Younger fan with theoretical 80s nostalgia

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Re: Younger fan with theoretical 80s nostalgia

Post by davemerrill » Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:56 am

Welcome to the board, Austin, and might I say that that 999 cel is great?! Because it is!

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Re: Younger fan with theoretical 80s nostalgia

Post by Akage » Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:04 pm

Oh yays, someone else here collects cels. I used to buy a lot of cels and then I switched to the original sketches drawn by the artists themselves. I traded an expensive hobby for something even more expensive!

Kurt's a nice guy. I used to buy a lot more from him when he had really nice Cardcaptor Sakura cels, but ever since his contact moved abroad, he hasn't received any more. I have a friend who likes to sell him all her Dragonball Z cels that she can't sell.

You should go to a more collector-heavy con. Several of us hang around in a group. You're welcome to join us. We were at Animazement in May and we'll be in Dallas for AnimeFest.

I will be making it rain at their auction :lol:

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Re: Younger fan with theoretical 80s nostalgia

Post by karageko » Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:07 pm

davemerrill wrote:Welcome to the board, Austin, and might I say that that 999 cel is great?! Because it is!
Thanks Dave! I've been a fan of your Let's Anime blog since I found it a few years ago. Hopefully I can finally make it to Anime Hell one of these days. I've wanted to go to one for probably more than five years now.

Although that GE999 cel is my only bona fide GE999 movie cel, I do have two more reproduction cels from the GE999 movie and three potato head Testuros from the TV series.

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Dkop wrote:The last poster I bought from Kurt was my BGC Revenge Road that hangs above my computer at the moment. Its one of my favorite BGC episodes so of course i'd spend whatever to get it. He was cool taking off like 10 bucks for me when I got it.
Revenge Road is a cool episode although Red Eyes is probably my favorite. I grabbed a BGC poster from Kurt at AB 2017! I thought about asking one of his employees if I could get a discount since I was buying four posters but didn't for some reason (I should have since the guy even asked me if I was okay with the subtotal). I asked for Kurt's business card at AB 2017 so hopefully it'll be easier for him to remember me if I run into him again at another convention this year.

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Akage" wrote:Oh yays, someone else here collects cels. I used to buy a lot of cels and then I switched to the original sketches drawn by the artists themselves. I traded an expensive hobby for something even more expensive!
Oh wow, yeah I've seen the insane prices that original sketches can go up to (I think Kurt even had some Captain Harlock sketch from Leiji Matsumoto at AB 2017 this year or something).
Akage wrote:Kurt's a nice guy. I used to buy a lot more from him when he had really nice Cardcaptor Sakura cels, but ever since his contact moved abroad, he hasn't received any more. I have a friend who likes to sell him all her Dragonball Z cels that she can't sell.
When I talked to Kurt at AB 2017 he told me that one of his friends sold their entire collection of cels to him so he got a bunch of new stuff from that. I've forgotten what new stuff came from that bulk purchase.
Akage wrote:You should go to a more collector-heavy con. Several of us hang around in a group. You're welcome to join us. We were at Animazement in May and we'll be in Dallas for AnimeFest.
I'd love to hang out with other "old school otaku"! This year is going to be my first year traveling out of state for anime conventions (my first anime convention was AB 2016 despite having been an anime fan for over a decade) and I already took a big chunk out of my funds to travel to Otakon and AWA (two cons I've wanted to go to for 5+ years). I'm going by myself ( :( ) so I'm fronting the hotel cost entirely for AWA for a room that can fit up to three people (apparently). It'd be a bit difficult to justify traveling for another convention on top of these two so I'll probably have to push it to planning for next year. I'm not sure if people arrange convention get-togethers on the forum but I'll have to pay attention for any threads like that.

As far as "collector-heavy" cons it'd be great to know the ones to look out for besides the ones you mentioned. I'm very much a convention newbie as you've probably figured out by now :lol: .
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Re: Younger fan with theoretical 80s nostalgia

Post by llj » Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:48 am

karageko wrote:
Nope, it's neither LOGH nor Robot Carnival. There's a really obvious hint I could give but I'm going to keep things fun by posting another cel from the same source to keep things interesting.
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Got it, It's the Blackjack OVAs. :)

Honestly, I forgot how weirdly detailed the character designs were, considering it's Tezuka.

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Re: Younger fan with theoretical 80s nostalgia

Post by Akage » Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:59 pm

karageko wrote:I'd love to hang out with other "old school otaku"! This year is going to be my first year traveling out of state for anime conventions (my first anime convention was AB 2016 despite having been an anime fan for over a decade) and I already took a big chunk out of my funds to travel to Otakon and AWA (two cons I've wanted to go to for 5+ years). I'm going by myself ( :( ) so I'm fronting the hotel cost entirely for AWA for a room that can fit up to three people (apparently). It'd be a bit difficult to justify traveling for another convention on top of these two so I'll probably have to push it to planning for next year. I'm not sure if people arrange convention get-togethers on the forum but I'll have to pay attention for any threads like that.

As far as "collector-heavy" cons it'd be great to know the ones to look out for besides the ones you mentioned. I'm very much a convention newbie as you've probably figured out by now :lol: .
Collector-heavy cons are cons that have several Japanese artists, or one really big Japanese artist that the group wants to see. Extra points goes conventions that allow their guests to draw and have charity auctions with a good supply of guest donated artwork. It boils down to how easy is it to get artwork, whether by standing in line or just paying for it.

My group and I consist of about 20 people, but usually no more than half of us will show up to any one con. All of us collect original sketches and/or cels, with several people collecting both. Like any group, some of us get along better than others. We eat together and hang out. Many of us are really good friends with each other, and all of us met either through collecting or at cons. Some of us have Rubberslug galleries. Not sure if you want to publicly show off your cels, but Rubberslug isn't a bad site for a gallery (though updating can be a bit wonky at times).

We share hotel rooms, but not to the point of room stuffing. At Animazement, we had 3 hotel rooms for the 6 of us. Everyone got a bed.

A couple of them are attending Otakon and AWA. Do you have the LINE app? It's a texting app but you can give us your LINE ID instead of a phone number. I'm sure some of the guys wouldn't mind having you around as long as you're ok with spending most of your con experience waiting in line for autographs from Japanese guests. I know that Preston is going to both Otakon and AWA as well, so maybe after meeting him at Otakon, you two could work something out for AWA.

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Re: Younger fan with theoretical 80s nostalgia

Post by DKop » Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:46 pm

Every year I keep thinking i'll go to AWA but im never able to make it. If I do happen to go, I'll get in touch with you guys. I'll let you know ahead of time and just tell me what my share on the hotel room might be so I can compensate you for sharing, I don't mind doing that.

I was able to meet up with Akage at Animazement, so you get to meet cool people like her. That bubble tea shop was pretty good, my drink lasted till the rest stop in SC I get off at below Rock Hill, so i'd love to try bubble tea again in the future. That Mexican restaraunt downtown was meh for me, but maybe it'll get better the next time I'll meet up with you guys.

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Re: Younger fan with theoretical 80s nostalgia

Post by SteveH » Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:48 am

It is better to go to one or two cons you can REALLY enjoy, then to go to many cons that seem to just blend together into sameness.

As much as I would like to have the money to go to AB, A-Kon, ACen, Otakon and others, if I can get to AWA that's all I really need. :)

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Re: Younger fan with theoretical 80s nostalgia

Post by Akage » Thu Jun 29, 2017 1:09 pm

DKop wrote:I was able to meet up with Akage at Animazement, so you get to meet cool people like her. That bubble tea shop was pretty good, my drink lasted till the rest stop in SC I get off at below Rock Hill, so i'd love to try bubble tea again in the future. That Mexican restaraunt downtown was meh for me, but maybe it'll get better the next time I'll meet up with you guys.
Aww shucks, thanks for the compliment. We all had a good time hanging out with you as well.

Apologies for the Mexican restaurant. I had convinced the group to try a drink called Horchata commonly found in Mexican restaurants. We looked at the menu beforehand and they had it, but when I asked the waiter, he then said they were out. I'll be taking them out for some good Horchata at Pollo Campero in Dallas for AF, so they'll at least have that experience. I hope they have both versions at PC this time. The El Salvadorian version knocks the socks off the Mexican version.

If you have a good base of friends (like us!), go to the cons that they attend. Even if the con blows, you still can have a good time with friends. Can't tell you how many times friends have saved me from a mediocre con experience.

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Re: Younger fan with theoretical 80s nostalgia

Post by DKop » Thu Jun 29, 2017 1:40 pm

Most of my cons throughout the year are either within SC or a state way, with Animazement being in Raleigh (which is where im from originally) and AWA in HotLanta (which is about a 3 hour ride from where im at). I've done panels at local SC cons over the years, and there is one coming up at the first weekend of August that has me on as a guest to do anime panel work for them, so I am excited about that coming up. I tend to stay locally since its cheaper in terms of gas and going for a day and driving home.

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Re: Younger fan with theoretical 80s nostalgia

Post by karageko » Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:25 pm

Akage wrote:My group and I consist of about 20 people, but usually no more than half of us will show up to any one con. All of us collect original sketches and/or cels, with several people collecting both. Like any group, some of us get along better than others. We eat together and hang out. Many of us are really good friends with each other, and all of us met either through collecting or at cons. Some of us have Rubberslug galleries. Not sure if you want to publicly show off your cels, but Rubberslug isn't a bad site for a gallery (though updating can be a bit wonky at times).

We share hotel rooms, but not to the point of room stuffing. At Animazement, we had 3 hotel rooms for the 6 of us. Everyone got a bed.

A couple of them are attending Otakon and AWA. Do you have the LINE app? It's a texting app but you can give us your LINE ID instead of a phone number. I'm sure some of the guys wouldn't mind having you around as long as you're ok with spending most of your con experience waiting in line for autographs from Japanese guests. I know that Preston is going to both Otakon and AWA as well, so maybe after meeting him at Otakon, you two could work something out for AWA.
I've never heard Rubberslug but it sounds neat so I'll have to check it out.

I haven't used LINE since 2 years ago but this is just as good a reason as any to start using it again; I've PM'd you my LINE id.

One of my primary reasons to finally venture to out of state anime convention is for some of the great fan panels I've heard about over the years so it would depend on how the schedule works out for guests versus fan panels.
Akage wrote:If you have a good base of friends (like us!), go to the cons that they attend. Even if the con blows, you still can have a good time with friends. Can't tell you how many times friends have saved me from a mediocre con experience.
It definitely sounds like it. Most of my friends I met in college are video game or general-nerd type people but few of them really have a focused investment into anime itself. There's nothing wrong with that (and in fact I do have other nerd interests), but it kinda sucks for me to have all this fascination of old anime bottled up inside without any outlet to talk about it with anyone. That's why I finally joined the board! I don't think any of those aforementioned friends would want to go out of state just for an anime convention and even if they did they probably wouldn't be interested in checking out the same stuff as me.
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