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What would be a con without vendors? I thought this needed its own post since the vendors at Senshi Matsuri were unique - they were independent artists, designers, or online stores catering to the fandom.
Everyone had really nice, high quality stuff!
Hitomi is a vendor specializing in colored contact lenses, eyelashes, bows, and fukus.
Lil Hevn was selling trinkets ranging from earrings to plush onigiri!
There was something for everyone!
This booth, Hikari wo Sagasu, had lots of japanese themed trinkets ranging from silver earrings to origami hair pins and clips. These girls were really sweet and I bought a pretty pair of earrings that remind me a bit of Sailor Pluto’s staff. Looking back, I wish I bought an origami hair pin as well.
All of their stuff is available online I’m told, so maybe I will eventually get an origami rose hair pin.
Did you buy anything interesting from any of the booths at Senshi Matsuri?
After New York Anime Fest was gobbled up alive by New York Comic Con, it is nice to see a small event focused on a specific fandom that was pulled together by real fans instead of some corporate machine. Senshi Matsuri, hosted on Usagi’s birthday (June 30th) brought together over 200 Moonies under the roof of the tiny event hall in the Amsterdamn Houses next to Lincoln Center. It wasn’t overcrowded and it was far from empty - the perfect combination because I really can’t stand the sweaty and rude crowds that plague most big conventions.
Senshi Matsuri 2013 opened up with Twinkle Twinkle Sailor Stars presented by Lilith Oya:
After which was followed by a Senshi Fashion Show by Lil Hevn. Unfortunately the participants walked by so quickly I couldn’t get any individual shots.
The fashion show was followed by Uncle Yo’s standup geek comedy routine. For any readers who are unfamilar with him - he is basically a normal person making normal jokes. No, actually his humor is quite topical - if you don’t play video games, watch anime, or engage in other ‘nerdy’ or ‘geeky’ activities I don’t think you’ll understand anything he’s talking about. Today he poked fun at Big Bang Theory (a show I happen to like) and how it’s a very poor representation of geek culture but allows ‘outsiders’ to claim they understand us because they laugh at us from a safe distance. Of course he was funnier and I’m just going all English degree on a comedy routine.
His comedy act was followed by an event titled, “So You Wanna Be a Starlight” where some brave moonies took to the stage to show off their skills. Various acts involved singing and dancing.
The event wrapped up with one last performance and a cosplay contest.
The panels were engaging and well thought (descriptions taken from Senshi Matsuri 2013 agenda):
Sailor Moon & Feminism: It’s no secret that Sailor Moon is all about “girl power”— but just how much does this beloved anime measure up to feminist ideals? This panel looks how Sailor Moon deals with female empowerment, LGBTQ issues, body image, and more!”
Sailor Moon Cosplay 101: Lilith Oya brings you info and DIY tips on making the perfect Senshi Cosplays.
Basic Guide to a Magical Girl’s Wardrobe: There is no question that the gifted have a specific style, this is also true for the heroines of manga * anime.
Overall, I am happy with how the event turned out. I really do hope the turnout this year will allow the event to continue on next year and perhaps outgrow the small event center so it can find a home at the Hilton on 57th street or another very nice place suitable for a small convention. There are a few things that I would change for next year - but hopefully the crew who made this event happen will send out a survey asking for suggestions and comments. As I stated previously, it is really nice to go to an event that is truly about the fandom and not about lining the pockets of huge corporations.
While people were partying in San Diego this past weekend, fans from all over New England and the NYC metro area hung out at ConnectiCon in Hartford, Connecticut. Here’s some of the best outfits I took photos of. Check back tomorrow for Doctor Who and BBC Sherlock cosplay pics:
Baby Princess Merida:
Top Gear’s The Stig:
Battle Of The Princess Meridas:
Luigi and Friends:
American McGee’s Alice:
Harley Quinn, The Joker, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy:
Sailor Neptune & Sailor Uranus:
I-CON Roundup Part 2: Doctor Who 1996 TV Movie Reunion & Sunday Megapanel
On Saturday, Paul McGann (the Eighth Doctor) and Daphne Ashbrook (companion Grace Holloway) reunited to discuss the 1996 TV movie. This was a rare opportunity for fans to get their questions about the film answered. Although the movie failed in the short term to drum up interest in the US for Doctor Who, it was key in the 2005 relaunch of the series. McGann and Ashbrook were unable to answer if they were scheduled to return to Doctor Who for the 50th anniversary special next year. However, they suggested fans petition the BBC to make it happen.
All of the Doctor Who guests came together for a megapanel on Sunday. The panelists shared their favorite filming memories as well as their experiences at various conventions. The panel came to a close in a dramatic fashion when Paul McGann recited the First Doctor’s most famous lines of dialogue: “One day, I shall come back. Yes, I shall come back. Until then, there must be no regrets, no tears, no anxieties. Just go forward in all your beliefs and prove to me that I am not mistaken in mine.” (Quote source)
I-CON 31 Roundup Part 1: Friday Night Panels
For those who don’t know, I-CON is a convention which takes place in Long Island’s Stony Brook University. Thousands of sci-fi, anime, comics, gaming, and other media fans gathered last weekend. My coverage of the con focuses largely on the guests, panels, and meetups related to Doctor Who.
Friday evening’s wide variety of panels set the tone for the rest of the con. Nana Visitor reminiced about her roles on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Dark Angel, Torchwood: Miracle Day, and more.
Frazer Hines and Colin Spaull discussed what it was like to be on the set of Doctor Who at various points in the show’s history. Hines remembers the black and white days of the show. He played Jamie McCrimmon, companion to the Second Doctor. Spaull shared his experiences as a star on the classic serial “Revelation of the Daleks” as well as newer episodes”Cybermen” and “Age of Steel”.
Come back tomorrow for more I-CON reports!
Sherlockian meetup/photo shoot at I-Con 31, 2012!
I’m sorry that my camera takes really crap photos! D:
I’m here all weekend taking pics of everything that’s going on! There are A LOT of Doctor Who guests and panels today and tomorrow. Yesterday, I went to panels with Frazier Hines and Colin Sprall from Classic Doctor Who as well as Nana Visitor (Torchwood Miracle Day, Star Trek Deep Space 9, etc.)
There are A LOT of Doctor Who panels/guests today as well as a Sherlock NYC meetup. I can’t wait to meet new people and see old friends!