I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, and I am dreadfully sorry. At least this time I have a doozy for you. Tekko, 2018 in Pittsburgh! My doctor was on vacation so it was perfectly timed, but the weather could have been nicer. I’m fairly certain I’m not the only one who is sick of the cold.
Anyway, drove to my friend’s house and we carpooled to the convention center. I got checked in (they had already been there the night before) and we went walking. There was actually a signing first thing in the morning from Vic Mignogna (voice of Edward Elric [FMAB], Zero Kiryu [Vampire Knight], and Tamaki Suoh [Ouran High School Host Club]). We sat down at a table to wait and had scintillating conversations about feminism and political correctness in Hollywood (topic for another post), before the signing started.
Now, I’ll set the scene a bit for this one: there’s this girl, whose been going to these conventions for ‘years’ according to her. She dresses as the same character every year and says hi to everyone. Well, she doesn’t say hi to me and if she did, I would tell her as nicely as possible to f*ck off. My reason for disliking her? She’s inconsiderate and uses a ‘brain abnormality’ as an excuse. So, the self-proclaimed ‘brain abnormality’ was near the front of the line when one of the organizers told us the rules had changed. Previously, we could have two items signed and could get one picture; now, they were telling us to get one item signed and hold pictures till the end so he could get through the line faster. Anyway, she broke that rule immediately, and Vic was (probably) too nice to tell her to wait till the end for her picture and to not bring more than one item to get signed. Oh! Me and my girlfriend were fuming!
After that signing, we went down to the exhibition hall and walked around. I saw the sword booth and found myself a fancy rapier sword. Slick silver hilt and I felt like a swashbuckler holding it. Thankfully, they said they could hold it for me at the booth so I didn’t have to either cart it around or immediately take it to my car. I went with my friends after that and we got in line for another signing. My guy friend stepped out of line to go get something and was gone for a couple of minutes. When he came back, he ducked under the bar and straightened up very quickly. I watched as he stripped his jacket off and tied it around his waist. “Don’t look now, but I just split my pants,” he said. Myself and his sister just stared at him for a second before we broke down laughing. “We need to find a onesie when we’re done here,” he said and that only made us laugh harder.
Once the signing was done, we did go looking for his onesie. He got a black cat onesie from ‘Monster Hunter’ (if anybody is familiar with that). Later when we were walking around, we caught sight of Vic Mignogna in the exhibition hall with his handler. My girlfriend told me to go grab him since I wanted a picture. I walked over and greeted his handler first (since we’re friends on Facebook and have hung out before), then I asked Vic how he was doing. At that particular moment, he was ecstatic because he had found chocolate covered bacon. No joke! I politely asked him if I could get a picture. He said, “Of course you can, sweetie!” The handler took the picture, but Vic stayed hugging me for a few seconds afterward. “She gives good hugs.”
“Yes, she does,” the handler said. I thanked him for being so nice and went back in search of my group.
And that was Day One! I’ll post Day Two another time, otherwise you’ll be here a while.
And on that note, it’s been real!