IThe trip to Tekkoshocon
was long... monotonous... and downright FUN AS HELL. Toshda and I packed
into his car and drop the 400 some odd miles across Ohio to get to the Pittsbrugh
Mariott in Cranberry, stopped at several rest stops to relieve ourselves
more munchies, and looked at the beautiful scenery pass by us.
Much of the route
to Pittsburgh was old hat to me because I'm originally from Baltimore, MD
and take a very similar route to hook up with the Pennsylvania turnpike and
get to Baltimore. However, it was Toshda's virgin experience on the route.
I'd forgotten how beautiful it is to travel across all of Ohio.
arrived Friday afternoon at just after 2:00. Immediately we noticed
the con had begun and there were cosplayers everywhere. During
our stay we'd meet and make friends with many people, and start
building our desire to come back for Tekkoshocon 2005.
I packed our stuff into the hotel room and went down to examine
the wonder that was a well organized but small convention.
con's artist alley was small, but noticeable. The artists were
good. There were one or two artists which totally stood out above
all the others. Some really great art was had and auctioned off,
and some really great wooden pieces were there as well.
cosplay everywhere. We saw some fabulous outfits. The con was small
though. We only managed about 25 pictures. some didn't come out
well enough to post.
was strong too. Unfortunately it was overpoweringly strong. The
only thing the con could have done better in this, it's second
year, would have been to rearrange the game rooms to somewhere
that wasn't on the direct path to the hotel rooms. If they would
have done this I think everyone's experience points at this con
would have gone up to level 3 for a return next year.
I'll be returning.
Let me tell you why though.
The people who run
this con, do it well. It was much more organized than Sugoicon which enters
it's 5th year in 2004. So much so, that I feel that sugoicon could use a
revamp in staff. Or maybe just some people in Cincinnati that are willing
to help other people out.
The AMV contest
at this show was out of this world. It took forever, but it was worth it,
there were sooo many entries to go through, and most of them were really
really good. To the point that I wish cons offered a CD or DVD of the AMV
contests they hold every year.
The Cosplay at this
con, I missed. Though my travel companion and fellow A-S staffer/A-S server
dweeb Toshda said that the cosplay was downright hilarious at parts. From
the looks of most of the outfits, and the temperment of most of the attendees
I'm looking forward to a return in 2005.
The food. Here's
the fun part. The food at this con was sparse. The hotel's restaurant overcharged
for mediocre food, they didn't make you wait long for it though. Perhaps
some more preparation time would help in the taste.
For this, Toshda
and I went a traveling. Just down the street we found Pennsylvania's largest
dedicated Asian buffet. I must admit, it was HUGE. Though I've seen more
food at places in Ohio, this was pretty darned big. The food was tasty as
food we went back to the con for a bit. This was our exposure to
the beauty of the Dealer's room at Tekkoshocon. Small rom. Big
wins. Good prices, even on JPOP CD's. I bought some wall scrolls,
and a few other small things. Toshda bought a friggin sword.
On to the
dance. Here is where Toshda normally forbids himself. However,
I wasn't having any of it this time around. In towards the darkness
we went. I bought some glow sticks and LED wrist strips and we
raved. We raved ike there was nothing else in the world but raving.
Or was that just me. Toshda tires out too quickly. We met some
friends, Bri and Jenn here. Sorry we don't have pics of them, but
they were loads of fun in our brief encounters of entertaining
each other while raving.
Pittsburgh. Until 2005.
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