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This Week in Anime – Browse Anime Conventions

动漫博览会动漫博览会和FanimeCon等动漫盛会是各阶层动漫爱好者交流和聚会的绝佳场所。 Join Chris and Nicky this week as they share their adventures and experiences at these conventions.

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The calm before the storm. #AnimeExpo 560 — ANN Events (@ann_events) July 1st, Nicky )

Nothing brings back more memories than seeing a bunch of

otaku huddled together like sardines in cans. While I’ve drastically reduced the number of meetups I’ve been to since the pandemic, I can’t overstate the impact in-person gatherings have had on my life as an anime fan. Whether it’s a large con or a small Deep down in my heart I long to go back, and I may already be on a plane for a conference when this post is published!

However, never go to a meeting without first acknowledging the risks involved. Wherever I go, I do everything I can to be prepared for potential danger, especially a large gathering like Anime Expo. Cons can be fun, but they can also be a hazard to your personal safety, health, and wallet. With their recent resurgence, I see this as an opportunity to discuss how we can have more fun when everyone is trying to play it safe. Even if it wasn’t as overwhelming as the AX, the scam experience would have been overwhelming. Where are you going and what do you do first? I’ve been attending conferences like San Jose’s FanimeCon for decades, and depending on how many people I’m with, we still end up trying to decide if a particular panel on the schedule is worth seeing, or if we just want to hang out in the dealer’s lobby to pass the time.

Most scammers release their panel and exhibit schedules well in advance these days, so it’s wise to scope early and decide what to prioritize. I think the best downside for someone who has never been is the theme park. They are vast wonderlands that require a fee to explore and see. While going to Disneyland is certainly a high privilege, it’s also expensive — travel, hotel reservations, badges, food, and giveaways can add up to a lot of money. While small local downsides may be cheap, all downsides come from having limited time to immerse yourself in an alternate reality. Here, all kinds of people can be surrounded by all kinds of different sights, sounds and things that define anime – , Artists’ Alley, Dealer’s Room, and Display Panels; Even if you’re just meeting up with some friends and hanging out, you can save precious time with good communication and navigation, especially when you’re dealing with crowds of people!

While one major difference between theme parks and convention centers is that in the former, paid actors wander around dressed as specific characters, interact with guests and take pictures, in the latter, many guests provide this costume content themselves! It’s fun, but it can also be a double-edged sword. I remember one year when a large group of my friends and I decided to play as a team of Rockets. Of course, the result was pretty cool and attracted a lot of attention. But if you thought it might be annoying to be stopped for a photo while trying to get anywhere in the con, imagine trying to do it with a dozen of the baker’s and being stopped every few feet! cosplay parties, but that doesn’t stop people from giving their all to express their love for a character, hoping to get a response. I am so thankful to have made friends with some fantastic cosplayers who really told me how much effort goes into handcrafting each costume. How much skill it takes to walk around with your feet covered, this is someone’s crazy creation. This is a friend of mine who is the first person I think of when it comes to being an expert (photo credits: silencedrows @ instagram /

from a well-loved (or perhaps more cult-favorite) series can be a delight as you’re going around the con. This can be a great way to interact with fans of such series. Fanime’s Tokusei cosplay meetup has always been a feature I find time to attend often, and it’s always a great opportunity for fans of and SuperSquad to discuss the show or play with each other’s toys.

Of course, the sheer craft of

cosplay is a lot of work that you probably didn’t plan for when you first started.I have some friends whose The ambition led to a stressful job of finishing the garments in a hotel room. Austerity is real, and it can be dangerous. ” I don’t have the time or energy to role play myself, but I’ve always enjoyed helping friends do their makeup or make their own makeshift outfits, no matter how they look. One doesn’t have to look exactly like a character to embody them; it’s really about projecting one’s own confidence. I was browsing the photo gallery of the late Kevin Lillard when I heard the news of his passing, his work as a prolific )

Oh, of course. I’ve worn a lot of clothes myself, from tailor-made and commissioned outfits by people I know, to Go-Busters suits that I put together with jackets, spray paint, and dreams. So, I have learned firsthand how important it is to pace yourself and not make it a full-time job at the convention to worry about getting your outfit perfect, lest you lose valuable time that could be allocated to other convention activities. On the other hand, I am also an aspiring artist, and routines are crucial to how I meet other artists and become friends with other artists. I love walking the artist’s alley, seeing all the different types of art, and saying hello to the people I follow on social media. Not to mention shopping for a plethora of merch and prints, from fan-made merch to beautiful original prints. While

cosplay is free, setting a table in artist alley is definitely a full-time grind, with many artists exploiting their shortcomings and passion for their fans as part of their livelihood. When tables were cheaper and there was less competition, it was more common to see someone sitting at a table with nothing but a sketchbook and a small commission sign. But now, artist’s alley is packed with colorful and competing exhibitions. I’ve definitely heard stories of artists trying to finish a piece at the last minute, or saddened by someone who left a stock of buttons at home before setting off to participate in the scam. These trips can be a major source of income and livelihood for many artists. So if you see a print or charm that appeals to you, don’t hesitate! Heck, interacting with these artists can be another vehicle for fan connection. I had great conversations with the artists because they showed things that indicated they were big fans of or Helltaker.

It’s also tricky to post visual aids when talking about this topic, since taking a photo of an artist’s booth might be considered a faux pas. After all, selling these images is how they make a living! Artists alley and selling merchandise based on established IP is also a bit of a gray area. Although this tradition was established through Japanese fan markets such as comiket, the market is a bit murky. I really don’t want anyone’s store to be shut down for posting it on the official anime news site. That’s why I’ll never post

AMV or other transformative work here. However, since purchasing and importing official merchandise can also be quite expensive, fanart may be a cheaper option for restoring fanbases. Booths in dealer halls may also be a way to buy official DVDs, books and merchandise without having to find a specific store or order online. Some scams also host swap parties where fans can directly hawk and trade unused portions of their collections. Before scam season, I like to save money for my scam budget. This usually includes things like food or parking, but I also include how much I plan to spend on merchandise. (Photo credit:



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