Awesome Con 2019 was average unlike last year. Not a lot of people show up on Saturday. Maybe Sunday and Friday was the best. Well technically I brought Saturday day one ticket. Although I didn’t go to Batman 80 years but I got to meet Tara Strong. Tara Strong is one of my favorite female voice actress. She is known for Bubbles (Powerpuff Girls), Twilight Sparkle (My Little Pony) and Raven (Teen Titans). Tara Strong Q & A was conflict with Batman 80 years panel. I wished there were different times. Anyways, I was mostly in the game room checking out some retro games and indies. The indie that intrigue me is #BLUD and looks like a cartoon. There were others like Grumpy Witch, Valley of Shadow and Crescendo. All of these indies are well-crafted and fun. I have signed up for betas and email mailing list.
There is more indies games to share. Frightshow Fighter made a appearance and remember covering this indie. I got a hands-on experience and really enjoy it. Osunia was a prototype and plays like Harvest Moon. Sneaky Ninja was cute and casually stealthy fun game. The game is coming to Nintendo Switch soon. Here is a flash from the past. Atari Adventure is recreated to have multiplayer. Do you remember the game from Ready Player One? Now, there is more players can play instead of one. Mega Cat Studios booth was mind-blowing with recreating NES and Genesis games. Check out these guys and other indie developers I have mention. There are some indies I have played last conventions that appeared at Awesome Con.
Blerdcon 2018 is a small nerd convention in Virginia. The term Blerd is short for black nerd (not Andre Meadow). It creates and embrace black nerd culture and fandom. Just like any other convention, there are panels, guest, gaming tournaments and maid café. Although, I only went on Saturday because it’s cheaper than going all three days. Blerdcon embrace anime, comics and different types of culture. LGBT, disabled and international community is welcome in this event. My first impressions of Blerdcon is just like any other small convention. There were guest should as Hip Hop Trooper,Karen Ashley (Yellow Ranger and Kevin Grevioux. Cosplayers make an appearance in Blerdcon as well. I went to Blerdcon with some people I know. One of them was celebrating a birthday. At the end of the day, she enjoy herself and was magic.
What is wrong with being different from other people? Why do we can get looked down upon? It’s because we are otaku, gamers, trekey, bronies and etc? You know nerds and geeky might chance the future and without nerd we will not have video games, smartphones, science and many more. We all know that nerds and geeky doesn’t fit in with normal people but we have our little gathering of nerds that we can talk to about anything fandom.
Plus, we got conventions such as Comic Con, Anime USA and many more where fans get together and get away from the outside world. It’s like a utopia from nerds, otakus, bronies, comic-book fans and scfi fandom. Do you ever been laugh at or make fun of being a geeky? Fear not, if that happen to you there is two options, one is to walk away from that situation, two say that “I am proud of being a nerd but I might become your boss one day.
Otakon 2018 was fantastic and I loved every bit of it. This weekend was the Unite the Right rally and I understand people don’t want to show up. That’s not the case in that matter. Otakon is a safe haven for us Otakus from the outside world. That being said, this year’s Otakon was about Dragon Ball franchise. They’ve show a trailer of the new Dragon Ball Super Broly movie. There was other such as Fate Order and many previews. I don’t go on Friday but Saturday due to cheaper tickets. Don’t want to pay $90 for all weekend. I brought $70 Saturday and Sunday ticket. In my opinion, it was better than last year Otakon. There were a lot of amazing guests that showed up this year’s Otakon.
Nobuo Uematsu, the composer of the Final Fantasy series had a panel. The audience chant Final Fantasy victory theme went he walk on stage. He gave some insights on being a composer and life struggles. Uematsu words penetrated my heart and inspired me. Afterwards, went to a Final Fantasy panel with a rundown of the series. There are other panels I went to Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans. The panel ask questions to the voice actors (Kyle McCarley, Robbie Daymond, Johnny Young Bosch and Masaya Matsukaze). Iron-Blood director Tatsuyuki Nagai and Mecha designer Kanetake Ebikawa join the panel. There were discussing about season 1 and 2 along with characters.