sourcedumal:

xtremecaffeine:

zellas:

Tom hates white people so much that he married one!

It’s true! We’re totally married. It’s awesome.

Y’all are so adorable, omg

Yeah it’s cool :)We were adorable way back in 2011
And then adorable intensified



And we adorably got our Marriage License

And then adorably went to Birmingham to tie the knot at Kitacon. Adorably.

And then we married adorably

And then we came home and were still adorable (sometimes with zakurai and nocookiespanic)



Also we were adorable even before we got together (although mostly Zelly)

sourcedumal:

xtremecaffeine:

zellas:

Tom hates white people so much that he married one!

It’s true! We’re totally married. It’s awesome.

Y’all are so adorable, omg

Yeah it’s cool :)

We were adorable way back in 2011

And then adorable intensified

And we adorably got our Marriage License

And then adorably went to Birmingham to tie the knot at Kitacon. Adorably.

And then we married adorably

And then we came home and were still adorable (sometimes with zakurai and nocookiespanic)

Also we were adorable even before we got together (although mostly Zelly)

Here I am on the Badge Post bandwagon (here are Felflowne's and Zelly’s)

Not gonna lie, I’ve not been doing the multiple cons per year for that long, so my count’s not great. What I will say is that I feel I’ve covered a good cross section of the scene time-wise.

  1. Ayacon 2005
  2. Amecon 2005
  3. Auchinawa 2006
  4. Amecon 2007
  5. Amecon 2008
  6. Ayacon 2009
  7. Kitacon 2011
  8. Ayacon 2011
  9. Kitacon 2012
  10. Amecon 2012
  11. Gemucon 2013
  12. Ayacon 2013

ANIMEEEEE

ANIMEEEEE

(Source: stainedglassfists, via xyia-papaya)

lifehackable:

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Prepare yourself…

Gemucon… Is coming.

lifehackable:

See More Daily Life Hacks Here

Prepare yourself…

Gemucon… Is coming.

tza89:

Just remembered im going to see Shonen Knife live at Ayacon next month.SHONEN FREAKING KNIFE!Only one of the original lineup but still thats pretty damn cool.My body is ready.

tza89:

Just remembered im going to see Shonen Knife live at Ayacon next month.
SHONEN FREAKING KNIFE!

Only one of the original lineup but still thats pretty damn cool.
My body is ready.


xtremecaffeine:

So this guy just rolled up on the Ayacon forum looking for an orgy. Sight-unseen.

So if you see Rod_Longshaft around, run.

xtremecaffeine:

So this guy just rolled up on the Ayacon forum looking for an orgy. Sight-unseen.

So if you see Rod_Longshaft around, run.

So this guy just rolled up on the Ayacon forum looking for an orgy. Sight-unseen.

So if you see Rod_Longshaft around, run.

baggycosplay:

Ayacon cosplays confirmed XDThis doesn’t include any last minute evening outfits or sunday night party theme

OMG PLUM!

baggycosplay:

Ayacon cosplays confirmed XD
This doesn’t include any last minute evening outfits or sunday night party theme

OMG PLUM!

Con Burnout

ctgraphy:

Question for everyone: How do you prevent con burnout? Or, if you HAVE burned out before, what did you do to make yourself feel better?

(Working on a blog post, so thanks for any thoughts!)

Well obviously, cons in the UK are different than in the US…

My first con was Ayacon in 2005 - way to start on a high. University of Warwick Arts Centre is the best campus venue in the UK. Amazing venue, amazing amount of space! I swear I didn’t go into the same room twice over the weekend. Spent a shitton of money, met new people, saw new anime (it was the last event in the UK that showed fansubs - i.e. the last event with a worthwhile screening schedule) and attended many, many events. I attended the Fanfiction Writing panel! All in all, an amazing time. I still have some of the Doujin I bought that weekend too :p

The year after that was Amecon 2006… And that wasn’t bad. Leicester Uni was slightly more convenient than University of Warwick, only being a little ways from the town centre, and also a large supermarket, and I was lucky to spend the whole weekend hanging out and making funny noises with the voice acting funsters, but it was hotter, noisier, more difficult to get around, and while a good experience, not as much fun as Aya… Of course, it was around this time that it was revealed that Aya had been shut down.

Auchinawa 2006 I won’t even touch because I had a totally skewed experience of that event compared to the average congoer. Not in a bad way, but I can’t really write about it.

Amecon 2007 was where I started burning out. Read: fewer con-friends, less/no money to spend in the dealer’s room, fewer events and less interest in them… More drinking. More and more drinking. Exacerbated, in my mind, by the fact that Amecon as a whole was waning from running two years in a row. And the first year they had the “Cosplay Ball” or formal event as the last event of the sunday night, from 7pm onwards, with a nice note that if you hadn’t brought a formal outfit, then you might as well leave after the closing ceremony. It was, though, the first time I met my delightful other half (although I was so drunk I have absolutely no memory.) I mean, I walked back to digs on sunday night with a damn traffic bollard! Still don’t have a good idea of that happened.

Amecon 2008 was a trainwreck. Changes to the campus made it difficult to, for example… Leave the building if there was a fire. It was probably the last time I spent any money at a convention dealer’s room - and I won’t lie when I say I was drunk at that event from the minute I picked up my badge, essentially. There were good points but it was mainly lows… 

Aya Again 2009 was probably my lowest point. It was pretty rough as a con, although I had a lot of fun, I was pretty much drinking the whole event, once again… It didn’t hurt, of course, that this was the year where they had £1 pints. Yes, taking a table up and working your way through £20 of £1 pints sounds like a good idea, and you will meet some people and have some fun, but I won’t romanticise it by pretending that it was healthy behaviour, that it was more fun than participating. I didn’t even know I was burnt out at that point.

I missed out on Amecon 2010 because of 2006/7/8. That year, Zelly and I got together and we started working out 2011’s events - starting with Kitacon 2011.
I won’t say that Kitacon 2011 cured me of being burned out. What I will say is that Kitacon 2011 is the first time in years that I attended a con and attended events, met people, and just had fun. It was a good time.

Ayacon 2011 was pretty much back to 2009 for me… I had it so ingrained that conventions were for “socialising” - read “drinking” that I hardly attended any events. I can’t remember if I attended the opening ceremony. Needless to say, this was a stressful event, since this was the time when the potential for Team Neko as a serious entity came bubbling to the surface.

Flash forward to Kitacon 2012 and I was Press Badge’d (although not for myself, purely as backup) and attending events, and even though I was drinking (note: Hoegaarden is an excellent morning beer) I was attending events… Including accidentally taking over the Ellen Mclain Q&A which I have to admit is a high point in my convention-going career. 

Flash forward to Amecon 2012, and I’m attending events, I’m taking photos (albeit with a shitty compact that I got free from work) and I feel involved. I’m attending events, drinking a lot less than I expected - I’m even attending parties, which is not something I generally relish. Team Neko is coming along well. Sunday night, I come down off the balcony we were filming from (it was ludicrously warm up there) and grab a couple of pints… Finishing one off, and knowing I was heading back up to the balcony, I ended up giving the other pint away. And since then I haven’t had anywhere near as much to drink at cons.

Play Expo 2012 and I’m running around for the first time with a DSLR and I am loving the fact that I can take pictures at all. Days are long, the floor is noisy, and there’s not really much happening, but again, I felt so involved that it was all good.

And so we’re up to date. Gemucon 2013 at the Brittania hotel was actually awesome. I attended events I didn’t even want to attend because they had to be attended, they had to be recorded or photographed. I think I drank a total of 12 beers over the 3 days of the convention (and 12 beers at the precon.)

So what is my advice when it comes to con burnout? As a former burnout myself, I can say that what caused my burnout was the belief that I had to attend cons because I attended cons. I would have dropped out of the community entirely after 2010 if Zelly and I hadn’t gotten together - I have a friend who only attends Ayacon after 2008, and I don’t know if she’ll attend any other conventions at this point. 

So to avoid burnout:

I’d say the cure for my burnout was definitely becoming engaged. Knowing that I was there with a “job” to do suddenly made all the difference.

dailyapocalypse:

I think who Frank Castle was voiced by seemed fittinghttp://dailyapocalypse.tumblr.com/

Matthew Mercer, eh???

dailyapocalypse:

I think who Frank Castle was voiced by seemed fitting
http://dailyapocalypse.tumblr.com/

Matthew Mercer, eh???

coedmagazine:

NEW MEME ALERT!

apparently there’s this new trend going around Japanese schools where they’re faking Dragon Ball fights.

it is AWESOME.

GEMUCON!
AYACON!
MCM Glasgow!
Play Expo!
Kitacon!

(via she-is-like-no-other)

Harassment in nerd spaces, and encouraging honesty

teamneko:

xtremecaffeine:

yendi:

Everyone who attends cons of any sort needs to read this. Period.

Okay everyone, I’m what the Scots would describe as a “well-kent” face in the con scene, and I’d like everyone to know - follower or not - if you are being harassed, and you need help, and you see me, approach me and I will do all I can. Whether that involves physically interjecting or even just providing you with an out, do not hesitate.

Also both of us at Team Neko are friendly nice people and we love to meet new folks! 

Just so folk within the UK Con scene know. We are super friendly and will talk to anyone about just about anything! All you have to do is come over and introduce yourself! We know that is easier said that done…but please know that you CAN do that with us without fear.

We want folk to know (especially people who are new to the scene) that they have at least 2 friendly faces they can approach if they ever feel worried, lonely, uncomfortable, or just plain scared about anything. We will welcome you with open arms and help introduce you to some of the most fantastic people you will ever meet in the con scene. We will listen to your problems and advise you if ask.

We know how intimidating it can be at your first convention. Especially since most groups of people are very well established. We know what an overwhelming feeling of happiness you can get when you finally make a friend.

We’re pretty easily recognized, especially since we don’t cosplay.

Zelly is the girl running around with a video camera in her hand and usually has big bouncy hair, bright colourful make up and accessories and an insane laugh that can be heard for miles.

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XC is the big tall guy with long dreadlocks and beard. He will most likely be wearing some sort of vest along with his trademark khaki shorts…that are actually more patches than they are shorts material. He’ll have a big ass camera around his neck and a pint in one hand, large tin of energy drink in the other.

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And of course, we will both be wearing bright green Team Neko badges. 

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xtremecaffeine:

Hey guys, you (SHOULD!) know that I’m a part of Team Neko, the most awesomest video channel for all your UK convention video needs. We’re having a VERY SPECIAL event, with a VERY SPECIAL prize. Just like the Team Neko page on Facebook and you’ll be entered into our prize draw to win these AMAZING sprites! Just click the image or anywhere it says Team Neko and enter RIGHT NOW!

xtremecaffeine:

Hey guys, you (SHOULD!) know that I’m a part of Team Neko, the most awesomest video channel for all your UK convention video needs. We’re having a VERY SPECIAL event, with a VERY SPECIAL prize. Just like the Team Neko page on Facebook and you’ll be entered into our prize draw to win these AMAZING sprites! Just click the image or anywhere it says Team Neko and enter RIGHT NOW!

Hey guys, you (SHOULD!) know that I’m a part of Team Neko, the most awesomest video channel for all your UK convention video needs. We’re having a VERY SPECIAL event, with a VERY SPECIAL prize. Just like the Team Neko page on Facebook and you’ll be entered into our prize draw to win these AMAZING sprites! Just click the image or anywhere it says Team Neko and enter RIGHT NOW!

Hey guys, you (SHOULD!) know that I’m a part of Team Neko, the most awesomest video channel for all your UK convention video needs. We’re having a VERY SPECIAL event, with a VERY SPECIAL prize. Just like the Team Neko page on Facebook and you’ll be entered into our prize draw to win these AMAZING sprites! Just click the image or anywhere it says Team Neko and enter RIGHT NOW!