These pictures don’t capture how hot it was, until you see the umbrellas and realize it’s not raining. I crouched beneath an umbrella myself to avoid serious burns, there were folks being carted out of the line on stretchers on a regular basis who had not been so cautious.
I got there a little after ten (the official opening time) deliberately, as I didn’t have much scheduled in the way of shopping and wanted to stay fresh for the get together in the evening; staying fresh in yesterday’s weather was soon revealed to be a non-option, but as the liquids I’d brought with me slowly made their way from my backpack to coating my clothing in a salty sheen “freshness” stopped being such a priority, and staying alive and ambulatory came into sharper focus.
I stumbled around in a zombified state for about two hours gathering various loot, met up with KoF2000 and his brother VanRaily who were there for the doujin music (Arabure rocks the house) and then retreated with Animaestro to the air-conditioned cloak room for an hour to wait for the 3:00 meeting we’d scheduled in the Big Sight Lobby.
We assembled a fair passel of folks, actually managing to fill the quota of 12 momentarily (Phil fell to the heatstroke alas, glad to hear he’s fine today) and ended up with eleven of us around a couple of tables in an izakaya in Akihabara shortly after five o’clock. We ate, drank and made merry for a couple of hours and then went our separate ways. Despite the screaming mental protests against spending unnecessary money on food during Comiket I think (hope?) everyone had a good time.
Tomorrow it’s back into the trenches again, this time on a circle ticket with Xiarobo. It’s another 4:00 AM alarm call, but we persevere! Circle list printed, beverages packed, and it’s off to bed…
Figure News: pictured above are the Jingai Makyou novel version Makimoto-san PVC from Solid Theater that was hinted at earlier, due out in November, as well as Goodsmile’s Shuraki vol. 5, due out in February. More on these as they’re officially unveiled.
Loot details (some links contain [ERO]): Media Factory Ikkitousen Dragon Destiny Kanu Unchou microfiber towel, Queen’s Blade Menace microfiber towel, Littlewitch artbook (not for myself), Makura no Soushi, Otona no Moeoh, Game Style five year anniversary commemoration book, Elf Kankin Seikatsu, Nagasarete Aidoneusu-shima, Yarisugi! Swimming School, Arabure, and the Comiket 73 application packet.