At the last minute, I decided to go Comic-Con international. When I arrived at the airport, I went through the first security checkpoint and, with a boarding pass and driver's license in hand, approached the tram. The tram doors began to close. I don't like being told, by a machine, that I can't do something, so I shoved my arms in the doors and forced them open.
Upon reaching the next checkpoint, I realized I was no longer holding my driver's license. A quick search turned up nothing. Security was nice enough to let me on the plane, after a thorough search.
suggested I call Tampa International to see if the found my license, and they had. They sent it FedEx for $7. Cool beans.
The first night I decided to explore my neighborhood and play some Ingress. I took down a bunch of portals and as I was working on the last one, two guys on skateboards showed up. One tried to intimidate me by whizzing by me at close range. When he came back around, I just looked at him and said, "Hey, shredder." I must have intimidated him, because he started telling me his plans for the evening. By the time I got back to my hotel, the portals I had set up were already falling.
There were some cosplayers from Orlando that recognized me and I took their photos. I helped some cosplayers from Chicago who had been stood up by their photographer. My photography skills improved greatly.
Two nights I hung out with the other artists and, since I wasn't driving, had a glass of wine each night. I drew a birthday card for
. Winona Nelson showed up with a new comic. I gave her my opinion on the comic she gave me in 2011 and she gave me her new comic about battling unicorns. I made some new friends.
Metrocon was a lot of fun. I used up ALL my digital memory. My photography skills improved and I took some great low-light photos of the dancers at the raves.
On August 4th,
did a Ryofu Housen shoot with me. This was a dream shoot.
I got some nice photos of birds and spiders at the CGA Flamingo Gardens Show. It was way too hot.
On the 14th I flipped my car. Wasn't hurt, beyond a bump on the head, but the car was totaled.
Bought another car and headed to AFO. The new venue was nice, but weird.
Drove up to Atlanta for Dragon*Con. Only had the hotel for three nights, but John Pardus was nice enough to let us sleep over on Thursday and Monday. He also drove us to the MARTA station so we wouldn't have to pay to park. I brought him a "thank you" Amaretto.
I didn't get all of the Queen's Blade cosplayers but got some of them.
posed for me numerous times and told me how nice I am to work with. I went to the Atlanta Aquarium and took some amazing photos. Almost everyone wanted a copy.
posed for me at least three times.
and I ended up not working together, but she gave me a hug and told me how nice and non-creepy am I.
posed for me three times. She remembered my name and I surprised her with a small print.
I am gonna try to attend Umicon on Saturday.