Yesterday I attended SMASH!, a manga, anime and Japanese pop culture convention, which I’ve been going to every year since it first started in 2007 SMASH! is one of my favourite cons to go to – I usually have a fun experience and there’s different things do to and see every year.
This time I was helping out at my club (SuAnime)’s stall on the day and I made and designed merchandise to sell. It’s really interesting to experience a con from a different perspective. I was really nervous because I had no experience in this area so I wasn’t too sure what to make so I’m glad people bought my work I made these chibi felt badges of Sebastian and Ciel from Kuroshotsuji, some art prints and chibi heads postcards. I also designed badges designs and business cards with our club’s web links. There wasn’t really much variety in what I made since I had limited time and they’re two of my favourite character designs lol
Sadly I didn’t get to take a photo of the stall coz the place was packed! It was very busy in the vendor hall right from 9am to around 2~3pm, I didn’t expect to see so many people lol. But here’s a photo of my Kotetsu plush sitting on the badges that our club made Many thanks to the people who dropped by our stall and bought things!
There were a lot of awesome cosplayers yesterday, I think it was the first time that I’ve been very impressed at seeing so many well-made/accurate cosplay outfits at a con I always applaud the effort that people put into making their cosplay.
Here are a select few that I loved! I sadly missed out on Takuto from Star Driver since he didn’t come close enough to the table for me to call out his name
My favourite stall of the day was Electric Alice‘s. I’m not into lolita but I like food/candy/pastel type items Their stall was super cute! I loved the way they decorated it.
I took my chances and bought one of their large lucky packs, which cost me $25. I love the pastel tail chain and it’s what I love most about the pack lol
And these were the items in my bag. I really like the usamimi hairband, dessert socks and the bow hairclips. The rings are also very cute! I think it’s not bad for $25.
Electric Alice also held a Harajuku fashion panel where they mainly talked about “magical girl style” which is when you base your outfit off a magical girl character. I thought that was interesting because I’ve never heard of such a thing before. I always thought it was fairy-kei
And of course, it wouldn’t be a con post with doll photos lol. Sadly I only got to see the table at the beginning and at the end of the day so I didn’t get to have a chance to talk to my friends in the doll hobby.
All in all, I had a fantastic time. Even thought I didn’t have the chance to do much since I had to stay at the stall, I’m satisfied with what I got to see and experience
If you’re interested in seeing a few more photos, please visit my flickr!