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Anime Conji 2014

Held at the Sheraton Hotel & Marina April 18-20.

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Shine On, You Crazy Captain.Caption by Jay Allen Sanford

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What do you get when you cross Peter Pan and ...

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Somebody really loves rainbow sherbert. Caption by Jay Allen Sanford

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Karate No-Kidding. Caption by Jay Allen Sanford

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Tres princesses. Caption by Jay Allen Sanford

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The hat’s great, until it gets windy out… Caption by ...

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Anime NCIS. Caption by Jay Allen Sanford

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Anime Cagney and Lacey. Caption by Jay Allen Sanford

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With moves like that, who needs the gun? Caption by ...

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That Wicked Queen doesn’t look that wicked at all – ...

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And the entertainment includes a Yes tribute band! Caption by ...

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Every giant castle needs an in-house locksmith. Caption by Jay ...

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It always comes down to Britney VS Gaga. Photo by ...

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Several certainly superior sailor suits. Caption by Jay Allen Sanford

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Lil’ Red’s in the Hood!

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Wow, nobody told me this convention included a Missing Persons ...

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So tough, she only needs one glove to get the ...

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Power Pooch! Caption by Jay Allen Sanford

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Great costume, but why’d she bring a blank campaign lawn ...

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She has a big heart. Caption by Jay Allen Sanford

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A ponytail any pony would be proud of! Caption by ...

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Interplanetary prom pic. Caption by Jay Allen Sanford

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Wasn’t she on the TV show Blossom? Caption by Jay ...

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The cloth gloves are a bit of a battle design ...

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Look, I found Paul Bunyon’s spatula!” Caption by Jay Allen ...

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“I TOLD you to wear sunblock!” Caption by Jay Allen ...

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“There’s an afterparty?? We’re all ears!” Caption by Jay Allen ...

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Aww, they’re always horsing around. Caption by Jay Allen Sanford

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Walk steamy and carry a big stick. Caption by Jay ...

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Jack Kirby Lives! Caption by Jay Allen Sanford

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That’s one secure looking ballroom. Caption by Jay Allen Sanford

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Ghost Muppet! Caption by Jay Allen Sanford

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Maid in Japan. Caption by Jay Allen Sanford

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“But the sign said it was decaf!” Caption by Jay ...

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Must’ve been one hair-raising adventure! Caption by Jay Allen Sanford

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Her umbrella needs watering. Caption by Jay Allen Sanford

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This informal affair doesn’t require a tie, but looks nice! ...

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They call him Mr. Lucky. Caption by Jay Allen Sanford

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Finger-in-Light-Socket Man! Caption by Jay Allen Sanford

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When Hairy Met Sally. Caption by Jay Allen Sanford

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“Anime Eminem in the hhhhhousssse!” Caption by Jay Allen Sanford

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“Well, I had some leftover leather, sooooo……” Caption by Jay ...

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The personnel department at Captain Santa’s workshop embraces diversity. Caption ...

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“Everybody’s got something to slice, ‘cept for me and my ...

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Rapunzel Family reunion. Caption by Jay Allen Sanford

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Take note, Power Rangers, THIS is how you turn primary ...

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And the sword comes in handy with pizza ovens, too. ...

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Love that Devo cover band! Caption by Jay Allen Sanford

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Don’t worry, it’s wearing a dragon diaper. Caption by Jay ...

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Cartoons make for some colorful costumes! Caption by Jay Allen ...

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The guy on the left shouldn’t have gotten between Pooh ...

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I feel sorry for whatever critter took that bite outta ...

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“Your Con badges, please” - Ninjas make the best security ...

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I know it’s only April, but somebody’s a little overdressed ...

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Comments

Jay Allen Sanford April 21, 2014 @ 3:35 a.m.

Around 25 new cosplay pics and comedic captions from Saturday have been added to the original 14 photos in this gallery, with more from Sunday to be added soon --

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JamieRalphGardner April 21, 2014 @ 12:57 p.m.

With the man's Captain America costume, it was not shining when I would looked at in person. When I took photos of his costume, the glowing would show up in the photos. The man told me that he did not do anything to his costume with the intent of it shining when photographed.

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Jay Allen Sanford April 22, 2014 @ 5:02 p.m.

Cosplay photos with comedic captions from all three days have now been combined into this one gallery - see you again when Comic-Con starts up!

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Jay Allen Sanford April 26, 2014 @ 12:20 a.m.

RE all the Facebook commentators seen above complaining about the comedic photo captions - you're clearly arriving at the Anime Conji Gallery with an unreasonable attitude and agenda if you can cast such MOR photo caps as mean or unfair. I actually write the caps very stream-of-consciousness as I look at reduced thumbnails, rather than opening the whole photo in large format, so I didn't even realize Red Riding Hood was black! I was sure she was Asian, and Red Riding Hood/Red's in the Hood is a natural thematic and linguistic progression from pic to cap, a funny one at that, so shame on fools who'd assume racist intent. And for commentators to accuse ME of not researching or knowing enough about COMICS for my upcoming Comic-Con photo report (for my ninth consecutive year - it's a very popular feature!) is hysterical, given the COMMENTATORs' lack of research - like simply Googling "Jay Allen Sanford" to see I'm one of the most successful indie comic book publishers in the history of the field, with hundreds of credits as a comic creator as well. I assure no offense was intended, and I remain baffled that anyone would TAKE offense at ANY of these captions - all I can do from this point is promise more of the same for Comic-Con 2014!

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JamieRalphGardner April 27, 2014 @ 12:43 p.m.

I have read about people on the internet advocating violence toward others in the comic book community and that has been criticized in articles about comic book fandom, etc. and yet a couple of people have written threatening things about Jay Allen Sanford in the facebook comments. Voo Doo wrote about Jay: "Lil Red's in the hood" really? You need to be punched in the face for that comment alone!" Natalie Christie wrote a comment: "The guy who wrote these should prroooobably go ahead and die." People in the Steampunk cosplayer community, who were criticizing the ConDor 2014 photo gallery, did not write anything this bad! The Steampunk cosplayers were more civil in their criticism then Voo Doo and Natalie Christie. When I talked to a friend about these 2 commenters he mentioned how artist Tony Harris has been threatened by cosplayers because of an opinion he expressed. Tony Harris Returns To Talk Cosplay http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/12/08/tony-harris-returns-to-talk-cosplay/

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Jay Allen Sanford April 27, 2014 @ 9:57 p.m.

42 comments on the comedic captions in this cosplay photo gallery, including hate-filled cosplay commentators resorting to name-calling (“ignorant,” “idiot,” “amateur,” “juvenile,” etc), accusations (“intolerance,” racist,” “harming the cosplay community”), a call for me to “go ahead and die,” and a threat that “You need to be punched in the face for that comment.”

Since not a single one of my comedic captions is as hateful or mean-spirited as most of the comments posted by these (alleged) cosplay aficionados, the hypocrisy on display in this thread is astounding and troubling. The cosplay complainants have an unreasonable and bully-ish agenda - "only say things about us that we like, or we'll insult and threaten you."

As I mentioned in a private email about this matter, I’m saddened by the terrible way these commentators are (mis)representing their otherwise admirable and talented peer group of cosplayers.

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JamieRalphGardner May 2, 2014 @ 12:54 p.m.

One of the things that surprised me about Anime Conji was that there was not more Anime DVDs, especially since the convention is called Anime Conji. One exhibutor had at least hundreds (maybe low thousands) of Anime DVDs. Whatever DVDs, that were elsewhere, were not in great numbers. There was massive numbers of hentai x-rated comic books being sold by a number of dealers. I saw one exhibutor selling hundreds of mainstream/non-x-rated manga. There was a mixture of manga and and anime artbooks being sold by some of the other dealers.

One of the things that surprised was the large number of teenage girls/women in early 20s (this is my best guess of their ages) going around the exhibit hall looking at and asking for porn comic books. When they asked for specific kinds of hentai comic books, it was Yaoi (male homosexual) that they asked for. There was one exhibutor who seemed to be selling exclusively Yaoi by the hundreds. Women were swarming that booth much more then guys (who one would assume be mostly homosexuals). When I was a teenager, I remember seeing fanzines at Star Trek conventions of Kirk and Spock together as a couple. A few years ago, I read that mainly women were responsible for these and other fanzines showing male TV characters in homosexual embrace.

When looking at porn comic books, I noticed that the women were mostly traveling in groups whereas guys would go by themselves. There was one guy with a woman who was looking with him. At one of the booths, an exhibutor asked a girl what her age was and she said she was 18 years old. This does show that the booth was trying to make sure that underage people were not looking at the hentai books. It seemed the number of the children going to the convention was very small (probably less then 5 percent, maybe as low as 1 percent). Even at x-rated convention such such as Erotica LA and the AVN Expo, I have never seen so many women actively seeking out porn. I bought some heterosexual x-rated comic books (I have a preference for group sex scenes). I believe that it is a good thing that women are more open about being interested in porn. So many women have been stigmitized for being promiscuous or enjoying erotica. It's too bad that the United States is more puritanical then Europe.

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JamieRalphGardner May 2, 2014 @ 1:11 p.m.

The marines had a booth at Anime Conji. The marines timed people as they held their head above a pull. I noticed that some of the women were doing vastly better then many of the guys. I saw some guys who struggled to even get their heads above the pole. I didn't even try because I don't believe I could lift myself above the pole. I saw a woman, who looked like a teenager, hold her head above the pole for over 70 seconds. A marine told her she was in third place for longest time. She did not look like Xena or Wonder Woman. With someone of her physique, I was very impressed with what she accomplished. I saw another women also doing very well.

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JamieRalphGardner May 2, 2014 @ 2:45 p.m.

The marines had a booth at Anime Conji. The marines timed people as they held their head above a bar. I noticed that some of the women were doing vastly better then many of the guys. I saw some guys who struggled to even get their heads above the bar. I didn't even try because I don't believe I could lift myself above the bar. I saw a woman, who looked like a teenager, hold her head above the bar for over 70 seconds. A marine told her she was in third place for longest time. She did not look like Xena or Wonder Woman. With someone of her physique, I was very impressed with what she accomplished. I saw another women also doing very well. I posted this comment before but I wrote pole rather then bar by mistake.

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