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Feb. 17th, 2014 | 09:06 am
location: home
mood: lazy lazy
music: Dragon Age: Origin OST


Yup, that's me! Vivaldi, the Queen of Hearts from "Heart no Kuni no Alice" (Alice in the Country of Hearts)

Sorry I haven't updated here in an age. I'm a BAD blogger!

I promise I will post something new here as soon as I have something worthy of posting!


Writer's Block: People’s Choice

Jan. 11th, 2012 | 12:42 pm

Who is your favorite celebrity right now?
Colin Firth!!!

Art Contest for Fannatiku Fest 2011

Nov. 26th, 2010 | 05:26 pm
location: work
mood: blah blah
music: Silence (Bleh)

Hello Folks!

Fannatiku Fest 2011 has got dates, and we're beginning preparations already.

This year we're trying something a little new for our 5th year anniversary! That's right, 5 years! Right anyway, here is what we're doing. Mascot Art contest. I've had a bunch of people interested, and we've decided to go ahead and do it!

Here are the rules:

1. We are allowing you to do your own variations of our two mascots "Roni" and "Rufus". You can put them in any outfit you want as long as it is clearly them.

Here is Roni:

And here is Rufus:

2. You can only submit one of each, but you can also submit one of them together.

3. They can be colored, and we actually prefer them colored.

4. Please make sure they are at least 300 dpi.

5. They must be submitted by December 15th 2010 by Midnight.

6. Please send all entries to animefannatiku@yahoo.com

We'll select three winners. One for each category. Roni, Rufus, and the two of them together.

Each winner will have their art used, on a badge, in the program, or for signage. AND they'll get a Full Weekend badge for free!

Now lets see those pictures!

Life after Fannatiku Fest

Mar. 12th, 2010 | 01:26 pm
location: Work
mood: sleepy sleepy
music: Versailles

(Reposted from my DA account)

I LIIIIIVVVVEEEEE! For a while there, I didn't think I would ever crawl out of my bed. I was so tired after Fannatiku Fest that Sunday never happened in my world. . . except for a really yummy brunch with my friends before they left for places far away.

I hope everyone had a good time at the con. It's the first time Nat and I have attempted a 2-day convention. . . I hope no one got bored or let down by what we had to offer.

Our Cosplay Guests, Otaku Engine, were fantastic! They sprung skits on us when we least expected them! Yuuko was constantly taking over the stage and stealing all the limelight. (In all the best ways!) They were a blast to hang out with! I got to meet some new members of their group, too. I hope I didn't scare them off! (Mwahahaha!) *cough* I mean, it was great meeting and spending time with you!

Our GoH's, Patrick Seitz and Carrie Savage, were so much fun! They were always happy to be around the fans, answered everyone's questions, had TONS of funny stories to share, and gave some super-fantastic advice to all! They liked their Thank You gifts, which made me happy since I had a hand in making them.

We had some fantastic cosplayers at our tiny convention. Besides the Otaku Engine (who are always jaw-dropping amazing to behold), the cosplay group, Penguins of the Round Table were great! Tatsue was cosplaying Klaha from the band Malice Mizer in his "Gardenia" costume. . . and I had to keep reminding myself that it wasn't the actual singer standing before me in 7 1/2" platform boots! (She won "Best in Show" in our Masquerade, and TOTALLY deserved it!) There were Vocaloid, Hetalia, and Kuroshitsuji cosplayers, and Takarazuka was well represented too! I couldn't believe the variety that appeared at Fannatiku! Being the Cosplay Coordinator, you can imagine my glee!

But now it's done for the year. (Sigh of relief and regret) I get a few months off to get ready for other cons, then its back to planning for Fannatiku Fest 2011! It will be our 5th anniversary, and to celebrate, we are attempting to bring a JRock band over from Japan to perform for us! It will be awesome if we can just scrounge up enough money to pay for it all!

*Wish us Luck!*

Long time. . . no type.

Oct. 23rd, 2009 | 12:57 pm
location: work
mood: mellow mellow
music: Anna Tsuchiya

Wow!  I suck at blogging!  Sorry about that everyone!

Anime Vegas was a great success as far as I'm concerned.  The Phantomhive Ball was a blast!  Meeting all the masquerade cosplayers and loving all their costumes was so much fun!  Having to choose who to give awards to was stressful, but at least I was with Garnet Rune-Star and Anti Ai-chan, and that made everything hysterical!  I couldn't pick two better people to be locked in a small room for two days with!  (But wow, did Garnet have MILES and miles and miles of ribbon attached to her costumes. . . and NONE of it was seen on the outside of the dress!)

I got a massive sinus infection at the beginning of this month.  Trying to wrangle kids for Miranda's 6th birthday party while not being able to breathe or keep my balance was a REAL adventure.  But now I'm through my anti-biotics and breatheing easy!  Hooray!  Oxygen is my friend!  Miranda's party went well despite my illness.  She had a "Pixie Hollow" party.  Bubbles everywhere!

Natchan and I are starting to gear up for Fannatku Fest 2010.  It will be on March 5 & 6th (Fri and Sat).  We already have some panels and workshops lined up, our dealer's tables are selling well, and we even have two sponsors already. . . Funimation and DMP Manga!  Yay for donations!  We're starting staff meetings in November and we're super excited to see it all come together.

Sewing-wise, I've taken a bit of a break for a few weeks.  I put together FFVII Tseng and Reno costumes for members of the No Life Kings to wear to Anime Banzai in Salt Lake City on the 17th.  I love suits. . . I can nearly make them in my sleep now.  Tailoring them to look like male costimes on obviosly female cosplayers is still a challenge, but I really enjoyed working on these.  No stress. . . just fun.  I'm now working on a costume for Miranda for Halloween - Ashley from RE4. (Blame her dad for that one!)  After that, the group starts into the costumes for the Visual Kei band Moi dix Mois.  I've never done VK before, so it should be a real learning experience!  Fortunately I've seen the actual band in their actual costumes live, so I have a basic idea of how they are put together.

That's it for now.  Sorry I'm not very exciting or dependable when it comes to posting.  (At least I didn't go over a year this time!)

Hugs to all!

Writer's Block: AKA

Feb. 28th, 2009 | 05:12 pm

What's the story behind your username?
I chose "hostclubgirl" because "missrelena" (the name I usually use online) was already taken.  Can you believe it?  Another Gundam Wing fan out there beat me to it!  (Sigh)  And because I'm addicted to Tamaki's shojo sparkles.

Fannatiku Fast 2009!

Feb. 12th, 2009 | 02:12 pm
location: Hurricane, Ut
music: Gundam SEED OST

So Natchan and I are working on our 3rd annual Anime Convention - Fannatiku Fest!  This is only our second year with guests, but we're still growing!  I'm in charge of the dealers and the Masquerade.  Nat's in charge of nearly everything else.  (Considering this is her baby, she has a tough time delegating to anyone else.)   gentileschi has been a huge help to me for the masquerades!  I'm just glad she isn't sick of me yet!  As of today, I have all the dealer slots filled and 10 people signed up for the masq!  Go me!

The Fest is only one day, March 28th, 2009, but we have a blast each time.  We decided that we wanted to go in the direction of a better con before we advanced to a longer con.  This year we have two Guests of Honor. . . Jerry Jewell (Kyo Sohma in Furits Basket and Barry the Chopper in FullMetal Alchemist) and Aaron Dismuke (Hiro Sohma in Fruits Baket, Alphonse Elric in FullMetal Alchemist and Ion Fortuna in Trinity Blood)  Fortunately, Nat is friends with the founder of Anime Vegas - he helps us out so much!  He's the person who schedules our guests, supplies all the equipment and episodes for the screening room, and does all the work with the hotel!  We love him so much!   This fest couldn't happen without him!

The thing that is stressing me out right now is the new stuff we're trying out this year. . . like trying to get sponsors to give us stuff for our swag bags.  Nat's busting her butt over that as I type.  We're also trying to have an AMV contest this year, and entries for that so far have been few and far between.  At least we have some very gung-ho volunteers that want to help us. . . even if they're part of what is adding to my stress levels.  Some of them are WAY TOO GUNG-HO!  If I don't kill them before the Fest, I pray they don't offend or scare anyone off. (Sigh) We need the help, though. . .  so we work with what we've been delt.

I guess I never realized how much effort went into one of these shindigs before Nat and I started our own convention.  It really makes me appreciate the people who manage to put these together on a huge scale.  It's like herding cats trying to keep everything organized!  Aaaaaahhhhhh!

Anyway, besides cosplay and work, this is what has taken over my life recently.  Sorry I haven't posted for a while. . . I really am alive!

Hugs to all!

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Oct. 10th, 2008 | 05:47 pm
location: Work
mood: ditzy ditzy
music: Doctor Who OST

Aniem Convention Survey - Midnight_RogueX
~*Anime Convention Survey!*~ (stolen from sirnatchan)

Do you attend anime conventions?:
AS many as I can!

When did you begin going to them?:

How many have you been to so far?:
At least 10

Which ones were they?:
Comic Con, NDK, Anime Vegas, Fannatiku Fest (co-founder),  Anime LA,

Who do you go with?:
Um... my friends of course! -- occasionally my husband and daughter

Have you been to one outside your country?:
I wish. . . but not yet

Do you have to travel far to get to the ones you go to?:
All but the one I helped found, yes!

How far will you travel for an anime convention?:
 Denver and LA are about my spending limit

Do you cosplay?:

Do you cosplay at every convention you go to?:

What is your favorite one to do?:
Toss-up!  I wear Archbishop Maxwell all the time because he's comfy, but I adore being dressed as Renge and being asked to do her laugh!  It's the best!

Do your friends cosplay?:
yes they do, we are the "No Life Kings" (or "Basket of Otaku" depending on which personality is dominant at the time ;P )

Do you attend panels?:
at least one a Con.... whenever the lines aren't too terrifying or my squealy fan-girl-ness gets the best of me.

Have you ever hosted a panel?:
Yes I have!

Do you attend the raves?:
No. . . not really for me.

Do you actually dance?:
Yes.  I can even ballroom dance if I have a partner that can too.

Do you dance with random people?:
Not usually because I'm with a ton of friends most of the time.

Do you attend the masquerade?:
Yes, but usually cause I'm in it.

Have you ever been in a masquerade skit?:
Yes, 6 of them!

Do you go to the dealers room?:

Do you buy anything?:
Usually plushies for my daughter and Gundam stuff for my husband.  I get myself Ouran stuff and manga when I can.

Do you go to artist alley?:
Of Course!

Do you buy anything?:
My pocketbook weeps everytime I enter there.

Do you make new friends at cons?:
Some of the best friends I will ever have I met or became close to because of cons and cosplay!

Who are your closest friends you've met at a con?:
Tenshi, Amy and Danny, Mizu, Sir_Integra, Rane. . . on and on!

Have you ever staffed at a con?:
Yes (Fannatiku Fest)

Have you ever gotten in a fight at a con?:
That would be stupid.

Have you gotten into a relationship with someone you met at a con?:
Nope, I was married before I started attending cons.  But I luvs him anyway!

Have you made out at a con?:

Have you had sex at a con?:
Not unless my husband is with me (and we're alone in a hotel room).

Do you do fanservice?:

Are you a crazy, raging fanboy or fangirl?:
Only when shojo sparkles are involved

Do you act shy or wild at cons?:
I'm usually the mom figure, unfortunately.

What is your favorite thing about cons?:

What is your least favorite thing about cons?:
paying for them and unruly crowds that make me feel old.

How many cons do you go to a year?:
2 - 3 usually.  I went to 5 this year.

How long do you think you will be attending cons?:
As long as I possible can!  I've even corrupted my 5-year-old into anime and cosplay! Mwhahaha!

Back from NDK!

Sep. 16th, 2008 | 05:47 pm
location: Hurricane, UT
mood: sleepy sleepy
music: Prince Caspian OST

I had a great time at NDK!!!

Nan Desu Kan is a convention in Denver, CO. . . where the grass is green instead of burnt brown, and the streets all have the same name!  So easy to get lost!  Anyway -- Nat, Sarah C. and I flew there together and stayed with Rane in her apartment so housing was free.  That took a huge bite out of expenses.  (The only reason I could go at all is because my friends pooled their funds together and purchased my plane ticket as my birthday and Christmas present.)  The flights were smooth and there were no panic attacks as far as luggage or nearly-missed planes were concerned.

The con wasn't huge by any means, but that was a good thing!  Comiccon was more than enough for me this year.  There were cosplayers everywhere!  You couldn't move 10 feet without stumbling into someone else in an awesome costume!  I also got hugged more at NDK than at any other con I've attended. . . but they were all nice enough to ask first.  Kudos to the Colorado fan boys and girls!  The artists alley was amazing!  It was placed in a beautiful atrium.  There was lots of room to move around, but tons of talented artists booths to gawk at, too!  The dealers room wasn't amazing, (there were NO D.Gray-man Rose Crosses to be found anywhere!) but  I had a good time browsing, nonetheless.  Unfortunately, the booth with the best selection of "stuff" was OUTRAGEOUSLY priced!  $35 for an anime handkerchief?  $25 for a mouse pad?  Get real!

I think I took a bazillion pictures.  Like I said, cosplayers were coming out of the woodwork.  And then there were the photo shoots, too.  Talk about manic photographer!  Click, click, click, click!  I'm trying to get the pics up in my photobucket by the end of the week, but it all depends on my work schedule.  My group did not participate in the Masquerade this time around.  NDK has weird masq judging rules, and we just didn't want the stress.  My friend GarnetRuneStar entered her Yuko costume (the same one she wore at Anime Vegas) and won 2 awards: 1st place Master Craftmanship and Best in Show Overall.  I'm so pleased!  Her costume is AMAZING!  She completely deserved what she won!  YAY!

It was great to visit Rane.  She's moving to Ohio this week, and I'm not sure when in the near future I'm going to be able to see her again.  She took us all over Denver, showing us her favorite sites and places to eat.  (Prairie Dog Heaven was so cute!)  We found an absolutely wonderful Japanese place with food that was divine!  It wasn't too expensive, either.  The miso soup was the best I've ever had! 

It was nice to just laze around all weekend.  Finally, a con where I don't have any mad dash sewing to do right beforehand.  I think I'm looking forward to not competing at Anime Vegas next year.  I'm still going to sew a costume for it, but since I'm not going to be judged, I won't have to stress so much.  Maybe I can hang out with Tenshi more this time!  YAY!  I don't plan on just sitting around at AV '09, but I'm ready for a change of pace.

Now I just have to work on Fannatiku Fest.  (Sigh)

Anime Vegas Report

Sep. 5th, 2008 | 04:42 pm
location: Work
mood: mellow mellow
music: Code Geass OST

Well, I had a great time at Anime Vegas this year!  SSsssssooooo much less stress than last year's con!  I didn't have to bring my sewing machine this time, and I cannot tell you the difference it made!  Seven of us stayed at condos that my mom booked for us through her time share.  Having a full kitchen available was wonderful!  And since my mom only charged us for the booking fees, housing costs were so nominal as to be non-existant.  That was absolutely worth cheering for!

The cosplay was tons of fun, too!  Hellsing went off on day one with only one hitch. . . I misplaced my cross.  It's hard to dress as a smarmy Vatican Archbishop without a cross, but I did it anyway.  It was so nice the few times when I was no where near the rest of my group, and a con-goer still knew who I was dressed as!  Trinity Blood on Sunday was involved and fragile -- the beadwork was so delicate!  But I think we looked pretty awesome! (See Pic below!)  We had a fantastic time in the Masquerade.  The Basket of Otaku (my cosplay group) won "Best in Show: Performance."  And after all that bling, lace, and trim, I'm burned out and taking a year off!  Besides, I'm dying to see what everyone else comes up with for next year!

Monday's gathering for me was Ouran.  I was the one Ugly Yellow Dress in a sea of Blue Blazers.  I don't mind.  I certainly stood out in the crowd.  The Cosplay Zone group was all decked out as the hosts, so we had most of the cast there!  That was a first for me.  There were lots of people with cameras at that gathering. . . probably because the English Dub premiered at Anime Vegas.  Lots of Ouran fans around!  And I'm not too proud to admit that I was among the squeely-fan-girl hoard at the screening.  We had a good time coming up with fun poses for the pictures.  I got a whole slew of them stored on my camera and on my photobucket account!

The best part was getting to hang out with my awesome cosplay friends, though.  Rane and Tenshi and GarnetRuneStar were so much fun!  You don't get to see Sailor Uranus eating at a Chinese restaurant often, but I had the honor on Monday. . .  along with Renge and Tamaki. (Snicker)  It is so wonderful to tell sewing horror stories and have an audience who understands and has horror stories of their own!  Yay cosplayers! *hugs to all!*

NDK is next week in Denver, and then I'm all con-ed out for the year.  I've been to more than ever this year. . . and I probably won't be able to ever go to as many all at once ever again!  Anime Las Angeles in January, Fannatiku Fest in April, SD Comic con in July, Anime Vegas in August and NDK in September.  Whew!  No wonders I'm so tired!  At least it's a fun tired!