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This past weekend was Nan Desu Kan, a convention for anime and video game fans. The floor was packed with cosplayers and event attendees to the point where at some points it was difficult to move! Everywhere you looked, there was something that grabbed your eye.

We were there Friday, Saturday and Sunday and every day flew by quicker than the day before. Sadly I was sick the entire convention, so I had to take it slow. It’s funny though, caught the crud before I could catch the Con-Crud. No I wasn’t contagious and didn’t give this horrible stuff to anyone else.

Anyways, when Friday arrived I spent the morning packing and still sewing my costumes. I pulled a ‘Victoria’ from Heroes of Cosplay and had to finish the costumes in the convention room. That was difficult since I wanted to get down to the convention floor to see everything that was going on. I didn’t even get to the Dealer’s Room that night. It was crazy busy with people all over the place. Everywhere you looked, there were people in awesome amazing cosplays.

On Saturday, not only did we debut our Sailor Venus and Mars cosplays (I also was still working on them that morning) but we got to see all the different awesome costumes that people had been saving for this convention. There was this one cosplay from the anime, Kill La Kill that was super amazing. She had glued wig hair to paper mache, or at least that’s what I think she did, but it looked absolutely amazing. I was in awe over what she had done. It was absolutely amazing. On top of it, there was the costume contest. After spending as much time as I have on costumes, seeing all the amazing things that other people had made and then displayed on the catwalk I have a new appreciation. One lady had brilliant wings that I wanted to tackle and ask her questions over how she did it but I wasn’t able to find her afterwards. However the detail and time put into these costumes just blow me away.

When Sunday came, I was happy to go back home to my bed but sad I had to leave. After going to Nan Desu Kan I realized that there are anime’s that I should possibly pay more attention to. There was a ton of Attack on Titan cosplayers there, which has really gotten me interested in the show. However I found it interesting that a manga I cosplayed from 7 years ago called Vampire Knight was still popular. Though I do believe that it has become an Anime.

Over all, it was an intense weekend of cosplay and anime. I got to see all the wonderful things of Nan Desu Kan but sadly I wasn’t able to make it to too many panels. However, I did make many memories and new friends over the weekend at this awesome convention. I can’t wait till next year. 

 
 
It was a wonderful and amazing weekend at Nan Desu Kan this year, and of course what better way to bask in the memories than with photographs!  Enjoy! 
 
 
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There was a sadness in the air this morning as we all got up and got ready for the day. Originally, we were supposed to cosplay, but after some thought, we decided to take the day easy. We got up, got ready, went down, and hit the dealer's room first thing. There was one last thing that we needed to get in the room of awesome. Having bought a keychain the day before for myself, I thought it would be great to get the rest of the team one. 

So Mattie and I each picked out some for the guys, and sought out to find a plush for Mattie's car. For some reason, my favorite thing about conventions are their dealer's rooms. Maybe its the ambiance, the pretty things to buy, or just the amazing stuff you can find there. For me, a con can be made or broken by a dealer's room. Oddly enough, on the last day of NDK, the dealer's room was absolutely packed.

Last days are always sad, and sometimes lacking a massive crowd, but this year was different. Many people had stayed from thursday night into the end of the day. I've never seen a crowed like this at NDK, and it was really cool to see so many people showing their love for anime. While I've been out of touch with the newest anime, I did see a lot of older ones that I did know, and even some people complying as characters from sci-fi shows. 

All in all, this convention was utterly amazing. While I didn't have the chance to make it to many panels, I did hear of how wonderful they were. On the last day of con, a two hour voice acting panel was offered with actor David Vincent. People could get advice from Mister Vincent who is a voice actor, and even practice with scripts. I've never heard of anything like that happening! That is pretty amazing.

While I'm sad for the weekend to be over, it's time to get back to planning our next costumes. After all, the con season isn't over, and there is another con just around the corner. NDK will always hold a special place in my heart. It was great to meet up with old friends, and make some new ones. As always, memories have been made, as well as some lasting friendships. What I love most about conventions is that we nerds and geeks get the chance to come together and share our nerdy obsessions together. And mochi! What's not to love about mochi?

 
 
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The day began with a meeting of the press. The day was off to a quick start, and not too soon after we were in the dealers room. Now, if you guys know anything about me, you know that I love convention dealers rooms. This year was no exception. With a ton of vendors, and a lot of anime, there was only so much one could see in just one pass. 

Manga, DVDs, shirts, and so many plushies. It was hard to narrow things down, but eventually I found the perfect con present. Granted, not many look at a keychain and think "I must have this", but then again, there was a wall of them. With so many items to choose from it can be overwhelming. The only thing I'm sad over, was that I wasn't able to buy Mochi. They did have it, but I decided not to torture John.

A few more passes and another through Artist Alley and the afternoon was over! Before I could blink, the day flew by! A growing crowd has brought a new element to this con. I have never seen NDK this full before. It's good to see that anime is more popular now than it was when I was growing up. It affords opportunities as such for me to spend my weekends with some awesome people.

While the day was over there was still much to see! Panels were going on whilst the day carried on. Yet, for me, it was the costume contest. Contestants lined up in the most epic line I've ever seen to see their fellow cosplayers strut their stuff on the main events stage. The room was so packed, people were being held outside until room opened up. Eventually people lined the walls to see the contest. And let me tell you, people did not disappoint. With so many amazing costumes it was hard to pick a favorite. This weekend I have seen so many amazing cosplays, I don't even know how I'm going to feel Monday. Going back to the real world will be strange!

With that, the con's activities did not come to an end. Instead, a rave was set up, and some other later night panels and activities (like karaoke). The weekend is coming to an end and it is always sad, but we have one more day to go and that is something to still look forward too!

 
 
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It really has come to the point where con season never quite ends anymore, it's just spaced out in healthy fashion throughout the year.  It's a wonderful thing because it allows each and every one of us to truly enjoy the conventions we attend on a regular basis.  There are no worries we are missing out, there is just the wonderful con before us.  

It's been slightly different for me over the last few years.  There's much to do when I get to a con, much to see and much to cover and it makes my weekend busy.  But I decided, as I walked through the doors of Nan Desu Kan this year, that it was time to cover this convention slightly different.  

This is the year I wanted to truly understand NDK.  As a man who has only watched a handful of Anime films, it was time to appreciate this convention in all its glory and I'd like to say my Friday night did just that.  This time around, while there were pictures snapped off and an agenda to be followed, I finally had the chance to just soak this con completely in.  

This was a great night to simply get lost in the crowd, to really take the time to look at all of the impressive cosplays and see the joy on people's faces as they settled in to see old friends and make new ones.  This was a chance to hear folks explaining their costume choices and designs to the people they impressed with their handiwork.  

It's quite the sight to see. How much these animated stories touch people in ways that go deeper than most of us can understand. There is a deep and powerful connection that the fans at NDK share with their Anime.  These stories enlighten them in ways that few of us will ever understand.  Unless of course we take the time to sit back and let it soak in, then it all becomes apparent.  I'm looking forward to learning more today, see all of you on the floor. 

 
 
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This year we return to NDK. The first con in Colorado I went to. Having not been to a convention in three years, going to NDK 2005 was not only fun, but a nice reintroduction to the con world. I started out as an anime nerd and have ever since held a special place in my heart for all things anime. My first convention experiences were anime ones, and getting the chance to go back to the world of anime was amazing. NDK was so much fun, and I met some life long friends. Being back here has brought back some great nostalgia.

Last year, Mattie and I got the chance to go and cosplay. Sadly, though I had a broken elbow at the time, so my time here was fun but not as great as it could have been. This year, I am injury free and ready for some great fun. While I've not watched any new anime, I have been caught up in the newest Sailor Moon series, Sailor Moon Crystal. As an homage to my first love; I'll be cosplaying as Sailor Mars. 

Mattie has been working incredibly hard on the costumes and I have gotten the wigs done. We are all set to cosplay. And the best part, it's the 20th anniversary of my favorite anime! Being here is just great. Already I've seen several amazing cosplays, and the con is almost in full swing. The evening brought some great memories already.

First we met up with the great people and old friends that we haven't seen since....a few weekends ago. The stress of getting the costumes done on time was completely worth it once we got here. There's something wonderous about being at the Marriott Denver Tech Center. For me, this is where 90% of my con memories are here. Well, I haven't been able to make it to the dealers room, just yet, but I did get the chance to hit up Artist Alley. 

There is a booth....with dragons. Stuffed dragons you can wear as a cap. Stuffed dragons you can wear as a cap that i need to own. I might have to buy it. Amongst the amazing art, there are many talented venders selling jewelry, purses, and even wings. The Artist Alley is a site to see and the weekend is holding so much promise already. I cannot wait to see what today brings!

 
 

Written by John Edward Betancourt

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When it comes to the rich convention world that now exists in the lovely state of Colorado, we can now sync our favorite cons to the time of year.  We know what to expect in the spring, we know where our hard earned money will go in the summer and of course, when it comes to the fall...we know that the Denver Marriott DTC will fill to the brim with Anime fans of all ages when Nan Desu Kan arrives.  

Well, that time has come again.  Summer has said goodbye to all of us, the leaves have begun to change and our fall tradition of celebrating the wonder of Anime has come upon us at last as NDK kicks off today.  Yes, the wait is over.  Now is the time to dust off those incredible Anime cosplays and head down to a convention that is always so extremely popular.  If you have not had the chance to attend NDK before, well you are in for a treat.  

There are few conventions that draw out fans in droves like this one does.  In fact NDK never fails to impress with its crowds. Each year that I've had the honor of covering this con has been quite the treat since I'm always amazed at the lines that seem to never end.  In fact I have actually witnessed lines that manage to span the entire hotel because that's just how amazing and popular this convention is, and it just goes to show how rich and incredible the programming is for a convention like this.  I mean, if people are waiting in a line like that with smiles on their faces, you just know in your heart that their destination is going to be a good one.  

These fans are dying to celebrate their love of Anime and it makes for one fun weekend.  The festivities for this year's event begin at five p.m. with opening ceremonies and panels galore before the J-Pop dance concludes the evening at ten p.m. so if you've never been to NDK, I would say today's the day to give it a look.  

Whether you're a fan of Anime or not, this is a great convention to attend regardless.  It's filled to the brim with good people, good times and I know we at Girls of Geek are in for one incredible weekend and we look forward to seeing you there! 

 
 

Written by Mattie

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Nan Desu Kan is this coming weekend to the Denver Tech Center Marriot and Hilton! Denver’s premier Anime Convention has finally come at last, celebrating its 18th year. Now for the past week or so I have been busting my butt trying to get our costumes done and ready for this convention yet, I still have work to do. No worries though, I will choose working on these costumes over sleep to get them done!

I have to say that I am really excited for this weekend. Not only am I going to be able to hopefully show off my newly made costumes, but I even get to see all the other costumes that people have purchased or made as well. I really love admiring the time and efforts put into these costumes, and those at anime conventions are beautiful, cool and amazing. I am really looking forward to the costume contest to seeing what kinds of awesome costumes people have created this past year, just to present them on stage that day.

I am also excited for some of the programming as well. I’m hoping to go to the Dance it! J-Pop panel, where they teach you two, popular easy dances from Japan. I’m hoping to drag Shae and a group of my friends with me. Plus, I see this being awesome fun with a few drinks in our systems. I’m also thinking of going to the Chris Patton Shares Too Much panel which is an annual thing at NDK. I’ve never been however when it comes to sharing too much…I’m in. There are also some costuming panels that I would like to go to as well.

As for guests, I'm not even sure where to begin since NDK offers some awesome ones. However, I have always loved this show called Full Metal Panic! in which case Chris Patton did the voice for Sousuke Sagara, one of the main characters. Besides that, I really just would like to hear as many guests as I can talk about their experiences as being voice actors and to hear their stories in general

Over all I am excited for Nan Desu Kan this year! I hope I can get my costumes done and am excited to see everything that NDK offers this year! YAY!

 
 
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Denver Comic Con was this past weekend and after several days of hibernation, I’m finally back to where I can finally process this amazing weekend. Even though it wore me out for days, it was so far the best year yet.

DCC2014 started out for me on Thursday night at the giant Mile High Comics warehouse where the Pre-Con party was being held. It was quite exciting seeing people all dressed up, ready for the convention to begin. Shae and I squeezed our way into our Star Trek uniforms and wore them for the party. We really looked good. There were so many things to look at it was really awesome. I have to say that my favorite moment was being able to get a photo with George Perez, a famous comic book writer and illustrator.  After the party, we were ready for DCC2014 to begin.

Friday then finally came. It was an early morning for us however it gave me energy seeing the crowd. There were so many people and it was incredible seeing them all so excited to go through the doors to start their Denver Comic Con 2014 experience. It was even more exciting to watch them all enter the main convention floor and to watch them discover all the sights of the dealer’s area, Artist’s Valley and Celebrity Summit. We spent the day looking at all the sights that DCC2014 had to offer. So far, this was the biggest most amazing year yet. 

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Saturday however was our busiest day. Arrow’s Stephen Amell and Caity Lotz had graced Denver Comic Con with their presence. So naturally, since I’m a huge fan of the show I had to get their autographs go to their panel and get a picture with Stephen. Which I did all three. The panel was absolutely hilarious and more than worth going to since they talked about the most embarrassing things that had happened to them on set and the jokes that John Barrowman had played on them and so much more. I absolutely love them more now after seeing them in real life. It was well worth the money to get an autograph from them both Caity and Stephen and for getting a photo with Stephen and Shae.

Also on Saturday we all got to sit in on Dan’s interview with Peter Davison and Sylvester McCoy, which was for one a learning experience and two, a once in a lifetime opportunity. I was highly impressed and was so happy to have seen that in person. On top of it all, there was the Star Trek: TNG panel to go to, which was a sentimental thing for me since Star Trek: TNG really helped me out when I was a teen struggling to find reasons to keep going in life. During the panel, I found that I wasn’t the only one who was affected in a good way by this show. In all, Saturday was an exhausting incredible day, which I was thankful for in so many ways.

Sunday finally came and was a bittersweet moment. I was happy to go home and sleep in my own bed that night however, I was sad that the Convention was ending. Shae and I however finally got the chance to put on our Elsa and Anna costumes, which we were meaning to do on Saturday. We didn’t know what kind of response we were going to get from it, but we really wanted to display them. 

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So, when we finally hit the convention floor dressed up as Disney’s newest Princess and Queen, we were getting pictures taken of us the entire time. It was amazing. The best part of it was when little girls and boys ran up to us thinking that we were the real Anna and Elsa. They were telling us that they watched our movie that morning; it was so adorable. At one point in time I was standing in line, getting food and letting Shae rest for a moment, the little girl behind me who was around the age of 2 or 3 talked to me the entire time about everything she could think of. It was so adorable. I got so many hugs that day from kids of all ages; I was just in awe about the response of our costumes on the convention floor. They are memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. On top of it, I got to meet my Batman, Kevin Conroy and Michael Rooker. Sadly I didn’t get to meet Chandler Riggs who had left early that morning. I was sad however, I was happy with everything else that I had gotten to see and to do.

In all, this was an amazing fantastic weekend, which I know will stay with me for the rest of my life. It is thanks to those amazing executives at Denver Comic Con and all the volunteers that helped make this weekend as memorable and fantastic as it was. I am sad that Denver Comic Con 2014 had come to an end however I am excited and look forward to Denver Comic Con 2015. 

 
 
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I would hope that everyone that visited Denver Comic Con this year were able to find that once in a lifetime item that they will treasure for years to come.  Now for me, it is not only about the fantastic artwork that surrounds the floor, or the autographs from my favorite stars, but the books that are found around every nook and cranny.  I hope that everyone knows my love for a good book, whether it be a novel or a collection of short stories and once again, I was able to find just a couple more of both to help keep me busy for the months to come.

I was able to finally get a printed copy of Bones II, a collection of poetry, flash fiction and short stories based on what else? Bones.  Stories based around those things that help keep us together and give us a chance to evolve into something much more. I believe there is a walking skeleton in there as well, but will have to read it first to find out. I have been looking forward to reading this, not just for the stories, but it features a friend’s first published story. 

I also picked up Kevin J. Anderson’s Resurrection, Inc.  This was his first novel and the 25th Anniversary edition was slated to hit the shelves a couple weeks after Denver Comic Con 2013.  A story about bringing the dead back to life to do the bidding of the living that ends up in revolts?  Yes please.  This just sounds like a great ride with only one man, a dead man who knows how to stop his resurrected brothers…how could you go wrong?

When running around Celebrity Summit, I was told that the great mind that brought the cartoon Gargoyles to our Saturday morning television screen had a book out as well.  Rain of the Ghosts is the story that Greg Weisman has been able to bring back into novel form after his original story was not produced by the network.  An armband provides secret powers to see the dead and is used around the hidden world of the Ghost Key’s.  Sounds like a winner to me and his follow up novel will be hitting the shelves in a matter of weeks.

The final book I picked up is a duplicate of one I had purchased and read back in 2006, but this one has something special about it.  World War Z by Max Brooks was one of the prime novels to get me back into the zombie craze and to have added a signed copy of it to my ever growing zombie collection is just a feather in my hat.  As I have said numerous times, I get things that I like and I have never looked to sell any part of my collection and this is defiantly one that will stay with my prized possessions for years to come.

I certainly hope that everyone who attended DCC this year were able to get everything that they had their heart set on, I know I did.  I have a funny feeling that a couple more authors will come out to DCC next year as the event proceeds are going towards children’s literacy and people that are able to formulate ideas on a blank piece of paper or computer screen are really the heroes to getting the rest of our imaginations working.