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Squee
09-16-2002, 06:52 PM
Anyone on these boards doing Anime USA? ( www.animeusa.org ) This is almost down the street from me, about a 20 min drive, and I was wondering if I might have a chance to meet local costume people... I am clueless when it comes to making this stuff, and my good friend that is is 3-4 hours away. I'd love a chance to make friends with some local folks that I could learn from. I'm not so sure how much I want to get into the actual play part of cosplay.. but I like the whole costume/dressup part. =)

I may bring my alien getup if there's a costume ball (and isn't there always?)... just so I don't feel too... normal... heh.

Sami
09-16-2002, 08:23 PM
I was thinking about it, but I don't think I'm going to have the funding.. *weep* ;_; If I land a job by then, possibly.. I'd only go for one day, and probably cosplay as Red XIII again only because it was so short lived at AXNY. ^_^; It's actually pretty close to me too (I'm in NW Maryland), so it's only about 45 min to an hour.. there's still time for me to think on it. ^_^

Squee
09-16-2002, 08:30 PM
only $20 for one day, or $35 for all 3!

heheh... trying to decide if I want a room at the con for the "whole experience" (always drove from home before).. or just commute since I'm soooooo close.

Sami
09-16-2002, 08:34 PM
Yeah, $20 for a day isn't bad at all.. ^_^ But I'd be dragging my boyfriend with me (he's still very iffy on the whole "cosplay" thing), and oh, the dealer's room... *maniacal laughter*

If I had the choice, I would drive. However, my friends and I got a hotel room for Otakon even though one of us lived right in Baltimore, about 20 min. from the convention center. I think it does add a lot to the whole con experience, and makes it feel like a mini-vacation. That, and it's so much easier to drop things off or take a quick snooze. But I'm poor, so I would drive. XD *enjoys driving anyways*

Kamui Motoaki
09-16-2002, 10:05 PM
ME AND A SHIT LOAD OF MY FRIENDS ARE GOING!!! ITS OUR HOME CON!!!!!!! WE LIVE THERE!!! WE LOVE IT!!!! ^_^_^_^_^_^_^_^__^_^_^_^~~~~!!!!
its small as hell. . .but thats the fun part. . .^_~

Sami
09-16-2002, 10:39 PM
YAHAHA! I... am going now! XD XD Go go Anime USA! And the best thing is, it won't break the bank! *^_^* It's also an excuse to make a new costume.. mwaha.. *has a 40% off coupon for JoAnn fabrics.. excite!* It's too bad I don't know who to go as. x_x MRRR.

Squee
09-16-2002, 10:55 PM
well... uhm.. I'll be stalking local people so I can find someone to teach me how to do this whole costume making thing!

Yeah!

So there!

:devil:


hmm... I wonder.. if I get a room, do you think they'd give me any grief if I just walked in with a keg?

Oshi
09-16-2002, 11:18 PM
Meanwhile, us a tad further north will be at AnimeNEXT...
Oct 11-13 is a busy weekend =P

Jibrille
09-17-2002, 07:19 AM
and there are some of us up here in the north that choose Anime USA over Anime Next.
like me and MY SHIT LOAD OF FRIENDS (lol) that are going to partake in the glory that is AnimeUSA this year. its like 5 hours or something... but OH SO WORTH IT!

*gets all excited*

mmm...cheap small cons.....

Rosiel
09-17-2002, 08:36 AM
I'm thinking of attending as it is pretty local for me... I have to figure out exactly how long it's going to take me to get there, and I'll probably commute since the few friends I have which are local will not be going. *feels abandonned* ;____;

I really need to meet more local people to cosplay with...

Sami
09-17-2002, 11:12 AM
I was thinking about AnimeNEXT but I don't have the option of just like.. coming home when it's over. ^^; Is just eaaasssyyyy....

>I really need to meet more local people to cosplay with...

LOL ditto.. the day my boyfriend puts on a costume is the day hell freezes over. >_> *Been trying to get him to go as Miklotov for ages...*

Rosiel
09-17-2002, 11:55 AM
> *Been trying to get him to go as Miklotov for ages...*

Then you'd have to be Camus, and then the two of you would get stalked by a Seed. No worries, the armor is noisy so you'll be able to hear 'him' coming. ;)

* I love the Matilda knights. *

Kamui Motoaki
09-17-2002, 12:26 PM
wow... i'm sooo gonna slook for all of you at this con. . .
so be there! or be square!
wow i'm retarded. . ^_^

Sami
09-17-2002, 12:44 PM
Originally posted by Kamui Motoaki
so be there! or be square!


LOL, speaking of being square, I might try my hand at Squall.. >_<.. if I can find a bunch of cheap belts and create something that faintly resembles a gunblade. Costumes, costumes?! I'm so indecisive!! *cry* :confused:

I would love to be Camus. *_* Wow, if I had some sewing expertise, I would be a Matilda Knight.. *loves them too! their uniforms are just so cool..*

Rosiel
09-17-2002, 01:28 PM
> Wow, if I had some sewing expertise, I would be a Matilda Knight..

Where do you live in Maryland? I could always give you a hand, those outfits are detailed but not that hard... and it would give me incentive to repair Seed.

As for AnimeUSA if I commute, I'll probably go as Schuldig since it's an outfit that won't get me thrown out of the Metro system. LOL If I decide not to and find someone to room with, I'll bring a Rosiel...

Sami
09-17-2002, 02:29 PM
I am in.. dun dun duunn... Frederick! (LOL, I just found out the other day we have our own webpage, Frederick.com! *geekish snort*) I have a Miklotov plushie <3 so if I was Camus someday I'd cart that around with me. I think the only thing I'd really have a problem with is the shirt-tunic-like-thing.. freaking buckles.. *mumbles*

>As for AnimeUSA if I commute, I'll probably go as Schuldig since it's an outfit that won't get me thrown out of the Metro system.

ROFL! "And in other news today..." Just think, you'll be advertising for cosplayers everywhere. :D

Yeah, back to Squall.. why does he have to wear so many gosh dern belts? I mean jeez guy, not only have you got one around the waist that actually serves its purpose as a belt, but there's the two brown ones that do the bum crisscross thing.. and -then- there's the three strapped around his leg! I thought I could get away from the leg belts by trying KH Squall (which I will probably do anyways because my hair is longer) but instead of being around his leg.. there's three around his arm! AGH!! I think Squall may have a belt fetish. x_x *needs cheap belts..*

Daala
09-17-2002, 02:37 PM
I'm in MD, it's about 30mins from me. I'm not sure if I'm going to go tho. I'm still getting ready for Nekocon.
Tho I'd like to meet other cosplay.com members ^_^

Rosiel
09-17-2002, 02:48 PM
> I am in.. dun dun duunn... Frederick!

This sounds veryvery familiar... but my sense of orientation being what it is... I wonder if there is a Bethesda.com? LOL. (I'm from Bethesda in Montgomery County)

> I have a Miklotov plushie <3

Those EXIST? *________*

> ROFL! "And in other news today..." Just think, you'll be advertising for cosplayers everywhere.

Well considering I took the metro as Zoisite and the bus as Michel Lavalier and all I got out of it were lots of people trying not to stare...

> Yeah, back to Squall.. why does he have to wear so many gosh dern belts?

Because Square has a belt fetish that later went awry with Lulu? LOL I should talk, Skies of Arcadia is the same. X__X

> *needs cheap belts..*

You can make them. I made the ones for Ramirez. Wallmart pet section is your best friend as it has an endless array of cheap buckles.

> Tho I'd like to meet other cosplay.com members ^_^

All the Maryland people should try to meet up, it's fun to know cosplayers who live nearby! I'm always looking for cosplay buddies with whom I would be able to co-ordinate before the con.

Sami
09-17-2002, 02:54 PM
Aa, Montgomery County is right below Frederick County methinks? *bad with the geography things* We're sort of north westerly.. almost due west of Baltimore.

I ordered my Mik plushie from a custom place online. :D Actually, it was from Setsuna and Haruka Kou.. he only cost me $35 and is so cute! I'll have to take a photo sometime.. <3

I'm working on getting a room at the Sheraton Premiere.. my mom works at a Sheraton back home in Massachusetts which means she can get a $49/night rate at any Sheraton anywhere.. :D :D :D Lucky da! *peace sign* We'll see though, if there's room left.. depending on who comes with me (Kellie possibly, boyfriend will probably just stay home. LOL) it could be very cheap.. the hotel looks nice!

... *hangs head* I really need to stop posting for today. ._. I've gotten nothing done.. the house is a wreck.. aaa... *restrains self from doing more web things* Curse you, internet!!

Rosiel
09-17-2002, 03:03 PM
> Aa, Montgomery County is right below Frederick County methinks? *bad with the geography things* We're sort of north westerly.. almost due west of Baltimore.

Then yes we're we're below... I mean if you go north of Montgomery you end up in DC. =) I'm right at the MD/DC line, as I commute to work in downtown DC.

> I'll have to take a photo sometime.. <3

Oh, yes, I'd love to see it! *___*

> Curse you, internet!!

Reminds me of a bumper sticker I saw... "DSL is LSD spelled backwards". SO TRUE.

I just figured out how long it will take me to commute to AnimeUSA... I think I might end up trying to find room-mates after all... 1 hour and a half each way is quite a bit of commuting. X___X

But the question should be... is going to AnimeUSA smart when I have Sugoicon the next weekend? That and, are smarts relevant when dealing with anime cons? LOL

Squee
09-17-2002, 05:07 PM
Originally posted by Rosiel
> Wow, if I had some sewing expertise, I would be a Matilda Knight..

Where do you live in Maryland? I could always give you a hand, those outfits are detailed but not that hard... and it would give me incentive to repair Seed.

As for AnimeUSA if I commute, I'll probably go as Schuldig since it's an outfit that won't get me thrown out of the Metro system. LOL If I decide not to and find someone to room with, I'll bring a Rosiel...

Are you on the Virginia or Maryland side of things? I can probably give you a lift up there if necessary. Found out I have more vacation/sick days than I thought so I'm all happy. =) I'll prolly be getting a room (not finalized yer, and assuming they are available).. but I doubt you want to room with some random guy.. espescially in those kid of outfits, but if you need a changing room or something that an prolly work out. PM me if ya want. :)

edit: of course I wrote that all before reading the rest of the thread which makes it mostly irrelevant or some such. Nonetheless I shall leave it there for posterior... err.. posterity.

:D

Sami
09-26-2002, 03:35 PM
Yeah, I'm dredging up this old topic again. :P Nyeh!

So, who's still going to this thing? ^^; I'll be there, but only on Saturday because I couldn't get a room.. (darn Columbus Day weekend! *hiss*) anyone know what time things end on Saturday? Is there a schedule anywhere? x_x

And, if enough of us are going, should we have a small cosplay.com gathering of sorts? It might be cool! :D :D :D Yeah!

Costume is coming very slowly. Hacking away at the wood that will soon (hopefully) be my gunblade.. aa.. lol I hope I still have all of my fingers when the con rolls around!

The Moe
09-28-2002, 08:34 AM
I'll be going all three days!!! It's about an hour or so away so, It's not much of a problem. ( I live in Anne Arundel County, M.D! Yay!!! I wanna meet Fellow Maryland Con-goers!). But yeah...I'll be with Will and his gang.....not cosplaying though :(

My "artist" group (Ryuhana Press) Got invited as guests so yeah....I *gotta* go...

Rosiel
09-28-2002, 09:10 AM
I'm thinking of commuting there on Saturday in my Schuldig outfit. (and watch people in the metro staaaaaaaaaaaare at my hair) Unless I end up going with friends of mine who have been gracious enough to offer. ^____^

I'd love to meet up with MD cosplayers... I've always been looking for local people to plan groups with. =)

Sami
09-28-2002, 11:36 AM
*realization dawns*

Monday is Columbus Day.. which means it's a holiday.. which means I might be able to go Sunday too. If I feel like driving back again. @_@ Hmm, fascinating.

I have no idea of the layout of the place, so if we were all to meet, we'd have to give a vague location like "lobby" or "game room" or something and hope everyone finds it. ^_^;

The Moe
09-28-2002, 03:26 PM
>I'm thinking of commuting there on Saturday in my Schuldig outfit

Shuldig kicks ass! I've always wanted to cosplay as Manx. She's just too cool for her own good.

I remember you saying your trying to get an entire WK group for Katsucon 2003....is Manx spot still open? ^_^

Sami-I've never been there either...only to the Tsyons Corner mall itself. *lol* Not the hotel ^_^ I can't imagine it being that big though. o.O

Rosiel
09-28-2002, 04:12 PM
> I remember you saying your trying to get an entire WK group for Katsucon 2003....is Manx spot still open? ^_^

LOL I mentioned that on another post.. I was being all bouncy and asking you to be Manx. We'd love to have you.

And I know you're working on an Alexiel... I'll probably know this weekend if I will stay for the whole con or not, and if I do and you're done with your costume, I could bring a Rosiel. ^___^

Sami
09-28-2002, 06:55 PM
I've actually driven by the hotel once, LOL :D It looked pretty cool, it was all hexagonal-like if I remember correctly. But that was a few months ago.. not like the shape of the hotel would change or anything. >_>

Oo, good luck with Manx Hair! :D Heehee..

Kellie
09-29-2002, 01:52 AM
Wow! o_o All these people in the Maryland area cosplay! That's awesome! =D I'll be at AnimeUSA with Sami! XD I'm almost completely done with my Xu costume!! Just gotta......*sweatdrop* glue on the felt and ribbons and do the swirly silver design on the collar. *face falt* And I think I almost died, but got over it because the shirt that I purchased is just a TAD TAD bit off from the skirt I had. I would have made the entire suit...if I knew how to sew and I had the time and money. Which...I have neither of. ^^;;;

But I promised two people Xu and they're getting Xu damnit! ;) ::hurls glowsticks at Sami and Kamui:: Even if the costume is..er... x_x; not stunning or anything.

Sami
09-29-2002, 11:30 AM
YEE! *dodges flying glowsticks!* XO LOL that's so awesome.. *_* I'll have to actually go -look- for some glowsticks.. should be fun since Halloween is right around the corner!

We finally bought a jigsaw so I can cut my gunblade without too much profanity or loss of blood, so I'll be doing that today or tomorrow. ^_^ The only thing I'm really worried about is... LOL the jacket. ._. It's different from other stuff that I've sewn, and I'm not sure how to go about doing the collar.. *sucks at reading patterns; weeps*

Jibrille
10-02-2002, 09:31 AM
O.o I just got the email that says '9 days till anime usa!'
then looked at my costumes and said ><

its the costume panic stage. ^^
i cant find my jibrille wig... i'm guessing i left it at home cause its no where in the dorm to be found. so i have to run home like a crazy person this week ^^;
just gotta get that mimic paintwork done...
at least Mimic will be done, and arisuchan has her Sara (AS) costume done. yay for wings with ribbons! ^^

Rosiel
10-02-2002, 10:02 AM
So it's now official I will be at AnimeUSA all three days... anyone has groups planned? Jibrille, you need a Rosiel?

Sami
10-02-2002, 10:19 AM
Originally posted by Jibrille
O.o I just got the email that says '9 days till anime usa!'
then looked at my costumes and said ><


ROFL! My sentiments exactly! *a bit behind..*

Jibrille
10-02-2002, 10:30 AM
>Jibrille, you need a Rosiel?

As a matter of fact yes i am in need of a Rosiel. ^^
thatll be on saturday. man i cant wait to wear jibrille again.


must remember to ask arisuchan if we will be wearing Evangelion on friday or sunday...hmmm

Squee
10-04-2002, 05:34 PM
I will be going, definately Saturday, probably all 3 days. I am all thumbs when it comes to making a costume, so no dress up for me this time (my partner in crime is too busy with school stuff). I would like to meet up with local people to meet who I can and maybe make friends with people that'd be willing to teach me to be more self sufficient in this area in the future. =)

Jibrille
10-04-2002, 06:07 PM
finally figured it all out.
friday is Ritsuko
saturday morning is Mimic, then Jibrille all night.
sunday will be Fatora. ^^
weeeeee

wow, a week from now i'll be there... oh just too excited

Sami
10-04-2002, 10:28 PM
I'll be -- duh -- KH Squall all day Saturday; hopefully once I finish up my costume I'll have pictures to show and all that la dee dah. ^^

The Moe
10-05-2002, 09:23 AM
Anime USA is gonna be my first small con. (Outside of Otakon~...) So no cosplay for me. :(

Sami- YAY! So if Will does his KH Squall we'll have two of'em! ^__^ That would be so neat! He said he doesn't know if he's gonna be able to go on Friday (Might have to work) but there's a possibility he'll be able to go that day...if not then he's just gonna go on Saturday~! So if you see him...you'll most likely find me. ^_^ Yay! Only one more week!!

Sami
10-05-2002, 12:18 PM
Haha awesome!! XD Wai for KH-ness! I was gonna go Friday, but I couldn't get a hotel room and I really don't feel like driving aaaallll the way down Friday, then aaallll the way back, then aaalll the way down Saturday.. lol, that and I have plans Friday night. ^^;;

It's gonna be my first small con too, I've only been to Otakon and AXNY.. I'm curious to see how it'll be different and whatnot. (I was SO overwhelmed by Otakon my first year..) Mwaha, I'll be easy to find, I'll be with a Xu and have the ugliest looking gunblade the world has ever seen. ^_^;;;;;

arisuchan
10-05-2002, 04:23 PM
I am so excitied about this con! I've been going into con withdrawl *^^* And I am also so incrediably pleased with myself that I got my costumes done a week before the con. I can't wait to wear my new Sara costume. I have miles and miles of ribbon on this silly thing. I guess if we get lost I can always do the bread crumb thing but with ribbon.

Luna Moon
10-05-2002, 07:38 PM
Originally posted by The Moe
Anime USA is gonna be my first small con. (Outside of Otakon~...) So no cosplay for me. :(

Sami- YAY! So if Will does his KH Squall we'll have two of'em! ^__^ That would be so neat! He said he doesn't know if he's gonna be able to go on Friday (Might have to work) but there's a possibility he'll be able to go that day...if not then he's just gonna go on Saturday~! So if you see him...you'll most likely find me. ^_^ Yay! Only one more week!!



Will better frigg'n go on Friday!!!!
Dats da only day I can go! -_-;

Wellz he's gonna go cuz I said so......and cuz we talked about it earlier.

*glares at Will even though he's all da way in California currently*





-Luna-

Kellie
10-05-2002, 08:49 PM
=D Xu costume is 97% complete! ^_^ *procrastinates doing the collar design* The only thing I don't like about the costume is! =D Its navy blue instead of black because

1. Kellie's tv = stupid
2. Kellie's eyes = stupid

=D But, I like it. Its doing its purpose.

^_^ I'll be with Sami as her Kingdom Hearts Squall self on Saturday. XD Mom will probably be tagging a long because she's all about the cons. ROFL

^_^ We should all get together and just like..hang out or something! Or at least meet up!

*^____^* CAN'T WAIT!! @_@ Classes will go uber slow this week. WATCH!

Sami
10-06-2002, 12:34 PM
Haha, dude, you should give your mom like... moogle ears to wear. XD That would be the kickassest thing!

Jibrille
10-06-2002, 04:18 PM
well well well, con tradgedy begins and its still a week away! ><

i just lost two of my people, so i am down from 6 people, to 4 people and this makes it just about unafordable.
so... my friends and i (whats left of us *grumble*) really do want to go for the whole weekend, but if i dont find more people i either will only be there for one night or just wont be able to go at all (most likely not at all at this rate) SO...
this brings me to my question/plee for help:

Is there anyone who is going that there are like 1 or 2 of you that still need a place to stay? or something? anybody?

yeah i figure its late to have to be asking this cause it is only 5 days away, but i just happened to get screwed over now.
so anyone that can help would be greatly appreciated.

><

The Moe
10-06-2002, 06:03 PM
Originally posted by Luna Moon




Will better frigg'n go on Friday!!!!
Dats da only day I can go! -_-;

Wellz he's gonna go cuz I said so......and cuz we talked about it earlier.

*glares at Will even though he's all da way in California currently*





-Luna-

YAY!!! Then he BETTER go!! The two of us will spread the Anti-Fangirlism vibes!! !Andrew also said he might go on Friday, too!
I have a feeling if I see you all again...Imma be driven down there every chance I get! ^_^

Kellie
10-06-2002, 07:24 PM
Originally posted by Sami
Haha, dude, you should give your mom like... moogle ears to wear. XD That would be the kickassest thing!

xD HAHAHAHA! I should! ::makes mental note::

Kellie
10-08-2002, 10:00 AM
-_- Xu may not be appearing at AnimeUSA unless mom changes her mind. Apparently, I'm sure most peopel have heard, this guy who's been going around shooting random people still hasn't been caught yet and seems to be lurking in the DC area. My mom is rather freaked out by it and doesn't want to go and my grandmother is not helping the situation by staying all worried by the idea of us going down there. >/ Damnit! I want to go! I won't have time to wear my Xu costume any other time because I have costumes lined up already for the rest of the cons I'm going to! CURSE YOU CRUEL WORLD AND THE PSYCHOS YOU BRING! ._. *prays she can still go* :rolleyes:

Gingerbread Man
10-08-2002, 02:22 PM
I'm a VA cosplayer, I work three miles from where Anime USA will be held, but because I damaged a car at work (I work for a car dealership) I've been reduced to gophering in order to get a room. I also have no funds for a costume, but I always stand out. Hope to see some people there.

Kamui Motoaki
10-08-2002, 06:27 PM
Originally posted by cherii chan
-_- Xu may not be appearing at AnimeUSA unless mom changes her mind. Apparently, I'm sure most peopel have heard, this guy who's been going around shooting random people still hasn't been caught yet and seems to be lurking in the DC area. My mom is rather freaked out by it and doesn't want to go and my grandmother is not helping the situation by staying all worried by the idea of us going down there. >/ Damnit! I want to go! I won't have time to wear my Xu costume any other time because I have costumes lined up already for the rest of the cons I'm going to! CURSE YOU CRUEL WORLD AND THE PSYCHOS YOU BRING! ._. *prays she can still go* :rolleyes:

ACK!!
You must go!!
you're the only Xu Cosplayer i know!!! *sob*
dun worry. .you can always hire a body guard. .^_~

Sami
10-08-2002, 10:23 PM
Kellie, you best go! ;_; I'll be so friggin' sad if I have to go by myself and wander around by myself and make jokes about lobsters by myself... ._.

Tell your mom we'll run REALFAST from the car to the hotel. ^_____^;;;;;

Squee
10-10-2002, 12:12 AM
Originally posted by cherii chan
-_- Xu may not be appearing at AnimeUSA unless mom changes her mind. Apparently, I'm sure most peopel have heard, this guy who's been going around shooting random people still hasn't been caught yet and seems to be lurking in the DC area. My mom is rather freaked out by it and doesn't want to go and my grandmother is not helping the situation by staying all worried by the idea of us going down there. >/ Damnit! I want to go! I won't have time to wear my Xu costume any other time because I have costumes lined up already for the rest of the cons I'm going to! CURSE YOU CRUEL WORLD AND THE PSYCHOS YOU BRING! ._. *prays she can still go* :rolleyes:

Actually most of that craziness has been going on in Maryland, not VA, and the 2 that were in VA were 1/2 hour + south. Considering how many of them have been involved with craft stores (4 or 5 were near a michaels craft store) you'd probably be more at risk buying costume supplies then goint to a Con.

Kamui Motoaki
10-10-2002, 12:29 AM
the shootings that happened south. .are near me. . . ~_~

The Moe
10-10-2002, 06:12 AM
The one that happened in Bowie are REALLY close to me....Gah....

Rosiel
10-10-2002, 09:05 AM
The ones in Montgomery Country are very close to me, and particularily close to my craft and fabric stores which explains why I am not done with my Prince Diamond costume.

My family is frantic, since they live so far away, and made me promise not to go there on my own. X__X

Sami
10-10-2002, 10:47 AM
The only thing I'm scared of right now is going to get gas.. I am going to put it off until tomorrow and do it really really late when it's tough to get in a good shot. x_X;;;

The ones in Rockville are just miles away from where my boyfriend works, and now he's all on edge.. my mom actually called the apartment three times when she found out about the Fredricksburg shootings (I live in Frederick) because she didn't hear the whole newscast and only heard Frederick. x_x And to empathize with Rosiel, I didn't tell my mom about the con this weekend at all, or else she would physically come down here and restrain me from going. ._.

[samiedit] But I'm not really worried about going to the con itself.. haha, I'm more worried about getting lost on my way there. We'll be inside most of the time anyways, the way I see it, and when I go to my car I'll just sneak around the parking lot real fast. ^^;;

Squee
10-10-2002, 09:38 PM
I really wouldn't worry about going to the con at all. For those not familiar with the immedate area of the hotel and tysons, the area is much more city like that suburban. There aren't alot of good places for someone to set up a sniper nest. Also the hotel environ is outside the profile of the locations the person has been hitting.

I'm a former marine, and while i had nothing to do with sniping (I was a combat engineer, blowing things up was my specialty, C-4, focus charges to take out bunkers, clearing minefields and disarming boobytraps), I do have a good understanding of what is desireable. The area has alot of tall buildings which obstruct line of sight. While one of these buildings may sound like a good place to shoot ftrom, options would be limited as well as getting away. Also the area is known for having congested traffic which doesn't facilitate an easy get away.

A good friend of mine is coming up from VA Tech to go to the con, and I'm more worried about her being at home (not that far from Manassass) then being at the con.

I suppose I would feel marginally better if I had a CCP (conceal carry permit), but realistically it wouldn;t make a difference. the person is using a high power rifle and only shooting once, by the time he's taken action it's too late. gah. enough depressing thoughts. I look forward to hopefully meeting some of you there. We're all gonna have a great time, and the only wat anyone is getting hurt is if the trip themselves up on the dance floor. :)

love and peace !!

Gingerbread Man
10-10-2002, 09:42 PM
Right on Squee! catch you all tommorrow. (if any of you all see a guy in a bright orange hawaiian shirt, black pants and a girls bucket hat....that's me...yes I know I'm strange)

Squee
10-11-2002, 05:13 PM
i decided to go Saturday only, tho I suppose most of you wont see this until it's over. heheheh.

Sami
10-11-2002, 05:16 PM
Sadly, I'm still sort of here too. :( LOL.. despite gunblade problems, I'll be there as KH Squall ("Leon", LOL), so if you see me say hi and stuff. ^_^! Have fun guys!

Kellie
10-11-2002, 10:39 PM
Saturday r0cks my s0x0rs!!! @_@ *finally goes to finish her costume by doing the silver swirly thing* =D Nothin' like last minute!

*insert edit* @_@ I think I fudged up the collar...it doesn't like the same on both sides.... *tilt and fall over* >/ Baaah! I'm to the point where I don't care right now. I've had a craptastic week, I *need* this anime convention so badly to just...unwind. T_T I apologize in advanced to the awesome cosplayers. *defeated sigh, hang head and goes back to painting*

Kellie
10-12-2002, 08:23 PM
XD AnimeUSA was awesome. Mostly because it was great meeting everyone! Everyone was so awesome and really nice, definitely an awesome thing meeting people close to home who enjoy cosplaying and anime and junk.

._. I was kinda bummed 'cause most people thought I was Selphie, but after a while, I just kinda went with the flow. XD It was fun. :D Can't wait to remake the SeeD ballroom costume for Katsucon and hopefully have a back up costume in case I get annoyed with the rose bride gown after wearing it.

To everyone I met: :D Keep in touch ne? I loved meeting all of you! ^_^ IM me some time. x_x; I get bored when I'm in school. :D Hope to see you all soon!

Sami
10-12-2002, 09:00 PM
I had a seriously amazing time. This was the first really "small con" I'd ever attended, and it was so different, but SO COOL! It was great to finally be able to meet people and hang around and TALK instead of feeling so rushed with hundreds of other people crowding around you. I really had a blast. Seriously. *_* Big blast. AND I GOT A JO CHEN PRINT! *swoon* Oh one of the highlights of my day. Oh Flik.. he looks so REAL... <3 <3 <3

Thank you WILL for the gunblade! You rock! Rosiel, it was so awesome to finally meet you! You're an amazing cosplayer.. are you ready to break your Touga Rule yet? *cackles* Kellie you were a superb sidekick as always. XD I'm sure I forgot to mention people but it was SO COOL to meet you all, weeee!!!! ^^ Aaa I had a fricking awesome time, no staffers yelled at me for sitting on the floor, and I'm incredibly sorry if this is incoherent because I'm sort of running on canned fruit cocktail and litchi gummies right now..

I'll post links to photos tomorrow. ^_^

Kellie
10-12-2002, 10:54 PM
Kellie: *blank stare at Sami* ... Litchi?
Sami: Yep! *begins reading the package*
Kellie: ... *buys melon gummies..opens package and nearly falls over from the uber melon scent*
Sami: :D *eat litchi*
Kellie: :D *eat melon*

^___^ Ahh..the day was good. ;) Side kicks r0x0rs!!! I <3 being the sidekick man!

Sami
10-12-2002, 11:01 PM
"Litchi is a fruit originally grown in Southern China and said to have been favored by Yang Guifei. Kasugai's Litchi gummies are gummy candy which has the flavor and texture of the original fruit."

I could not have said it better myself. ^_^

kryptic_fairy
10-13-2002, 11:27 AM
hey everyone... im sorrie to say I didnt get to make it to Animenext on saturday... :( I know I said I was going, and I apologize to all my new cosplay friends that i said I would see there... *pouts*... see, I was up late making new extensions for my lulu hair, cause the original ones got destroyed in the rain after AXNY, and I was up so late that I started getting ready instead of sleeping, since it takes me three hours to get into the costume [so many pieces!!], makeup, hair, etc... then after I was all ready I accidentally fell asleep, and being at my boyfriend's house in brooklyn, i wouldnt have made it there on time anyway...
Im so sad... but hey, is anyone going to Yuricon in Newark, NJ next June?
Sorry again :(

~Danni

ps, to those who went, how was it?

kryptic_fairy
10-13-2002, 12:12 PM
lol, sorry everyone, i posted in the wrone con thread... i was trying to post in AnimeNEXT, not AnimeUSA, heehee ^_^

Kellie
10-13-2002, 02:37 PM
:( Sorry to hear about your misfortunate sleep incident though! Hope you get to go next year or to a con soon so you can use those hair extensions! :D

The Moe
10-13-2002, 03:59 PM
Wow...yeah...I thought Anime USA was better then Otakon. For me, anyway. The hotel rocked. The people I met rocked (HI SAMI!!!!!! ^_^), and everything was all good. Rosiel's Shuldich was totally mind blowing. @_@ It was so great. Yeah ^_^

Kellie
10-13-2002, 05:13 PM
:( I'm so bummed that I missed her costume! I saw a picture and it rocked. Sami and I had to get away. ;-; I hope there's pictures!

Rosiel
10-13-2002, 05:50 PM
AnimeUSA was a LOT of fun... I just napped for a few hours in order to recuperate from all the fun! =)

And I can't wait to see your Manx, Poe! I'm sure you'll look gorgeous!

As for Schu pics, cherii, I have one in my cosplay.com gallery (http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=9136&papass=&sort=1&thecat=500) and two more featured in the cosplay section of my website. I didn't take any photos at this con, and Friday was a pretty thin crowd so I'm sure very few will turn up. ;___;

I still can't believe the number of people who thought I was Goyjo from Saiyuki! X__X

Kellie
10-13-2002, 06:15 PM
I <3 your schu costume! ;_; I would have loved to have seen it in person. ^_^ I have truly been inspired by the wonderful cosplayers I met this weekend! Sami and I are even going to the fabric store on Monday to start on costumes! @_@ I have so many to start...fushirurururururu... *tilts*

Gingerbread Man
10-13-2002, 06:30 PM
Anime USA was awesome....being a gopher wasn't half as bad as I thought it would be...they kept putting me in charge of Video rooms...it was fun...can't wait untill nekocon.

Sami
10-13-2002, 06:45 PM
I have minimal photos up! http://www.wolfish.net/s-i/ausa2k2 LOL they're all mostly me and Kellie acting like idiots..

Rosiel - Haha, I was showing my mom my cosplay photos (she was chatting on AIM with me), and I showed her your Ramirez.. and she said, exactly this -- "That boy has a nice costume!! Is that his real hair?" When I told her it was a female, she couldn't believe it, LOL! :D

Moe - HIIIII!! ^___^ LOL I'm gonna try and pull off a Birman for the Weiss gathering at Otakon (it's Otakon, right?) so we can pose! WEE! :D *excited about wearing a cute business suit, LOL*

AngelYuki
10-13-2002, 07:04 PM
Anime USA was great. I didn't cosplay this con but boy did some of those anime give me new things that I want to do. I don't have any pictures from this con though cuz my camera decided to break.

Rosiel, amazing costumes. . . both days.

Sami, business suites are amazingly fun. ^^ I'll have to hunt you down at Otakon and get your pic^^

Jibrille
10-13-2002, 07:30 PM
AnimeUSA, as always, was so kickass fun. especially all the fun had durring cosplay. ^^
though it was marked with many NEAR disasters, no true hell occured. ^^ (though when they came to tell me that the toilet leaked and that my paintwork covered Mimic costume was soaked i had a minor heartattack and lost a couple years off my life, miraculously the costume came out from the water just fine O.o)
I am looking forward to seeing others pics and getting mine developed. ^^

now i just have to decide what i want to do with the entire series of rayearth2 O.o

Rosiel
10-13-2002, 07:35 PM
> Rosiel - Haha, I was showing my mom my cosplay photos (she was chatting on AIM with me), and I showed her your Ramirez.. and she said, exactly this -- "That boy has a nice costume!! Is that his real hair?" When I told her it was a female, she couldn't believe it, LOL!

Well I take this as a wonderful compliment. ^____^
As always I closed my eyes on BOTH pictures... I need to figure out how to NOT do that. LMAO.

BTW this is my favorite picture: http://www.wolfish.net/s-i/ausa2k2/ausa17.jpg It looks really cool!

> Moe - HIIIII!! ^___^ LOL I'm gonna try and pull off a Birman for the Weiss gathering at Otakon (it's Otakon, right?)

It's Katsucon! But we still want you as Birman! It would be so amazing! Be Birman! Be Birman!

> Rosiel, amazing costumes. . . both days.

Thanks! =)

> maryland cosplay - a new livejournal community!

Goes to look...

Rosiel
10-13-2002, 07:41 PM
> now i just have to decide what i want to do with the entire series of rayearth2 O.o

Hmmmm... watch it?

^______^

I'm still disappointed we didn't get any pictures taken together in our AS costumes, your Sara-friend was so pretty, too!

And, Jibrille, thanks for being /so/ much fun as we waited for the cosplay to start... it would have been undeniably boring without you!

Kellie
10-13-2002, 07:44 PM
jibrille - :D I saw you at the con! ^_^ Awesome costume!

Speaking of the weiss thing... o_o I got the sudden desire to make a Tot costume. :D Ya know..the pink skirt and filly blouse. @_@ Does anyone have any decent pictures?


Rosiel - BTW!!! :D My mom was FASCINATED by your costuming! As was she with everyone's! She was also very impressed with your gunblades Will!

XD I think if she goes to Katsucon with me, I should dress her up like Sana-chan's mother with the squirrel on her head! *cackle*

Jibrille
10-13-2002, 07:46 PM
>And, Jibrille, thanks for being /so/ much fun as we waited for the cosplay to start... it would have been undeniably boring without you!

yes, if it werent for your company me and arisuchan certainly would have been bored out of my minds as well! ^^
i hope it happens again sometime! lol


>jibrille - I saw you at the con! ^_^ Awesome costume!

thanks bunches. ^^

i'm glad a lot of people got to see it in action cause its probably going on the shelf for a con or two. I just have so much other stuff i want to wear! lol

Kamui Motoaki
10-13-2002, 07:47 PM
I had much fun at this con!!!
Nice meeting you all!!!! ^_^

and yea. .after this con. .(and watching that kickass AS MV)
i'm soo gonna get to work on my sooo procrastinated Setsuna. .lol ^_^

Jibrille
10-13-2002, 07:49 PM
> and yea. .after this con. .(and watching that kickass AS MV)
i'm soo gonna get to work on my sooo procrastinated Setsuna. .lol ^_^


YES YES YES!
that was the best AS music vid i have ever seen! O.O
i'm so glad it won, it really desereved it!

Sami
10-13-2002, 08:11 PM
The AS MV won?! Awesome!! That was beautiful.. *_* I agree, well deserved! (I have a whole new respect for AMV's; I wouldn't even know where to start!)

Rosiel - I have the eye-closing problem too! You can't really tell 'cuz the photos are rather small, but on the larger originals.. heehee... I will be Birman for Katsu! Just tell me when and where and I'll show up! I've always loved her character design.. <3

I'm so used to smiling in photos, so when I look at myself in non-smiling photos I think I look sleepy or drunk or just flat-out angry. ^_^;

Jibrille - I saw you too! Your Jibrille costume is just amazing.. I would have said Hi but I think you were being videotaped with Steve Bennet or something.. :)

Kellie - ROFL if you dress your mom up as MAMA.. that would be.. the ultimate! I can so -SEE- that costume happening! Just give her a mallet and let her rip, LOL!

Rosiel
10-13-2002, 08:22 PM
Will:

> i'm soo gonna get to work on my sooo procrastinated Setsuna. .lol ^_^

< SUBLIMINAL MESSAGE >
Be Setsuna. Come to Anime Expo. You know you want to be part of our Angel Sactuary group...
< /SUBLIMINAL MESSAGE >

> I will be Birman for Katsu!

Yay! We're doing WK on Friday, and I'll take care of the details later, obviously. =)

Kamui Motoaki
10-13-2002, 09:00 PM
Rosiel- LoL. . .hehehahah. .yea. .i'm going to AX. .i just didn't know what for. .but i guess i have an added reason ne? ^_~

Rosiel
10-14-2002, 08:35 AM
> i just didn't know what for. .but i guess i have an added reason ne?

^___^ That would be fantastic, you'll make a lovely Setsuna and Kham is part of my group too so we could all hang out!

Kamui Motoaki
10-14-2002, 09:44 AM
well. .i know what weapon i'm making. .
i'm just not sure what setsuna cos i want to do. . . .
Kham was helping me find some pics. . .^_^

The Moe
10-14-2002, 06:34 PM
Will...I am so going to Anime Expo next year...(didn't we talk about that already?). So either I room with you or Kenny....whoever doesn't mind me being there. Just try not to eat anything that will kill you next time. Thats not good. ^_^

Squee
10-14-2002, 06:36 PM
I had a great time, even just coming out for Saturday. It was nice getting to meet a couple of people and admire all the nice costumes. Hopefully next con I go to will be my first cosplay experience personally (either jsut costume, or perhaps a skit). Hopefully my friend Kristen will get her pictures developed and emailed up to me soon so I can post them, or get her on the boards so she can post them herself. She had 2 different J-Pop costumes on Saturday. One she was wearing 6 inch platform boots with a long black trenchcoat, and the other was the black vinyl outfit with all the studded belts and the safety pin studded bandana and boots she could walk in. I'll be enlisting her help for costuming design and creation I hope... at least until I get an understanding of patterns and sewing machines. :)

Sorry I don't know the names of the J-Pop people the costumes were for, I'll edit them in when I find out, she's not answering IM at the moment. If anyone else here has pics (I know she posed for alot) please post them so I can forward them to her. :devil:

edit: the first (trenchcoat) is Klaha from Malice Mizer, the 2nd (vinyl) Kyo from Dri en Grey.

The Moe
10-14-2002, 06:42 PM
>I will be Birman for Katsu! Just tell me when and where and I'll show up! I've always loved her character design..


Oh hell yes. This WK group will be so awesome!! I've never seen one with a Manx AND a Birman!! We are so gonna rock~! Now, to figure out how to do Manx's hair...Birmans got it easy.

Sami
10-14-2002, 07:51 PM
>> Now, to figure out how to do Manx's hair...Birmans got it easy.

Darn tootin'! XD Just clip it up there and bam! Yeah, Manx hair will be interesting.. manymany curls..

Kellie
10-14-2002, 08:28 PM
:x Rosiel - I was chit chatting with Moe and wondered if you had/needed a Tot for the Katsucon WK gathering? If you do, do you have a costume preference? x_x; I'm looking for images of her pink skirt and white blouse attire.

The Moe
10-14-2002, 09:29 PM
This is really scary....


There was another shooting in Fairfax county at a Home Depot right off of Route 7 which is the Leesburg Pike...The hotel (for Anime USA) is right off that road.....And my boyfriend wanted me to stand outside to look at the pretty city lights with him...gah.

Squee
10-14-2002, 10:05 PM
Originally posted by The Moe
This is really scary....


There was another shooting in Fairfax county at a Home Depot right off of Route 7 which is the Leesburg Pike...The hotel (for Anime USA) is right off that road.....And my boyfriend wanted me to stand outside to look at the pretty city lights with him...gah.

Yeah, that's about 15 mins away from my work, maybe 20 from my house... whee..

Duck and Cover..

Kellie
10-14-2002, 10:55 PM
@_@ I know. Sami just IMed me with it and was like "O_O WE WERE JUST THERE! *spazz!*"

-_- They really need to catch this guy and shove a gun down his throat and... *censors for those weak at heart*

Kaitou
10-15-2002, 07:48 AM
I had quite a bit of fun there. It was fun to see cosplay.com people (even if they didn't attend my autograph session or panels, hmph - lol).

Rosiel - Ramirez = goodness. Much, much goodness.

will post more later.

Rosiel
10-15-2002, 09:04 AM
> wondered if you had/needed a Tot for the Katsucon WK gathering?

I don't think we have a Tot... I need to check! And any costume will do, although, yes, the pink one with the umbrella is the one that will be recognized the best!

Moe, if you're going to AX, how about bringing your Alexiel for the big Angel Sanctuary gathering? *puppy dog eyes*

> Rosiel - Ramirez = goodness. Much, much goodness.

Thank you. ^_______________^
It was hell on my feet though. For obvious reasons. LOL.

Kellie
10-15-2002, 10:19 AM
Originally posted by Rosiel
> I don't think we have a Tot... I need to check! And any costume will do, although, yes, the pink one with the umbrella is the one that will be recognized the best!

:D Awesome! I'll see what I can do costume wise if you need one.

Kaitou
10-15-2002, 08:31 PM
To be honest, and no offense to anyone else, all the costumes were fantastic....but Rosiel, as soon as I saw your Ramirez, I *had* to give you best craftmanship.

By the way, in case no one knows, I'm Kelli Shayne Butler, I was a voice actress guest. *peace sign*

Rosiel
10-16-2002, 08:49 AM
> but Rosiel, as soon as I saw your Ramirez, I *had* to give you best craftmanship.

Thanks. #^__^#

I'm so happy you liked it, that costume was a lot of detail-work... and I was afraid that because it is from such an obscure source it would get overlooked again.

I have to say kudos for the judges too, you made us all feel important and at ease, not intimidated or stressed. I loved this experience and am considering entering cosplays at smaller cons more often. You get treated so much better than at bigger ones!

> By the way, in case no one knows, I'm Kelli Shayne Butler, I was a voice actress guest. *peace sign*

I had no idea it was you! Hi!

Squee
10-20-2002, 03:57 PM
Has anyone put up pictures from the Con yet? Here or anywhere else is good. =)

Sami
10-20-2002, 04:45 PM
I have some, but they're mostly of me and Kellie acting like bozos. :P (There's a few of Rosiel and Will in there too) I don't know why I didn't take more cosplay photos.. I'm a doof, I guess.

http://www.wolfish.net/s-i/ausa2k2

Nice and unorganized. :D

Squee
10-20-2002, 10:55 PM
I saw those, very nice, alas none of them are of my friend.

*sobs*

She posed for many pics... I will find some out there... somewhere...