First up we have an ink drawing signed by Zach Callison! There’s a funny story behind this one. This print is an original inking from a friend of mine (they sell full color copies on Etsy) and I’ve always wanted to get it signed by the cast/crew of SU. There was just one problem. I didn’t know Zach Callison was going to be there when I went to the con! So after things quieted down Friday night, I drove the two hours home and then the two hours back to the convention, just so I could get this thing signed. I listened to the Sherlock Holmes collection during the drive. It was totally worth it!
The Opal print was a prize from a Steven Universe trivia contest. My team did not win the grand prize (mostly because we ran out of time and my team didn’t have a chance at a tie breaker) but it was a lot of fun. The whole room sang along whenever they played a song clip related to a question. Almost every team got a consolation prize, and my team agreed that I should have ours because I was the only one who knew the answer to one of our questions (What product was the song Like a Comet used to sell?)
The Pokemon badges and Diamond Authority symbol both came from a vendor named “Shiny Things” (good luck Googling them). I was sorely tempted to get the “Gary Motherfucking Oak” badge collection, based on one episode of the anime, but I went for legitimate nostalgia instead of the fandom in-joke.
It’s a glass with Pearl etched into the side of it. ‘Nuff said. Wish I could remember the vendor name, but I forgot to pick up a business card. (Also yes, I’m only wearing my Mutie hat here because my reflection is visible in the microwave, and I did wear Mutie around at the con.)
You may recognize the Pidge pillow from the background of some of my videos, but the Allura Pillow is a new one from the same vendor. You can’t really tell from the picture, but it’s sparkly. I love it.
It would have improved the narrative if Shark and Rio switched places during the whole ‘Astral is dead’ arc, and here’s why:
This is Shark’s big problem. He’s the one with the existential crisis between being human and Barian. Why not have him dissociate so bad that he becomes comatose or catatonic or have there be a real big struggle with this instead of him giving up so easily. Go more into his headspace.
Rio has already been in one bullshit coma, she doesn’t deserve another one. She should take this time to develop her character and actually get to do something.
I would have loved it if Rio and IV tag dueled against jelly fish guy. It would have put a nice conclusion to their meeting that connected IV to Shark in the first place.
Rio and IV confronting each other again.
Rio and IV saving Shark
Rio doing more in general as Shark goes more into a struggle against Barian and stuff
The narrative just…Makes more sense but of course it didn’t happen.