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Comic Con Tips, Tricks, and Pics

As an avid con-goer, this is my fifth year attending the New York Comic Con. The biggest pop culture convention in the East Coast. Every year the number of attendance have skyrocketed which is why this year, the 3-day and 4-day badges are sold out like hotcakes. So, if you’re lucky to land badges for next convention, I’d like to share some of my tips and tricks that I picked up over the years as a veteran comic con-goer.
1. Wear comfortable shoes. You will be walking a lot. You will be waiting in queues. You will be tired, so give your feet some comfortable shoes.
2. Bring a phone charger, extra phone battery, or put your phone on airplane mode to conserve phone battery. When going to a convention like NYCC, you will most likely take many photos with your phone, and that can be detrimental your phone’s battery life (I learned my lesson the hard way my first year.) It doesn’t help if you’re a frequent social media user either because the phone’s 4G/Wifi will drain your battery’s life as well. So, to conserve battery life, when not in use, set your phone to Airplane mode. 

3. Bring a camera. Another way to help conserve your phone’s battery life is to bring a camera. Especially, nowadays, most of these cameras have Wifi capabilities that you can transfer photos over to your phone later and most of the cameras have better image quality than your phone!
4. Plan ahead. Download the NYCC app. NYCC is full of panels, celebs, artists, and vendors. I’m not saying you should plan your days at NYCC meticulously but a simple layout of the things you want to do/see should suffice. Even though you won’t be able to do/see everything you wanted to :-(, sometimes it’s nice to go with the flow or take a rest from walking around all day to enjoy some snacks or lunch. 
5. Carry a backpack. (Only if you’re not cosplaying) This is pretty much self-explanatory. You put your stuff in there.
6. Save money and stay hydrated. I love to travel and I love to save money. Which is why I carry my trusty Thermos water bottle everywhere I go. Carrying a water bottle, especially at NYCC, is useful because throughout the convention there are water fountains to replenish your water bottle when you run out. You save so much money in the long run and refrain yourself from paying high amount of money for a bottle of water at the convention.

7. Wear antiperspirant/shower before you go. Personally, I don’t think I have encounter anyone with poor body odor at any conventions that I have attended in the past (or maybe my nose is not that sensitive), but to be on the safe side when you are going into a convention center with over 100,000 people, you are bound to get a bit sweaty and perspire. I, too, do not want to be in a room permeated by b.o.
8. Be respectful to others. Keep you hands to yourself, be kind, if you don’t know, just ask. Stay classy, my friends.
 I hope that you find these tips to be useful on your next convention visit, and last, but not least have lots of fun!
 
 To see more of my photos at NYCC 2014, please check out the link to my flickr page.
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Ink on Bristol Board
"Japanese Teahouse - A Passage of Time."
2007

 Since it’s Inktober, I found this throwback drawing I made when I was a first-year University student. I studied various pen techniques such as stippling and cross hatching and applied them to this drawing. 

11x14 

Ink on Bristol Board

"Japanese Teahouse - A Passage of Time."

2007

 Since it’s Inktober, I found this throwback drawing I made when I was a first-year University student. I studied various pen techniques such as stippling and cross hatching and applied them to this drawing. 

I thought Dredd was actually pretty good. Here’s a sketch of the lovely Miss Thirlby.

I thought Dredd was actually pretty good. Here’s a sketch of the lovely Miss Thirlby.

Playing around with my new brush pen. Will definitely use it for my next project.

Playing around with my new brush pen. Will definitely use it for my next project.

Practice figure sketching/drawing under a time limit at http://reference.sketchdaily.net/

Practice figure sketching/drawing under a time limit at http://reference.sketchdaily.net/

Drew this when I was on a plane ride from Norway to Germany.

Drew this when I was on a plane ride from Norway to Germany.

Ball point pen sketch of a man sitting near me on a train ride to the Fjords Tour in Norway.

Ball point pen sketch of a man sitting near me on a train ride to the Fjords Tour in Norway.

Eurotrip 2014

Eurotrip 2014
 This year I turned 27 years old. What better way to celebrate your 27th birthday with your close friends in Europe. Well, that is exactly what I did this past few weeks.
 About 4 months ago, I was hesitant about accepting my friends invitation for this Eurotrip. Then, I thought to myself, how many chances will I get to go to Europe with my close friends I have known for nearly ten years… not many. What is holding me back from not going? I mean, we were all single, we have full time jobs, and I have calendar full of vacation days to use up. Sure, I had a lot of loans and bills to pay but this was one of those opportunities that may never present itself again. So, I made my decision and said to myself, enjoy your time with your friends while you can because before you know it, some of us will eventually settle down, get married, have kids, or maybe even incarcerated (joking). I didn’t want to live my life asking myself ”what if?” So, no regrets, just carpe diem.
 It was a very ambitious adventure, but we managed to accomplish and see most of the places of interests on our itinerary. Even though we missed out on a few places of interests it is always good to plan ahead but also leave room for serendipity to work its magic because you never know what you’ll discover or who you meet on the way.
 Our first stop was in Bergen, Norway. The city was very scenic and had a serene vibe. My only complaint was price of gifts and food as it was the most expensive city I have been to. Remember to save those plastic bottles that can be recycled at any convenience store for Krones.
 Next up was Berlin, Germany. Berlin is rich with history, art, and reasonably priced compared to Norway. Berlin was a very lively city and we found Alexanderplatz to be the liveliest street of them all. Also, beware of little girls running around trying to have you sign a petition. They are actually scammers that claim to be deaf or mute targeting tourists to convince you to donate money. Oh yeah, and try the currywurst!

 Over to the east, we went to Prague, Czech Republic and it was such a architecturally beautiful country with different styles from Gothic, Romanesque, Art Nouveau, and more. It was also the least expensive city I have ever stayed in. I would highly recommend staying at the Mosaic House hotel/hostel because of the amenities and nice accommodations. The beer is really cheap!
 Finally, our last stop was Amsterdam, Holland. A mellow city with great tourist attractions, excellent dutch waffles, and the best fries (frites as the Dutch would call them) ever topped with mayo or joppiesaus. It was in this city, that I made a charming and lovely European friend at the Van Gogh Museum. The canal cruises takes you around the city while relaxing from all the walking around.

On the flight back home, I watched the movie “The Life of Walter Mitty” and instantly connected with it. It was an excellent movie to conclude the Eurotrip as I end this blog post with one of the lines Walter Mitty said that struck me. “To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.” 
Captain Breakfast logo.

Logo design I made for a breakfast blog.  My favorite part designing this logo was the toast with butter as his shoulder pad.

Captain Breakfast logo.

Logo design I made for a breakfast blog. My favorite part designing this logo was the toast with butter as his shoulder pad.

Amazing Spider-Man fanart
Ballpoint pen on 8.25 x 10 Moleskine sketchbook.
Recently, I watched the ASM2 and I actually liked it. I liked it enough that I drew some fan art of it. I really enjoyed how the movie stayed true to its comic medium (for the most part) and Spidey has always been my favorite superhero since a I was a kid. 
Fun fact: The clock tower is set to 1:21 because in the original Amazing Spider-Man comics, issue #121, a major event occurs in Peter Parker’s life.

Amazing Spider-Man fanart

Ballpoint pen on 8.25 x 10 Moleskine sketchbook.

Recently, I watched the ASM2 and I actually liked it. I liked it enough that I drew some fan art of it. I really enjoyed how the movie stayed true to its comic medium (for the most part) and Spidey has always been my favorite superhero since a I was a kid. 

Fun fact: The clock tower is set to 1:21 because in the original Amazing Spider-Man comics, issue #121, a major event occurs in Peter Parker’s life.

Suri
Digital Illustration for a comic project.

Suri

Digital Illustration for a comic project.

Web comic for the online game League of Legends. Created using Manga Studio 5.

Web comic for the online game League of Legends. Created using Manga Studio 5.

Comic Con Tips, Tricks, and Pics

As an avid con-goer, this is my fifth year attending the New York Comic Con. The biggest pop culture convention in the East Coast. Every year the number of attendance have skyrocketed which is why this year, the 3-day and 4-day badges are sold out like hotcakes. So, if you’re lucky to land badges for next convention, I’d like to share some of my tips and tricks that I picked up over the years as a veteran comic con-goer.
1. Wear comfortable shoes. You will be walking a lot. You will be waiting in queues. You will be tired, so give your feet some comfortable shoes.
2. Bring a phone charger, extra phone battery, or put your phone on airplane mode to conserve phone battery. When going to a convention like NYCC, you will most likely take many photos with your phone, and that can be detrimental your phone’s battery life (I learned my lesson the hard way my first year.) It doesn’t help if you’re a frequent social media user either because the phone’s 4G/Wifi will drain your battery’s life as well. So, to conserve battery life, when not in use, set your phone to Airplane mode. 

3. Bring a camera. Another way to help conserve your phone’s battery life is to bring a camera. Especially, nowadays, most of these cameras have Wifi capabilities that you can transfer photos over to your phone later and most of the cameras have better image quality than your phone!
4. Plan ahead. Download the NYCC app. NYCC is full of panels, celebs, artists, and vendors. I’m not saying you should plan your days at NYCC meticulously but a simple layout of the things you want to do/see should suffice. Even though you won’t be able to do/see everything you wanted to :-(, sometimes it’s nice to go with the flow or take a rest from walking around all day to enjoy some snacks or lunch. 
5. Carry a backpack. (Only if you’re not cosplaying) This is pretty much self-explanatory. You put your stuff in there.
6. Save money and stay hydrated. I love to travel and I love to save money. Which is why I carry my trusty Thermos water bottle everywhere I go. Carrying a water bottle, especially at NYCC, is useful because throughout the convention there are water fountains to replenish your water bottle when you run out. You save so much money in the long run and refrain yourself from paying high amount of money for a bottle of water at the convention.

7. Wear antiperspirant/shower before you go. Personally, I don’t think I have encounter anyone with poor body odor at any conventions that I have attended in the past (or maybe my nose is not that sensitive), but to be on the safe side when you are going into a convention center with over 100,000 people, you are bound to get a bit sweaty and perspire. I, too, do not want to be in a room permeated by b.o.
8. Be respectful to others. Keep you hands to yourself, be kind, if you don’t know, just ask. Stay classy, my friends.
 I hope that you find these tips to be useful on your next convention visit, and last, but not least have lots of fun!
 
 To see more of my photos at NYCC 2014, please check out the link to my flickr page.
11x14 
Ink on Bristol Board
"Japanese Teahouse - A Passage of Time."
2007

 Since it’s Inktober, I found this throwback drawing I made when I was a first-year University student. I studied various pen techniques such as stippling and cross hatching and applied them to this drawing. 

11x14 

Ink on Bristol Board

"Japanese Teahouse - A Passage of Time."

2007

 Since it’s Inktober, I found this throwback drawing I made when I was a first-year University student. I studied various pen techniques such as stippling and cross hatching and applied them to this drawing. 

I thought Dredd was actually pretty good. Here’s a sketch of the lovely Miss Thirlby.

I thought Dredd was actually pretty good. Here’s a sketch of the lovely Miss Thirlby.

Playing around with my new brush pen. Will definitely use it for my next project.

Playing around with my new brush pen. Will definitely use it for my next project.

Practice figure sketching/drawing under a time limit at http://reference.sketchdaily.net/

Practice figure sketching/drawing under a time limit at http://reference.sketchdaily.net/

Drew this when I was on a plane ride from Norway to Germany.

Drew this when I was on a plane ride from Norway to Germany.

Ball point pen sketch of a man sitting near me on a train ride to the Fjords Tour in Norway.

Ball point pen sketch of a man sitting near me on a train ride to the Fjords Tour in Norway.

Eurotrip 2014

Eurotrip 2014
 This year I turned 27 years old. What better way to celebrate your 27th birthday with your close friends in Europe. Well, that is exactly what I did this past few weeks.
 About 4 months ago, I was hesitant about accepting my friends invitation for this Eurotrip. Then, I thought to myself, how many chances will I get to go to Europe with my close friends I have known for nearly ten years… not many. What is holding me back from not going? I mean, we were all single, we have full time jobs, and I have calendar full of vacation days to use up. Sure, I had a lot of loans and bills to pay but this was one of those opportunities that may never present itself again. So, I made my decision and said to myself, enjoy your time with your friends while you can because before you know it, some of us will eventually settle down, get married, have kids, or maybe even incarcerated (joking). I didn’t want to live my life asking myself ”what if?” So, no regrets, just carpe diem.
 It was a very ambitious adventure, but we managed to accomplish and see most of the places of interests on our itinerary. Even though we missed out on a few places of interests it is always good to plan ahead but also leave room for serendipity to work its magic because you never know what you’ll discover or who you meet on the way.
 Our first stop was in Bergen, Norway. The city was very scenic and had a serene vibe. My only complaint was price of gifts and food as it was the most expensive city I have been to. Remember to save those plastic bottles that can be recycled at any convenience store for Krones.
 Next up was Berlin, Germany. Berlin is rich with history, art, and reasonably priced compared to Norway. Berlin was a very lively city and we found Alexanderplatz to be the liveliest street of them all. Also, beware of little girls running around trying to have you sign a petition. They are actually scammers that claim to be deaf or mute targeting tourists to convince you to donate money. Oh yeah, and try the currywurst!

 Over to the east, we went to Prague, Czech Republic and it was such a architecturally beautiful country with different styles from Gothic, Romanesque, Art Nouveau, and more. It was also the least expensive city I have ever stayed in. I would highly recommend staying at the Mosaic House hotel/hostel because of the amenities and nice accommodations. The beer is really cheap!
 Finally, our last stop was Amsterdam, Holland. A mellow city with great tourist attractions, excellent dutch waffles, and the best fries (frites as the Dutch would call them) ever topped with mayo or joppiesaus. It was in this city, that I made a charming and lovely European friend at the Van Gogh Museum. The canal cruises takes you around the city while relaxing from all the walking around.

On the flight back home, I watched the movie “The Life of Walter Mitty” and instantly connected with it. It was an excellent movie to conclude the Eurotrip as I end this blog post with one of the lines Walter Mitty said that struck me. “To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.” 
Captain Breakfast logo.

Logo design I made for a breakfast blog.  My favorite part designing this logo was the toast with butter as his shoulder pad.

Captain Breakfast logo.

Logo design I made for a breakfast blog. My favorite part designing this logo was the toast with butter as his shoulder pad.

Amazing Spider-Man fanart
Ballpoint pen on 8.25 x 10 Moleskine sketchbook.
Recently, I watched the ASM2 and I actually liked it. I liked it enough that I drew some fan art of it. I really enjoyed how the movie stayed true to its comic medium (for the most part) and Spidey has always been my favorite superhero since a I was a kid. 
Fun fact: The clock tower is set to 1:21 because in the original Amazing Spider-Man comics, issue #121, a major event occurs in Peter Parker’s life.

Amazing Spider-Man fanart

Ballpoint pen on 8.25 x 10 Moleskine sketchbook.

Recently, I watched the ASM2 and I actually liked it. I liked it enough that I drew some fan art of it. I really enjoyed how the movie stayed true to its comic medium (for the most part) and Spidey has always been my favorite superhero since a I was a kid. 

Fun fact: The clock tower is set to 1:21 because in the original Amazing Spider-Man comics, issue #121, a major event occurs in Peter Parker’s life.

Suri
Digital Illustration for a comic project.

Suri

Digital Illustration for a comic project.

Web comic for the online game League of Legends. Created using Manga Studio 5.

Web comic for the online game League of Legends. Created using Manga Studio 5.

Comic Con Tips, Tricks, and Pics
Eurotrip 2014

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