I know this is still a couple months away but I'm gonna be going to this con for the first time and it'll also be my first time doing some actual travelling (plane) to a convention.
what's it like? things to avoid? must-do's?
>what's it like?
A bunch of cosplayers side-eying each other and measuring each other up.
>things to avoid?
Formal ball unless you're with a decent size group.
Picture in the Sacred Gazebo.
oh, I should've mentioned I'm a lolita, probably gonna skip out on cosplaying but if I do I wouldn't have anything noteworthy enough to warrant booking a photoshoot for, lol. I definitely am gonna try to get a picture in the sacred gazebo though. I know it's a massively popular place for pics, when is a good time to go to just get a quick couple of photos?
any interesting lolita stuff happening? also, what is the programming like?
>when is a good time to go to just get a quick couple of photos?
honestly? the dead of night. the gazebo is always fucking mobbed durin the day, and usually still pretty crowded at night. but i was in the area around 2 or 3 am last year and it was nearly deserted, only time i've ever seen it that way. either try staying up or you'll have to wait forever during the day to get in.
speaking of the holy gazebo, i still cannot believe we got it locked down for 2/3 of the dangan ronpa shoots this year i am SO freakin excited!!
It's my first time at this con too.. I'm finally going with a bunch of friends, and meeting a few more friends there. This might be one of the first conventions I actually have fun at. I'm excited too.
I'm overbooked, but I still want to book more. I want to shoot 24 hours a day at this place.
I have so much stuff to do before Katsucon. Luckily I have a job that I can do my sewing while there so that's a major bonus... even though I still don't know what I am making quite yet.
>what's it like?
It's ok. Kind of pricey as far as food and stuff goes but the hotel is lovely and has some pretty cool places for photos.
>things to avoid?
That cringe-tastic Lolita meet on Friday. It's beyond a hot mess.
Hydrate before hand, bring your snacks, food, and booze... because I swear it's a party con.
The girls over at the Charm City Comm are working on getting all the Lolita events together and organized into a list. The Luncheon was posted earlier today, and the girl organizing the swap meet is doing it on Saturday sometime after the luncheon ends. Are you in the Charm City or Metro Lolita group?
>It's ok. Kind of pricey as far as food and stuff goes but the hotel is lovely and has some pretty cool places for photos.
that reminds me, i was gonna ask where does everyone eat?
>That cringe-tastic Lolita meet on Friday. It's beyond a hot mess.
is that the one with the drama on the event page from that one random guy making creepy comments? whats up with the drama behind the host on that, is he a sissy?
i'm not, should i join/contact one of those comms to find out more stuff?
>where does everyone eat?
potbelly. always potbelly
the sports bar that's in the hotel is pretty good too, and not too pricey. but it can get super crowded depending on what time of day so be prepared to wait a while for a table
I have no idea what the hell all if going on with that meet i just know that I've been sitting in the corner cracking up at that hot mess. One of the mods from Charm City was pissed about that meet like she did a whole long lecture on it and it was amazing (but she also shuts down drama that bleeds into the comm from here too).
If you live in the DMV they yes you should totally join one or both of the comms. That way you can stay up to date with all the meets and everything that is planned at the comms. And if you're in PA I know a number of girls from Philly still are in Charm City too.
There's a really good crab cake place that's a bit of a walk away. It wasn't too crowded -- but maybe that was because of the horizontal snow last year.
Elevation Burger's always a popular choice, too.
>cosplay dude wants to host 'Lolita Gathering/fashion walk
>knows nothing about lolita
>can barely dress himself.
>idea is a shit show in planning and execution.
>opens meet to general public inviting pedos, creeps and lady beard cosplayers.
>pedos start harassing actual lolitas and minors.
>people step in, get mods and katsu security involved because of ACTUAL safety concerns.
From the last I heard we've been able to convince the guy that made the event to cancel but we'll see.
>potbelly. always potbelly
just googled this place, it sounds perfect actually, food sounds good and it's not too pricey either.
ah yeah I don't, like I mentioned in my first post i'm actually travelling out to this con, though perhaps i will reach out to the mods or something closer to the con and ask them about the events/meets they're doing. i'll be sure to avoid the friday one.
My favorite part was that he acted like a complete retard and then once his stupidity came flying back at him, tried to be like "wOw WhAt r U guYS TaLkInG aBoUt??? this is slander!! i was just JOKING!!", apparently surprised that saying stupid shit and acting like a creep would land him repercussions. he seems to talk a lot of shit on his profile but it was amusing to see him get all defensive and dweeby when people got real with him. glad the mods of the comms took it seriously though and tried to nip it in the bud as soon as possible.
Oh neat, finally this thread starting to pop up. The last few years I've went has been extremely up and down for me, but I have high expectations this year. Lots of fun, lots of cosplay to see, and of course lots of shitshows to witness.
With magfest being held the weekend after, I booked a room for both weekends. I wanted to get one that lasts from Katsu to mag but it was simply not possible. With that said I got space in my room for some folks. I'm known to snore and most likely will be active till the late AM, but it does give you the opportunity to hold out from the sunday check out rush.
Semi-cheap foods are Potbelly, Subway, Elevation Burger, and Macdonalds(drive only, pretty far walk barely outside the harbor.). There's also a CVS for snack foods. If you're able to wake up early and willing to spend 20 bucks, the breakfast buffet is great for all you can eat omelets. Just make sure you get only omelets and no juice/coffee.
Also, there is no liqour store in the harbor area. Your only source of booze will be from bumming mates or the bar. When bringing it in, don't be obnoxious about it. Last year when I was coming into the hotel, I saw people get turned away when they saw them packing absurd amounts of booze. So try your best to store it in a way the hotel staff doesn't give you a reason to check your shit.
There's an upscale grocery store called Potomac Gourmet Market that sells beer and wine. But the closest hard liquor is a fifteen minute drive out to Oxon Hill proper.
A lot of people have already commented, but I'll put in a good word for Nando's (not the cheapest, but well-priced) and Potomac Market (pre-packaged stuff ala any upscale grocery store).
I want to get a group together to rent out the carousel. I don't even need or want it to move. I just want the carousel people to let me take pictures on it without having to break in when it's closed or fight children for the prettiest pony when it's open.
Look, as much as I love a good ol' EMCP ragging thread I'd actually like it if we don't turn this one into an EMCP or Laboy thread.
Anything but those two. We've ran out of fresh material for those guys.
If you have a lot of extra cash to spend on food, Grace's Mandarin's food is amazing. The atmosphere is also way cool. Rosa Mexicano is my second choice. I go there a lot cuz margaritas and also they have the best guacamole in the DC area.
>tfw rich and don't have to eat fast food every meal
We will probably figure that out later, closer to the date.
Grace's Mandarin is the reason why I have a shrimp curry addiction. Like I literally make it at least once a week because of that place. But yeah they're good.
Were those the tools who had the boat for Otakon. Man I miss Coast Gaurd-kin he was the real hero.
Yeah, at least once. Not sure what year it was from, but someone posted a link to their Youtube music video wa while ago where they were surrounded by girls who looked like they were dying to finish the video so they could get paid. Also the girls weren't so great looking, like maybe the C-listers at a strip club on a Tuesday night.
Lol, no you guys don't. *chuckles* Look at how cool these guys look guys, aren't they badass?
I went to Grace's Mandarin with my mom and holy shit, I've never enjoyed a meal so much in my life. Everything about that place is amazing, even the bathrooms.
It's too bad I'd have to use up half a paycheck to go there by myself, so no Grace's Mandarin for me at Katsu. QQ
I'm the second anon. In college, yes, with a shitty part time job at a thrift store. It takes a long time for me to save up for cons, and I can't afford to go out to eat places with $40 sushi entrees on top of paying for everything else.
Not sure about the other anon.
Why the fuck would you expect someone to give you "good quality" pictures without getting anything in return?
Then again, you probably think anything with you in it is "good quality".
I see all these posts about katsu being a party con and im just so confused. I'm a Midwesterner, but I've been to Katsu before. I just remember it being super dead at night. Maybe i need make the right friends?
I've only been to two eastern cons before this and mostly stuck to my group because everything was so new. So this time since i at least have the general gist of things i plan on socializing a lot more.
Are you implying this is cheap food? I can see how it'd be too expensive for the average anime convention attendee, who are usually college age or younger.
If you have roommates, please reconsider canned or dehydrated food. Last thing anyone needs is the massive amounts of sodium-fueled shits in a hotel room bathroom.
Or at least bring some candles/air freshener!
Why would you go out to eat with someone who can't afford it? That's just asking to get taken advantage of. Unless you mean cash on hand which, hit the ATM before walking to the restaurant, there's one in the gaylord.
What city do you live in? Even by DC standards, which is one of the most expensive areas in the country, it is expensive food. I've lived across Maryland and NOVA my whole life so I know.
>a Friday night out
You're comparing cons to a typical Friday night out lol? Add up the cost of the Gaylord Hotel, travel, con tickets, purchases, alcohol, lunch/breakfast food for 3 days, etc. then add a $60 meal every night. Money can be tight, especially seeing that a lot of us are still young and haven't fully advanced into our careers yet.
>Also, there is no liqour store in the harbor area. Your only source of booze will be from bumming mates or the bar. When bringing it in, don't be obnoxious about it. Last year when I was coming into the hotel, I saw people get turned away when they saw them packing absurd amounts of booze. So try your best to store it in a way the hotel staff doesn't give you a reason to check your shit.
As someone who's been to both, which was more fun in terms of people and costumed party times?
Katsu or Magfest?
I've been to neither, and am looking to go further than DragonCon to enjoy cons.
Can anyone compare Katsucon party con status to Magfest?
I haven't been to either, and I'm debating which to go to.
If anyone wants a fun party con, I CAN recommend DragonCon and give many details.
LOL you a poorfag or something? It's not unusual for someone to say "this one's on me" when the bill arrives. If you can afford to buy your friends a nice dinner so what?
jfc at the FOOD GATE
if you cant figure out how to pay separately before hand, even without split check, you obviously need someone pay for you
because you're dumb as FUCK and obviously dont make enough money for a hamburger
It depends on how much of a Sped you are. MAGfest was really, really overhyped. Very fun with low crowds Friday, but incredible boring Saturday/too long to wait to do anything.
Katsucon, I haven't been to in a while, but am choosing this over MAG this year. Just, more to do, more cosplayers to keep up the energy,
You guys have some severe reading comprehension. The guy's bitching about eating out with friends and not being able to cover them and you're coming at me? I'm just saying he needs to plan better if he's treating people out and thinks those are pricey. It's called knowing your finances or financial responsibility. If your friends are cheap asses, then don't eat with them. And if you know their cheap asses and you do eat with them and still bitch about them, then that's your fault for knowing the situation and then crying about it.
Sorry I can't coddle every fucking crybaby, but man the fuck up.
You'll like the Gaylord. I haven't been to many other conventions to compare but I always have a good time at Katsu. It's also one of the more popular conventions on the East coast.
I would enjoy cons if we could just get rid of these poor cosplayers. The drop in population would be great. Come back when you have careers and can afford a hotel by yourself and pay for real food instead of Ruby Tuesdays or TGIF
Yeah ok anon. Clearly they are the Amerifat because they can afford the places that sell quality food instead of burgers with grilled cheese sandwiches for buns like TGIF. Which one sounds more American?
Finding a hotel near the con now is going to be tricky. The Gaylord it's self is out of rooms for that weekend, and it is in the national harbor which is an update dining and shopping area during Valentine's Day weekend. I wouldn't say traveling for Katsucon is worth it, however if you do decide to come stay a little longer and check out DC. It's a lovely city with lots of free museums, good food, something is always going on, and the city is pretty walkable with public transportation that can get you around to the different sites and museums fairly easily.
>flashback to last katsu when i made microwave mac and cheese with the coffee maker and didn't have a spoon and sat on the floor eating it with my fingers and crying because i was so hungry there was no other food and i was already running late to a photoshoot
>implying that those three big ass parking garages run out of parking spots
Komi's not bad, pretty good Middle Eastern-Greek food at just $150 a plate. If you want something cheaper and more familiar, 1789 is also good. They have a great risotto with truffles for only $65
it's a miracle i didn't get any on my cosplay, honestly
i couldn't give you an exact estimate, when i make it that way i just check on it until it seems edible. but make sure you put way less water in than you would if you were microwaving it, which i forgot to do because i was in such a rush and it turned into a big disgusting soupy mess
Sure is Georgetown undergrads in here.
Senpai has noticed you. Sadly national harbor is outside of my operations area. I do have some contacts to call at HQ near there, but I highly doubt 1449 will attempt another boat con in the dead of ass cold Washington winter.
Enough of this. Who is cosplaying the sluttiest outfits at Katsu? Post em now.
Jessica Nigri, Yaya Han, all of the Bitches of Cosplay, all of the Cosbaes, Byndo Gehk, The Kitsune Kid, Purblind, Shiro Cosplay, Laineycat Cosplay, Kassandra Cosplay and many more I'm sure
>Bitches of Cosplay
Most apt name ever.
That feel when I will be shooting with half of them, and will probably bump into a few more
Should a pool bet start now on who she'll be harassing this year? Will she spit on someone here?
Hope y'all got police on speed dial, it's going to be a great trainwreck.
When will they learn...
Hotel makes the con for sure, especially if you're fast enough to get atrium view rooms.
I got upgraded for free first time I was there because they didn't have any more Queen rooms. Changed my life. Sadly downgraded to normal rooms this year because I'm staying an extra day but still, hotel is great.
There's a decent amount of people who suck up to these guys. Between that and mommy and daddy helping them foot the bill for their alcohol and suites they've developed this idea that they're cool and well liked.
I honestly don't get it, how much of a loser do you have to be to suck up to these clowns? Even one of the admins in the Magfest group kisses up to these guys and gives them free rein to troll and harass cosplayers. Last year was the worst when he was the sole admin and did absolutely nothing about them.
Ok so the page for the unofficial Lolita Luncheon is up. That is Saturday from 12-2:30.
And the swap meet is from 3-idk yet on Saturday too
Both events have been planned so that even if you're not going to the con then you can still attend then. The official con events have yet to be announced.
For both format the url like you would for any fab event page and tack the number on the end sorry I got spam blocked.
I mean, if you do FB dot com slash events and then paste those numbers there both the exact events they're talking about pop up. I'm like definitely sure they meant "fb" and it just got autocorrected/typoed to fab. I've made the same mistake before.
been to katsu 4 times and always ended up in some kind of room party. it's all about knowing the right people.
fri\sat night a lot of people are in the lobby\bar area so that's a good place to start
also, last year we ate at the hotel buffet for like 20$ and it was really good and we could eat as much as we wanted. there was also no line or waiting there so.. worth it. i recommend checking it out.
but be sure to bring food anyway. we always get energy bars and stuff cause there isn't really any where to buy stuff at that area
The real ones to avoid is EMCP, John Chea, Dave Yang, A/C Photography, Jason Laboy, and Edward Fotography. They'll be there. Brenner hasn't showed his face lately anywhere and Blue Shell is now Just Cosplay Photography
For Katsucon, I'm charging ~100 for an hour, and I'm pretty good. My rate'll go up once I get some more cosfamous in my portfolio.
Others will probably charge you more, and will be terrible.
I would tell you to look at any photographer's portfolio to see how good they are before you book them. If their work sucks, they're not worth any money, even if they're charging a dollar. You don't want terrible photos of you to end up in a "bad cosplay" / "bad photoshop" thread, do you?
Stay away from the Gazebo. It's become something of a Holy Relic at Katsucon. It's got it's own Twitter account, for fuck's sake.
Their shit won't fly at MAGFest 2016. When you're dumb enough to put up public posts on your FB page with "unlisted" YouTube videos showing what went down in the 1449 room, and you also post the exact suite you got so the MAGFest staff knows exactly where you are... you kinda deserve the righteous thunder that will get called down on you. ;)
MAGFest absolutely loves room parties, especially after since back in the day, a few cosplayers who were "ill received" at the 3rd year called it "Not a convention, but a giant party with video game bands". They adopted the comment as a badge of honor, and kept with it since.
Charging people to get into your hotel room party where you are pouring booze is illegal in the state of Maryland without a proper booze pour license. MAGFest will let you get away with a LOT, but not crap like that.
Katsucon and MAGFest couldn't be more polar opposites from each other. Neither is bad, you just go to each event for different reasons.
The Facebook group Katsucon 2016 photography is a good gauge to weed out shitty photographers. If you see someone advertising/spam there nonstop, they're no good. aviid these Famg fox, Sumiko, chezphoto, crunchy spart, Jeff gm, Maya gagne, Vaughn photo, Jay's fine art, reflectedexposure, a/c photography.
Man the Gaylord is so pretty during the holidays. I wish they had some of these lights up during February for MAGFest and Katsucon.
(Was there last night and took these pics)
>These guys look decent enough
After all the evidence ITT and in the MAGFest thread, I'm pretty sure everyone here that isn't from 1449 would realize that they're scumbags.
Just go. You're not going to gather any wimminz here no matter how much you self post and defend yourselves. Fucking niggers.
Been shooting for a while. While 100 an hour is reasonable it's extremely on the high end for most cosplayers and they will not shoot with you for that much unless you'res seriously legend-tier status when it comes to shooting cosplay. Just my few cents.
This. Katsucon and magfest are so different. I wouldn't go to a drinking party at katsucon, but may consider to go to one at magfest. Would definitely wear lolita to katsucon, but not magfest. Since I go to conventions for only the gameroom and lolita meets, Katsucon and magfest can not offer both, but satisfy each need separately.
I heard about boatakon and was suprised to know that an acquaintance was part of that group. He said he would have a party on a boat, but I didn't make the connection till after the fact. I have to admit that I am a little curious. The person I know seems like a nice guy
Maybe it is just a decent group of people who just like partying? Anyway, I don't know this person well enough or care enough to find out.
Been getting ~100 since OTAKON this year. Haven't been shooting cons very long, either. I don't get that every con, true, but the large ones are easy to book that kind of work, because serious cosplayers want great photos.
I think you mean rich, not serious. Not every one can afford to shell out the cash for a "serious" costume and then another $100 for a shoot. Good for you that you can charge so much. But don't knock someone else's hard work as not being "serious" because they can't afford you.
god I hate this mentality.
neither hobby is cheap. Get over yourselves.
This. Serious cosplayers know they can get free shoots from the best. No need to pay. 90% of the time it's the rich cosplayers that can afford to pay 100 dollars for a shoot; and most of the time their cosplay can't compare with most. Most of the serious cosplayers I know spend the 100 dollars on their costume instead.
If they're decent people why do they constantly hype themselves up and shitpost on Facebook groups and on cgl? Why are they constantly stirring drama with people? Maybe they actually are great people to drink with, but the shit they do online is extremely off putting.
The cosplayers who paid 200 to shoot with Lauren weren't really paying for great photos. They were paying for the cachet of being shot by a "cosfamous" photographer.
I'm not knocking it, but at the same time her shit wasn't all that great.
>"Sorry, the last available space at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on our site was booked 4 hours, 17 minutes ago!"
You aren't sorry at all. I'm finding whichever one of you fuckers took the last room and fighting you.
Rich usually equates to serious. It's like that in every field. You aren't serious if you don't have the wherewithal to make your ideas real.
I'm not knocking a cosplayer that can't afford a 100 dollar shoot after spending money on a costume. But to be fair, photo shoots should be included in the cost of building a costume, if you really want people to see it. Cosplay is a collaborative art now.
Biggest? Free? Like who?
Like who? I certainly wouldn't want to spend a lot of time shooting, retouching and compositing work for nothing.
Is there a person more full of themselves than Mineralblu with the amount of spamming and self whoring?
Elysium, Gerardo Flores, Eugene Manning, Jason Laboy, Ron Gejon, Martin Wong are about tied to Mineralblu with how much self-promotion they do of their own content or who they work with
You're a fucking photographer. So am I, all the cosplayers I know would rather spend the money on their cosplay; if the cosplay is good enough they know it will get shoots. No need to pay when photographers want to shoot your cosplay because it's good.
It's true, you can roll the dice and hope a great photographer sees your cosplay at con, likes you / the idea / the construction / and there's time / suitable backdrop / and he has the right gear to do it justice.
Or you can book a photog ahead of time, and have him bring exactly what he needs, and budget the amount of time he needs to give you great shots.
I have been paid by people who have been cosplaying for years. Some of which have been published in magazines, won contests and even judge them.
It wouldn't surprise me if they did get free shots or photoshoots from other people. Yet they keep coming back to me for whatever reason.
You can't go about spouting "cosplay is an art," and not pay your photographers. Not only are they artist too, but your work wouldn't even get out there without them. Even though I'm friends with most the photographers i shoot with I still throw a little money their way, or buy them lunch or some shit. Cosplay is collaborative effort you little shit.
This. Literally the only people I am seeing getting photographers for Katsucon are people with shit cosplay (the same people who have fan pages even though they literally have one store bought costume). Now my friends who are attractive and cosplay who pay photographers are the ones who sell their prints for a living. But that makes sense.
This. I usually get a spontaneous free shoot or two at con but I'd still rather drop 60-100$ for the guarantee and ease of coordinating a time/place. I didn't spend hundreds on a costume to leave it to chance that I'll meet a photographer who's free at that time whose style matches the costume.
Plus photography is a valuable skill, there's no reason not to pay for it and I'd rather take care of that beforehand.
I always regret not putting the foresight and planning into a really impressive costume for Katsu, but real life comes before sparkly animu cosplay life. Maybe next year...
I came to watch the ball drop
Adam H Wright the ultimate victim and nice guy.
You can actually see the pain and misery in his eyes. Man that is brutal, NYE alone.
I definitely don't see shoot cost as an included cost of my costumes and don't know why it should be. To someone who is into cosplay photography they obviously need a model and it's collaborative, but to a costumer It's only a plus. I don't have cosplay social media, but that doesn't make me less serious of a cosplayer. I spend a lot of time and care making quality costumes and showing off my work at cons where people get them is what makes me happy. Photos make me happy too, but by not shelling out and arm and a leg for them, I can use that money to make more/better costumes and go to more cons, which is my hobby not modeling.
While it's true you don't need photos if you're just costuming and wearing things to cons, many cosplayers are actively trying to gain followers and increase their visibility. For those cosplayers, great photos are essential.
The fact that you dont have a cosplay social media, don't consider yourself a "model", and acknowledge the fact that you would have to pay for all your photos tells me you're not confident in your looks. That explains why so salty about photographers.
not op but as an ugly fattie I fully expect the only way to get photos is to pay for them. at this point it's hard to find anyone good who still books publicly even for cash though. I know my costume isn't sexy but I'm easy to work with and will pay without complaint but that's not enough anymore
I'm from New England and it's my first time to Katsucon and I have probably the dumbest question ever: is Katsu in MD or DC? The website obviously says National Harbor, MD but a lot of my friends are saying its in DC. Has it been held in DC before and now there's confusion or is it just located super close to it?
Sorry not a fatty but someone who just isn't involved with the cosplay crowd and don't see the appeal. Most my friends tease me about cosplaying and think liking anime is weird. I'm not about to go full on weeaboo.
I was just there with my Dad a week ago. A $12 glass of wine won't kill your wallet unless you're a poorfag. And they have amazing wine there so it's worth it. Good luck finding an empty table is all.
True, but it's also funny. I wouldn't be happy is someone canceled on me but if I found out it was over something like this I'd have a nice laugh out of it.
Then again, I didn't make the poor life decision of making photography a vital source of income.
For a second there I thought it was EMCP! Eugene's always bitching about cosplayers ditching him to shoot with others, but the coward never posts up the photos he's ripping on, probably because the photos are better than his.
Yes, it was in DC in the past, but is now in MD. National Harbor is very close to the city. You can easily see the city from the higher floors of the Gaylord or when driving to National Harbor.
They're a bit small and they don't have microwaves. Good size bathrooms though. Getting an elevator can be impossible, so a third floor (rooms start on the third floor) is a godsend.
Anons, help me out,
i'm a chick from the UK that stupidly decided to go to katsu by myself. Everyone seems to have crews that they only hang out with, anyone else flown solo before? Is it hard to find people to hang out with/socialise?
Also, how do togs work in america? You pay for them? Which are the best?
( It's weird in the U.K, shit's free, you just got to socialise your way to the top and not be a pussy about approaching togs, and I feel like it's not going to work at katsu.)
Elevator situation is undeniably hard for Gaylord guests, but it's not impossible. At worst it's like 10 minutes to get to your floor but it's usually about 5. I had an atrium view room on the topmost floor (17th) and I didn't think the elevators made the con worse.
Hook up with Adam H Wright, he'll get you covered.
as far as elevators go, the thing that's helped me most is remembering you can go up to go down, and vice versa. if you're on the second or third floor trying to go up, and an elevator with space comes that's going down, just ride it to the bottom until it starts going up again. undeniably easier than waiting for (usually a more full) one that's going up.
i always really like riding in the elevators though, especially if it's a relatively empty one, because i love looking down on the con from high up like that it's neat. and i never get an atrium view room so that's the only opportunity i have to see it.
it can also be really funny watching people in the elevators from the atrium. i swear i've seen an all-out dance party happening before.
i go with my friends but i think it's relatively easy to find people to hang with, especially if you're cosplaying from a popular series or attend any photoshoots/meetups. and if nothing else i'll hang out with you!
Honestly if you want to chill with my crew you're more then welcomed to. I have a pretty cool one with one person who used to be a gull, a Lolita, and a photographer. I'll be busy with Lolita stuff most of the con but I used to be a cosplayer and everyone in my crew cosplay a occasionally too.
I have no idea what you mean by tog though... Also I don't really have space my room so I can't help you there but we can still hang out some
Well there's the cgl meetup if you want to meet fellow anons, checking out the katsucon groups on FB and hitting up people who don't look cringey, and just plain luck meeting people at panels if you actually go to them. I actually found a suite party from meeting people at a sewing workshop of all places. Room parties are abound so if you're as good at socializing as you claim and if you're at least of average attraction, you'll be fine.
I've done cons solo before but back when I was shit at socializing so it's not fun, so I can sympathize with you.
Yeah riding the elevator straight down or up to the 17th was the best, seeing all the plebs run around the atrium. I've had my fill of con viewing thanks to 2 years of Atrium rooms but I'd recommend getting one of those rooms at least once. If I had an atrium room this year I'd offer to let you check it out haha
I got to Katsucon on a Friday in 2013 or 2014 (whichever year the Gazebo Strip mess occurred) and they were out of regular rooms so they upgraded us to an atrium suite for free.
It was a good time.
Depends. Admittedly I'm a homestuck so while I always go with friends, it doesn't take a lot to meet people if you look nice enough. Probably the same with other series too though. For all cons I've been to however, its easier with friends.
Paying for katsucon photogs is pretty much expected, even if you know them. I pretty much only work with friends now both in front of the camera and behind and even when they don't ask, I shell out a little. Expect prices to be a minimum of $30-40 a slot but people are starting to raise their flat rates beyond that. If you have any talent at taking pictures, you may get lucky and can do a trade off for someone.
I have quite a sizeable posse coming down from points along the East Coast... we're really nice and very friendly.
If you'd like to hang with us, you totally can.
Also, we have a couple photographers in our group, so you can shoot with us. :)
The machismo is just part of their humor. Talk to any of them offline and they're chill as fuck, but the way they are online gets people thinking they're full of themselves and that misunderstanding is what causes like 99% of the drama concerning then.