Posts Tagged With: Anime Boston 2012

So…. I’m on CNN

April of 2012, Boot Size 10 (I’ve kinda shrunk and equaled out to regularity!)

I exploded when I found out. Not long after my weekend of heaven in Boston, my best friend (known as Panda) texted me and then then called screaming that I was on CNN.

Now granted, it’s not from saving a child from a burning building, but apparently a CNN photographer had been at Anime Boston taking pictures. And out of the potential hundreds he took, he posted ten. AND I AM IN THE SECOND PICTURE!!!!

I couldn’t believe it. I screamed, cried, and tittered that my first ever cosplay ended up on a significant website. Someone I don’t even know loved my outfit and put it on the CNN website. I have calmed down since then, but suffice to say that little fifteen minutes of fame has made my life. I’m thrilled and super excited to return to Boston next year.

Without further ado, the link! As I said, I’m in picture number two.

As a note, I’m currently nearing finals week, hence my long absence. With finals and work, I do not have the time to write a good post, and I want to give you guys quality. Please have patience for the poor crippled college girl, I promise you a quality post.

Until my next adventure,

Viviana Ayre

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Anime Boston 2012 ~ How We Survived

April of 2012, Boot Size 10/11

My dear readers,

Wow. Despite trying to get you guys some posts during Anime Boston, I found myself mobbed by the fantastic-ness of it all. I managed to list to you one pro and one con of the… well, con. But now it is only fair that I tell you about the entire experience and include some tips.

Tomas and I were ready to leave at nine in the morning, eagerly taking off in order to make it to Panda’s dorm in time. One huge advantage is that Panda lives right now the road from the convention, eliminating the cost of hotels, and including a bit of exercise! After driving around the confusing one-way roads we managed to get to her dorm, and she helped us cart up our suitcases and bag of food.

Tip #1: Bring as much of your own food as possible. Con food is often way over priced and not all the healthy. Bring non-perishable fruits, breakfast bars, and if you have a mini fridge bring some things like lunch meats and cheese for sandwiches. So instead of paying twenty dollars for one meal, you can pay twenty dollars and have food for the entire weekend. Being a starving college student, I prefer this method.

Once Tomas and I had gotten settled, we garbed up in our first cosplay of the day: Team Rocket. With my newly cut hair (the day before I had cut my hair for the first time since the third grade) I decked out in my black dress and my snazzy, pin-laden hat, accessorized with Team Rocket paraphernalia. Panda had donned a black dress and sexy fedora and similar accessories. Tomas went with the mob boss look, with a fancy hat, impressive black coat, and cane (he loves that cane). Overall, we looked pretty damn awesome.

Panda and I, posing for the first pic of the day!

I did not take this picture. With permission I borrowed this from Panda's friend, Cassandra, who is dressed as Ash. That said, we were so going to get Pikachu that day!

Our first panel was how to have a safe cosplay fight. Our panel leader was a professional stage fight since he was thirteen, and he and his partner were amazing. In learning certain moves, you also learned how wrestlers do their little tricks. Panda and I were a little to giggly to look like we were really fighting, but we knew the basics, and with that we know we’ll be able to practice when Tomas isn’t pointing a camera at us the entire time. 😉

How to choke without choking

After that panel we decided exploration was necessary. We spent a lot of time in the vendors area looking at all the wonderful nerdy items. That said, we never got to many other panels, other than a very boring fabrics panel that we left after about ten minutes. Panda is a fashion design major, she knew all this stuff; we has thought the panel was going to have advice on how to find fabrics for those tricky cosplays. It… didn’t. SO instead we wandered the halls, met friends, and took pictures.

Saturday is the main day for the convention, so I went all out to showcase my first official, complex-ish cosplay: Suki from Avatar the last Airbender. I now leave it in your hands, how well do you think I pulled it off?

So this is Suki from the TV Show...

How do I match up?

I found a fellow Suki!

I had a few choice words with Miss Azula after she knocked me out and threw me into a prison...

I won’t lie, I was super proud. This cosplay was the reason for my drastic haircut, and I think it came out great (still, opinions would be loved!). I was tickled pink at the number of times people stopped to ask for pictures. Last year I was stopping people to get pictures, this year it was my turn. J

We managed to get to Artist’s Alley, which is where I lost most of my money. Honestly artist’s alley is the best place to spend one’s money, because it helps support local people and they often have great little deals, and sexy art. I got little tags, Tomas bought me a poster of Gaara (which he still has so I am currently Gaara-less), we bought buttons galore, and I couldn’t help getting a sexy Christmas shot for Sakura, Hinata, and Ino from Naruto (it was only a dollar, I mean… how could I not?!).

Best. Zombie. EVER!!!

I will state that the best part of Anime Boston is meeting new people. In Artist’s Alley we met a bunch of amazing artists who were super friendly and always willing to give advice to the lovely Panda. We also met a ton of old friends, made new ones, and overall had a blast.

Tip #2: Don’t be afraid of meeting new people. Most Anime Boston con go-ers are super friendly! I for one went around and hugged all my favorite characters like Iron Man and Kenshin.

Tip #3: Please follow the 5-2-1 rule! Five hours of sleep, two meals, and one shower every day! I personally eat more, but if you’re going around a lot and don’t have blood sugar issues, then two meals is better than one. And please… shower. As I mention, thankfully this year con-stench was down, but we cannot give up the fight for basic human cleanliness!

Sunday is the best day to make your purchases. Most vendors have an end-of-con sale as they try and sell as much merchandise as possibly. With this in mind I finally completed my Black Bird and Spice and Wolfe collecting! I am now current and have no need to find an old issues! Now if only I could get my hands on the three-in-ones for Kenshin and InuYasha… That’ll take some doing. Decked out as Misty I spent every dollar I had.

Tip #4: BRING CASH! One, it can help stop you from going over your budget Two, you can avoid Mass taxes. Credit cards get charged tax while when going with cash it’s “included!” This can save you a lot of money and tears when you realize you put yourself in debt from buying too many awesome thing. 😉

By the end of the con, all three of us were tired, but very happy. We have already begun plotting for Anime Boston 2013, May twenty fourth through the twenty sixth. Needless to say, we are super excited and have tons of cosplay and skit ideas. Plus with over a year of time, I think we’ll be a lot more organized.

Tip #5: Have fun. Honestly because if you’re getting stressed out by a convention, you’re doing it wrong.

Until my next adventure,

Viviana Ayre

P.S. Please check out Panda’s work, she’s aspiring to be able to make cosplays for people. Plus her art is amazing!

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Anime Boston 2012 ~ Saturday

April of 2012, Boot Size 12

So as Panda, Tomas and I await for a plushie workshop to begin, I felt I needed to describe the past two days.

Saturday was by far the best despite a slow beginning, since my cosplay took three hours to get ready. So by noon, Tomas and I set out for the convention center. And let’s just say, my legs are rather sore from sinking into battle poses because I looked exactly like Suki. I was surprised and amazed, and I was super happy every time someone asked for a picture. Heck, I even had kids asking to pose with me. With that cosplay over (and makeup still sticking to my neck), I have tons of ideas for my next con AAC in Nashua to further perfect Suki. Tomorrow pictures will be posted of my full Suki cosplay, once I’m not stuck on an iPhone. for now I will do one one pro and one con of the… Con.

I was highly surprised by the lack of con-stench. Those who have been to conventions will know of what I speak of. Con-stench is created by those select men and women who do not believe in showers, and thus nearly kill those around them with a sweat soaked aroma that makes flowers wilt. This is amplified by small halls packed with many people; some that are dressed in fur cosplays.

On the downside we missed out on Masquerade which is one of the best parts of AB, but overall I had a blast. Panda and I have plans for a web comic and making buttons, and a million new cosplays for new conventions.

For now I must flee for plushies await!

Until my next adventure,

Viviana Ayre

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An Update…

So recently I informed you guys that my exciting plans to go to Disney had fallen through. Over the past month or so I’ve tried to get the plans back online, but alas, it is obvious that a journey like that at this point in my life is mildly inconceivable.

To give people an idea of that life, I am currently a biology orientated college student. My days of exploring the world are currently on hold as I pursue my dream to become a large animal veterinarian or a farmer of sorts. I’m also rather financially poor with very little support from my family. Granted my mother helps me immensely by allowing me to live with her without requiring rent and she helps me in life emergencies. Alas I cannot ask her for college help so I am relying on FAFSA and other such college loans to bring my dreams to life. As such I work in order to at least mildly support myself and to pay things such as insurance and my car.

But I do not intend to let my inability to go on extravagant adventures to bring me down. Instead I intend to take smaller and cheaper ones. My first goal is to purchase a new bicycle. For one, it will be much healthier, cheaper, and greener for getting around my smaller town. Two, I intend to take biking trips around my state and around New England to just enjoy the outdoors again. Three, I have very poor knees and riding a bicycle is much less abusive on them than walking or running.

As of late, I have not been able to go on many trips. But I am going to be able to accomplish my second goal which is spending a weekend in Boston for their annual anime convention, which I count as a traveling experience simply because I’ll be meeting nerds from across the country, and I’ll even be meeting famous voice actors and performers from Japan. And I’ll be doing all this with my best friend in the entire world. Needless to say, I am beyond excited.

Other than that I have no solid plans or goals aside from surviving college, though I am willing to take adventure suggestions, provided they are feasible and cheap.

Until my next adventure,

Viviana Ayre

P.S. I do intend to have a real post, considering it’s is now spring break, but I probably won’t post it until tomorrow or Monday.

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