Last weekend was one of the biggest events of the year for any anime fan in Texas. A-Kon, Texas' (and the USA's) oldest ongoing anime convention was held here. Attendance, as expected in a down economy, was down; that really meant more artists were free to do stuff for me though. I had a lot of fun and touted Secret Agent Fangirl to some comic book companies. (Getting off topic for a bit, it really stinks that Diamond upped their requirements. Now every publisher's skittish about a new series.) Strangely enough, the only weird thing I saw was in the bag of free stuff they hand out to you on Friday. Mine had a copy of Logan's Run #4. This is a very old comic book (from 1976) and I only vaguely recall the TV series (since I was in the first grade at the time.) I found out a comic shop in Plano went under and one of the A-Kon officials got stuck with their cheapo comics. Apparently, s/he got rid of them by giving them out at A-Kon.
Well, as I usually do, I had a bunch of artists draw a bunch of pictures based on one series. This time, it was the anime Koihime Musou. The plot basically goes like this: heroine Kan'u Unchou (often misspelled Kanu) was but a child when bandits raided her village and burned it to the ground. The sole survivor, she swore to eradicate all bandits in China during the Three Kingdoms period. Wielding the Green Dragon Crescent Blade, she and her friends fight to protect the innocent and eradicate bandits from China. It's very funny in places, it's very violent in others, and there's a trip to the hot spring, so I don't recommend it for kids. The nice thing about it though is that a lot of the costumes are very complex, but all the artists came through on them.
Here's a link to the index page: [link]
If you've never been there before, I've included links to the artist's sites wherever possible. Just click on the character's name beneath the image (or the artist's name if it's a link; some of them have two websites.)