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ACen 2007: SHAZAM!

Waaah I just slept for six hours |DD Oh that felt good~

SO! Here's my ACen report!

So, Wednesday I got up and wen to school, then cam ehome and ran around for a few hours like a madwoman trying to get everything done. Well, like so many things in life, you never finish, you just run out of time. But I managed to get most everything done before going to pick Cris up at the airport. I drove home and we all had Noodles & co. for dinner and watched Little Miss Sunshine.

Thursday we got up early to eat pancakes. We packed up the truck then Cris dropped me off at school to go to my last Anthropology class. I had planned to take my Film final early that day, but decided against it since I could just take it on finals week anyways and we needed to get on the road. After a quick detour back to my house (I had forgotten my badge x__x;;) we headed over to the Twins' apartment where we met up with Twins, Emily, Kaiser, Laura and Messa. A few more stops and one traveling prayer later we were on our way to the Windy City! We all caravaned down as Team Fire Emblem (Emily/Roy and Kaiser/Marth), Team Hyrule plus Snake in a Box (Larissa/Zelda, Corinne/Sheik, and Messa/Link) and Team Toadstool (Cris/Yoshi and Me/Peach). The ride went smoothly and we made really good time, getting into the Chicagoland area at around 4:30pm. Cris, Kaiser and I went to check into the hotel where we met our first smelly Otaku. I had stolen Larissa's Urahara hat and he marched upt o me and said "HEY!! You're wearing Urahara's hat! Yes I watch Bleach!! Blah blah blah!!" And he smelled too. Ugh. The three of us stood there staring at him in awed annoyance. It was impressive. The con hadn't even started and we;d encountered a stinky fanboy. Anyways. Got into the hotel okay and dumped our stuff in the room. Cris, Messa, Emily and the Twins went to go get their badges, or at least try. The line was out the convention center door and around the corner. They all decided to try again after dinner. We met up with Carl and co. and went to Chili's where there was much giggling and stick-figure porn drawing. Josh also had a huge ice cream cake thing for dinner. That was awesome. Headed back to the hotel and Cris, Messa, Emily and the twins tried again to go get their badges. The line had already closed, but they let Messa in since she was at the Artist alley. We watched TV and I went ot work finishing my Belldandy wig. Got to sleep pretty late.

Woke up Friday morning to Cris getting up at 5am to go down to the badge line. Well... kinda. I woke up and promptly went back to sleep. Woke up again to her calling me saying "TELL EVERYONE TO GET DOWN HERE. THE LINE IS GETTING LONGER AND ARTIST ALLEY IS BEING SET UP." I hurriedly woke everyone up (Messa told me groggily "We stayed up all night talking about SHAZAM." I would later find out what that actually meant, but in the meantime it was pretty funny.) Messa and I carted our stuff down to the convention center and set up out table. We were next to Centi, who is AWESOME. She's like... INSANE and fun to sit by!! She drew me porn too :333 I hope we can be next to her next year too! I got my first commission of the con, which was a marker commission. I was psyched! I ended up working on it all day, but it was so fun to do! Uhh... yeah. Most of the day was spent being chained to the art table. I don't think I even got to Main Programming. Buut yeah. Hung around the art table. Got quite a few commissions. Stayed until close when we packed up and headed back to the hotel. Everyone was pretty tired and hungry and cranky and so it was hard to order pizza with everyone in a bad mood. I myself felt sick, but we got pizza and watched AMV Hell III. Loooooove~ I finished up my Belldandy wig, which looked AWESOME if I do say so myself. Headed to bed, again pretty late.

Saturday things got a little messed up. We all woke up super early to get into cosplay. I got into Belldandy, Messa got into Urahara and Cris got into Organization XIII and we headed down to the art table. Lots of people asked for my picture. Oh yeah! That's right! People take your picture at cons! SQUEE!! *poses* Again, I was stuck at the Art Table most of the day, but the costume was VERY well received and I felt so PRETTEH in it! Around 3:30 I, rather clumsily packed up my art table stuff and headed back to the room to do some touch ups on my costume before the Masquerade. While I was heading back to the Art Table to get Cris, I heard that they had sold tickets to the Masquerade and they were sold out. That was unheard of. Almost ludicrous! They never sell tickets to the Masquerade! It had to be a mistake! But I asked a few staffers and yes indeed, you needed to get tickets to get into the Masquerade. This was the first I had heard of this. I'd had no idea. They hadn't told me when I checked into the Masquerade or anything. I was very upset. Since I hadn't known about the tickets and hadn't gotten any and Laura and Zephy hadn't followed through on saving seats for us like they usually do, I decided not to enter. My costume was getting painful anyways. I had Cris take some photos of me in my coplsay before heading back to the room and ripping the whole thing off. I contemplated trying to set things back up at my Art Table, but what was the point? The dealer room was going to close soon anyways. I was very upset. What worse is that I later found out that at the last minute they had SCRAPPED the whole ticket idea and just started letting people in. Yes, ACen will be getting a letter from me about this. I spend literally hundreds of dollars to get there every year and I expect only the best in return, or at least better than the extreme sloppiness that I saw this year. Yes, yes, a letter of extreme disappointment is in order. Anyways. Went back to the room where we had a YouTube Marathon and watched Laputa: Castle in the Sky. We were going to go to the Hentai room, but I was waaaay too tired. Went to sleep instead.

Sunday we overslept a bit, so there was much rushing around to get everything packed up before heading down to the art table. Cris was an amazing help here. She made me and Messa go down first while she packed up our stuff in the car. She was truly a hero that day. Well... she was a hero the whole con, but... yeah. Sunday turned out to be my most profitable day at the Art Table. I changed my layout a bit and sold most of my stuff. In the end I managed to break even! The Twins had already left before any of us had gotten up, and Emily and Kaiser had to leave early too, but Cris, Messa, Laura and I all stayed until close. It was a sad parting. I didn't want it to be over! I wanted to stay! I wanted ACen to be again! It had been a exhausting but wonderful weekend! We said goodbye to the Rosemont Convention Center and headed home.

Anyways, this was a VERY fell good con for me. It was really the first time in a LONG time that I seriously felt sad to leave. I really felt good about myself. I managed to break even at my Art Table (and even made a profit of $32 xDD), my cosplay was a HUUUGE success, and best of all, my friends told me that I was a fun person to go with cons to. Messa even told me that she couldn't wait to go to another con with me. That five minutes of conversation was worth everything it took to get there. After all the shit that went down around NoBrandCon 2005, I was under the impression that I was a horrible con going partner, but apparently, I'm a super fun con going buddy! That made me sooo happy~ Maybe I'm not such a bad person after all!

So yes. I had a fucking blast. It was exhausting and I don't think I could do it more than once a year. As I say "The point of ACen isn't to be comfortable! It's to have FUN! And be MISERABLE DOING IT!!" That pretty much describes the weekend. It was GREAT.

So! Here is the list of quotes from the weekend
- SHAZAM!! (This is a euphemism for ejaculation, but it was yelled with pride many a time during the con_
- FROOOSTING!! (300 PG again.)
- Draw me PORN! (Pretty self-explanitory...)
- Beepbeepbeepbeepbeepbeep! (From AMV Hell III)

There are probably more, but I can't remember any xD;;

Aaand here are a few pictures fo yours truly!! Cris has more, but for now, here are a few of me~

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Here is me and Messa at the Art Table. I look... half crazed and WAAAH MESSA IS SUCH A CUTE URAHARA!! I LIKE... DIE AND STUFF!! *SQUISHES HER IN HER BLEACHY CUTENESS*

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Cosplay time! Here's me as Belldandy with another Belldandy!! Lookit how cuuuute we are!

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Belldandy and Lis being NAUGHTY >DDD

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Belldandy by the fountain~

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More Belldandy

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Close up~ I like this one :3

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Say cheeeeese~ :D

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Belldandy and Dahx~ <333

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Belldandy by the Rosemont Convention Center~ Check out the wind :D

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This would have been my favourite picture if my smile had been better xD;;; Photoshop? Oh well. Still a nice photo of Belldandy!

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I think this one might be my favourite. Yay for trees~

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So that's about all~ Same time next year, people?


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May. 16th, 2007 06:12 am (UTC)
Yay pictures! =D You are so pretty in Belldandy. :3

I heard about that Acen crap. x_X That is certainly awful and really disorganized. T_T Anime North has a wristband policy to watch the Masquerade but at least they announce it well before the con and let people know exactly when and where to get them. Acen ftf. >.<

.....SPARTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA *flails sword*

I am amused that you guys have the Shazam in-joke too. o.O
May. 16th, 2007 06:25 am (UTC)
I remember when Anime Expo started doing that crap with the tickets. We stood in line for HOURS to get tickets before I was all, "Screw this noise." I was in costume as Mad Hatter at the time in nearly 5in platform boots and black wings. SUCKED.

I love your costume!
May. 16th, 2007 07:01 am (UTC)
Your costume is so pretty! I especially love the anime!bangs on the wig. How do you keep them so perky? :P

Mmmm and are those bookmarks that you are selling? They look so nice!
May. 16th, 2007 07:47 am (UTC)
Hairspray. Lots and lots of hairspray. And a blow dryer. And little rubber bands at the base that no one noticed.

Yup! Those would be bookmarks~ :33
May. 16th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
apparently the ticket thing was last minute and the decision of the fire marshal -_-
May. 17th, 2007 12:08 am (UTC)
OMG SOMEONE UNDERSTANDS. No one else was willing to listen to me when I said it was a last minute thing and that no one on Main Programming knew about it...it's not the convention's fault at all... xD I'm just annoyed because I worked with the staff a lot on Saturday and I know what they went through--everyone was like "RAH RAH RAH ACEN STAFF SUCKS I HATE THEM" so I got frustrated over it. Yes, that ticket thing BLEW (even the staff couldn't take seats!), but it was out of their hands and they shouldn't be blamed.

Also the con staff lost TWO HUNDRED PEOPLE on short notice. So if people are going to whine about how "poorly run" the convention was, they should think about how well they'd do their own jobs if half their staff suddenly quit on them. A lot of people had to do more than their own share of work, and considering that, I think they did a pretty damn good job. :\
May. 17th, 2007 12:16 am (UTC)
Um, that saving seats for the masq thing, you don't quite understand. XD;;; We COULDN'T. We were going to, and then we found out about the fire marshall's order about the tickets, so we could not save seats. It was out of our hands, so don't be upset with us ;_;;;;;

Please at least try to understand what the staff was going through --;;;; Another thing is that the hotel staff had unionized, so things were taking a lot longer because the union requested a lot of extra time to do stuff in the Main Programming rooms >__>;;; a lot of the bad things that were going on have more to do with the hotel staff/safety officials than the con staff. The fire marshall was being a nitpicky bitch because he thought they were too many people in the main ballroom during the j-rock concert, that's why he required the tickets thing.

at least consider all this before you write said angry letter -_-
May. 17th, 2007 12:33 am (UTC)
I heard about the fire marshal thing. That does make more sense, but I still would have liked to have known at least a little earlier than oh... ten minutes before I needed to be in the green room.

If you ask me, ACen could have done a better job trying to inform people of the ticket situation. From where I am, it looks like the ACen staff didn't make ANY attempt to inform people of the situation. I didn't find out about the ticket thing from staffers, I found out about it from random people going by complaining about it.

As far as the convention losing 200 people on short notice... well. That sucks. But 200 people don't just up and quit for no reason. I'm sorry to say, but all I'm hearing is a lot of excuses. Like I said in my entry, I spend literally hundreds of dollars to be at this convention every year. To have so many major things go wrong is not what I expect in return.

I understand the staff was working their collective ass off. In fact, I made a point to thank everyone I saw wearing a staff badge that came by my table. That doesn't mean I'm not disappointed, and I did let ACen know how I feel. I don't blame the staff though. The letter I wrote to the convention wasn't angry likt "GAAAH ACEN YOU SUCK!! I'M NEVER COMING BACK!! FUCK YOU!!" It was more like "I am writing to inform you that I was disappointed in the way some things were handled this past weekend and I hope to see them improved next year etc etc."

So yeah. I was disappointed and frustrated, but I still love ACen and will be back next year.
May. 17th, 2007 07:52 am (UTC)
... wait, "every year"? sorry, just curious now. how many other acens have you been to?
May. 17th, 2007 04:38 am (UTC)
Belldandy!Megzie looks so SHAZAM worthy! >D


AWWWW *huggles* ALRIGHT, MEGZIE! Next year, it's Kagome and InuYasha time! And then we can be like, "INUYASHA!" "Kagome!" "INUYASHA~" "Kagomeee. ==" "Inuyasha~" "Kagome..?"
May. 17th, 2007 07:50 am (UTC)
holy crap. even as a gofer(i <3 gofering masq, it's the only bloody way i'd see it, esp. with the fire code issues), i didn't know about all that lost staff. :o it makes me feel even guiltier that i only got about ten hours in this year :(
May. 18th, 2007 03:26 am (UTC)
aww, how come i didn't see you at ACEN?
i was witch hunter robin in this gawdawful wig that kept dying
May. 18th, 2007 06:14 am (UTC)
Twas great seein ya again =D your print that I bought shall be hung on my wall ^.^

and Might I add that...DAYUM you lost ALOT of weight
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