Otakon was a Blast!

Noogie-ing my cousin who's being weirder than a weirdo and scaring off my customers.

Noogie-ing my cousin who's being weirder than a weirdo and scaring off my customers.

Stupidly happy that my cousin came to visit. <3 And you guys get to see my crazy art set up

Stupidly happy that my cousin came to visit. <3
And you guys get to see my crazy art set up

Map location

Map location

To start off, when I got off the plane, I made a friend named Nanami! We bonded over life stories and became friends right off the bat. How often do people make friends on the plane, and then become real friends when they get off? I say it's Destiny! After the con was over, I was able to hang out with her for a short while. We went to eat and went sight seeing. She was so sweet. Will definitely keep in touch.

About the con. I made friends with my Artist Alley neighbors. Her name is Ling, and we became "kugua friends" or bitter melon friends. We both tried our best to stay until the "bitter" end of the con...because the convention hours for Otakon was insane! from 9am to 11pm?! D: OMG. It was miserable, but having here there as support definitely made it a lot easier. <3

Every day after the con, I was jet lagged, sweaty, and hungry. It was very humid and hot in Maryland. In California we're just hot. In Baltimore, it was just humid misery. So of course my friend fed me Ice cream and spoiled me. lol

During those four days, I slept in a creepy hotel by myself. ;_; But my friend Lexi ended up staying with for one night, and then for the last day my friends from Canada took me in. oh gosh the artist life!

What was so memorable about this con was that my cousin, that I have not seen for 5 years, came down to visit me! I was able to show her and her boyfriend around. She's a normal person...coming to an anime convention for the first time. So...There were A LOT of questions.

Questions like "Mel...I'm freaked out, why is that guy holding a tentacle?!"
Me: um... cough.. um..
Her: Melody...why is that girl holding a life size doll?!
Me: Mary, I can't answer that, because I don't know...

Um..yeah... can you imagine trying to tell your cousin about the anime community....I can't even begin to start. Too big... too much info...a lot of explanation, like a parent telling their children about the birds and the bees...just no.

All in all, I had a memorable time at the con. :) Will definitely try to return next year. <3

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