You’ve done it! You’ve successfully picked and worked everything out for your first anime convention! You’re cosplay(s) is all finished and you stuck, hopefully, to your budget! Now that all your hard work is paid off you can dress up and go crazy!
But before you go, I just want to go over a few things before I set you free. So put your sword down, take off your cloak, and just sit back down. There are just a few things you need to know. You ready? Great, let’s go!
Arriving at the Convention
You may be wondering why exactly I put such a silly little section. Of course arriving at an event is pretty simple, right? Well, it is, arriving to the place isn’t really that big of deal. But I do want to tell you a few things to expect from just pulling up in the car.
There are going to be people everywhere and for some of you it’s going to be a little overwhelming. Trust me, it was overwhelming for me at my first convention too. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed in a new environment especially when there hundreds of people, and they’re all dressed up. Just remember to take a deep breath and not get too overwhelmed. This is supposed to be fun and not something that’ll give you a headache! 🙂 Keep that in mind throughout the weekend!
I’ve briefly mentioned the Dealers Room once before but I never truly explained it. To you guys it probably sounds like this weird place where auctions or something like that goes on. Okay, so maybe that’s what I thought it was when I first heard of it. The Dealers Room is actually the place where vendors sell anime related items. Lots of these items are imported from Japan so don’t forget to bring a large amount of money if you want to buy stuff in the Dealers Room!
Prices range dramatically and you will find that a lot of the same vendors sell the same stuff. For instance a popular item that is sold in a Dealers’ Room are the pastel colored alpacas. They’re super cute and depending on the size (they come in many sizes) the price varies. Some are $5 while others can be around $40 or $50.
The Dealers Room does have hours, I believe the times vary for each convention but on the cons website there should information on their hours. Also, prepare for them to be busy 24/7! People love to shop (me especially) at conventions, so prepare yourself for waves of people trying to see Japanese plushies and sexy anime figurines.
The Artists Alley is like the Dealers’ Room but it is usually smaller, some things tend to be a lot more pricey in this room due to things being made by hand (usually). While you’re in there, you may see a variety of different art types, maybe you’ll see handmade corsets that are fandom themed or possibly you’ll see a booth of just Attack on Titan prints! The possibilities of what art you’ll see is endless! I highly suggest looking around, even if you can’t afford anything.
These panels are a variety of different topics, of course the main one being anime but it’s not just anime it can also be on Lolita, Japanese fashion, dancing, fanfiction and plenty of other things! 🙂 (Though I will warn you there quite a few panels made for people 18 and up so make sure you can go!)
But there aren’t just subject panels, there are also panels with voice actors! At my first convention, I was able to meet and sit in a Q&A panel with Vic Mignogna! If you don’t know who that is, he’s very well known for his roles as Edward Elric from Full Metal and also, the character near and dear to my heart…Tamaki Suoh. ❤ He was absolutely lovely, and it was great to see him in person. Throughout the 2 hour panel. he answered our questions and talked like many of the characters he has portrayed in the anime world! I even got a hug from him and let me just say he gives the best hugs! What was really great though, was that at one point he turned on “Let it Go” from Frozen and sang it with the whole entire room.
But yes, panels are the best things about cons! Well, besides seeing people in other cosplays!
And thus my lovelies, this concludes the convention segment. I tried to keep these last two short and simple and not too confusing. Since the first one was very, very long. I hope that this has been something you enjoyed and if there is anything else you’d wish for me to discuss please either comment or send me a message! I’d love to hear from you! Until next time my dears!