I was 90% sure I wasn’t going to write this post. Most of my SDCC photos turned out to be a bust; in fact I’m still not really happy with the keepers. But between the Bishoujo Lady Deadpool figure and the cosplay, I figured there was something worth posting.
My first – and possibly only – anime con of the year just wrapped up! ACen is always an exciting time for me as I get to meet my con buddies and speak to industry folks. But this year’s con was decidedly less business-oriented as I came with a group of friends who had never been to an anime con before. Even so, they wound up showing admiration for great cosplay.
I normally don’t get into C2E2 as much as other cons because there really isn’t much of an anime presence there. But this year I had a pretty good time with all the other stuff at the con. Of course I’ll be dedicating this post to cosplay and some of the other sights around the con – if you’re interested in toy coverage, check out my photos at Tomopop.
If you’re thinking Japanese punk rock probably isn’t in my wheelhouse, you’d be right. However it was a quiet Friday afternoon at Kollision Con and suddenly I heard LOUD NOISES so I decided to check it out. And that’s how I found out about Uzuhi.
I wasn’t able to spend much time at Con+Alt+Delete in mid-December, but this weekend’s Kollision Con was basically a re-do. The Hyatt Regency at O’Hare seems like the go-to place for smaller anime conventions. In fact Kollision Con is the smallest con I’ve been to so far. Maybe Chicago winters are just off-putting to potential attendees? It didn’t have the same density of people or programming as even a midsize con like NDK in Denver. However, as always, I must still bring you cosplay and scenes from the event.
Hey, I’m back! If you’re wondering where I’ve been (besides Comic Con), let’s just say moving in the same week as SDCC means that certain utilities don’t get installed for a while. But now that my internet is ready to go, it’s time to marvel at the sights of SDCC 2014.
ACen isn’t a big event for figure manufacturers, which is understandable because it takes place in Chicago and apparently nobody likes traveling to Chicago. Last year, Good Smile Company brought along some prototypes and recent reveals from Japan (mostly Winter Wonder Festival reveals if I recall). This year, GSC did show up again but didn’t have any new figures – most of their showcase had been released already. So in terms of news coverage, there wasn’t much to do – still I found a few interesting items here and there.
ACen 2014 came and went, but I wasn’t able to get my coverage up due to all the site changes. As I flip through the Guidebook app to see what exactly I did there, I do recall some lessons learned that might be useful advice for solo con-goers. This post will have some general info about the con, panel notes, and some cosplay stories. The rest of the cosplay gallery will go into its own post.
Before we get into NDK 2013, I want you to spare a moment of your time to think about donating to Colorado’s flood relief efforts. I’m sure any contribution you can make will be of great help as there are quite a few dead, injured, or displaced from the flooding. As someone who has seen and dealt with flooding in Illinois this past spring, I can say it’s not pretty.
Anyway, on to the convention report! Nan Desu Kan is the premier anime convention of the Rockies, though I wonder how many anime conventions go on out there. It takes place in southeastern Denver (the Denver Tech Center). Fortunately, we were spared the nasty business of flooding and generally had good weather (though there was a tornado risk for a while). Read on for the glorious details.