ACEN 2009

So I took Friday off to go to Anime Central (ACEN) but didn’t go. That evening co-worker Diana had an art opening at the 4ART Inc gallery, one of the many galleries in Pilsen. She was part of a group showing and exhibited stained glass work. Most of the other work was also traditional modern. Paintings, typography, a lot of mixed media. There was a very polished digital artist who I liked mostly because I’m less about art and more about technique. Anyone who does what I do but can do it better technique wise I appreciate. It was unbelievably hot in the 4ART gallery. It was because of the the lighting. Interestingly I visited 4 other showings on that block and all of them were temperature cool.

Saturday I went to ACEN. I went last year because Halcali was a musical guest. This year not so much but I had bought an advance weekend ticket which was the cost of a single day ticket bought at the door. So I had to go. It was fun. I could have spent a lot of money on things but ended up buying a My Neighbor Totoro hoodie and a sketchbook in newspaper journal size. But the one thing ACEN is good for is cosplay. Lots of people in really cool costumes. (I’m so out of touch with anime I have no idea who most of these people are supposed to be.)

I hate Illinois Nazis!

Okami’s Issun being mauled by a bear.

6 swords Link?

Vanya from UMBRELLA ACADEMY. My favorite costume!

The convention center taken after a lunch at Gibson’s.

Is everyone here a guy?

The lobby of the Hyatt.

Sailors Venus, Moon, Mars and Jupiter. (Mercury has really let herself go.)

Women of Metal Gear Solid

D. Gray Man

Non-anime chicks.

Today is Mother’s Day. I joined my mother at a North Central College production of Romeo and Juliet and took her out for ribs!