I’m finally home from NYAF! I had a very nice time, both visiting with old friends and at the con. Everyone else has already reported on the manga industry news and so on, so I’ll just talk about my personal experiences.
Many thanks to dear friends, Laura, Gavin, & James for making time to catch up with me at early hours of the morning, and to my dearest EA, little (or not so little!) Moo, and Malcolm, for putting up with me all weekend. I was also lucky enough to meet a couple of people I’ve become acquainted with through this blog. Here is my report (in order of appearance):
Ysabet Reinhardt MacFarlane: Friendly, fun, professional. I was very happy to spend time with her at a number of panels over the weekend!
Ed Sizemore: Kind, generous, BEST SHOES EVER. I wish I’d had the opportunity to chat with him more!
Overall, I really enjoyed this con. It was smallish, and with the exception of Saturday, felt actually kind of intimate, which is maybe not profitable if you’re running a con, I don’t know, but certainly enjoyable as an attendee.
In addition to the panels I already mentioned, I also really enjoyed the very informative “Art of Translation” panel (oh how I wish I’d been more consistent about writing down panelists’ names), and Disorganization XIII‘s fanfiction panel, which was surprisingly refreshing.
Saturday was so crowded, just being in the main convention hall made me want to curl up into a ball under the escalators, so I hid in panels all day to preserve my sanity. Friday and Sunday, though, were lovely, and I spent a lot of time grabbing up good deals on manga and checking out Artist’s Alley, where I bought some beautiful prints from artists Iris Chen and Alice Meichi.
I’d intended to write a lot more, but the day has been long and it is time for me to turn in. I’ll close by reiterating what great time I had, and add how pleased I am to inhabit a tiny corner of this world.