kieslin: (honey so sleepy)
You know how I said that I've gotten so used to working behind the scenes that I have difficulty experiencing it as an attendee? Today's con pretty much affirmed that.

I was helping out with cosplay rego at Armageddon Sydney, to help out a friend. I'm so glad I had free entry because it was very meh~
The layout was kind of shocking. Not the greatest use of space. Especially the stage. That was super fail. The audience was seated upon the stage in the amphitheatre and were in full view of the hall. Which was kind of scary for shy people and a bit pointless seeing as the speakers were facing the hall so everyone on the stage couldn't hear very much. Not the best for panels really.

Because there was no projector or sound system set up (other than a few mics), there was no point for slides or any of the other usual preparations that you would normally go through. There was also no printer. The lovely task of handwriting runsheets and processing applications manually was left to me >_<

There were some vendors there but it wasn't really much to look at. The event in general was under-promoted and to be honest, they should have waited to do the full shebang instead of a "taster" event. I think many, the cosplayers especially, would hesitate to come back next year. I kind of hate to say it but it was perhaps one of, if not THE MOST dissatisfying con I have ever attended. Dates are already announced for 2011, Febuary 26/27th. I guess it's wait and see if they improve their game for next year.

I guess the day did have a few pluses. I got to meet people I usually only see at cons. I was sharply reminded of the frustration a volunteer would experience, which is handy considering what I'm doing which is why a certain con should hopefully have the best volunteer program ever and I got to fully test my water brush pen. Note to self: Mostly use vibrant ink colours. Lights and pastels don't work all that well.

I think I'll cheer myself up with a movie tomorrow.
kieslin: (Default)
I'm really looking forward to all the guests but people....another seiyuu is coming to Australia!

(snipped from SMASH! site)

YŪKO MIYAMURA and TIFFANY GRANT are coming to Sydney Town Hall on Saturday August 7th!

The Japanese seiyū and the American voice actor for Evangelion's Asuka are our VIP Guests at SMASH! this year. Neon Genesis Evangelion is a landmark in anime history, and SMASH! is honoured to bring you the voices behind this ground-breaking series.

We're also proud to announce as a special guest MATT GREENFIELD!

Matt is a co-founder of ADV Films and one of the pioneers in the Western anime industry. ADV Films was responsible for releasing Neon Genesis Evangelion, Hellsing, Rurouni Kenshin, Azumanga Daioh, Noir and many, many more.

I suspect I'll be reliving NGE fandom in the lead up to August. But wow that was a decade ago. There's more info on the website especially about the venue change. Gosh I haven't been to Town Hall since Animania 2006. Should be very interesting to see how it looks post-refurbishment.

On a personal note... )
kieslin: (bones)

Karl Urban is going to be at Sydnova!

I have less than a month to decide if I want my covers for ROTK or CoR signed. Or track down Bones merchandise.

I want to go to Sydnova in Starfleet blue now T____T
kieslin: (So Sleepy)
Went to the S&C Show today and am sooooooo tired now.
So many things to do, so many things to see. It was frustrating trying to decide what I wanted to go see.

First let me say that Rosehill Racecourse is perhaps an annoying venue to try and get to by public transport. The service on the Carlingford line is not frequent and it's awkward trying to changeover. I was lucky that I had decided to go via Parramatta and get the shuttle bus, because I got there nearly 40 minutes earlier than I would have if I had taken the train to Rosehill.
It sucks that we weren't allowed to take any photos. I would have liked to have taken a shot of the crowds. It was a Thursday, Day 2 into the Show, but when it opened at 10, nearly every level was packed. It's a pretty darn big venue. The Pavilion is a massive expo hall and they used the building next to it, of which they used the upper 4 levels for more exhibitors, workshops and seminars.

First thing after wandering about was "Start Sewing Now", a free workshop run by Brother. Got to play with their latest consumer machine. I want. It was so quiet, the pedal very smooth, had 70 stich variations which included buttonhole, decorative, utility as well as an overlock stitch. For a regular price of $599 it was pretty decent, I was so tempted to get one because they were having a special Show special where they knocked $200 off with a further 20% if you got the models used for the workshop. After I finished making the tote, of which I spent more time playing around with the decorative stitches, I disappeared to eat. Then went to the Crystal Sewing seminar, which involved the processes and procedures of safely adding hot melt crystals while sewing. I left halfway to try and catch the tail end of the dyeing seminar, which was pretty good. Attended the Beaded Flowers seminar which was soon followed by the seminar on Wet and Dry Felt Making.
Ran around shopping after that. Picked up a few really good sale items. There weren't as many yarn stalls as I expected so I didn't purchase any. The only impulse buy that I had were two machines from the Xyron range that is distributed by Esselte. They apply a smooth layer of either permanent or removable adhesive on the back of virtually anything, provided it's flat. The 510 model also has laminate and magnetic cartridges to make magnets, laminated magnets or laminate items.
Also looked around in the Pavilion. I loved the Cake Decoration/Sugarart displays. There were so many detailed pieces. I think my favourite was the mountain with the crystallised dragon curled around it. The detail on it and the other pieces were so fine. The geisha screen was gorgeous too.

It was a really fun day. While there are more things I would have liked to do, like attend one of their daily knitting workshops, I don't think I could attend another day. Simply travelling to the venue takes a little bit out of you.

My splurging items and the FREEBIES XD

kieslin: (Default)
Just about 4 hours before I head off to the airport!

So so excited!

BTW, Supanova Sydney was great. I didn't really see very much other than a cursory tour as pretty much is same old, same old. But I still had fun. Very awesome cosplay. Manning a booth is a bit of a novelty at the moment. I was actually productive for once and came out of the weekend with something to show for it. excited. I'm not even caffeinated and I'm actually awake. It's my convention curse. Always stay up the night before and pretty much virtually the whole weekend.
Although with GenCon, I'm pretty confident I'll crash midway. I'd probably die otherwise.

Giddiness is partly due to their newly announced guests.
Paul MacGillion and Alan Tudyk.

Carson!!! They got Carson!!! And Wash....but...but...they got Carson and Zelenka!!!
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

This is about as good as hearing the news about David Hewlett and Michael Shanks appearing at Melbourne Armageddon.

Wheeeee.... see you on the Saturday [ profile] arccie.

Ack...need to finish packing.....>_>
kieslin: (KENN - So happy)
So... what do these three have in common?

SMASH! is very pleased to announce a first for SMASH! A first for Australia. A very special guest:

A seiyuu.

Yes. That's right, a seiyuu.

SMASH! is very pleased to announce our special guest for SMASH! 2008!

Hidenobu Kiuchi!

SMASH! 2008 is going to have the very first Japanese Voice Actor to make an appearance at an Australian Convention!

Kiuchi is a talented seiyuu who is well known for his role as Oshitari Yuushi from Prince of Tennis, and more recently, Ryohei Sasagawa in Katekyo Hitman Reborn. He has also starred in a number of leading roles including, but not limited to, Kenzo Tenma (Monster), Ren Honjo (Nana), Hei (Darker than Black), Ryuuren Ran (Saiunkoku Monogatari), José (Gunslinger Girls) - and his credits also include Rurouni Kenshin, Death Note, Pokemon, Hunter x Hunter and many more!

And the best news of all - this won't affect your hip pocket, with prices still $10 for pre-registration and $15 at the door.


I guess everyone might be able to tell how giddy I am over this ( ^___________________^ )
The problem I now have is trying to concentrate on uni.

Ooh...and people, fanfic comp
Just have a go, word limit isn't too high and we have Borders gift vouchers for prizes.
Unfortunately only entries from Australia and New Zealand are eligible.


Oct. 28th, 2007 12:22 am
kieslin: (Default)
Jeez, I haven't touched my LJ in ages. And I'm far too lazy to update properly.

Manifest Highlights

*Cosplayers - tons of them. OMG, there was a Leon (Trinity Blood) cosplayer! But damn, he didn't act like a lothario. I missed the Black Mokona T_T

*The best crossover cosplay....XD

*Fan Trader section. It was definitely an experience to sit behind a table as opposed to skipping around the convention.

*Meeting everyone new. [ profile] miyukiko's friend Yumi as well as [ profile] sookybabi and Alex who were plain fun to be around and we ended up graffiti-ing whiteboards in the Art Room.

*Going around Melbourne. The trams...haha...they were fun. The State Library exhibit, PIXAR and Experimenta exhibit were tons of fun too.

*The way I spent my birthday ^_^

*Meeting my godfather/uncle/close family friend after 10 years and meeting his kids.

Supanova Hightlights

*Dino-san....damn, I still wish I had yelled out "Dino-san KAKKOI!!!!"

*TENIMYU SAIKOU!!! Jassly was doing the Dreammaker duet with a Tezuka who was a complete ham ROFL. He kept smiling, which makes a strange scary buchou.

*Miyu & Co cosplaying as my Gintama gashapon on Sunday. Ok, they weren't really cosplaying as the gashapon...more like my gashapon set had come to life.

*Stan Lee Live. He is simply awesome. The live feed was decent and it was interesting to listen to. EXCELSIOR! XD

*Hatsuharu cosplayer. There is a god. Now if he was a little nicer, Ayame would have been there too.

*The inauguration of the Jacky Fan Club.
kieslin: (Air Gear Myu - Kenken (Ikki))
I haven't posted anything in ages.

SMASH! was great. Probably one of the best con experiences I've had, pity that I couldn't take in more of it. Recycled an old cosplay that wouldn't draw too many eyes on the train. Didn't matter too much since I was stuck in a booth almost all day.
I'm waiting on photos from my parental unit. He'll take better photos than I ever could. Although I did manage to get 3 photos. One, I'll refrain from posting to save [ profile] arccie's sanity.
I'm kind of annoyed that I didn't get more photos. I would have loved some from cosplay chess, one of [ profile] qem_chibati as Skadi, one of the host club, one of the maid cafe, etc....

Manifest rego is getting annoying. I'm not particularly thrilled that they've decided on a turn up on the day and try to get in policy. It's too chancy. Not to mention, kind of harsh to interstaters.

Finally got around to watching Transformers. Bumblebee is love. Autobots are love. Optimus Prime's line where he says "Like us, there's more than meets the eye" is lots and lots of love. I'm still iffy on some parts like the whole Sam gets a girlfriend after a life-death situation, so many plot questions abound after watching it. Nevertheless, it's something I wouldn't mind watching after I skip certain parts of it.


Apr. 1st, 2007 10:02 pm
kieslin: (Default)
Had a nice surprise when I randomly checked the convention webpage.

So here's my official pimp post of Sydney's newest convention.


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