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Trick or Treat!

I was sitting at work a few weeks ago thinking I had all kinds of time on some projects that were due in November and then it hit me that November was 2 weeks away! ACK! Anyway, as always happens this time of year, I have Halloween on the mind. First of all – what am I gonna wear? Which is usually followed by – do I have the time/money/both to make a new costume? And that’s usually followed by – are you crazy??

I’ve been talking with some friends about Halloween memories and wanted to share them for kicks.

Who remembers when Halloween costumes came from the grocery store and comprised of a plastic smock and a plastic mask? I was always so excited to go pick mine out! I had Bozo the clown, a witch, Strawberry Shortcake and Holly Hobby as mine. I remember my sis had a kitty one and my brother had a pirate. And then my teachers would all say ‘Don’t wear the mask cause you’ll get hit by cars!’ and of course I would be thinking with kid logic ‘But I HAVE to wear the mask! It’s part of the costume!!!’ Considering I do cosplay now and try to make my stuff as authentic to the character as possible, maybe it wasn’t just kid logic. I suspect it was more like early manifestations of the artistic perfectionist, lol!

And those masks were so awful for breathing in. By the end of the night, it was all damp inside from my breath condensing through that little slit at the mouth. I think most of us looked more like slobbering werewolves than cute little Carebears.

One of my friends had a mom who could sew so she always got those really cool homemade costumes that I was so envious of. Turns out, she was envious of the plastic smocks that all the kids in school had. We’ve been friends for YEARS. I just found this out a few weeks ago.

All our teachers would also tell us to not eat any of the candy til it had been examined by our parents or better yet, x-rayed at the local hospital to verify there were no hidden razors! As my same friend with the cool home-made costumes said – what kind of criminal would take all the time and effort to carefully unwrap the candy, insert a razor and then carefully wrap it up again to look all innocent and untampered with?

I also remember some of my friends telling me that the Zodiac Killer was going around at Halloween and I could be next. I think the Zodiac Killer was like 10 years before my time and on the other end of the country, but as a kid, you believe EVERYTHING your friends tell you, even if you have more of a chance of getting hit by a car as warned by your teacher who you didn’t listen to.



October 31, 2013 at 4:46 am Leave a comment

ASAHiCon 2013 Review

This past weekend, I took the Kimchi Kawaii ‘show’ to my old high school, Antioch High. Mom had actually told me about their anime con a few years ago. This was their 5th year. It’s a little one day con put on by the anime club there. I went for pure nostalgia factor – to say that I sold at my old high school.

Dealer's room/artist alley at ASAHiCon.

Dealer’s room/artist alley at ASAHiCon.

The dealer’s room/artist alley was in the school cafeteria and had around 20-30 groups selling their wares. There were a few people with mass produced items, but mostly it was high school students taking art commissions or selling their hand created items. The con was only one day, from 10-5:30, but I still took the full amount of Kimchi stuff cause I’m Type A like that, lol! Sales were a bit slow, but that wasn’t surprising due to the size of this con. I mostly saw the same people all day long. I did make about $25 more than I expected so that’s good. They did a pretty good job of trying to include all the usual anime con events – panels, cosplay masquerade (we didn’t stay for that one as we had a bit of a drive to get home), game room and maid cafe. They also had various clubs from the school selling food in one of the courtyards. One of them were even making custom crepes which I thought was pretty impressive. I haven’t even been to many BIG cons that have crepes!

My friend came along to help me out so I got out a bit to look at my old high school. I took pictures of the old spot that my group of friends used to stake out in the courtyard for lunches. Ironically, this con was the most time I’ve spent in the cafeteria. Not once during my three years at AHS did I eat in there. I also took a picture of my class’s plaque. All down the main hall of the school, each class has a plaque with their year. I think there is a time capsule under each one too. Anyway, I won’t be uploading a photo of that one here cause people don’t need to know how old I am 🙂 Let’s just say it’s been a while since I’ve set foot on campus.

After the con wrapped up, my friend and I drove over to the elementary school where we met. We took a picture of the location where our 6th grade classroom used to be (it was a portable building) and tagged our teacher in it who we are both friends with on FB. We also spent a lot of time reminiscing about our days there in K – 6. Most of the school was closed off since it was a weekend so we couldn’t take pictures in the courtyard or see if the fun murals were still in existence. Had some fun goofing around in the park right next to the school where we both had more memories. As I was still in my cosplay from the con, I inadvertently entertained people at the park who were having picnics and stuff. They were staring at me like they had never seen a tall Asian girl in a bright striped dress and white wig with candies in her hair. They need to get out more, just kidding!

Continuing in the theme of ‘Small Cons at Places with Big Memories Attached’, I’m selling at DAIcon next. This one is in it’s second year and happening May 4th at my college alma mater, University of California, Davis. Will write up a review of that one too 🙂 And then after that, it’s one of my larger ones – Fanime!

April 14, 2013 at 7:32 pm 2 comments

Let’s Hear it for the Boys

Apparently, once a New Kids fan, always a New Kids fan. This morning when I logged in to Facebook, I had a few friends (children of the 80’s unite!) who had posted about the new NKOTB tour and album coming out. I must admit, I got really excited and spent some time geeking out with them. It’s kind of crazy how just one little entry in my newsfeed could take me back to my teenage years.

I drew this one some time in jr. high. I think it was around the Step by Step time.

I drew this one some time in jr. high. I think it was around the Step by Step time.

When I was growing up, I was a HUGE New Kids on the Block fan. Jordan Knight was my favorite. He’s still got it going on. I’ve always loved drawing so I borrowed the teeny bopper magazines from my friends and drew pictures of Jordan and plastered my walls with them. It’s actually how I learned human proportions and portrait drawing. I also learned how to shade facial features and make skin tones with colored pencil. Some of my friends from jr. high told me that they still have the pictures I drew of their favorite New Kids, which I think is pretty cool!

I had all the dolls. I made clothes for them. I even made a replica of their stage. I watched the NKOTB Saturday morning cartoon. I had all their albums on either cassette tape or CD (still do, actually). I watched their videos and specials on HBO and Disney. I got super annoyed when they cut away from their Super Bowl halftime show to cover Desert Storm – hey, I was a teenager, what I thought was worthy of coverage was a little different than what everyone else thought! I dreamed of going to their concerts. I even dressed as Jordan for Halloween one year (no one got it, obviously).

Then, I grew up and moved away to college. And found that one of my roommates had also been a huge New Kids fan. Cue the fangirling all over again. About that time, Jordan Knight came out with his first solo album and was doing a publicity tour. One of the stops was in the city closest to us. She got to go meet him. I was stuck working in the grocery store deli. She took a picture of him and gave it to me though 🙂 We pretty much fed off each other’s boyband obsession all through college. We both moved to Nsync when they came out in the late 90’s, but the New Kids were still always there. You never forget your first, lol!

I drew this one in college, probably when I should have been studying other things than Jordan :)

I drew this one in college, probably when I should have been studying other things than Jordan 🙂

And now, here I sit, years out of college feeling the excitement of a teenager all over again at the mention of NKOTB. Let me add to the nerd/geek factor here: I looked up their tour dates and alas, I won’t be able to go to their show once again as their CA dates correspond to when I will be attending Anime Expo and selling in the Artist Alley which is right next door to the Staples Center. The fangirl in me is already thinking how cool it is that I will be sitting there in the convention hall with Jordan practically right next door and fantasizing that they sneak into AX and stop at my table. Ok, need to return back to earth here.

Now excuse me, I need to go draw a picture of Jordan. You know, ’cause my non-anime face portrait drawing skills are getting rusty or something like that. 🙂

January 26, 2013 at 12:21 am Leave a comment

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

What is it about a baseball game that just takes you back? This past weekend, my parents treated all the ‘kids’ to a day at the ballpark. We were all raised on the Oakland A’s (the Giants – boo, hiss, lol) and so caught one of the final games of the regular season. It turned out that we got a really exciting game with the A’s coming back in the bottom of the 9th on a three run homer to tie up the game and then win it in the 10th with another homer. Everyone was jumping around, cheering, high-fiving and hugging. And that was among complete strangers! It was such a fun day.

Anyway, despite the complaints that the Oakland Coliseum is an old relic and the A’s desperately need a new home, I have so many memories attending games at this park throughout my childhood and into my adult years. Every time I come to a game, it’s so easy to go back.

Crazy George – This guy would get up on the dugout and jump around with a tambourine and rouse the crowd between plays. I wonder what happened to that guy?

The Exposed Pipes in the Bathroom – Ok, so this is the part where you think I’m totally weird. When I was a kid, I had this fascination/terror of certain ceilings. I’m not kidding! I was super scared of ceilings that had the popcorn/asbestos covering over exposed masonry. I guess considering what they figured out about asbestos later, I had a right to be scared! Anyway, I don’t know why, but they scared me and I HATED going in buildings with ceilings like that (the local roller rink,  the Flower Building and the racetrack grandstand at our county fairgrounds are the three I remember). The other ceilings I hated were the ones with exposed pipes like they have at the Coliseum. I would go in to use the bathrooms and STARE at those pipes, daring them to show their true monster form and come get me, the poor little kid on the toilet. Mom thinks it goes back to an earthquake experience I had as a kid. When the water went through the pipes, they would wiggle and so she thinks I was thinking it was another earthquake.

The Wave – I loved it when this would get started in one section and then suddenly spread throughout the stadium. I would get all excited for when it would hit our section and it was time to rise in unison, hands up to the sky with a loud shout. Plus, it just looked so cool. No one does the Wave much any more. They actually tried to get it going at the game this past weekend, but it never got beyond the first section. C’mon guys, we can do better than that!

All the Crazy People in the Bleacher Seats – Beyond the outfield were the bleacher seats and they could always be counted on for a ton of noise through either horns, chanting or stomping on the ground. They always looked like they were having a great time.

The Oakland Hills – This was one memory that I really miss. Back in the day before they built that monstrosity for the Raiders (don’t even get me started), you could sit there in the main stadium and watch the game with a great backdrop of the Oakland Hills. They always had the bank planted with grass and flowers in A’s colors and flags flying with the years of championship wins. Now, we stare out at this ugly, cement wall filled with empty seats. If the Raiders leave, I say tear that thing down!

Dot Racing – When they did Dot Racing at this game, mom and I were commenting on how it’s kinda lost it’s appeal with the new, fancy, video game-esque layout. Original Dot Racing didn’t have this 3D track with sweeping air shots and fancy camera angles. Nope, it was just three dots – red, white and blue going around and around on a track shown from bird’s eye view. It was super kitschy, but I think it had appeal in it’s kitsch. People really got into it. Go Blue!

Celebrate by Kool and the Gang – This is one memory that is still going. The A’s game was pretty much the only place I would hear this song when I was growing up as I didn’t listen to the radio all that much. I thought it was actually written FOR the A’s as their theme song! I operated under this assumption for a very long time (until last year, just kidding). Even now, whenever I hear that song, I am immediately in the Oakland Coliseum on a summer day. Dad wishes they would get another song, lol! And yep, they played it on Saturday when they won.

So for me, going to an A’s game is not just a chance to watch the team I grew up with play ball, it’s quite a trip down memory lane. If I ever have kids, I intend to take them to the ballpark too. And I will make sure the Ceiling Pipe Monsters don’t get them and then we shall dance to ‘Celebrate’.



October 3, 2012 at 4:29 am Leave a comment


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