I got an email from the head of Ninja Con about a new event that was being put together. It took place in the same area, the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center. A friend of mine performed some songs with her band! They performed songs such as, “The End of Heartache”, by Killswitch Engage, and, “BYOB”, by System of a Down.
I had no idea what to be this year, but as this wonderful holiday came closer, I got a random idea to combine two of my cosplays: Vash The Stampede and Napoleon Dynamite.
Why? Because I can (because I couldn’t think of anything else).
Only two people understood the combo. Most people recognized the Napoleon part, but it was still awesome.
There is also that $3 burrito deal at Chipotle if you are wearing a costume.
I have another year to figure out what I want to be next Halloween!
My friend, The Steel Shark, told me about this event and he showed me photos that he took of some cool participants. I had interest in covering it, but the last one that he attended was in 2011.
Much to my surprise, it came back! It took place in Elysian Park, next to Dodgers Stadium. I took the metro, so it took time to get there and find the correct location. I went up this hiking trail and realized that I was going the wrong way when I got high enough to see the festivities in the distance.
Seeing the race was fun and there were some cool soapbox cars.
There was an event at Raleigh Studios in downtown Los Angeles and I decided to go when it was open to the public. I honestly didn’t know what to expect. There were different time frames when the would let people come in with different colored wristbands. I got in at 3pm, though I arrived there around 10:30am. As they were about to let us in, they passed out tickets for free food.
They led us into one of the studios in the studio lot and someone was throwing Nintendo Switch hats into the crowd. I was lucky enough to get the first one!
It was a really big room with many different sections for each video game. There were games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Bomberman, Mario Kart 8, Sonic Mania (probably my favorite) which is a return to the original games sans 3D, Disgaea 5, and many others.
There were games played on the main stage called, 1-2-Switch, and Arms. 1-2-Switch looks like a variety of party games and Arms is a fighting game with really long arms. I took video of these games that you can view here.
It was a fun event! I played two levels from Sonic Mania and some Mario Kart 8. Both were fun.
To close out the event, they played N’SYNC’s, Bye Bye Bye, as we existed the room. They gave us cookies too!
I saw that they were out of churros, so I got two hot dogs, ice cream, and a soda. You got to love free food!