Normally I would make a con recap video on my youtube channel but I figure this year I will do things differently. This may be a lil long for a con recap. Where to begin? Well probably best to start from a few months ago. So I bought my bus ticket ages ago which would've taken me from my starting point(Thursday Night) all the way to my destination which was BALTIMORE MD(Friday Morning). Due to the damned snowstorm the bus station was apparently closed and there was no way for me to get in contact with anyone there. I tried calling the main HQ or whatever of Greyhound but the guy didn't understand me and I didn't understand him either. Whatever. I knew I had to transfer my Thursday bus ride to a Friday one but the rules and guidelines of their site seemed to dictate that that wasn't possible. I was depressed all day Thursday to the point where I was picking up the phone every 10 minutes or so and calling the Greyhound station I was supposed to leave from. It felt like a hug rug had been swiped underneath my feet and that rug was the holy grounds of Katsucon.
Fast forward to Friday morning where I had pretty much lost hope of going to Katsucon and my mom apparently called Greyhound earlier that morning and she tells me that we need to leave in half-an-hour so I can make it to the station, get my transfer, and get on the bus. I freaked the fuck out and tried throwing all of my usual convention stuff into suitcases and bags. We get to the station and thankfully I was able to transfer my ticket which would take me to my destination which was BALTIMORE MD. The hug rug that had originally been swept from underneath my had returned ! After like a 13-15 hour bus ride with a 2-hour delay(I actually contemplated cannibalism during the long wait of standing in line ) I make it to BALTIMORE MD. Now there is a reason why I keep putting "BALTIMORE MD" in all caps... Me being me I figured that since Katsucon takes place in Maryland that the obvious place to arrive at would be a bus station of Maryland as well. Nope. That was completely wrong. I should've made reservations to get off at Washington DC Union Station(17 minutes away from Gaylord Hotel) but I've only been to Maryland twice and stupidly assumed both Katsucon and Otakon were in close proximity to eachother. Wrong on that one as well! They are an hour from eachother!
Make matters worse the taxi driver that was driving me at the time told me some bullshit lie that Baltimore buses don't travel directly to Washington Union Station and I was so disoriented and tired that I believed it. I had already gotten this far despite the trials of the Thursday weather and I wasn't about to go back home. He offered a "flat rate" of $150 and without checking the exact distance to the con or even if buses ran from Baltimore to Washington I agreed on it ! Stupidest mistake of my life! I finally got there around 2:30am and the roommates were still up thankfully. As soon as I got there I just slept on the floor(took a good hour or two to actually fall asleep).
Woke up Saturday morning and got to do my first ever photoshoot with as Cammy and I as K' with as photographer. People kinda got lost at first but we all met up eventually. Really need to get another jacket that isn't so big or at least get it modified to look smaller around the waist. After that did a shoot of 's Lightning. A Vanille was supposed to be there but she was a no-show . Despite the missing Vanille we still got a lot of photos taken and even did a few crossover shots with a Saber. I felt kinda bad cause there was a dude from Touhou who wanted a picture with Saber but she wasn't actually part of the shoot and I was too confused to think "maybe I should just take a picture of them both...". More on that later.
I visited the registration line a few times, stayed there for about 10 minutes each time and eventually realized it wasn't worth it. I had already figured that since I had wasted half of my cash for the con the night before that the most sensible thing to do would be to not buy a pass at all. I went from simply enjoying the con to trying to survive the con. I still had fun despite not having a badge though. I roamed around as Ghostface with my bleeding mask and scared/entertained a bunch of congoers. As usual though I didn't buy much food but even less so this time around. I think I bought a Hershey smoothie, a thing of pringles(sitting here at 6:11PM Monday night and they still aren't done yet), a couple of sodas(don't normally drink soda but wanted to stay active), a poptart and possibly something else... possibly. The best I ate whole weekend was two pizzas but that was on the way back home.
Kinda went on a tangent there. Had another shoot with friends from Otakon at 3pm and that went smoothly. They were Diana and Leona from LoL. Did an impromptu shoot with Madoka, Jessica Rabbit, and Harley Quinn. Definitely will try to do more random and fun shoots like that one. There was a DMC shoot at 5pm hosted by and that I went to and that was a lot of fun. Best part was when a random empty box of pizza arrived and all the Dantes were fighting over it . Almost directly after that I did a Noel VS Makoto shoot with and . Thankfully s husband was there to give some direction as well or otherwise I would've ran out of ideas for shots much sooner. We waited for a bit for a Kokonoe to show up as well and just talked about random shit. She finally arrives and we head to the stairs to do some trio shots and then some random-ass lady is all like "YOU CAN'T BE DOING THAT ON THE STAIRS!" Everyone got nervous but I just laughed. She didn't even look like staff. We took so more shots elsewhere and then eventually parted ways. I roamed around for a bit wondering what the hell to do besides bleeding through my Ghostface mask everytime I passed by someone. SO I sat down and bled instead. Went to sleep pretty early as well like around 2 or 3 in the morning.
Woke up Sunday morning, had minor issue with hotel billing that was resolved and headed down to the con once again. Did a shoot with as Danny Phantom and her friend as Sam. The main plan was to get who was going to be Vergil to do a crossover shoot with Danny Phantom. Don't know why but I thought it would be interesting. It almost didn't happen due to various hiccups on everyone's end. Eventually Vergil made it though and we were able to do a few shots of them both. I was also to do a photoshoot with as her Maid Twilight Princess Zelda and her friend as Link. Due to time contraints and rescheduling we just crossovered(no that is not a word) Vergil with Legend of Zelda! I don't know there is just something about doing crossover shoots that are just somewhat more entertaining than doing overly serious "everything has to be canon!" shoots and this one was no exception. After that did a solo shoot outside with as Vergil. Walked around for a bit as Thriller MJ for a bit before running into as the Sorceress from Dragon's Crown and doing an impromptu shoot with her. About two other photographers joined in as well and they were pitching in ideas for shoots that I wouldn't necessarily had not thought of but probably would've been too shy to actually propose. I felt that way for a lot of shoots actually and combine that with the fact that I let so taxi driver run me out of $150 I think I am realizing I am just not assertive enough. I let way too many things slide or don't truly speak my mind enough. I'm probably not going to schedule anymore shoots for any future cons though(doesn't mean I won't do them I just won't schedule them myself. If anyone would still like to do shoots at cons then don't hesitate to ask). I need to get better at photography and actually learn the craft before I can start handing out photoshoots like candy otherwise I feel as though I am wasting everybodies time. The shoot with still went well though.
Later on met who was cosplaying as Fionna, surprisingly the only one I saw that weekend as I am used to seeing a plethora of them at one con. We talked about random stuff like socks and stuff. Of course I had to take about another $100 out of my savings to buy a bus ticket from Washington instead of Baltimore to head back home otherwise I would probably have to pay another $150 for a goddamn taxi. After getting that(painfully) squared away I took the bus back and went home. This brings me back to the Touhou/Saber thing. There was one other guy from the con who was going to the same final stop as I was and after talking for a bit I realized to my horror that he was the Touhou dude before who wanted a dueling picture with Saber but I didn't take the picture cause Saber wasn't really part of the Lightning shoot... Too say it was awkward would be an understatement.. Despite that though I ended up learning a lot about Touhou and how huge it is around the world. Apparently 50-80% of fanmade works in various parts of the world are Touhou related! I got home around 5AM, went to sleep and woke back up around 2pm today.
As far as the con went as a whole I probably would've had more fun if I bought a badge but with the constant shadow of "$150 taxi cab" looming over my head I felt like "fun" was very restricted. It's as if some kind of force was trying to keep me from attending Katsucon and I almost think it would've been for the best. I didn't let it get to me though and I even survived the weekend with everything intact. The only thing that would keep me from attending a con at this point is death itself. I love this venue and I had a better time at Katsu than I did at MAGFest last year so I definitely want to continue going but I just hope that it doesn't happen during another big snowstorm. Plans for the future are too attend Anime Boston, try to have as much fun as possible, and run around as "drunk" Ghostface(with bleeding mask and an empty paper bag to boot!) scaring and entertaining congoers. If anyone else, for any reason, wants to join me then feel free. Sorry for the 3 1/2 chapter novel but like I said this is my first time doing a con recap through written word instead of video. I just hope that no one else had to deal with the same kind of insanity I had to deal with throughout the weekend.