Anime Convention

Ive actually been to one as of yet, so do please tell me, if u have been to one what is it like ? ^3^

8 years, 3 months ago
Fefesan
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So long as the convention is run by a competent staff, they can be a lot of fun!

Convention size can affect the level of fun for your visit. Small ones are good, as they are less crowded and easier to get good seats for the things you want to see ... but as they are smaller, there will also be less to do/see at the convention

Larger conventions obviously have more to see, and can usually attract some guests from the anime community (voice actors, animators, etc etc) but then you face the issue of a larger audience, and thus more challenge to get good seats for what you want.

The dealer's room/exhibition hall can always be an interesting time too, also dependent on the size of the convention. Sometimes you can get some good deals on varrying anime-related merchandise like plushies, art books, wall scrolls, cosplay goods ... sometimes they even have vendors selling a wide assortment of ornamental weapons. However, at the same time, they can gouge you on prices too, knowing its a con, and this is where the more fanatical fans go ... they'll mark up the prices hoping people will buy without thinking, so beware.

Regardless of con size, cosplay is always fun, either to watch or participate in, usually people put a lot of work into their costumes ... or a lot of money ordering them off the internet, but regardless deserve respect for wearing them.

Voice actors and other guests can be a good addition for bigger cons. Just remember to treat them like people, don't take up too much of their time if you do run into them, and try to make any questions you ask them relevant/meaningful.

Oh yes, make sure you clean up after yourself. If you get a drink, make sure you dispose of it properly when you are done. I've seen the aftermath of a lot of cons ... people just dump their garbage wherever ... and this makes the con staff's job more difficult as they have to clean it up.

Which brings me to the biggest point. The staff of these conventions do it for their love of the culture. They make no money from these events what so ever! Every dollar you pay for your registration ... be it for one day or the whole event ... goes to the event itself. Everyone working there and running it are either volunteers for the convention itself, or the staff of the location of the event (in which case they are just normal people who get stuck working during an anime con and likely have no clue what is going on)

So, in short, have fun! But be mindful of what goes into the event.

Oh ... and BATHE!!! Nobody likes a stinky otaku!!

8 years, 3 months ago
sheldoom
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We need to get on that!

NYAF is only two weeks away, so grab a ticket and hop on a subway to the upper west side, I promise it's worth it ^_^

8 years, 3 months ago
jim
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Honestly, my best tip is . . . go as press.

Granted, this is hard to do, and you have to have writing skills and know of a site willing to sponsor you, but in return press get amazing privileges. I've gone both normally and as press, and it's like night and day.

Now, there are always people who think that press means "free everything." It usually doesn't, unless you're reporting for major mainstream media such as CNN. What it does mean, however, is that you get a lot of courtesy extended your way. At many conventions, for instance, photography or flash photography may be disallowed to the public, but allowed for press.

At this year's Otakon, the Fleet St. double doors were closed the first morning, and everyone was turned away. This continued until Daryl Surat, armed with nothing but a press badge, demanded entry right away - and he got it.

Go as press. It's better.

8 years, 2 months ago
moritheil
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