MTAC Pictures!

 | May 13, 2010 9:57 pm

MTAC Pictures are up in the Gallery. 

Click Here for MTAC Pics!

MTAC: The Con that Never Ends or Swim Con

 | May 7, 2010 9:28 pm

ADA attended our very first Middle Tennessee Anime Con the weekend of May 1st.  Unfortunately, Nashville also experienced a 100 year flood that same weekend.

We were extremely fortunate that our inconvenience was nothing more than having to stay over one more day and deal with no water in the hotel Monday morning.  Many of our friends and associates were not so lucky.  Several experiences unimaginable losses to personal items, props, vehicles and homes for those locally affected.  Our hearts go out to them all.  Nashville has been much harder than most people think based on the lack of media coverage given by major news outlets.

MTAC itself:  MTAC was AWESOME.  While it certainly has a few issues (IE really small dealers room considering the size of the con) it was a blast.  We’ve never been to an Anime Con that seemed so focused on the over 18 fans.  Many Anime Cons dumb everything down for the under 18 crowd, but MTAC was a no holds barred if you’re over 18 lets have some fun kind of con.  Risqué Cosplay Contest anyone?  Not to mention a wildly enjoyable and massive Rave that was not afraid to call itself exactly what it was, a Rave.

As of right now, we are definitely considering going again next year.  MTAC 2011 will be on Easter, so that may play into our thinking a bit, but it was just so much fun with the outdoor all day Friday rave, speedy costume contest, rave, panels, etc.  Not to mention the fantastic OVER THE TOP excellence shown by the volunteers who stayed over through Monday to entertain and provide activities for those literally stranded at the hotel by the flood.

I wanted to throw out a special thanks to Derek DeWeese for his help in getting me amazing access to the con for my photo bug side.  Thanks!

Pictures, soon.  Video of a few minutes from the Rave, now! (Yes, everyone is over 18, heh.)

Connooga: The next big thing?

 | February 28, 2010 10:47 pm

My Connooga 2010 review…Awesome.  Pure and simple, that is all there is to say about it.  And that is with me getting a really really bad case of food poisoning and missing practically all of Saturday night because of it.  Connooga has reached back and remembered what it was about small cons of old that made them so much fun.  Parties!  Lots of official approved parties.  Pictures are in the Gallery.  Can’t wait for next year.

MTAC is next.

New pictures in the Gallery!!

 | February 15, 2010 10:35 pm

I just posted pictures from Anime Weekend Atlanta 2009 and Chattacon 2010.  I had completely forgotten about posting the Anime Weekend Pics.  There are a ton of shots form the costume contest in there.

Back from DragonCon 2009

 | September 8, 2009 11:05 pm

We are back from DragonCon.  It was a great year.  For me personally (Jimmy) it felt like one of the most fulfilling years I’ve had in sometime.  We have so many great friends in different groups, but there are just too many of them to hang out with.  This year we somehow did it and I feel like I got to spend quality time with most of them.  Though we both wished we had more time to hang out with the Cobra crew.  We miss them.

The con is still getting use to the move from the Hyatt to the Marriott as the place to be.  We almost never go to the Hyatt anymore, though it still feels like home when at DragonCon.  Most people have made the Marriott the place to hangout at now.

I’ve posted  a lot of pics in the gallery in two different sections.  One is candid pics taken while walking around the con and the other is a series of portrait shots I took of various people that came by the room.  Just click on the View Gallery link on the right under the Gallery preview picture and then go into the Events section.

Updates

 | August 19, 2009 11:32 pm

Wow, slow it down, slow it down!  This year is going by way to fast.  Anime Expo was a blast and pics are posted in the Gallery.  Dragon Con is now like two weeks away and we are racing to get ready.  Its the year of fun costumes.  I won’t say lite ones, well mine are, but Brandi has several new fun costumes for the con.

I’m going to be spending more time taking pictures I think.  Just rented a nice lense for the con to give me some more options.

Anime Expo

 | June 22, 2009 8:42 am

Just a week and a half until we leave for Anime Expo.  Should be fun as always.  Its been a few years since we went, so we are really looking forward to it. 

Next Project is Underway!

 | February 4, 2009 5:03 pm

Course, we aren’t going to tell you what it is just yet.  Hopefully we get it done in time for Anime Weekend this year.  Course some of us are pushing for AX, but we’ll just have to see if we can pull that one off fast enough.  This is a pretty big one, even for us, so there is a lot of work to be done.  Now, where to get more clay…..

Anime Weekend Atlanta 2008

 | September 21, 2008 3:09 pm

AWA 2008 was great this year.  Despite Brandi being sick most of the weekend from a cold, we had a great time.  Actually the best AWA yet.  One thing that really saved it was there was no Sunday morning private brunch this year.  In all past years at this location, they have had a Sunday morning private brunch that they started setting up on Saturday night.  That made the lobby of the hotel off limits to AWA and just killed Saturday night activities.  In 2007, we just stayed in our room Saturday night.  This year, there was no brunch so the party was on in the lobby and at the bar.  It was greally great getting to hang with Jeff and Bernie as well as Yadi, Bill, Tina, and every else (don’t mean to leave anyone out).  One couple we really wanted to hang out with more was Anne and James.  We kept missing them.

Pictures are in the Gallery.  Enjoy!

Another Dragon Flies Past

 | September 6, 2008 4:15 pm

Wow.  So another DragonCon has flown past and is now nothing but a memory of good times past.  Strange.  I’ve been going to DragonCon since the mid 1990’s and it is always the one thing I spend the whole year waiting for only to have it go by so fast.  So fast.  We arrived early, think 10am, Thursday morning and were shocked to be in our room settled by 11am.  In past years, I’ve arrived early to get our room at the Hyatt only to wait for hours sitting in the lobby for a room to be available.  This year, we decided to stay at the Marriott and they were just, simply, amazing wonderful.  I don’t know where to begin.

Management at the Marriott should be awarded a medal for the absolutely amazing job they did at DC.  Security was completely provided by the hotel and they were wonderfully professional and polite.  Sure, they could be firm, but they thanked you for listening afterwards.  It was a shocking contrast to the militarized zone the Hyatt creates with hired Atlanta Police officers.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the police, but hordes of cops create a different atmosphere than guys in suites and ties.  The Police work a hard life and they have to be firm.  That kind of existance can make them seem very over the top when dealing with some of us geeks in our plastic and cardboard.

I could go on and on about the Marriott, they just did a great job.  Heck, even the lady that cleaned our room was absolutely awesome!!  “You want more towels?  Absolutely!”  Wow, just wow.

Over all it went by crazy fast and seemed a little off this year.  I think it was because of the radical changes that have taken place with the layout.  Years past it has always been the Hyatt.  That was where the party was at night, but that has now all moved over to the Marriott where they seem to welcome it and have 20x the footage available.  However, what DC has done is break up the mingling of fandoms.  The gamers are over in the Hyatt, the wild partiers are in the Sheraton, the cool kids are in the Marriott and the Goths are in the Hyatt.  It kind of breaks something that I think makes DC so great, the interaction of different communities in fandom.

In the past, you could expect a guy with a pocket for of D20s to be standing next to an amazingly hot goth girl who was talking to a guy in Colonial Marine armor who’s wife was in her Wolfe Pack Elite gear.  Now, they are kind of broken apart and paths don’t really cross.  We never made it to the Hyatt, other than to walk through it to get to another location, until Monday morning.  It was the first time all weekend that I suddenly felt like I was at DC again.  It was the memories of the Hyatt.  I saw my first goths and I was a little sad by it.

We didn’t get to see half the people we wanted to and got to hang out with even less.  I saw most of my 501st Garrison and got to spend some time with a few of them.  The 501st Mixer was amazing, but so packed I couldn’t get in until things were ending.  We didn’t get to spend anytime with our Cobra Cares friends.  We won’t make that mistake next year.  We got to spend some time with Reanna and Grant on Friday night, but again not enough time considering.

Things I was really happy about.  Reanna and Grant getting to costume as ANBU, very cool, just wish we had seen them in person.  Winning the Friday night Costume Contest along with Lynn in our Class and winning the Audience Choice as well.  The Doctor Steel rally on Sunday, that was a blast and can’t wait to do it bigger and better next year.  Top place goes to Joey and his YipYip.  Great guy, great costume and he totally got the attention he so deserved for it, just can’t believe someone else made one and entered the costume contest with it Sunday night.

Thats all for now.  Pictures are in the Gallery (click the view gallery link on the right under the preview pic).  Next up is Anime Weekend Atlanta, followed by our anniversary (OMG a Year already!!) trip to Disney and then Atlanta Super Con a new con in town in November.

Jimmy