The dealers room also contained the bring and buy, which was
possibly the biggest Animetion has ever seen. Spanning
the length of an entire wall it was a great opportunity to pick up a
huge range of bargains from CD's, DVD's, manga and merchandise.
It also contained a decent amount of rarities, including a number of
items difficult to get hold of outside of Japan. The fact that
it was combined with the main dealers just proves how big the room
was, as the two are usually separated. All in all it was a
well organised dealers room which made great use of the space
available, as well as offering a fantastic array of anime goodness.
We certainly spent a good amount of time in there throughout the
or they would take a card and try and do it in a certain style.
Next they formed up some teams to work together to create an
evil-weapon (MacGyver style) from a list of items and explain how it
would work. My favourite of these used Barbra Streisand, with
a collection of hollow tubes to amplify her voice into a death beam.
Soon after the professional artists panel, Animetion attended
a fairy wing panel was held by
an hour long
cosplay panel on how to make material wings. It covered issues
such as how to make the wings strong and durable yet not too heavy.
This was a panel where the facilities really came into play.
Held in the lecture hall it had a projector where JoEllen was able
to show all of the different types of wings she has produced from
her own website. Furthermore, she was able to draw and show us
on the large screen the techniques used to create
hair band to demonstrate what you can do with the techniques on
show. The only regret here is that she did not have time to
cover how to create feather wings. The panel was an hour long,
but could have lasted an extra hour longer no problem in order for
Jo to cover the wings.
Another interesting section was from mithrandir2k, head of
Amecon, who came along and spoke about the reality of AI
(artificial intelligence) and the comparison to AI in anime, telling
us about how anime try to portray AI as something close to human,
where in reality, AI does not think in the same way as us and would
make decisions based on thousands of possibilities. The best
example being going through a door, a person will simply go to the
door and open it to get through, but a computer will think about
every possible angle before making a decision, and would probably
end up breaking the door down! It certainly gave everyone
there some stuff to think about, and works as a good way to just
talk about something in front of people who want to listen.
Animetion hopes to see Grok Talks at future conventions.
resource for yuri. In comparison to
the yesterday's yaoi panel, this was definitely more informative and
did a better job of covering its subject matter. Unfortunately
the last half of the panel was a cosplay blind date show, which was
fun enough but it was a shame the yuri talk did not continue as it
more could have discussed.
The pub quiz the first of the Saturday evening events and a very
popular event as it was completely full. Crowded was an
understatement, especially when they decided to choose the smallest
bar at the con, which was filled with pillars, which meant people
were constantly getting in each others way in order to see the
questions on the lone projector screen. Although the questions
were also announced by the presenter, it was still frustrating as
visuals were shown on the screen.
helped that the only anime questions in the
quiz required that you were completely up to date on the anime scene. Many questions
were on the latest series being shown in Japan, so it must have been
quite taxing for those which only purchased DVDs and did not