Terri Doty

Just got back in from Kollision Con in Rosemont, Illinois. I joined guests such as Robert Axelrod, Paul St. Peter, Trevor Mueller, and oh-so-many more! Gotta say, I had quite the blast. Felt like I was just hanging out with friends all weekend.

Got picked up from the airport by an adorable dude by the name of Corey. He was in Guest Relations and ended up being my handler for the weekend. Poor guy, haha. We bonded quickly, even though he’s never seen Jurassic Park… which still baffles me! Along with some pretty real conversations over the weekend, we also ate A LOT of amazing food. Had a Disorder Porter with a Notorious P.I.G. (pulled pork sammich) at the RAM Restaurant/Brewery on Thursday.

Since my start, many opportunities to work alongside, be it in the booth or at conventions, people whose works I grew up watching or reading have presented themselves. And I’ll never get used to it. Never, ever, ever! Meeting Robert Axelrod (the voice of Lord Zedd in “The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”)and Paul St. Peter (Robotech) was an absolute thrill! You’d think that’d go without saying, but you know what they say about meeting your idols… It doesn’t always go the way you hoped.

Friday, Corey and company took me to Mitsuwa Marketplace. This place was insane! A bookstore (with a sizeable Ghibli section), liquor shop, supermarket, bakery, video rental, and food court. It features Mama’s House (Korean), Jockey (Chinese & Boba teas), Santouka (Ramen), Kayaba (Japanese), Gabutto Burger, and Daikichi Sushi. WAY TOO MANY choices, but I ended up going with some Spicy Miso Ramen from Santouka and a Taro boba from Jockey Express.

“Really, Terri? You’re talking about food AGAIN?!”

Um. Yeah.

“Oh, okay. Continue.”

Thank you.

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During Saturday’s autograph signings, Charles D. Moisant skated by my table (literally). Gave me a copy of a zombie comic, completely unaware of my love of the undead! Had to see more, so when I had the chance, I learned a little bit about his company, Silver Phoenix, and met with a sweet fellow sharing his booth. Had no idea I’d have the opportunity to meet Philo Barnhart at Kollision Con. He has animated for The Secret of NIMH, The Black Cauldron, The Smurfs, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, and Rescuers Down Under… Yeah. How awesome is that?! My bestie, Sara, is a fan of The Little Mermaid and Philo had a morbid print that was right up her alley!

Corey and Lucie took me to Giordano’s for some Chicago style pizza. Takes 45 minutes for the pie to be prepared and it is worth the wait! But good luck getting much else done that day.

If you’re not familiar with my love of cosplay by now, then… Well, I literally do not know what to tell you… Yeah, I got nothing. I was walking around with Corey when I spotted the most heartwarming cosplay I have ever seen! Huge fan of The Brave Little Toaster and this guy actually brought tears to my eyes.

Though panels were small as far as attendance, the discussions were great. Juan (Thanks again for the bear!), Ansel, Robert, & Eric (who took a photo of the Brave Little Toaster guy for me) were usually there asking questions that I’m not accustomed to getting. I mean that in the best possible way. My favorite discussions were during the Women In Anime panel. We covered gender bias, working in the industry, roles available for women, and so on.

Hofbräuhaus happened Sunday. Probably best that I waited until the last day to have super dense yet delicious food and beer from the local German restaurant/beer hall. Can’t remember what I ordered because I chose to not butcher the name and simply pointed to it on the menu when the waiter came around. The Dunkel, a Bavarian dark beer, was super awesome. Ended the night by sharing a decadent donut with my new friend, Corey… So good, yet so bad.

Attendees, staffers, patient waiters, and everybody else… Thank you so much for the fantastic weekend!

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