I hate to say it because it's my "home con," but if you're into the con scene for cosplay, Anime Expo, unless you're a local.
It's just too big and crowded, too hot, and there's nowhere good for photos. It's obviously a different story if you're attending to go to panels and screenings or for exclusive merchandise, but if you're a cosplayer and thinking about flying to it, I recommend against it. The only exception, I guess, would be if you're super hungry for fame and exposure, because you're guaranteed to get a ton of hall photos there.
Another one that I'm on the fence about is ALA. I haven't at all liked the last three or four years of it. It's got the same issues with crowding and lack of photo locations, and there's no programming to make up for it, plus it's totally overrun with poke autists and the like. I'm reserving final judgement until after I see how the new location is, though.
Oh, one that's totally dead is PMX. I used to have fun there at the old location, but the one this year was absolutely pathetic and I only bothered showing up because it was 10 minutes from my house.
>>8838892 A new con is starting a month earlier than AnimeNEXT's old date, but same location, Anime Fanfest. Not sure how it will be, but it's the same people as Long Beach Comic Con and New Jersey Comic Expo.
Castle Point Anime Convention is coming up in April, but that's oversaturated by weebos and newbs.
Liberty City Comic Con was meh last year, not great, but nothing bad either. Curious about how it'll do in Times Square this year. Sure there will be plenty of cosplayers and photographers who will think about trying to shoot outside the con in the pedestrian sidewalks, so get ready for people bitching about tourists and being harassed by police.
Heard bad reviews about Neward Comic Con last year and Garden State Comic Con, both those are relatively local to me too. I'd do the Steampunk World Faire, but I'm not into that, even if some of the outfits with corsets look great.
>>8839077 The new convention center will be bigger, but I'm sure there'll be some growing pains with transplanting the convention, at least in the first year. Baltimore's my favorite city in the US, but I also won't lie in saying that DC will be much more clean/sanitary.
>>8841153 I don't know why they didn't just move it to the National Harbor's convention center, especially when places like MAGfest can get it. It's so much larger, and it's much more off to the side, so I'm sure things would be a lot more lax with cosplay.
>>8836469 Did anyone purchase the omakase box with the free otakon registration badge? I bought the box but still haven't gotten my registration email for otakon and I was wondering if anyone else was in the same situation, or can confirm they got their email eventually?
Colossalcon is starting to get overrated, in my opinion. I went to Daishocon this year and thought it was much better. The kalahari was bigger, had better places to take photos, and wasn't over saturated with photographers.
>>8841415 Yeah, I figured that it was supposed to come a few days ago but I never saw the email and looked through my spam as well... I tried to contact the Omakase users about it but they haven't responded yet and I'm starting to get nervous about it since I didn't even want this naruto box to begin with if it wasn't for the bonus badge. Thanks though!
Otakon is a fantastic con. The only reason why it has pre-reg line issues is because the BCC is a dated convention center that needs overhaul (the networking capabilities of the BCC have not been upgraded in many years) and Otakon utilizing the net to link membership IDs to badges causes the network to crash (when they are doing 26 people at once). That is a big reason as to why its moving to DC on top of space reasons (The DC convention center is more up to date). Although, the DC Convention Center has the worst setup for shooting and just a terrible convention center all around (AwesomeCon shows why its not a good convention center).
Honestly, Katsucon is super overrated. The Gaylord scenery, friends, not having to go outside, and not needing a badge to roam around is the only reason its popular....since the convention itself is poorly managed and run badly, greatly overpriced rooms/food, and content is super mediocre compared to many other cons. Plus good luck having photographers use fancy equipment since the hotel is going to ask you to take it down...yet they never say a word at MAGFest.
Colossalcon isn't worth it unless you want to party and drink, along w/ hang at the pool. Parking is becoming an issue, convention center is dark and small, and hotel fills up in no time and pricey.
Bullshit. Ota could get a vendor to come in and drop removable fiber to up speeds and process registration. Other cons do it. The reason prereg has issues - and has issues EVERY FUCKING YEAR - is because Ota leadership would rather blow money on a cash-losing vacation in vegas than run a competent con. Hours long waits shouldn't be acceptable year after year. Anime Boston had a linecon in 08 and the very next year it was like 40 minutes to pick up the badge. Ota is five plus hour waits every. con.
DC seems like it's going to be a shitshow.
Katsu is going to be really screwed the day they lose Gaylord as a venue.
Ditto, granted, Anime Midwest is Lolita friendly. It's not so interesting for cosplay and guest events. At least there's more room for cosplay photos compared to ACen. Idk how many times you can get away with the same guests and still be interesting.
>>8841869 Otakon is really poorly run. I haven't even been to one in years, but even back then it was pretty bad.
Waiting in the prereg line is ridiculous, when most bigger conventions similar to it have upgraded to electronic options. It's usually too hot, and I'd rather be off having fun and doing things than to stand in line for 2-5 hours. Then there's the nightmare of the line being capped and you waiting for nothing.
It's expensive! I don't know how much tickets cost now, but when I stopped it was about $70. Too expensive for something that doesn't get going until Friday at Noon and ends basically around 2pm Sunday.
The programming has no variation. It's flavor-of-the-year. If you're into whatever is popular that year, you'll have a great time. If you aren't, have fun wandering the halls doing nothing all weekend.
The last year I went, they also made some really questionable choices about the rooms they hosted panels in. The biggest rooms on the top floor sat empty, playing movies or episodes of things. Meanwhile big name guests were put in the small rooms on the middle floor, which of course filled up in about 5 minutes.
>>8841200 You know you fucked up when a TSA Supervisor tells an Otakon staffer that their line management sucks. His quote on line management shut the staffers excuses up real quick. "My checkpoint terminal processes your total number of paid attendees in one hour. And that includes the patdowns"
>>8841588 >staff has little to no idea what is going on >wifi for vendors never works >baltimore >staff generally just does dick all day then lets themselves into things first >it's easier to pay the excess money and buy a new badge at the doors on friday that it is to pick up a pre-reg'd badge >baltimore
I'm sure it will be better in DC but everyone has given up motivation with the BCC
>>8838892 AnimeNEXT felt overall, average this year. The weather was terrible but that's something you really can't control. I would say at it's old location it was a decent local con for a newbie but who knows this upcoming year.
Katsu is a weird con overall. I kind of call it a business con, not great in content but you can make a lot of connections and personally it's one of the only chances I get to see certain friends or get a better chance to meet friends of friends.
>>8841588 Ok, I don't go to Otakon for petty reasons but it seems like my friends come back every year saying either A. they had a bad time or B. they had a fun time but when they weren't actually at the con. Its a lot of money to be at a con with a lot of people (how much space they have be damned, I prefer cons around 15K) and during what's usually the worst part of summer.
>>8841905 Ngl, if they lost the gaylord, magfest would get fucked over hard with a bunch of people coming just for photos.
>>8841931 Magfest sounds nice but it also sucks if you are a college student since it starts right around the time the new semester starts.
>>8841178 >I don't know why they didn't just move it to the National Harbor's convention center
Because Katsucon has 15,000 guests and takes up all of National Harbor. Otakon has 30,000. Even if you could fit Otakon into the Gaylord and the Residence Inn, hotel booking would be a clusterfuck. National Harbor just isn't big enough for Katsucon.
>>8841588 >Although, the DC Convention Center has the worst setup for shooting and just a terrible convention center all around
Agreed. It's huge, but ugly as sin. The hotels also aren't clustered as densely around it as they are at the BBC... which means Friday is going to be a weird mess of cosplayers walking around that area alongside very buttoned-down normies going to work.
Taking photos outside the Carnegie Library should be good though.
>>8843202 >mfw I'd go to Magfest just to see the Gaylord and get good cosplay photos without forking out a fuckton for Katsucon At least in my defense my friend who wants to go is into gaming while I'm not familiar with anything past Pokemon, Kingdom Hearts, and Ace Attorney.
>>8836469 I never gone to the convention but I heard from the news that this is the last year of Otakon being in Baltimore, Maryland. It has grown to large for The Baltimore Convention Center to hold the convention. It is moving to DC.
>>8836642 I went to both of those cons last year and I thought otakon was better. What i didn't like last year was nycc. Just not worth the money or time anymore. Anyone know how anime boston is? haven't been in years
>>8838984 I regularly go to CPAC because the staff is actually very responsive to criticism and it's only one day to kinda just relax and enjoy the weather. I've been going for the past five or so years and it only rained once and it was at the end of the con when everyone was already leaving. The scenery is good for shoots too if you know where to go. And Serbs usually don't know where that is so it keep shoots nice quiet and private.
I went to wakuwaku last year. It wasn't too out of the way but it was too small for the crowd. It was most definitely a jfash friendly con but the "game room"was next to the stage (with project diva being next to the speakers so good luck with that) and the announcers on the stage were all cringey and trying way too hard. Like that awkward three minute improv dance AoT display. Ick.
>>8843273 Convergence over July 4 weekend is really the only good one. 2DCon has potential, but it's only a 2nd year con. Anime Detour is a complete joke, and Anime Fusion really doesn't have much to write home about.
Anime Boston is imo run pretty well. They tend to get good guests and decent panels. The attendees run pretty young though and there's not much great cosplay, and it sucks for shooting. Probably depends what you're looking to get out of the con.
>>8844799 Boston has always been my crew's #1 pick for a larger con. #2 would have to be animenext. Curious to see how Atlantic city is. My only wish is that free hotel stays for gambling align with the con, but I doubt they'd make that mistake.
>>8841872 ACen can't seem to get it's shit together in that respect, but Anime Midwest seems like a crapshoot in panel sense. honestly the lack of staff at ACen is what makes me wanna avoid it this year.
I've only staffed at Midwest but if they have unique guests instead of the guest pool Ryan cons tend to use, it's a bit better. I'm actually impressed they managed to get Studio Trigger as a guest for Midwest.
>>8844417 I've been to Anime Boston every year since around 2007 and have always enjoyed it. It was my first anime con and I think that if you have a good crew going with you it's awesome, plus the venue and events are pretty decent.
Can I ask which events you think are meh? I've only been twice, and I had a great time both years, but I didn't really enjoy any of the panels I went to. I ended up just taking pictures of people and hanging out with my friends the whole time instead.
I assumed it was just because i'm a bit older than the average AB attendee (mid-20s), but maybe I also just happened to go to bad panels? If you have any recommendations I'd really appreciate it! (and that goes for anyone else who's been to AB)
>>8836540 I was near the end of the line when they told us to head home in the early evening. Tons of people waited in line and got screwed over; thankfully they opened registration up earlier on Friday morning so there wasn't an insane line to get badges for everyone.
>>8841186 I did it, but I still haven't gotten the box despite them claiming they delivered it. I asked them to look into it and they said it probably got stolen. It's a good thing I just wanted the discounted registration because I'd be pretty pissed otherwise.
I've always had more problems with Kopf's disinterested staff than I ever did with ACen's lack of it. Kopf staffers don't care, have no interest in the success of the con, and tend to be extremely rude/immature.
Does anyone in this board likes Animeland Wasabi, I'm curious cause most of my friends aren't going due to past legality battles. And am I retard for just realizing like 30 seconds ago that their mascot looks like a downgraded pipboy avatar from Fallout (pic related)?
>>8841915 >The programming has no variation. It's flavor-of-the-year. If you're into whatever is popular that year, you'll have a great time. If you aren't, have fun wandering the halls doing nothing all weekend.
This is so fucking true. I was literally in Japan for 2 years, so I wasn't up on US regional anime trends. Thought I could jump back in at Otakon... NOPE. If you hadn't seen Attack On Titan, Sword Art Online, and Kill La Kill last year, there was literally nothing.
>>8844527 M2X is my favorite con, I've gone the past two years but they've dropped the ball this year. No guest announcements, hotel change, and we're just 3 months out. Might as well just cancel it at this point.
>>8854516 More general enthusiast panels. Things like the science behind mechas (favorite panel last year), craft classes, japanese-culture-centric stuff like festivals, food, holidays, japanese art?, history, history of certain animation studios, more class japanese gaming (gamefreak panel?), ghibli crap, and all the cult groups and special interests.
There's a lot that would be more widely appealing. You could even charge a $5 materials fee and require pre-registration for more involved cooking/crafting panels.
Not sure about Ota, but our con can't do any programming that involves food due to our contract with the convention center - they have exclusive "food vendor" rights with a few exceptions for stuff like packaged pocky in the DR, etc. But you could do panels with no hands on / tasting element.
>>8854531 Panels are only as good as the people who submit them, though. If the good panelists stayed away because of the reasons a lot of people did this year, then yeah programming's gonna suffer for it.
This creepy ass Mr. Yan motherfucker right here, do not go to any con he jockeys at. There is absolutely nothing about him that is even remotely Japanese culture related, yet he goes to several different anime cons every year.
He is a symbol of bad home cons in both the south and the midwest.
>>8858806 Dude.. this guy is still around? I remember when he use to run Anime Fest Wichita, creep wouldn't leave me and my friends alone. He legit followed us around the con till we met up with our guy friends during that cons first year
NYCC is not worth it. Too crowded, expensive, and anything worth doing is a bitch to get into.
They need to get their crowd control together and stop letting in so many people at once. If they really expect people not to stay all day they should issue discount half-day tickets or something. Otherwise the convention center gets packed and the competition to see, buy, or attend anything feels dangerously claustrophobic.
>>8858861 > On the topic of creeps, here's some info on AnimeNEXT's chair. The entire staff is aware he has a fetish for Asians and just ignores the fact that he totes around these 2 Asian girls half his age for "special perks"... it's fucking disgusting.
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