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Now I donʻt even remember if I went to last yearʻs Kawaii Kon, I remember GOING TO THIS ONE, but this weekend Kawaii Kon makes a return. Yeah itʻs an ANIME con and not a true COMIC BOOK con, but unfortunately I canʻt make it to WonderCon in Anaheim this year (same weekend too) so I gotta settle for Kawaii Kon. I didn’t know what to expect as there wasnʻt that much I was looking forward to. They had only one illustrator and a buttload of voice actors. Now Iʻm not saying voice-overs aren’t important, but most famous voice actors are famous ACTORS who ACT! Blue Power Ranger aside, I can’t understand why they go apeshit for the voice guy. The pencil guy or tracer is MORE IMPORTANT don’t you think? Anywho here’s my con experience that costed me $26 (at least hook it up with a swag bag or something! Fail!).

Biggest thing I wanted to see was the Street Fighter IV contest. Hawaii Video Gaming League was running it. Too bad it was at night when I was going to be watching Kamehameha Song Contest.

Fools all kick in like Shinobi, on Sega Genesis!

Sailor Moon and his friends smashing Rock Band

Decided to check out the Dealer’s Room. This is where vendors sell stuff that they bought online at wholesale and jack up the prices to kids who don’t know how to find a deal. Kinda scary the crap they sell to people that may be crazy enough to use them. Potential crime scene evidence. Let’s pray it isn’t.

This is for Mark you Naruto loving fool. I still don’t get it.

I almost bought this Hello Kitty hat. I was gonna post pics of me wearing it, but then I said no cus I ain’t Otaku enough. Bad enough I’m Sexy size and wore a backpack and shorts. Otaku hipster? I got the dress code down, next stop COSPLAY! NOT!

Here’s some hats I would never buy. Google it.

These people were webcasting. Then they interview this guy and the male host (who looks haole) says “OH YOU GAY-RYU!!!!” and I lost it. I didn’t laugh cus he was gay, I laughed cus that host was ridiculous! Reminds me of this! hehehehehe OHHHH!

Here’s the Artist Alley. The difference between Dealer Room and Artist Alley is that this is suppose to have a degree of hand madeness or originality. I was surprised that people love buttons so much. There was at least 1000 different designs. There was several people offering sketches for $1 and $5 for the sketches to be inked. Imagine if graff writers charged a buck to hit up your blackbook.

Was thinking about if it would be worth the effort for KTC to get a Lightsleepers booth at the Kon (at least I would get a free pass, but then I would have to man the booth…, and I gotta say I’m not sure how it would do. There’s been a few companies that have been doing there thing at Kawaii Kon that is more oriented to the Cosplay keikis. I’ve been a fan of Super Good’s stickers ever since I seen their stuff at Split Obsession back in Koko Marina. Check out their website at Now I gotta find my stickers. I know I got that gravy carton somewhere.

Now I appreciate anyone in Hawai’i making comics. Nemu*nemu has been been doing online comics since 2006. A little on the cutesy side, but they got their merch game on lock.

GORDON RIDER IN THE HOUSE! Jon Murakami, Gordon Rider, and Kevin Sano. Keven did a special Kon edition cover for Gordon Rider #6 (edition of 50 copies). Gordon himself wrote this issue. Go cop an issue.

Don’t forget to like Gordon Rider on Facebook

Now what suppose to be the best part of any con is the cosplay. Unfortunately I went on a business day in the middle of Spring Break and guess what? Can’t take any pics cus don’t want the pervs getting hot and bothered by the under aged keikis! It’s a trap! But on the real most cosplayers here need some tips from the cosplayers in the States or Japan. The lolita people seem to be the only ones on point, but they weren’t legal so they actually would BE lolitas? Oh boy. Cosplay time.

They brought their own backdrop!

One day I will actually own this costume (I hope they have my size!).

Photo time for the kids. They had lots of people dressed up, but I don’t think most of them deserved a pic. Not even this motley crue!

Charmander cosplaying as Slash

Chris thought his un-raspberry beret would make his costume of a french guy complete, but a popolo guy walked up to us, pointed at him and screamed “I FOUND WALDO!!!”. Self esteem powerbomb.

Other than this Totoro costume I didn’t take a pic of, this guy had the best costume. Sesshomaru from InuYasha (I like InuYasha, not super hardcore but demons and jewel shards is a dope concept!).

There you have it, Kawaii-Kon 2012. Maybe you can save your $26 now? Or maybe its $26 well spent. Perspectives.