Being invited to Anime Matsuri was a dream come true. After hearing so many good things about this event for years and having it on my "to visit" list I finally got to experience it. Everyone was kind and polite which made my first trip to Texas a blast!
The con was great, the travelling part, not so much. I had some bad luck getting to Houston. My connecting flight in Detroit got cancelled and I had to spend the night there. I had to hunt down a hotel while many other Delta customers were also stranded and booking all the rooms. I had to spend an hour on the phone that night trying to book a new flight only to get a ticket for the 8pm Friday and on standby for the 8am flight. After little sleep, I got up at 6am on Friday to try my chances again. I switch my flight using the Delta app only to see my 8pm boarding pass print out at the airport and find out that I wasn't on standby for the flight after all :( Luckily after another long session on the phone I got on the noon flight. I survived my first airport shenanigans event.
I made it to Houston around 4pm and promptly got dressed in Queen Beryl. I set up my Ravenna costume for display in the dealer's room then went to my panel about Pre-Planning your cosplay. By the end of the panel the exhaustion of the day caught up with me. I crawled back into my hotel room at the end of the night and took it easy with my roomie and firend ShuShuWafflez.
Selfies with all the amazing guests over the weekend.
I managed to regain my energy by Saturday morning to get ready for another day at the con. I got dressed in my Spring Sawsbuck for the first time and I was happy with the result. I felt like a pretty faun ready to tackle my panels! I started the day with my wig dyeing panel. I was very encouraged to see someone taking copious notes in the audience. Then I was at my booth until my next panel about troubleshooting cosplay problems. We had a small group but there were great questions and I am glad that we were able to solve some problems on the spot.
I also got to shoot with both Ackson (video at the end of the journal) and MineralBlu.
For dinner, I got to try out some Cajun seafood at Pappadeaux - a restaurant attached to the convention centre. I never knew that crab fingers were a dish and that they were amazingly delicious. Thank you MineralBlu for the recommendation! I also got to sample some other dishes at our packed dinner table of 14 people. I took it easy for the rest of the night by hanging out with Shushuwafflez in our room.
Sunday was easier going. I was at my table for the most of the day and at the international cosplay panel in the afternoon. I cannot believe how fortunate I was to be a guest at this event. I was surrounded by cosplayers that I’ve known and admired for years and we were sharing the same stage. It was almost like an out of body experience. I got to snatch a few selfies with people – I’m getting better at remembering to do this after 3 years with a broken selfie camera on my phone. I also got to meet a wide collection of people at my booth throughout the day and I so elated that I was able to troubleshoot cosplay issues with them.
I wrapped up the day by attend the convention's after party and saying goodbye to all the new friends I made.
Special thanks goes out to Kila my helper over the weekend who would not leave me side. She was a dedicated volunteer.
Regrets for the weekend: I didn’t bring my swimsuit so I could swim in that lovely Texas shaped pool. Missed opportunity right there.
General notes about the con if you are thinking of visiting:
MeltingMirror's Cosplay Blog
Learn more about my experiences in the cosplay world, from conventions to photoshoots and everything in between.