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Worst convention that you attended

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Pic related is a picture of the rave at kaiju-con. At some points in the night, there were as many as 5 people in the rave! I feel so, so bad for the DJ.

Kaiju-con was a con in Nashville TN last year, I was an artists and barely made profit. There were large amount of times when the artist alley/dealers room was completely empty of attendees. Saturday was the only day when there were more attendees than staff and vendors at the con at one time.

The con itself was honestly not too bad, good panels and such, there were just literally no people. You shouldn't charge full price for a first year con honestly.
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Ohayocon is the worst, closely followed by Otakon, and then Colossalcon.
IDK why Ohio even bothers having cons anymore, because they're all shit. Otakon is just too big for the venue. Hopefully the move fixes shit.
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>>8933780
what's so bad about colossalcon? some friends are thinking of going and it'd be our first out of state con so it'd be nice to know the shitty details
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>>8933801
There's no content. The game room is awesome, and the Kalahari is cool, but there is no content as far as the con goes. Shitty dealers selling all the same bootleg merch, no good panels, retarded staff, no guests, etc.
The only way you can enjoy the con is if you play games and drink the whole time.
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>>8933736
Otakon Vegas = shit.
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>>8933861
That's really sad to hear. I wanted to attend in the future
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>>8933861
Details? I really wanted to go to it
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>>8933780
You sound like loads of fun. You seem like the type a person who just nitpicks everything to past the time?
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>>8933780
The DC Convention Center while bigger, does not work well for anime or comicons. It's design and layout is even worse and lacks spots for group gatherings.

My worst con is Colossalcon. It's just a get drunk and party con with slim content if you want to go for cospaly and anime stuff.
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>>8934430

>hasn't been fucked at colossalcon
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Went to CT Yourminicon 2015. It was its first year and they had nothing, but still charged 60$ for the whole weekend. Went on Sunday and it was 25$.
Panels were shit so I payed 25$ to make friends and sit on the floor for 5 hours. That was fun, but seriously 25$ when you have absolutely nothing to offer?
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>>8933861
Otakon Vegas was bad, but it was marginally better than Sabakon last year
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Ikkicon, the year it had the main event in a tent in a parking lot.
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My college's anime club hosted a con this weekend. I knew it was going to be a gigantic fucking mess from the start but I went anyway just to see how bad it could get and... it was bad. It was actually a legitimate (although insanely small scale) con with stuff like panels, contests, and a small artist's alley but jesus christ it was bad.
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>>8933809
>"The only way you can enjoy the con is if you play games and drink the whole time."
>Thinking that out-of-staters go to the con for anything other than this
You are doing colossalcon wrong, my friend.
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>>8934976
Tentcon. Classic. Though I actually had a lot of fun that year (nothing to do with the con itself, just had fun).
A few years prior to that I had an awful Ikkicon though. Exploded a salad all over my bag, got some shit stolen, bf at the time cheated on me in our hotel room and then broke up with me and kicked me out without refunding me... And plus it was Ikkicon, which means clusterfuck lines, disorganized con and awful programming.
Anime Overload in the first year has to be one of the worst cons I've ever attended though. Closely followed by Texas Comicon. Both cons were just rinky and HOOOT. Like yeah, Texas, you expect to be hot outside, but when there's no AC, and it's summer... Well that's a problem.
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>>8934367
This is my review from 2015 but my friends who attended this year said it was pretty much the same:
>overpriced for what the event itself actually is
>artist alley had 1/2 of their tables empty, which was a bad first impression since they put the artist alley in front right next to the registration (also bad idea)
> exhibit hall was small but over packed! they could've definitely expanded into another ballroom just to allow walking space.
> Panels were BLAH
>staff was unhelpful and there wasn't many around
> Location was shitty because you had to walk through the casino and up an escalator to get there
>Shitty lighting! not just for cosplay photos but just for viewing stuff in general.


basically it had the look of a small con without the charm.It felt like someone was holding a convention in some random house. hardly anyone was in cosplay and those who were, were inappropriate annoying tweens.(one person offered some penis cake to a lady in front of me who had two small children with her! not cool.)
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>>8934430
Otakon should rent out Carnegie Library/the Historical Society and charge like $25 a head to get in for photos. It's across the street from the southern chunk of the convention center.
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Not really a con, but a lolita event.
Regalia was fucking shit.
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Long Beach Comic Con. It was way too small
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The people who complain about Colossalcon probably have fun by sitting in a circle, gossiping and bitching about things that don't matter while the scent of their rancid cunts saturate the air.
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Connecticon, everyone i know is just not going anymore staff is ass, location is ass its just ass dont go
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>>8935281
I disagree. Although last year wasn't as good as the past CTCons, I love the variety of fandoms represented and the guests.
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>>8935281

Connecticon blows so many chunks. I wish the AB people would roll in and start a CT based con to put them out of business. Plus, no batshit linecon security measures in CT.
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Springfest because it is in the same borough as black luigi.
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Came into this thread expecting to hear about leaky garage con but nope
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>>8935379
The guests are literally the only thing ctcon has going for it. On the other side of the coin, the ticket prices are astronomical, the non-guest panels are mediocre at best, and the location is about as bad as it gets. Little to no food, most hotels are a significant walk, the locals are rude (and half the time the con happens during a local festival with drunk assholes). Ctcon staff also doesn't care that their location is downright unsafe, and people have literally gotten robbed walking between events. IIRC when someone got mugged at gunpoint walking from the gaming hall after the shuttles stopped, the official response from the con was that they shouldn't have been walking in the first place, and should have paid for a two minute cab ride back to the main con center.
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The worst con I've ever been to was a small one day convention around here. I usually really don't mind small local events but this one was pretty bad. There were no panels and it was just a dealers room and bunching of screaming weebs. Since it was so small, there was no where to run from the constant barrage of 13-year-olds who had nothing better to do but harass everyone. Highlights included my boyfriend getting manhandled by underage weebs, Homestucks chugging Faygo (it might have been into a bucket or something, I really didn't want to look) not even 2 feet from me, more weebs jumping in the hotel fountain and smeared paint everywhere.
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>>8935054
Animarathon by any chance?
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>>8934415
I just don't like paying $50+ for a badge for an event to do what I could be doing for free any other weekend of the year.

>>8934430
Dang. That's really disappointing. I haven't been to the new location before, so I was hoping it would be better than Baltimore. It sucks that the Gaylord is so small because I think it would be pretty nice for Otakon.

I agree with you about Colossal though. There is /nothing/ for cosplay or anime. I still think Ohayocon is worse because it's such a clusterfuck every. single. year. You would think they would have figured out how to make things run a little bit more smoothly, but every year there are more disasters and fiascos that could easily have been avoided if staff had even a tiny bit of training...

>>8935108
I don't understand the mindset. Why not just go to the Kalahari a different weekend and party then instead of wasting bank on a badge you wont even use? Use that money to go to a different con that has that PLUS actual content like panels or guests. MAGFest I guess? IDK.
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What makes a good con? I was at AB this year and all the panels just seemed lame as shit, there's no rave anymore which blows. The game room was alright but it was pretty small for the size of an event that AB is. Is it just to buy shit you can get cheaper online in the vendor room?
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>>8935449
Just to mention, regular rooms at the Kalahari are much more expensive without the con.
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>>8933736

Damn and I though AE2013 had a bad rave. Nothing says ineptitude like a DJ who didnt had a single Jpop song but a fuckhuge playlist of gook music. The rave was also basically dead
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>>8935456
AB is for profit first year this year. It's why they bent the knee to crunchyroll. The website gave an hour to 'premium' members before opening in dealers at first. It changed when complaints flooded in.
Sheraton went out of it's why to be obnoxious assholes. Even installed card readers on the elevators so if you weren't staying or the room holder. You'd have to pray someone was nice enough to give you a button.
My personal favorite is people shoving a stick up their ass claiming. "It's for security." It was the least secure event I've attended in a while. If they could cause more fire hazards/dangerous situations I think the Hynes and Pru woulda done it.
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>>8935495
You clearly don't understand what 'for profit' means. AB like most cons is still a nonprofit, even if they have partnerships.

Also it's common knowledge that nobody including staff likes how the Pru and Hynes security treats attendees. The screenings are a Boston ordinance and there's nothing the con can do about it (PAX East has this too).
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>>8933736
Damn I live really close to venue hotel and didn't even know about it. TN needs to get someone real to run their cons and condense the many smal crap ones to a couple good ones, like akai, Yama, mtac, and maybe sthg in Memphis.
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>>8935449
Because the whole appeal is that you're partying with 10,000 other anime nerds? Why would I shell out a few hundred bucks for a room and travel across state lines to drink a handful of friends?

Colossalcon is a huge, nerdy pool party that you can wear fun, beach-themed costumes to (which would be weird at most other cons). The badges, hotel, and food are also pretty cheap compared to most conventions so it's win/win. The only people who seem to think colossal isn't anything short of a great time are underage locals.
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>>8935502
Then you're retarded as fuck The staff were more than happy to fuck over anyone they could. Or you're just a butthurt staffer whiny that everyone was done with all the shit pulled.
Pax East having been may be linecon but it's nowhere near as retarded as AB with bs rules or bitchy volunteers
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I've only been to a few cons but by far the worst was the first year of Kantaicon. That was the convention they held on that battleship the U.S.S. Yorktown/Military museum. It's free for Military to get in so there were a lot of war vets who looked like they served in Vietnam there as well as active duty. Also schools on field trip and a Cubs Scouts troop as well as regular families to see the museum. Then there were the con goers running around all these people acting obnoxious. As I was going up to the flight deck to see the planes up there, I saw a group of elderly men fleeing down the stairs. When I got up there I saw a circle of weebs with wooden katanas screaming at each other in broken Japanese and play fighting.

Throughout the day people kept coming to me asking me what was going on since I looked seminormal and approachable. It turned into basically Hetalia con since the guests were both Hetalia voice actors so there were a ton of cringy Hetalians. I honestly just hung out and enjoyed the museum instead of the con because our tickets counted for both.

Needless to say the con wasn't welcome back again.
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>>8935394

Who the fuck is black luigi?
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>>8935428

What con?
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>>8935495

Mass is a nanny state and AB is stuck with a hotel, convention center and mall that hate it.
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It wasn't an anime con, but I'll share my worst vending experience.
>get invited to local themed fair to vend
>my stuff is pretty relevant to the topic content, so I figure I'll give it a shot
>check reviews, people seem to have had good experiences in the past
>pay $120 for booth (this should have been my first warning)
>literally the night before the fair, an email goes out changing all of the vendor locations, with an updated map attached
>get there the next morning, they've placed the vendors approximately a quarter of a mile away from the main event (it was an outdoor thing)
>the updated maps weren't printed so all the attendees get the old maps and can't find the vendors
>the vendor's alley is a fucking ghost town all day because no one can find us and no one wants to walk that far in the blazing heat anyway
>within the first 4 hours I make $6
>print artists next to me have sold nothing at all
>heat gets worse throughout the day, topped off with muggy rain
>I get soaked while defending my wares with umbrellas
>my only salvation is the gourmet popsicle stand nearby
>end up eating about 4 chocolate-sea salt popsicles over the course of the day while waiting for people to show up
>whole fair is terribly organized and people start heading out midway through
>a bunch of vendors pack up after selling nothing and head out to get drunk
>I make back about half of what I paid for the booth
Anyway, I think I at least learned from the experience. Not doing that again.
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>>8935423
Yeah, a few people got mugged the year before last, but it's downtown Hartford and they were walking at like 2 or 3 AM after all con events were long over, iirc. The con's response was shitty but you can't blame them for someone intentionally putting themselves in a bad situation. They shouldn't have to spell out that you don't go walking in downtown Hartford in the middle of the night.

But, on many other accounts, CTCon staff sucks. It's my local con, so I'll keep going, but we did skip a few years after they fucked over a group of friends who had been running an event. I certainly wouldn't be bothering to go if it was far enough for me to need a hotel room.
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>>8935402
>leaky garage con
Do tell.
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>>8935121
Damnnnnnnn, sounds like you had a great time. Thought about going to ikki con but idk about that now
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>>8935253
Deets? I'm sure I could find archived talks, but what was your personal take on it?
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>>8935617
I'm on the same boat as you. I'm kinda sad to hear the negative stuff about CTcon since its my local con and I go every year, but I agree with the staffing. Also they REALLY need to stop planning it on the same weekend as Riverfest. I honestly don't get why they do that, Hartford is crazy enough with just one event going on.

Anyway I actually haven't had a bad con experience since I've only been to a handful of conventions(all New England cons) but geez some of these stories are horrifying.
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>>8935628
Mother fucking Akicon. Their artist alley and Exhibitors Hall was in the fucking parking lot.
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>>8935531
Go read pretty much anything on their facebook page, dipshit. There's plenty of info about how the security and metal detectors aren't something the con controls so I don't know why you think staff has any control over it. Go complain to whatever MA govt office controls it if you're so assrashed about it. Or just go through the back entrance like everyone else who doesn't want to stand in line.
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>>8935428
That sounds a lot like a con run by the "Anime day" guys. They have various one day anime cons across the southern US that are mainly just dealers and artist alley tables, no panels.

>>8935605
Wow. I'm lucky that I've never loss money from a con yet.
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>>8935706
>>8935628
To be fair, I totally see how it happened. They were definitely overdue to expand but not to a whole new venue, so they rented out the garage under the hotel as an extra space. They put their haunted house, arcade and other attractions in it, which is great. But.................................... they also had the vendor hall in it. And it was rainy all weekend. And leaking. So they hung buckets up to catch the water. You can infer the rest.


As a congoer I wasn't affected, but I have some empathy for the people who had damages due to it. I think some of the artists were crying wolf about lost sales which I ignored (it's a hotel con, you aren't gonna make bank) and it's next to impossible to move everything WHILE the con is going on, but I don't imagine they comped people well.

It's in its last year now, but it's been in death throes ever since that year.
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>>8933780
I will say Ohayocon was not very well run this year, but to say the worst ever unless it's your first and only con is a bit of a stretch.
For me, I'd say the Lousiville Comiccon / Fandomfest, or whatever it's called. I went on a Friday and it took 2.5 hrs to get tickets. Not only was it a giant clusterfuck but I ended up passing the Fandomfest booth at another con and the organizer was passing out flyers.

We had a bit of small talk and explained why we wouldn't do fandomfest again (excessively long lines, no organization). Initially she agreed with us, saying a lot of her volunteers had no showed and that they had been understaffed. However, when we said that we'd arrived at a certain time and waited 2.5 hours to get tickets, she immediately became hostile and accused us of lying and trying to ruin her image. It was just the 3 of us talking, no bystanders, so what do we gain by lying to her face?

The lady's inability to take criticism and outright insulting her customers means that I will never support any convention she ever touches.

The website
>http://fandomfest.com/
some more complaints: https://www.reddit.com/r/Louisville/comments/1j7q2l/fandomfest_complaints/
inb4 >Reddit
if you want to read more, use google fu. It's all over.
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>>8935617

The game room had literally just closed, that's why they were walking.
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>>8933861
Second this, both 2015 and 2016 sucked so much. It's crazy boring and has almost nothing to do. Luckily met people to hang around with this year. I'm from California and I'm always on town when the cons happen in Vegas so I just attend but otakon vegas is the absolute worst. Kraken con is close though
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>>8935617
Well, yeah, of course they left that late - like someone already already mentioned, that's how late the game room closed. IIRC the con shuttle stopped running an hour before game room close time so that was absolutely on the con's head to provide safe transport between conventionspace for attendees. It's a testament to staff's shitty attitude year after year whenever a problem comes up (similarly, people getting locked out of the con or trapped across the river due to Riverfest, and yet ctcon continues to host on that weekend when the harassment/mugging problem is even worse then to boot).
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>>8933809
That's also not including the fact Colossalcon is expanding very rapidly. They have roughly the same amount of people attending while the Kalahari is only at best half the size of the Gaylord. At some point Colossalcon will have to move and then it'll be a summer Ohayocon.
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>worst Con
>not dashcon
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>>8936694
>Implying dashcon actually ever happened
Memecons don't count. Don't be delusional.
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>>8935258
Its a fine con for what it is. Its just small. Not every con in california can be SDCC. The panels and guests are interesting.
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>>8936225
I didn't make it last year, but I hear the parking was super bad, to the point that it was dangerous, because there were too many people. That's unfortunate for Colossal, because the Kalahari is literally the only thing that really draws people there.
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>>8935705
Yeah, as much as I love the food trucks that come with Riverfest (because fuck the con center food or having to go somewhere downtown) it's getting to be a huge hassle.
CTCon's biggest problem is that Matt Daigle really only cares about the money. I've had plenty of friends who were staff over the years who quit because they didn't want to put up with the bullshit and stress that comes with it.
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>>8935510
Look, I love Colossalcon as much as the next drunk weeb, but let's be honest: as an actual convention, Colossalcon is lacking. If you can ghost the con and get an equal, if not better, experience than you would by purchasing a badge, your con has a problem.

The people running the thing know they can half-ass the "anime convention" aspects because they know people will line up just for the gimmick. Take that away and at best, it'd be an average con that only con-starved locals would attend.

A shitty restaurant with a fun gimmick is still a shitty restaurant. Anyway, my point is: I'll see you at Colossalcon.

However lacking Colossalcon is, I've also been to way worse cons. One of our local colleges has an anime con and that's pretty awful. It's even worse because you can tell all the panels were thought up and hosted by some sperglords on the campus.
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To any NC gulls, Triad Anime Con is pretty shitty. No interesting panels, AC felt like it was fucking broken in both hotels (Hell it was cooler outside!) and the Artist's alley didn't have actual hours? Hell they didn't even give the Artist Alley any lighting for when it got dark so people literally had to use flashlights to see.

Obviously it's a smaller newer con but it really needs some help, it wasn't clear where to go for reg and they ran out of lanyards so you were lucky to get a badge tied to some yarn.
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>>8935495
>the lines at AB for the checks and all that shit
>even though logically the easiest place if someone wanted to do the most damage (be it bomb or gun) would be in the fuckin line itself
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>>8933809
>Shitty dealers selling all the same bootleg merch
This describes perfectly why I haven't bought anything in my local cons since 2010
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>>8937745
see evidence: F.A.P. weekend. Run by the same folk who run colossalcon. The event only brings in locals.
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Lately, Anime USA.
Heres last years schedule
It's boring as hell. Saturday is awful.
The con-goers are really, really young. Like, 16 to 22 year olds.

https://dorkforty.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/kukeri-mummer.jpg
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>>8939208
Oops. Wrong link.
http://animeusa.org/2015/10/20/anime-usa-2015-programming-schedule/
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>>8935379
CTicon is the only con I know of that's declining in attendance now
Last year was so empty it was sad
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>>8935617
Victim blaming much ???
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>>8940499
No, but the con certainly isn't to blame, either. The shuttles ran plenty late. The game room was being held in the con's secondary hotel, which is presumably why it was open so late--people there could just go up to their room.
Hartford is consistently ranked as one of the most dangerous cities in the country, and has the highest homicide rate in New England. Walking through downtown at night is stupid. It's not like there was some big event going on -- they could have just left the gaming room in time to get the shuttle. They chose to stay past the time the shuttles run and walk back. The con's not to blame for that. And I say this as someone who doesn't really even like CTCon. They fuck up plenty but muggings aren't their fault.
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The very first T-Mode.

Nothing on that schedule actually happened when it was supposed to happen.
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>>8934430
What are you talking about? The DC convention center, unlike the BCC, is just a big box. The problem with Baltimore is their center is this cluster of little boxes they just kept adding on to--narrow hallways, weird layouts, not enough big open spaces. That's what makes it a pain. DC will solve all that.
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>>8937745
So what? Shit I go to Colossalcon for:

>The waterpark
>Cheap drinks
>Big nerd parties
>The flea market (might just be me, but I find this cool)
>Beach/summer-themed cosplays
>Cedar Point
>Maybe the Rave or video game room for a little bit for funsies

I don't attend their awful panels, so the fact that "if you took away all the good things" it'd be shitty con doesn't bother me. Plus, most of your complaints are that the programming/events are of lackluster quality, not so much because of management issues. Like I said, if you are going for traditional programming, you are going for the wrong reasons and you may as well skip it in favor of any other con. The demand for rooms is sky high so I assure you, you won't be missed.
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I'm just tired of colossalcon because of how overcrowded it is. And it seems like they are kind of stuck, because like everyone said, no one would go if it wasn't at the kalahari. I really liked Daishocon, and that kalahari is bigger and could probably accommodate more people. But eventually they would still hit the same problem.
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Gamescom
The good
>REALLY low ticket prices
>good chances to actually meet some real game devs and get stuck in
>the con to end all cons
>something like a hundred thousand other nerds turn the inner city of Cologne into an exclusion zone for normies
The bad
>unless you know someone living in Cologne / book in July IN THE PRIOR YEAR / come with a camper van you will not get a cheap place to sleep period
>oh god the waiting lines
>SOMETHING LIKE A HUNDRED THOUSAND OTHER NERDS TURN THE INNER CITY OF COLOGNE INTO AN EXCLUSION ZONE FOR NORMIES
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>>8944229
Oh I'm sorry, I got that wrong, about 250.000 nerds that is
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>>8944123
I've never gone to Diasho con but I have friends on staff who swear up and down it's the "greatest con Wisconsin has ever seen!!1"

What was so bad about it, I usually forget about it until I start seeing...really bad cosplay pics on facebook
Is it even cringier on person or is it just "meh"?
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>>8935394
NY? I had some friends go there from the last one they had (two years ago?) and they said it was pretty boring. But they had a cool DJ for the "rave'

Is there such thing of a good con in New York? I usually go out of state.
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>>8944256

The con and people are meh. It's more of a real vacation than it is a convention. The reason I really like it is because it gives you an option to just get away from the con when you're animed out.
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>>8944256
NoBrand wised up and moved to the Dells now. I guess they realized that people liked having the option to leave and go in a waterpark if the con became too boring. As for Daisho I haven't been in a few years, but it's ok.
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>>8945243

When I saw that, I was pretty excited and added it to my list of cons. Is it sad that this is a reason for me to want to go to a con? To not actually go to the con?
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>>8943420
But the DC Convention Center lacks good amount of open space anywhere outside for group photo shoots...plus its internal design is a mess for group shots. And good luck getting cosplay down those narrow escalators going to exhibit hall. And let's not forget DC parking is the worst.
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>>8935700
Not that Anon, but here's my take.
>tickets were more on the expensive side
>there was NOTHING to do except shopping
>seriously, they had a fashion show and the interview, and in between hours and hours of nothingness
>only food was overly sweet stuff
>no space really to sit down and talk, especially since all the free space was taken by buttloads of people who took pictures
>it took months until the photographers released any pictures

>tea party
>food took OVER AN HOUR longer than promised
>food service was shit, some tables had to wait 15, some over 60 minutes to recieve the first food
>there was a raffle, otherwise nothing to do

On top of that, I had the misfortune to be pretty much alone at Regalia. I wanted to go with two friends, one had to cancel and the other one couldn't make it to the Tea Party. I didn't really know anyone else there, so all the hours of nothingness felt even more boring. No one talked to me, at all. I tried to approach some people but pretty much gave up after a few times. At the Tea Party I managed to sit next to a girl I talked to at Regalia, but she mostly talked to her friends and didn't even try to include me in any conversation.

Maybe I met the wrong people, but all in all the London comm was the most unwelcoming comm I have ever seen. I have been to several other big events in other countries, and never have I been treated with so much stuck up attitude and exclusion than at Regalia. Never going there again, unless I can make sure I have some friends with me who will actually talk to me.
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>>8933809
>>8938141
Funny story about Colossalcon and bootlegs. Apparently the owner of the convention, or like a chair or some shit, owns a shop and sells bootlegs at colossal. He's even kicked legit dealers out for complaining about his bootlegs. The reason it's the same shitty, bootleg dealers year after year is because the guy doesn't want legitimate competition.

Fortunately a lot of shows are cracking down on this, and though Funimation are sometimes huge jerks about it, it does benefit everyone in the long run. If Funi is at a show it's likely there won't be bootlegs. Support American business guys, a lot of these shops are just mom and pop anime nerds.
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>>8947293
I assume you're speaking from experience at Awesome Con? I haven't been to that one, so I don't know. It's true the BCC has lots of otherwise useless outdoor space (and a fountain people can't stop messing with). Maybe in DC try Gompers Park two blocks to the west for open space.

But to say DC's layout is "even worse" than the BCC is not even remotely true. The BCC has endless narrow passageways leading to all its many cut-off, out-of-the-way parts. These become massive chokepoints. The open design of the DC convention center should solve that and make the overall experience more pleasant.

I mean, there's more to Otakon than cosplaying. But I hope the cosplayers can make it work there.

Oh, and there's plenty of nearby parking. It's not cheap, but neither was Baltimore. Park overnight at the Greenbelt Metro in the designated spaces for up to ten days, and metro it in.
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>>8947910
Another case of "don't believe everything you read on cgl", because this is 100% bullshit.
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Acen

but I go every year...
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I have really come to hate Supanova. Gold Coast in particular sucks. Gotta line up in the hot sun while the staff take forever and the only water is like $6 a bottle. The venue is already too small, which Supanova doesn't help by overselling on capacity and packing too many vendors in with not much space between them. People with disabilities can't get into the vendor area at all and people have panic attacks due to the claustrophobic conditions. Going in is like running through a gauntlet where bruises and crushed toes are just part of the experience.

Worst part is that even though it's a pop culture event, they've totally stripped out all anime content. Years ago they had Japanese voice actors and directors, anime panels, and quizzes. Now nothing. Closest you get might be Vic Mangina visiting against the hundredth time, but for the most part they've even gotten rid of the English voice actors too.
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>>8937745
honestly i feel like colossalcon is the con that cosplayers go to as an excuse to do slutty bikini cosplays
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>>8950928
>slutty
>bikini
I mean, it's at a waterpark, of course people are going to use it as an excuse to do swimsuit cosplays but calling that slutty is a massive stretch.
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in my younger, weeaboo years I worked at a maid cafe at this tiny convention in texas called sonicon.

yeah.
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MCM London. Overpriced bootleg shitfest. Shit unknowns for 'special guests'. Full of weeaboo children and Tumbrfags. It's just a big dealers hall that you have to pay £50 to get into. I have no idea why they call themselves a convention.
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>>8933780
i used to enjoy otakon when i was younger and i havent been to a con in forever but im going to ota this year. They're supposed be moving it to DC next year. Hopefully it will be better
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>>8950928
>cosplayers need an excuse to slut it out in bikinis
>at literally the only convention where a swimsuit is recommended
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>>8950448
If only there were badges based on privilege. I only really get a badge to go to the Dealer's Hall/AA and walk around the gaming room. I don't go to panels and I never feel like standing outside for the rave in a standstill line. Maybe next year I wont even buy a badge, just hang out in the Hyatt Lobby the entire time.
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>>8950987
We don't talk about sonicon. But where the heck was the maid cafe? I wasn't aware there was anything other than the dealers & game room
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>>8936101
>kraken con
tell me!

i just moved here for work and saw a bus stop sign for it
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Omniexpo this year
Too much dramu surrounding con, shit staff, shit competitions (some of the entrants were alright though).

Also the panels were really out there. Like they all seemed really niche and that just does not work for a small con. It made all the panels empty except for the ones hosted by the Heroes of Cosplay cosplay guests.
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>tfw AX not mentioned

First time going with the bf, so I'm hoping it isn't total shit.
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>>8935605
Similar:
>steampunk fair
>there are like 4 or 5 vendor areas spread across two hotels
>one of these rooms is a small conference room off a hall near the restaurant
>my table is of course in here
>first issue: the tables were normal length, but only about half as wide as normal (like maybe 16 inches across)
>second issue: its hot as fuck because theres only one entrance and no airflow
>third issue: we aren't on the goddamn maps because the hotel gave the con wrong information about setup
>the hotel also decided to not have the restaurant open during the con, so there was no reason for anyone to wander down the hall and accidentally find us
>us and the other vendors took to routinely walking through with a makeshift banner advertising the "secret" merch hall
There was a fuckton of other issues and almost all of them was the hotel being straight up dicks. I haven't been back since most of the reason to go was for my friend I was vending with, but I think she said they switched so the other hotel was the main one... which was a more spacious, more photogenic hotel with a decent restaurant and didn't have issues with concierge straight up lying and forcing congoers out.
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