Conventions

A-Kon 23

Another 1,500 miles from home, and another A-Kon was upon us. As I mentioned to you all in last year’s report, I was excited to come back to one of the greatest conventions being held in the United States today, and in 2012, I was definitely not disappointed. With the official numbers being 21,982 attendees, it’s not hard to imagine the number of cosplayers enjoying themselves.

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Puerto Rico Comic Con 2012

Every year in Puerto Rico, the last week of May brings thousands and thousands of people waiting in line for Puerto Rico Comic Con. You can see the joy on everyone’s faces, since the convention is a huge deal here; it would be completely depressing to miss it. When I first arrived, I saw was Kratos from God of War and had an epic fanboy moment in the car. Then, the second I got out of the car, I saw Luffy fromOne Piece, and I knew the weekend was going to be big.

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Aquari-Con 2012

UltimaCon was an upcoming, first year anime convention that was making its first time appearance in New Orleans and had many cosplayers excited to have something new to attend to. It was to be located at the Sheraton in New Orleans the weekend of May 25th through the 27th, however, there was a setback in which the Sheraton decided to cancel UltimaCon’s reservations of the venue two weeks prior to the event. With it being so last minute

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Louisianime 2012

When Louisianime announced its move from Baton Rouge, LA to neighboring city Lafayette, I was not certain what to make of it. On one hand, I was beyond excited and filled with nostalgic memories of the experiences from the Lafayette-based MechaCon days.

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Oni-Con 2011

Oni-Con 2011 was my first Oni-Con attendance. I arrived on the scene close to the end of events on Friday, October 28 to a very convenient parking place. That was the first thing I noticed about this convention, the little conveniences. Parking was simple and easy, as there was a parking garage beneath the convention center. Across the street from the convention venue was a local store, which made getting food during the convention easy and inexpensive.

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Kumoricon 2011

Well, once again Kumoricon has come and gone, and once again the staff impressed. It was in Vancouver, WA this year, right across the river from Portland. For the first time, it filled two hotels, and it seems like the staff are really pulling it together and optimizing everything to make sure all attendees have the best time possible. I’m very pleased with the results.

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Kouichi Kimura

A-Kon 22

Well, here we are again. Another year gone by and another A-Kon has come and gone. Let’s get right into it. The pre-reg line moved quickly for the amount of people that were there. However, if you had not managed to pre-register , you had quite the wait ahead of you. The on-site registration wait time ended up being about 60 minutes or so depending…..

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Conventions

New York Comic Con 2011

New York Anime Festival. Or, New York Comic-Con (NYCC), depending on who you talk to. For the second year in a row, the two were the same convention. After New York Anime Festival had had three years to cement itself as the New York anime con, Reed Pop brought back NYCC from its hiatus in 2010 and combined the two conventions into one mega event, to varying results.

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Conventions

MechaCon VII

MechaCon has just completed its seventh year in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Hilton Riverside, and I must say Convention Organizer, Jon Russo’s words about this year being Lucky Number Seven were totally spot on. In my six years of attending this convention, I have got to say this was probably the most fun I have ever had at any con in recent memory. However, as I say this, let me also preface this with this is the first convention I’ve attended where I have stayed at the convention hotel.

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Kouichi Kimura

Otakon 2011

Being this was my first time at a con without someone else accompanying me, my attempts to sit down and really take in every single thing the con had to offer were kind of put to the wayside and it was more about taking in the con experience as a whole.

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