Guess who's back in town? Yes, it's me, fellow cosplayers and deviants!! Back from 3 days of long absence at Katsucon XX at National Harbor, Maryland!!
For the 2nd time of going to this huge and yet fun convention that was happening at National Harbor, Maryland, some good as well as bad times I had for this 3-day long journey all alone again. First, it was a real tiring start as I woke up at 4 in the morning for breakfast, news-check on computer, rechecking my packed bags to make sure nothing was left behind and then taking a subway to 34 Penn Station where my bus would come to pick me up and take me all the way to Union Station at Washington DC. Despite waiting outside in this cold windy temperature as the bus was coming in a bit late due to still-remaining snow that was blocking some roads as well as traffic jams, it still arrived just in time and it was a definite long ride to Washington DC as we first had to stop halfway for break at New Jersey turnpike station. Then after arriving at Union Station in DC, I had ride a subway and then cab to Red Roof Inn to check in, unpack things to leave behind in room and pack things to take for my Day 1 attendance. So tiring, yet managing to survive on this journey.
Once I arrived at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, it is obvious that I first had to go to one of the exhibition halls to pick up my ticket there that I bought online. And as half-amount of that day being a nightmare, the line I had to be in was SO long that it took me up to 2 to 3 hours to finally reach the counter area!! x.x
But at least to buy myself enough time of patience, I took photos of/with other cosplayers that were in line, as well as some being scenery shots. After getting my ticket, all I did for Day 1 was just lots of photographing as well as posing in my 1st cosplay (Takanuva- Bionicle) for other photographers who wanted to take my picture (feeling like celebrity again!!) before calling for the first night. How surprising and delightful it was that there were lot of people who knew Bionicle so well as they also part time grew up with the series! *w*
And now moving onto Day 2, cosplaying as Ghost Rider 1st and then switching to Kyo Kusanagi (King Of Fighters XIII), it was all the same as I did during Day 1, except with the addition of shopping and trying to participate in some fun activities (learning to make our own plushie, though it got full and we had to forfeit!! DX). For these 2 days of my attendance, not only was it busy cosplaying, but also of handing out my Valentines cards to people whom I take pictures with (all gone and clean as a whistle- mission accomplished!!). After each day, I would come back to my room, wash up, make video update reports about my time of attendance and then go to sleep.
Finally, Sunday came and all I did was repack all my bags, check out of the inn, ride all the way back to Union Station for lunch and then take the 4PM bus homeward bound to New York. Even when returning back home was also tiring, but I managed to survive it again and voila, home at last!!
Katsucon of this year was full-time success as I was able to stay somewhere for few nights while attending it in contrast to last year's which was half success and half regretful. Hopefully that I attend this convention again next year for sure. Photos and video update reports will be posted up both here and Facebook real soon. In meantime, stay strong as always, fellow deviants and cosplayers and thank you!