With the chalk drawing as a focal point at this year's GalaCon I have already written a lot about my experiences at GalaCon 2018 in the texts accompanying the chalk drawings. There are other aspects which others have already written about and which will be a lot more relateable once the videos of said events will be published on Youtube.
I want to express my special respect for the Joker who made as clear as clear can be that the charity auction at the GalaCon is "not about the money but about sending a message" (though with the record sum of $ 31 000 for the good cause being donated or paid in the charity auction that sum too can make a difference). You may not have won that hat, Joker, but my hat is off to you and so I think is many a hat whose owner was present at the auction
This year's GalaCon was particularly hot (and the heatwave still has us in a tight grip while I am typing this), but with lots of water bottles to stay hydrated the scorching sun didn't spoil anything (nor did the little rainfall which washed away some of the chalk drawings on Saturday).
As if Princess Luna wanted to give us something to show off counterbalancing her royal sister's extreme activity we got a rare, complete lunar eclipse on Friday 27th of July. I have seen a number of lunar eclipses before, but so far I had never seen one in which the moon wasn't merely turned red by sunrays traversing the earth's atmosphere before meeting the moon but in which the moon was actually so deep into the earth's shadow that it was barely visible at all.
On Saturday I had my two official programme points, the origami panel and the origami workshop later on. There had been a few technical difficulties to get the slides for the panel working, but once they did the panel worked out very smoothly.
Sadly I didn't get that one device I was handed was not a microphone not working properly but rather a recording microphone that, if switched on properly, probably would have greatly improved the audio recording for the upcomming video of the panel. I'm sorry about that, but technology fool me was really unaware of what the device I was given was meant to be for.
The panel itself was similar to the one of last year. I have not produced an awful lot of new origami scenes throughout the last year, partly due to me picking up many new art forms throughout the year (pyrography, glass / slate engraving, glass painting etc.).
I did however, create an origami of Starlight Glimmer prior to the GalaCon to give it to Kelly Sheridan (Starlight's voice actor). The origami came with a challenge I hadn't had with an origami with separate mane printed on adhesive labels so far. Namely Starlight's horn is in front of her mane rather than peeking out between her hair. This required for the horn to be made separately from the same paper as the rest of the figure because printing the horn would have looked odd, because the printer would have never managed to print in exactly the same color as the origami paper Starlight was made of. Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to give the origami to Kelly Sherican myself, but Claire Corlett was so kind to take the origami to pass it on to Mrs. Sheridan.
For the origami workshop I had drawn and printed a detailed folding instruction for an origami earthpony / pegasi / unicorn and after I will have added some additional points and ammended some parts which turned out to be too unclear I am going to post those folding instructions here on Deviantart.
I had planned to attend several panels on Sunday. However, in the end I actually only attended Andy Price's Comic Artist Panel. Same as the Voice Actor Panel the previous day it was really interesting and entertaining. For me, with only a minor freelance occupation as a teacher at Volkshochschulen (education centers for adults) it was particularly delightful to hear his recommendation for artists to not get a full time occupation job that would take up too much time to advance the own artistic abilities
If I don't tell much more about the content of these really interesting panels that's because in some weeks you will most likely be able to watch them on youtube yourself thereby getting a much better impression of them than I could convey.
The main reason why I didn't visit any other panels was that (after a little break) I wanted to keep the chalk drawing going for as long as possible and as mentioned in the text about the chalk image of Mistmane it continued until after the sun was long gone.
Already one fellow brony posted a drone video showing some of the chalk drawings (no final view with all of them though, for that one would have had to be made on Monday and I am not sure if anyone was around with a drone that day). Anyway, here is that first drone video
After the chalk drawing ended I headed for the pub in town where the party always continues after the closing of the halls. While getting there I had a very narrow escape. I'm diabetic and usually that doesn't cause any trouble. That day however a bloodsugar sensor I am using most likely gave me a wrong (higher than it probably really was) bloodsugar level causing me to inject some more insulin than I should have. With all the physical activity those days I had used up much of the dextrose I am always carrying with me in case of emergency. En route to the pub low bloodsuggar symptoms struck fiercely and all I had to counter it was some chocolate (which doesn't work as fast to catch a low bloodsuggar) I managed to get to the pub but was literally twitching (one of the last symptoms before ethe dropping of the "black curtain"). This was the first time since spring 2016 I got into such a situation.
I told a group of bronies what the matter was and laid down so I wouldn't fall hard in case I lost consciousness. A brony from France gave me her large glass of Pepsi and quite probably that glass saved me from passing out.
To my later embarassment I forgot at the time to pay her for the glass of Pepsi. But the next morning I saw her again (I hadn't known she was in the same hotel as I) and while she would not accept any repaying for her Pepsi, I promised her that next GalaCon she will get a Fluttershy origami. Seriously, if you are reading this, thank you again. It was a close call that evening and it might have turned out very differently but for your helpfulness
The morning of our departure from Ludwigsburg we also discovered to our delight that for the first time the local newspaper reported about us as "Bronies" rather than labeling us "Brownies"
That being said I want to thank once again everyone who contributed to make GalaCon 2018 as awesome as it was