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Being Social: the Weekend of 10.07.11

5 Oct

Happy Columbus Day!  It’s such a ninja holiday that everyone forgets about, but is a great excuse to take time off work.  I, personally, will be attending the IGN Pro Leagues video gaming tournament in Atlantic City this weekend!  StarCraft 2, Battlefield 3, Bloodline and League of Legends will be played, with many being shown to a live audience on the big screen! Commentators are being flown in for the games, and the entire tournament will be streamed online to your home and to various BarCrafts –  bars that will show the games to their patrons.  If you’re interested, the Sunday finals might be shown here in DC.  Keep an eye on the DC Barcraft Reddit.  Also, I plan to tweet my progress, so follow me @iSaunter.

If you’re in town for the long weekend, don’t forget that the RennFest is still going, and it’s Oktoberfest!  Also, for this weekend only, the Taste of DC and an Occupy D.C. protest will be taking place within a block of each other. Both are free to get in, but Taste’s food tickets start at $15. (via DCist)
 

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Friday & Saturdays in October
8pm
Care for a Ghost Story Tour of Washington?  I crashed one last year, and my friend swore that the Ghost of Lincoln followed her home.  It has some good tales – please ask questions of the tour guides. They may be old and ornery, but they’re full of awesome trivia.
 

They all have attained Super Geek status

Saturday
2-3pm
Dude.  Arlington Rocks.  At the Arlington central library, there will be a STAR WARS Cosplay Panel, hosting professional fully-costumed members of the local
Rebel Legion and 501st Legion.  For more information, call 703-228-5946. (via ArlNow)
 
630pm
Nerd Nite returns, this time at DC9.  These usually entail geeky lectures and discussion, though I have yet to attend one not for lack of wanting! If you go, let me know how it was!
 
Sunday
I got nothing. Go to Barcraft, man!
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DistrictGeek’s post-Otakon Report 2011, Part II!

16 Aug

And now, part two of my Otakon 2011 venture! (Otakon 2011 Part I is here)

EAR! OMNOMNOM!

Saturday

Brookshire suites has a Shark Mascot and a free buffet breakfast which drew me in.  After our impromptu photo shoot, I wolfed down some grease and spent the day in my Gatomon (Digimon) costume.  Predictably, the first thing I did back at the con was to queue once more.  This time it was for a Baby, The Stars Shine Bright (BTSSB) and Alice and the Pirates fashion show, which featured Japanese Lolita fashion.  I met more local Lolis there, and they convinced me that Lolita is a branch of costuming that I would like to venture down.

I then made time in my schedule to visit the dealers hall by skipping the showing of Trigun: Badlands Rumble.  Afterwards, I joined in a fur-meet (to show off my catgirl outfit) and visited a Lolita clothing swap.  It was at that point that I realized I hadn’t eaten in eight hours.  I dashed off to my hotel for a bite and then it was back to queue for the US Premiere of Fullmetal Alchemist: the Sacred Star of Milos.  In contrast to Shamballa, this movie was exciting, fit well with FMA: Brotherhood, and cued a lot of insane cheering when certain well-loved characters appeared.  The action, though repetitive (and becoming a lot like Harry Potter) was exciting and gory.  I would highly recommend seeing it when Funimation releases it to US theatres.

(For those interested, a good SPOILER-full review of Otakon FMA Milos is here.)

The Masquerade literally fills the lower level of Baltimore’s sports arena as costumed otaku hold their talent show.  This event can be awesome, but also sometimes awful.  Hence, I allowed it to pass without me.  Instead I decided to hit the rave again.
At 10pm I queued for a Midnight Burlesque show.  It was a packed house; the combination of anime cosplay and a peep show was distinctive and worth the wait.
Sunday
The final morning of Otakon always has a bit of a slower pace, and the halls are lined with people wanting hugs.  There are still panels and a replay of the Anime Music Video contest, but I managed to miss everything either because the venue was full (damn thinking I didn’t need to queue Sunday!) and picking up my art from the show.  I sold 6 of 9 pieces, at a net loss of $10, but I found it an educational experience for my first entry.  I then got sucked into the art auction, where the most successful pieces in the art show were sold.  To the chagrin of many competing otaku, I kept my hand up for one piece.  Now, I have a Catbus Sleeping on telephone wires above my bed.

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I made my way out at 1pm, with the auction still in full swing.  It’s always a bit of a downer to go, but as I looked back at all that I saw and did, all who I met and how much money I spent, and I was content.  I did all I wanted to and started some great friendships which I hope will continue.  One unique thing about conventions is that even if you only ever see your con buddies the following year, you still know that you’ll have some great people to hang out with next time.  In the meantime, the interwebz is always here.