NYAF 08 Day3 – Forever Remembered
I will be remembering NYAF 08 Day3 moments and events throughout my entire life ;__;
As usual, day3 started early for me as a regular moslem, preparing for fasting. Woke up at 5am and have my cereal consumption for whole day energy. Then I took a rest and prepare myself to get out of the hostel heading for the con at 7.30am.
Arrived at the convention hall at quarter past 8am, and behold. THE LINE!! THE FRIGGIN LINE!! NOOOOOOO!!!11
When I got into line, I was like 60th+ person. NOOOOO!!!! щ(ﾟДﾟщ) In the pic above, im at the blue barrel on the right. I already know something will be going bad for today. And at around 9.30am, Its confimed that I did not get RIE autograph ticket as its only limited to 1st 50 person ｡･ﾟ･(ﾉД`)･ﾟ･｡
Early frustration were had. Me and few RIE fans nearby who had the same fate started to feel bad for ourself. Damn I blamed myself for not coming earlier right after my cereal (╬ ಠ益ಠ) And when I heard some of the guys in front arrived at 5am just to get in line, it made me felt even worse.
When the hall opened at 10am, most of the people in line rushed to RIE panel room. And here we go again with the waiting game. The panel room opened at almost 11am. However during that wait, I get to know and chat with more new friends. There I met Jeb and his nun-friend. Powerlevel suppression mode off. We chat on lotsa stuff there, STANDING.
Upon entering the panel room, I guess Im lucky that I get a good spot (5th row, on the left) and I brought my 55-200mm lens. While I do not have an external flash, I relied on iso800/1600 ( ¯3¯)
What came totally to my surprise was that there are few of Rie really came all the way from Osaka Japan, and China. And the Japan dude cant even speak proper English. For them to be able to arrive at the con was a total dedication.
Rie did not cosplay on day3. Oh well, her appearance alone was enough for me ( ﾟ∀ﾟ) For coverage on panel session, do check out Omo’s coverage. Since I’m too lazy to redirect all Rie pics i had, head over to my Rie gallery. The pics didnt turn out sharp, so i guess i may need either an external flash or a faster lens.
After the panel ended, everyone quickly formed a line at the autograph room. Not having the autograph ticket, me and few fans set to push our luck, by lining up too. The staff did not chase us away at that time. After few hrs has passed, our chances getting slimmer. We began to get chased away by the staff as they said Rie will be having a closed interview so no extra autograph session.
While the no-ticket fans starts to gave up, me and few who left still with our belief on luck. However by 2pm, we began to lose the battle and got chased away. At that moment I totally regretted for not coming into the line earlier in the morning ｡･ﾟ･(ﾉД`)･ﾟ･｡ As time running out, I started begging the staff for the autograph. Coming from the other side of the coast, I will not give up without trying in whatever way i can. Tears were almost shed after few guys backed me up and help me begging at the staff ｡･ﾟ･(ﾉ◡◡`)･ﾟ･｡
After a hard trying session, 1 of the staff really did something special for me. He got me a Chie postcard autographed. This may not sound fair to others, but I just must get the autograph to mark that I met her IRL. However I learnt a big lesson throughout these events, that if I want for something, be ready to sacrifice my sleep like others.
Right after acquiring the autograph, I felt totally on cloud 9. everything felt completed. Mission accomplished. Then I continue to snap pictures of the cosplayers until the event ended at around 5pm.
Feel free to check out my NYAF cosplay snapshots gallery 🙂
*next stop, AFA08 Singapore. More on that later (☞ﾟ◡◡ﾟ)☞