Entries in around the world in a lifetime (30)

Monday
Jul042011

Californialand, I have returned!!

 

I have time traveled to and from California for a too-short four day excursion to the west coast!  Anime Expo and AM2 were in LA and Anaheim respectively, and I didn't have an artist alley table, and I didn't have any dealers room responsbilities, so basically I just did whatever the hell I wanted, which is what I wanted out of my little vaction!  I saw many, many friends, and took too few photos, and spent probably way too much money, but had the time of my life.  WHICH WAS THE POINT!

Something my friend Annie pointed out to me was that the reason we really love this convention is that there really is a different vibe on the west coast, and the dealer's rooms have completely different vendors so it was all so new in comparison to the same old vendors we've seen at east coast conventions.  There are also totally different artists in the alley whose work I've never seen before.  I picked up...lots of things. XD I'll save my loot for a separate post, but here are some photos of friends, adventure, and costumes that I took over the weekend!

I found a Transformer outside the Museum of Modern Art, which was within walking distance from our hotel in downtown LA.

Also within walking distance was the Disney Concert Hall!  My traveling companion Annie informed me that all the Disney soundtracks are recorded here--it's why all the music has that same sort of feeling and sound.  THE SOUNDS OF WHIMSY IN THIS BEAUTIFUL STRUCTURE.  I thought it was really amazing that even though it was concepted in the 90's it's still extremely modern in its design.

This weekend's big event was the Hatsune Miku concert at the Nokia Theatre.  I'm still not 100% sure, but I know that Hatsune Miku is the character you see on the Corolla there (Toyota was the big time sponsor for the event), who came about with a program called Vocaloid.  She is a "digital Idol"; her concert was a virtual experience, totally synthesized and involving lots of computers and backup dancers.  She is really big in Japan and there were tons of Japanese tourists over here for her concert, which sold out within a couple of days!  I didn't get to go, but I saw about 400 billion Miku cosplayers and my desire to buy a Toyota Corolla was amped up over the weekend.  This girl was one of two "official" Miku cosplayers.

My childhood branching into adulthood love of Gundam mecha has blossomed into pure fangirl hysteria upon seeing this Gundam in person.  I wanted to hug it, but then the guy that was responsible for this display would have probably shot me, so I refrained, and instead made some ridiculous pose. I am only showing this photo because of the Gundam, please excuse my display of intense geekery. It was all so overwhelming.

Apparently, at Anime Expo, there are MANY WONDERFUL TALL THINGS to stand next to for photo opportunities.  I read (and wept at) all of Full Metal Alchemist, and I'm hoping to see the films and new series soon!  I haven't really watched anime in awhile, but I still read comics like a fiend, and this was one of them!

I don't know what most of these costumes are from, but I really liked how they looked or were presented. I understand the time and effort it takes to concept and craft these things, and I think it's amazing what people are capable of when they only have a few screenshots of pages to draw from.  Enjoy!

I have some more pictures of AX on my flickr page! 

Also, I was able to see some friends of mine that I only get to see at conventions that I've met through doing artist alley or the dealer's room, and we had a rare opportunity at AM2 to see pretty much everybody.  We took a ton of pictures that were taken out of our lack of sleep hysteria, and I won't bore you with all of them, but they do mean a lot to me, so here's a couple that I really liked:

Among all my friends I saw this weekend, we are from: California, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Maryland, and Michigan!  So, for all of us to be able to see each other in one place was something short of a miracle.  I definitely don't go to conventions like I used to, but the driving force behind why I do is always to see my friends that I don't get to see otherwise! 

Mushy mush time is over! I'm compiling a post of all the cool swag I picked up at AX--I hope to share it all with you, as well as some awesome artists I met over the weekend as well!

Wednesday
Jun292011

Pride 2011!!

After the news that the Marriage Equality bill had been passed in the state of New York, I knew that the Pride parade a mere 2 days afterward was going to be something epic to behold.  I wasn't disappointed!  It was a day full of happiness, and gratitude, and fun, and pride.  And dancing to Robyn.

I'm packing for my next adventure in L.A. tomorrow, but I wanted to share these amazing photos with you!  I picked my favorites to show you here, but you can always head on over to my flickr page to see all of them!

WARNING: RUNNING COMMENTARY AHEAD.

These little kids were so cute, and so happy to be in the pride parade.  HOORAY, YOUTHFUL KNOWLEDGE!

WERQ IT, LADIES.

I went to the Pride parade with my friend May, who is pretty ripped--she runs marathons, does warrior dashes, takes dance classes, etc.  She could probably kill me with her pinky.  However, I believe she does all these things with 50% strength and 50% pure, unadulterated enthusiasm.  Her reactions to everything in the parade was priceless.  She had somehow climbed up a LAMP POST and shouted to these fine bootcamp gentlemen doing pushups, "YOU GUYS HAVE THE HOTTEST BODIES THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!!"

It was a fine moment.

If I haven't mentioned it before: I LOVE FEATHERS.  Oh, how I wish this unfortunate man's head wasn't blocking THAT FABULOUS  MAN'S GET-UP.

It does! This man was marching with his gay moms!

I love this guy!! Not only is he A-OK with his granddaughter being gay, he also was smart enough to enjoy marching in the sun in his air conditioned vehicle.  U R SMRT, SIR.

More tulle than my Bjork costume from 2009!! 

Deserves a medal for 1) the mascot rainbow effect and 2) getting by with absolutely no peripheral vision.  ALSO: FEATHERS!!!  <3 <3 <3

I was very happy to see many churches and religious groups of all denominations marching in the parade to show their support for the gay community.  Think of all the fabulous, incredible weddings there will be, now that we are all-inclusive!!

OH JAMAICA, I LOVE YOU!!!

....HAPPY EASTER!?!?!!!!

It's as if all the things I love are all colliding together in a beautiful gay sandwich.

Oh, my goodness, this girl was SO, SO FUNNY!!!  I love her Lez-brarian sign!!

We love her, too!!!

Have I mentioned how much I loved Jamaica?  Oh, man.  WERQQQQQQQ.

Hey there, hot gay bloggers!!

There were even adorable dogs in the parade!  Yay, gay dogs!!!

I don't want to get too political or anything, but I am a firm believer that we are put on this earth to seek out connections with others--some are acquaintances, some are friendships, and some very special, very rare and wonderful times, we find that crazy thing "love." Love is everywhere, in every shape and form.  I know that there are many people in this world who don't share this view, but hopefully the recent bill that has passed in the Senate in New York is just another baby step towards acceptance of love in all forms.  Like I said, think of all THE AMAZING WEDDINGS THAT WILL BE HAPPENING IN NEW YORK NOW.  I hope I get invited to some of them!!!

Well, I'm off to LA tomorrow, and I have to finish packing!  Happy Pride, everybody!

Saturday
Jun252011

We did it!!

 

What better way to kick off NYC Pride Weekend other than New York State passing the Marriage Equality Act!? 

I. LOVE. NEW. YORK.  I love you, New York.  Keep on being awesome.  Now, everybody go make out with each other.

Monday
Jun202011

Mermaids at Coney Island!

Ahoy! I have seen many mermaids at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade!  And, by mermaids, I mean lots of girls wearing seashell pasties! No one is complaining!!  Hooray!

I've wanted to go to the Mermaid Parade for years, but was never in the right place or the right time until this year, when magic happened and not only do I live on a convenient subway line to Coney Island, but my hot, sassy Argentinian sister friends would also be present for this glorious occasion!  Friends, Nathan's 32oz beers, and ladies in wigs and sequins--what more could anyone ask for!?

I took approximately FOUR BILLION pictures, but here are some of my favorites--enjoy! 

 


I have all my photos from the Mermaid Parade up on my Flickr! It was super fun this year and I hope to return next year (but with a little less sunburn, haha!).

 

 

Wednesday
Jun012011

Animazement 2011 - Plank you very much!

I have returned from Raleigh, NC and from Animazement 2011!  This year was met with some artist alley drama for no reason, and we are going to ignore the bad because I was not involved much with it, and being negative is stupid when there was SO MUCH POSITIVE.

+ My hairstylist and amazing friend Darrell showed up on Saturday to hang out with me and let me watch him buy things, ahaha.  Darrell does not know anything about anime or videogames, but likes looking at people dress up as crazy things and take pictures.  However, I did most of his picture taking because of those claws he was sportin' that are around my face in the above photo.  Friends claw each other's faces off.

 

+ There were some notable absences from the convention this year--I've been attending for 10+ years (YIKES) and I usually hang with the same crew--luckily some stuck around and we all had tables in a row together.  This is me at my table with Maria and Paula, my favorite Argentinean siblings.  I believe this picture sums up our personalities quite well: Me, smarmy, Maria, contended, and Paula, full of wonderment for no reason, ahahaha!!!

(AAAGGHH DR WHO WEEPING ANGELS HORRIFYING GOOD GOD)

 + I love all the costumes and cosplayers at conventions!!  These were some of my favorites.  I love when I can tell people really, really put time and effort into making their costumes really well and authentically.  There's so much work that goes into it all!!  I really do love Dad!Link and Tiny!Link.  GETTING THE NERDINESS STARTED AT AN EARLY STAGE, HUH, DAD!?

 

+ WE PLAYED THE LYING DOWN GAME.  I have been wanting to play the lying down game (or "planking") ever since Ellen Page posted her and her friends playing it on her blog!!  Basically you just lie, stiff as a board, on ANYTHING and take a picture, the weirder the place the better.  These were some of my favorites that we attempted over the weekend.  What better place than somewhere where people hardly bat an eye while I'm planking a random trashcan!?

+ Oh yes...let's bring this post back around to something art-related.  I made a couple new prints for the show, and they went over well--totally told out of most of my Gagas and all of the Marceline and Princess Bubblegum print by Sunday afternoon!!  Everybody that came to my table to chat, buy a print or commission me...thank you so much!!  I just want to squeeze all of you tight and thank you for even looking in the artist alley to begin with.  I love interacting with people face-to-face and talking about our favorite shows (or in this case...Lady Gaga, ahaha!!).  Also, to the Lady Gaga in the meat dress costume--I HOPE YOU PUT PICTURES UP SOMEWHERE because the one picture I got of you was blurry as hell and I'm so sad about that!!

So, that about wraps everything up!  Thank you to Linda, Darrell, and Paula for letting me snag all your pictures for this post!  And I'll be updating again soon--I'm not sure where my next adventure will take me, but I'll be sure to let y'all know.