HI HI HI!! Thanks to everyone who came to my table during SMASH! It was so nice to trade in Sydney again, I forgot how overwhelmingly kind everyone is ;_; thanks so much for such a warm welcome, Sydney!!
I’ve finally recovered from the con flu and now descending into hayfever madness HOOBOY!! BUT I WILL FIGHT ON AND WRITE THIS LONG AWAITED REPORT–…eh? You weren’t really waiting for it??? ……O-oh, I see.
I-In any case!!! >:’) Read the rest of the report below!
(IMAGE HEAVY AND PROBABLY VERY LONG WINDED)
DAY 1: Friday (Set up day!)
So!! Set up day… was a wild mess. I’ve never rocked up to a con where they were so unprepared for artists coming in to set up… we approached a bunch of staff members who couldn’t even figure out where the artist alley was?? :’)
The tables weren’t numbered, the table cloths and chairs hadn’t arrived yet either. We couldn’t exactly set out tables up without the cloths- set up opened at 1pm, the cloths didn’t arrive until about 3pm.
They were also blasting SAO on a screen right in front of our aisle and to maintain my sanity, I just imagined Kirito as Aoyagi (same VAs…) …it was tolerable :’)
namface had arrived and this time she didn’t obliterate my chin LOL… she had been talking to a group of us for a while until she finally said:
“…So is anyone going to introduce me? ”
I WAS SO USED TO EVERYONE KNOWING EACH OTHER I FORGOT TO INTRODUCE MY FRIENDS TO HER…. OTL
She was already making business during setup when other artists/helpers came around to her table so I made sure to grab myself a copy of her touran flower card set!!
SO PRETTY….!!! ;///; I’m glad I grabbed a set before they probably sold out omg
Later that night, our friend uselessfangirl had the Night Of Her Life….
We were sitting outside waiting for a taxi until we heard some guy speaking loudly in Japanese on his phone. We turned to look at him and the other people he was with and suddenly Rach gasped
“Oh my god… I think that’s Yanagi Nagi”
“Oh my god it is”
She managed to speak in Japanese with Yanagi and Garnidelia, yelling to us “UM.. HOW DO I SAY ‘CAN I TAKE A PHOTO’ IN JAPANESE???” in which Mizuhashi Mai apologised and said they weren’t allowed to take photos or the con staff would get mad. She then proceeded to take Rachel’s hands and shook them, thanking her for her support!
Rachel was so well composed throughout..until they left and as she returned back to the group she burst into tears LOL …I’M SO HAPPY FOR YOU RACH!!!!
We had some trouble getting a taxi back to our hotel, but Rach was No Longer On This Earth so she wasn’t freaking out at all, and Nam being her happy-go-lucky self was so patient… I was the oldest of the three so I mentally reminded myself
“OK CHAN. KEEP IT TOGETHER. YES IT’S DARK AND WE’RE 3 GIRLS STRANDED IN PARRAMATTA BUT YOU GOTTA STAY STRONG….”
I was the only one who was panicking :’) ……
Several taxi services were simply rude and hung up on me, others kept us waiting for an hour and a half… I turned to twitter and FB to ask friends if anyone was nearby who could possibly come and pick us up. The minute I made a post, a cab finally arrived! I was really moved by everyone’s quick responses to our plea for help ;__; !! When we got back to our hotel, one of the cab services finally sent me a txt saying a cab was on their way L O L…… yeah thanks.
WE DID IT…
WE BOUGHT A TUB OF GAYTIME
Sad to say…it was actually very underwhelming. Lack of crunch, tasted like regular chocolate icecream tbh….
DAY 2: SATURDAY (ACTUAL CON!!)
BICYCLE BOYFRANS DAY!! With sparklyjeffers as my Ikemenzumi <3
As per each con tradition, I was in a frantic mess on the first day.
First, I had forgotten to bring my gloves to Sydney ;9 ….. secondly, I forgot a con essential.
Rea and Mel, my lovely pals (ANGELS!!!!!) who were my helpers at my table all weekend, came to my rescue and ventured to the nearby Aldi to retrieve deodorant for my stanky nerd self. However… the artist alley hall had the doors open all day and we freezed our asses off, making my initial panic redundant.
yamagoos MIJOSUJI…freezing and slaving away at her table….
I don’t think I can emphasise enough just how pleasant the majority of con goers were at SMASH!! I had so much fun talking to so many people who were passionate about the series I drew- surprisingly a lot of Inazuma fans!! I also got to have Moments with fellow Sayaka Miki fans- I SHOULD MAKE A SAYAKA MIKI DEFENSE SQUAD BADGE FOR YOU GUYS NEXT TIME..!!! >:’D
Not only was it nice to meet and chat about fandoms with others, I felt there was more genuine appreciation for art at SMASH than at previous Sydney cons I used to trade at. People used to not bother with artworks if it didn’t have their favourite characters on it, but a few customers actually came by just to buy originals and gave me very encouraging feedback… ;-; I was really touched, considering I was so nervous to get back into the scene. I’m afraid I didn’t get to know your names, but if you’re reading this, I want to thank you for your kindness, support and the courage you’ve given me!
I don’t know who gave me this but THANK YOU LOL!! (What is it….)
Now on with more photos!
SHEDS A MILLION TEARS ON RYAN AND HIS BRO FOR COMPLETING MY BEAR FAMILY…..THANK YOU……
imaizumi what are you doing
Ryan is LITERALLY THE BEST
baby bear helping out papa bear
what a good bear
Bicycle lessons with dadokorosan… Imaizumi is really getting into it huh
YEAH WE DID ONE OF THOSE SHOTS YEAHH
That night after dinner, as we were walking back to our hotel, ceestar928 poured her One Piece emotions on me and thought the best way to wrap up the night was to Bring Me Down With Her.
I STARTED LAUGHING WHILE CRYING BC WOW I COULDN’T BELIEVE I WOULD CRY IN PUBLIC OVER ONE PIECE?????? FUCK. I LOVE ONE PIECE.
IT WAS cueppy‘s FIRST TIME SEEING ME CRY TO AND IT HAD TO BE OVER PIRATES. GOD.
IT DIDN’T EVEN STOP THERE
CEE JUST CAME INTO OUR HOTEL AND MESSED EVERYONE UP. GJ, PAL.
I even got a little teary that night when I remembered the imagery Cee described to me in excruciating detail but I was sharing a bed with Kylie and I didn’t want to wake her up so I had to be SO STRONG……>:’| ….
Me and Kylie’s bed was so awkward, we ended up falling into the centre of the bed and kneeing/elbowing each other…
DAY 3: SUNDAY
It was quieter on Sunday as expected, so I had a bit more freedom to run around~
The secret mess behind artist tables….
I don’t usually take photos of cosplays who aren’t my friends but omg this guy was so GOOD he was standing there so stoic!!
AND THIS MIYUKI WHO MODDED THEIR SELFIE STICK INTO A BASEBALL BAT ROFLMAO
JUNTA GET!!!!!!!! splitbricks and her Aoyagi were apparently on their way to my table bUT I SPOTTED THEM FIRST AND ATTACKED AH HA HA+*+*+* (I have T2 senses ofc…)
Aoyagi please fix your boyfriend
Fun fact: Eva’s izumida wig almost stabbed me in the eye LOL…
MIN’S ARAKITA IS SO PERFECT I DIE….
My pal, Maki, who took me to T2 Only last year also came to SMASH! She gave me these gifts:
I’M……. LOL…… *BURIES FACE IN HANDS* MAKI’S GIFTING SENSE IS SO HIGH LEVEL…..
We actually had a bit of difficulty finding each other (due to language barrier and GETTING LOST LOL and I wanted to make note of how helpful one of the con staff was by actually talking me through directions on Maki’s phone until I actually found her omg… he was so patient and nice I’m so grateful ;_;
It was Maki and her friend, Konoshiro’s first time at an anime event outside of Japan, so seeing their reactions to how loose and casual everyone was with photos was really cute!!
OH!! I also met some really cool guys from snapthirty who even kindly wrote an article featuring my art! CHECK★IT★OUT! I was really surprised when they got excited about my Inazuma prints, since most of the people who talk to me about i11 are young girls, it was fun to chat about our love for the series as grown adults LOL. They even told me the dub names for i11GO! and showed me the dubbed OP on their 3DS IT WAS GREAT :’) They were definitely one of my fave groups of people I met throughout the weekend!!
Time to show off my loot!
SO MUCH DELICIOUS ART/// Thank you for the freebies too!! ;3; I don’t know who the artist of the T2 stickers was, but she came up to me as I was taking selfies with my yowapeda group and gave them to me waah ;///;
PRINTS PRINTS PRINTS!! I’ll win our money throwing battle next time lovesoup….. <o><o>
Cass gave me a son bag!! This was literally a life saver, I went shopping around on Sunday being completely unprepared without an actual shopping bag…and she gave me this, which I promptly used to carry all my goodies ;0; thank you Cass!!
Gifts from friends…somehow hoursago‘s merch ended up in my SMASH loot?! GJ making your way to straya LOL
THESE STICKERS TICKLE MY PICKLE SO MUCH OH MY GOD I COULDN’T STOP LAUGHING WHEN I TOOK THEM OUT ONE BY ONE…
I had the lil beefcupcake around me all weekend u///u …
Phew! So that’s about it for my report… it’s so hard to keep these condensed when so much has happened. So many good things!! I’m so pumped to do this all over again next year, and I have everyone who attended SMASH to thank for this! It was so heartwarming to talk with long time followers who came by just to say hi and some of you even left gifts ;//0//; thank you so much for your support and your kindness <3 Some of you mistook my friend as me, and I’m sorry if I didn’t get to see you in person >< but thank you for going out of your way to find me in such a busy event! I’ll be back next year and hopefully we can meet again soon!!
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- I like: Ace Attorney, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Yowamushi Pedal, DANGAN RONPA, Inazuma 11/GO!, Binbougami Ga!, Lalaloopsy dolls and foreheads.