Den of the Cyphered Wolf

Sunday, November 6, 2011

My Experience at Youmacon 2011

Youmacon is rapping up and I thought it would be a good idea to write a blog post about it. I thought of doing a big media extravaganza with pictures and stuff and ultimately decided against it. Yes the cause of that decision ladies and gentlemen was laze.

I think I should describe what Youmacon is for those that don't know. It's an annual Anime convention. This is the 7th one and was/is being (It's still going on as I write this) held at the Ren Cen.

The Good.
I'm not going today because I am burnt out, and tired. Some of what went down was frustrating, but in the end it was worth it. I'm not raving I want my money back because of the following stuff.

First of Little Kuriboh's roast was hilarious. That alone makes the weekend worth it. He got hitched about a week ago and got totally hammered before the roast. You won't have to picture it because in a week or so he and Team Fourstar will probably put it on the web, but I'll try to describe it.

Team Fourstar are all digging hilariously into him as you would expect in a roast, but unlike most roasts were the guest of honor is just silently taking it you have LK shouting random things and going, "Give me the mic!" While everyone else is scared because if they do there is no telling what will come out of this man's mouth. At one point he almost tackled someone for it.

At his later panel he said that he was expecting to have to come in and apologize for his behavior, but instead found he had invented like 5 new catchphrases. Including "Kill Masako" and "It's funny 'cause it's shit."

The meme machine has started spinning.

Linkara's panel was also pretty funny. Again his video will probably be up some time in the next week. He came dressed as the 7th doctor. I shouldn't tell you what he reviewed but screw it. Spoilers. Highlight it to read it.

A Spiderman Manga

The movies they chose were also pretty good. I recommend Summer Wars.

All around there was a sense of good will.

The Bad
Here is stuff that frustrated me, but is entirely my fault.

Yeah I don't know if I'm going to con again. I don't know if it's my thing. I'm a geek in the classic sense of being socially anxious. I figured that if I met with a bunch of people who were interested in similar stuff as me I would be less so.

See at the end of the day they're all still people feel I don't know well enough to just strike up a conversation with except now there is like a kajillion of them.

Maybe it's just that I decided to fly solo this year but still.

Also I didn't have the cash to con the way I wanted to. I couldn't afford to get a room, or cosplay. Cosplaying seems like half the fun and getting a room would have just made my life easier.
If I do go again I'll just go as Dutch.

The Ugly
We've come to the part of the post where I bitch, ladies and gentleman.

I don't think anybody expected how large the crowd would be this go round so lines were huge and waits were long. For some of the panels I expected it, but when you need a traffic director for the escalator things are bad. The way I felt in my mind was one hour of really awesome stuff meant about another hour and a half of waiting in line. I spent like 4 hours waiting in line to register on Friday, and another 2 for the roast.

Now if you want pictures, videos and interviews and stuff you can head to this guys website.

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