Archive for September, 2010

23rd September
written by clarissy

We drove all the way to Sacramento to take pleasure in SacAnime. Let me just say right off the bat that if you ever plan on going to this convention in the future…bring your friends. No, seriously, bring as many friends as you can. This is a very small convention and bringing friends along will make it a lot more fun!

SacAnime is in the Radisson Hotel, which is conveniently close to Costco! Home of the huge packaged deals, cheap food and drinks, and all the free samples you can stuff in your face with, and only a minute away by car. You will probably find yourself in the Dealers’ Room a lot since there are a ton of cool dealers! So let me give you the break down; a fellow Con Crasher and I drove down to the convention (traffic was nightmare). After reaching to our destination we settled for a bit in the hotel room then Josh (the Con Crasher) got into his German officer uniform for cosplay and we started walking around the hotel getting chummy with the rest of the con-goers, and passing the time. The other Con Crasher trio (Andrew, Chris, and Eric) finally made it, and we decided to crack open some beer bottles and rum in our hotel room to relax and hang out till the next day.

Saturday came rolling by, and we set off to explore. It took us about an hour to walk the whole convention. Andrew took some pictures of cosplayers with his awesome camera. I snapped a few pictures of people, including a super cute Atoli cosplayer! Ahhh~! Can’t get over how cute she was. Even in the dry heat of Sacramento, there was a pleasant cool wind blowing outside. Later on, Andrew was cosplaying as a cop, an outfit he borrowed  from Chris, and asked if I take a couple of pictures of him. Shortly after, I ended up talking with a fellow con goer who noticed a button I got from Yaoi-con. I told her all about it, and that she should totally be there this year! Too bad she turned out to be underage (wamp wamp!). I said goodbye to the charming young lady, and found out we were going on some paddleboats! See, this is why I love being a Con Crasher; we make our own fun, and if we see any thing interesting we just do it! All five of us were on two paddleboats, three on one and two on the other, and we started singing “I’m On a Boat” by the Lonely Island! Course I didn’t know all of the words but I think we made an impact with everyone waiting in line outside. So after 20 minutes or so we were sweating like hogs in the crazy heat. We paddled back in and chilled in our room most of the day. Finally it was nighttime and decided to check out the rave. I enjoyed some of the euro hardcore, but the speakers were hurting my ears, so I decided to clear out and wait for the others. Wasn’t long till they also vacated the room, so we went back to our room to get the party started! Whooo~! It was a great time, and we had some delicious pizza!

Conclusion, the con may be small but if you bring enough friends and know how to have a good time; you will have a blast. Next year, we will coordinate a bigger room party and meet more awesome con peeps. Till then, catch ya guys on the flipside!

7th September
written by Andrew Evans

Yes, we hit up SacAnime, the Sacramento anime convention this weekend just past. The CC crew arrived in two vehicles, the first to stake out territory and the second to deliver exotic drinks. Friday night was spent cavorting around the public areas, since half our crew arrived too late to acquire badges. We did manage to crash the rave for a bit, which was spinning some fun EBM & industrial music (although the stage-left speaker was cutting in and out the entire con). We ended up back at the room, having a few drinks and meeting the neighbors, who were interesting characters all. The night ended with a short run to the outdoor jacuzzi at the Radisson, which went very well with the drinks.

Saturday we got up around 9:30 and were out the door in short order. The day’s activities included gaming, chatting with random folks, photography, some costuming from nearly the whole crew, PADDLE-BOATING (yes, we serenaded the Steve Blum autograph line with “I’m on a boat!” sung from the Radisson lagoon), some pool time, and several runs to the Costco right across the street. The genius of having  a Costco next door cannot be overstated – easy drinks; great, cheap food; party supplies; and more than you could want of anything you forgot.

Saturday night we met up with some random folks, hit the rave again for a bit, and ended up with many drinks, surprise visitors, cosplayers and Super Troopers in the hotel room. The dance had the same issues as the Friday — also, their MC was shouting the “rules” of the dance over the music. Bit of a mistake in my opinion, but then no one expects anime con dances to match up to clubs or underground events (unless you’re at Otakon). Another jacuzzi run with the game room crew, and it was time for bed.

Sunday was a bit slow; we were all tired and barely had the energy to dress up. More gaming, perusing the dealer’s hall, and a very few costume photographs. We ended up leaving around 3:00pm right as the con was winding down, which turned out to be a good decision. Traffic from Sacramento back to the Bay was… unpleasant.

All in all a great time was had, many great folks were met, and a fun party was held both nights. Next year we shall plan more, and party bigger and harder. Until then, SacAnime!

Like the pics? The full set is available on Agius’ Flickr Set!