|View of the convention center (not my photo)|
We were looking for something to do in the beginning of the con and we found an event called Dare 2 Draw which took place on a stage were 3 models posed in costumes for various warm-up sketches leading up to a 15 minute long challenge where you had to use the models as inspiration to do a Tor themed drawing. After the 15 minutes was up everyone then submitted their drawings, a couple of which would be contacted for prizes if they were selected to win. Not sure when they choose the winner but we haven't heard anything yet. Either way, we both had a lot of fun participating as neither Ama or I had gotten to do any figure drawing for a while. Plus after the event they gave away from free art supplies which was pretty cool. I was also surprised to see my SU classmates Kerff and Jenn at the event too, I haven't seen either of them since graduation.
From there, we headed over to attend a panel and as we were leaving the room I noticed a familiar face who turned out to be none other than Tester Season 2 contestant Mo Chocolate. We didn't say anything to him as he seemed pretty into what he was saying to his handheld video camera, but it was pretty cool passing by him. I'll have to check out his Youtube page, we might have wound up in his video.
The panel we then went to was How to Get a Job in the Video Game Industry held by Capcom. There were a lot of speakers, each with their own unique story as to how they got into the industry, and what their responsibilities were in the company. There was a lot of really nice information provided, and we took some notes. Definitely glad we went to the panel, it got me feeling motivated and with a better idea of how to research finding work. After that we had some time to kill before the next panel we wanted to attend so we decided to head towards the Artist Alley.
We didn't have enough time to see the whole Artist Alley showroom so we decided to scope out some of the specific artists we wanted to see, the first one we spotted was Katie Cook. Ama was especially excited to see her booth as she's worked on the Official My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Comic (Ama kind of likes My Little Pony...kind of a lot actually :P ). Katie was busy doing quick little con sketches for fans so we had to wait in line, but we were looking at her prints for sale and decided to buy prints of the 2 images below...we couldn't resist the adorableness.
(Pic coming soon)Waiting in line took a while so afterward we had to leave to catch the first of the 2 back to back panels we wanted to see in the IGN Theater. The first panel was featuring Kevin Smith and his new show Comic Book Men. Season 2 is starting up soon so Kevin and his pals Walt, Mike, Ming and Bryan (the stars of the show) talked about what it was like doing the first season as well what's in store for the second season, and we even got a sneak peek on the show! I think it's safe to say that Kevin Smith is one of my heroes, so it was really awesome to get to hear him speak in person. I've been watching his movies my whole life and I love his sense of humor. It was pretty inspiring hearing him talk, everything that came out of his mouth during that panel was solid gold and I'm really happy I got to attend, even though we were all the way in the back of the room. After that panel was over the room began emptying out and Ama and I ran up front to get closer seats for the next panel. We noticed that the guys from the show were posing for pictures up front so I ran up and handed Mike Zapcic some of my postcards. He was really polite and excitedly took my postcards so we'll see what happens with that.
|Comic Book Men Panel (not my photo)|
|Silent Hill: Revelation 3D Panel (not my photo)|
The last thing we headed to was the CollegeHumor LIVE panel, but the line was really long and we just missed the cutoff for getting into the room. Instead we just took one last walk around the convention center and then made our way home. It was a really awesome day and we had a lot of fun! I'm going to do my best to make it back again next year, and who knows, maybe I'll get to attend 3 or 4 days!
As for now, I've gotta get ready for my next convention coming up...the BIG one...IlluXcon V