So I got back from Anime Weekend Atlanta 2010 last night. Shout-outs go to
among others for hanging out with me and keeping me sane. I don't watch much anime anymore and even when I did anime cons confuse the hell out of me and I end up being bored out of my head.
But that changed Saturday afternoon.
I was hanging out with some friends when one asks me "so are you going to see Aramaki?" and I'm all like "What?"
For those of you who don't know, Shinji Aramaki (among other things) is one of the founding fathers of the Transformers line. His toy credits include robots that we would come to know as Soundwave, Perceptor and Sunstreaker.
AND HE WAS THERE.
Because I wasn't really interested in what was going on at the con since it's usually a bunch of anime guests I don't know, I didn't check the attending list and had no idea he was attending until 15 minutes before his autograph session. What's worse is that I had a Diaclone red Sunstreaker at home that I would have KILLED to get a picture of with Mr. Aramaki.
So my buddy Carlton and I make a beeline to his autograph line and wait with a bunch of other nerds (who also heard about him showing up via word-of-mouth). I had nothing to get signed so I doodled a quick sketch of Sunstreaker. People around me saw the sketch and asked if I could do the same for them. Since I was just waiting in line I thought "why not?" I must have sketched a dozen Soundwaves. By the way, thanks to all you cool cats who sat and waiting in line with me. Enjoy the sketches! XD
My turn finally comes up and I fanboy to Aramaki big time. I won't even lie. I wholeheartedly thank him for twenty plus years of joy and ask him if he'd kindly sign and perhaps draw a Sunstreaker pic on my doodle. He smiles and responds,
"I haven't drawn this one in about twenty years, so I'm going to use your picture as reference if that's all right."
Shinji FUCKING Aramaki was totally cribbing off of MY art.
Needless to say, I bothered everybody I saw that weekend with this story. AWA 2010, you win this round. :3