Today, I went to the Liberty City Anime Convention. It's a Three-day event in White Plains (which is a short train ride for me). As is convention tradition with me, I show up super early. Fyi, as I am writing this, it is Sunday.
Anyway, I picked up my convention ticket and went to a panel on working spandex, vinyl, and leather hosted by the always amazing
. In actuality, she was the reason I went in the first place. The panel was educational; if I ever learn how to operate a sewing machine, this knowledge will be invaluable.
When the panel was concluded, she asked me to help her with her bags (seeing as how it was checkout time at the hotel). This turned into a very interesting experience for me, as I became her assistant for the day. First thing: get her bags! When she and I get to her room, she checks to make sure everything is in its place in terms of both her costumes (Misty May and a character from Dragon Quest, I believe) and the hotel's property.
Fast-forward five minutes and we were at Dokudel's booth in Artist Alley. She was basically doing an informal meet-and-greet where she was selling autographed photos of some of her cosplays. It was very interesting working a booth at a convention. In the past, I was on the purchasing side of a booth and now I'm on the other end. I watched our stuff while she was doing a Q&A panel and when that was done she came back and chatted with the fans some more. We even saw a guy and his niece who were there the whole weekend. He bought one of Dokudel's glossies.
A convention staff member came up to the booth to inform us that Dokudel had to do one last panel and we were slightly behind schedule. The panel: Classic Forgotten Animes!
She screened an episode of Urusei Yatsura, an episode of Ranma 1/2, and half an episode of Irresponsible Captain Tylor. She would've done an episode of Dragon Half, but we were running late and it was time for the con's Closing Ceremonies. The convention wrapped up and we took the train back to our respective homes.
Liberty City was an awesome experience, very educational and informative. I got to see how things are behind the scenes, things most congoers never know about. The only thing that sucked was the Dealer's Room. Hardly any good merchandise (I managed to find a FigurArts Sailor Saturn figure. That's about it). That and I left my camera's memory card at home, so I have to figure out how to upload the pics off my cell phone. Regardless, I hope they have this con again next year.