Photos now online:
FanimeCon 2009 part 1: Over the Grapevine (21-May-2009) et seq.
FanimeCon 2009 part 8: Friday Morning (22-May-2009) et seq.
FanimeCon report part 1.
( We stopped three or four times going to Bakersfield... )
We were northbound out of Bakersfield by about 3-something.
We then stopped at the
stop where Sarah opened up the graduation present
made for her. (right) You can't see it clearly in the picture, but it's a
made with Nepalese sari wool that Maria had lying around. Sarah was
especially touched, because her parents met in Nepal.
( Lynn and I traded off driving all the way up to San Jose... )
On the drive up, Melissa had been working on finishing a scarf for
It was ready, we ran into Nikki in the Swap Meet (Gaming Room),
and Nikki loved it.
In fact, the Swap Meet and the Concourse in general was the place to meet
lots of the usual suspects. We drive hundreds of miles to hang out with
people we know from back home, such as
and SanjiCat (left).
Nikki and her boys helped me shop for some used PS2 video games, to get
our video game equipment collection started. I ended up with 12 games that
wouldn't be automatic if-you-sit-down-you'll-be-playing-for-two-hours time
sinks. Thanks for the help!
( We learned that FanimeCon has two kinds of advance registration: ''Pre-Registration'' and ''Early Registration.'' Snarky comments behind the cut... )
We went off-site, to buy
peanut butter, jelly, and eight loaves of bread.
We came back,
got our badges, and headed down to Artist Alley.
( Artist Alley setup was announced to run from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Mildly snarky comments here... )
I was very glad to have Caitlin and Julia helping me, in addition to Sarah.
They really pulled their weight. Artist Alley was open until 8:00 pm, so there were
some long hours for us to man the table. They committed to working two two-hour shifts
a day, which was just amazing. (left)
tenkuudragon also showed up and put in a
lot of hours at the table. We were giving away postcards, selling memberships, giving
away snacks, and selling badge ribbons to raise money for the ones we give away at the
( It was a good day for people-watching... )
( After dinner, we came back and started setting up our Peanut Butter and Jelly Party on the concourse... )
By being out on the concourse so late, I did get to see a bunch of folks as they
back for dinner or went to the dance.
travel_valenti. (left) Her report is
up, by the way -- go check it out.
neo_serenity were having a bonding
experience -- Carolyn's joined the ranks of the legal adults, so no 10:00 pm curfew
for her anymore. (right)
Sheri "SanjiCat" Jordan was out late, too, in her red loli dress and with her dollfie. (left)
We talked quite a bit -- she wanted to videotape me answering the question "Why did
you start Animé Los Angeles?" The problem with that question is the answer
is long and involved, and it's a speech I haven't figured out how to edit down into a
manageable, YouTube-appropriate sound bite...