Tuesday, January 9, 2018

2018 Winter SacAnime Day Three

Author: Luke Cheng


Note: I'm changing the format of this blog (for now)! Due to Photobucket changing their policies last year, I am no longer going to be hosting photos with them. That may mean that all the photos on this blog will disappear. So far they haven't yet, but there's no guarantee. The blog will be more video focused for the time being. Full galleries of my con photos will still be available on the main Cosplay of Sacramento site. Go there for your pics!

The final day of a three day con is usually the most chill. After two days of going really hard, it's nice to just relax a bit on the last day. As expected, the huge crowds thinned out quite a bit and it became easier to navigate the convention complex. It felt good to really take my time and savor the experience - and I had to savor the time as I have to wait all the way until summer before SacAnime happens again.

Since I made my way through almost all the rooms on Saturday, I focused a lot of my efforts on getting photos of the cosplayers. Most of my photos were taken on the balcony and main room up the escalators as that is where a lot of the photographers and cosplayers mill about. I love this area because there is a constant flow of people in cosplay coming in. If you're a cosplayer and you want to get a picture taken then upstairs is definitely the place to plant yourself!

The one thing I didn't do yesterday was get into the autograph halls. They are in a separate section of the convention center. I didn't want to miss checking them out so I went today. There were so many people in line wanting to get autographs from the guests. I just saw line after line of people waiting. It was really incredible. This winter SacAnime's guest line-up was pretty impressive, so I guess I shouldn't have been too surprised at the lines I saw today.

I'm sad that SacAnime is over already. This con always seems to fly by so fast! It's a sign that I really like it. Good thing it comes twice a year! As always I have a full gallery of photos from today. CLICK HERE if you want to check them out!

See you at summer SacAnime 2018!!!

Monday, January 8, 2018

2018 Winter SacAnime Day Two

Author: Luke Cheng


Note: I'm changing the format of this blog (for now)! Due to Photobucket changing their policies last year, I am no longer going to be hosting photos with them. That may mean that all the photos on this blog will disappear. So far they haven't yet, but there's no guarantee. The blog will be more video focused for the time being. Full galleries of my con photos will still be available on the main Cosplay of Sacramento site. Go there for your pics!

Saturday is always the busiest day at a con. The crowds are large and people are packed into the convention center! I love that huge mass of humanity that is around me, but sometimes it makes it a bit hard to get around. That's just a minor complain though as more people means more cosplay to phpotograph!

I've learned to really relax and pace myself at SacAnime as it does no one any good to be tired by the second day. I tried scheduling photoshoots once, but that really made my time at the con really hectic. Now I just wander around and if people want to do a shoot I am more than happy to - and that's exactly what happened. Today I shot with quite a few of my awesome looking cosplay friends. They cosplayed a variety of fandoms from Spider-man to Disney, Sailor moon, and Scooby-Doo! Everyone looked amazing and I was so happy to shoot with them.You gotta check out the full pics in my day two gallery down below.

Besides taking photos, I really try and find my way around the various rooms on the second day. SacAnime provides a lot of entertainment for all who come. In the main convention center, fans of collectible card games (CCGs) and table top game could come together and face off. I personally love playing board games, so it's really tempting for me to just put down my camera and get into a game!

At the hotel, video game tournaments are held. One of my friends joined in on the Tekken tournament. He was able to get past the first round but fell in the round of eight. You know people are hardcore about it when they bring their massive arcade style controllers out. If tournaments aren't your thing, there were other games available to play as well as dance games - though the people who did those were SCARY good.

As a huge fan of the game Overwatch, I had to pop into the Overwatch voice actors panel for a bit. I guess I wasn't the only one interested... the panel completely filled one of the main halls to capacity. Thankfully I was able to get in and check it out. What a treat to see!

So far SacAnime has been really great. I had a great feeling about this con yesterday and it continued on today. CLICK HERE to check out my full gallery of photos from this second day of Winter SacAnime 2018.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

2018 Winter SacAnime Day One

Author: Luke Cheng


Note: I'm changing the format of this blog (for now)! Due to Photobucket changing their policies last year, I am no longer going to be hosting photos with them. That may mean that all the photos on this blog will disappear. So far they haven't yet, but there's no guarantee. The blog will be more video focused for the time being. Full galleries of my con photos will still be available on the main Cosplay of Sacramento site. Go there for your pics!

It seems like it's been a while since my last con. I've been very busy with my new baby boy, so he's been taking up a lot of my time. But I'm glad to be back and on the convention room floor of Sac Anime once again. Sac Anime is Sacramento's premier pop culture convention and it definitely draws in the multitudes. There was some rain on this first day, but that didn't stop anyone from getting to the con.

I arrived to Sac Anime to a long line of convention goers outside the Sheraton Hotel where badges could be purchased and picked up. I don't think I have ever recalled seeing such a long line before. It snaked around the block and made a couple of loops inside the hotel as well.

Things were lively inside the main convention center, but there was plenty of room to walk around and enjoy the booths. There were several things I wanted to pick up but I ended up holding off. I still have two more days of the con to decided if I really want to get them. Both of the things I want are of the stuffed variety. I saw this stuffed meat thing that looked like something you'd get more health from out of an 8-bit era video game. It was so cool! Also, my favorite Pokemon, Psyduck, was looking really cute as well. Will one of these items be mine by the end of the con? Only time will tell.

I was pretty free today to roam around and take photos. A few cosplayers I knew got a hold of me to do some short shoots. They were a ton of fun to do. Check out some of the footage in my video recap above.

I was really just trying to get reacquainted with the con experience today so that tomorrow I am ready to hit the ground running. I'm planning on checking out all the different panels and rooms that Sac Anime has to offer. I'm excited to get back to Sac Anime!

Wanna see my full gallery of photos from day one? CLICK HERE.