. I love this cosplay.

Quite possibly one of the most fabulous unicorns at Comic Con. I love this cosplay.

After the panel, we were free for the rest of the evening. Friday night was quite the bizarre evening. We wound up meeting a trans comic writer/artist. He was an amazing person to talk to. We spent quite a bit of time talking to him about all sorts of random things.

Afterwards, we were heading out to get dinner… somewhere. The crowd in the Gaslamp that night was… different. I’m not sure how to qualify it. There was an older gentleman who passed by me on the street who asked me, “Are those real?”

My only retort was, “Is what real?”

My only guess would be that he was referring to my breasts. I was mortified that anyone would think that was an OK question to ask a woman, particularly some stranger who you pass on the street. I also overheard a conversation another man was having talking about prostitutes.

"Yup yup yup yup yup uh-huh, uh-huh..."

“Yup yup yup yup yup uh-huh, uh-huh…”

It was genuinely strange.

We wound up getting sushi. It was good sushi, then we wound up at another bar across the street from the Hard Rock. I can’t quite remember the name, but I’m sure that someone out there might know.

The bar itself was pretty nice. Not a dive by any extent of the imagination. The drinks were fairly good. Even more weird was that there was a girl who first came by to tell me she liked what I was wearing and asked me if I was cosplaying any particular character.

I replied, “No, it’s just an outfit I threw together.”

She complimented my ability to throw together an outfit. Afterwards she asked if she could touch my boobs… and if her friends could as well.

I had no idea how to respond to this. Is this something that is commonly asked in San Diego bars? I do

Link playing the Ocarina of Time in the Gaslamp.

Link playing the Ocarina of Time in the Gaslamp.

acknowledge that they were quite drunk by the time they got there.

I said sure… but I was seriously weirded out. I did give consent, but that was a seriously strange situation to be in. It made me intensely uncomfortable.

Shortly afterwards, we decided to head back home for the evening. After all, tomorrow was going to be another somewhat early morning.

This was an amazing crossplay of the Riddler.

This was an amazing crossplay of the Riddler.

After the Titan panel, I stayed for the Neon Alley panel. There were some techinical difficulties that started during the Titan panel and persisted into the Neon Alley panel, forcing a late start. So, instead of just getting into the programming, they started off with some Q&A.

A lot of the news that they shared wasn’t much different from the information I heard about at the Viz Media Panel at San Diego Comic Con and at the Viz panel at Fanime.

Things that weren’t talked about at those panels were that Set 2 for Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan was to be released on August 2, Set 18 for Bleach was released on September 10 and Set 2 for La Grange will be available this winter.

I did have quite a bit of downtime between the Neon Alley panel and the panel I was eagerly awating, 35 Years of Elf Quest.

In that time I did another turn around the dealers’ room. I visited the Viz booth. This year they were

A fabulous Chun Li.

A fabulous Chun Li.

doing this neat scavanger hunt through the dealers’ room. I also got to play a demo of the next Phoenix Wright game. This might be the game that makes me want to get a Nintendo 3Ds. It was fun to play and I loved playing it as much as the previous installments.

When it came to be about time to go to the Elf Quest panel we went in early enough to sit in on the panel before it. The panel was about Pongo. I had heard of Pongo, but I had never read them. It was neat to hear people talk about. It piqued my interest in the Pongo comics.

I was thrilled to see that there was an Elf Quest panel. It made so incredibly happy to hear about all things Elf Quest… because, yes, I’m that kinda nerd. I started reading Elf Quest back when I was in middle school. I fell in love with the story when I first read it. It was amazing for me to get the chance to meet Richard and Wendy Pini last year. They had

Cutter, Leetah and Pike.. oh my!

Cutter, Leetah and Pike.. oh my!

written a story that was more formative of my than I had realized.

The panel started out talking about Wendy Pini’s personal history. They talked about Elf Quest had started in Fantasy Quarterly. They formed their own company, Warp Graphics. She then moved to Hollywood for an Elf Quest movie. They still hope an Elf Quest movie will happen, to this day. I think that Elf Quest would make for a great series of movies. It also turns out that Johnny Galecki (of Roseanne and Big Bang Theory fame) is a huge fan of Elf Quest.

There is currently a 5 minute Elf Quest short movie online, you can watch it here. However, their information about their being an Elf Quest movie in development is outdated… unfortunately.

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Kokiri Link, FTW!

We Love Fine is also selling a line of Elf Quest t-shirts… They are really cute and I would love to have them all, except price woud preclude me from doing so. They are really neat looking shirts and perfect if your the same kind of nerd as I am when it comes to Elf Quest. Wendy’s personal artwork will be kept at Columbia University as well.

There are 2 artbooks coming out as well by Flesk. One will be an art of Elf Quest book and the other will be a book of Wendy’s art and may not necessarily be Elf Quest oriented. They both should be out in 2014.

The most exiciting and saddening part is that there is new Elf Quest. They will be released through Dark Horse. The first book will be starting something called Elf Quest: the Final Quest. And that’s where it’s sad. I hate to think that Elf Quest is ending. The series had meant so much to me. In many ways it was something that gave me the push to be a writer. While I’m glad there’s new Elf Quest (yay), I’m also sad that that’s it. I don’t know if they’re going to re-release the earlier editions of Elf Quest.

This is going to be a largely picture post… hope you enjoy. And this time there will be no pictures of you’re writer.

Another look from the h.naoto panel.

Another look from the h.naoto panel.

It's Vash the Stampede

It’s Vash the Stampede

A cute loli outfit.

A cute loli outfit.

Yay! Mega Man

Yay! Mega Man

A character from Sword Art Online... a series I still need to watch.

A character from Sword Art Online… a series I still need to watch.

Yaoi, because Yaoi.

Yaoi, because Yaoi.

I love that people are still cosplaying from the Alice game.

I love that people are still cosplaying from the Alice game.

Midna, in all her normal glory

Midna, in all her normal glory

Love this Yuna cosplay

Love this Yuna cosplay

You can never go wrong with Ryu... Except for when you do.

You can never go wrong with Ryu… Except for when you do.

It's a wonderful Princess Mononoke cosplay.

It’s a wonderful Princess Mononoke cosplay.

Super Saiyan Goku, Bills (I think, if I'm remembering right) and Bulma

Super Saiyan Goku, Bills (I think, if I’m remembering right) and Bulma

Vincent Valentine

Vincent Valentine

Ruby Rhod with one of the 5,6,7's and O-Ren Ishii

Ruby Rhod with one of the 5,6,7’s and O-Ren Ishii

Sora and heartless Sora crossbreed

Sora and heartless Sora crossbreed

Skullbot

Skullbot

Goku (I think) and Vegeta, just hanging out.

Goku (I think) and Vegeta, just hanging out.

Vincent and a wandering Moogle (I've forgotten the name of the wandering moogle from FFIX).

Vincent and a wandering Moogle (I’ve forgotten the name of the wandering moogle from FFIX).

Louise from Bob's Burgers. The one cosplay I wish I had a picture of, Consuelo from Family Guy.

Louise from Bob’s Burgers. The one cosplay I wish I had a picture of, Consuelo from Family Guy.

Bilbo Baggins (*insert Leonard Nimoy song here*)

Bilbo Baggins (*insert Leonard Nimoy song here*)

Pretty sweet and accurate Sazh cosplay

Pretty sweet and accurate Sazh cosplay

Epic Tiger and Bunny suit cosplay.

Epic Tiger and Bunny suit cosplay.

The amount of detail in these is amazing.

The amount of detail in these is amazing.

Rilakuma cosplay

Rilakuma cosplay

Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online

Beautiful TARDIS dress

Beautiful TARDIS dress

This massive group for the Avatar/Korra cosplay gathering

This massive group for the Avatar/Korra cosplay gathering

Love this lonely lolita picture

Love this lonely lolita picture

Sesshoumaru from Inu Yasha

Sesshoumaru from Inu Yasha

Yaya Han in Evangelion cosplay

Yaya Han in Evangelion cosplay

I have no idea who this is, but does it look awesome.

I have no idea who this is, but does it look awesome.

Asuka from Evangelion

Asuka from Evangelion

Shinji from Evangelion

Shinji from Evangelion

Wonderfully friendly woman and he equally friendly pup.

Wonderfully friendly woman and he equally friendly pup.

Tiger and Bunny (Barnaby Brooks, Jr.) gathering.

Tiger and Bunny (Barnaby Brooks, Jr.) gathering.

Wild Tiger and Baranaby

Wild Tiger and Baranaby

More of the gathering

More of the gathering

Final Fantasy (I believe 4) character

Final Fantasy (I believe 4) character

"Lana! Lana! Lana! Lana!" "What Archer?!?"

“Lana! Lana! Lana! Lana!”
“What Archer?!?”

Cute lolita characters (not sure where from)

Cute lolita characters (not sure where from)

Sweet Psy cosplay

Sweet Psy cosplay

I seriously love the sparkliness of that jacket

I seriously love the sparkliness of that jacket

I believe this is Angela and Ash from Kuroshitsuji. Please comment and let me know who they are from Kuroshitsuji.

I believe this is Angela and Ash from Kuroshitsuji. Please comment and let me know who they are from Kuroshitsuji.

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Random bunny girl cosplay (not sure where it's from)

Random bunny girl cosplay (not sure where it’s from)

A couple of Ronald Knoxs... also from Kuroshitsuji

A couple of Ronald Knoxs… also from Kuroshitsuji

Meirin

Meirin

Pluto

Pluto

Meirin and another Pluto

Meirin and another Pluto

Lao and Ran Mao

Lao and Ran Mao

Drossel Keinz

Drossel Keinz

Minor characters (well, more minor) from Kuroshitsuji

Minor characters (well, more minor) from Kuroshitsuji

Lao, Ran Mao, Drossel, Snake and Undertaker

Lao, Ran Mao, Drossel, Snake and Undertaker

Really intricate Ciel cosplay

Really intricate Ciel cosplay

Girl Ciel

Girl Ciel

Another Ciel

Another Ciel

Ciel and Sebastian

Ciel and Sebastian

Ceil and Sebastian, again

Ceil and Sebastian, again

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Blue Rose from Tiger and Bunny

Blue Rose from Tiger and Bunny

I was quite impressed with this costume

I was quite impressed with this costume

Sweet giant knight costume

Sweet giant knight costume

Navi... and we all should know the response to Navi

Navi… and we all should know the response to Navi

Another Wild Tiger suit cosplay

Another Wild Tiger suit cosplay

Card Captor Sakura cosplay.

Card Captor Sakura cosplay.

Not sure where this is from, but it's awesome

Not sure where this is from, but it’s awesome

It's moments like these that make Fanime awesome

It’s moments like these that make Fanime awesome

This kid was awesome and so was their conveyance

This kid was awesome and so was their conveyance

Probably the most awesome Iron Man cosplay I've seen

Probably the most awesome Iron Man cosplay I’ve seen

The Ocarina Band

The Ocarina Band

Skull Kid playing guitar

Skull Kid playing guitar

Midna

Midna

Once again, I wish I knew.

Once again, I wish I knew.

Next verse, same as the first

Next verse, same as the first

Red tunic Link

Red tunic Link

Link and Shiek

Link and Shiek

Quail Man (I miss Doug)

Quail Man (I miss Doug)

More Hard Gay

More Hard Gay

Sailor Scouts a roaming

Sailor Scouts a roaming

Awesome Indy cosplay

Awesome Indy cosplay

Ganondorf

Ganondorf

Attack on Titan cosplay

Attack on Titan cosplay

Rogue talking about philosophy in the morning

Rogue talking about philosophy in the morning

Awesome Mad Hatter cosplay

Awesome Mad Hatter cosplay

A pretty decent Undertaker cosplay

A pretty decent Undertaker cosplayano

Postman from Legend of Zelda. This guy was really committed to this character, right down to the run.

Postman from Legend of Zelda. This guy was really committed to this character, right down to the run.

After the Body Image and Cosplay panel, I finally made my way to the dealers’ room… the infamous dealers’ room. The one thing at each con you want to see. Sure, you spend an obscene amount of money… but it’s so worth it. You can find some neat merch catering to your particular fandom. So, of course I made my rounds. I always do a first walk around. See what’s there. Then I figure out what it is I want and go from there. It seems to be a pretty good system. And while the dealers’ room at Fanime is much smaller than the one at Comic Con… I find it much easier to navigate. I’m not being attacked by a cacophony of sights and sounds. I can make it through the room easily. Certainly faster than a room so massive one has no idea where to start.
Saturday night we managed to have dinner with a friend. It may have been later in the evening… but considering that I was planning

Yaya Han at her booth after a long day of photo shoots

Yaya Han at her booth after a long day of photo shoots

on keeping going until about 2 or so, I figure 8 PM is about right. It’s the first time I’ve been to Original Joe’s in San José. It’s pretty close to Fanime and the hotel we were staying in. It was great to catch-up with a friend. It’s something that you don’t necessarily get to do all that often.

After dinner, it was time to wait for yaoi. As I’ve stated before, that’s just how I roll. While I can always watch hentai (and god knows there’s a lot of it out there), I think there’s something about a good story attached to porn. So, I’m all down for that. More story and graphic sex, I can go for that. The line for yaoi is typically shorter than it is for hentai… and that was again the case this year. However, I have noticed that the room is more and more full from the first time I went into the yaoi room. There was some good stuff on Saturday night… more importantly, not anything that I’ve seen.

As we were leaving for the night, we were looking at Sunday night’s schedule I realized that I had either seen or owned 90% of what was being shown on Sunday night. You know that you watch a good amount of yaoi when you go to a yaoi night and you already own a good portion. Though, I can’t give enough praise to “My Sexual Harassment”, “Ai no Kusabi” and “Okane no Gai”.

Miridia from Brave

Miridia from Brave

Once we left, it was time to tuck in for the night after watching some “Cowboy Bebop”.

Sunday was also another early start day. There was a Shin Megami Tensei panel. So after waking up early and heading back to the convention, we found out that the Shin Megami Tensei panel was canceled (*insert sad face here*). Instead of having nothing better to do, we decided to go out and get a proper breakfast instead. Afterwards, we wandered around the convention some more, talked to people and got some more awesome pictures.

Our first panel on Sunday wound up being Female Characters in Anime and Manga. I was hoping it would have been a discussion about female characters in anime and manga. They were going to discus the roles of women in anime and how they’re portrayed. Unfortunately, that’s not what the panel was about. It was useful, but it was a panel about character creation. I do like that there was a

Zero Suit Samus

Zero Suit Samus

panel on how to write women.

I will say that I was still hoping that there would be greater discussion about women in anime, but explaining how to create decent female characters is also fairly awesome.

After that panel was a wee bit of a break before our next panel, Diversity in Cosplay. I took that as a chance to get a bit of a snack. Time to get some food and stop myself from sugar crashing. So after a brief snack, it was time to hit the line for Diversity in Cosplay.