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2017-09-28 / \/ \/ / \
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What follows is the blog post I wrote / _/ / /
after AVCon (then called AVConnection) 2002, \_______/_\___/____/\___/____/_
originally published July 23, 2002. The only / \/ \/ / \
changes I've made is to the formatting, some / _/ /_ _/
punctuation here and there for readability /- / _/ /
and corrected the capitalisation because \________/\________/\___/____/
back then I obnoxiously wrote everything in
lowercase. I apologise in advance for my use of the words "craptacular" and
"jawsome", the excessive ellipsis and emoticons.
Anyway, enjoy this stupid time capsule.
Let me just start by saying AVCon was a total riot. It was the best fun
I've had in ages. It started off a little shitty because I woke up late and
missed the Ranma screening which I didn't mind too much but then it clicked
that it's Saturday and because there are hardly any busses on Saturday I'd
miss the Card Captor Sakura movie also. After that there was no big rush
because the next thing I wanted to see was Cowboy Bebop and that wasn't until
like 2:30 or somesuch. When we turned up they were showing Aa Megami-sama...
dubbed (bleargh) but that was ok because I didn't want to see it anyway. We
registered and had a quick look around when went and got lunch and some Red
Bull (yay). My day just kept getting better after that.
The games bit wasn't really interesting but that's not what I was there
for. They had a NES set up though which was neat. The traders room was about
what I expected... just Movie Maniacs and Shin Tokyo. Would have been nice
except everything seemed to be the same prices as they had in store so it was
pretty much an "I don't need to get any of this now" type situation... didn't
stop me getting a Dejiko UFO doll... I mean I had to get a souvenir, didn't I?
I was really impressed by the cosplay, made me wish I'd made an effort like
I was originally going to instead of just thinking "Blah, it's Adelaide, there
won't be any good cosplayers". But then I've always said how there is no
middle ground in Adelaide; something is either amazing or it's craptacular. I
really should start listening to myself. There was some jawsome Wolfwoods and
an amazing guy-from-Final-Fantasy-Ten (I don't remember his name... Tidus? I
don't know much about Final Fantasy beyond Seven, but that's a whole other
kettle of fish). There was also a very distracting plug-suit Asuka who's image
has more or less burned onto my retinas ehehheh (STFU Cat). Must have taken
some guts to wear that in public.
Cowboy Bebop was pretty much the same as it's always been except on a
bigger screen and in the wrong order (for whatever reason), still worth going
After an ep and a half of Cowboy Bebop I got bored and needed more caffeine
so I went to check out the other things that were happening elsewhere (ie. The
misc programming/AMV comp whatsit). I think we (I... We... Whatever) wandered
into the Unibar (I could type *clang!* here but I won't) just as the AMV comp
was sorta-starting. AMV's aren't something I've ever really paid attention to
so I don't know if the ones I saw were good in comparison to the whole scale
of things but the ones I saw there were pretty jawsome. There was one that was
corrupted or something (they were playing from PC) and so the comp had to
stop. LAINstation. I can remember the title now that I don't need too, but
when I had to all I could come up with was "That Lain one with that industrial
band"... Although "That Lain one with that industrial band" still won me a
snickers at the quiz night. :D I'd never even heared of the band before but
the MC said something about it being an industrial band. I guess I'm slipping
in my old age.
After the AMV thingy crapped out I don't remember what I did until Shamanic
Princess. Then I watched shamanic princess. It was good but not as good as I
remember it being. Still good though. I love when she poses infront of the
moon it's cheesy but in a good way. ;p
After Shamanic Princess was Gunsmith Cats which I wasn't really interested
in seeing again so we went down to check out the quiz night to kill time until
Hellsing. The quiz night ended up being the best part of the con. :D
At first it was going to be me and Baal (Pox and Lyndal had already gone
home) vs. the room but one of the guys at the table next to ours recognised
Baal from some jobsearch thing and they were kind enough to let us hijack
their team (which was named "Miffy" which stood for something). I don't
remember any of their names (sorry) aside from Emma, who's name I remember
because she was drawing on her nametag (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to
it ^^;). Assuming Emma was even her name to begin with and I'm not remembering
wrong. Anyways... For two teams that were both originally expecting to get
hammered we managed to stay second for most of the quiz, only slipping to
third and then fourth in the last few categories. Additionally I scored a
Snickers (I don't like Snickers) by answering the "What AMV crapped out the
computer in the various programming room" question and Baal scored something
for the "How many attendees were the AVCon organizers prepared for"
question... Or was it the "How many people actually attended" question? I
don't remember. Also our table won the honor of being in a Mars-bar (I don't
like Mars-bars) eating contest because we ended up with the most candy canes
at our table. They were giving out candy canes as prizes seemingly at random.
I didn't win the eating contest, partly because mars-bars are gross, and
partly because they stick your mouth up like glue, but mostly because I don't
like eating infront of strangers... Chewing is embarassing. It was the guy who
recognised Baal that ended up winning... He got a Spawn figure for his trouble
which is not too shabby. Beats Tomb Raider CCG packs anyday. ;)
I think it's a shame that I was so scatterbrained towards the end because
there were a few questions that I knew I knew the answer to but couldn't
remember it. There were a lot of "Oh yeah, I knew that" moments when the MC
read the answers out. I think we could have atleast got third.
After that I went home and slept and after that I came back for day two...
All I really wanted to do on day two was watch Love Hina and also check out
Black Heaven because I'd never heared of it before. Apart from that Baal
finished up the DDR trick tournament (didn't win though) and we just wandered
around until the cosplay/art awards thing and by "Wandered around" I mean
"Spent a lot of time camping the registrations desk watching whatever it was
they had on". After the awards doozit we were going to hang around for
Nadesico but I was burned by then so decided to go home instead.
I have to say though... The union cinema is totally pants, there's no
denying it. The seats are uncomfortable and you've always got someone's head
in your way because there isn't enough hight between the rows. It was a shame.
I think the biggest let-down about the whole con was me not having a
digital camera. ;p