Alex mugging in front of her "Draw Your Face For A Dollar?" Sign

Matsuricon this year continued the tradition of surpassing itself again!  Unfortunately, it’s been a month since the convention, so this will be a more barebones con report taken from some notes I wrote during the weekend.

First thing, I participated in the Matsuricon Sketch Battle, which was run by several members of Studio Akumakaze.  I tend to run into SA at just about every convention I go to in and around Ohio, so we’ve got the running joke going that we are all stalking each other. ^_^  I did my battle against Julie Wright, artist extraordinaire and colorist for The Dreamer!

I also gave another Photoshop demo on Friday night, which seemed to go pretty well.  Though I’m coming to the conclusion that I don’t really like giving PS demos. ^_^;  But that’s a subject for another time.

While I was gone doing panels, Chris was, as usual, wearing the Stylish and Informative Hat of Knowledge.  Our neighbors across the aisle, The Guild of Mallow, made Chris this button!

Chris's Button

Doug Walker (Matsuricon)

But by far the coolest part of the weekend was getting to meet Doug Walker, also known as the Nostalgia Critic.  He came through the AA on Saturday and looked at just about everyone’s stuff, which was really cool!  I also went to his Q&A, which was pretty hilarious; it started out with a Tommy Wisseau skit and involved many props.  Turns out, he used to be an artist and graphic designer before he got into making videos and such, which was pretty cool!  Then he dropped the lovely bomb that he wanted to start a series of videos highlighting the artist alleys at conventions, and he would be shooting his first video the next day.

Oh, Doug.  Are you TRYING to make me crush on you even harder?

Anyways, here’s the video:

Like I’ve said before, Matsuricon gets better and better each year, and I will continue to make a point of including it in my convention list.