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Empress Goes to NDK 2014

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Empress' Adventures at Nan Desu Kan

Hey everyone! I'm back from my weekend at NDK in Englewood, Colorado and I had an absolute blast. Things started out extremely hectically because a few days before I actually contracted an ear infection that was so bad that I was running a high fever for three days running. I was actually worried I'd have to skip the convention but it mostly cleared up by Friday morning. Which was a good thing for many reasons because I had to get to the convention by bus and train since I wasn't able to snag a ride and it was raining and snowing that morning!

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After my little trek to arrive I started setting up my booth. This year my neighbor was Sarah Stone, one of the artists for IDW's Transformers comics, and she was the sweetest person ever. It's always a pleasure when your artist alley neighbors are good people because then you can count on having someone to watch your back when you need to take a break and aren't fighting over anything petty like space or displays. Also because so many people came to check out her work, it brought a lot of traffic to my table. When she took breaks a few people asked if her table was part of my booth. It's always super flattering when people think you're that talented.

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I spent most of my weekend at my table and not doing panels or anything, but I did get to meet a lot of great people. There were loads of amazing cosplays and Chuck Huber had a table in the Artist Alley as well. A few years back I tried to get his autograph but even when I went to his panels two hours early, it was still already filled up! When he came again I didn't even bother to bring anything to sign until a customer mentioned on Friday that he was actually only a few feet away from me. So on Saturday I brought in my Soul Eater DVDs to sign. Also cool that someone bought one of my Soul Eater prints for him to sign. I only got one thing at the Dealer's Room which was an Advent Children Vincent Valentine play arts figure. Vincent is one of my favorite characters of all time, so I was thrilled to find it for a reasonable price. Some of the older play arts figures tend to be really expensive on places like eBay.

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I actually lost my voice on Friday evening and most of Saturday I couldn't speak at all. I pretty much had to communicate with all my customers by gesturing and writing in a notebook. Also for the con I bred a whole bunch of Protean Froakies to trade away to people. I wasn't asking anything special for them, but people were willing to trade me their shinies and legendaries. I just asked one girl for her to breed me a Kabuto and call him Larry. Overall despite my illnesses I had a really great time at the con. And now what everyone is waiting for: cosplay pictures!

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