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07/31/11 - Otakon 2011! Back a year after my camera died mid-con with an L lens! Cosplay photos galore!

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Amanda is clearly geared up for Otakon
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"Oh yeah. Let's do this."
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Cosplayers in the street! Must be that time again
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A Demoman!
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And a female Soldier!
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Oh yeah. I've clearly come to the right place
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Peter had a whole bunch of people taking his picture as he performed
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Wow. Definitely an anime convention.
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Ha! Dr. Gero even has his brain visible!
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This guy had Steve Wozniak's business card!
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This is Alan's happy face
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It's DJ Vinyl Scratch from My Little Pony!
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Sailor Moon only drinks Pepsi
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EVA Unit 01 wants to know where the Info Desk is
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Is this a combo Domo-kun and Demoman? A.. Demo-kun?
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Not sure what these guys are.. maybe from Zelda?
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Trunks!
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I don't know what this is, but it sure has a lot of frills
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Some cosplayers from The Last Airbender!
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Ahh, this one is definitely from Zelda
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Haunter! My favorite pokemon! When I told him that he hugged me
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Nyan cat was a popular meme this year
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It just wouldn't be the Otakon game room without DDR
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The Great Saiyaman!
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This guy doesn't seem to thrilled to be a Rubik's Cube
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Stocking from Panty and Stocking
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Ahhh.. yeah.. hm. This is another one of those "must be a con" photos
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Quite a line for Marvel vs Capcom 2
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Falling Thwomp!
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Yajirobe! I wonder if this guy ate chips all day or just carried the same chip around
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Cosplay fighting!
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I should probably get out of here before someone notices the guy in the staff shirt watching cosplay fighting..
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Cubone!
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A Valkyria Chronicles soldier!
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Peter's costume (and real sax playing) was very popular
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Look at him go!
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Checking the schedule
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Some Final Fantasy VII cosplayers
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Some Gurren Lagann guys and.. someone else
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Excalibur!
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Strike a pose!
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The balcony is a popular location
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Taaaaank!
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Scary creeper
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This guy was pumping out some pretty awesome chiptune music
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I wasn't the only one taking pictures
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Hey, it's one of those bunnygirls from Final Fantasy XII
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Chell vs a headcrab!
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Very impressive Chell
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Mr. Lee! Tech man extraordinaire
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These back hallways really come in handy when you don't have time to wade through attendees
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Omar is Vice Con Chair this year! He was crazy busy
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Planning how the census is going to work
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Jeff dares you to ask him to print more signs
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Paper jam?? We don't have time for this!
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Planning stuff out
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Squid Girl!
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Another Chell. She was a popular character this year!
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One of those Vocaloid characters
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This Demoman even has some accessories!
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Poor gofers. They get the worst jobs
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It's one of those guys from that thing
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Wheatley!
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Kallen and Lelouch from Code Geass!
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The Ghost of Sparta
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Sumomo!
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One of those Ouron Host Club guys
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Haru Haruko!
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Master.. Chef?
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Mysterio!
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Oh no! Pedobear claims another victim!
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One of the seven deadly exes from Scott Pilgrim
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Princess Tutu!
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I ran into that Dr. Gero and Goku again
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Registration folks working hard!
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These guys put in some long hours
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A Desmond!
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Jefferson's got a press badge this year!
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Peter's crazy Vampire costume
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And Katie's pregnant! With a clever costume to go with it. "All we know is whatever pokemon comes out won't be a normal type"
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Whoa, metal.. dog thing?
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I feel like I see this guy every year!
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Even hardcore anime nerds need some downtime
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We've seen squid girl.. but now there's fish girl?
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MOPE
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Vic bought Amanda a corsette. Vic approves
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This is one of the best Vegeta cosplayers I've seen in a long time!
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Yup, just a middle aged man with a Card Captor Sakura wand walking down the street.. nothing to see here
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Bryce is here! Sporting his spiffy Whiskey Media shirt
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I have no idea what these guys are from, but they have neat costumes
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OK, I'm not one to dump on costumes.. but this is the worst companion cube I've ever seen
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One of my favorite things about cosplayers is seeing characters doing normal things. Here's Assassin's Creed's Altair checking Twitter or something
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The future of fighting games?
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It's gaming time!
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I'm pretty sure that's not allowed in the conventino center..
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Bryce steps up to challenge this guy.. and got his ass handed to him
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Go Bryce go!
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Some kind of Tetris Attack clone
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This guy has the biggest adams apple I've ever seen in my life!
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Various superheros.. and villains!
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What's wrong, Bryce? You don't like Al?
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Hey, I found a Haibane cosplayer! Reki!
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An excellent Nausicaa!
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All the normal sized staff shirts were lost, so people who didn't already have one had to use 5XL and up. Poor Nabil!
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A very impressive Tali from Mass Effect!
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Green Ranger!
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I thought it was funny that after I took this picture this guy asked if I knew where to buy red body paint
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Joy backstage
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This guy was helping us seat people and hand out ballots
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The quiet before the storm
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And here's the storm waiting outside..
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This guy had an actual hard drive embedded in his costume
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Keep the levels below +2!
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Vic gets out some pencils.. black gold.
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It's kind of tough to tell in this picture but those colored lines lit up
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It is 100 degrees here! Luckily I spent most of the weekend indoors
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Spaceballs!
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Asuma! His chakra blade things were particularly impressive
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This guy was kind of freaking out in the corner
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I love the view from the top of the escalator
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The view from the other escalator, down in the fountain area
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Vic stands with the long shadow of responsibility. It's tough to keep turning people away who really want to see our show
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This is the most pitiful picture of the weekend.. a dirty blanket and pillow with an empty can of Four Loko. And this was inside the convention center!
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Rainbow Dash!
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Rainbow Dash, Applejack, and a blinged out Pinkie Pie!
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Almost the full crew!
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Two Applejacks, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, and even Big Mac!
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Amanda starts sorting ballots
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"Count some ballots!"
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So many ballots
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Make nice little piles!
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Joy checks her phone
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It's Bob!
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Mr. Big Important Vice Con Chair got a rascal this year!
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Just a bunch of staffers with a box of homemade booze.. nothing to see here
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Omar leads the way!
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Glowsticks! This is how we're going to seat people this year
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Ultraman!
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Hinata, Ino, and Tenten!
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The whole Ouron host club
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More Sailor Scouts
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Lots of Minecraft cosplayers this year
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That legendary bird from Pokemon
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What's with all the giant controllers?
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Metal Gear soldier
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Now he actually does look surprised!
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What are all these Luffys going after?
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One of those aliens from Star Wars
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Impressive Mass Effect costume!
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Anyone who knows Vic will get the joke here..
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This was my brilliant idea. Taping glow sticks.. to an actual stick! That'll make us much more visible during seating
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We also set these up to direct people to specific colors
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This is what the sticks look like when you wave them around
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Our backstage area
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Full house!
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We packed that place to the brim!
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OK, there were a couple of seats, but they were so bad we didn't even consider them actual seats
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Count, count, count! We only have an hour or two before the results are due!
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Amanda and Joy get into their Render-chan and Error-chan costumes for Iron Editor
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These staff pool folks were very helpful in counting. This girl here was a Nikon fan and kept hassling me for taking her picture with a lowly Nikon
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We used that box for ballots and called them Quaker Votes
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Peter hosted Iron Editor this year. He stayed in his costume since the theme was "Vampires Suck"
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Iron Editor as seen from the back of the room
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The Iron Editor crew
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Peter and Amanda dig through the prizes to see if there's anything good
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Peter was an excellent host
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Kiarrens! This year's challenger. She did the "It's a Small World" AMV from Anime Boston
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And of course, Chris is back as the defending champion
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Erica really got into the Vampire theme! And this stupid microphone messed up my photo!
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Ooo, so pretty
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Jefferson loves photography
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I was hoping to get a better version of this picture of Vic and his server but never did. I call it "The Man and the Machine"
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Mike, Amanda as Render-chan, and Joy as Error-chan
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These two were way too good at "name the anime". They went forever!
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Sailor Moon!
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Daft Punk!
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The trenchcoat really helps to make this photographer look less creepy.....
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Tinkelbell!
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Peter and Katie won Upbeat with their amazing original song and video about Squid Girl! This guy came running up to be in the picture
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The Iron Editors are running out of time!
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What's this face all about, Bryce?
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A closeup of a portal gun
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Chris won again! Congrats! Can he pull off the hat trick next year?
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This group even had a space sphere cosplayer!
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One of the back hallways that we call "Jeffrey tubes" for some reason
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Bryce says "think I can pull this off?"
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JumP!
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Aaaand no.
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Bryce is obviously pretty bored
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More balancing?
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What're you drinkin'? What're you buyin'?
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These guys are standing where I stood when I took my Powershot's last ever photo, launching me into the DSLR world
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Now here is some real creativity. He made a costume entirely out of those free super saiyan hair things from the Dealer's Room! Everyone loved him
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Oh no! This guy's wheeling Otakon away!
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Super Saiyan Hair Man was showered with praise
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Troll man!
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Cause that's what anime cons are all about
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My staff badge this year. And I got a spiffy ribbon for donating to Japan!
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I found our glow sticks! It turns out the next group also used them for easting.
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The gofers who worked for us got a pretty sweet gig. Mostly hanging out and watching AMVs
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"Pictures?"
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I really like this picture. Something about the composition. I think it's a lot better than if I had asked him for a picture and he was just standing there
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Why are there so many taiko drum games?
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Gaming goggles?
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Splash Woman! The only female megaman villain
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The Hellsing cosplayers come well armed
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This could be a decent wallpaper!
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Every time we left AMV Ops we had to hold the door closed for 30 seconds or it wouldn't lock
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Rolling the server back to AMV Ops
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Panty and Stocking! The last cosplayer photo for the main Otakon batch! What a year!
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