Jun. 22nd, 2008 10:29 pm
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I refuse to call it Jamboree. :P

This is going to be unlocked for a week. :)

Anyways, here's my con report/highlights/description of con shenanigans.

First of all, Yaoi Jamboree is a horribly named convention that was held at the Phoenix Renaissance Hotel (or something like that), in Glendale. This is its first year and for a first year con, it has an impressive guest list. Some of them being Futaba Aoi and Mitsuba Kurenai (Level C, West End, Tokyo Guardian) and Eiki Eiki (The Art of Loving, Dear Myself, World's End) and Zaou Taishi (Princess Princess, Electric Hands, Kakumei no Hi).

As a general review of the con, it wasn't too bad, but I only went one day, which was, from what I can see from the schedule, the only time worth going. It was when they had the guest panels and also, the publisher's panels. I think it could have been planned better, and really needs more PR the next time. It certainly has a lot of potential and the hotel was really nice and ritzy so I hope they keep that.

Anyways, over all it was good. Actually it was more than good. I wasn't expecting too much out of the con, and was just there for the guest. I knew that I would have fun regardless (because of who I was going to be with), but my expectations were surpassed. :D

Okay, enough review-y stuff. Time for the shenanigans! Ugh, I'm getting giddy just thinking about it again. XD

preview pic!

So, first off [livejournal.com profile] tasu and [livejournal.com profile] tamayaki arrived in Atobe and Oshitari (respectively), and whisked me away to WestEnd Gate, where the hotel was located. I got a badge, and then we passed the time trying to do a little photoshoot for Atobe and Oshitari. We kept getting distracted by one thing of another. [livejournal.com profile] captain_monty and her friend (I always think of her as Haruhi XD) arrived with boba drinks. Mmmm...Bah, anyways, Ken was wearing Sanzo (which I was stupid enough to forget to ask a picture of, bah), whilst her friend was in this gorgeous gown.

Atobe-buchou wanted in on the lolita action.

We went back to trying to get some Tenipuri action, but a group of Japanese ladies who spoke minimal English asked for pictures of Atobe and Oshitari. They were the first to recognize Tenipuri at all and they kept going "Oshitari kawaii!" XD LOL, yes, our little Tako is sooo kawaii~! >3 Anyways...after the pictures, Tako and I were going "dude, aren't those the guests?" but we weren't sure. I threw Tako under the bus and made her go up to them and ask if they were the guest. As it happened two of the ladies were Futaba and Mitsuba-sensei. Tako and I totally started spazz!flailing. Their interpreter/assistant wasn't with them at the time, so communication was a little rough. There was lots of broken English (from them) and broken Japanese (from us) flying around. But we did convey how we admired them and how their mangas were the first hardcore yaoi manga we read. XD They were so nice, and they gave us these postcard sets that they signed for us. Tako asked to take pictures with them, and then the sensei's asked for Tasu to join too, and she jumped in there all haughty like in the front. The ladies laughed at that and went "Atobe rashi!" XD I'm not even sure how we got on the subject but we found out that Futaba-sensei also likes TeniMyu. She whipped out her PSP to show us something and it happens that she has the special edition Crisis Core PSP. Which Tako also has! So much in common! XD

Later in their panel, we found out that their favorite was the second cast (they saw HyouteiMyu too), and their favorite actor was "Shirota-kun" (so cute how they refer to him XD). Also, they did some musical report doujinshis. And something that Tasu flipped over, they do Gintama doujinshi. She got another postcard signed and Mitsuba-sensei drew Gintoki for her. They were so sweet. I have to be honest, I came to see Eiki-sensei, but I had more fun at their panel than Tsuda and Eiki-sensei's panel. Probably because of the things we had in common. LOL

Anyways, we took more pictures of Atobe and Oshitari.

Tasu kidnapped a chair just for this.

The winner will be Atobe!

There are more pictures, but mostly out of character (but hilarious!) and doujinshi scenes, according to Tako. XD
After this they went back to Tako and Ivy's house to get Ivy and get ready for PuriPuri times!

At the quickstop at WalMart, Mikoto is not amused.

We got there just in time for Eiki Eiki and Zaou Taishi-sensei's panel. Everyone was delighted by my companions costumes (as they should be). When the guests arrived, Zaou-sensei waved to them. The panel was basically question and answer. I asked about the Haru Natsu Aki Fuyu series. Yea, it's Yuri, I know, but my question was valid. Also, there was a particular question someone asked that I really liked the response to. It was about Dear Myself, and how Eiki-sensei got the idea. She said basically she was thinking about a different kind of death and exploring how one can lose themselves in that way. Ok, that was a totally bad reiteration, but I really liked her answer. Anyways, after the panel they did a mini signing session for those who missed out on the signing in the morning (which we did). They laughed and looked amused when I presented them with the Keroro Tokouhon doujinshi. I was kind of embarrassed. Then I tried to ask in horrible Japanese if I could take a picture of them with Tako, Tasu and Ivy. We went outside, because the lighting sucked inside the panel room.

Right next to Eiki-sensei! I'm ecstatic! XD

After that we were going to get food, but got sidetracked by the dealers room. I bought stuff, which I shouldn't have, but it was cheaper than going to ebay or like...animaxis or something. By the time we got done (technically, I was the only one allowed since I'm the only one with a badge, but Ivy's admirer hooked us up), it was time for Futaba and Mitsuba-sensei's panel, which I've already said was quite fun. :D

We got food at WestEnd Gate and tried to convince Tako to be Sougo for Gintama cosplay. It was easy to convince Ivy to be Shinpachi. :3 Also, lots of mayonnaise jokes and Tako!faces. We went back to the con around 10 to see if anything was going on, and we found the dance/rave. There was like 10 people in there. XD Tasu has the awesome idea to storm in with their Vampire Knight costumes and just be retarded. Which they did, but it was like 11:30 when we got back, and there was like...4 people left. XD But we had a dance party of our own, and I took documentation. The pictures I have are hilarious. I tried to rave with one glow stick that Ivy found, but it didn't work quite so well. Also, C is for cookie, and that's good enough for me. *nods*

This is a yaoi convention after all.

Seiren and Zero find common interest in dance styles.

We tried to do a VK photoshoot, too, but lighting and getting kicked out of the hallway hindered that.

Those night class dorks...XD

There was a comfy couch at the hotel. It woulda been nice to fall asleep on.

Longest entry in a while. LOL

So...it really was a lot of fun. I had a blast and now I can't stop thinking about how going to YCon would be so much more fun. Anyways, thanks again to [livejournal.com profile] tasu, [livejournal.com profile] tamayaki, [livejournal.com profile] elle_hazard. You guys rock so much! ♥

Date: 2008-06-23 09:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tamayaki.livejournal.com
Oh wow... I loooooooooove your report on this con! You pretty much summed up the highlights of our weekend! T^T Duuuuude it was soooooooo much fun! Like you, I seriously didn't think it was going to be all that great! (low expectation for AZ cons. mah. =/) But until we bumped into the mangakas! 8D And I totally agree with you. I also had more fun at Futaba/Mitsuba's panel than Eiki/Zaou's! (I wanted to see Zaou sensei the most for this con. 8D) Lawls, tiny girlie O-shit-tari is tiny and girlie. 83 And COOOOOOOOOOOOOKIIIIIIIIIIES. Oh you know you love my sexy faces. NEEDS MORE MAYO!

Haha... ya know once I finally start to watch Gintama I am sure I'll cosplay this Fuji!Sougo guy. Maybe I'll just watch it all on one of my day off or something. 83

PS: Give me your paypal addy so I can pay you back for stuff~~~~ Or I can gives you munnies next time I see you so evil PP don't gets the fees. =O

Ahaha long comment is long. 83 It was so much hanging out with you too! I can never get tired of geeking over BL stuff with you. Even though I fails at names/titles. 83 I KNOWS MINIMI HARUKA DOES THAT COUNT MUCH? =O (Don't be hating. xD)

Date: 2008-06-24 01:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stellagemellata.livejournal.com
Awesome con report ! I'm the girl in the rred and black dress btw. :D [Gawd, what kind of stupid face was I making! D: ]

I'm happy to say that Jamboree will most definitly die aftter this. XD XD XD XD XDD

Date: 2008-06-23 12:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stringalchemist.livejournal.com
:| I wanna go to a con now. Apparently there's this one called Anime Boston that comes around, maybe I'll check that out. :Db
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