September 2, Monday
There was an Eva photo op in the morning with the dub cast which I had been advised to get in line for at 9:30 and was thus the second person in line. Everyone but Spencer was there by 10:30 and he ended up being a half hour late, but it went quickly. It was $7 to get the photo printed out but the first person who did so managed to get his for free due to communication issues. Wasn't happy with my take so I was able to get a retake and get it signed, freeing up a signing spot for later. To fill in some time I hit up the Women in the Anime Industry panel.
Grant, Bailey, and Winn-Lee were supposed to be presenting but with Winn-Lee out and Bailey a no show it was just Grant and became a mix of Q&A about working in the industry and Eva.
Q: Who was the biggest celebrity that you've worked with.
A: The biggest anime celebrity was Carl Macek. I read an essay by Miyamura and met her about 5 1/2 years ago which I was very excited about and we became good friends.
Q: How do you feel about revisiting Asuka all these years later?
A: It's been interesting and doesn't seem that long ago. I feel that the character is a part of myself. As for the time has passed, it's been 14 years and tricky to get around the old vs. new Asuka since she's now an adult. (I was cringing at this since it crossed into 3.0 spoilerland.)
Q: What are the most interesting things in your collection?
A: I have: an Eva toaster from Akihabara, mini fridge, Eva-02 watch, 17" Asuka figures, custom plug suit I haven't worn in a while, custom bobble head, macrame Hello Kitty doll.
Q: In The Little Red Haired Girl you talk about your collection but didn't mention what your favorites are, what are they? (my question)
A: That was done around 2004.(the guy who owns the red Mustang with the Eva-02 license plate that appears at the end was at the con also). A Nerv keychain from Miyamura that yells Anta baka! The most expensive figures I have, the kubricks, an ultra poseable Eva-02, a big vinyl figure that I got in Australia.
Q: How do you feel about all the new merchandise that has been released over the years and with Rebuild? (my question)
A: I haven't been able to keep up with the new stuff.
Q: What is the the biggest misconception that you've come across about voice acting? (my question)
A: That we make a lot of money. I'm sure I spent many more times on Asuka stuff than I have playing the role.
Q: Have you kept on top of the Eva manga?
A: I have read the other manga. Both are separate story lines.
Following the panel I went to what was left of the Spencer and Swasey signing and had the former sign a shitajiki with all three of the pilots. He gave me the option of manning Shinji up or not and as I told him to do whatever he wanted, doodled glasses, a mustache, and beard. Had Grant sign two shitajiki at the following signing and Kevin helped me out by having her sign a third. After he pointed out that one of the badges was done by someone in artist alley, we tracked down the artist who had a single print left but I didn't care for it too much (it was the half Shinji/Eva-01). There was another one who did the full event badge design, the pilots in the classroom, that we were able to find although she was out of large prints and only had 5 x 7s left. I got her card as she was going to expand the scene to include Mari and Kaworu but it wouldn't be ready until Taiyou Con in January.
After this was my final panel of the con, US vs Japan. Grant, Spencer, and Miyamura discussed the differences between voice acting in both countries. The final con event was the Miyamura signing at 4. Again thanks to Kevin's help I was able to get the two shitajiki signed that Grant had earlier signed, and as the latter had added some comments in English, Miyamura added the equivalents in Japanese. The final thing I was able to get her to sign was the film cel holder for the UK special edition of Battle Royale, as her character in that film is on it.
I made it back to PHX on time but my flight to SFO was delayed, so I didn't get home until 12:30 AM, in bed by 1, and back to work the next day, arising just after 6. Was it all worth it? Hell yes!
Here is everything that I got signed. The only new things I picked up were the car decals, signed photos, Comic Anthology, and Marmalade Boy art book.