Well, another Kawaii Kon, Hawaii’s own anime convention, has once again passed, in all its geeky glory. I was actually fortunate enough to have one of my photos from last year’s Kon on the cover of Metromix with a few additional photos accompanying the article!
The guy wearing black on the cover actually came and found me during this year’s Kon to thank me for having the photo published. Apparently he’s a teacher on the Big Island, and several of his students brought the paper in to show him they’d seen his picture! Fun times.
While I’ve been going to the Kon since 2007, Ed’s first year of going was last year’s 2009 convention, during which he can actually remember seeing me in costume.
I, on the other hand, have no recollection of seeing him, but that’s probably because he wasn’t in costume himself! But, this year, circumstances found me costume-less myself, and so I settled for photographing others over the weekend, especially my friend from Maui, Caleb, whose Star Wars inspired Mandalorian armor is always a huge hit at Kon.
I also got to photograph Caleb alongside my old friends in the 501st Pacific Outpost, who I always look for at every Kon! The 501st is a great Star Wars costuming club that do a lot of charity and convention appearances. They’ve been trying to get me into armor for years, but so far I haven’t felt it would be a reasonable investment for me. Time may change that though, because they look so darn cool!
Unfortunately, because I spent much of this year’s Kawaii Kon sick, I did not get as many photos as I did last year. In fact, besides shooting Caleb and the 501st, I only took serious pictures of the only people who wanted to hire me for photographing them in costume. (Was hiring myself out for $20 for a set of full-resolution processed photos…a good deal no one took advantage of!)
Hopefully next year, when Ed’s back, I won’t be sick, and I’ll have a lot more photos to show for my time at Kon! One of the most exciting parts of the weekend was registering for next year’s Artist Alley table and badge under what is soon to be my new name. :)
Can’t wait until next year’s Kawaii Kon, when Mr. and Mrs. White will take the Kon by storm in all their geeky glory!