Major: It’s too bad…I had a whole speech planned here and everything. Alas, it seems it was not meant to be.
So let’s skip straight to the good part.
Major: I mean *ahem* Sir Integra…I’m sorry I nearly let another opponent defeat me. I know it wouldn’t have been fair to you.
Integra: Of course it would. I don’t care who kills you. You’re not the archnemesis of some costumed melodrama. You’re just a terrorist with delusions of grandeur.
Major: Hey, I’m not the one wearing a panto costume.
Integra: I almost wish it were. The Sword of Dios is too good for you.
Major: Lousy cheap screens…if I weren’t expecting company, I’d go up to the roof and watch things in person.
Sir Integral Wingates Hellsing. An honor to finally meet you.
And you better be the real one this time! The first decoy already ruined my chance to make you watch Alucard die!
Reseda: Hey, fledgling.
That time your Master fought me…he wasn’t using his full powers, was he.
Seras: Probably not.
Uh…not that you didn’t fight very well just then!
Reseda: No, no. Go back to saving your country. Leave my wounded pride to die in peace.
[London Third Eye – Limited Release Complete]
Pip: That’s the wolf’s true form? He looks…
Pip: Harsh, mignonette! I was going to say like a child who’d had a good dream, but that too.
Seras: He wasn’t a child.
He’s an adult who couldn’t handle the responsibility. Same as everyone else in Millennium. Being human is hard, so they gave it up. Some were just more literal about it than others.
Otakon 2011: The Hellhound Makes Friends (with Cybele in two!)
Cuddling with Madoka and a Kyuubey.
John Egbert introduces bunny to bunny.
SEARCH AND EX-TER-MI-NATE – Two good dogs.
The Tuxedo Mask who inherited the found rose. With Sailor moon in tow, in case someone tries to kidnap him again.
The vampire your vampire could smell like.
I told you Rainbow Dash was the con’s favorite.
Managed to meet Shounen Bat without getting hit.
Mokona likes making friends!
Tom Servo, for all your snarky-movie-commentary needs.
Trying to eat a Kyuubey.
Catching a ride with Al Elric.
Checking out a Gundam…with help from this guy we found.
Another Mokona, with a full set of Magic Knights.
And a full set of cursed Sohma family members!
One of these things is not like the others.
The staff of the manga library. Thanks for all your hard work!
Collected strips from the mini-hiatus taken during the 2011 England riots.
Your doujinshi-ka is wiped out from a combination of Otakon, family visits, and long bus rides. Proper strips will resume shortly. In the meantime, please enjoy…
Bad Vampire Joke Theater
Q. What’s red, packed with strawberries, and bites people in the neck?
A. A jampire!
Erin: Reason #13,945,011 why causing Chaos in London is a bad idea.
[Photo taken by a reader in Wimbledon.]
Erin: Paris is for lovers…of Integra.
[photo taken by reader Hellen in Paris.]
Erin: Back in the UK: Integra will protect my car? Sign me up! …and I don’t even have a car!
My parents, who live in the Baltimore area, like to come down to the convention center on Otakon weekend just to people-watch. This year, they decided to see it from the inside.
This involved getting badges from series they’d never heard of.
Dad: Tiger & Bunny!
Mom, ever the prepared tourist, enjoyed being “in the know.”
Mom: I’m going to walk around with a Hello Kitty, so people know I’m an Otakon person! Plus, it matches my shirt!
…at least, as compared to the average Baltimorean.
Erin: See, that’s Naruto.
Mom: …Is he from Dragon Ball?
The hotel menu was in full pandering mode, with random anime buzzwords tacked on the names of its usual dishes. (Pikachu Pizza, Naruto Hot Wings…) Dad got philosophical about it.
Dad: What would it take to get the chef to make an actual Pikachu pizza? [black olives, pepperoni]
As usual, I spent Friday as Integra, hellhound in tow. We don’t have the recognition we once did.
The hellhound teamed up with a plush version of Cybele, the pink rabbit from But I’m A Cat Person. They had a rose for a while, then I donated it to a Tuxedo Mask.
It was my first con since finding out about Homestuck…
Erin: Have there always been so many trolls??
Cosplay roundup! Favorite battle: Galaxia vs. Axe Cop. Favorite team-up:
Eleventh Doctor: I use Old Spice now. Old Spice is cool.
Old Spice Guy: This fez is now diamonds.
Favorite shirt: Roll the Dice…It Builds Character. Favorite ironic costume:
Saw plenty of Alucards, and a few Serases, but no Integras (!!). A full complement of Madoka characters: all the puella magi, Godoka, QB, Junko, even Charlotte. And Rainbow Dash is apparently everyone’s favorite pony.
Rendezvoused with the parents at the Madoka screening. (Dad had picked up Super Saiyan Hair in the meantime.)
Erin: I may have to make you get me one of those hats.
We also met up Saturday at the (chaotic, as always) Make a Manga Tournament. (Poor Xuanwu.)
Mom won a prize. She is now the proud owner of a couple of Armitage DVDs. (I stayed out of the judging for this one.)
I spent enough of Saturday in the manga library that the staff got rather attached to the hellhound.
Erin (thinking, reading Her Majesty’s Dog): This main character could be BFFs with Patrick!
Sunday, I encountered some of the kind of Madoka fans that give the rest of us a bad name.
Panelist: And you know, Sailor Moon was always getting saved by Tuxedo Mask, while the girls in Madoka save themselves…
tl;dr Tuxedo Mask spends half the show kidnapped, brainwashed, or dead. He’s never a key player when fighting the seasonal Big Bads; he’s not powerful enough to be a threat against anything stronger than the day-to-day mooks. Even then, he’s only useful as a distraction. A Sailor Senshi always has to deliver the killing blow.
Sunday also saw a terse negotiation…
Mom: You expect us to continue supporting you, now that you live on your own?
Erin: No! I’m asking you to help support the artists at this convention that has brought you so much enjoyment!
Mom: Here. Go by yourself a Kyuubey hat.
All the Kyuubey hats were sold out. Oh well…at least I have a mission for Otakon 2012!
Seras (thinking): I can do this. Just one goal…
Don’t hit the kitty.
Seras: I’m too strong now for ordinary relics to hurt me. But Reseda’s not. If I miss–
So don’t miss, police girl. …is what he would say, if he were here.
Don’t worry, Master. I’ll make you proud.