So this past weekend I volunteered for New Orleans Mechacon X!!! It is the 10th one in this great city, and they really did it big. Our headliners was the Teen Titans!!
Yes!! FREAKIN TEEN TITANS! Khary Payton (Cyborg), Tara Strong (Raven), Scott Menville (Robin), Hynden Walch (Starfire), and Greg Cipes (Beast Boy)!!!!
Like I was sooo excited to do this event. Last year we had the Power Rangers, and I got a chance to make an impression on all of the rangers......by calling Johnny Young Bosh "white". It was hilarious and everyone remembered me from that....even all of the power rangers cast. I even got to play guitar in Johnny's band EYESHINE....and I can't play a lick. It was an awesome weekend from last year.
This year was alot different in many ways. First of all, I didn't pay to get in. I decided to volunteer for the event and help out in as many ways as I can. I came early on Thursday to help load in the dealers/merchants stuff. Took a long while but it was worth every second. Got to see alot of cool anime merchandise.
Now on to the weekend. I volunteered for a few hours and got a free pass for the rest of the day. My cosplay choice was Iceman from X-Men Legends:
However it didn't turn out soo good. I did the body paint wrong and I was shedding "Ice" everywhere. Even on people. Everyone literally thought I had one of the coolest costumes there. One thought I was a mixture of Iceman, Colossus (cuz of my size), and Electro (cuz im black yall!!)
Anywho, so around 4:30 I go to the game room and they started running a Smash Brawl tournament; however, I was a tad too late to join....supposedly. After some people just didn't show up, the tournament organizer decided to let me in since everyone was cool with it. My first match was against a Dee Dee Dee. Dude was aight but I was hella rusty since I haven't played this game in months. I did win the match due to Dee Dee Dee switching animation right before the ledge grab, causing him to miss it completely. After a few other tough matches, I won the whole thing! I am now officially 1-4 in Smash tournament finals
I did win $50, a GTA5 poster (whack lol) and a nice Naruto shirt with Sasuke and Itachi on the front & the Uchiha emblem on the back.
Afterwards, some turd brains wanted to MM me for my winnings, since they didn't enter the tournament either. I was like "Yo I don't do that stuff, but I am cool with playing you for friendies". He was like "Oh its okay man. I know some people be scared of doing MM"...........I wanted to punch that kid in the freakin face. It's a shame that people would stoop that low just to supposedly get $50 from me. Sad sad day indeed, but I still can gloat in my victory. However I did lose to the champion in another tournament soon after. It was FFA though so it didn't really matter to me ^_^
So saturday comes and the volunteer staff manager allowed me to be on Security. I had to help with registration, clearing the way for new registrants to fully register for Mechacon. I felt like a jerk yelling at people, but it was all worth it. I did miss the Teen Titans panel (which I heard was freakin awesome).
After the line cleared down to a few people, they moved me to the signing room where the Titans were all there. Never before have I seen people pay soo much freakin money for just a signature. It was $20 a pop, which is rediculous to me, but hey I am just the security guard. I was posted by Hynden's booth first. She has such a kind heart, and she actually remembers some of the people that seen her last year, where she was the only Titan there. I got a chance to see how kind she was....however she didn't want to take pictures, and I respected that. Still an awesome person.
Khary and Scott were awesome. Their natural voices is just like the Titans, especially Scott. It was like Robin was right there with me.....and yes I surely expressed that to him lol. He laughed and we talked for a bit. Khary was the coolest of them all though. He allowed people to take pictures for free, and gave out soo many hugs. This dude made my whole weekend. So thoughtful of the people who drove hours just to meet the Teen Titans. Hynden even came to his booth a few times, and he jokingly scolded me for not being a good security guard. I then went ham and "escorted" Hynden out of the booth. It was hilarious, and I never thought I would even be in any type of convo with them.
I didn't get to hang with Greg Cipes much, but I did get a chance to tell him thanks for coming out to N.O.. He then gave me a hug and a free armband.
Now last but not least, TARA STRONG!!! Gosh this woman looks good for her age. I had a blast meeting her, especially since my friend Derek Rice (he is on AiB, but I cant remember his username) loves her alot. I was kinda scared to get a pic since she didn't allow people past her table to get a close pic. For everyone it was kinda... "I lean over and we almost touch, but its $10 a picture" type of deal. Kinda jerky but hey these people make money. Who am I to pout?
At the end when they all were done, I helped her pack up, and she even gave me an autograph, as well as allowing me to get a picture (note my avi). It was soo awesome to freakin meet these people. Some of the fans had some awesome artwork to get their signatures, and the Titans all loved it!:
I missed the concert that night though....I had a wedding to go to. It kinda sucked cuz I was late for it and I missed the ceremony. The reception was kinda whack cuz they played alot of "white" music. I did get to see alot of my friends though.
Sunday was the last day. I got to meet and take pictures with Tiffany Grant, Jonathan Klein, and Andrea Romano. I thanked them all for coming to New Orleans and making this weekend soo awesome. Supposedly Spike Spencer was there, but I didn't even know who he was until after he left. FREAKIN SPIKE SPENCER?!!!! Im trippin yo. Steve Yun was there too, and I got to meet Greg Weisman, the writer for alot of cartoons you see these days, including YOUNG JUSTICE! I met him last year. I think he remembered me......maybe maybe not lol but its still awesome that these people would come out to little New Orleans just for us. They are soo awesome:
I had such a blast working with Mechacon X this year, and I definitely wanna do Comicon in February! I met so many people that I have wanted to meet in the past year that I now have hope for my future. I can't wait till I have a chance to do the same to fans if I become famous for the things I will achieve. Side note......VOLUNTEER FOR THESE EVENTS!!! You pretty much get a free pass to take pics or videos n stuff. Soo awesome yall! I will upload more cosplay stuff, but I have work lol
Imma do that for later on today. I even got to keep my volunteer badge and security shirt (which was an accident cuz I left early with it on ^_^ )