AFA: Awards Ceremony 2008: Review

Reviewed by J.J. aka. Little Albatross of More Adventurous

The First Annual AFA Awards Ceremony was the most mcroxoring celebration of internet drunkenness, actual drunkenness and fanart I have seen yet. I was amazed at how many people (most of whom are just crazy, while others are completely insane) gathered in the same place at the same time. All for the love of one of our favorite hobbies. Flashing paparazzi cameras, that is. And of course, for the love of fanart!

Easily, the ceremony was the most glamorous night in fanart history. Of course, anyone could define glamorous as clumsy, scandalous, or drunken by AFA standards! Everybody tried to make their way from thread to thread before the show and during the show. Even the most hardcore of us would have had trouble navigating the place! The venue was more like twelve parties going on at once, rather than one. Partygoers would either enjoy watching or participate in the catfight over Jensen Ackles. What seems like a minute and three pages later, Justin Hartley already has his own (much needed) TV channel, ROFL Waffles are being served, members bring flapjacks back, Sayjay's snapping photos of sneaky arrivals, and everyone's searching for certain elusive no-shows. This all happens while certain people are searching for their bottles of tequila! The ceremony itself was madness, and much credit must be given to the Night Owls who stretched the night into an awesome afterparty, complete with The SCC Union, premature hotness, movie casting, more ROFL Waffles, and that mysterious missing member.

With all the simultaneous fun, we can't forget our original excuse to unite so many crazy folk. The AFA is not just about the glamour. We honored and celebrated many very deserving fanartists. The presentation just fueled the excitement even more, and we screamed, cheered and shouted impromptu I LOVE YOU's. It was great to see experienced, well-known artists and some fresh faces receive awards for the pieces that wowed us in the past year. And the awards themselves deserved prizes of their own! They all came in different styles, sizes, colors and even concepts. Seriously, the awards were like miniature artworks themselves, and they represented the diversity of our fanart community well.

With such a fun night, full of memories that some of people might have forgotten the morning after, I could barely pick out a negative. Sure, the Night Owls had to battle the forum to keep the after party rolling, some speeches were cut off by the obnoxious music, and a few of us might have gotten scratched a little trying to contain the Jensen catfight. But the AFA gave fanartists a chance to make their opinions count! (Not that we have any political agenda, as far as I know.) We got to show our appreciation for the people in this fanart community. We saw clear favorites and pleasant surprises, and we were there to share all the joy and excitement when they picked up their awards. Hopefully, next year's ceremony will match this year's awesomeness. Because I don't know if there are many ways for it to be much better. (My suggestion: Unicorns!)

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