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Hey everyone. : )

I'm back home after an exhausting weekend at FanimeCon in San Jose, in Northern California. I drove from LA on Thursday, met a million amazing people, and drove back immediately after the convention was over yesterday. I've got a few photos to share and a few updates too. : )

The drive up was really pretty, but pretty long at the same time. It's always odd to see how empty California is in places, after being so used to living in the suburbs of Los Angeles. I live right up against some mountains, so to see a flat horizon was a bit odd, and I had to take a picture. The rest stop behind me was actually kind of disgusting. : D

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So this was what my table in the Artists Alley looked like. This was taken before the doors opened on the last day, so the posters had all sold out, and I'm kicking myself for not taking the picture sooner. We got a lot of compliments on the print display, and it's funny because my dad and I built it after midnight the night before I drove up. If art school has taught me anything, it's to make last-minute projects happen, and to make sure not everyone notices they were thrown together. Hahaha.

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Everyone I met was really friendly, as usual. I saw a lot of the people I met last year, but was sad to hear that a few weren't able to make it to this year's convention. There were some crazy cosplay outfits, as expected, and I couldn't not run out and ask to take a picture with a set of flaming Mario Bros characters. I heard that they were all actually completely straight, and that they were just there for laughs, to perform a routine in the masquerade. I was behind the table the whole time though, so I missed out on all of the activities that were going on elsewhere.

mario


Two very friendly people dressed as Pon and Zi, and that was more than a little bit amazing. I had to take a picture with them before they wandered off. Thanks guys!

dressed up


The end of the last day was really, really depressing. My brother and I got assigned a table next to Kaiami, and I'm going to make sure we're next to each other again next year, because I always worry I'll be put next to someone who's smelly or mean (or both!). Hahaha. Everyone go visit her page because she's not only really talented, but really nice as well. <3

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So the next convention I'll be going to is Anime Expo, here in LA. I've never dressed up before, but Pokemon was apparently a big deal at FanimeCon, so I think I might go as a member of Team Rocket for one day at AX, just to vent my inner dork. Hahaha. Anybody know where I can get some pokeballs that clip onto a belt? Or do you have a suggestion for what pokemon I should carry arround? I only know some of the ones from the first set, so I'm going to keep it oldschool.

OTHER UPDATES

T-SHIRT PREORDER DELAY.
The printing company that printed the Tshirts I made available for presale dropped the ball, and they still haven't arrived, even though they were guaranteed to be here by the 23rd. I'm really sorry for the wait, but it's completely out of my hands, and the best I can do is offer refunds if you've ordered a shirt and are unwilling to wait a day or two more. All of the mailing envelopes are addressed and ready to  go as soon as the shirts get here, so I'll have them out the same day they get delivered to my door, and you'll all be updated with tracking numbers via email from PayPal. Also, since I know it sucks to wait and wait and wait, I'll be sending a free random pin set or keychain with each late shirt order. So either hold tight just a bit more or send me an email titled "PREORDER REFUND" to azuzephre@me.com with your order number and full name. I'm very sorry for wait, but I've made phonecalls and sent angry emails to the printers, and they say they should arrive any time.

UPCOMING CONVENTIONS.
Anime Expo is the next on my list, and I mighttt be going to AWAcon in Georgia and Comic Con in New York as well. If any of you are planning on going to any of those, let me know and we can meet up for coffee or something, yeah? : )
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EeVeELyN Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010
:la: im going to comic con! and i didnt know you drew those adorable comics! i've seen them all over the place but never knew who drew them! >w<
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MyLadySilence Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
Looks like it was fun! :D
By the way, happy birthday. :party:
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ashleeyyy Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
This is really late, but noooooooo i bought a print from you there but i FRIGGIN FORGOT TO TAKE A PICTURE WITH YOU D8
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MonkeysUndles Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Student Writer
Awesome! Sounds like you had fun!

Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!
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lavisonlystaker Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Student
wow i never saw you! i was there the whole weekend! when i when to your both the guy had no idea who was pon and who was zi despite the fact the there was a huge button in front of him that said my name is zi and had pic of zi on it!
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ph1shf00d Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
Haha! I remember seeing your display from waaay across the hall. I only realized who the booth belonged to later, haha. Glad you had a great time at Fanime!
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This is a bit off subject but that Kaito cosplay looks awesome! :D
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yeaboikat Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ah my goddess!
i loved the mario bros at the con!
they were so cool!
mario like mi amiga's suspenders...
she was misty...
:)
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Xanderr Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010   Writer
If you ever go to a convention in Illinois I will totally come check you out.
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LeGnome Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
Got the shirt at the beginning of July- absolutely love it! I cannot wait to see if you do more! I got many compliments on it- thanks a bunch! :hug:
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PoppinChampagne007 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you are awesome :D
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:iconmorsecodeexplanation:
If you go to AWA i'll fer sure go. cus i was thinking maybe. but if you're there i'll walk if i have to rofls :]
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fish-bonez Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH DUDE YOU GOT A PICTURE WITH SUPER YAOI BROTHERS
they walked by my table in the alley and I was legitimately impressed/laughing my ass off

also it was nice to meet you at AX (:
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zelayda Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010   Photographer
Hooray for not having a smelly or mean Fanime neighbor! (:
As always, I wish I could come, but I live all the way across the country in Illinois ): It's great to hear you enjoyed the experience.
Best wishes!
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LeGnome Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
any update on the t-shirts?
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post-it-mnster Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Student General Artist
I got my shirt today! I was so excited. then I realized my mom ordered me a small.
What. The. Fuck.
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MysticEden Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was one of the people who bought stuff. You might not remember me but I was the girl who asked for a signature and told you about having to wait for your table to calm down. Seriously I tried to go over every day I was there Fri-Sun and ended up buying something on Sunday at the first moment I saw you weren't surrounded lol.

As for pokemon cosplay... If you want to be a cool pokemon person you need a pokewalker but that means a ds and heart or soul silver.. Still all the cool poke people are doing it ^_- for the pokeballs burger king used to give them out. They open and have a clip for yout belt or whatever. You can probably find them on ebay or some pokemon community. Also for team rocket there is the anime version and the game version, sometimes they don't get along.. be prepared for a battle!

It was great seeing you this year. I hope to see you again at the next fanime :) have fun at AX!
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post-it-mnster Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Student General Artist
Heyy where are the shirts? did you get them sent out yet????
Im gonna die of waiting.
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Rooooooo Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
Love, love, LOVE the buttons I bought. If I had the extra cash, I wouldve ordered a shirt as well. :'B
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Kiriyama-Nox Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
yeah! good to know you had a great time!! :D
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soli-poo Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010
ohh i think kaiami is one of my friend's little sister! O:

i saw the flaming mario bros in the masquerade. they were pretty funny XD
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ArtbyMaryC Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
looks like you had a great time! Great shot on the rest stop lamp post there. Good luck with all your upcoming shows. And if you're interested in a better LA based print drop me a line I have a connection to some good ones.
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StrawberrySiren Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
One day, I hope you wish to visit Baltimore or DC so that I can meet you at Otakon or Katsucon.
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Jilzabug Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
You should totally take a meowth if you're going as a Team Rocket member.
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goldenphoenix3000 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
It was nice meeting you! I wish I could've said some more at the convention, but I was actually really shy inside... Thanks for the pins, I will treasure them greatly! XD
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Hex-Sk8erGirl Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
u should bring a caterpie, mine likes walking so much it found 2 items and 150w or 200w (50w at a time though) it rocks!!
Im so totally gonna look 4 u at AX cause i went last year and found ur table but you weren't there at the time :(
but this year (im going all 4 days too) so imm either gonna be itachi or an anbu and imma gonna find u too just like those other 2 the imma gonna find
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gloomy-smiles Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
Don't carry around a Pikachu - too generic maybe find a cyndaquil (the best starter pokemon ever).
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Gaurdian-of-Dreamers Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Student General Artist
I'm glad you had so much fun:) O and btw!! My sister recently got a phone background of Pon and Zi!:D She adores it!!
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BlizzyStorm Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooohh ~
That looks so cool! :O

and your table looks srsly awesome too! ><
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wouot Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i love cali
i live in cali
near san jose
rock on
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ayasha21 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
I go to AX every year and its your booth I really look forward to! :D IT would be cool to hang out and get to know you better! what do you say?

~Ayasha :D
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inbalz93 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
this is so awesome. you're like a celebrity, well, i guess you are, i've known your works before i even joined DA [actually it's really annoying that they can be found around the interenet with no credit nor reference to your name, some people never heard of copyright] and it was pretty amazing to find out that you are not much older than me, and that you started here on DA.
anyway, i hope that you could make this into something big, bigger than it already is. good luck(:
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Kaiami Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
Hahaha oh Jeff, you're too nice (and really tall. I wish you'd give me some of your height).

I really wish I could make it to AX this year. Next year, possibly!

I remember that I used to have pokeball clips. I think they were from kids meals a long time ago, but it may have been from something else.
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doctortanuki Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
You might go to AWA con?! Oh, epic!
This will be my first year at AWA con, and going with my small cosplay group.
If we saw you there.. That would make my year!
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alallin Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Student Photographer
Ah sometimes living in the UK sucks, wish I could have gone looks like you guys there had a blast. (:
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stacynina Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Nidoran male fer sure Jeffers. :) Glad you had a lot of fun.
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RyoRin00 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Saw your booth at fanime! Wanted to say "Ello" and such but ja, you seemed abit busy but I loved seeing your work again!
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Gothvm Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010   Traditional Artist
Wow, you're so cool. :aww:
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Lasrin Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
it was nice meeting you at fanime <3
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elf-shadow Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Oh, Mr. Jeff Thomas.
It's awesome to see pictures of the things that you've been doing. I'm jealous beyond reason at your ability to attend things like that and sell your art to people who love it and do all of those things that crazy artists find attractive.
One day.
Anyway, awesome.
[Insert more encouraging things and whatnot here]
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you-offmyplanet Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing display - can't be easy making stuff like that all on your own! I've helped out at some British cons and I always end up giving some of my lunch to the poor artist sitting in front of me who has been slavishly doing free sketches for kids for the entire day hehe *gives cookie* ^^
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Passerimel Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Looks like you had fun. The mario bros characters = really funny! Looks like they really embraced their inner-gay! lol :D
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RockTheAcademy Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
That's so awesome. (:
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Mayfly-Sinopa Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
squirtle has always been my favorite pokemon. i vote you dress up as one!
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Pola-444 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
you should definitely just drag around a charizard. I mean that'd be epic. And everyone would be like wtf is happening here.

Also, there was a convention here too. I didn't get to go. But I'm jealous now.

I'm glad you had fun :D
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Charlend Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Student Artist
definitely get an Eevee please.
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KrisTheKilla Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
That must have been so awesome :O
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SheenaFujibayashi1 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I remember those Mario cosplayers XD Their routine at the masquerade was...unique XD I had fun visiting your table~
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2L2Q-Shirts Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
Hey look its me!!! ( as Zi!!!) :#1:
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