Greetings and Salutations!
So, just a few moments ago, I arrived home from NoBrand Con. OH. MY. GROSH. NoBrand is officially replacing Detour for me. I HAD SUCH AN AMAZING TIME. It was super duper crazy, but the con was so nice and casual.
I left Friday morning with my sister Sushi after picking up Sammy, the Daisho Ninja. The drive was really easy except for the snow....which didn't stop all weekend. My only complaint. The Plaza Eau Claire on the outside doesn't look like much, but once we got into our room our worries were for naught cause the beds were crazy comfy. I travel a lot and that was one of the best beds I've ever slept in! Check in and getting our badges didn't take long at all (con staff is super efficient) then Sushi and I got some tacos and spent a good couple of hours in front of the tv. I had perused the program and nothing had really caught my eye until I had spied something I overlooked. Then and there I knew the weekend was going to be awesome. That night they were playing "Wizard People, Dear Readers". I had to drag Sushi to it cause she was a little apprehensive but she fell in love with it post-haste! We laughed so hard and got to know some of the other fans during the video and it just really made our night.
Saturday we grabbed breakfast at the hotel (it wasn't that great) and I caught some panels about how to make a successful web comic and how to succeed in Artist Alley, both by artist Nick Foy of "Otakuz with a Z" www.owaz-comic.com. He said some things that I really needed to hear (I had such an epiphany during his panel) and I came to visit him at his table in the dealers room. I got some badges from him and he was super nice and just a totally awesome guy. I look forward to seeing him again cause he was super knowledgeable and gave me a lot of great resources for business cards, banners and the such. Sushi and I then went across the street to the grocery store cause I needed some cupcakes for my Mrs. Cake outfit......that was a bad idea. The second we went in the store we found the liquor section.........my liver regrets everything. I had made Sushi a Persephone dress so I got some great photos of her in the snow. I then went around in my Mrs. Cake outfit handing out cupcakes to congoers. Some of the best moments of the weekend involved around me doing this.
CONGOER: "How much are those cupcakes?"
ME: "They're free."
CONGOER: ".........Can I have one?"
ME: "You certainly may!"
CONGOER: "OMG I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!"
They were really good cupcakes. And I made a lot of people happy. And fed some starving artists.
I should not have gone into the dealers room. SO...MUCH...WANTY. I bought ONE thing....and it was expensive. A giant Trafalgar Law body pillow.........I REGRET NOTHING. The rest of the night was a blur of drinking, Cards Against Humanity, laughing till I choked and dancing till the rave ended. HOW WAS I NOT HUNG OVER?!
Today we managed to get up in time, packed up our stuff in a stupor, checked out and hit the dealers room one more time. That was also a mistake. Sushi found the swords table....and flipped. That was a giant blur of OMG SWORDS I WANNA SWORD CAN I GET A SWORD WILL IT FIT IN THE CAR SWORDS! I love my sister.....but she really likes swords. If I had enough money I would have bought a replica of Trafalgar Law's sword.....what?! I love Traffy! Afterwards we hit artist alley where I made a lot of contacts and introduced myself to other artists, bought some awesome fan art, visited other con tables and introduced myself (just got a whole lot of networking done). Hillary gave me my EVA dvd back and Sammy, the Daisho Ninja, Sushi and I started to make our way home after a long weekend of fun.
The only thing that has me bummed was that a lot of my usual con friends were so busy either doing massive cosplay shenanigans or promoting their new website www.facebook.com/XGeekMedia that I hardly got to see, say hi or even hang with them. But it was ok cause I've never had a real bonding weekend with sister Sushi so the two of us had a great time! She was really worried because of it being an anime convention that she wouldn't fit in. After the first day she chillaxed to the max.
In other words, L's and G's, NoBrand is a totally laid back, friendly, open to everyone convention! No one was rude, the guests were charming and the hotel has all these nice little, drama free areas where you can chill with fellow otakus. I haven't been to this con in several years (cause Detour usually destroys my wallet), but I can say, without a doubt, that NoBrand has wriggled it's way back into my heart like a wonderful, lovely tumor.........what?!!
Now I have to contend with a very angry cat who I left at home all weekend and no one in my family cleaned her litter box........gross.