If you were thinking of going to NYAF, there is a contest:
Want to get into the 2008 New York Anime Festival for free without having to sneak in or bribe someone? Fancy yourself an artist like Yoshitaka Amano? Then this contest is for you! To enter the contest, submit one (1) anime-style portrait or rendering of yourself and one (1) unaltered photograph for comparison to said portrait to email@example.com between 12:01 AM EDT September 10, 2008 and midnight on September 18, 2008.
There will be four (4) First Prize Winners. Each First Prize Winner will receive two (2) weekend passes to the New York Anime Festival and three Random House manga books. Judging the submissions will be Ali Kokeman and Tricia Narwani from Del Rey Manga!
Just passing it on! Thanks to Brigid Alverson for the info! I will be at NYAF (most likely fighting Ed Sizemore for xxxHolic merch :D) so perhaps we’ll run into each other!