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piratetrishDate: Tuesday, 2011-07-26, 11:17 PM | Message # 1
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Hey everyone! Nice to meet you. Any of you con goers? I've been to a few, run a table once or twice - but I like to hear about other people's favorite cons. Do you go to them? What's your favorite thing about them?

I like meeting artists and... shopping. Shopping is insanely important. Anything that keeps me from paying shipping (but online shopping lets you know if they're ripping you off!)

So let me know what you're into!
 
NonameXPDate: Sunday, 2011-08-28, 0:11 AM | Message # 2
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I'm not necessarily into them. I've only been once, but I have a few friends who have gone to quiet a few. Last time I went to one, it was 2004. Anime overdose. I liked the masquerade. It was funny and very entertaining. Yeah the things there are sometimes too expensive. I got that from the first time I went. (First and only time)
 
HatsuneMikuDate: Wednesday, 2011-11-02, 1:35 AM | Message # 3
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Sadly, I've never been to a Convention :/ However... I've always been intrigued by them and alwyas wanted to go to one (Pacifically a Anime Convention). However I've never had the time or they were just to far away for me to go to. However there is one Next year that is only a 1-2 hour drive from where I live in May. So I plan on going there. I'll be sure to post about it when I come back.
 
AnnDate: Thursday, 2011-11-03, 0:06 AM | Message # 4
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The Career expo or convention is where teens go to grab free stuff been there and anime convention too!! Over where I live it's boring so I stopped attending
these events and that's ot! HOHO
 
sleeping_wolfDate: Saturday, 2011-11-05, 1:02 AM | Message # 5
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I've been going to this on convention for a couple of years, Manifest(Melbournes anime festival) it wasn't that big when i first attended but its getting bigger each year
it's always a fun experience, in which i manage to get over my shyness for those couple of days >w<
i always enjoy meeting the different artist who set up stalls and attending panels
 
KleinkDate: Saturday, 2011-11-05, 5:14 AM | Message # 6
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Hi there! I've been to the AnimagiC here in Germany three times, but I personally wouldn't visit again. The first year was awesome but the following two years the program became more and more mainstreamed and the atmosphere less friendly. Might just be me, but the third year I visited I was downright uncomfortable there. Might have something to to with manga becoming more and more popular over here so the crowd consists of more average joes and janes and less nerds bye
 
NieDate: Monday, 2011-11-07, 7:58 AM | Message # 7
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I used to go to a few conventions in my country back when they were smaller. These days they're too big and bustling for someone like me. They just make me too tired these days. Maybe it's my age that's starting to show.

And like Kleink said, more casual fans and less actual nerds. Also... the crowds seem so... YOUNG these days.
 
MomperDate: Wednesday, 2011-11-16, 9:44 PM | Message # 8
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Hallo! I am Monika.
I went to a convention in Hong Kong once when I go see some friends there. It was very big and so many people! Many booths with games, free items, a large artists section, a BJD display, and many others. It was very nice, but so crowded!

I also go to a few mini conventions in San Francisco when I go visit my sister. We visit Japan Town and they always have nice mini convention there every year. Smaller and not so many people but still very nice.
 
FuzzyCitrusDate: Saturday, 2011-12-03, 0:46 AM | Message # 9
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I've been to several--for some of the stuff I want (particularly a few of the doujin) it's something of a split between there, eBay, and getting it shipped from Japan...and a few non-anime cons to meet up with friends. Main tip: go with friends, if possible ones who've been to the particular con before.
 
dwindlingDate: Wednesday, 2011-12-28, 12:35 PM | Message # 10
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My cousins brought me to a convention in Shanghai once, back when I didn't know what a convention was. It was more geared towards merchandise than books, if I remember correctly. It was fun though.
 
MiertenDate: Friday, 2011-12-30, 1:05 PM | Message # 11
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I enjoy looking at the costuming the most. I tend to look at them from a "How would you make that?" approach.
Had some friends who went to dragoncon in Atlanta. Loved going through their pictures.
 
Roy13Date: Sunday, 2012-01-01, 11:25 AM | Message # 12
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Hi,
In my country we have a lot of anime and manga conventions. I go a lot in those con cuz I help some friends. But actualy I like going there to meet my friends, see the artists, cosplays and presentation.
But some times I get boring or tired. XD
 
lochnessasaurDate: Saturday, 2012-01-07, 5:57 AM | Message # 13
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I've been to Fanime, Otakon, and Katsucon. I think what you get out of a convention really depends on your personality, your interests, and who you go with/meet. I went with/to meet up with friends, which was great! Most of us weren't too into cosplay or art (although some of us were), or didn't feel like going to all the events, but it was okay because we got to hang out. I definitely visit the dealers' rooms the most to browse through items. It's a great way to find cute things and also artbooks that are harder to find online. I would definitely advise first-time con-goers to have at least one good friend with them, and also that they check out the event schedule to see if going three days is worth it to them (you'll get sooooo tired after a while).
 
tsuzukeruDate: Wednesday, 2012-01-18, 11:41 PM | Message # 14
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I've been to many conventions. I've never counted but I think the number is close to 30 by now. I have to say that the best one I've attended, that stayed consistantly good throughout the years, has been yaoicon. Its changed with the times but still stayed true to its audience and always takes the fans into consideration. I've never been to a yaoicon where I've said 'Never again!' which has happened at other conventions for me. Staying power is important and the feeling that you matter to those that run the convention is a huge plus.
 
mistiknitDate: Wednesday, 2012-02-01, 8:33 AM | Message # 15
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i like anime convention because all of the anime stuff i can see and buy. i also like to watch the anime cosplay...i'm amaze of all the cosplayer and how creative they are when they created their costume
 
story645Date: Friday, 2012-02-17, 3:11 PM | Message # 16
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I've never been to an anime, manga or comic convention, but I keep trying to con friends into going to one with me. I went to one of the early Harry Potter con years ago, and even co-ran a discussion on gender stereotypes.
 
blubDate: Sunday, 2012-02-19, 4:58 PM | Message # 17
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I've never been to any conventions. My sister however have gone to Yaoi-con twice and have brought back pictures and other stuff. It seems extremely busy and crowded which isn't my type of thing.
 
ShaynekoDate: Sunday, 2012-02-19, 11:46 PM | Message # 18
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I work one of the major Conventions in the US. Project A-kon, I run the jpop room there every year and always have fun. Its huge though I want to go to Yaoi-con but I just cant really afford two cons a year. Its bad enough I go back to texas at least three or four times a year for random things. The convention is just around the corner too so I feel like I am so busy doing all the programing for our room, but its totally worth it.
 
MidoriDate: Sunday, 2012-03-11, 2:30 AM | Message # 19
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I've never been to a convention, even once! So, I'm feeling really glad and jealous that most of you that posted here went to one. I've seen a lot of advertisements in Animax about how there's going to be a convention in some places but I just can't go. It's not like I don't have time, it's just that my mom thinks it's useless (mom is not fond of anime because she says that the anime eyes make up half of the face, the girls are too thin and such) and we're not that rich to travel faraway just to go to an anime convention. My mom also ALWAYS says that the generation of anime and manga today will be forgotten and new ones will come in, so what's the point in buying small figurines of anime which cost a lot and all you're gonna do to them is display them in your room? She says she'd rather buy me manga.. I know, my mom controls my life, but she does have a point.
If you're wondering why I talk about is rules from my mom, it's cause my dad doesn't really care how to use our money as long as we're happy..


I love reading manga I love my mom~!
 
KanokoDate: Wednesday, 2012-05-02, 7:03 AM | Message # 20
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I've attended two of the largest local conventions to meet up with cosplayer friends, and I can't say I'd like to relive the experience anytime soon. I'm really not a fan of crowded events, unfortunately. It was really interesting though. I think I spent most of my time looking for artists to commission than actually looking around.

Most conventions I usually go to are related to education or business, heh.
 
shimaDate: Tuesday, 2012-10-09, 8:07 AM | Message # 21
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i've been going to a few local conventions, though sadly there's never been any yaoi-cons (cause it'll cause a super riot by some major fanatic organizations). i'm not really fond of the crowds, cause sometimes they are just, looking and stopping in the middle of the road. it'd be better if they're taking pics of cosplayers, but no, sometimes they just have to stop and chat in the middle of the walk way. i buy lots of things, like pins, keychains, phone straps, shirts if there's any, artbooks if there's any, and most of all, figurines. i spent way more than i suppose to whenever i go to conventions.. scary for me cause i thought "i gotta have it!" all the time.
 
KumikoDate: Tuesday, 2012-10-09, 7:19 PM | Message # 22
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I think conventions in each country are different.

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Hi, In my country we have a lot of anime and manga conventions. I go a lot in those con cuz I help some friends. But actualy I like going there to meet my friends, see the artists, cosplays and presentation. But some times I get boring or tired. XD


I have the same feelings. Maybe I get too old already. But I go to conventions to meet friends from all over the country, and watch the cosplay.
 
freresDate: Thursday, 2012-10-11, 0:46 AM | Message # 23
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Have been going to fandom-related conventions since 1983; a large variety of Science Fiction Conventions, including SMOFCon (a con on running cons), Sakuracon several times (mostly escorting my daughter and a couple of her friends), and was actually the Secretary for a SF convention for three years. After my children were born, I pretty much got 'out' of conventions (gafiated - "Getting away from it all") for several years but am now starting to attend once more. I have always been more of a reader than a panel attender. I also make costumes or props for my family; occasionally for myself.
 
ShuurinDate: Saturday, 2012-10-13, 11:55 AM | Message # 24
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Hi!:D
I think I've only been to 2 anime conventions and that was a long time ago; way back when I was addicted to anime.
The first time was sponsored by an international channel so there were a lot of great stuff and mangakas came too!
I was so happy to see Yuu Watase, my favorite because of Fushigi Yuugi. So yeah, long time ago but still fun.^^
 
Moon-AngelicaDate: Sunday, 2012-11-04, 0:39 AM | Message # 25
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We only really have one con in NZ which happens a couple of times a year in different cities. It's pretty much pop culture not just anime/manga so there's generally only a bit. The last couple of years though the gamers have really started taking over with the major brands taking a lot of the floor space.
 
solaceDate: Monday, 2012-12-24, 4:24 PM | Message # 26
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I've been going to conventions for about 3-4 years now and in total, have attended about four different conventions (where only one is out of state so far). Typically, I hide away in the artist alley, as my sister is an artist and I assist her most of the time I'm in a convention. I haven't found any panels that have greatly interested me thus far and while I've attended one yaoi panel in one of the conventions, I didn't do much in it. I'm headed, in January, to another out-of-state convention, Ahn! Con (a smaller, first time, yaoi convention) located in Kansis City, Missouri. I've already looked at their schedule and some of the panels are of interest to me. I'm hoping I'll actually enjoy myself at this one instead of just hiding away in the AA.
 
RiiNDate: Wednesday, 2013-01-02, 11:21 AM | Message # 27
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I haven't been to any conventions although I wish someday I would. I always missed the info. I always knew after the convention ended (usually from the articles in magazines shock ). And nowadays RL was wo busy that there's not much time available to do things I like. *cry*
 
madcinderellaDate: Monday, 2016-01-11, 6:01 PM | Message # 28
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I go every year to a convention in my Country. I love the cosplayer. I like to visit more events this year
 
hikaru_424Date: Saturday, 2016-02-27, 6:52 PM | Message # 29
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I kind of want to go but at the same time I don't really want to. My sisters have gone to Yaoi-con three times and they want me to go but I always find a reason I can't.
 
kat_cDate: Monday, 2016-02-29, 3:07 AM | Message # 30
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I've only been to Anime Expo in Los Angeles, but I've attended many times, both as a regular attendee and as an artist alley assistant! So far, I really like going to conventions. I've met up with friends there and bought lots of things from my favorite artists! It's nice to see the people behind all the artworks I've long known and loved. Perhaps someday I'll get my own artist alley table and sell some merch (if I ever start drawing fan art /nervous laughter).
 
mea13_blueDate: Monday, 2016-07-04, 7:39 PM | Message # 31
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I'm going to a yaoi themed anime con this Saturday here in my country (Philippines) named BLushcon :D and it is so amazing cause there are lots of artists commissioning and selling their wonderful art (their gay ass art haha) the only thing I can tip first time con goers is to bring as much money as you can haha I only bring what I want to spend from my money cause if I bring more than necessary then I'll end up being poor (but seriously though try and limit your budget cause the arts and merchs at con are seducing you to buy them so BE WARNED)
 
kitsunechan13Date: Tuesday, 2016-11-01, 1:21 PM | Message # 32
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I've been going to cons since I was 13. I live in the Baltimore/DC area so Otakon and Katsucon are the ones I've frequented the most (though Otakon has gone downhill in recent years). Dragon*Con and MAGfest are probably my current favorites since I don't watch anime as much anymore. I primarily go to cosplay. I've been cosplaying since 2003, and making my own costumes since 2009. It's such an expensive hobby, but what can you do, lol.
 
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