Aki-Con 2010

3:44 PM PDT on November, 14, 2010

By MICHI/ AnimeSeed.com

 

This was my third year attending Aki-Con and oddly enough, the first time that I attended all three days. The convention was held in Bellevue, Washington (as opposed to Everett where it had the first two years) and at the Hilton. The first floor of convention was where Main Events, the Cosplay Hall, Gaming, Artist Alley, panel rooms and the viewing rooms were located. The second floor of the hotel was where the Dealer’s Hall, and Manga Library were located. The lobby of the hotel (technically the third floor) had no events for the convention, but still a lot of people met there and where actively engaged in photo shoots there.

 

Day One (Friday) -

 

Now, I didn’t get up to the convention until about 5PM on the first day. The first thing that I did after finishing getting my costume on was head down to Pre-Registration to pick up my badge. I had my ID out and ready, as is per the usual for the conventions that I attend. There was no line, which was actually very nice, as I’ve had to stand in many lines for conventions before. When I said I was picking up my badge as press for Anime Seed, they just handed it over, didn’t even bother to check I was who I said I was. That unnerved me just a little bit.

 

After I got my badge, I signed up for the Costume Fashion Show with my Princess Kakyuu costume. After that, I wandered around just a bit, talking to people I know and meeting new people. Around that time, I met up with Savani, Slowmope and Elferz to get dinner at Blue C Sushi. After dinner, we went back to the convention in time so I could head to Main Events for the Costume Fashion Show. This is the first Convention Hosted event that I’ve participated in since 2006.

 

First thing first, there weren’t a lot of rules on Aki-Con’s website about the event, so I had no idea what to expect. I got into line for my costume to be judged and right at 9PM (when the event was set to start) they still hadn’t gotten to me, and there was a straggling of people behind me. So, we where shuffled out of sight and lined up in the hallway next to the kitchens. Not exactly the greatest thing for a costume made out of expensive fabrics.

 

Well, we (the contestants) where not told that we where being judged on performance, so many of us didn’t do much on stage, and that actually hurt our overall points. I was told to say my name, any name whether it be our character‘s name or our real name, and then get off stage, leave the room and if we had things in the back, return to get them. I did, and then went to sit with Savani and Elferz. While the judges (most of which I knew) where tallying the points, they put on some AMVs, most of which where pretty good.

 

The judges then came back out and the winners where announced. I got sixth with my Princess Kakyuu. I don’t remember who got fourth or fifth. But third with to Stendex with his Dustan from Prince of Persia. Okay, so something better than hand made metal armor had to get second or first. But, no. Second went to Red XIII from Final Fantasy VII and first went to Zoidberg from Futurama. That actually annoyed a lot of us. Even the second place winner said that judging wasn’t right.

 

After the end of the Costume Fashion Show, myself and Savani went and walked about the convention, having to take it slow because of the crowds and my skirts. About eleven, I headed over to the Free Stage (which is another rant all together) for Besslol’s Whose Line is It Anyway?

 

Now, the Free Stage was a stage that was located in the middle of the first floor of the convention, in a high traffic area. Which is a bad and dangerous idea. As it could potentially violate fire codes. And if there was an actual emergency, a lot of people could be really hurt in a rush to get to the door. Whose Line was a great success, and I participated in the event for the second convention in a row. For which I had a ton of fun once again.

 

After that event, Amurika, PackofChessyCats, Savani, Veraca and I headed back to where we were staying. All in all, the first day was fun, rather stressful, but very fun.

 

Day Two (Saturday) -

 

Today, the usual crew of us got to Aki-Con around noon. It was a nice change. Savani and I changed into Hiei and Kurama from Yu Yu Hakusho at the convention. There was a bit of stress before getting ready, but once we did, there was a lot of positive feedback on the costumes we wore. This day, I didn’t really go to any events. As I’ve said before, I’m not much of an event person. So, Savani and I wandered around, talking with people.

 

There was a lot more people on this day. And a lot more of people under the age of eighteen. I guess I’ve never realized how much younger the convention crowd keeps getting over the years. When I first started attending convention in 2002, I felt that I was in the minority at thirteen. But, now being over eighteen seems to be the growing minority.

 

Well, around five, Savani and I changed out of Hiei and Kurama and into Treize Khushrenada and Zechs Marquise from Gundam Wing. We brought these outfits especially for the Masquerade Ball. After that, we got dinner with Amurika and PackofChessyCats. Returning to the convention, we donned our masks and walked about the convention. A lot of people really didn’t recognize the two of us, but some did.

 

Now, during this walking around period, Savani and I went into Main Events to check out Ichidan’s Cowboy Bebop show. Now, I’d been to Ichidan’s Ouran High School Host Club, Deathnote, and Rurouni Kenshin shows before this. Ouran was funny and kept the audience entertained. Deathnote was good until a point. I was highly disappointed in the Kenshin show, and equally so in the Bebop show. Most of the actors, I felt, where very bland and simply reciting words, while the actors for Spike and Ed actually believed what they where saying and actively got into their character. I only stayed for apart of the show because, while it had the ability to be a great show and more enjoyable than it actually was, I was still very disappointed. For the bit that I in the audience, I saw what seemed like group after group get up and actually leave in the middle of scenes.

 

This was one of the few times that I had been actually checked for my badge. The others included when I went into Main Events and the Dealer’s Hall. No one asked to see my badge when I was physically wandering around the convention itself, which goes against most of what I know with conventions.

 

The Masquerade Ball didn’t begin until 9:30, a half an hour later than it should have. It was beautifully decorated, that is actually something that Aki-Con does really well. There was a winter theme to the Masquerade and little wine glasses for the water they had. The Masquerade Ball was held in one of the panel rooms, which did not have enough room for the amount of people that wanted to attend the actual event. The actual event was not hosted in Main Events or another large room, but a panel room with very limited space once the dance floor and the “refreshments table” was put out. It was after about ten minutes that Savani and I left. It wasn’t that we didn’t enjoy the Masquerade, I actually quite like them and have been actively these types of dances since 2006, it was just too crowded and the music was blah.

 

It was about ten that we rounded up Amurika, PackofChessyCats and Veraca to head home, as both Savani and I where exhausted from the previous couple of days (and weeks). So, it was home that we went to pass out.

 

Day Three (Sunday) -

 

Today we got up to the convention around noon once again. Savani and I changed into Hiei and Kurama once more, simply for Yu Yu Hakusho photoshoot at 3PM. Which turned out to be a bust, as people who said they where coming didn‘t and the only other person who did show up was in a costume that left a lot to be desired for the both of us who are very large Yu Yu Hakusho fans. After that, we both changed into our civvies (normal street clothes).

 

From there, Savani took both Amurika and PackofChessyCats back to their apartment before heading back up to the convention. During that time, I went around the convention, talking to my friends and taking pictures. The only reason that Savani and I ended up sticking around after she got back for Slowmope, Elferz, Veraca and I was because of Closing Ceremonies. Honestly, I haven’t gone to a Closing Ceremony since… Actually, I do not believe I have ever gone to a Closing Ceremony for a convention.

 

Before Closing Ceremonies began, we where shown the top five AMVs from the contest. The first four where amazing and we were expecting something thrilling for the top AMV. But, what we got was Be Our Guest set to Ouran High School Host Club. It looked as if a teenager made it and guess what, one did. Savani was sitting right next to me and she was quite disappointed in the whole situation. She noted that upon looking around the Main Events hall, that all the older fans where positively bored with what was being shown, and all the younger fans where ecstatic.

 

Closing Ceremonies continued an ongoing theme of Harry Potter that had run through the whole con. While admittedly nerdy, Harry Potter has nothing to do with anime, and left a lot of attendees out of the loop and unable to participate in convention events centering on said fandom.

 

Closing Ceremonies was, in my opinion, very bland. There wasn’t really a lot of excitement. It felt like the MC’s (the con chairman and her sister) where talking to a crowd of businessmen. The two MCs pretty much stood in the same place on stage while having the volunteers (the people who worked for the convention) bring things out to them, and having the various winners come up on stage. The nice thing was that Closing Ceremonies only lasted eight minutes longer than it should have. After it ended, Savani, Slowmope, Elferz, Veraca and I left. To venture back south and await another year.

 

 

Overall -

 

Aki-Con is a third year convention. It is small and still has a lot to learn. I’ll continue attending Aki-Con simply because it’s a good BroCon. It’s good to hang out, test out new costumes for larger conventions and see people. There have been a lot of people “white knighting” for Aki-Con, saying it’s the best convention evar and that when people say anything negative against it, they get all defensive about it.

 

Aki-Con, as I’ve stated, isn’t the best convention ever. I’ve been attending conventions for ten years, and a lot of conventions have had their high points and their low points. Just because a convention is small and you can get away with a lot that you can’t normally get away with at larger conventions, isn’t a reason to jump to its defense.

 

I said I’m going to continue attending Aki-Con. But, I don’t know how readily I would be willing to give money to them. Aki-Con is a for-profit convention with a volunteer staff. So, Aki-Con, like all the other conventions I’ve been to over the past ten years, it had it’s high points and low points. Great people and not so great people. Aki-Con is young and still has a lot to learn, and I am curious about their future, to me, it was just a bro con. A convention to chill at. And if you really let drama ruin this awesome BroCon, you where doing something terribly wrong.

 

 

Posted by Riotblade on November 14th, 2010 | No Comments

Yaoi Con 2010
October 29th – 31st, 2010
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport

 

This anime convention is rated 18+, as per California penal code section 313-313.5313. The con has some very strict rules, and code of conduct. There is zero tolerance for violations. Which is good. It keeps the children OUT. ^_^

 

I arrived a day in advance in hopes of seeing a bit of San Francisco. Unfortunately, the convention site was further away than I realized, and didn’t get to see the city. There were a lot of local attractions, but none of the action really started until the convention itself started.

 

The line to get a badge, in spite of not having pre-registered, was VERY short. This could be because I was there early, or good planning on their part. From everything I saw, compared to other anime conventions, it was just good planning. They were very organized, and everyone seemed to be on the same page. Even if that page was “Oh, I don’t’ know, go talk to THIS person!” Everyone was agreed on who WOULD know.

 

Friday morning, before the convention started, there was an open ‘Swap Meet’ where both fans and some artists had their work on display, for trade and for sale. There were some REALLY good steals in there, as well as items for sale for fans, and charity alike. One man was selling calenders to help fund raise for aids research, where in the same room Hamlet Machine was showing off her wonderful yaoi webcomic.

 

The Carnival was also open on Friday, pre-con, where you could buy a game card, and win tickets for prizes. Of course, this being the convention it was, it was not just any carnival, but one where you were ‘distracted’ by the men working there. The ring toss was amusing, to say the least.

 

Friday evening was Opening Ceremonies, where famous mangaka Hinako Takanaga(Bukiyou na Silent, Challengers, Love Round, The Tyrant Falls in Love, Little Butterfly) was introduced, along with seiyuu(voice actors) Hidenobu Kiuchi(Ruroni Kenshin, Monster, Darker than Black, Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, and Prince of Tennis) and Ryoutarou Okiayu(FullMetal Alchemist, Bleack, Prince of Tennis, Fruits Basket, Gundam Wing, Kizuma, Gravatation, D.Gray-Man, D.N.Angel).

 

Following opening ceremonies was ‘Bishie Bingo’, where attendees could purchase a bingo card, and play. There were many prizes available, not to mention they could select one of the ‘bishies’ on display to remove an article of clothing. Within reason, of course.

 

The dealers room was a little crowded, but there were a lot of different booths so finding something you’d like was easy. I never managed to make it to the manga library or the game room, there was just too much to do.

 

Saturday, the anime music video contest was amazing. I found myself literally laughing out loud, and crying, by turn. The AMV’s I at first thought would be horribly annoying made me smile, and the ones I thought were boring brought me to tears. Overall, it was a very well put on show, and congratulations to those who participated.

 

That night was the Rocky Horror Picture Show, presented on screen, and performed live. There was lots of audience participation, pulling everyone who hadn’t gone to a public showing before on stage. These were the ‘virgins’ of the night, as designated by the giant ‘V’s drawn on their faces with lipstick. If you lucked out, you got the lipstick without the lip stain!

 

The show was very nice. What I remember of it. There was a lot of orange juice being shared that night. Lots of new friends made. The cast even had an ‘after party’ for those they made friends with. The after party went until approximately 6am.

 

Sunday morning there was a Bishie Brunch, where you could be served and waited on by the bishies. Most shared a table with those they didn’t know, but it wasn’t long before friends were made. After all, you know you already have something in common!

 

Closing Ceremonies was sweet, with last minute raffle that turned into more than a minute. Also, the last few items from the art auction where sold off, for a much larger profit than they would otherwise have been. The convention ended on a very good note, and was very enjoyable.

 

In spite of the fact that I lost a purse, with approx. 80$, and a bag with souvenirs/a t-shirt, I plan on going back to this convention. The lost items were my own fault, and really, the rest of the convention was still so fun that I don’t even feel bad about it. As far as I am concerned, this convention is worth the money, worth the trip, and definitely worth going to again.

 

Y-Con’s main site.

Posted by Riotblade on November 12th, 2010 | No Comments
Animeland Otaku Mex
Sept 24-26, 2010
Mina
AnimeSeed Synopsis and Review

GENERAL–Mina

 
Small conventions are always a nice release from the stress of major conventions. OtakuMex is no exception. From its intimacy of being able to actually speak to guests and staff members (and not feel unworthy or like they are too busy) to full-con sing-alongs during karaoke, OtakuMex provides a sense of nerd-closeness that many in the area had never had the chance to experience prior to. When I attended the first OtakuMex two years ago, it was dubbed as “ghetto-fabulous”, now I believe it has the great potential to become “fabulous”. As with all cons, it has its speed-bumps, but I have seen the desire in the staff and con-goers to improve and leap over any future problems. I hope to be able to return in future years, and hope to see it grow into something wonderful.

FRIDAY

Cosplay Etiquette–Sydney

 

Because of local issues during last year’s Albuquerque conventions, it felt necessary to host this panel. It went over the do’s and don’ts of Cosplay Etiquette, from glomping to hygiene, cosplay manners to dealing with ‘normals’. It was well-received by those present, though I felt it was under-promoted due to its scheduling immediately preceding Opening Ceremonies. Those in attendance welcomed the previously unknown information to New Mexico based cosplayers and some had advice they were willing to share with one another.
 
 
Opening Ceremonies–Mina
 
Most unique opening ever and one I will soon not forget. From the start, the con was Rick- Rolled. One of the guests, Warky the Chocobo, performed a cover of the song with lyrics based on the convention and con-activities. The guests were introduced one by one and we were informed Opening Ceremonies was over. I felt the official-ness of the Opening Ceremonies was lacking, but it certainly left an impression of what the con was to be: casual and fun. It was quite unlike most of the major conventions I have attended in the past, and was well-appreciated.
 
 
“Anime One Night Stands with Uncle Yo”–Mina
 
Uncle Yo is a stand-up comedian focused on gamers, nerds, otaku, and the-like. I attended his panels and laughed the entire way through. His “Anime One Night Stand” panel was amusing, yet informative. He went through a list of series—both old and new—that are short enough to watch in a short period of time. He mentioned series such as Baccano!, Beserk, FLCL, and even Rin: Daughters of Mnesmoyne. He endeared the crowd during the last few minutes to suggest their favorite “one-night-stand” series.
 

“Yaoi: What is it?”–Sydney

Hosted by the locally-proclaimed “Queen of Yaoi,” this 18+ panel held nothing back. It started with basic explanations of what “yaoi” is, though most in the audience already knew. She followed up with example scenes and trailers of upcoming and favored yaoi’s. But, the piece de resistance was the audience interactive game of “Sex or Not?”. During which the Queen showed a manga sound effect and the audience had to guess if it was related to a sex scene, or not… at least, at the moment. It was creative and entertaining for those present.

 

 
SATURDAY
 
 
Cosplay Masquerade–Mina
 
A major event at any convention, the hype and excitement for OtakuMex’s Cosplay Masquerade was tangent for both contestants and audience alike. Though it had some difficulties leading up to the convention, the two wonderful judges stepped up to the challenge and delivered an amazing event. The contestants consisted of a wide-variety of talents and skills; all should be proud of their work. As a contestant, it was a little stressful to not know what was going on at times, particularly before pre-judging. The Masquerade itself was a little lacking in prepared skits; however the impromptu ones performed were welcome entertainment.
 

Hetalia: Historical Hilarity–Mina

 

One cannot get away from Hetalia at an anime convention. An acquaintance of mine was running the panel and was well-informed in her knowledge of explaining the Hetalia fandom to those less-aware. She covered much of the fandom-based knowledge, as well as the details pertaining to the series itself. Questions were answered by her and her panel of help with accurate knowledge. The only real issue—in part was my fault being dressed as the Awesome One, Prussia & needing to make it more awesome by helping—was that it got out of hand, quickly… as Hetalia panels tend to do. I had noticed a few young, very young, con attendees in the panel room and refrained from being too overtly crude but my counterparts did not. The room was also far too small for the amount of people that wanted to be part of the audience and many had to stand in the walkway, or left because there simply was not space.
 

Culture Shock! Return from Life in Japan–Mina

 

I sadly only caught the tail-end of this panel and honestly regret not being able to be there for the entirety, mostly due to the lack of a programming guide to explain what panels were held by guests. Lisle Wilkinson, one of the guests, was host. She was answering audience questions about life in Japan, the differences from American lifestyles, and so on. Having lived a large chunk of her life in Japan, she was amazingly well informed and answered questions completely.
 

The Video Game Industry–Mina

 

Again, another panel I caught the end of, this time hosted by both Lisle Wilkinson and W.T. Hatch, another guest. Both were spending the last bit of their time slot answering questions about the voice acting industry, whether it was for anime or radio or video games. They were informative about the industry and gave helpful tips about voice acting to those who may have been interested in the field. They were both very welcoming to their fans’ inquiries and it kept the panel running smoothly.
 

Comets & Cupcakes with Uncle Yo–Mina

 

Uncle Yo is a guest always worth seeing again and again. He collaborated with Warky the Chocobo to do a lovely rendition of “America the Beautiful”, based on video games and the like. He talked about series old and new in an entertaining rap that branched out to all fandoms and fans. His take on Hetalia, in particular, had fans and non-fans alike rolling on the floor in hysteric laughter. Unfortunately, I had something come up and was sadly unable to remain for the duration of the panel.
 
 
SUNDAY

Cosplay Chess–Sydney

 

Most of my opinion comes from having attended Cosplay Chess matches at major conventions, but I found OtakuMex’s to be lacking, regardless of its size. OtakuMex may be a small convention, but having 32 people/chess pieces on a 10’ x 10’ mat simply does not work. It is cramped and leaves no room for fights, which is what makes Cosplay Chess so popular. If the pieces not engaged in battle had left the mat for the fights instead of remaining on their spot, it would have been easier for the fighting pieces and more entertaining for the audience. Aside from the issue of space, the match was improvised. I, myself, prefer scripted matches because they are more enjoyable and run smoothly. To me, this match looked like a plain, boring game of chess. However, the large crowd present appeared to be enjoying themselves, thus Cosplay Chess served its purpose.
 

“‘That guy with a Bison on his head!’: All About Avatar the Last Airbender”—Mina

 

Easily one of the most whole-heartedly hosted panels I have ever attended. Tyler, a die-hard Avatar: the Last Airbender fan, was host along with a Katara-cosplaying volunteer. He had door-prizes that watered the mouths of every fan in the room; from creator-autographed posters to the entire first season box set. In order to win prizes, audience members had to answer daunting questions pertaining to the series, the voice actors, and even the movie. He had enough energy to rival that of Sokka himself. He gave the Avatar fandom the fabulous respect it deserves and inspired those present to extend the same level of respect to not only the Avatar fandom, but any others they may represent. He was so completely enthusiastic about Avatar and kept the audience so thoroughly involved that he went 40 minutes over his allotted time (into a blank time spot). The OtakuMex staff was thrilled and heartily welcomed him back for next year.
 

Karaoke with the Anime Trucker—Mina & Sydney

 

It was a free-for-all—and though the crowd thoroughly enjoyed themselves—the last bout of karaoke prior to the close of con was chaotic. Some performed multiple times, making it difficult for those that wanted to perform one song. At times the performer was joined by a few con-goers who deemed themselves necessary during every song. Although entertaining, it took the spotlight away from those on stage. Many of the tunes were not based in Japanese pop culture, which gave the event the feel of being American bar karaoke. It was wonderfully ended, however, by a cosplayer who performed a Jazz-y tune with an amazing talent for singing. Even when the music system failed halfway through, she shrugged it off and finished the piece, earning herself a well-deserved round of applause.
 

Closing Ceremonies–Mina

 

Closing Ceremonies was short, but just as sweet as Opening Ceremonies. The guests and staff thanked each other, as well as the OtakuMex attendees for an amazing convention. Plans were mentioned for improvement upon the convention website, and a potential new location. Well-wishes were made for the next year and everybody was told to go home, which resulted in the only boo’s a convention can truly say it earns.
 

Gripe Session–Mina

 

Though I have been to many, many conventions, I have never previously attended a Gripe Session. The ideas presented to the staff by attendees were well thought out and with solid reasoning. There was little in the sense of “complaining,” rather problems were presented with a specific idea of how to improve. The con staff welcomed each idea, often mentioning similar plans that were already in motion.
 
 
Posted by Riotblade on September 30th, 2010 | No Comments

KumoriCon 2010

Hilton Vancouver Washington, Vancouver, Washington

9-28-2010, 10:22 AM
By Krowhop

 

Todd Haberkorn, the English dub voice actor for Italy, was in attendance at Kumori-Con to present the Hetalia: Axis Powers anime dub screening. Adorable and enthusiastic, he heartily welcomed the crowd and excitedly recognized the Hetalia cosplayers present. He requested they show themselves off to the crowd… even if they were the only one there of that character, like Canada. He welcomed the audience to the screening and even indirectly addressed the satirical issues that had been upsetting some in the fandom by saying: “If one of you takes offense, all of you should take offense.” He further explained that the dub endeavored to leave no stereotype behind, rather focusing on insulting them all, in good jest. The first six episodes of the dub were shown, and with each ending Maru Kaite Chikyuu, the crowd burst into a sing-along. Todd worked his way back on stage to perform impromptu dancing, thrilling the crowd and inspiring the AV techs to start up the rave lights each time. It was easily one of the most amusing performances to date seen at a convention. It kept the panel mood light-hearted, which is what the series is meant to be. Following the screening, Todd answered questions the audience had for him concerning the series or himself as a voice actor. The only issue came from the audience itself during this portion of the panel. Though excited, many in the Q&A line asked questions irrelevantto Hetalia and many requested hugs or autographs; it seemed like an inappropriate time for such requests. Todd was more than willing, but seemed as if he wanted to answer questions pertaining to his work as Italy rather than his other works. Many questions were overtly similar, which quickly became irksome. The line continued to grow, even as the panel was nearing its last allotted minutes. Many in the line did not seem to notice, or care, and kept trying to line up even while the staff was attempting to cut the line off. Overall, the Hetalia: Axis Powers screening was thoroughly enjoyable and a highlight of the Kumori-Con 2010 experience.

Posted by Knightfall on September 28th, 2010 | No Comments

Anime Expo 2010
LA Convention Center Los Angeles, California
7-22-2010, 01:29 PM
By Michi

 

Stats have not been released yet for number of attendees for 2010 Anime Expo.

For the convention itself, when I went to Anime Expo (AX), it was with the pretense of expectations of previous years, and prior conventions. The pre-registration line was only 2 1/2 hours, less than I honestly expected-some people waited in line upwards of 6. There were not a lot of cos players on day 0(Wednesday), which was very surprising, compared to other past experiences with cons.

 

Day 1-Thursday

 

I spent a lot of this day in the dealers hall, wandering around, looking at things. There were a lot more dealers than tend to be at other cons. A lot older, more serious merchandise, old school and classic things. There were a lot of photographers, so lots of random on-site photo shoots too. (on this day I cosplay’d Zechs Marquise-Gundam Wing)

 

Day 2-Friday

 

Today I spent more time in the con area itself, but not any panels. Would have, but the lines were just too long. The lines at AX are horrible, for everything….except the bathroom, which is kinda important. Not really a line for them, which does sometimes happen at conventions, but there were lots of people at the mirrors. No wait for the toilet though, at least for the girls.

I stopped briefly by the game room, at least part of it. Basic arcade room, lots of really good games, even ParaParaPraradise. I was able to talk with a lot of people from other places today, one girl who was from Germany (total sweetheart) who is going to UW. (Today I did a cosplay of Russia-Hetalia)

 

Day 3-Saturday

 

This was the main day, and there were a lot of VERY impressive costumes. There was a Tokyo Pop bus was outside south hall lobby, just really cool, there was a ‘spin me’ wheel by it, possibly a contest of some kind, but it was so packed that I never managed to make it over. Lots of steet vendors selling things outside-water, ice cream, basic LA stuff. Visited the dealers hall again, and was stopped a lot more for pictures. Only event I did manage to go to was not under jurisdiction of AX-but it was very well run and put together.

Cosplay Chess was a mess. People were literally walking out. It was boring, dull, it just didn’t have enough interaction between the ‘chess pieces’. For the amount of time you waited in line to attend the event, it was NOT worth it. (This day I was dressed as Princess Kakyuu-Sailor Moon)

 

Day 4-Sunday

 

Today I expected it to be slower, and didn’t cosplay, a mundane cloths day. It was still surprisingly busy, for a last day. Lots of ‘deals’ going on at the booths in the dealers hall. It was the last day, and so a lot of the dealers were just looking to clear out their merchandise. A lot of people being ‘draggy’ about things, seeming either hung over or overly tired. It tends to happen on the last day, as Con is catching up with people. Also, this day, a constant concern is Con Funk. For AX, it really wasn’t that bad. It helped that some of the dances were outside in the Nokia Pavillion, and main events were in the Staples Center.

 

For main events, you did have to BUY tickets for them, on top of 80$ at door for the standard badge. Usually at conventions, if there are ticketed events, it is only to make sure fire codes are not broken, but this con is probably the only one you would have to PAY for the tickets at.

 

I already have plans to go again next year, it really was amazing. My favorite part of the whole convention was interacting with all of the people there, from all over the world. Alternately, my least favorite things was the people, some were really rude, and it made things difficult. I honestly wouldn’t change anything though, no matter what you do the lines will be hell, there is just too many people-at least, for lines. Overall, the convention was very well run, and obviously the people in charge knew what they were doing. End grade? 7/10

Posted by Knightfall on July 22nd, 2010 | No Comments
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