December 5th 2004
This year return to TAC was fulfilling for me since allot of people already have bookmarked Anime London. In a sense, we have become a 'fan service' in a positive sense. (Not the 'nudge nudge wink wink' type of fan service.)
I had come with pile of cosplay posters of CN Anime from this August as well as 4 Koma Project. Both posters were cleaned out by the end of the day. One girl complained she didn't make either cosplay posters from us. Unfortunately, CN Anime cosplay poster was a rush job and thumbnails were randomly picked. Gomen!
As well as the usual cosplay picture taking, I manage to talk several cosplayers to wear the 'Laughing Man' logo mask. An interesting 'con' game and everyone had a good time with it.
It was also disappointing that I forgot to bring the 4 Komas sent by some of Japan's artists for Mark from Dragon Mango to add to. Instead Mark started one to be sent back to Japan for artists there to add a panel or two. Still I bought several things like new snowflake ornaments.
In this day of allot bad stuff happening out there, you, the fans of anime, have chosen to spend your teenage years cosplaying, drawing manga and eating pocky as oppose to 'Sex drugs and Rock n' Roll' or as your parents' parents put it.... 'Wine, Women and Song.' While the terms for the same thing have changed, you kids have changed for the better. At least than those around you. For once I agree with 'The Who', 'The Kids ARE all right!'
If you don't know who THE WHO are, ask your parents. ;)