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Dragon*Con 2009 - Over WAY too soon...
Code, Geass

Okay, so in that other post, I was just too freakin' excited to type about anything else about Dragon*Con because I was still hyperventaling. XD; Here's a rundown of how the weekend went. On Friday, my dad and I left at about 6 in the morning from where I live and arrived in Atlanta, Georgia (technically Marietta). We checked into our hotel, got everything settled and then headed out to the con. It was about two in the afternoon by the time we found parking and got to where we were supposed to go. It took about a hour or so to get our badges and to finally be able to explore the con.

Holy freaking SHIT. I have not ever seen so many different things to buy at one place in my life. There were a total of three Dealer Rooms and some of the stuff in there was amazing and things I know I'll never see anywhere else but at a convention. I know I spent way too much money but I couldn't help it. I needed more Code Geass things in my life. likethreenewwallscrolls So we walked around for a while and then we started going to panels. My dad went to some Star Trek related panels while I tried to figure out where the anime rooms were. I took a crapload of cosplay pictures (I also have never seen so many cosplayers in my life either) and made it to a panel room. The entry below explains what happened in that panel. XD Moving onto Saturday~

Saturday was an early day. I headed out with my dad and we arrived at Dragon*Con at about 9:30 or so. The panel I was heading to (Vic's personal panel, of course) wasn't until 11:30 so my dad and I decided we'd go to the Walk of Fame early to get some autographs and pictures. We waited in line for about fourty five minutes before they let us in and we went around in a circle. I was disappointed not to see Vic there but I did spy Alessandro Juliani. I started to get excited and waited patiently in line. When it was finally my turn, I shook his hand and told him it was an honor to meet him. He signed my DVD and my friend's DVD slip cover (which was not cheap, by the way. by that, i mean his autograph oO) and I left. I also got to meet Richard Epcar in person. He was really nice to talk to and I got his autograph as well. I sort of stumbled around while my dad met more people from his childhood. Eventually I was just standing in the only place there wasn't anyone and that was next to Vic's booth. A girl was sitting there looking around and smiled at me. I smiled back and was almost about to leave when I heard a happy, "Hello!" from behind me. Again, two feet away from me was Vic Mignogna. My heart jumped into my throat and I said hello back. I had him sign my DNAngel box, my sleeve from my Ouran boxset with Tamaki on it and a picture of Kougaiji (from Saiyuki) for my friend. I took yet another picture with him (taken by my dad who finally understood how much meeting this one person meant to me) and thanked him. The girl behind him stood up and looked at me and questioned, "Are you a Ranger?" I knew immediately she meant a member of the Risembool Rangers and I said, "Yes." Vic looked at me and hugged me again, proclaiming that made me more awesome. XD; So I left his booth all the more happy again. My dad was glowing with me about meeting some others and we headed off to our separate panels again. The line for Vic's panel was loooong but I still got a decent seat. While in line, I met a girl named Jana. We talked for a minute but got separated when the line started to go into the room. I sat next to a staff person and we chatted until Vic came in. The panel was so awesome and Vic talked about a lot of things, more than just anime though. He talked about how hard it is for some people to accept anime in its form (especially in Christian homes for anime such as Fullmetal Alchemist) and told us a heartbreaking story about how his church stopped him from preaching the word because he voiced an agnostic/atheist character. He actually started crying right there and I felt so horrible for him. It was completely unfair how far the church took his job into consideration. On a lighter note, we began to talk about his original creation, a fan film known as Fullmetal Fantasy. I had heard about this little film a long time ago and had always wanted to see it. I kept my little promise to Vic and didn't record it, but man was it epic. Greatest fan made film ever. XD

After the panel was over, Jana came back over and we started to talk. She wanted to go to the Walk of Fame to get Vic's autograph (since he said he was heading there) and I told her I'd help her get there. We headed out all the way back through two hotels (Dragon*Con really likes to space things out ;xx) and we waited for Vic to show up. The line got extremely long and they made us move to a completely new place and took us in groups to see him. When it was finally our turn, Jana and I met Vic (again, for the both of us) and we bought some of his CD (which he signed for us!) and took more pictures. We left and headed back out into the craziness of the con. After walking around and buying some more stuff in the Dealer Rooms, we headed out to get some food. After eating, we went to the Cosplay Contest (epic cosplays are EPIC!) and I sucked I didn’t have such a great seat. My pictures didn’t turn out so hot. But it was pretty cool. After that, we decided to just walk around and finally made it to a dealer room that had what she wanted for her sister. (A Hello Kitty plushie!) Sadly, we had to part but luckily, I got her email, so I hope we keep in touch. :) That night, I went to the FUNimation Video Panel where they showed the English dubs of the Evangelion movie (You are (not) alone) and Sgt. Frog. The latter was hilarious and totally worth it. The first was like the anime series just reanimated and shorter. D:

Sunday wasn’t as big but me and my dad each had things we wanted to do separately so we started with his panel for Kate Mulgrew (Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager). I had watched some of Voyager and she was a great speaker. After that panel, I went to meet up with my friend, Alyssa who had invited me in the first place. She was in a video room watching Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. After it was over, we headed to the Otaku Jeopardy which wasn’t really jeopardy as much as it was pointless fun. When that was finished, I said goodbye to Alyssa and her sister and headed to find my dad.

The ride home was long (but I slept most of it) and it was probably the greatest weekend I’ve ever had. I hope to go to another big convention next year because, even while tiring, it’s a great experience. :)


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