Lately my con-going has come in sets of two. Fanime and SacCon started the summer, and SacCon and Kraken Con ended it.
One of my favorite cons to attend is Sac Con. This is a very small convention that comes around about three times a year. This was the very first convention that I attended, and used to volunteer there with my friends. It’s been fun seeing it evolve. I had been out of the con circle for a while, so it’s been interesting going back to my old stomping grounds. The con had taken quite a few changes, but this past September was one of the biggest. The fall Sac Con had become -drum roll-
SUPER SAC CON: A two-day extravaganza!
It was tons of fun, to say the least!
My buddy NobodyPuppetPrincess and I rolled into my parent’s place Friday afternoon, and set ourselves to fine-tuning our cosplays. My mom joined us later in the afternoon, and we spent the evening with her, gallivanting about the town.
Princess and I got up early on Saturday morning, but lounged about the house a bit. By the time we got to con the line had all but disappeared. We both debuted new cosplays on Saturday: I pulled together Musica from Rave Master, and Princess was the Last Unicorn from The Last Unicorn. We were both a bit worried about the durability of our cosplays, but they performed admirably.
Here’s the spread from Volume 30 that inspired my cosplay.
Here’s the result of my labor
I had been working on my Silver Ray since May, but did not have any success. Then, two days before SacCon, I had an epiphany on how to make it. Of course, part way through constructing my Silver Ray, I realized that I would have to have the rest of the cosplay, too. I have been working on a Musica outfit for a while, but would not have his jacket done, and the rest of his outfit looked dull without it. So, after perusing the manga volumes for a while, I happened across a spread in volume 30. And, after tweaking, re-sewing, and painting, I had a Musica to debut for the hot, Sacramento weather. I really like how it’s turning out, and I can’t wait to finish it!
Here’s the Last Unicorn!
Princess had been working on her Last Unicorn cosplay as long as I’ve been working on Musica. I had been seeing progress photos, and it was great seeing it in person. The pictures really did not compare! She did a beautiful rendition of the unicorn! She’s such a creative person!
We began our weekend, as we begin most cons, in the Artist’s Alley. SacCon has a very small Artist’s Alley, but it is always fun to see who shows up. I had a couple of people recognize me from previous conventions, and it was great chatting with them and comparing con notes.
A highlight o fthe con was finding a Phantom ring! The Phantom was one of my favorite heroes growing up, up there with Iron Fist, but it is very hard finding any merchandise with him, so I was stoked to find it! Now I have an extra incentive to finish the cosplay!
We spent a good amount of time in the Vendor’s Hall, making an ever-growing wishlist as we looked for presents. One thing I love about small conventions is that you generally get a more specialized selection of booths. Larger conventions like Fanime attract very similar vendors, but SacCon had everything from old Disney figures to anime posters to sentai to comic books. When I first started attending SacCon six… seven years ago it was an anime-centric con, but since then it has branched out into the toy and comic crowds, too. It’s been really cool seeing the progression.
After a few hours I got a phone call from a buddy of mine that lives in Sacramento, and we made plans to meet for lunch, and he texted me the directions. It seemed pretty straight forward, only a couple of exits away. One of the annoying things about Sac, though, is that there are several different freeways all called the 80. I needed to get to the 80 west, so I jumped on the 80 W, but we couldn’t find our exit. It was then that we discovered that we actually needed to get on the 80 East to get to the 80 West. Oh, Sacramento.
Yum… I’m getting hungry again…
We eventually made it to the ramen shop. The ramen was delicious, with homemade noodles. It had been a really long time since I had ramen, and Princess had never had real ramen before! Our cosplays drew curious looks, as per usual. A couple and their baby were sitting at a nearby table, and their baby could not get enough of Princess’s unicorn cosplay. Every couple of minutes she would turn and stare at Princess. Princess eventually went over, and took a picture with the baby.
We eventually made our way back to the con. It was fantastic how many people recognized Princess cosplay! We were a little worried that everyone would take her for a pony. Her blue butterfly help identify her, I think. After buying a couple more presents, retreated to the Scottish Rite Grounds to sneak in some photoshoots.
Photoshoots are one of my absolute favorite things about cosplay! It is so great fun getting into character and interacting with your environment like your character would. You can take a wall and play with angles to turn it into a ship or an engine room. We had both worked hard on our cosplays, and were excited to get some good shots of them.
The Scottish Rite Center boasted good, concrete corners, parking lots, and A/C fans that really complimented Musica.
While the plethora of concrete was great for Musica, it was a bit harder to get good shots of Princess with it. Fortunately, we had stumbled across a rose garden during our misadventure to lunch earlier that day. On our way to the car we were stopped by a very excited kid, probably in middle school or high school. He was on a con high and very excited about my Silver Ray. He grabbed her out of my hands and started swinging her around, pretending to be in Final Fantasy. I jumped in front of him and yelled at him to stop. He grumbled that he thought that it was more durable as he friends apologized profusely. Unfortunately, he had damaged my Silver Ray’s base. Con etiquette, people!
Did I mention that there was a lake there, too?
We made it to the rose garden, and I babied my Silver Ray during the photoshoot, but we got some awesome photos! It was barely twilight when we got there, and, for the most part, the sun worked in our favor. I’m really happy with the pictures we got of Princess, too! The Last Unicorn was just made for a rose garden!
I love her tail!!!
A high school homecoming party had come there to take pictures before heading off to their dance. They were super excited to see a unicorn in the garden, and insisted on taking pictures with her. That’ll be a homecoming they won’t forget!
What’s a photoshoot without some funny shots?
The next day we pulled out Guy and Luke from Tales of the Abyss. Guy is one of my all-time favorite cosplays, and I hadn’t pulled out his original outfit in quite some time. It was thanks to ToA that I met Princess! We both showed up to the Tales Of Gathering at Fanime, and really hit it off. We hadn’t had a chance to run around in Tales since then, so we were excited.
Watch where you aim that thing!
Even Mieu had fun at the vendor’s booths!
We got an early start the next day, and made it to the con just as the doors were opening. We made good on our wish lists from the day before and, before long, had a nice collection of commissions, pins, and plushies. Another thing I love about small cons is bartering. Local vendors are much more likely to barter with you than big-time vendors. I don’t think we really paid full price on any of our finds. We both found treasures to get excited about! I found a new Iron Fist and Kenshin figure to add to my collection, but Princess found a Sephiroth! He needed a good home, and Princess’ Zack figure needed a friend. It all worked out!
On our way to one of the rooms, I was stopped by the guy to grabbed my Silver Ray the day before. He didn’t recognize me, though, and yelled, “Luke! You’re awesome!” I smiled and said, “I’m glad that you think I’m awesome, but I’m not Luke. I’m Guy. ” I pointed to Princess. “That’s Luke.” The guy shrugged and said that he hadn’t really played the game, and then tried to impress us by his knowledge of the game, except that he didn’t actually know anything about it, save for a very vague idea of the summery. We waved and continued on to the vendor room.
My friends joined us at the con around lunch time. They didn’t bring anything to eat, so we all piled into my friend’s car to head to Subway. Princess and I had bought sandwiches from Mr. Pickles (An AMAZING sandwich shop!), so we figured that we’d eat at the con picnic-style. Once we got back, though, we discovered that I had left the sandwiches at my parents’ place… oops. So off we went again, back to Subway so the rest of us could eat. Haha!
Once we got back, we meandered about the con, picked up our commissions, and grabbed our last couple of treasures. My friends made their purchases, and then we wandered outside to get some photos. It was nice having another person there to take pictures, so we could get pictures together. Our cosplays weren’t complete, but it was a lot of fun!
“It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… Asche?”
You were saying….?
Once a bro, always a bro.
After our photoshoot, we made our way back into the con to see the costume contest. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, SacCon’s costume contest is always a lot of fun. The cosplayers and audience are supportive, and everyone gets recognition. This year, though, there were pretty much only walk-ons, no skits. The attendance was also way down. There are usually around 30-35 submissions, but there were barely 20 this time. The audience was also pretty tired. But, after two days of con-going, most people would be a bit tired. All the same, it was SO MUCH FUN!
This was one of the best SacCon’s I’ve attended! I can’t wait to go back!
Stay tuned for Part II of my Con-tastic week!
Heh heh. You’re welcome, Princess.
Y’all should check out NobodyPuppetPrincess on DeviantArt! She is very talented!