8/28/15

convention recap: special edition nyc 2015

everybody wants to be a cat~

Hi, I know it's almost the end of August, but here's a post about things that happened two months ago. Jordan and I made the trip to NYC during the first weekend of June for Lauren's birthday and for Special Edition: NYC at Pier 94. Last year's show was pretty great, so I was excited to check out this year's show, especially since Jordan was tabling with the Somervillains. However, before we went into convention mode, we set aside an extra day to walk around the city and hang out with friends~





Since I hadn't visited New York since February, I was really excited to return back to the city, especially with Jordan (who hadn't been back to the city since New York Comic Con 2013!). We spent the day wandering around, and we tracked down the Royal Tenenbaums house and the Ghostbusters firehouse. We ended up parting ways after hitting up Kinokuniya so that Lauren could go to Hedwig, so that Jordan could go to dinner with friends, and so that I could meet up with Jasmine and check out the Life of Cats exhibit at the Japan Society and check out the Hello Kitty time capsule. We eventually found ourselves at the three-story Olive Garden in Times Square because I had never been to an Olive Garden.









We all finally reconvened and returned back to Lauren's to crash before convention times. Lauren and I took it easy and arrived a little later to Pier 94, which turned out to be a pretty dank and humid venue for Special Edition NYC. Regardless, we had a lot of fun meeting up with friends, walking through the artist alley, and I got a chance to get a couple of commissions from Annie Wu and Stacey Lee Phillips. I also took some cosplay photos for ComicsAlliance and at one point we drank beers and then we went to the How I Met Your Mother bar (pfft).

Anyway, here are a bunch of photos I took at the con and from the rest of the weekend~~~

SOMERVILLAINS~~~! Jordan, Ming, & Neil!

Jojo & Jorbo


me, Lauren, & Paigey

Annie Wu!

Arielle Jovellanos!


Ming~!

Jojo~!


this crystal burger was so large and so expensive

~modern romance~

Catsy commission, by Stacey Lee Phillips

Dr. Mrs. the Monarch commission, by Annie Wu

Lum, by Arielle Jovellanos; Utility Kit bag, by Ming Doyle; Batgirl & Spider-Gwen selfie, by Chrissie Zullo
spotted at kinokuniya: a lot of fourze books

fourze stickers *o*

Check out this cool children's book I got~

Lauren and her bae

FRIENDSHIP

8/19/15

a weekend in jersey/japan

SLUTZ / BABES

This past weekend, AK & I trekked down to New Jersey to reunite with Niko and to head to the Japan Festival at Mitsuwa. Since last year's festival was such a blast (and since we really really really missed Niko), we had been looking forward to this trip all Summer. This year, we braved the heat and got to the festival a little earlier than usual - we got to purchase some masks (I got Fourze & V3), go toy-fishing (I won three Kewpies and some bouncy balls), and snack on some okonomiyaki before the lines/crowds got too crazy. Jasmine, Tommy, and Tommy's brother, who made the trip down from NYC for the afternoon and joined us in the festivities and in the purikura booth. And then we all went home because it was like 95°F out and we forgot to put on sunscreen.

Anyway, here are a bunch of photos:


toy-fishing

my humble winnings

kewpie-flavored baby food


V3 & Fourze

hanafuda cards, doraemon blind box, dokinchan pin, miniature licca-chan doll, fuchiko gachapon, ice cream toy ring

Dawn

May

AK

We express hip hop with the above words!

5/28/15

castles & mini dresses


Jordan and I spent our Memorial Day weekend seeing friends, going to a castle in Gloucester, and binge-watching Kamen Rider Fourze. Some of Jordan's friends came up for the weekend to visit, and we all got drinks and saw Mini Dresses perform at an event for Boston Calling. We also got a chance to check out Aeronaut briefly, which is a brewery tucked away in a side street near Market Basket - I realize that I'm whatever about specialty/independently brewed beers, but I'm jonesing to go back and play Dr. Mario on the projector screen. Anyway, I had a really fun time meeting Jordan's childhood friends, and I really look forward to going back to Austin sometime this summer.

Mini Dresses
On Sunday, we hopped on the Commuter Rail and ventured out to Gloucester to visit Kate, whom we hadn't seen in about a month??? I've never been to Gloucester outside of family dinners at Causeway, so it was nice to get a proper tour from a residential Gloucesterian. Kate brought us to the Hammond Castle, which is a beautiful medieval castle from ye olde 1920's designed and owned by inventor John Hays Hammond, Jr. We only had a limited time in the castle since it was closing early for a wedding, but luckily, we were able to wander around the entire castle grounds and take a ton of photos. We also got a chance to check out some cute shops in downtown Gloucester, eat a bunch of fried seafood, and go to the beach at sunset. Conclusively, Gloucester is great and I can't wait to go back~~~! 




cool kigurumi







tourists [photo by Kate]



souvenirs from Gloucester: Batdance (Mystery Records) & a new kewpie (from Kate)