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Postby Dartz » Sun Nov 22, 2009 10:00 am

Do you/have you attended any con's, and why?


I've attended each and every Eirtakon, usually as a staff member. The first and for a long time, only con in Ireland, has been running for 5 years and has just passed 1000 attendee's. The best thing about Eirtakon, is the atmosphere. It's very open and very welcoming, and much more personal. It's not such a large con that you'll get lost in the crowd either, you'll easily get to know fellow attendee's, recognise cosplayers and get to know the staff. You're not a face in the crowd.

Next year, there'll also be Nom-Con, Ireland's second animé convention (nobody counts Tomo-Dachi because...). It's new, and should be interesting. The con-director is promising quite a bit. I'll probably end up staffing this one too, because they're clamouring for people with experience from Eirtakon, and I may be able to finagle free accomodation out of it.
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Postby The Eva Monkey » Sun Nov 22, 2009 11:10 am

My main bread and butter has been Otakon. I've attended every year since 2000, and have graduated from attendee, to panelist, to staffer. I've also regularly attended Katsucon from 2002-2008, and Nekocon from 2002-2005 or 2006. Also been to Anime Mid-Atlantic 2004, and two Anime Centrals. I also showed up to a T-Mode convention once, but it was like the shittiest con I had ever been two, so I turned around and went home. Been to a lot of cons. It burned me out, so I only really go to Otakon now.
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Postby Dartz » Sun Nov 22, 2009 1:13 pm

I know people who've been to Otakon... and I would like to go. However flying to the States is expensive and a pain, and bringing cool stuff back through customs will be even more problematic. Especially when it comes to the taxman waiting for me when I get home.
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Postby Defectron » Sun Nov 22, 2009 1:17 pm

I'm on staff at anime central, havent been to any other though.
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Postby Guyver Spawn » Sun Nov 22, 2009 2:25 pm

I have been Otakon back in 2008, it was fun. I was going to go this year but I did not had the money to do so, and I had some family issues to deal with at the time.
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Postby Sailor Star Dust » Sun Nov 22, 2009 2:42 pm

Anime Expo 2004 and Fanime 2009 are the only 2 anime conventions I've been to. Both were a blast.
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Postby Joseph the PRPD » Sun Nov 22, 2009 2:48 pm

I'd like to go to a con one day.
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Postby drinian » Sun Nov 22, 2009 5:20 pm

Otakon (Baltimore, MD, USA): 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009*.
Anime Expo (Los Angeles, CA, USA): 2007, 2008.
Anime Central (Chicago, IL, USA): 2009**.
Katsucon (Washington, DC, USA): 2006, 2007.
Tokyo Game Show (Tokyo, Japan): 2009.

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** Almost panelist.

Otakon is still my favorite :).
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Postby Xeroko » Sun Nov 22, 2009 7:19 pm

I went to one in NYC about a year or two ago, I think it was called Animefest or something, it was really fun, got me a wooden buster sword and had a great time overall.
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Postby schismatics » Sun Nov 22, 2009 7:46 pm

I've been meaning to go to Ani-Iowa but I've always been busy about that time of year. :(

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Postby FreakyFilmFan4ever » Mon Nov 23, 2009 2:35 am

Joseph the PRPD wrote:I'd like to go to a con one day.
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Postby Fazmotron » Mon Nov 23, 2009 2:51 am

Only ever been to SMASH con in Sydney, it’s a pretty small event. There were a few people I knew there that had a stall for their UNI anime club, so I dropped by for the day.
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Postby Sachi » Mon Nov 23, 2009 2:52 am

Been to ComiCon and WonderCon, and I've been trying to make it to Fanime. This year, hopefully.
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Postby Evangelion__x » Mon Nov 23, 2009 3:24 am

always sort of wanted to go to one, but have never found anyone to take with me..

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Postby DS454 » Mon Nov 23, 2009 7:42 am

Connecticon and Another Anime Con.

I am just a big kid. I enjoy meeting the actors and actress's from many cartoons. Meeting the artist. Seeing all the cosplayers
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Postby MatrixRefugee » Mon Nov 23, 2009 11:48 am

I'm planning to go to AnimeBoston next spring (2010). Can't decide what I'm going to cosplay as, though I joked about going as a fake Death Note character "Lambda, L's twin sister, just not mentioned in the anime or the manga", because I look somewhat like I should be L's twin sister
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Postby Great Genius Shinji-Sama » Mon Nov 23, 2009 11:51 am

If I eer get my laptop running or a new one; and find the time and money, Im going to cosplay as Shinji from NGE and Hanatarou Yamada from Bleach. And maybe Akito Tenkawa. ^_^
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Postby honsou » Mon Nov 23, 2009 4:33 pm

I've been to a few and for the most part I just find my self really bored at them. Though this could simply be because Miami cons suck but regardless I've made a rule that I will now only go to cons if they are free or I know there are specific things that I want to do at that con. Otherwise its really just me and my friends just wandering around and make fun of people in horrible costumes.

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Postby Omegagouki » Tue Nov 24, 2009 12:52 pm

Since I'm going to start getting disability now, hopefully this will mean me going to a con sometime in 2010. I'm hoping to say Sakuracon in April, but I don't know when I'm actually going to start getting money. Bleh. Oh well, that's only April.

I'd love to go to Otakon, but I'd rather cut my teeth on a con in the western US before going all the way to Maryland. Yeah.
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Postby Dartz » Sun Nov 29, 2009 1:04 pm

(Based on the most excellent Skippy's List for the USArmy, which I've lost)

Things Skippy is no longer allowed to do while staffing a con:

1: I will not buy trader merchandise before opening time
2: Then sell it at bring and buy later with markup
3: "I was only following orders," is not a valid excuse for solving the Naruto question.
4: Even if I have scientific expertise useful to the allied powers.
5: I will not Replace Naruto with AMV Hell 0
6: Nor will I replace any other PG-rated animé
7: I will not Replace AMV Hell 0 with Naruto
8: I will not cosplay as 'Pediatrician' bear.
9: The guest is always right.
10: Especially when they are wrong
11: I will not peacebond pencils. Just because Heath Ledger can kill a man with one, doesn't mean anyone can
12: TL's do not like it when you point out their stupidity and incompetence.
13: Especially TL's who will be on next years Committee
14: It doesn't matter if you know better, a TL's badge means they can tell you better.
15: The Staff manager is always right.
16: Even when he's on the other side of the campus.
17: I will point out to parents that it is their duty to protect their children from 'evil un-christian cartoons', not ours.
18: Especially not after showing AMV Hell 0, instead opf Naruto
19: Presumed consent only applies to showings, not to attractive EGL's.
20: Turning Chi on, is not as humerous as I think it is.
21: There is no more grievous offence than Mentioning of Man-Faye.
22: Except showing pictures of same to first-timers.
23: Will not tell press that we're 'Bigger than Otakon and Animé Expo combined"
24: Even counting attendance as a fraction of our relatively small catchment area, or other creative statistics. (This is true. 1000/4million or so.)
25: That guest is not 'Taller than I expected'
26: Cons Staffed -v- Work require is not an inverse relationship. More cons != Less work
27: Unless you're a TL or on the Committee.
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