...and many thanks to our party hosts, jason, alan, and joe. 8)
AWA was outright amazing. I was freaking out and nervous about the
contests and meeting everyone. Fortunately, everyone I met was
awesome! The contest and all the amv events were great!
(minus my slight letdown and realization that the video contest event
was done on what seemed to be a smaller screen... in a room with too
much light near the screen... and off of tape... oh well, it just
made everything a bit darker is all)
No big deal though.
AWA = AMV Creator Con + anime riff raff
I wish I had stayed later on friday, but I was ultra tired... thus missing
out on the amv table of super powers.
I met way too many people, and in doing so didn't get to spend much time
getting to know many. But I don't think that's a shock considering this
was a huge "meet-ang-greet" (to quote mj).
lol, EK looked as though she was either always busy or being harrassed
by fanboys (or just boys
) ...oh well, I was still able to meet her and
occasionally say hi or otherwise... I'm sorry I didn't stay for the panel,
just moments after I said I would, I was off to a much needed lunch.
I told Carlos to stay and be supportive in my place.
oh yeah... I guess
I lost my bid on dorothy ($26 isn't what I think of as high-rolling, but
still was in the lead for about 2 seconds... and the auction was right around
the amv contest)
I ended up spending most of my time with mj, carlos, the hypeo boyz, john,
roz, and big dave. (I'd say danny, but the alcohol made him invisible
at times... lol) What a great group of people!
I had planned to spend
most of my time with hypeo, carlos, and rvp. Big Dave was hilarious, vicious,
and a good guy... mostly vicious though, hahaha. John and Rozard (RVP) were two
people I didn't know quite as well but enjoyed meeting and having them as part
of our 'too-big for one suv' gang of amv buds.
MexicanJunior was as cool and funny as he on the boards and on im. The
'project' will go on. hehe, dude you need to see a doctor... either that
or stop eating altogether. Also your own little melodrama was forgotten
in about 2 hours on friday... after you almost gave birth! It was funny
to slowly see you accept the fact that people like your work, no matter
what you might believe they think. You were lit up twice by ermac and quu
with their professed joy in watching liquid petals.
Watching your reaction
was quite entertaining... video quality isn't the world. PFS and the hour
that didn't happen... damn fine.
Wonka and Beowulf(hypeo boyz) were awesome. Beo coming in at 16, but turning
23 next month (lol).... and Wonka with a perpetual smile and hawaiian shirt.
Unless we all missed them, both of you were robbed by not having a single
expo entry played (not to knock on VAT too much because it was a ton of work
for them). Oh well, I had a great time meeting you guys and look forward to
more amvs and madness in general!
Poor Danny not only was dogged to death by Big dave, but attacked due to being
drunk... lol... makes for some entertaining stories. Glad to have met you
and hope you can get your super computer together and have at with your
It was very cool to meet and hang out with the other Tim. The legendary
dokidoki to me.
and again, glad you enjoyed the haunted junction video
and even played it at your panel!
x 2 Many thanks!
good times, big party in 4XX (don't remember the # now)
Lol, rys(jason) told some people to be sure to come to his panel... the
candle setup was great! It was a shame that your panel was on sunday
and cut down your audience. I apparently hadn't seen much of your work
but to be honest I felt as though I had really missed out! Great work on
the panel with very entertaining videos!
Then you bust out
the complete shock to me... the ninja girl video! I am not sure what you
said right before the video... then bam "all right...." I was grinning
admitedly... big grin.
Joe, great humorous video in the iron chef! To be honest I didn't really
care who won the iron chef because both videos were very well balanced
in their given styles. I was very glad to have met joe mabo, considering
some of his works played a big influence in my decision to keep making
videos and having a good time. Maybe next time I will have TWO bandai
Kusoyaro, great work on the iron chef. You and Joe both did some very
enjoyable videos. Very glad to have met you... and avoided any of your
barfin' too somehow... I guess I was lucky? Since I missed your panel I
still need to hunt down the video that many people were talking about...
Ian (AD) was someone I was very much looking forward to meeting. ...and
as usual with AD I was very impressed. Friendly and having a great time.
Nothing overbearing or ego at all. Just another amv loving editor (just
one that pours time and effort on like syrup). Congratulations on the
awards and a real pleasure meeting and talking with you. I hope to be at
AWA9 to cheer you and Kusoyaro on!
Nathan the happy shiny drunk with bunny ears.
Great work on the videos!
(technically beyond my imagination at times!) Glad to have met you and
been witness to your own brand of madness. Be sure to keep the ears at other
cons... super powers etc.
Vlad, a very well known and respected editor was a great guy also. He
likes to talk amv shop (thus a good panel person) and was very friendly.
Thanks for sharing the Trek video... nothing fancy, just a funny
video and idea.
ErMaC, congrats on the DDR win!. I saw you going crazy right at the end of
the competition... kind of just floating over the dance pad... not even
'standing' with all the steps you had to hit. (I was watching the screen and
about died looking at the necessary steps)
Lord Rae, very glad to have finally met you, and even got to see your
Key video in a much more appropriate environment than my room at home!
Quu... you, and of course the VAT crew, are all the best. Thanks for all your
work and effort in giving us looney amv creators a great place to share
our work! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
MTT, I swear it was just 3 people... lol, I just kept meeting more of
them... Glad to have met you all!
David Violence was also there doing some filming. You sure caught some
interesting sounding stuff... muhahaha.
hmmm I met so many people... some other people that I was
able to mumble a few conversations with: hakura, jescaflowne, aluminum,
bloodyfang, neo(who was around when I was supposedly a mean drunk haha),
mcwagner, meric and veggettoex, jbone, greyplague, demoss, and paizuri.
There were more I am sure... just my memory isn't so great when recalling
50 new people... haha.
Final Thoughts: This was my first con ever. I loved it. I loved meeting
everyone and just being a part of the amv contest. I wasn't concerned with
winning (I was nervous... but that was just from being in a big ole audience
and watching my videos!) Thanks to everyone for making AWA friendly and
more fun than I have had in ages.
I hope everyone else had a good time!
One final bit, I know that some people will not be happy with the judging
etc for the con... but I really don't think you should care too much. If
amvs were life critical then the results would be REALLY important. Let it
go. Don't dig into people or videos too much. A little, sure it's expected
of any competition... I think just meeting with people who enjoy the
same obsession/hobby and sharing your works, thoughts, and good times
otherwise is much more important.
Thanks everyone, for making AWA so much fun!
(Note: kind of proofread...)