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#1 AJ the Collector on 7 months ago

It's time for the annual thread for everyone's con reports! Mine is taking longer than usual to write up, so for now, here's the template for everyone else to use, now with a new question!


Who did you cosplay as?:

How many days did you attend for?:

Most memorable event/moment:

Most unexpected event/moment:

Most awkward event/moment:

Favourite event/moment:

Least favourite event/moment:

How much money did you spend?:

Best cosplay you saw:

How many pictures did you take?:

How far did you travel in order to attend the con?:

How sad/happy were you when the con ended?:

What variety of food did you eat over the weekend?:

What did you buy?:

Things you won't miss:

If applicable, what could be done to improve things next year?:

And finally, what did you do when you got home from the convention?:

Any additional stuff you wanna say?:

#2 Zoeyromanov on 7 months ago

Who did you cosplay as?:
Friday I wore (my revamped) Rin and Saturday I was Celina, both from Yugioh ARC-V.

How many days did you attend for?:
Just two, Friday and Saturday.

Most memorable event/moment:
I had my first photoshoot, and I had a blast! My only thing about it was that one of my other friends I was with also had a shoot the same time and day on Saturday, so my other friend probably would've been left out so I had him stay with me instead since he's more affiliated with the Yugioh series. And glad to know, he had fun, too! Said it was nostalgic for him to see the OG series so good to know he wasn't bored and feeling left out.
God, I hope I didn't look too awkward in the photos...it was my first...

Most unexpected event/moment:
Uhm, apparently there were Christian protesters at the con? I didn't even notice.

Most awkward event/moment:
Pretending my face wasn't completely red from the sunburn.

Favourite event/moment:
Saw somebody at the Yugioh shoot cosplay Shay from ARC-V, he's my favourite character.

Least favourite event/moment:
Kinda expected, but the long line inside Tim's.

How much money did you spend?:
Around ten dollars, for emergency wig supplies.

Best cosplay you saw:
Hard to say, I guess the dude who went as a bush/plant xD? I loved it!

How many pictures did you take?:
This time I took lots more than last year, including a mini/casual shoot I did with my friend.

How far did you travel in order to attend the con?:
Maybe a little more than hour? That's including wait times for the buses I took, the time it takes to get to the stops, walking the rest of the way to get to the con, etc.

How sad/happy were you when the con ended?:
As usual, bittersweet. Honestly, I really wish I would've seen more.

What variety of food did you eat over the weekend?:
Just had Tim's for breakfast on Saturday, I usually don't eat at the con itself.

What did you buy?:
I actually wasn't planning on buying anything, but I stopped by the Arda Wigs booth for some emergency supplies. My wig kept slipping off.

Things you won't miss:
The heat and sunburn.

If applicable, what could be done to improve things next year?:
Probably a better outlined map of the con inside the guide. A new friend I was meeting at the con had a hard time looking for a certain booth where she was going to pick up a sweater she ordered and couldn't find it.

And finally, what did you do when you got home from the convention?:
Got myself freshened up, had some dinner and relaxed.

Any additional stuff you wanna say?:
I always feel like I could do more at the con than just dress up and go to the dealer's room. This year I had highlighted panels I wanted to go see but never went, unfortunately. I never really get the 'full' con experience and was trying to change it up this year, but oh well.
Here's looking at next year, although I'm not a hundred percent sure I'll be going so I'll be jotting down some ideas as for what I'd like to do for next year just in case.

#3 ShinobiXikyu on 7 months ago

Who did you cosplay as?: Schala from Chrono Trigger on Friday, Abigail from Stardew valley on Saturday, and my 1890's Canada dress on Sunday.

How many days did you attend for?: All three, left Monday morning.

Most memorable event/moment: Not good memorable, but those damned evangelical protesters that showed up on Sunday. I was very glad to see the crowd of attendees around them yelling "Hate Speech!" back at them.

Most unexpected event/moment: Hmmm, can't say I really had one this year. It was pretty tame since I was at my Crafters Corner table for most of it.

Most awkward event/moment: Accidentally going to art-trade at the wrong table! oops! Layout made me think it was that one when it was the one over...

Favourite event/moment: Counting out the cash I'd made at the end of the con! It was damned satisfying and I needed probably a good half hour...

Least favourite event/moment: Again, those protesters. Also, how blisteringly hot it was all weekend.

How much money did you spend?: Not counting crafter table, badge, hotel and gas? About $300 cash and $50 on debit.

Best cosplay you saw: I didn't get to see a whole lot, but I LOVED the Fire-Lord Azula that came by my table! And I got a quick look at the awesome Hercules group on Sunday.

How many pictures did you take?: None. My phone was shit.

How far did you travel in order to attend the con?: About an hour's drive, from Guelph.

How sad/happy were you when the con ended?: Pretty sad, because I still had stock left!

What variety of food did you eat over the weekend?: Onigiri, ice creams, sushi, burgers, pasta, in-room breakfasts of cereal, pound cake, bananas and juice, with LOTS of fruit juices, homemade cookies, and pocky/fancy kit-kats.

What did you buy?: Some prints, an adorable "gecko parent" button and treefrog magnet, an adorable chicken orb plush, a lot of fancy Japanese candy, food, and quite a few Ghibli movies this year.

Things you won't miss: The insane heat! And the protesters.

If applicable, what could be done to improve things next year?: Crank that a/c up some more in the TCC! I was in my coolest outfit on Sunday (All breathable summer-weight cottons, suited for historical dress) and was still sweating.

And finally, what did you do when you got home from the convention?: Watered our garden, then got back on my computer to properly check things again.

Any additional stuff you wanna say?: Hoping to get into Crafter's Corner again for 2019! I was quite pleased with the results as a trade-off for no fancy cosplays or leisurely mornings this year.

#4 AJ the Collector on 7 months ago

I'm glad someone brought up the protestors' hate speech, cause apparently some of them actually DID commit hate speech, even saying outright anti-semitic stuff on top of the usual homo/transphobia and xenophobia.

#5 SuperBee on 7 months ago

Who did you cosplay as?:
Zapdos and Ash inspired kimono.

How many days did you attend for?:
All three

Most memorable event/moment:
Someone commented that I was the God of team instinct. It was on Sunday so that was comical.

Most unexpected event/moment:
Bumping into one of the amazing cosplayers I met at costume con last year. Talented and nice guy.

Most awkward event/moment:
Bumping into people with my zapdos head.

Favourite event/moment:
I don't have one.... It was uneventful.

Least favourite event/moment:
Those protesters who were rude, inconsiderate and shouting insulting statements to me, and everyone else. Especially when they put their phone in my face and yelling scriptures. Then you got the con goers shouting right back and yelling blasphemy at them. Was not a positive space on either side. Should just ignore and be on your way. The police were there but not really we're maintaining the peace.

How much money did you spend?:
Roughly $250

Best cosplay you saw:
These three child transformers that actually transformed. Ant the 3 star Barte from Fire Emblem

How many pictures did you take?:
10

How far did you travel in order to attend the con?:
An hour ish

How sad/happy were you when the con ended?:
Indifferent. Wasn't overly excited for the weekend. It was blah.

What variety of food did you eat over the weekend?:
Not a lot. I don't like to eat in the heat.

What did you buy?:
Three keychains, two gifts, one giant Umbreon, one Pikachu as guzma, green tea kit-kat and one Pocky.

Things you won't miss:
The heat, the stink, and the annoying fanboys.

If applicable, what could be done to improve things next year?:
More choices of vendors, more water stations, no protestors (which is something you can't control but is on the wish list), more variety of panels that might interest me. Also more organization with volunteers at con aid.

And finally, what did you do when you got home from the convention?:
Laid down - the heat made me sick

Any additional stuff you wanna say?:
I didn't enjoy this year as I normally would have. It felt indifferent. I was told that the vendors prices to enter rose so lots of usual vendors were not there. I like owning physical DVDs, I am old school, but there were maybe 3 vendors with DVDs. Perhaps because of my age, I am in the minority because a lot of stuff was geared to younger people. Some volunteers were awesome, and some didn't have a clue. That was a little frusterating.

#6 Zoeyromanov on 7 months ago

[QUOTE=SuperBee;5066859]Who did you cosplay as?:
Zapdos and Ash inspired kimono. [/quote]

Ohmygosh! I think I saw you! Although you wouldn't have been able to see me because I was all the way on the sidewalk walking towards the exit/entrance by the Delta Hotel, and I had changed xD. I was on my way home.

[quote]Best cosplay you saw:
These three child transformers that actually transformed. Ant the 3 star Barte from Fire Emblem[/quote]
Aww, I saw one of them! They were so cute! :D

[quote]How sad/happy were you when the con ended?:
Indifferent. Wasn't overly excited for the weekend. It was blah.

And finally, what did you do when you got home from the convention?:
Laid down - the heat made me sick[/quote]

Aww, sorry to hear you got sick :(
Although I second the part about the con this year. I thought it was just my experience because I didn't do much.

#7 SuperBee on 7 months ago

[QUOTE=Zoeyromanov;5066861]Ohmygosh! I think I saw you! Aww, sorry to hear you got sick :(
Although I second the part about the con this year. I thought it was just my experience because I didn't do much.[/QUOTE]

I would have been kind of hard to miss. Haha
There wasn't a lot of stuff to do I thought. But that's just me. Especially the lack of Pokemon photoshoots. My brother and I would have on the Friday we were a Moltres and zapdos team!

#8 Zoeyromanov on 7 months ago

[QUOTE=SuperBee;5066862]I would have been kind of hard to miss. Haha
There wasn't a lot of stuff to do I thought. But that's just me. Especially the lack of Pokemon photoshoots. My brother and I would have on the Friday we were a Moltres and zapdos team![/QUOTE]

So it was you! Dammit xD! Ahh, next year hopefully. Other than the heat/sickness, hopefully you're better and had fun :).

#9 SuperBee on 7 months ago

[QUOTE=Zoeyromanov;5066864]So it was you! Dammit xD! Ahh, next year hopefully. Other than the heat/sickness, hopefully you're better and had fun :).[/QUOTE]

You and me both! And possibly in cooler costumes.

#10 AJ the Collector on 7 months ago

Oh jeez, I feel sorry for whoever didn't get to take many or any pics :c

#11 AJ the Collector on 7 months ago

Who did you cosplay as?:
My Mayor character from Animal Crossing: New Leaf on Saturday and a generic kittyboy on Sunday

How many days did you attend for?:
All three plus Thursday, stayed til the very end

Most memorable event/moment:
Being a seller at Nomi for the first time, the hilarious evangelical Christian protesters going the extra mile to be crazier and more offensive than ever before, a child eagerly requesting things for me to call for at the Pokemon photoshoot, the bubble party during the final hour, breaking my photo record

Most unexpected event/moment:
A surprise encounter with Sweaty Screamy Line Guy on Sunday

Most awkward event/moment:
Practically being told my poses and expressions as Mr. Mayor are boring (I can't help it, this is a character who needs to be TAUGHT, in his assumed adulthood and by a comedian, how to emote, and most of his possible poses do involve just standing there), facing a bit of a language barrier at Makimono while trying to explain my intended order to a fairly confused (but very patient) waitress/cashier

Favourite event/moment:
The incredibly quick wait on Thursday for badge pickup, chatting for a good while with a staff member and an awesome Super Pochaco at the 25+ Meet, watching In This Corner of the World on Friday night, meeting Dan Salvato, my spur-of-the-moment shout of "Nya-body cares!" at the protesters while dressed in my kitty outfit, the Thor cosplayer giving his speech in front of the protesters and the "Jesus loves hentai" counter-protest and cries of "Hate speech!" that finally drove them out (sadly, however, I only heard about these and didn't get to see them personally), meeting my sister's friend who was super excited to meet me and dressed as Leggy Lamb

Least favourite event/moment:
The con shuttles to and from the Fairfield not running all weekend, not selling much at Nomi, karaoke in the next room making it harder to fully enjoy the movie, being too tired to stay awake for most of the Homestuck Drawmeet, not getting to meet Dameon Clarke, missing the Sunday Love Live photoshoot and Ranma 1/2 OVAs, Cromartie Highschool's screening being cut short, being unable to try the custard taiyaki and takoyaki, losing a good shopping bag with a lot of food, a whole roll of paper towels, a tupperware container and all my ice packs in it because my uncle somehow forgot to pack the bag into his vehicle when we left the hotel

How much money did you spend?:
Nearly $500

Best cosplay you saw:
There's no way I can decide!

How many pictures did you take?:
Over 750 (exact count after clearing out duds still TBD), plus a couple of short videos

How far did you travel in order to attend the con?:
From Thorold

How sad/happy were you when the con ended?:
Let's face it, who's ever happy to witness the end of each year's Anime North? I wish it could happen 365, 24/7. In fact, I was incredibly sad upon leaving it all behind at the end this year and legit almost cried. More and more, I wish Anime North could permanently take over that area and form it into a small village, where people could choose to live at the hotels for as long as they please and work at the local businesses.

What variety of food did you eat over the weekend?:
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, lemonade (regular and cherry), Coke (regular, vanilla, cherry and raspberry), Faygo cola, water, bananas, consomme Calbee chips, Creme Eggs, donut, Harvey's (bacon cheeseburgers, hotdog, fries, Dr Pepper, Mountain Dew, root beer, vanilla shakes), hotel breakfast buffet (cheese omelets, turkey and pork sausages, hard-boiled eggs, cheesy scrambled eggs, toast, Froot Loops, bananas, breakfast potatoes, ham, an assortment of condiments, various kinds of juice, milk), beef onigiri, Ramune, Super Lemon, sakura cookies, Five Alive, chicken dango, croquettes, chicken karaage, tonkatsu, sushi (yellowtail and Inari), ginger ale, chocolate soft-serve ice cream with Oreo coating, gummy, also bought deep-fried custard buns, Japanese lemon pop, Pocky and Puccho that I ate after the con

What did you buy?:
Not counting food: Posters (Love Live Sunshine, Black Butler, Durarara, Attack on Titan, Tiger & Bunny, Blue Exorcist, Advent Children, D. Grey-man), prints (Pokemon, What's Goin' On?, Panty & Stocking), figurines (Dr. Strange, Germany, DC Bombshells Wonder Woman, Palmon, Princess Celestia, Rarity, Twilight Sparkle, various Pokemon, Jewelry Bonney), card lots (Neopets, Pokemon, Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome Amiibo, Final Fantasy Dissidia), a set of inflatable sword thingies, plushies (Ein, Pikachu, Christmas moose, Christmas star, Ayu from Kanon, old-fashioned teddy Beanie Baby, AN-exclusive teddy and bunny), Pokemon clear files, fans (Nyanko-sensei, strange fish), kitty paws, Eric Vale's autograph, Eevee post-it note pad, wall scrolls (generic Japanese scroll, Shizuo and Izaya), Neko Atsume stickers, Korean Pokemon-themed facial masks (Pikachu, Squirtle), books (Garfield comics, Land of the Blindfolded volume 1, Hotel Africa volumes 1 and 2, Shojo Beat), Free luggage tag, framed set of Kanto Gym Badges, Pop Team Epic-esque Nendoroid faceplate, Super Gals notebook, DVDs (Tenchi Muyo volume 1, Steamboy), Gudetama tissue packets, keychains (Gol D. Roger and Ace, Snow Halation Nico, Togepi)

Things you won't miss:
The heat and humidity, aching feet, having to walk to the bus stop and take a crowded bus to the con every day, the idiot protesters, the overall awkward feeling that hung over this year's Random Games photoshoot (more to come)

If applicable, what could be done to improve things next year?:
- There should really be more garbage cans--there were tons of recycling bins, but nowhere near as many places for me to just chuck my garbage.
- We also need far more water stations, I literally only saw one or two all weekend. Water is free, plentiful and very often a necessity, especially in a hot convention environment, there's no reason to be stingy with it.
- There MUST be some way to keep the protesters away next year, right?
- Please, more vendor variety is needed, and the rule against bootlegs needs to be enforced. When a one-night flea market is consistently better for finding a huge variety of stuff, great deals and absolutely no bootlegs than the Dealers Room, there's something very wrong with vendor quality control. Better quality control could also help shrink the area down a bit and not make navigating it such a chore.
- This year's guest roster was decent, but yet again, only a couple of frequently requested ones were brought in, none of the ones who want to be invited were invited, and there were barely any Japanese voice acting guests. The total lack of female Western VAs was weird too, might I add. The guest relations department really should start taking our suggestions and the pleas of those who want to be invited more seriously, and the staff's removal of a guest suggestion and feedback board on the Teahouse forum seems kinda shady to me. Just for reference, btw, Laura Bailey has wanted to be re-invited since she had to cancel in 2006--she's consistently been denied an appearance at this con for 12 YEARS.
- The movies should be shown at more accessible and convenient times. Not everyone wants to be out until almost 2am. Also, the movie room REALLY needs to stop being the one directly next to the karaoke one--it's hard to get immersed in an emotional, dramatic WWII movie when the entire time, the dialogue and mood are competing with people belting out upbeat anime theme songs at the same or greater volume.
- I stayed at the Fairfield, and right there on the booking page set up BY Anime North, we were told there'd be shuttle service to and from the Congress Centre for Fairfield and Hampton guests booking with the AN rate. This never happened, and the hotel staff had no clue it was even supposed to be happening, nor did any of the shuttle drivers. This means someone didn't properly communicate something to them. There needs to be better communication next year to ensure that everyone told they're getting shuttle service, and thus expecting shuttle service, gets it.
- I'm sorry, but there is absolutely no reason the price of admission should still be getting raised, and there needs to be an option to pay with Paypal again. I really don't like the trends this con is starting to show of potentially becoming some corporate crapshow for the high-income, credit card-holding elite.
- I'm honestly kinda getting tired of half the panels being stuff like "Transphobia in anime" (which I have no doubt is constantly filled with the same kind of people you see on Tumblr who think every other character is trans but then insists that the actual trans characters aren't) or stuff about feminism in relation to anime and stuff. And then there are panels that are just so unconnected to the con's subject that people have to seriously stretch to try and connect them, like the panel on the history of Lego, and ones that were rendered just plain useless, like a panel on smarter spending that was saved for the final hour of the con.
- Please, please, PLEASE tell us IN ADVANCE if guests are charging for autographs, and how much they're asking for--NO ONE appreciates finding out when they're moments away from meeting the guest! If Fan Expo can have their guests' prices posted months in advance, so can Anime North!

And finally, what did you do when you got home from the convention?:
Brought all my stuff into my apartment, changed into a different shirt and crashed at my mom's place for an hour or so before heading back across the parking lot to my place, setting up my laptop and falling asleep to the soothing sound of JonTron.

Any additional stuff you wanna say?:
Not the greatest year, but it wasn't a total disaster or anything, and there were plenty of good things about it. Still, I hope next year can be better.

#12 Chipface on 7 months ago

[quote=AJ the Collector;5066875]
- There MUST be some way to keep the protesters away next year, right?
[/quote]


I found them especially vile this year. My girlfriend wrote her MP to see about banning them from entering the country like Westboro is(a bunch of them are from the US). She also wants to organize against them next year too.


Now for my report.


[B]
Who did you cosplay as?:
[/B]Ryu Hayabusa from the Ninja Gaiden series, classic outfit.


How many days did you attend for?:
The entire weekend.

Most memorable event/moment:
My friend getting a lapdance from Sky Blew at the burlesque show.

Most unexpected event/moment:
Those damn protesters

Most awkward event/moment:
See above.

Favourite event/moment:
The burlesque show.

Least favourite event/moment:
Those damn protestors showing up.

How much money did you spend?:
About $300 and a bit.

Best cosplay you saw:
Too many to decide. I did love all the MCU cosplays.
[B]
How many pictures did you take?: [/B]
About 65

How far did you travel in order to attend the con?:
2 hours

How sad/happy were you when the con ended?:
Sadder than previous years. Not as sad as when my first AN(2007) ended.

What variety of food did you eat over the weekend?:
Burgers and fries mostly. And Nutrigrain bars.

What did you buy?:
Figures, SNES games, a book on the history of Sonic. Bunny hats for girlfriend's cats. Not a whole lot. Dealers room was underwhelming. Nomonoichi was better.

Things you won't miss:
The heat, the protestors.

If applicable, what could be done to improve things next year?:
I feel like AN could do more about the protestors.

And finally, what did you do when you got home from the convention?:
Unpacked my shit.

[B] Any additional stuff you wanna say?:
[/B]I need to stop being so lazy with cosplay and start making shit again. I haven't made a new cosplay in years.

#13 xshedevilx on 7 months ago

Who did you cosplay as?: Brigitte Lindholm, Dovahkiin, and Super Sonico

How many days did you attend for?:Thurs-Mon

Most memorable event/moment: Our friends face timing us at the rave screaming 'don't touch me! don't touch me!' while dancing.

Most unexpected event/moment: Being baptized by the church of hentai. Thank you Hentai Jesus.

Most awkward event/moment: Nothing big comes to mind.

Favourite event/moment: Sunday Night family dinner in the hotel room and sharing con horror stories.

Least favourite event/moment: Running panels this year. So many were so awkward, or screwed for time, or people were talking too much, or they were interrupting. It was stressful.

How much money did you spend?: About $100 not including food.

Best cosplay you saw: Bush dude. Big Daddy and Big Sister in the evenings.

How many pictures did you take?: I think around 40?

How far did you travel in order to attend the con?: Not far, about 45 minutes.

How sad/happy were you when the con ended?: Happy I had no more panels, sad to leave my friends and not see a few of them.

What variety of food did you eat over the weekend?: Eggs, bacon, caffeine, steak, bread, fruit. We had a pretty good variety considering we got groceries Thursday night and used a skillet to cook most of the weekend so we only got take out a few times.

What did you buy?: Lewd girls. A tshirt.

Things you won't miss: TERRIBLE panel organization. I've been doing this for over 7 years and this year was a [email protected]#$show.

If applicable, what could be done to improve things next year?: clocks, staff being trained properly, MORE staff, panelists being more informed, limiting the amount of people let in the Nomi at a time. Stagger people.

And finally, what did you do when you got home from the convention?: Unpacked, laundry, and napped.

Any additional stuff you wanna say?:
As much as I love AN for seeing people and amazing cosplays. The con itself is losing its handle on me. Paneling was awful this year, the dealer's room was like a ghost town, and there are too many restrictions for people trying to enter Artist's Alley/Comic Market/Pro Plaza (they seriously cut this into pieces and these poor people want to offer more than just prints geez). The few people who did get in said tables were expensive and they were in such an awkward spot it wasn't great making money (if it didn't get stolen).