Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Fan Expo 2011: Friday

Fan Expo started at 10 AM on Friday, but Oie Lin, Carlton, and I arrived at the convention center around 4:00 PM. What I like about arriving [super] late to a convention is that there is no line-up to get in. It was hard to find the box office though because it was moved to a location that could hold a large population of people in a line. Signs around the convention center that gave arrow directions to the box office led my friends and I to a long descending tunnel. It was a bit sketchy in a it's-a-zombie-apocalypse-time kind of way.

A sign!

The long tunnel to the ticket booths.

The entry way next to the box office.

What I got from the box office and entry way.

First glance of the show room.

There weren't as many people as I expected at the convention, but then again, it was Friday and it was almost dinner time. Most people who attend Fan Expo every year probably go on Saturday too.

Many of the booths in the main attraction room had interesting displays. The Real Steel movie display area held three models of its robot characters. There was also a Lego Hagrid and a Lego Optimus Prime. Ubisoft had a display wall of Rabbits and Assassin’s Creed figures. One booth had the original model of Abin Sur from the Green Lantern movie and another had My Little Pony toys. There were many awe-inducing things to see.

3D street art outside the South building.

A man who went by the name of Dr. Phil was offering cinnamon-smelling medicine. His name tag said he was a synthetic digestion analyst.

Dr. Phil--Synthetic Digestion Analyst

There were many different waste bins around the convention center. I had to wonder what people did with the waste that doesn't go in any of those bins.

We met up with Gurjit and her gang later, but our time was cut short due to a "Please do not touch" sign under the Harry Potter "It All Ends" poster board.

At some point I started asking cosplayers for pictures and to do poses for me. It was mostly pointing at a sign. (Excuse me for taking blurry pictures: my hand tends to shake these days.)

This cosplayer seemed a little confused about my request for a "life's good" pose.

Bronies unite!

Suki from Avatar: The Last Airbender

Anthony as Inuyasha

I love the Lego table that was open to anyone who wanted to play with Lego. It was really small though. I was glad that there weren't many people around the time we were there, otherwise there would have been a big crowd around it and we wouldn't have had the chance to play.

I like to build upside down pyramids with Lego.

Outside of the showroom was a table with touch screen monitors where people could enter a contest/draw. (The monitor looks so nice! Don't you just want to grab it and take it home?)

Out in the hallway there was a gorgeous red carpet and background screen. A few Fan Expo staff/volunteers were stationed next to it surveying people (well, they did with my friends and I) and offering people help with taking pictures.

And so...

That's all I have for Fan Expo 2011. Thank you for reading!

Fan Expo 2011 Picasa album:
Fan Expo 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

Fan Expo 2011 anyone? II

Change of plans: I will not be going to Fan Expo on Thursday, but on Friday instead. Will be lining up to get my ticket at 3 PM.

Broken Recycle Bin? No Problem.

There are many things I like about Markham, and its recycling depots are one of them.

My family's blue bin often goes missing and a new one (in a different shade of blue) usually turns up at our driveway after a recycling pick-up day. The ones that appear at our driveway are beaten up and old, but they're usually still in a usable condition. Usually.

One afternoon, we found a new recycling bin sitting on our driveway and it had a large crack in it. It didn't look like it could handle the mass amount of newspaper we weekly dispose of, but we used it anyway. My father didn't want to buy a new recycling bin, because it didn't seem worth the $8 to buy a new one with the guarantee that it will go missing. That recycling bin stayed with us for weeks.

How does a broken recycling bin relate to the recycling depots in Markham? Well. My family and I have these monthly trips to the depot where we dispose of styrofoam, batteries, and large cardboard boxes. We knew that the depot sold blue bins and after a few weeks with the cracked bin, my father decided that it was time to buy a new one. He walked up to one of the workers and jokingly asked if he could trade in his broken bin for a new one. Surprisingly, the worker answered yes. The worker kindly gave us instructions on how to receive a new blue bin. We had to bring in the cracked bin, fill in a paper with our address, sign the paper, and --woo hoo!-- here's your new blue bin. My father immediately drove home and back to the recycling depot.

I later searched the Town of Markham's website for information on their blue bin swap, and it's there under Blue Box Recycling. So if you live in Markham and have a broken or cracked Markham recycle bin, bring it to the nearest recycling depot and trade it in for a new one.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Peacocking Anime Conventions

I was watching cosplay videos on YouTube when I found a video of this year's Otakon. Watch it and be amazed.

It's called Peacocking. Originally performed by VunderBraCosplay of YouTube, it is a convention activity where you ask someone if you can take a picture with them and as you and the target pose for the picture, you suddenly dance or give them pelvic thrusts. When you have a compilation of videos where you've peacocked people, mute the audio and put on Katy Perry's Peacock. You've peacockd the convention.

Will peacocking become a new convention sensation? We'll have to wait and see what happens in the next year, because VunderBraCosplay released their first peacocking video late June this year.

Someone needs to Peacock FanExpo.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

More CC Messages

I was on my way to a doctor's appointment when I saw this message on the post box. It looks like the artist that left a message at Steeles and Kennedy visited this part of Scarborough.

The mail box at Steeles and Warden also had the same message. I wonder if there are more of these out there?

Monday, August 8, 2011


I was searching for images of yeti crabs on Google when I stumbled upon a blog about Yeti:

I looked through the blog and it has some interesting images of Yeti. The blog has images of Yeti in cartoons, advertisements, fan art, logos, and whatever you can think of.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Miyavi concert in Toronto 2011

News of a Miyavi concert in Toronto has been floating around between friends for a few weeks now. Miyavi's [What's my Name Tour] will be visiting Toronto and will be held at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in the downtown area this year on October 30. Pre-sale tickets (which required a password) were sold since July and tickets have been on sale since the beginning of August.

J-Rock North Promotions Inc. released a short article on the event on their website and even Eventful, an MTV partner according to their website, took note of it.

I wonder... will a larger number of Japan's pop or rock musicians visit Canada for tours in the next 3 years? I guess I will have to follow J-Rock NPI's website and wait to find out.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Fan Expo 2011 anyone?

>> Fan Expo
>> Thursday, August 25th, 2011
>> 4 PM - 9 PM

I'm not sure what I'll be doing other than walking around looking at merchandise and taking pictures of people. We'll see, we'll see.

I wonder if it will be crowded on Thursday.

I will be at Fan Expo on Friday instead of Thursday.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Anime North 2011: From the Pod

On the Saturday of Anime North, my camera ran out of batteries. I used my iPod Touch as a back-up and forgot about using it the day after.

It's the Black Rock Shooter photoshoot!
Can you spot Sachie?

I forgot what this lady was cosplaying as.
She was entered in the masquerade.

Hetalia photoshoot!

Hetalia again.

Tim Hortons calling for more supplies because of AN?

Switch Girl!
Check out the manga if you like Shojo.
I wanted to get a picture of her whole costume, but I was already standing against a wall and she was already posing. I have to admit: she did a great job with the costume.
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