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FanExpo 2012

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 at 2:15 am

FanExpo 2012 was a disappointment for me.

09:45 – 11:00 – I waited 1 hour, 15 minutes to buy tickets.
11:00 – 01:00 – The 3 statues I was hoping to purchase were no where in sight. 2 hours of looking, multiple passes through the vendors and I was just disappointed. Looks like I wasn’t going to get them (and that was the reason I went to FanExpo)
01:00 – 02:00 – Looking for the comics I hadn’t purchased in the last few weeks.
02:00 – 03:30 – Looking though the artist alley
03:30 – went home

Not including the comics, because those were things I would have purchased had I not gone to the con, I spent
$30 – Admission
$40 – Artbook
$40 – Prints
$14 – Little…Zelda mints and 8-bit..bead…things
Total: $124
Not bad considering I spent 10x that amount 2 years ago (seriously).

Anyways, to satisfy my reader (singular), here is my FanExpo loot:

$40 – Artbook
Honestly, for $40, this artbook was an awesome deal. Compared to the pricing of other artists, this is QUALITY, wrapped in an inexpensive book.

The artist, Daxiong was super nice and when he signed my book, he also painted a quick sketch (I’m talking, 45 seconds or something!).

Seriously, this guy’s artbook and art was the highlight of the convention for me this year. I love his stuff…and that’s why I bought 5 other prints (see below)

$40 – Beautiful aren’t they? I couldn’t resist. I’m thinking these will go great behind my Kotobukiya statue shots.



So that’s it. Not too much this time…

I will likely go to FanExpo next year but I am FOR SURE going to go the first day, when it’s less busy. I’m done with Friday and Saturday/Sunday crowds. It’s just too much to bear.

/off to bed, must sleep before i die

Hamster Heart Attack

Saturday, August 25th, 2012 at 12:32 am

Yesterday night was tough. At around 10pm, I casually glanced at my hamster, Monica, and she was on her back, legs straight out. A “dead” position for sure, but she was breathing. Breathing really shallow, tiny breaths. It was crushing to watch. She looked like she was in so much pain. Z and I continued to watch her for about 2 hours, just sitting and being with her. It would be sad if she died alone if we were there. So we stayed…very sad.

Eventually, we succumb to tiredness as watching a dying hamster can only stimulate the mind for so long. I had to sleep around 1 for FanExpo, which I was supposed to wake up at 7am the next day (I ended up hitting the snooze til 8:30 >_<). I had an awful sleep. I woke up at 2am and checked on Monica. No change, she just lay there helplessly, breathing shallow. I woke up at 4am. No change. I woke up at 6am. She moved slightly, but no change. Woke up at 8:30am. She was on her front…actually, she looked okay. I pet her on the head a bit…usually she’d flick away (she doesn’t like that) but she just lay there. I was sure her time was done with. I come home from FanExpo 10 hours later, and to my delight, she’s eating seeds and moving as normal. It was an incredible feeling, like she’d been reborn. I honestly thought she was done for. Dying slowly until death. But it looks like she had suffered a hamster heart attack or something cuz she turned out to be okay, despite being in really really bad shape for a bit. I was so crushed. But it looks like she’s still got a few more days or weeks in her. She’s a fighter :) I hope that when her time comes, she passes quickly and doesn’t have to deal with a lot of pain. Honestly, it was truly heartbreaking watching her die infront of my eyes with nothing I could do. Anyways, I’m happy now. She’s got a little more time and I’m thrilled. That’s it. I’ll write about my FanExpo experience tomorrow.

Things change…Part II

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 at 1:40 am

I’ve been watching this Persona anime and I’m finding it’s been really bad/boring. Actually, I found X-Men Anime bad and boring to. I thought it was because they were simply bad shows but…I think my standards just got higher.

Some of the first animes I ever watched were Initial D, Get Backers, Hikaru no Go, Gate Keepers, S-cry-ed.
Initial D and Hikaru no Go hold up, I could watch any episode now and still love it.
Get Backers and Gate Keepers, I must have watched over and over and over and over again. I loved them so much. But…I don’t really watch them anymore. I still think parts of Get Backers is good (the first 25 eps), but not all of it is great (actually, it starts to get bad as soon as it starts deviating from the manga, so that’s probably why). And Gate Keepers was one of my favourite animes before but I’m finding now that it’s pretty generic.

Actually, I’m realizing that Persona is almost exactly like Gate Keepers in terms of storyline flow. 2-3 characters introduced in the first 3 episodes. A new character joins each episode afterwards, joining the ensemble. The final team is realized. A few episodes of character development and/or filler. The climax / epic battle. Is Persona really awful because I’ve seen it before (as Gate Keepers)? Is it awful because it’s like Gate Keepers but worse? Or is it simply awful because I’m no longer 20 and I simply don’t like the same stuff anymore. What, the highschool anime kids aren’t as relate-able to me anymore? Probably. And that makes me feel sad. And old.

But I’m also not the same person who’s so….crazy anime fan anymore. The person that, if I met now, would probably be like ‘umm, ur weird, i’m gonna go stand over here now’ *walks away*. I sometimes cringe at the eager, ultra enthusiastic person I used to be but I don’t regret it. That was me then and this is me now.

I mean, look at this list of things I bought at FanExpo ONLY TWO YEARS AGO

….actually, that’s a bad example because the only things I bought there, that I wouldn’t buy now are 2 DC Ame-comi figures. I’d probably have purchased everything else.
Damn, I thought I would have been like “I would only buy 10% of this stuff”. Okay, maybe things haven’t changed that much in 2 years.

….but in 10, definitely :)


The problem with getting older is a lack of time. You have a full time job now. You come home and many days, you’re exhausted. You have family and friends to be with. And you have your own projects. You simply don’t have the time to waste on bad shows. You have to use your time effectively. So maybe the reason these shows bother me so much is that I know there’s better stuff out there. I’m just not watching it….and I’m too OCD to leave it unfinished.

Honestly, I want kids. I’ve always wanted kids. But right now, I don’t want kids. Because kids eat up your time. You’re no longer just you. You have a priority that takes far more precedence than yourself. You learn to be more selfless. Less selfish. And that scares the personal side of me. Because I love things as they are now. I want kids. Eventually. I just want to still live the loving couple life. Not the loving family life. Not yet at least.

Ugh, more freelance?

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 at 1:18 am

I’ve been approached to do a bit more freelance.

I really don’t want to do it because
1. I already have my own projects to work on
2. I barely have enough time in my life for everything as it is
3. I really don’t want to do it

But I kinda wanna do it because
1. Last time, I made around $4000 in a month. That money really helped with the car I purchased.
I could really use another $4000.

But I don’t really need the money. I could use it, sure. But I don’t really NEED it.

I’m not a person who works on projects for money or power, I do it simply for the experience. Not the work experience (well, that’s part of it), but just for the fun of it. I have so many projects on the go because I’m always looking towards doing and learning new things.

Anyways, I’ll hear what this guy has to say…but…I still don’t know….

I love my life as is. I don’t want to put it on hold, even for $4000. $6000 tho… :P

FanExpo Wish List

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 at 1:40 am

So I’m planning to go to FanExpo Friday.

I’ll probably do a few runs through all the isles but I’m not looking for much this time around. I don’t wanna spend much either.

To Buy List
Batman & Robin 12
Justice League 11
Spider-Man 689, 690, 691,692
Spider-Men 4
AVX 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
AVX VS 4-6
Avenging Spider-​Man #10
Batman, Incorporated #3

Kotobukiya Bishoujo Black Widow Variant: Yelena
Kotobukiya Bishoujo Rogue Variant: Rogue Long Coat
Kotobukiya Bishoujo Phoenix Variant: White Phoenix

That’s my list. That’s it. I don’t plan on buying anything else. Maybe some art prints :)

I’ll continue adding to this until Thursday night if needed but I think I’m set with my above list.