Shortly before the con.
panel organizers were told to resubmit their panels very quickly. The fans organizing the Hellsing Ultimate panel were away at the time, and missed the deadline.
On hearing the news,
Hellsing fans tried to petition the con for an exception, but were firmly told that it wasn’t going to happen.
So on Friday
two dozen of us gathered for the Ultimate Unofficial Hellsing Ultimate Unofficial Panel of Unofficial Ultimateness. Crowded, disorganized, geeky, and fun. (I had lost my camera, so I took pictures with a friend’s. They’ll be along soon.)
[Me drawing Integra and Girlycard, as a request. Keep an eye on DeviantArt for the colored version.]
the schedule had a mysterious panel with no description — only the title “Hellsing Ultimate.”
When it started
we gathered in the room (one of the largest at the convention) and waited for the panelists to show up…
[The hellhound attacking Rip (aka Amanda, aka Stalker #1) with her own musket — as made by Jon (aka Random Hellsing Grunt, aka Stalker #2). People who hadn’t heard of Hellsing stopped her for photos. He may be taking commissions.]
Half an hour later.
after several calls to Geneon (who were at the con promoting the OVA, as well as their other shows), Otakon staff on-scene found that it wasn’t an industry panel.
So it turns out
the fan-run panel made it back onto the schedule after all! They just…forgot to tell the fans who were running it. Whoops.
On the plus side, on Tuesday,
I finally found that camera!
[Part of the photoshoot. That’s our Rip front and center, and our random Hellsing soldier at the bottom left. I’m next to him — but out of the shot, alas…]
[The grunt has his rematch with Anderson. And dies. Again. Poor guy.]
In the meantime,
if you see pictures of a Young Integra with too-short hair and a hellpuppy plushie — that’s me. (If you happened to take any of these, send me copies!)