Yes, it has taken two weeks to "recover" from all the wonderful geekiness that was Anime Expo. In spite of being the proud (and broke) owner of a Nook, I prefer to keep my manga physical. Which explains why I went a little crazy at the DMP booth, LOL! I was a little sad that Netcomics didn't make an appearance, since I'm totally hooked on their Korean manhwa titles like Let Dai
and 100% Perfect Girl
. I'm a little bummed that I missed meeting voice actor Patrick Seitz, whose voice portrayal of George from Paradise Kiss ranks right up there with Brian Drummond's panty-melting Zechs Merquise (Gundam Wing) and Crispin Freeman (Last Exile and Ergo Proxy).
I met so many awesome people and saw some amazing cosplay by fans of all colors. The only downer was that I was decked out in my J-Rock/Visual Kei finest and didn't get a picture. Normally I shy away from cameras, but I have to admit that I looked pretty awesome, LOL. Oh well. Here's some of the pics I did
Of course, the Lolita contingent were out in full force and it's just way awesome to see so many Lolis of color really getting into the look and doing it so well. I love that spirit of DIY that is such a huge part of Western Lolita culture. These young ladies (and gentlemen) aren't waiting for the Japanese brands to wake up and smell the miso; they're stitching, hot-gluing, embroidering and beading clothing and accessories for themselves and others. I had the chance to meet and chat with two awesome Lolita/Steampunk costumers of color--Saleemah of Sultry Vamps and Raven of Sanguine Threads:Sanguine Threads.
Raven's mini-top hats are awesome! She also does custom goth, lolita and other sub-culture fashions. She and I hit it off because we're both old school D&D geeks and glitter-goths. Oh, and she also had these awesome handmade, triple-stitched convention tote bags that had I not spent major bucks at the Angry Little Girls booth, I would have cheerfully splurged. I will anyway. Check out her site here: http://sanguinethreads.zxq.net/
is your one-stop shop for everything Sweet Lolita, and I do mean sweet
. This was Saleemah's first year as a booth owner and if you ask me, I think she was a hit:
Saleemah (Isn't she cute???)
My niece Ashley fell in love with the look and she wants to go Loli next year. That's great because Sultry Vamps does custom work too for all sizes. I love that. Contact her at SultryVamps@gmail.com
Oh, the Pacific Media Expo has returned to the L.A. Hilton Hotel after being in Pasadena last year. If you've never attended PMX, it's really fun and a lot of Lolitas meet up there:http://pacificmediaexpo.info/2011/