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Japanator goes to AniMaine 2015: Day 2

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A look at the small con in Maine

Welcome back Japanator readers as we take a look at the AniMaine anime convention from South Portland Maine. Today we look at day 2, Saturday!

Haven't had slept very well from the night before, getting up Saturday was a bit of a task. One of the perks of getting a room at the Merry Manor Inn for the convention was free breakfast buffet.  Bacon, sausage, eggs (real eggs!), Pancakes, waffles, muffins, and all kinds of other things flushed down your gullet with all kinds of fruit juice and coffee to keep you going in the busiest day of the AniMaine schedule.

Welcome back Japanator readers as we take a look at the AniMaine anime convention from South Portland Maine. Today we look at day 2, Saturday!

 

Haven't had slept very well from the night before, getting up Saturday was a bit of a task. One of the perks of getting a room at the Merry Manor Inn for the convention was free breakfast buffet.  Bacon, sausage, eggs (Real eggs!), Pancakes, waffles, muffins, and all kinds of other things flushed down your gullet with all kinds of fruit juice and coffee to keep you going in the busiest day of the AniMaine schedule.

 

First up for me was Meet Monica Rial. An informal panel where you could ask her about anything and get to know how wonderful she is. Not only did she share some tips and tricks for voice acting, but also told a number of stories from her career and her life. She's a sweet person and very entertaining to listen to for an hour.

While Jeremy traveled off for another panel. I went upstairs and got myself together for a photo shoot I had scheduled with Amie E. Photography that were doing shoots Saturday afternoon. I was debuting a new costume of the character of Mirakoshi the spirit from my own superhero book series kRaveings. I'm not actually the type who gets his picture taken at cons a whole lot (although someone actually did ask for our picture on the way out the door. AWESOME!), so this was something I do for myself. As you can see, Her camera work is amazing. Check out this gallery of samples of the pics she took of us at the con.

If you want to know the character behind that pretty face, you can check out my published books at my website. (Cheap plug)

It was then time for my panel, Damn Write! I've run this writing discussion panel since the first AniMaine and every year they are glad to bring me back for it. I was very pleased to have a small group of engaging people, especially since my panel was up against Greg Ayres doing an all ages version of his late night panel in the room upstairs. It was fun and since the room wasn't being used after I was done, I hung around a bit and one of the staffers named Ivan brought in his dog Watson, who stars in Watson The Terrible. She was a friendly dog but really did not know what to think of me since I was still wearing my face paint. she just kind of sat there staring at me and twitched her nose. She was adorable and liked the pets on the head.

Leaving the panel room, I ran into another long time friend in Pocky Princess Darcy, and expert cosplayer who came up from New Hampshire. She was entered into the Expert division of the Cosplay contest with this wonder number of Princess Lulu from Yuri Kuma Arashi. (spoilers: she won).


 After washing off all the face paint and some food, we took in the Saturday night Fan parodies run by Scott Melzer. Scott's been a friend of mine for well over 10 years now and usually hosts this block later in the night, but this year it was held earlier in the day. Amongst those shown was AMV Hell 8 and Macross: Did you forget about Love?. Lots of laughs and fun as always when Scott's running this block of programming.

 The next event on the docket was Bootleg Bomber. This event is THE main event of the convention as it has been from the very beginning. This draws the entire convention to see, and no other panels are scheduled during it's time (A rule named after your truly who had a writing panel opposite the Bomber in the first year and drew no one to it). Bootleg Bomber is split into two parts. First is an instructional panel hosted by Con-chair Colin Harvie and Greg Ayres on how to spot bootleg merchandise. Looking for things like copyright notices, region codes, and quality checks really make looking to see if items are not legit is a big part of the con. After the informative part of the panel is over, AniMaine finds new ways to destroy the bootlegs that are donated to the convention. In years passed we had a Steamroller, a piñata hackfest, an industrial blender, and last year was FIRE.

This year the convention theme was robots, so we had a robot and a couple of the guests have at it! (Caution: naughty language)

As you can see it was a lot of fun. Who knew Monica could be so salty and violent?

 When the dust was cleared, I went off to Truth or Doty. This was a fun game panel hosted by Terry Doty. The premise was she would read off 3 things and a person in the audience would have to guess which one was true. If you guessed right you got a prize. She told stories of being randomly bit by a little kid while shopping and pretending to have an evil twin for a year. Not only is she very Talented, but she has some really interesting life stories to tell!. With some time left she ran a raffle for extra DVDs she had and I won a DVD of a live action movie called Drop. I haven't watched it yet but looks interesting.

At this point, it was 9:00 at night and it was time for the AniMaine Rave with your DJ, Greg Ayres. This is another big draw event with most of the con doing the Oontz Oontz Oontz thing.

Meanwhile, a small group of us gathered in the viewing room downstairs for Hellsing: Abridged, a fan parody of Hellsing: Ultimate brought to you by Team Fourstar, a group of parody makers known for DBZ: Abridged and other online parodies. Following that we were also victi.. err... guests... to a panel run by the convention chair Colin himself, an 18+ panel called Evan GET IT ON, a look at some bad Evangelion hentai. Colin is a HUGE EVA fan with a very large collection of things from the show. Some tech issues aside, which just made it more fun, it was a funny and bizarre way to end the night officially.

With midnight came the official end of con activities, but as per custom, a lot of us just kind of hung around for a while until being officially kicked out. I checked out the Artist Alley when I chatted with Darcy and her friend Michelle, nabbing this pic of the Robot from Bootleg Bomber, and the official AniMaine mascot (named Malika) being cosplayed by Rose Humenuik.

Scott and I found a place in the hallway and talked about things for a while before going to our rooms and ending the night.

First up for me was Meet Monica Rial. An informal panel where you could ask her about anything and get to know how wonderful she is. Not only did she share some tips and tricks for voice acting, but also told a number of stories from her career and her life. She's a sweet person and very entertaining to listen to for an hour.

 

While Jeremy traveled off for another panel. I went upstairs and got myself together for a photo shoot I had scheduled with Aime E. Photography that were doing shoots Saturday afternoon. I was debuting a new costume of the character of Mirakoshi the spirit from my own super hero book series kRaveings. I'm not actually the type who gets his picture taken at cons a whole lot (although someone actually did ask for our picture on the way out the door. AWESOME!), so this was something I do for myself. As you can see, Her camera work is amazing.

 

After that it was time for my panel, Damn Write! I've run this writing discussion panel since the first AniMaine and every year they are glad to bring me back for it. I was very pleased to have a small group of engaging people, especially since my panel was up against Greg Ayres doing an all ages version of his late night panel in the room upstairs. It was fun and since the room wasn't being used after I was done, I hung around a bit and one of the staffers named Ivan brought in his dog Watson, who stars in Watson The Terrible. She was a friendly dog, but really did not know what to think of me since I was still wearing my face paint. she just kind of sat there staring at me and twitched her nose. She was adorable and liked the pets on the head.

 

After washing off all the face paint and some food, we took in the Saturday night Fan parodies run by Scott Melzer. Scott's been a friend of mine for well over 10 years now and usually hosts this block later in the night, but this year it was held earlier in the day. Amongst those shown was AMV Hell 8 and Maccross: Did you forget about Love?. Lots of laughs and fun as always when Scott's running this block of programming.

 

The next event on the docket was Bootleg Bomber. This event is THE main event of the convention as it has been from the very beginning. Bootleg Bomber is split into two parts. First is an instructional panel hosted by Con-chair Colin Harvie and Greg Ayres on how to spot bootleg merchandise. Looking for things like copyright notices, region codes, and quality checks really make looking to see if items are not legit is a big part of the con. After the informative part of the panel is over, AniMaine finds new ways to destroy the bootlegs that are donated to the convention. In years passed we had a Steamroller, a piñata hackfest, an industrial blender, and last year was FIRE. This year the convention theme was robots, so we had a robot and a couple of the guests have at it!

 

 

As you can see it was a lot of fun. Who knew Monica could be so salty and violent?

 

 

When the dust was cleared, I went off to Truth or Doty. This was a fun game panel hosted by Terry Doty. The premise was she would read off 3 things and a person in the audience would have to guess which one was true. If you guessed right you got a prize. She told stories of being randomly bit by a little kid while shopping and pretending to have an evil twin for a year. Not only is she very Talented, but she has some really interesting life stories to tell!. With some time left she ran a raffle for extra DVDs she had and I won a DVD of a live action movie called Drop. I haven't watched it yet, but looks interesting.

 

At this point it was 9:00 at night and it was time for the AniMaine Rave with your DJ, Greg Ayres. This is another big draw event with most of the con doing the Oontz Oontz Oontz thing. Meanwhile a small group of us gathered in the viewing room downstairs for Hellsing: Abridged, a fan parody of Hellsing: Ultimate.

 

 

Following that we were also victi.. err...guests... to a panel run by the convention chair Colin himself, an 18+ panel called Evan GET IT ON, a look at some bad Evangelion hentai. Colin is a HUGE EVA fan with a very large collection of things from the show. Some tech issues aside, which just made it more fun, it was a funny and bizzare way to end the night officially. With midnight came the official end of con activities, but as per custom, a lot of us just kind of hung around for a while untill being officially kicked out. Scott and I found a place in the hallway and talked about things for a while before going to our rooms and ending the night.

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