This past weekend was the New York Comic Con & Anime Festival that was being held at the Javits Center in NYC. It ran from Friday until Sunday and in my guise as Master and Commander of PiercingMetal.com, I attended all three days of this incredible convention event. The official site blog will feature a number of narratives that relate to the goings on at the convention since some of my wanderings found me discovering some cool music stuff and the personality responsible for them as well.
The convention is also one that offers a wide variety of companies the chance to come in and present their wares for the general public and one such booth that I found was the one for designer h.Naoto and also Gashicon. Gashicon is a Japanese illustrator and the creator of the Guro-kawa (or grotesque and cute) character mascots of Hangry & Angry. If you are a fan of the J-Rock style of music you know who I am talking about but if you are still in the dark please know that this is a group founded in 2008 by Hitomi Yoshizawa and Rika Ishikawa. Here’s a photo of the girls that I found online. I admit that I myself do not have much of an idea about them…..yet. There is always time.
When I stopped by the booth I was told that a fashion design show would be held downstairs from the main exhibition hall and this would be featuring many of the Japanese Gothic Lolita fashion designs that I saw in front of me at the booth. Designer Gashicon was there as well and she showed me all of the characters that she had designed for the group. There were many of these plush characters available for sale and they were selling like hotcakes. Those images will be in the Comic Con blogs so watch for them. Since the fashion show was early enough on the Saturday of the Con, I got into place and aimed the camera at everyone as they strutted their stuff and showed off these designs.
After some J-Rock and J-Pop music, the Hangry & Angry characters came out onto the stage and pretty much danced in place while the models showed off the designs. There did not seem to be an information sheet for me to explain each design or get the names of the models doing the show so you will have to pardon me for this omission. Just imagine you are at the show with me enjoying all of the designs and the visuals as they go by. There are a LOT of images to enjoy because I wanted this to be a very thorough presentation.
The models begin walking the walk down the catwalk in stylish attire.
The grand finale of the fashion show approaches and all of the girls come out one more time in tandem and walked the line to the roaring audience.
I must apologize for the visual quickness here in these shots but they were doing this part of the show a little fast and that meant…
…it would be a little tricky to get them all properly in a single shot so I snapped and snapped.
Before the show began they announced that there would be a special guest as a surprise.
Our beautiful Gothic Lolitas all lined up towards the rear of the catwalk stage with the Hangry & Angry characters on either side of them and then…
Suddenly we learned who the special guest was and what a surprise it was for those who knew a whole lot more about this event than I could have hoped to.
The lovely Miss Rika Ishikawa from Hangry & Angry herself was in the room and showing off some designs as well.
The J-Rock singer looked fantastic and was showing all the fans a glowing smile as she walked and waived.
Rika walks the catwalk.
Now it was the turn for designer Gashicon to come out and enjoy some of the love being given by the fans in the room.
After the fashion show both Rika Ishikawa and Gashicon would answer fan questions on a panel but I would not be able to remain for that since I had been away from the convention long enough. This was interesting and fun and I was glad to have made the choice to come down here and see what was going on. Follow the existing and future work of the designers and this interesting company via the link below.
To see our coverage of all of the other stuff happening at the 2010 NY Comic Con and Anime Festival just click HERE. I broke up the adventures into six individual parts. Enjoy.