One of the most amazing scenes I saw at Sakura-Con 2013 is shown above. On Saturday afternoon, the park outside the Seattle convention center appeared to be filled with a sea of cosplayers. Last year’s convention was also well-attended, but this was something new. This crowd wasn’t limited to a small corner of the park, but went on and on for blocks. I haven’t seen an official attendance total for 2013, though unofficially I heard that it was at least 21,000. That would make it roughly the same size as last year, but the outdoor crowd looked much bigger.
Most of the people pictured above are dressed as characters from Homestuck, a series whose popularity continues to grow in the cosplay scene. Homestuck seemed to have the largest group of cosplayers at Sakura-Con this year.
My Beloved World
By Sonia Sotomayor
PUBLISHED BY: Borzoi Books, a division of Knopf/Random House, Inc.
Review copy provided by publisher
Review by Ida Vega-Landow
This has been one of the most refreshing reads I’ve had so far this year. And the year is just getting started! It’s not often that I get to read about one of my own making good. Justice Sotomayor is a Puerto Rican home girl from the Bronx, with a background similar to my own, but whose ambition and drive took her to the top of the legal profession, a seat on the Supreme Court of the United States. The closest I got to the legal profession is typing form letters for lawyers at my civil service job. I could plead poverty, but the plain truth is that I just didn’t have the brains and gumption to qualify for all the grants and scholarships she got to attend both Princeton and Yale Law School. When I look at all she managed to accomplish during the same period that I was struggling to survive after graduating from high school, all I can do is shake my head and mutter “Damn, she’s good!”
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New York Comic-Con 2012 in pictures:
Fairy Rides the Lighting
By Patrick Thomas
Published by Padwolf Publishing Inc. 2012
Review copy purchased by reviewer
Review by Ida Vega-Landow
If you believe in fairies, clap your hands. If you believe in Terrorbelle, give her a high five. But brace yourself! She’s not your typical fairy gal, with dainty hands and butterfly wings, so light you could knock her over with a feather. No, this badass fairy is more likely to knock you down, or at least leave you with a badly bruised hand when you high five her. She’s half pixie and half ogre, which means she’s built like a brick house and has razor-edged wings that can slice your hand off if you try to touch her inappropriately. In other words, Terrorbelle is no stranger to trouble. And in Patrick Thomas’ latest account of her adventures, our little fairy warrior is up to her pretty pink hairdo in trouble.
Photography by Tom Good. Assistant: Katie Burger
Kumoricon had its tenth anniversary this year, and like last year it was held in Washington, at the Vancouver Hilton and the Vancouver Red Lion on the Quay. I’ve noticed over the years that as the convention grows, so does the attendance for “Day 0,” the day before the convention officially starts. Years ago the convention itself felt fairly small, then attendance grew but Day 0 felt like a smaller more private occasion. This year total attendance was 4,750 people, and so many cosplayers filled the park across from the Hilton on Day 0 that I definitely felt like the convention was already fully under way. At this rate, I suspect that a “Day -1″ may eventually appear.
Eliza makes comics and she’s just published her first book of short stories, Regalia, stories from the past four or five years, and one of the stories was nominated for an Eisner in 2009. She funded this book with a Kickstarter campaign that was so successful she could do a hard back print run. Continue reading
Agnes has been drawing all her life, always had a passion for it, and has been doing conventions for the past seven years. She went to Sheridan for illustration, but is self taught in comics. Continue reading
Ghengis has been making art her entire life, but has only been doing the mixed media work for about a year. She attended an arts high school and several art colleges, but has mainly evolved as an artist by doing art. She lives in San Diego and this is her first Comic Con as an exhibitor. Continue reading
Theresa’s work is very pretty. She likes painting fantastical creatures, including cats, in lush colors. She started her career doing carousel restoration work, which was painting the new paintings in the center of the carousel. Continue reading
Ashleigh is a freelance illustrator primarily in trading cards for various companies including Star Wars, Marvel, and some she was not at liberty to discuss. She makes art all the time, not sequentials, but she’s done a lot of covers for independent books. Her latest book cover is for Vanguard Girls, published by Dark Elf Deigns and will be released eventually. This is her first Comic Con and she’s loving it. She has a bachelors in art with a major in painting and a minor in print making from University of Alaska in Anchorage. She’s love to illustrate children’s book and do art book compilations and we wish her very good luck with those.
For more SDCC 2012 coverage, here’s Comic Con all in one big post.
JT Hartke is a novelist and the author of The Dragonsoul Saga
, which as beautiful covers by Lars Grant-West and the map by Jason Engle. The Saga is going to be a five book series in a classic fantasy style except the heroes and villains aren’t as clear cut as in traditional fantasy. Continue reading
I was glad Sho Murase had a few minutes for this year because I really enjoyed talking to her last year. Since I saw her in 2012, she’s done a few covers for Marvel
and a few new prints for Comic Con. Continue reading
Anson Jew has no new comic books this year, but he did a lot of storyboarding over the past year. He’s working on storyboards he can’t talk about right now and hopes to have a new comic next year, but no promises. So there might be something to look foward to. Continue reading
It was great to see Sze Jones again this year. This past year she made a beautiful marquette, her first marquette, Cyber Geisha, and she’s making a comic book of Cyber Geisha for next year’s Comic Con. She has a few new prints, but mostly she made that beautiful statue of Cyber Geisha. Continue reading
This is Whitney’s first Comic Con as an exhibitor. She went to a fine arts boarding high school and then went to Otis College of Art and Design graduating in the digital art program in 2008. However, when I walked up to her table, she was painting with watercolors. Continue reading
Is a creator on CyCops, which is an interactive graphic novel/game that is in an online platform they call Comics Cube. It’s a sequential story with the occasional video sequence containing original characters and subplots that are not in the graphic novel. Continue reading
Celine had an interesting year. She moved to Seattle and has been doing a lot of shows there. She spent some time catching up on commissions, and produced a few new pieces. Continue reading