Anime Pasadena 2019

Fans have gathered to Anime Pasadena on April 20th 2019, a one-day convention hosted by Nerdbot Media. It is even better that it is Easter Weekend. While Nerdbot Media has another one-day Convention, Nerdbot-Con, Anime Pasadena is on their second year held at the Pasadena Convention Center.

The convention hosted a lot of local and indie artists from unique merchandise to anime to clothing items, there is something for everyone. In addition to the artists, the cosplayers were all over the convention center and throughout downtown old Pasadena. The time and care each cosplayer took into their work was a delight. Outside the convention center was the place for all cosplayer and the best location for excellent photos. The photo rooms has always been the biggest staple for not Nerdbot hosted conventions. J Rulison has always been the main photographer with always having quality photos.

The highlight of the day, well for me, is the fashion show. I had the pleasure to be in the fashion show for My Hamachi Designs by Eunice Wang debuting her new line, Tong Hua Collection. Other designers include Princess Dreaming, Gumdrop Galaxy, Commons Only Clothing and A Read Thread Clothing.

Haro, Mandy, Sean, Laarnie, Vixey, Sekka, Simone, and me!

In addition to the fashion show, we had our monthly meetup for Harajuku day. Added some plaid for some Harajuku esthetic with my entire steampunk outfit.

Another highlight is Jason Paige singing the Poke’mon theme song. Now as for someone who is less than a year shy of 30 remember the first Poke’mon theme song is pure nostalgia for me.

Anime Pasadena was a small con in terms of space and square feet but it made up for in entertainment and awesomeness. Nerdbot’s states goal is to be “your alternative to the huge, faceless and expensive conventions with long lines that steal your soul and your wallet”. Looks like they succeeded for the second time.

Wondercon 2019

The weekend of March 28-31 was Wondercon 2019 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Wondercon is personally one of my favorite conventions and was over way too soon and was a whirlwind of cosplay, comics, and fans. What was interesting and dominant is the the women and Black Girl Magic.

There were so much to look forward to. The cast and crew of “Dark Phoenix” teased the full power of the Phoenix Force during its WonderCon 2019 presentation, bringing two never-before-seen clips and plenty of behind-the-scenes stories. Simon Kinberg makes his directorial debut with “Dark Phoenix,” was immediately asked how the movie ends.

“Everybody dies,” Kinberg joked, referencing that other Marvel franchise. “They turn to dust.”

Batman celebrated a milestone at WonderCon as a standing room-only crowd came together to honor the Dark Knight and his 80 year legacy. March 30 marks the official 80th anniversary of the birth of Batman.

Probably the most unexpectedly impressive is from the Dark Phoenix panel. The action that includes new features of the climactic battle, effects and cinematography were all solid, but it was the score by Hans Zimmer that was the highlight. Obviously, like other fans, I was skeptical but the exclusive features change some perspectives.

This year, Artist Alley was on point with excellent artwork from tons of artists. I have been working on paying for a table myself for artist alley but that will be at a later. One artist in particular that caught my eye was a Sailor Moon T-shirt by Patabot. She also creates beautiful Sailor Moon henshin pins. I purchased both at Wondercon.

“In the name of the moon, I will f**k you up”

T-shirt designed by Patabot

Other artists you should take a gander at is STLOcarina. I purchased the Sailor Moon broach Ocarina.

Super Emo Friends is another artist that sells prints and pins.

Yoshi Yoshitani makes beautiful works of art with full size prints and even tarot cards.

The craftsmanship of each artist in artist alley made it the best one yet. It truly shows the creativity of the community.

WonderCon is well known for its cosplay. With beautiful scenery and a mini amphitheater no wonder many of the biggest cosplayers meet up here. Not only am I an artist but a cosplayer as well. Day one, I cosplayed as Storm and day two, I cosplayed at Raven.

At the end of the day, Wondercon was met with good people, good content, good cosplay, and a whole lot of good fun.

Inside Out Challenge

I wake every morning with the same routine. I even able to work out. Then there are days where I’m on autopilot. No one ever seemed to understand how I am feeling most days. When I’m say “I’m exhausted”. I get responses asking me why or stating I’m too young to be tired. I have to pretend that I’m okay and content even when my pain hits, even when my anxiety hits, even when my depression hits. I never felt I was good enough. Every time I do something wrong in someone’s eyes or if I’m not “top notch” in someone’s eyes I feel like crap. I’m internally crying more but when I physically cry, it’s red. I feel like I’m suffocating and feel so much pain. The overthinking even becomes to much. I take off my glasses and curl in a ball under my blanket. No one has seen it. At the end of the day, I am functional. I am breathing.