February 20, 2007
Went to Katsucon again over the weekend. Things seemed to run more smoothly this time around, but that probably has more to do with me having a better idea of how things go than anything they did -- if they didn't figure something out by the 12th one they probably wouldn't have gotten it right for the 13th.
There were fewer panels I was interested in, though there was a good one about giant fighting robots. Saw clips of Tranzor Z for the first time since I was a kid, and saw some of the original giant robot, Tetsujin 28 (a.k.a. Gigantor). I also went to a panel about designing a site for a webcomic, hoping to learn more about the design part than the webcomic part. In that sense it didn't help me much: Contrast is good, clear navigation is good, important stuff above the fold is good. The basics, pretty much.
Now, I wouldn't mind doing a webcomic. In fact, all I need is an idea and a writer. And an artist.
Of course, I got pictures of cosplayers, one of the easier-to-enjoy parts of the con: All you need to do is park yourself at the side of the lobby and people-watch. Just like last year, there was a lot of effort put into the costumes and it showed. There were non-manga/anime characters too, including video game characters like Yuna, Lulu and even Luigi, and characters from movies like Underworld.
Since Dave was there, I had someone available who was more than a passive fan, so I had a few characters pointed out to me and got some recommendations for manga. I currently have a small pile of them sitting on my coffee table awaiting perusal; if they're all good this could turn into an expensive hobby.
Not much else to say (at least not yet) but I'm still tired from being on my feet half the weekend and I have pictures to pull off the camera.