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Welcome to one of my little corners of the internet. Thanks so much for stopping by! =D

Artistically, I prefer using traditional wet media in my works. For me, the mess is part of the fun and can be art in and of itself; I don't mind getting my hands a little messy in the creative process (seriously, after my paintings, you should SEE some of the fantastic colors my hands turn!) I also cosplay.

I welcome and appreciate constructive criticism. It's always helpful to hear ways that I could practice to improve. I will not, however, condone trolling of someone's artistic sense with the express motive of being hurtful.

I'm also quite talkative if you get me going, so if you choose to watch me or comment, expect lengthy replies and journals.

I respond to all fav-thanks because I appreciate your having taken the trouble to make a wonderful work of art and then visit my lowly page. :worship:

If you so desire, you can also follow me on Facebook or just search "Chinaricat"; I shouldn't be hard to find.

If Tumblr's more your speed, I also have a personal blog there and a roleplay blog for Durarara's Sharaku Mikage you're more than welcome to check out.
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So, as promised, here I am, finally on a computer after six months!  I have a lot of catching up to do, which I hope to start doing here in February.  Tumblr's going to be the most difficult thing, I think, with a lot of my hesitation up to this point being for mental health reasons and the rest from my work schedule.

The entire month of December was nuts.  Not only was I trying to balance holiday stuff, but work was packed to the brim with, well... work.  I was lucky to get one day off a week, and on top of that, I've been sick on and off since probably well into November.  Hell, I'm sick now, as I'm writing, and I just got over being sick just to be sick again!  From last year, there are only really three major changes: the boyfriend, working in the hotel, and my position at work.  I've never been sick this often for this long before.  It really sucks.  I thought it was just a cold, but my dad says there's a virus going around that, when he described it, had my exact symptoms.  It started off with congestion and fatigue, like a regular cold would, then I felt better for a day, and immediately felt worse again the next day with more congestion, headaches, itchy eyes, an extremely sore throat, nausea, fatigue, and aches.  The latter half of the illness has been going on for three days now, and I've been trying everything I know of for home remedies since I have neither the cash nor the time for much else. 

I've got tons of pictures to sort through and upload from the last year.  That's going to be a project in and of itself.  What's kind of cool, though, is I only need to do that with the DSLR stuff.  Finally, having a Windows Phone has a perk: my new computer synced right up to it and uploaded my photos!  There's not too awful much I actually want to share from those, so sorting through them should be a cakewalk, but I still need to wait until I have Photoshop or GIMP or something again.  Working in photography has made me appreciate the medium a lot more.  Nowadays, anyone with a basic smartphone can take a picture, but truly capturing the essence of something you're seeing or encapsulating the perfect moment takes more skill than the layman gives photographers credit for.  Framing, composition, exposure, lighting... all of these factors that the photographer needs to think of on the fly to snap the ideal photo. 

As an example, the other day, I was out shooting our snowtubing location when an immense amount of fog rolled in right for my hour of portraits up top.  The sun also happened to be setting, which meant the use of flash to make any sort of coherent photograph happen.  Even with digital DSLR cameras, a lot of consideration had to go into how I was not only going to approach the guests, but my proximity from them, their angle to capture ANY sort of background, how external lights would affect the subjects AND the fog, and how the flash would bounce off the fog.  Lots of families come to the snowtubing park, so making little kids want to look or smile is a challenge in and of itself, so the added difficulty of the fog just made the hour that much more frustrating. 

To add to that point, I'd like to return to my phone's photos for a moment.  Like I said before, there's not much in there that's particularly impressive or well shot, but I was trying to capture moments with a sub-par piece of technology, as well.  A lot of the photos have meaning to me, but would be lost on others unless I was there to explain them or to caption them.  Not every photo is gold.  Even people who work in the field can and will take shoddy photos for themselves.  It's a level of professionalism to go into a place where you're employed for something and produce consistently quality results, but be somewhat wont when your own personal life is involved.  To this end, the world can be a beautiful place, but not everything is as memorable as some people may think in a specified moment.  "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar" and all that. 

I still want to make a separate Tumblr for my photography, but I doubt it will be up anytime soon.  Besides, I need to sort through stuff on mikage-s and get back into action there.  I've been absent for just about as long as I haven't had a functional computer, and I'm admittedly a bit afraid to return because I feel like I've accidentally let people down by not being there.  Maybe if I make a post about it on my main, that will help ease the transition back in?  I've skimmed my dash on my phone, but that's about all I can do on that thing.  Actual rp threads, art, and messages are out of the question there, so I really just need time to sit down at my computer for a few days and get back in the swing of things. 

In other rp news, I joined a D&D campaign last week, reviving my half-elf Aasin in a new edition of the game.  The session was in person, which was a lot of fun for me, but the likelihood of continuing irl sessions looks grim.  We'll still be able to play via a chat client, but part of the charm of tabletop gaming is the actual tabletop, I feel.  Aasin's got an elf buddy this time around and hasn't met the team's human, which is probably for the best for the first session.  I'll likely produce some sort of art of him eventually; I already drew something of a portrait, but I feel it needs color.  I'd also like to draw something of a two panel comic of him scaling the tower from the first session.  The campaign was one of the stock ones with a couple things tweaked here and there by the DM, but to put it briefly, our party needs to investigate a tower in a swamp where some crazy bad stuff is going down.  The door was sunken into the ground, so the only way in was to scale the tower.  Jurgin the Drow Elf and a nameless Dwarf, Aasin's teammates, tried to scale the tower first, to no avail, and then Aasin climbed it like it was no big deal.  I think it'd be fun to draw my cheeky half-elf showing the other two up and then looking down on them from his perch after having tossed the goblin sentry over the edge.

I've got a few other ideas to sit down and paint, too, but I'd need a day off and alone for that, which hasn't been something I've been able to have in months.  I didn't realize how much it was stressing me out until probably about two weeks ago, when I tried to take a mental health day that went south in a hurry.  Being physically sick and mentally unwell is a bad combination that feeds into itself like an ouroboros.  As soon as I recover from my physical ailments, my mind comes back to haunt me, in turn wearing my immune system back down to where I get sick again.  I think it's time for a change, but I don't know where or how to approach the subject.  There also, I'll need help changing, and finding people to help with that will be its own challenge.  Everyone's always busy with something.

An aside, I recently finished the Ace Attorney anime and Cowboy Bebop.  I liked Ace Attorney a lot more than I thought I was going to.  The atmosphere was light and the characters were campy and fun, which was kind of funny when considering that a murder happened every few episodes.  As for Cowboy Bebop, the space western kept me on my toes the entire time, wanting more each time the end credits rolled.  I mean, it's a classic for a reason, no doubt.  The ragtag Bebop crew reminded me of a D&D campaign, where each of the characters joined the crew for a limited amount of time, bringing their unique skills to the table, but ultimately had their own goals to accomplish.  I couldn't really get behind Spike as a main character, favoring the other members of the crew, just because he was so OP.  I really resonated with Jet though, trying to keep everything together the best he could.  The themes of utilizing your talents, that everyone had something to contribute, and that your past makes you who you are, but doesn't need to define you were really poignant.  To weigh into the "You're gonna carry that weight" mystery, my personal take on it was that the people Spike left behind will need to carry the weight of their lost comrade.  The Red Dragon Syndicate will need to reevaluate their role and existence without leadership, Faye and Jet will need to utilize what their time with Spike taught them, and the viewer will need to carry the weight of the stories told through the anime and their feelings throughout the series.  The use of music in the show was likewise really cool.  I kind of wish we could have learned a little more about Ein and what he could do as a data dog, but that's my only major lament.

I managed to unclutter my room last week.  The entire process took around 15 hours.  Mind you, that's a build-up of 2+ years.  I was quite relieved when I was done, though thorough organization isn't really one of my strong suits.  I usually work in organized messes, which, since I haven't had the time for many things, just kept snowballing into oblivion.  As such, time management is a major point of contention for me this year and a habit I really need to get working on. 

Con attendance this year will probably be limited to two or three events.  CPAC is on the docket, as is ColossalCon East.  Cosplay are yet to be determined, but I'd like to go as Young Itachi and Amane Suzuha to at least something.  Both cosplay depend on the weather as neither is wise for colder temperatures, meaning that CPAC would probably need a warmer cosplay.  I went as Izaya last year, both Raijin and Classic Anime versions, but as much fun as I have as Izaya, my other cosplay need love too.  If my sibling wants to go, it'd be fun to try out my Cesar Salazar cosplay, granted we can collectively find all of the pieces to go as the Salazar brothers.  Otherwise, my options for colder weather cosplay are Kagari Shuusei, Heiwajima Shizuo, Akatsuki!Uchiha Itachi, or Orihara Izaya (Raijin/Classic Anime/Hito Rabu Man).  (...after perusing the ColossalCon East site, Izaya is a must at that particular convention.  I might have to take my stop sign off of its post to have Vic Migogna and Johnny Yong Bosch sign it! Excitement~ ;u; )

That'll about do it for this month's installment of Chinaricatscratch!  See you all next time =D
  • Reading: Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon Vol 4
  • Drinking: Coffee

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So, as promised, here I am, finally on a computer after six months!  I have a lot of catching up to do, which I hope to start doing here in February.  Tumblr's going to be the most difficult thing, I think, with a lot of my hesitation up to this point being for mental health reasons and the rest from my work schedule.

The entire month of December was nuts.  Not only was I trying to balance holiday stuff, but work was packed to the brim with, well... work.  I was lucky to get one day off a week, and on top of that, I've been sick on and off since probably well into November.  Hell, I'm sick now, as I'm writing, and I just got over being sick just to be sick again!  From last year, there are only really three major changes: the boyfriend, working in the hotel, and my position at work.  I've never been sick this often for this long before.  It really sucks.  I thought it was just a cold, but my dad says there's a virus going around that, when he described it, had my exact symptoms.  It started off with congestion and fatigue, like a regular cold would, then I felt better for a day, and immediately felt worse again the next day with more congestion, headaches, itchy eyes, an extremely sore throat, nausea, fatigue, and aches.  The latter half of the illness has been going on for three days now, and I've been trying everything I know of for home remedies since I have neither the cash nor the time for much else. 

I've got tons of pictures to sort through and upload from the last year.  That's going to be a project in and of itself.  What's kind of cool, though, is I only need to do that with the DSLR stuff.  Finally, having a Windows Phone has a perk: my new computer synced right up to it and uploaded my photos!  There's not too awful much I actually want to share from those, so sorting through them should be a cakewalk, but I still need to wait until I have Photoshop or GIMP or something again.  Working in photography has made me appreciate the medium a lot more.  Nowadays, anyone with a basic smartphone can take a picture, but truly capturing the essence of something you're seeing or encapsulating the perfect moment takes more skill than the layman gives photographers credit for.  Framing, composition, exposure, lighting... all of these factors that the photographer needs to think of on the fly to snap the ideal photo. 

As an example, the other day, I was out shooting our snowtubing location when an immense amount of fog rolled in right for my hour of portraits up top.  The sun also happened to be setting, which meant the use of flash to make any sort of coherent photograph happen.  Even with digital DSLR cameras, a lot of consideration had to go into how I was not only going to approach the guests, but my proximity from them, their angle to capture ANY sort of background, how external lights would affect the subjects AND the fog, and how the flash would bounce off the fog.  Lots of families come to the snowtubing park, so making little kids want to look or smile is a challenge in and of itself, so the added difficulty of the fog just made the hour that much more frustrating. 

To add to that point, I'd like to return to my phone's photos for a moment.  Like I said before, there's not much in there that's particularly impressive or well shot, but I was trying to capture moments with a sub-par piece of technology, as well.  A lot of the photos have meaning to me, but would be lost on others unless I was there to explain them or to caption them.  Not every photo is gold.  Even people who work in the field can and will take shoddy photos for themselves.  It's a level of professionalism to go into a place where you're employed for something and produce consistently quality results, but be somewhat wont when your own personal life is involved.  To this end, the world can be a beautiful place, but not everything is as memorable as some people may think in a specified moment.  "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar" and all that. 

I still want to make a separate Tumblr for my photography, but I doubt it will be up anytime soon.  Besides, I need to sort through stuff on mikage-s and get back into action there.  I've been absent for just about as long as I haven't had a functional computer, and I'm admittedly a bit afraid to return because I feel like I've accidentally let people down by not being there.  Maybe if I make a post about it on my main, that will help ease the transition back in?  I've skimmed my dash on my phone, but that's about all I can do on that thing.  Actual rp threads, art, and messages are out of the question there, so I really just need time to sit down at my computer for a few days and get back in the swing of things. 

In other rp news, I joined a D&D campaign last week, reviving my half-elf Aasin in a new edition of the game.  The session was in person, which was a lot of fun for me, but the likelihood of continuing irl sessions looks grim.  We'll still be able to play via a chat client, but part of the charm of tabletop gaming is the actual tabletop, I feel.  Aasin's got an elf buddy this time around and hasn't met the team's human, which is probably for the best for the first session.  I'll likely produce some sort of art of him eventually; I already drew something of a portrait, but I feel it needs color.  I'd also like to draw something of a two panel comic of him scaling the tower from the first session.  The campaign was one of the stock ones with a couple things tweaked here and there by the DM, but to put it briefly, our party needs to investigate a tower in a swamp where some crazy bad stuff is going down.  The door was sunken into the ground, so the only way in was to scale the tower.  Jurgin the Drow Elf and a nameless Dwarf, Aasin's teammates, tried to scale the tower first, to no avail, and then Aasin climbed it like it was no big deal.  I think it'd be fun to draw my cheeky half-elf showing the other two up and then looking down on them from his perch after having tossed the goblin sentry over the edge.

I've got a few other ideas to sit down and paint, too, but I'd need a day off and alone for that, which hasn't been something I've been able to have in months.  I didn't realize how much it was stressing me out until probably about two weeks ago, when I tried to take a mental health day that went south in a hurry.  Being physically sick and mentally unwell is a bad combination that feeds into itself like an ouroboros.  As soon as I recover from my physical ailments, my mind comes back to haunt me, in turn wearing my immune system back down to where I get sick again.  I think it's time for a change, but I don't know where or how to approach the subject.  There also, I'll need help changing, and finding people to help with that will be its own challenge.  Everyone's always busy with something.

An aside, I recently finished the Ace Attorney anime and Cowboy Bebop.  I liked Ace Attorney a lot more than I thought I was going to.  The atmosphere was light and the characters were campy and fun, which was kind of funny when considering that a murder happened every few episodes.  As for Cowboy Bebop, the space western kept me on my toes the entire time, wanting more each time the end credits rolled.  I mean, it's a classic for a reason, no doubt.  The ragtag Bebop crew reminded me of a D&D campaign, where each of the characters joined the crew for a limited amount of time, bringing their unique skills to the table, but ultimately had their own goals to accomplish.  I couldn't really get behind Spike as a main character, favoring the other members of the crew, just because he was so OP.  I really resonated with Jet though, trying to keep everything together the best he could.  The themes of utilizing your talents, that everyone had something to contribute, and that your past makes you who you are, but doesn't need to define you were really poignant.  To weigh into the "You're gonna carry that weight" mystery, my personal take on it was that the people Spike left behind will need to carry the weight of their lost comrade.  The Red Dragon Syndicate will need to reevaluate their role and existence without leadership, Faye and Jet will need to utilize what their time with Spike taught them, and the viewer will need to carry the weight of the stories told through the anime and their feelings throughout the series.  The use of music in the show was likewise really cool.  I kind of wish we could have learned a little more about Ein and what he could do as a data dog, but that's my only major lament.

I managed to unclutter my room last week.  The entire process took around 15 hours.  Mind you, that's a build-up of 2+ years.  I was quite relieved when I was done, though thorough organization isn't really one of my strong suits.  I usually work in organized messes, which, since I haven't had the time for many things, just kept snowballing into oblivion.  As such, time management is a major point of contention for me this year and a habit I really need to get working on. 

Con attendance this year will probably be limited to two or three events.  CPAC is on the docket, as is ColossalCon East.  Cosplay are yet to be determined, but I'd like to go as Young Itachi and Amane Suzuha to at least something.  Both cosplay depend on the weather as neither is wise for colder temperatures, meaning that CPAC would probably need a warmer cosplay.  I went as Izaya last year, both Raijin and Classic Anime versions, but as much fun as I have as Izaya, my other cosplay need love too.  If my sibling wants to go, it'd be fun to try out my Cesar Salazar cosplay, granted we can collectively find all of the pieces to go as the Salazar brothers.  Otherwise, my options for colder weather cosplay are Kagari Shuusei, Heiwajima Shizuo, Akatsuki!Uchiha Itachi, or Orihara Izaya (Raijin/Classic Anime/Hito Rabu Man).  (...after perusing the ColossalCon East site, Izaya is a must at that particular convention.  I might have to take my stop sign off of its post to have Vic Migogna and Johnny Yong Bosch sign it! Excitement~ ;u; )

That'll about do it for this month's installment of Chinaricatscratch!  See you all next time =D
  • Reading: Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon Vol 4
  • Drinking: Coffee
So, my computer officially bit the dust a few months back, my phone refreshes whenever it feels like it if I happen to leave the tab, and my tablet, left as my only competent piece of technology is extremely slow. LET'S DO THIS THING!!!

Astute observers may note that I once again missed a month. Aforementioned technical difficulties is one reason, but also, October was a ruthless month for work due to multiple new locations and endemic understaffing. Any days off were spent in the company of others because me having any alone time is a crime, apparently, or spent sick because I've been sick more times this year than I can ever recall. The weather certainly doesn't help, either. Hot, cold, hot, cold, freezing... dry... *headdesk*

At least October wasn't a total wash with some cool stuff having happened.

The first thing was the first concert of my adult life and second concert ever. A former coworker of mine and I went to see Tupperware Remix Party, Ninja Sex Party, and Starbomb in Silver Spring, and wow. The show was simply astonishing. The performers were very obviously having just as much fun as the audience, and the venue, though small and packed full, ex under a tangible positive energy. Everyone was dancing, singing, and genuinely having a great time. The trust bestowed upon the audience was awe inspiring, too, with phones tucked away while we were shown sneak peeks of projects coming soon, like the recently released "Cool Patrol" video. Amidst the comedy, Danny Sexbang, NSP's singer and actual sweetest muffin, issued a moving speech about forgiveness and self-love.  We left reeling for a good two weeks after, kept in fantastic spirits while recounting the show. The majority of my creative efforts have been directed to making a thank-you poster for the bands.

Halloween was also a good time despite my having to work all day. We were permitted to wear costumes so long as there were no masks. I spent my time deciding down to the wire eventually settling on being Lonk from Pennsylvania, as I was both just doing a basic closet cosplsy of Link and we meme hard and constantly at work. As such, BEING a meme struck me as the perfect blend of simple and fun for a costume. My original intention the night before was to make a kind of pathetic knock-off Master Sword, but the random intervention of a particularly commandeering friend of my dad's made the sword almost respectable. So, my double shift at work ended up being pretty fun, albeit slow that day.

The day after marked the beginning of a hectic mini-vacation. The first day was spent in Sleepy Hollow as per a poorly planned trip would permit. Most everything was closed, as weekdays there usually are apparently, we came to find out, but we still made the most of it by taking photos outside the Kykuit Manor, exploring the Old Dutch Church Cemetery, and playing at a park. I was there in cosplay with the ulterior motive of taking pictures there and in nearby Valhalla for a friend, which I meant with full intentions to do last year, but got lost and nervous. This year's bid was far more successful, and I somewhat hilariously made new friends while being Durarara!!'s Orihara Izaya.  In other words, I have lots of photos to share after I get a new computer.

Vacation day two was spent angsting about at first, but I've been fortunate to come across someone who not only cares for my well-being, but will also help me with tasks that most people choose to avoid. We got so many chores done without them feeling like, well, chores!

Day three, I consoled a friend following a nasty breakup. I also managed to do a large chunk of my Christmas shopping, which was a bonus, but that wasn't really even a priority. My friend felt significantly better, and I'm glad and honored that I was permitted to listen. =)

More recently in my evenings, I got to finish The Seven Deadly Sins. As far as anime go, it wasn't the most compelling thing ever, but it was cute. The "read the manga" ending was off-putting, but only slightly compared to the likes of Mob Psycho 100 or Deadman Wonderland. I just didn't care for the sorts of unanswered questions the viewer is left with.

I also got to see Doctor Strange twice. Awesome movie with great pacing and decent character development, and I also appreciate how it can easily act as both a standalone movie and as part of the MCU.

Occultic;Nine is similarly fantastic, second amid 5pb's game-turned-anime titles to Steins;Gate in my opinion. One episode in particular so far was unfortunately predictable, but not entirely bad. The OP and ED are likewise super catchy. I think I need more Itou Kanako music in my life.

With my computer situation optimally resolved another month out, one resolution will be more responsible account management. This means both hopefully more consistent activity and healthier technological habits. Posts and pictures overall should resume after computer.

Catch ya next time!
  • Listening to: Open Your Eyes - Asaka
  • Reading: The Hidden Dimension - Edward Hill
  • Watching: Occultic;Nine
  • Drinking: Coffee
...and no such luck with mobile uploads. The browser crashed when I tried to tag the image. =/
So... I meant to write after the con last month... Whoops. The best laid plans of mice and men...

Before discussing SaikouCon though, it's probably worthwhile to note that I've been having my fill of technological issues as of late. My first car is no longer; it blew up the days before I had planned to get a new car. And by "blew up", I mean smoked like a chimney because the engine block was working to drive a rod through. Then the water pressure bladder tank in the basement blew, so I got to learn how to solvent weld PVC pipe. Makes me wonder if figure repair could have gone similarly and more swiftly using the same technique... My laptop is more prone to overheating than ever, unable to get through 15 minutes of running without bugging out (that said, finding the mobile journal link was roundabout and frustrating). My printer's broken, and the icing on the cake... the muffler on the car I bought feel off on my way to work. Things. Keep. Breaking. :onfire:

I haven't done much painting lately due to a lack of muse and time, but the season has officially ended at work, so I gave plenty of photos to share. Thing is, technology prevents me from sharing at this time, and I have a plan in the works that requires a bit of work before I share photos like a fiend.

So!!! SaikouCon. My first full convention that spanned naturally more than one day.

Friday, I went as Heiwajima Shizuo for the majority of the day, switching over to Izaya at nighttime. There was an interesting underrepresentation of Izaya, with a whole ONE to the three Shizuos, myself included. KakashiDarkness was their own character, Eric Ramirez-Vargas, and the biffle Durarara'd with me as Kadota Kyohei. Day one was spent splurging. I got 7 keychains, a wall scroll, two phone charms, a poster, a handcrafted Helix Fossil pillow, a knit Flareon, a Celty plush, and signatures from both DRRR!! VAs in attendance! They signed my sign, the Japanese stop sign I created for the dry run of the cosplay back in 2014. It's undergone some changes since then, but now I have a prop I can be extra proud of. To boot, both voice actors were super nice people who were a pleasure to make the acquaintance of! In specific regard to Darrel Guilbeau, he engaged or group after the signing in a chance encounter in the Artists Alley and complimented my cosplays multiple times, which made me feel quite honored. We ended the day off by sending the dating game, and how. We made a new friend on the way there cosplaying a gender-bent Lance de la Cruz from the newest Voltron, and she won the third round! There was also an amazing Old Joseph Joestar who was the bachelor of round one, and round two's bachelor was a friend of the biffle from LARP. The Grell/Count of Monte Cristo result of that round was SO GOOD, too.

Sadly, Friday night into Saturday was restless, so I was dead tired for the biggest day of the con. True to form, I cosplayed Sharaku Mikage that day, which, as noted by Darrell, was "not a very common cosplay!" People took my picture after the Durarara!! panel, and several people commented that, though they had no idea who I was, they liked my cosplay. I even helped let people know x2 was a thing! Day Two also resulted in a cat ear headband and a clip-on tail for if I ever want to do Neko!zaya. We had to leave early because of breathing issues in hot rooms, but despite the delirium present in the selfies, the day was ultimately productive. I spent most of the con trying to organize and peacemake, which is not advisable when exhausted, hot, and delirious.

Sunday went much smoother, but was understandably quiet, save the last panel. The "Whose Anime Is It Anyway" panel was packed full and extremely freeform, driven by audience participation. I even got to participate! I was Kagari Shuusei that day, so Squib did be the honors of taking some pretty boss photos of me. I also got appreciated by a vendor and did some solo rp while killing time and grinding on my HeartGold profile, aptly named "Kagari" after Team Magma's Elite of the same Japanese name.

Overall, the con was not as big as I was expecting, but the amount of Jojo and DRRR!! was incredible. The Avatar cosplayers were also impressive and on point. Lots of Pokemon Go and Undertale as well. Wi-Fi was a recurring problem, and CEO service was nonexistent. Regular hotel guests were inquisitive, but not informed by hotel or convention staff what was going on, leading to several awkward interactions and a lack of con badge relevance. 21+ attendees such as myself were subjected to ID checks, which, though potentially relevant for safety and alcohol purposes, were puzzling and inconveniently placed. Since I didn't plan on drinking at all, I saw no point to the blue band I was asked to wear. Ideological battles broke out during panels, frustrating attendees, and though I was present to witness two of them, I thought it nothing more than playful, albeit assertive, banter, but my thought camp proved to be in the minority, as I later learned. The wait time between panels and the lack of panels meant a lot of wait time. There wasn't much room to organize series photoshoots, so the series panels were one's best bet of witnessing series cosplay groups. Technical difficulties were rampant, from the shoddy Wi-Fi to sad projector screens and low sound acoustics.

The small venue was good for seeing many different cosplays and helping people quickly understand the layout of the convention. The convention was also very family friendly, encouraging both attendees and hotel guests to have fun. Panels were interesting and well run despite the technological limitations present.

The next big thing for me is that a friend got tickets to see NSP, TWRP, and Starbomb in October! It's gonna be amazing. There's no doubt.

With some luck, hopefully I won't be without a laptop for long, but car repairs come first, so if you don't see me on Tumblr for a while, that's the main reason. Updates here will likely keep at their usual pace, though I'll try to run an upload test following this journal.

Until next time! Stay well, and best wishes.

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SiwySzczur Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016
Nice gallery:)
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Chinaricat Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!  =D
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SiwySzczur Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016
No problem, I like good art:) I invite you to my gallery:)If you like my work, watch me :)
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mockingbirdontree Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016
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Chinaricat Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, no, thank you~! >u< :heart:
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SpacetimePSD Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the Llama!!
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Chinaricat Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gladly!  And thank you for your llama, also~! =D
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LonelyHunter9 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the llama :D
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Chinaricat Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You got it!  Likewise, thanks for the llama and the watch! =)
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LonelyHunter9 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem :)
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