What IS the big draw of ACEN for you?
Posted 02 May 2012 - 08:43 PM
For me...I think it's the community and the cosplay. I love running around and taking pictures and meeting people even if I'm too shy to actually get to know them that well. There are also some friends that I only ever really see at the con, and I also love blowing a year's worth of savings in the exhibit hall. Panels USED to be the big draw for me...but I only made it to one this year because I was too busy chillin' or going to photoshoots.
Posted 02 May 2012 - 08:45 PM
Also Acen is the only convention that is:
1) Not that far
2) During spring/summer months compared to other conventions. I want to go to Youma but the major issue is that it's in the winter time :x
Hero from SMT: DS2, Emmet/Kudari from Pokemon Black and White, Roppi Izaya from Durarara, Hitoshura human form from SMT.
All the random avatars this time are from LJ and I don't own any of them. Some of the avatars are credit to aristocracy, Taku ♫ arthursandwich, noxjustxnoin, imperial-code, dojicons, narrante, dino-cookie, shiroyuki_kun, takerzmuse, and ushitora_icons at LJ. I DON'T OWN ANY OF THE ICONS.
Currently into and playing: All Megaten games, Blazblue series, and P4MU. Waiting for: Pokemon BW2 and BB3.
Posted 02 May 2012 - 09:04 PM
I also looooooove to just browse the dealer's room (and take pictures while doing so!). It's like, the one place my brother and I always go first because it reminds us of our first ACEN where we didn't even know there was "the rest of the con" and only went around the dealer's hall for a bit.
Posted 02 May 2012 - 10:34 PM
Ukraine has breasts.
She has them in spades.
If South Korea and Ukraine were to hook up...
Then South Korea would never have a shortage of breasts ever again.
Posted 03 May 2012 - 09:07 AM
Aside from that, the draws are pretty much the same as any other con - a place to go and meet other fans of stuff I'm into, maybe learn new costuming techniques if I can manage to get into the panels (which is now difficult at every con I go to), an excuse to dress up in crazy costumes and be treated like a celebrity for a few days, and a good meetup for long-distance friends I only get to see a few times a year. The masq and the proximity/timing are really what put it above other cons for me.
Posted 03 May 2012 - 09:19 AM
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Posted 03 May 2012 - 04:36 PM
Posted 03 May 2012 - 05:08 PM
The artist alley and the vendors room are also major pluses <3 Being able to see so many good items all in one place - I'm a very tactile person, and I like my instant gratification, so being able to see the goods I might want to purchase (especially if they are clothes like corsets, or dresses), I really like to be able to feel them. For instance, no offense to Sixh, h.NAOTO, and I think it was Happy Peace Now (it was with the Angelic Pretty section), I LOVE their style so much but I highly doubt I would buy from them, even if I could afford it. The feel of the fabric they use is just SO wrong to me ;-; It's like this really weird polyester and...yeah idk >_>; I also have the seamstress curse so anything clothing related gets translated to my brain as "I know I won't make it...but I COULD make it....for so much less" and that prevents me from buying anything other than corsets because I'm too lazy to make those right now....
Every once and awhile I come across panels that are worth my while if K know they'll be small enough and I don't have to wait in line forever >_>; I did that the first four years I went to ACEN ('07-'10) for Anime Hell and I just don't want to do it anymore ;-;
Posted 03 May 2012 - 06:11 PM
Posted 04 May 2012 - 08:46 AM
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Posted 04 May 2012 - 09:34 AM
ACen 2012 Cosplay: Doctor Who: Tooth and Claw Rose (Friday) | Firefly: Inara (Saturday) | Lolita (Sunday)
Panelist: Final Fantasy MMORPG
ACen 2011 Cosplay:
Tooth and Claw Rose (Doctor Who) | Miwako (Paradise Kiss) | Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter)
Panelist: Final Fantasy MMORPG
Posted 04 May 2012 - 11:53 AM
-The Exhibit Hall and Soap Bubble are the 2 main places I must attend when I am with my friend. This year I only had a few hours with my friend to look around in the Exhibit Hall and I only stayed for a bit at the Soap Bubble to see how the music compared to last year.
-Working in Registration this year allowed me to see what is behind the blue curtains, see how many different kinds of people buy Badges, and I got to explore more places then in all the years I have attended Acen.
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Posted 04 May 2012 - 03:24 PM
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Posted 08 May 2012 - 10:15 AM
Cosplay for ACen 2013: Major Motoko Kusanagi--Ghost in the Shell S.A.C. 2nd GIG, Lucy--Elfen Lied, episode 1 "outfit' ;3 and perhaps an additional. Maaaaaybe :3
Cosplay for ACen 2010, 2011, 2012: Major Motoko Kusanagi--Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd GIG
Posted 08 May 2012 - 10:48 AM
Friday: Tsubaki (Sket Dance)
Saturday: Prince Alexander (King's Quest VI)
Sunday: uh, TMNT geek, lol
See you in the Alley! ^_^
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Posted 08 May 2012 - 02:44 PM
For me, there's this progression of building energy as the show begins to happen that I can never get enough of. I always have a ton of pictures of the hotel turning into a beehive of activity
On Wed everything is quiet, peaceful, the world going about its usual business and the ACen staff as the anomaly, showing up to set up, laugh, push around heavy equipment, and greet all the friends we've made within the hotels' and convention center's staffs. Thursday progresses the tide of congoers arrive: bright colored costumes, vibrant hair, all kinds of music, and this growing anticipation, where everybody gathers in clumps to talk about what they'll see and do.
By Friday, the whole of Rosemont is full of the humming, laughing, cheering, and stampeding of fans. The cheer that goes up every time stanchions fall in the reg line always makes me grin. The ebb and flow of event starting, lines forming, people hurrying from place to place, and stopping to just socialize and share. The place is this amazing cacophony of sights and sounds, that continue to build one upon the other until Saturday evening.
The Masquerade and Soap Bubble are events I love, but calling them a favorite would be like trying to pick my favorite friend or my favorite kind of chocolate - Love 'em all, hard to point at one over another. the transition between the two does mark the point on the roller-coaster ride where we hit the last big exciting loop-de-loop of the weekend - The masq winners are announced, fans flow out of the room, and we turn it into a dance floor. Then that huge line flows into Main Programming , the house lights come up, and Gendo counts us down.
I always sneak in there somewhere to listen to the first cheering bounce of the dance, and the first burst of digital thunder from the DJs. Then I'm on duty, dealing with the patented Saturday Night Crazyness, and it all becomes a blur until I fall down to sleep, then wake up Sunday.
Sunday is more sparse, and a little melancholy, as the reality dawns that the weekend is coming to an end. We do the feedback session, closing ceremonies, and hug and greet and laugh with people about how their weekend went along. Then comes the long, hard night of pushing boxes, moving lighting, and getting all our stuff folded back to a few locations where it can be loaded out and away.
Monday the arc is complete..the hotel staff clean up the last of the strangely colored makeup from the hotel sofas, they put back the furniture that is moved out of the way to give us more walking space, and the hotel goes from Superman back to its usual Clark Kent--cosplayers gone, most of the staff headed home, a few of us still there to sit around Monday night, have a drink, and unwind.
Then, we turn around and do it again! I just get such a thrill out of everybody's excitement, out of the fun we all have, and out of watching it grow and recede like a big, happy tide of every color and description. I think the act of putting on the show is the reason I do the show at this point. So I guess I love it best because of all of you showing up to the party to make it what it is.
Posted 10 May 2012 - 03:48 PM
As for myself there are several reasons why I adore ACen. Firstly it's a small vacation I can take with my family since we can't get out very much due to taking care of my grandmother. So this is a chance to go and have some fun and be a bit of a kid and be someone who I normally can't be around other people. Secondly it's a chance to see friends who come from far away, and close by. Due to work I can see some of my friends but not all of them and I love getting the chance to see everyone in one place. Third it's a chance for me to Cosplay as characters I adore, and have photos taken of it. I also love the number of people that come in costume and just have fun. It's almost like halloween except no candy. Fourth is the chance to find new series to enjoy, the panels and enjoying the company of others that enjoy what I do. Fifth is the fact that I got to run a panel this year and hope to keep running it next year, the nerves of creating it and the fun of making it work...then the thrill of seeing all the people there, it was great, if exhausting. Can't wait till we get to do it again next year.
Over all to Me Acen draws me due to the atmospher, the events (masqurade for example, maybe next year I can go)the fun of others around us and the fact that I can see people actually smiling and happy. Not because they are trying to be cool, but because here all the inner geek all the childness in them, the part of them that people tell them to lock away, can be brought out in one glorious moment where, for once in a great while, they can not only live in a fantasy and explore aspects of a series, or game, or show that they love with others, but they can go back to being that kid on the sofa or in the classroom and talk about the cartoons and anime that gave them a love of the artform and the joy that comes from watching those shows. I hope that made sense.
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Posted 10 May 2012 - 04:23 PM
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Posted 11 May 2012 - 04:02 PM
I'm an artist - so I'm locked to my table for 3 days (by choice mind you!) and so my perspective is a bit unique:
While I love the panels, AMV's, music, guests, and all that makes up ACen I don't get to see it as much anymore. What makes me keep coming back (and as an artist no less) is my customers. And I don't mean handing me money .
It's watching someone bust out laughing at one of my designs - dragging a friend over - and them frantically saying "I must have this!". That I can create something that resonates and entertains someone else is I think at the core of what motivates any manga-ka or artist out there.
All the snippets of overheard randomness that gets me in a laughing fit. Sitting in one spot means hearing some of the most bizarre things as people walk past. Sometimes you have context, sometimes it's better without. A few times I've written it down!
The immersion the cosplayers will go to - there was a Doctor wandering around the alley and a weeping angel a few paces behind that stopped whenever he turned around (I guess there was a perception filter around everyone else ). Or the guy with the head crab stalking a Gordon Freeman cosplayer. The Misa who lost her apple after getting a photo taken at my table - I promised her I'd watch for floating apple cores after that. (Which totally would be an awesome DeathNote cosplay - have a half eaten apple floating above and behind you somehow). But I digress....
Doing a commission that absolutely makes someone's day. Seeing them light up as I show the finished result - because AA is about getting something you can get nowhere else (typically).
Seeing the younger ones too - especially the cosplayer ones. Kids in X-men, Batman, StarWars, etc costumes thinking this WAY better than Halloween even if there's no free candy. Knowing I'll probably see them on their own a few years from now - their awesome parents having shown them this little world where loving books or movies and dressing up and "playing pretend" is normal and cool. Watching the big grin as I tell them how great they look and getting a photo (parent's permission of course), makes them feel like superstars.
Some of it will sound ego-centric if you've never been on this side of the table. It's the same feeling as when I find the perfect item online and share it with a friend and they go "Yes! That is totally me!". It reaffirms that I am close to them and "get" them enough to know their reaction. To have that with a perfect stranger - is giddy'ing. (Shutup, I can make up words...)
I couldn't have that with my online store. I don't get to interact the same way. Sure you can say that's any AA at any con - but not really. ACen has it's own vibe to it. There's a different level of buzz here that I'm addicted to.
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Posted 14 May 2012 - 07:58 AM
Personally, my favorite thing would be cosplay. I love seeing what other people come up with and finding that one cosplay that leaves me breathless. And I love the cosplay that make me want to walk up to the person wearing it and ask them a million questions about how they made it xD (I try to restrain myself from that though lol)
I also love the Dealer's Room/AA. I'll walk around each at least 3 times throughout the weekend, making sure I didn't miss anything and blowing tons of money I don't have xD
And last would be the VAs. Love meeting my favorite character's voices and getting autographs.
Friday: Meloetta [Pokemon]
Saturday: Umi Ryuuzaki [Magic Knight Rayearth]
Sunday: Sytry Cartwright Demon Attire [Devils and Realist]
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Posted 15 August 2012 - 06:32 AM
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Posted 15 August 2012 - 07:49 AM
Posted 15 August 2012 - 08:42 AM
-Cosplay. I love seeing everyone's costumes, and I love dressing up as well. It's really fun at ACen just because there are so many people and it seems like a lot of people save their most elaborate work for this convention. It's so cool to see!
-Artists Alley. Vendors I can pretty much take or leave, because these days you can find most things online, but I love going through Artists Alley and seeing all the creative stuff people come up with. It's really neat to be able to get something unique. My bank account doesn't love it nearly as much, though. XD
-Panels/guests/what-have-you: This varies from year to year, but these can be really fun and informative too!
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Posted 15 August 2012 - 11:07 AM
But the biggest draw about ACen for me, is the atmosphere mainly. I love anime conventions and its the closest one that is big enough for me. So much to do and so many people to see. I love it!
I also kind of go for the dealer's room/artist alley cause I love window shopping ;u;! But I am not heavily into any fandoms this year around, so I'm hoping that stays the same and I can save myself the money
Takanashi Rikka - Chuunibyou
Onoda Sakamichi - Yowamushi Pedal
Tokino - Lamento: Beyond the Void