Mahalo Kawaii-Kon!

Quite a spectacular event!

Quite a spectacular event!

As I wrote about a month ago, I was really excited about attending Kawaii-Kon in Oahu, Hawaii- and now, after a fantastic experience, I have returned to share!
I’ve been to a few conventions in the past, and I’ve always enjoyed the electricity in the air: the meticulous cosplay, art of all styles, excited murmurings of things I don’t always understand….  it’s wonderful-  a cultural experience that many people prepare all year or more for- and it’s a brilliant thing.
When we first arrived, walking around the beautiful convention center, we saw a girl dressed as Clementine. I was doing a panel that afternoon and I asked my Expert Con Advisor, “Should I ask her if she’ll come to my panel?”
“yes…”
… I was feeling shy …
So I walked up to this lovely girl, who, I found out is named Lily… ! -she stood up, reached out and hugged me. She had a lot of incredible things to say about how much The Walking Dead Game means to her… I walked away in tears…  that little Clem started my adventure in a very special way.

Lily as Clementine. Amazing

Lily as Clementine. Amazing ♥

 

Nicki (Lily) and Lily (Clem) ;-)

Nicki (Lily) and Lily (Clem) 😉

As I mentioned earlier, I was asked to do a panel about the stuff I do- and although I was nervous, at least I knew I would have Clem there to support me.

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I think I had about 20 guests, just right. Lots of great questions about The Walking Dead, Psychonauts …  The Sims was a very popular topic!- and there is a lot of excitement about Act 2 of Broken Age as well. It was a relaxed and comfortable experience- I really hope I get to do this sort of thing again!

Talkin' about games n stuff

Talkin’ about games n stuff at Kawaii-Kon

After all that talking, I got to sign autographs! I’m so grateful to everyone who came to meet me- people brought their own games, t-shirts, alpacas… I had a blast meeting fans of the games I’ve been in.  These moments were some of my favorites of the con.

First in line :-)

First in line!

 

A robot even showed up!

A robot even showed up!

I got to sign Fryea's Alpaca, and she was so sweet to bring me one as a gift ♥

I got to sign Fryea’s Alpaca, and she was so sweet to bring me one as a gift ♥

Meeting Megan was really fun too. She shared her m&ms with me :-) ♥

Meeting Megan was really fun too. She shared her m&ms with me 🙂 ♥

My super Sims fan! I was just walking past and she startled me. Really excited about how much love there is for The Sims out there!

Justine, my super Sims fan! I was just walking past and she startled me. Really excited about how much love there is for The Sims out there!

Huge thanks to the super fan Kawaii-Kon staff!!

Huge thanks to the super fun Kawaii-Kon staff!!

Such a great weekend!  Many special moments that I’m so glad to have captured.
There was one moment that I was really waiting for- I recorded Psychonauts over 10 years ago- yet I had never met Richard Horvitz ever- and he was my boyfriend! 😉
When I found out he was going to be at Kawaii-Kon as well, I was really really excited…

Lili and Raz!!! Psychonauts Unite!!!

Lili and Raz!!! Psychonauts Unite!!!

and then…. THIS!!!

omg!!!!!

omg!!!!!

Being a part of an anime con was a lot of fun- I didn’t know a lot of the characters, but they were some truly unforgettable and unbelievable cosplayers. There was one cosplayer in particular that really made me smile…. my favorite TMNT!!!

Leonardo!!!!!

Leonardo!!!!!

A goal of mine this year is to travel to cons and share what I do as much as I can. If you have a con in your town and you’d like to meet me, tell the bosses! I would love to meet you 😀
Meeting fans of the games is an indescribable feeling… and meeting people who have really felt connected to me through a character is a phenomenal thing. In your life- you never know when what you do, can really make someone feel something- it’s definitely something to think about. Never does it not matter. 🙂
Mahalo to Kawaii-Kon,  to HI-Waikiki, and for the inspiration I gained from this adventure- the serenity and totally unbelievable beauty of Hawaii. ♥

 

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