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It was AWEEEEESSOMMMEE.

There's something exhilarating about moving with crowds of people whom you know love the same things you do. It's like you're all a part of this esoteric (but not) club sort of thing. OKAY gonna describe my days there. If you don't want to read it, you can skip right down to the pictures I took of all the crap I got haha.

Okay so, time to sound like a real geek.

Day 0, Wednesday night
Preview Night officially started from 6-9PM for 4-day pre-registered attendees, volunteers, and exhibitors only. Me and driflooning got there with some friends around 4-ish and the lines were already MONSTROUS. I ended up cutting a group of unsuspecting people (I suck) and it still took 45 minutes to get my badge and sticker.

The exhibit hall was missing some of the usual exhibitors which sucked(Nintendo ditched us this year whyyyyy) but alright. Warner Bros gave out these MONUMENTAL  laundry bags (each day in fact) that were at least 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide haha. Freebies are always excellent at Comic-con (sooo much better than AX ahaha), especially at the really big name places like DC, SquareEnix, Gaming Uni, Capcom, Bandai Namco, Fox, WB, etc.

Anyways, I basically went around getting freebies and not taking pictures of cosplayers because I never bring my camera haha. Got an autograph from C.B. Cebulski, which was nice. OKAY BORING. OH BUT. Highlight of the day was seeing HUGE and AWESOME Transformers stickers all over this SUV in the parking garage. It was epic.

Day 2 because I didn't go to Thursday: Friday
Con starts from 9:30. Me and phoenixflame63 get there at 7:40 and YES the lines aren't huge yet. So we get our volunteering assignment and wait around until opening time. The mobs at the doors by 9:30 were spilling out onto the street because there were so many people haha. It was rather exciting, but it  would've been better if we weren't so close to the smoking areas.

Went in and GOT FREEBIES. AHAHAHAHA. I'M A CHEAPO. 11:30 and my volunteer assignments start. I ended up standing in ballroom 20 (it was huuuuge) guarding the doors during 3 consecutive Stargate panels. My legs and back were going to GIVE OUT considering I had to take all my crap free stuff with me. Anyways, met up with old friends and tromped around the exhibit hall back and forth getting more free stuff, playing video game demos and checking out fantastic comics.

Capcom had a whole Street Fighter arcade thing going on but as you might imagine, the LINES  were fantastically long so  I didn't even line up haha. Also went to Dumbrella booth and SAW THE ARTIST FOR OCTOPUS PIE which was pretty awesome. I also saw Order of the Stick books but they were out of my price range... Penny Arcade was huge as always though haha. I bought 1 thing this day, a Link plush (OHBOY NERD). It was expensive though, just as EVERYTHING at cons are (the food is INSANELY expensive AUGH).

The highlight of the night was the AVATAR PANEL. The line was HUGE and we had an adventure trying to get in. We had to circle the building 3 times before the lines was made clear and even then, we had to zigzag around everywhere. The cool thing was, while we were waiting in line, about 50 billion people were on their DSes pictochatting. Sweet. It was a trend to do a lot of DS to DS activity during the con haha. To read details on the panel, get over to LJ.

Day 3, Saturday
Volunteering from 9 to 12 and did nothing but sit around and hook up badges with lanyards. There were I ton. I managed to make conversation with someone new, norinoricat and we talked and stuff. After 12, met up with friends and, oh yeah, GOT MORE FREEBIES. We entered some raffles, struggled through exclusive item lines, and played video games. I also bought socks. They have owls on them.

Sad part of the day; Kinokuniya had The Art of Gyakuten Saiban (both the AJ and PW ones). They were well over 50 dollars each. Guess I'll just keeping using those CR scans for refs ;__;

Once it was 6, we were all tired as heck and went to the hallways to just hang out. Bought coffee and we horsed around with FIRE HAZARDS, yaoi paddles, slappy wristbands, inflatable pokeballs and the like. Friends did cosplay from Naruto, Persona 3, Tegami Bachi, The World Ends with You, MapleStory, Dogs, etc (DORKS).

So yeah. I saw a lot of neat cosplay (FREAKING SAW MIA AND GODOT HECK YEAAHHHH) and got a LOT OF FREE STUFF. I bought 3 things. Link, socks, coffee. The rest were FREE. WOO COMIC-CON. My shoulders are very stiff and my back hurts. :'D

Pictures of my (mostly free) junk OH BOY!

Pretty much ALL OF IT.My bed covers do have colorful cats and stuff on it. There's um, quite a bit of stuff under that pile. P-posters and stuff mostly. I got a stupid paper cut from them and now it scares me to mess with posters.

Close-up 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

Shirts and bags and other stuff not pictured haha. Too tired to dig them out.

In other news, To Kill a Mockingbird was EXCELLENT. The ending was fabulous and I could totally write up an analysis, but its summer so I won't. Starting on Jonathan Strange right now and looking FORWARD to it.
  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: GyakuSai meets Orchestra 2008
  • Reading: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
  • Watching: The
  • Playing: Stars
  • Eating: Are
  • Drinking: Spinning
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Vaxl Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Student General Artist
Cons are so fun! I've never been to a big one- They're all in high-resort places with tons of Hotels, so there's not many around here. The closest con is a four hour drive away, in a different state. :< And that'd be AnimeIowa, one of the AnimeCentrals that no one gets really hyped about. I really wish I had some rich anime-obsessed relative I could beg to go to LA or maybe even Hawaii, or maybe visit some European friends that I could mooch off of... But I just have my New-to-the-economy brother who gets a meager pay check that pays for gas, rent, bills, and the occasional luxary.

But nontheless, the cons are always a great place to talk to people and get a good laugh. And awesome swag and photograpsh of cosplayers. @w@
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Wasil Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
Hey poopface, since you don't check your frontpage messages.

You should come celebrate my birthday with me on Saturday or something, or after school friday because SATURDAY church has plans and FRIDAY church people are going to knott's berryfarm or something.


;__; EMO
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LarkIsMyName Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
WHOA WHY DID I NOT HEAR OF THIS.
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:iconwasil:
Wasil Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
which one? D|
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:iconlarkismyname:
LarkIsMyName Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
B-both? I had this week would be normal activity and I never heard about anything on Saturday either D:
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:iconwasil:
Wasil Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008
um shrug :C
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gyakuten Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2008
OH OH ! You went to COMIC CON :D?!
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Shadilyn Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008
Whoo, Glad you had a fun time.=P Wish I coulda gone :<
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MakiTakami Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008
YOU ARE FRIENDS WITH THAT AWESOME GIRL COSPLAYING FROM TEGAMI BACHI ON SATURDAY? lkjbbvgfdgfdsslj ;__;
I´m pretty sure she was the only Letter Bee cosplayer around. I hugged her and stuff and glfjd I WAS SO EXCITTED AND HER HAT WAS AMAZING :heart:
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aneishikaku Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008
ohmygod.
soul eater stuff. i want the pencil case thing soo baaaddd *A* AND THE HUGE POKEBALL
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driflooning Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008  Student Digital Artist
MY FREEBIE SENSES ARE TINGLING
hehe you got a mini green version of me

I was so happy I got to see you omfg it's been like 2 years 8D
drawing pokemon with your eyes closed was hilarious <3
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LarkIsMyName Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008
Y-yeah haha, and FREE PIC FROM YOU.
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kittyvoldkitty Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008
ahaha that sounds like a lot of fun! 8D
also, johnathan strange and mr norrell is really good, even if it's a bit long haha
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LarkIsMyName Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008
I really like it so far, even though I've only read about 10 pages haha. I love those 19 century English settings and steampunk stuff ;v;
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Jangle-00 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008
YOU GOT A LITTLE LINK PLUSHIE.
YOU GOT A LITTLE LINK PLUSHIE.

i_i it's so cute.
Little link is so cute...
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LarkIsMyName Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008
Y-yeah he's adorable.
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fishuu Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008
YOU KNOW THE MORE I READ THIS, THE MORE JEALOUS I GET? XDD
.....
I want to go ;___;
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LarkIsMyName Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008
Today was the last day 8D;;
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KobaKoba Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You got Spiral for free? THAT'S A GREAT MANGA YOU SHOULD READ IT RIGHT AWAY.


Man I want your Soul Eater poster and your inflatable pokeball.
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LarkIsMyName Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008
HEY I do read Spiral, until they stopped released the scans ;____;

Haha Squeenix was all for promoting Soul Eater and stuff. Apparently, it'll be serialized in Yen Plus or something.
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KobaKoba Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YAAAAY. Wow. I don't know anyone else who reads that!!
I've been waiting for them to actually release volumes in English forever, oh my god. It's been licensed for ages.
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penguinguy Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008
fucken!
I Was supposed to be in santa monica by now and at comicon dammit
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:iconlarkismyname:
LarkIsMyName Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008
S-sorry I guess? haaha
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Gooey-chan Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008
it looks like you had fun! 8D
lol I spot a Spiral manga |DDD
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LarkIsMyName Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008
I got two of them. FREE. AHAHAHAA.
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Gooey-chan Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
buhuhuhhuhuuh
Well I watch the Anime anyways xD;;
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Reimeiken Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008
Sounds like you had so much fun! xD Good for you :heart:
I'd love to go to Comic-Con but, uh, I'm in an entirely different hemisphere altogether. xDD
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LarkIsMyName Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008
Aww well actually, that's kind of neat. YOU HAVE OPPOSITE SEASONS THAN ME!
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:iconwasil:
Wasil Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008
WHERE ARE MY SOUVENIRS YOU FAGGGGGG



D': I'm glad you had fun.
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LarkIsMyName Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008
COME TO CHURCH TOMORROW, I'LL GIVE YOU DMC POSTER!
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:iconwasil:
Wasil Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008
OKAY
woo
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Muffiiin Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008
oh my god that sounds so amazing
and with all that free stuff
haha i wish i could've gone ):
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:iconlarkismyname:
LarkIsMyName Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008
Y-you should definitely try to go at least once! It's bunches of fun. :]
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Muffiiin Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008
fsss
i wish, but it'd be easier if I didn't live across the country. ]:
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LarkIsMyName Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008
Oh haha well, New York has a Comic-Con too so... 8D!!
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Muffiiin Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008
whoa really
i'll have to remember that
because that is bamf.
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emokidswill Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008
YOU BITCH.

all those freebies WAS THAT POKEBALL FREE TOO OMG I WANT IT SO BAD I WOULD CARRY IT TO THE PARK AND SHOW THE LITTLE KIDS AND LAUGH AT THEM BECAUSE IT WAS MINE AND NOT THEIRS HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

but omg i'm so jealous....
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LarkIsMyName Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008
AHAHA. I got a pokeball one AND AN ULTRA BALL ONE. I also got a picture with Pikachu but it's in my friend's camera. People threw these inflatable pokeballs at the wo/man in the costume haha.

Comic-con gives out the best freebies akjadasjfladsf
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emokidswill Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008
OMG WHERE IS THIS COMIC-CON??
i'm going to AX next year BUT THAT'S AS FAR AS I KNOW

i wonder if they'll give out giant pokeballs there *w*
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LarkIsMyName Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008
San Diego. Hopefully it'll stay that way.
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emokidswill Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008
/cry


that's all the way down south ;;
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HaipaYazoo Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008
Ahhh man!! I didn't know what comic-con was so I wasn't sure of going, but they way you put it. It sounded really fun :( I would have loved to meet you.
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LarkIsMyName Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008
Aww you should've gone! Are you in San Diego too? Haha there were LOADS of people and it's hard to find people ans stuff, but it's a lot of fun! :'D
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