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Katsucon, Ezreal and Megacon

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 14, 2014, 12:55 PM

Well, due to a monster snow storm, most people's flights to Katsucon were canceled, but not mine.  Well, at least, not until 5:00 PM on Thursday, while I was sitting on the plane. >.<  Yup!  Lots of delays and then canceled.  I was told the next flight might be Saturday.  Thank you, US AIR!  And I was more prepared for this con than any other before.  I even had business cards.

I had last slept on Wednesday.  There was ice on the roads.  My only alternative was to drive up.  I thought that had a pretty good chance of resulting in my death.

Well, heck, I'm gonna die sometime anyhow!  At around 8 PM on Thursday, after my friend Eric had picked me up from the airport, I set off for Maryland.  I didn't encounter any ice, except at one of the exits.  I took plenty of stops for naps, food, and powdering my nose.  I remembered an old trick and bought some gum.  It is almost impossible to fall asleep while chewing.  I arrived at 4 PM on Friday.

Katsucon was at one of the most beautiful venues I have ever been in.  There were places like places from my dreams.  Everywhere I looked, there was a first rate cosplayer.  There were even some from Canada and Germany.

They had a big sign "NO PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY."  I asked one of the nice information people what they meant by "Professional."  The polite guy told me that charging for photos was not allowed.  I told him that I almost never charge.  Then he told me there was also a concern about tripods (I had two with me.)  They shouldn't block pathways.  I told him I was mindful of pathways and tried not to interfere with traffic.  He was cool, so I have him my card.

I went up to Gazebo level and was taking out my tripods, when one of the staff came up and told me tripods were not allowed at all.  Normally, when someone tells me something like this, it pisses me off, but this guy was so cool about it, I didn't mind at all.  I thanked him and told him I would comply.  Fortunately, I am good at working around photographic challenges.  I ended up taking some of the most amazing photos at Katsucon.  I handed out about 50 business cards.

Two weeks after Katsucon, my page views on Deviant Art jumped by 400-800.  Thank you so much! :D

:iconhoodedwoman:, her brother, and I ran off for a photo shoot in March.  It had been a while since I shot in direct sunlight, and I made some dumb mistakes at first.  I learned some new things about processing photos and discarded some bad processes, and now I am able to work photos better and more quickly.

Megacon is next weekend.  I will be there on Thursday night.  I will leave no later than 6PM on Sunday.  I have new ideas for this con and new techniques.

  • Mood: Overwhelmed
  • Listening to: Chuck Mead - Evil Wind
  • Reading: One Way (Space Trawler)
  • Watching: Trinity Blood
  • Playing: Throne Rush
  • Eating: Fish
  • Drinking: Lem-MO-Nade!


Michael Iacca
Artist | Professional | Photography
United States
I am the photographer. It is OK to criticize the photography. It is NOT OK to criticize the models.

My X-Box gamer tag is "Camera Mike."

I'm a lot like me, only more so.

I'm really not as serious as I look.

Shots before Anime Supercon 2007 (I think it was in November) were taken with a Nikon Coolpix 995. From November 2007 to December 2011 all shots were taken with a Canon EOS 40D. In December, my EOS 40 exploded, wiping out a small African village. I was forced to use a Nikon Coolpix S9100. It is a good consumer grade camera. Then I bought a Canon Rebel T3 in January 2012. It's a better consumer camera. Now I have a Canon EOS 60D.

I only refuse to take a stranger's picture under two circumstances:

1- I'm almost out, or out of memory.

2- You make a bad first impression. <- This has only happened 4 times. Two of the times involved alcohol.

I don't believe the term "comic book" is a valid term for what we generally refer to as "comic books." The illustrated stories are, with few exceptions, not primarily stories of comedy. Therefore, I use the term "manga" when refering to illustrated fiction, since the Japanese term means... >.< "whimsical pictures."

Some days I can't win.

My current rules for Deviant Art:

I cannot have the same person in two different photos, on my "Newest Deviations."

If you check my stats, you will most likely find that the current day is the day that I have uploaded the most photos to Deviant Art.

My Convention Schedule for the future:


Animate! Miami



Khaotic Kon

Omni Expo

Colossal Con

Apex Anime

Florida Supercon


Anime Festival Orlando


Anime Weekend Atlanta


Holiday Matsuri

Anime South (maybe)

Personal Quote- "Those who always smile, never smile."

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Who is the coolest male superhero? (The top three from the last poll have been included) 

70 deviants said Batman
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33 deviants said Iron Man
16 deviants said Thor
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Teikiatsu-Samurai 5 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Welcome to Super-Bar
Insane-Pencil 5 days ago  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much!
yuca-chan Apr 16, 2014  Student Photographer
When will you be posting pictures from Khaotickon? 
Insane-Pencil Apr 16, 2014  Professional Photographer
Tonight, I will post one.  Tomorrow, I will post some more.

Did you cosplay from "Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic?"
yuca-chan 3 days ago  Student Photographer
I did I was dancer Morgiana with the pink hair :)
Thanks for new lot of images!!!
Insane-Pencil 6 days ago  Professional Photographer
You are very welcome!
Awesome stuff! Your the juice!!!
Insane-Pencil Apr 9, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much! :D
Very cooll the last lot of cosplay! Thanks!!!
Insane-Pencil Apr 7, 2014  Professional Photographer
You are very welcome!
SFLiminality Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You sir, have great taste in cosplay, haha.
Insane-Pencil Apr 3, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much!
Dude!...Today is National Pencil Day...just thought you should know...
If you are already aware...please disregaurd this message.;) (Wink) 
Insane-Pencil Mar 31, 2014  Professional Photographer
I didn't know the 30th was national pencil day!  Thanks!
Your welcome, and reading your response I just realized I was a day late!Rage 
Insane-Pencil Apr 4, 2014  Professional Photographer
Ahh...well!  At least you told me about the day.  I had never heard of it before.
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michishigemasumi Mar 27, 2014  New member Professional Artist
Thanks for watching me! :D
Insane-Pencil Mar 30, 2014  Professional Photographer
You are welcome.
Greate gallery!!!
Insane-Pencil Mar 17, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much! :D
Thanks again for your art!
Shafona Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If you still have the ruby rose and yang xiao long pictures, could you upload a few?
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