Lights Out Convention 2008
Last Saturday, I attended my first yaoi convention. It certainly was... interesting. Given the nature of the event, we dressed up accordingly by going as fanon yaoi pairs.
photo from Thea *theadeleon
The obvious choice for me
was NaruSasu/SasuNaru (whichever you prefer).
We've been abusing the Shippuuden costumes for a while now so we did the ronin versions from the Broken Youth ending
.photo from ~twilight-tigerwolf13
Yeah, the ending animation with the line, "Dakara... Please kiss me, please kiss me all night..." Err... Well, it WAS a yaoi con after all.
Let me just say that it was really breezy walking around in next to nothing but a robe. I actually should have left the top more open to show the bandages around the waist part as seen in the ending animation (linked above) but I should probably add clips and hooks on other parts of the robe to secure it on the rest of my body. I tried being accurate but it made the bottom part have this tendency to flap open and uh, nobody wants to see that.
were not quite themselves...
Most people associate them with Rukia and Orihime.
After cosplaying the likes of Hyuuga Hinata...
...and Uzumaki Kushina, in some bizarre twist of fate, Kat turns into...photo from Charmie ~yaoiangel14
OROCHIMARU!photo from Krinkle ~sm16
And with China as Jiraiya to match! They went from moe characters to the young, generally innocent beginnings of a perverted hermit and a snakey pedofag. MY MIND. IT IS BLOWN.photo from Erving ~Huzafan
and Isa !sabotenshi
were the Hitachiin twins
...trying to climb up Erving ~Huzafanphoto from Krinkle ~sm16Ysabel
was able to make it as Hunny
...who seems to be deprived of his daily dose of sweets and is consequently rather unhappyphoto from Krinkle ~sm16
looked adorable and very, well, charming as she patiently manned our boothphoto from Krinkle ~sm16
was THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GEISHA WOMANS EVARphoto from Krinkle ~sm16
as herself. Doing Y IS FOR YAOI. With an unintentional leaf crown on her head.photo from Sara ~hachiko29
was our resident catboy. Here he is enjoying Hikaru's company in the spirit of the event.
On one side of the room, they had a little screening of sorts. I couldn't really see what was going on (I'm kinda thankful) but it made me happy to see everyone just enjoying being around people with the same ...interests
and KYAAAAAAAAAAA~ing together.photo from Krinkle ~sm16
At the butler cafe... Aoi (Diego) ~undyingfenix
x Miku (Deacon) ~DorkyDea
OTP PFFFHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAphoto from Natsumi
Watch out, Haninozuka-senpai! Orochimaru uses little boys for his... s
experiments.photo from Jazzie ~hiyukiri
Jiraiya does not approvephoto from Herson ~yuber19
...and apparently wants Orochimaru for himself. Sorry, ero-sennin. You're too old (even at age 12) for Orochi's taste.photo from Trish Surema
DENIEDphoto from Natsumi
JiraOro? I have not seen a lot of fanart or doujins of this pairing. Let's keep it that way.photo from Charmie ~yaoiangel14
Froggy tongue, snake eyes and duckbutt hair.
They have not ceased to blow my mind until now.photo from Krinkle ~sm16
I really love the costume designs for the young Sannin.(Speaking of which... Yo, Kishimoto! Isn't it about time to give Naruto a cool new outfit? Sasuke has had 1495340593094 costume changes already.)
People were like, "Hey, cool necklace. Does it have a double meaning?" You dirty girls. WELL IT'S NOT MY FAULT THAT KISHIMOTO HAD TSUNADE GIVE NARUTO A NECKLACE THAT LOOKS LIKE PENI-[somewhere in the world, Sai giggles happily]Bah, I can't even see my contacts. My usual bright blue ones were reacting weird with my eyes that day so I had to use another blue pair. I miss my blindingly blue ones.photo from Nix *starrywhitewall
I met Rose. He belongs to Nix *starrywhitewall
. I wonder if he enjoyed the con.photo from Herson ~yuber19
and Ice ~13idiotbox
with MM ~karwahe
as their Kyouya.photo from Herson ~yuber19Ysabel
, who went to a yaoi convention with her mom. Not everyone has parents like that. She's very lucky.photo from Essa ~Cyfliq
She was pretty scared, but at least had good company to protect her.photo from Charmie ~yaoiangel14
Oh noooo! Protect Hunny! Mori, where are you when you're needed?photo from Essa ~Cyfliq
When you love a woman,
Make sure that sheeeee's a womaaaaaan... photo from Krinkle ~sm16
KAWAII HANA BIJIN RANDOM JAPANESE WORD DESUphoto from Krinkle ~sm16
happily groped the lovely geisha.photo from Essa ~Cyfliq
Like I had mentioned in my previous journal entry, we got a table for this con. Everyone did their best to help out. It was stressful, but also rather fun and fulfilling.
We were all trying to make a bit of profit to help fund things like big school projects that involve book printing and studio shoots which both cost quite a lot. We agreed to help each other try to earn a bit of extra cash with the little things we're capable of doing. We figured we could also use some of the profit to fund the printing of those photobooks for charity
we were planning since we need a capital to get that project going.
It was just sort of a trial run, since it was our first time doing anything of the sort. That's why we only had limited numbers for our items. We had no idea they'd get sold out that fast. We'll be better prepared for next time! (Which will be on CosplayMania
; hope to see you there!)
That aside, it made us feel all warm and fuzzy inside whenever someone would come up to us and tell us how the Tux Team has been a source of inspiration, or that they had fulfilled a goal by simply meeting us. It was pretty overwhelming to be thought of as such, since we see each other as ordinary geeks who happen to be friends with each other. I felt guilty and embarrassed whenever I'd get asked to sign something because I thought myself unworthy of doing such a thing, but it would also be rude to decline. I've lost count of how many times I had heard, "THANK YOU I CAN DIE NOW" and every time I couldn't help but go, "Please don't!" even if they weren't completely serious. At least, I hope they weren't.
This is what we named our table, making use of an old inside joke because of Kishimoto saying (joking, hopefully) that Naruto and Sasuke have a bigger chance of ending up together than with any of the girls in the series.
China and Kat had shirts for sale and took orders for the customized shoes, Miguel and I sold copies of our fanart collab, and... some joker made prints out of our cosplay photos. It was crazy. I heard some screams (hopefully not of utter disgust) by the table and went to see what was going on... only to see huge copies of our photos being waved around by Ice and Isa who had devious grins on their faces, which made them resemble the Hitachiin twins even more. So then Miguel and I looked at each other and made a silent agreement to RUN AWAY.
Man.... As if it weren't embarrassing enough to have our art prints there. It started out with Miguel suggesting that we make an art collab, and since it's a yaoi con, maybe he should draw Naruto and Sasuke. I sure was shocked when he handed me the line art that he asked me to color. Not quite what I had expected. But I promised I'd help so I went ahead and did it anyway. The result was...
by Jin and Miguel
A parody of this
The colored version.
and photo from Nix *starrywhitewall
The so-called marketing team. Gah.
GUYS CAN YOU PLEASE NOT WAVE THOSE THINGS AROUND?
Why do you do this to usssssss?
...Yeah, let's not talk about it any longer.[cough]photo from Charmie ~yaoiangel14
So hey, Ice and Isa joined the pairs cosplay competition.photo from Charmie ~yaoiangel14
And they WON! Hikaru was the Best Seme and Kaoru was the Best Uke. Their parents must be so proud.
I have yet to witness a cosplay competition of this sort. We missed it this time because we went out in search of refreshments.photo from Natsumi
Here we are caught sneaking back in after walking to the other block to buy smoothies and iced tea.
The twins reported that people were looking for us, chanting "SASUNARU! SASUNARU!"photo from Essa ~Cyfliq
It's a face-off between students and their Sannin masters (in front of an ice cream cart) ...only for some reason, the ages got mixed up. NINJA DONE STOLE MY FLUX CAPACITOR.photo from Essa ~Cyfliq
I believe we were making faces at Lyron !burikiboy
who was up on the balcony.photo from ~twilight-tigerwolf13
This is just so wrong.photo from Aiko ~ChinkyAiko
A wholesome, fairly normal shot.photo form RJ
Sasuke... I don't trust that look on your face.
found us and cuffed us together.photo from Natsumi
Oh, l think I see some L x Light in the background.photo from Herson ~yuber19
I'm doing my best to hold in the urge to yell "OBJECTION!"photo from Natsumi
"They want us to do WHAT?!"photo from Natsumi
I figured I was in no place to pout about being asked for SasuNaru photos since we DID attend a yaoi convention.photo from Natsumi
We were just going to the bathroom...photo from Natsumi
Err. Fixing our clothes after emerging from the bathroom.
(Natsumi, you budding paparazzi.
We played the convention photo game
Points for me and Miguel for sneaking into their photo!photo from Mel ~hampaslupa88
We ran into Val ~green-tea
's Reborn group.
(VAL, COSPLAY MOAR)photo from Sara ~hachiko29
And found a Cheshire Cat from Haruhi's Wonderland.photo from Trish Surema
I r confus.
I still confus.
URYAAAAphoto from ~twilight-tigerwolf13
This picture cannot be explained.photo from Charmie ~yaoiangel14
. . .photo from Charmie ~yaoiangel14
Attempt at NaruSasu to mix it up a bit but Miguel had the unfair advantage of wearing geta sandals to increase his height advantage against me.photo from Erving ~Huzafan
He also stepped on my feet a couple of times, killing off a few of my toes. Yup, using those clunky wooden fothermuckers.photo from Karl ~vikifanatic
Well, I still managed to stand.photo from Nix *starrywhitewall
Miguel appears to be getting sleepy already. Even the duckbutt hair is drooping.
All tired out eh, teme?photo from Krinkle ~sm16
I don't know, Gian ~gian17
and Chy ~goldfishprincess
just asked us to pose this way.photo from Sara ~hachiko29
SasuNaru: The Epic Tales of the Companionable Rivalry with Strong Homoerotic Undertones
(Special thanks to ~starlightdevil
)photo from Erving ~Huzafan
Suddenly, crack crossover reverse-harem. Yeah, I don't get it either.photo from Krinkle ~sm16
Everybody do the perverted hermit boogie!photo from ~twilight-tigerwolf13
Teme & Dobephoto from Charmie ~yaoiangel14
And for once, I fell asleep on Miguel instead of the other way around.
(MIGUEL WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING I AM NOT YOUR CAT)
NOW FOR SOMETHING MANRY
To talk about something that does not involve yaoi, I just got myself a Revoltech Gurren Lagann action figure. I'm not a toy collector or anything (mostly because I have no space in the chaotic mess that is my room) but it was just too awesome, and the fact that it comes with a core drill that I can wear around my neck sealed the deal for me. Hi, I'm Jin. I am a dork.
I'm not even a mecha anime fan but sweet angry jeezus on a stick, I love that series. It's a bit embarrassing to say this, but I was gasping through tears during the last few episodes of the anime. Haha. Despite what others might have to say about it, I love the character design for GL (especially the grape hippos and crocodile bunnies and raccoon birds) and the agreeable sort of cheeseballs that come with names like Super Galactic Great Gurren. Now, if only I had a
psycho banana bot King Kittan posable figure...