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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Anime Expo 2015 - Review JamesVallesteros.com


 

 

 



Anime Expo 2015
July 2-5, 2015
Los Angeles, CA


By JamesVallesteros

July 11, 2015

Do you remember a show called Dragon Ball Z? If so, Anime-Expo of 2015 was one you did not want to miss.

As a child, I remember waking up in the morning and turning on the TV to watch my favorite show, “Dragon Ball”. I have always wanted to meet some the characters on the show. Goku and Gohan being so humble, and yet so strong, prideful Vegeta and so many others that I looked up to. This year, that childhood dream of mine finally came true when I attended Anime-Expo of 2015!



The first thing I see as I enter the main lobby was a giant green blown up serpent. I was intrigued, so I walked up closer to get a better look and I stood there looking at it in awe. What I saw before me was a 40-50 foot Shenlong staring down at me and all the other participants that came to check out this year’s Anime-Expo. That was Shenlong granting everyone’s wish that was able to attend. The main theme this year was clearly Dragon Ball Z and I was loving every
second of it!

This year’s Anime-Expo featured some of the best cosplays worn by many talented cosplayers. League of Legends, Attack on Titan, Kill La Kill, Overwatch (which is the new upcoming Blizzard game soon to be released) and of course Dragon Ball Z were some of the more popular cosplays along with many more. Cosplayers from around the nation have come to check out this year’s AX. There were booths filled with amazing toys, panels from some of the most recognizable voice actors such as Sean Schemmel who plays as Goku and Christopher Sabat who voice acts Vegeta, and Funimation hosting the brand new premiere of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ movie (which was amazing). All four days were filled with excitement and joy as I fan-girled at everything and everyone.

This is a year that I am definitely going to cherish and remember because not only was I able to attend Anime-Expo for the first time, but I was able to relive my childhood once again. Check out next year’s Anime-Expo and see for yourself. I’ll see you guys there!

 
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Friday, January 16, 2015

Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop


Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop



By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.

Common enemy, common cause.

When Jael's brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.

But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz ... something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.

What power can bruise the sky?

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?

You can purchase Dreams of Gods & Monsters at the following Retailers:
    


And now, The Giveaways.
1 Winner will receive a copy of Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor.
Dreams of Gods & Monsters will be purchased through Book Depository.


*James Vallesteros is not responsible for Lost or Damaged Books in your Mail Box*
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Anime Expo 2014 - Largest Anime/Manga Convention in North America


ANIME EXPO 2014
Los Angeles Convention Center
July 3 - July 6

by James Vallesteros
jamesvallesteros@gmail.com

Anime Expo is the largest Anime and Manga convention in the North America that saw an unprecedented 30% increase in attendance from the previous year. 2014 welcomed over 80,000 unique attendees and over 220,000 overall attendance for the four-day event that is currently held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The growth has allowed the organizers to offer many exciting content and panels for attendees to experience.



Saturday was at its busiest as all walks of life gathered and packed the 720,000 square foot venue. With so many bodies in one location, the on-site media registration line moved along quite well. The helpful, friendly, and courteous staff provided our team with quick registrations and a very memorable conversation. Staff member, Coleman, promptly filled out the paperwork and handed our badges with a smile throughout the whole process. Thank you!



Once on the lobby area, it was a sight that is just as colorful as any anime show. Cosplayers definitely put on their game faces and showcased their talent and art with their amazing costumes. Some decided to come to AX as a group as a large gathering of Survey Corps from Attack on Titan dominated the floor. Some went solo but their costumes were just as big as any group. Flashes from attendees' phones and cameras drowned every angle of the convention as each click of the shutter went straight to their social media outlets. Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook were all working overtime trying to keep up with all the exciting events of Anime Expo.



The showfloor was just as exciting as the lobby area. All the major exhibitors such as Crunchy Roll, Funimation and others provided all the latest content and one-of-a-kind experiences. Vendors brought all their goodies from the world of anime and manga and provided a shopping experience that can only be found in Anime Expo. If you were looking for Pokemon, Sailor Moon, Attack on Titan etc merchandise, you were sure to find it on the showfloor.

The reception and general vibe of the show, attendees, vendors, artists, and exhibitors were all positive. Staff members on the convention floor were very helpful and showed courtesy to ensure all attendees were having a fun and exciting time.



The cosplay scene is unlike any other convention. Each photo-op was respectfully taken and it was another aspect of the show that brought uniqueness and fun at the same time. The Masquerade that took place on Saturday provided top-notch entertainment from amateur and professional cosplayers.




The 23rd year of Anime Expo was definitely a fun and exciting event. The incline in attendance shows that it is a force to be reckon with and the event organizers have been working really hard to provide a show that will resonate with people for years to come. If you are a fan of anime and manga, Anime Expo is where you will satisfy your cravings. Even if you are not, it is worth to check out and it's guaranteed you'll walk out a fan.


See more pictures from the event from MiniBobaFett's Facebook Fan Page: CLICK HERE







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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Anime Expo 2014 - Review JamesVallesteros.com



ANIME EXPO 2014
Los Angeles Convention Center
July 3 - July 6


by James Vallesteros

 
Anime Expo is the largest Anime and Manga convention in the North America that saw an unprecedented 30% increase in attendance from the previous year. 2014 welcomed over 80,000 unique attendees and over 220,000 overall attendance for the four-day event that is currently held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The growth has allowed the organizers to offer many exciting content and panels for attendees to experience.



Saturday was at its busiest as all walks of life gathered and packed the 720,000 square foot venue. With so many bodies in one location, the on-site media registration line moved along quite well. The helpful, friendly, and courteous staff provided our team with quick registrations and a very memorable conversation. Staff member, Coleman, promptly filled out the paperwork and handed our badges with a smile throughout the whole process. Thank you!



Once on the lobby area, it was a sight that is just as colorful as any anime show. Cosplayers definitely put on their game faces and showcased their talent and art with their amazing costumes. Some decided to come to AX as a group as a large gathering of Survey Corps from Attack on Titan dominated the floor. Some went solo but their costumes were just as big as any group. Flashes from attendees' phones and cameras drowned every angle of the convention as each click of the shutter went straight to their social media outlets. Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook were all working overtime trying to keep up with all the exciting events of Anime Expo.



The showfloor was just as exciting as the lobby area. All the major exhibitors such as Crunchy Roll, Funimation and others provided all the latest content and one-of-a-kind experiences. Vendors brought all their goodies from the world of anime and manga and provided a shopping experience that can only be found in Anime Expo. If you were looking for Pokemon, Sailor Moon, Attack on Titan etc merchandise, you were sure to find it on the showfloor. The reception and general vibe of the show, attendees, vendors, artists, and exhibitors were all positive. Staff members on the convention floor were very helpful and showed courtesy to ensure all attendees were having a fun and exciting time.



The cosplay scene is unlike any other convention. Each photo-op was respectfully taken and it was another aspect of the show that brought uniqueness and fun at the same time. The Masquerade that took place on Saturday provided top-notch entertainment from amateur and professional cosplayers.




The 23rd year of Anime Expo was definitely a fun and exciting event. The incline in attendance shows that it is a force to be reckon with and the event organizers have been working really hard to provide a show that will resonate with people for years to come. If you are a fan of anime and manga, Anime Expo is where you will satisfy your cravings. Even if you are not, it is worth to check out and it's guaranteed you'll walk out a fan. 

 See more pictures from the event from MiniBobaFett's Facebook Fan Page: CLICK HERE








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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Video: MiniBobaFett at Long Beach Comic Expo 2014


Long Beach Comic Expo
May 31 - June 1, 2014
Long Beach, CA



MiniBobaFett hanging out with friends at Long Beach Comic Expo.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Video: MiniBobaFett at Big WOW! Comic Fest 2014 (San Jose, CA)


Cosplay adventure with MiniBobaFett at Big WOW! ComicFest 2014 in downtown San Jose, CA.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Wondercon Anaheim 2014 - Comics, Cosplay and #MiniBobaFett takes the stage!




It is April and that means it was another trip to SoCal to Anaheim where Wondercon has been calling home since 2012. Although we hope to have Wondercon back in San Francisco, the Anaheim atmosphere is always awesome. We arrived early Friday morning and the scene on Katella and Harbor was like a cross-over of everything that has ever been considered cool. It was like these awesome characters from other unearthly worlds colliding on one corner of the street and all walking right into the Anaheim Convention Center.

The parking garages nearby were just as decked out with nerdism and geekery. Never have I ever seen so many Police Box, Empire Logo, Superman, Batman, Deadpool, Mythosaur, etc. vinyl stickers on the back windows of cars. It was truly an awesome sight to see. Not to mention seeing Deadpool coming out of the back seat of a Honda Civic or Snow White parking that Prius. Only at a convention will you ever see this kind of coolness.

Right when we got through the doors of the convention, we immediately exchanged our tickets for badges. This year's lanyard featured the NBC hit show, The Blacklist. The program features an awesome art of Wonder-Woman by DC artist Cliff Chiang. There were plenty of panels and programs to choose from and were headlined by 20th Century Fox, Revolution, Salem, Once Upon a Time and many others.


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We stopped by the Press information booth and got our badges exchanged for Press access. The people running this show are very courteous and they know exactly what they are doing. It was quick and we were off to the convention show floor.

All the top publishers had prominent presence on the floor such as DC Entertainment, Dark Horse, Aspen, IDW, BOOM! Studios, Lionforge, Nintendo, etc. There were many artist booths to pick up some one-of-a-kind artwork and commissioned sketches. The fan tables were also the places to stop by and take pictures with your favorite heroes or villains.



I would like to say HELLO to some awesome people we met at Wondercon. Besides the fun and entertainment that conventions offer to people, I have to say that the people we meet is one of my favorite aspect for the whole weekend. Please go check out and support their projects because they are just totally rad!


Hip Hop Trooper
Instagram: @hiphoptrooper

You are an inspiration to all! The homie HipHopTrooper does a lot of charity. He and a group recently hiked 5 miles in a Sand Trooper armor and reached their goal of raising more than $700 for the The Children's Hospital of Los Angeles

Sam Skyler
Website: www.samskylerart.com
Instagram: @samskylerart

Awesome Daenerys cosplay and be sure to check out her amazing artwork. She has amazing Star Wars artwork and unique heartshaped themed characters.

LuisProjects
Instagram @luisprojects

This guy has a great talent in costume making. His "Habu Fett" Mando Kit totally blew our minds!
The Real Chicken Fett
Instagram @TheRealChickenFett

Really awesome dude and @MiniBobaFett loves the costume!

Loki Hates You (Facebook)





Ashley Eckstein

Be sure to follow Mini Boba Fett on Instagram @MiniBobaFett
and LIKE him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/minibobafett

Follow all these amazing people on Instagram:
@only_arturo_ @mr_alex_bower @sithinthenorth @spartan117gw @juiceboxphotography @_mrwood23 @theshorttrooper @petiteleon007



This year, we entered our little Boba Fett into the Wondercon 2014 Masquerade. The Masquerade took place at 8pm on Saturday. There were 35 entries to the Masquerade and all were proudly displaying their highly imaginative costumes and props. The familiar MC Phil Foglio was replaced by voice actress Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars The Clone Wars). Each entry put on an incredible show that left the audience entertained. #MiniBobaFett was entry #2 and took home the Best Attitude Award Presented by Lucasfilm Ltd. in the Star Wars Category. Congrats to all the winners and the participants. Without your creative imagination, there would be no masquerade show.







Entire Wondercon 2014 Masquerade
uploaded by Galen Gonzalez via YouTube.



Wondercon is one of our favorite conventions and we are sure to attend next year. The Anaheim Convention Center is an incredible place to hold three days of pure fun, entertainment, and magic. Thank you Wondercon Anaheim for another unforgettable weekend!


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