Hello everyone! I'm happy to announced that I have bought tickets to visit Anime Expo, my first anime convention. I went to Los Angeles to check out the Metro route. Got a bit lost along the way when I change trains. It's better I get lost now and learn my mistake before the day of the Expo.
I'm going on July 5 and 6 since July 4 is a day when I'm at the barbecue with my family, relatives, and Church folks. My only traveling partner is my little sister - who got me into anime and manga. She actually found Anime Vice before me back in the days when I was looking for Fairy Tail images on Google.
I asked one friend of mine in Anime Vice, UsaChanMan, about getting ready for anime cons. She share her experiences with me. She told me to visit the booths, look at the merchandise, pack a camera, and pick up a brochure/view their schedule. She told me to pick something.
I'm reviewing the policies and rules on Anime Expo just to refresh myself. They are doing bag checks.
- Photo ID and E-mail Confirmation pages
- Bottled water and a light snack
- Cash (Don't know how much. My budget is below $100. I don't want to spend too much)
- Camera with plenty of AA batteries
- Cellphone - I get lost easily. My little sis won't be happy with me. I try not to get lost.
- Bringing manga - I remember sickVisionz was sharing his experiences in getting autographs. He brought stuff from home. It's awesome. UsaChanMan told me that autographs cost money. I almost forgot about this.
I really need to buy a new camera. The Nikon camera is about 8 years old while the Canon was a used camera I found in a junkyard a year ago. I haven't used the Canon camera a lot. My Nikon camera consumes batteries fast. I remember it takes about 30-45 flashes for the batteries to get drained. For the Nikon camera, it needs flash in order to produce a crisp shot. If I don't do flash, the shots always get blurry no matter how good the lighting is. It's a crappy camera.
My manga collection isn't that impressive. I volunteered at the public library. I get most of manga reading there. I only have one Bleach book, Masked. I thought this one had Ulquiorra's backstory. Instead, it was the Unmasked book. I bought the wrong book. I was happy with Masked.
I did check the main events where you buy tickets to attend them. Since I'm low on cash, I think I'll pass this time. These tickets are at modest price. Most of them are music concerts and maid cafes. I did ask my little sister. She was okay with sightseeing, meeting the guests of honor, and checking out booths.
For the program, I'm pretty open to anything. I did pick a few that my little sis and I are interested in. I'm pretty flexible if crowds are a bit too much.
It's everyone's dream to get an autograph from a cool VA.
I'm stoked to meet with folks like Christopher R. Sabat, Eric Vale, Johnny Yong Bosch, Kazuhiko Inoue, and rest of the gang. I wish I had my Black Power Ranger poster. Though, it was ripped when I tried to pull it off my bedroom during the move to a new house.
Oh, I might meet up with Tom Pinchuk. I don't know if he is going to be at Anime Expo on July 5 and 6. On the Vice pit video, he told me he was going on July 4th and visiting Comic Con. I was debating whether to choose Anime Expo or Comic Con at San Diego. I chose Anime Expo because it was closer to home. I don't have a car. I'm all public transportation, being a college student.
Source: Autograph Schedule
Thank you guys and gals for reading this! I'll post pictures after this week. If you have tips or suggestions for a newbie like me, feel free to tell me.
- Check out Tom PInchuk's Off to Anime Expo article if you want to meet Tom and Sam!