Wednesday, 23 October 2013 20:54

Sac Anime Summer 2013 Report

Hmm…Sac Anime.

Third year I’ve been to this convention, and the first at their new location of the Sacramento Convention Center. It’s a far larger location situated in downtown Sacramento, and surrounded by all the amenities of a down town area, such as hotels, quickie marts, and food…though that last one wasn’t as important this year as I’ll describe in a bit.

As has oddly become custom, though differently arriving in this case, I wound up flying in on Friday, Day 1. Original plan was to take the train, but I’m not spending thirteen fucking hours in transit when I could drive there in eight. Wound up taking Super Shuttle to the Quality Inn situated about a block away from the convention center down town, where Mayhem and co were already set up.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013 20:26

Fanime 2013 Report From Hell Up

Report from Hell or covention from Hell? Nah, Anime Expo 2007 still holds the record for being THE CONVENTION FROM HELL! So, given that, was it all bad? No. Was it incredible and awesome? Not hardly. Still, bluntly put, they do too many more of these, and they'll bury Fanime. Read on to see what I mean.

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Wednesday, 26 June 2013 20:14

Fanime 2013 Report

So...how about those lines? What, too soon? Shit, I've been putting off this report for a while, I figured...y'know...maybe we could have all...yeah, who am I kidding?

If you weren't at Fanime 2013 you MIGHT be wondering what I'm on about. Honestly...shit, we'll just start this by getting it out of the way right now. Fanime 2013 was a much nicer version of Anime Expo 2007. Yes, I went there. I mean, really, there's just no other way to describe this year's Fanime. It was a mess of long lines, crowded areas, and technical difficulties that would have made the place an absolute Hell to be at had ALL (there was one notable incident I'll describe later) the convention and grounds staff been as dysfunctional and downright evil as the ones that were at AX 2007. Fortunately this was not the case, so we should probably count our blessings, because that would have been the spark of that would have set off all sorts of fun fires.

It occurs to me that I never mentioned the ACEN pics that were now up over at TFA Cosplay...I shall rectify that now. They're up and waiting for your perusal, and what a fun time it was this year.

Also, I've gotten the first of the Fanime 2013 photos up which you can see by clicking that link back there. These particular ones are my set; I should have the rest, hopefully by this weekend. Gensao's is going to be...interesting...considering how he tends to take photos, heh.

If you see a photo of yours you want in unedited JPG and/or RAW, let me know and I'll make them available. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, 09 October 2012 17:39

Sac Anime Summer 2012 Report

So this year, I once again found myself at Sac Anime Summer 2012 for the Labor Day weekend, August 31st to September 2nd of 2012, due to a combination of ‘what if’ style planning and air fares being near on nonexistent. It helped that I really didn’t have much planned that weekend, so off it was to Sacramento.

As before, we didn’t hit up the first day due to a lot of factors, that day was near on totally shot, but not a complete loss, having managed to have dinner with Gensao and meet an old friend from the Navy I’d not seen in well on seven years now. Even so, if I ever do this again, I’ll need to plan that out a little bit better. Like flying directly into Sacramento...that’d have solved a lot of problems.

So, as I slog through some old pics, I find that Gensao has bequeathed me, not only his Sac Anime Summer 2012 pics, but also his Fanime 2011 pics; including that mega-dose of pics from the main stage of the Masquerade which are no included in their own folder with Mayhem's Masquerade Backstage.

I'll be getting to the Sac Anime Pics in short order, and hope I'll get a minireport done sometime soon as well. If you're one of the cosplayers and want a larger, unedited, and/or raw version of your pic(s), send me a message and I'll make theme available. Well, in Gensao's case, all I have are the JPG's given his enormous picture taking proclivity, but if you really want the raws, I'll see about contacting him concerning them. Have fun!

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Got some new stuff over at TFA Cosplay!

Well, as you can see by heading to the main page of the gallery, that I've gone ahead and done a complete reorganization. If a convention or event has two or more entries it gets its own folder, which will then be divided by date and then by photographer and event as applicable.

However, I'm pretty sure most don't really care about such mundane topics like organization and that you're probably looking for the first of the Sac Anime Summer 2012 pics, which you can find right here. T'was a fun year, despite me coughing my lungs out after the show, and I'm really liking my new camera the more I use it. As always, if you're one of the cosplayers and want an unedited and/or RAW version of the pic, message me, and I'll make it available. Enjoy!

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Swear to all that is evil and unholy, if I have to do this again any time soon, I'm going to fry this mudball of a planet...

Oh, hi all! If you've been to the gallery any time in the past day, you'll note that I've been upgrading the damn thing with new technology, or in this case, Gallery 3. This was required because, as many have been screaming at me, the Gallery 2 based website was malfunctioning badly. This was due to the upgrade to version 5.x of PHP on my webhost. Theoretically, the version of Gallery 2 I was running was supposed to be compatible, but we were all seeing the extremely slow response times, 500 errors, and broken thumbnails...assuming the thumbnails decided to load at all.

This has now been corrected. You'll note that the site works slightly differently. You navigate with the arrows in the top right corner. Gone is the lightbox, though I hope to bring it back in the future. I've increased the amount of pics and rows per page considerably. If you want to see the full sized pic you'll have to click on the pic again after opening it in its own page. These are still resized and edited pics, so in the future, I'll see about the feasibility of uploading full sized pics. As time goes on, other features, such as some Facebook integration, will be added along with a complete rearrangement of the albums to make them a little more organized.

But what am I doing talking about all this? You're here to see Anime Expo 2012 pictures, are you not? Well, here they are. All the pics are here: Mayhem's, Gensao's, and mine along with some events that required their own albums. If you see a pic of yours and want a larger and/or unedited version, just tell me and I'll make it available. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, 20 June 2012 21:01

AM^2 2012 Report and Pics Are Up

What? You thought I was just going to wait 'til right before AX? Or even some months after? You take me for that sort of procrastinator?

Yeah, I guess I am one of those actually. But not today, Galvatron! Oh no, for once, I have all my stuff done three days after con! That's right, it's all done! Well...I'll have the movies up in a bit, but they're all transcoded! Praise me! Praise me!

Yeah, okay, I didn't expect that to actually work either. Oh right, you wanted the pics, well here you go, you can find them here on TFA Cosplay. You're probably looking for the report this news item mentioned. Yeah, I can provide that too! I'll be getting the movies up later tonight, so stay tuned for more!

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Tuesday, 12 June 2012 00:04

Fanime 2012 Article

This was one weird year for Fanime. Not so much the convention itself, but everything that wound up going on around it. Just…weird.

A lot of this has to do with the logistics of just getting to and staying at Fanime this year, which had to do with the fact that Mayhem just could not hang for more than a couple of days. This required that I head up and board with Gensao for the night before since we did not hit up day zero. It's probably for the best we didn't hit up day zero, but I'm getting ahead of myself a bit.

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