Monthly Archive for July, 2007

ConnectiCon, Days 2 & 3 (and cosplay photos!)

Big conventions, like Anime Expo and Otakon, may have certain advantages going for them, in terms of high-profile guests, industry panels, huge numbers of cosplayers, and so on; but smaller cons are often quite simply more enjoyable. People who attended Mikkakan, back in the day might concur. And, like that earlier con, the joy this past weekend at ConnectiCon was not due only to the relatively uncrowded conditions or to the very modern (and air conditioned!) convention center, but was also palpable in the camaraderie and festive atmosphere of the con goers. Even a reporter from the Hartford Courant emphasized this, in a sympathetic article.

Convention Center Exterior
Inside the Convention Center
The outside (above) and impressive interior (below) of the Connecticut Convention Center.

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ConnectiCon, Day 1

For those who don’t know about ConnectiCon, its a convention that’s happens each summer in Hartford, CT. It’s billed as a multi-genre convention (sci-fi and fantasy), but the main focus is on anime, gaming and web comics. I’ll have a bunch of cosplay pictures later, but right now I’ll just mention some of the things I did yesterday.

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Typical line to get in (I’m glad I preregistered at Anime Next,
because the pre-reg line was much shorter!)

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Anime Next, Day Two

Cosplayers

To start my second day at Anime Next 2007, I went to watch the AMVs. I had missed the first ten or so, and left my ballot behind, so I didn’t even vote. I wasn’t too impressed by the ones I saw, except this one, of course XD. I thought the audio/visual setup for the AMVs was not too great, though. The main events area was just one part of a large space that was subdivided by black curtains. So all the sounds from the main stage could be heard through the curtains everywhere, like in the dealers room and artists alley.

After the AMVs, I focused on taking some pictures of cosplayers and, before I left, I went to a panel on Anime and Anime Fandom in NYC. Three members of the Metro Anime club led the panel. They encouraged audience participation and covered such topics as where to meet other anime fans and where to watch/buy anime in NY. Online forums and blogging were mentioned right near the end, but the emphasis of the panelists was on physically meeting other fans.

Here are some cosplay pictures…..

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Anime Next, Day One

I went to Anime Next today. I did things like buy stuff, preregister for Connecticon (saving myself ten bucks!), and meet Hinano and (briefly) jp. I also took some pictures around the con. I fail at taking cosplay pictures, but there are a few here. More info can be read in the captions. (I’ll post later on what I bought, but it included an issue of Comp Hs with a Konata pencil board that has pleased me well).

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