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Anime Boston 2012Following up on Sunday’s blog piece about Anime Boston 2012, the cosplay crowd has more or less vanished from the streets of Back Bay and life is back to business as usual on Boylston Street. Not that that’s a bad thing, but I do miss this endearingly friendly bunch of costumed characters who show up here each spring.

Anime Boston is an annual Japanese anime convention held at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. This event is the largest Japanese anime convention in the Northeast, attracting a majority of attendees ages 16-26, although people of all ages attend.

I did not go into the convention myself. Rather, I strolled around near the Hynes’ front door, the Hynes’ back door (inside the Pru), the inside of the Pru mall, the two-level concrete plaza in front of the Pru, and just Boylston Street in general. I am always surprised by how friendly and eager to pose the anime conventioneers are.

If you missed the imaginative array of sailors, bumblebees, pink-haired warriors, feudal lords, pig-tailed schoolgirls, aviators and superheroes, they’ll be back again next year, a little later in the season, from May 24-26, 2013.

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"Fish Wish" (Sammy), copyright © Paula Ogier 2010

Sammy is one bad cat. He’s fantastically passionate and weirdly amusing, when he’s not being bad. My series of cat paintings arose naturally from the quirky personalities and moods of Sammy Wolvek and his extended feline social network: Mildred, Fig, Dinah, and his stupid sister Lola. (Lola’s not really stupid, but Sammy seems to think so.) Some of the portraits have anime influences. Some, like “Kitty Shaman,” are more ethereal. A few of them are below…

Upon first glance, Lola might appear to be ditzy. She’s not. Lola was once quite the mouser. In 1997 she was the tetherball champion of Allston-Brighton. In 1998 she had a love affair during a tournament with Binky, the Russian Blue on her opponent’s team. She hasn’t been the same since she was disqualified for sleeping with the enemy.

"Flutter By" (Lola)

Mildred, on the other hand, is a child of the universe. She has a right to be here. Mildred knows that with all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. She has a fondness for the herb, if you know what I mean.


Sammy has his moments of shamanic bliss. Who knows what goes on his furry little brain at such times? One minute he’s clawing desperately at the catnip bin, and the next minute he’s been transported to Nirvana. Go, Sammy, go. When you come back to earth, your dinner will be waiting for you.

"Kitty Shaman" (Sammy Wolvek)

All images Copyright © 2010 Paula Ogier. Do not use without permission.

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