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Nan Desu Kan 2013

Nan Desu Kan 2013: a patch of joy amidst the flooding

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.

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Anime Central 2013: the story of my first anime convention

When I was a younger, dumber version of myself, I thought cosplay was stupid. “Why dress up as something?” I wondered. “The coolest kids wear cargo shorts and sandals.” As I grew up, I realized that cosplay is brilliant. What I want, more than anything, is to celebrate my fandom of various TV shows, games, movies, toys, comics, and whatever else. But at the same time, I can feel painfully awkward in social settings. From being at ACen, I learned that cosplay gives you an easy and immediate visual cue as to who likes what. It was a whole network of people who openly advertised their fandom, like if Facebook wasn’t full of dirty liars.

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