This was an incredible 4th of July. I went to the Los Angeles Anime Expo. Had a great time hung out with artist and friend, who had a booth in the artist alley at the convention. Some day I will try to get a booth at a convention as well.
Going to this convention I had told myself that I would control my buying because comic con is coming up in a few weeks but once there I lost some of my control.
You know I realized the other night while watching a repeat of Sexy In the City, toys are to me what shoes are to Carrie. I've never seen a toy I didn't want to own.
I bought a few really cool items. I should mention I always negotiate price. Full price is a starting point especially if you're buying more than one item from a vendor. There were maybe a couple of people who were fixed on their prices and I usually walk away. It's their lost. At these conventions I am usually one of a few people buying so many items, most people are just looking.
Vendors should welcome negotiations with me!
Among the items bought is a Samurai Sword letter opener that came with a stand. A Ghost in the Shell Tachikoma, blue of course. I plan on actually taking this one out of the box! Tom and Jerry figures in a box that looks like a television set. Also this set of 3 very detailed bunny girl musicians. A couple of french maids to add to the growing collection of maids. And there's this one item called Charisma Sexy. At first it looks like it might be some kind of Japanese drink but upon further studying the package I realized it's not what I thought. So what is it, you're wondering. I took pictures of it and I think I'll let you arrive at the answer on your own.
Footnote, I will not be using this item anytime soon. It's for display... really.
I've also started buying more art prints. There's so many good artist at these conventions. From Howard Shum who's work am a huge fan of, I bought a drawing of drawing of Fay Valentine of Cowboy Bebop. And I discovered the works of an incredible pinup artist named Ismael Rac. He claims he is self taught. Another amazing artist at the expo was Cheng Li. She does portraits of people as anime characters in watercolors. I commissioned her to do one of me. It turn out great!
As always at these conventions, the costumes were amazing. Some people put insane amounts of time creating their costumes while a few other just cut out holes in a paper plate, ran a string through it, tied it around their heads and that was it.
Over all, this convention I'd say is equal to what is going on in New York. Maybe a little bigger is size.
Aside from this recent convention so many things have happened. First off, I am officially a resident of California now. I have a California license! I took the written test and pasted it. I was a little nervous about taking it but I did fine. I would have been pissed had I failed cause people out here can't drive.
Yes, I said it. Californians can't drive.
The majority of drivers on the road out here make New York cabbie look like the safest drivers on the road. It's the norm to make lane changes without signaling. And tail gating is except-able especially when driving over 70 mile an hour on the freeway. When I've had this discussion with natives out here their response is equally as crazy. "If you don't drive at the same speed as the traffic on the freeway of course there will be tail gating. Average speed, 80-90 miles an hour. I kid you not. When I go down to San Diego for Comic Con I might attach my video camera to my dash board and download some of the video. You got to see it to believe it.
I don't understand why the state doesn't seriously crack down on the insanity going on out here.
I am still enjoying be out here though. I don't think I can ever live in the east again. When people are not driving in their cars there is a calmness here that's incredible. It seems like you'd really have to go out of you way to find drama if that's your thing.
Any way, I've posted some pictures on Myspace and Facebook from the anime expo. Looking forward to Comic Con. I'll only be there for the weekend but it should be fun. I will have 2 sexy Amandas out there who are close to my heart. Paradise! I can't ask for more.
Photos from the Anime Expo will be posted on my pages on Facebook: