OMG, I am finally settled enough to finally sit down and talk about Otakon. I had such a blast at the con but I feel like I need to break it down per day because different things happened that made this con good for me and the people that I roomed with.
Check in at the Residence Inn on Vermont Av NW was smooth as butter. The staff was extremely friendly and was always willing to help to us out. It was dope that there was a CVS and other small convenience stores that we could go to just to grab a snack that was in the same area of the hotel. Where we was staying at, it was approximately a 10-15 minute walk to the convention center. While attempting to discover the area, we ran into a great Asian restaurants that had a great happy hour.
I will say that the process of getting our badges was super smooth. The only downside was that the press badge station was not available at the time when I was attempting to get the panelist badge.
Getting used to the new home of Otakon was slightly odd. When it was in Baltimore, the energy of the building out could feel. You could feel the excitement and buzz. This new building was so spacious that I was relaxed....and that was ok. I really did not mind the new area and in reality, the move was needed.
However, the building was so cold. Like they had the air on Arctic. I attempted to just chill around the dealers' room and try to keep my eye on things that I wanted to purchase later, but I just brought a Kigu and stayed warm for the rest of the con.
I even assisted in Doomtastic's Dressforms for Dummies workshop which is always a good time. Go check out their content!
This was the morning that I had to bring my Homura to Hall Contest that Otakon was having. I had to explain everything. I mean EVERYTHING! I had no idea that cosplay contest could be so demanding. Me and my partner in crime did not win; however, if I had the opportunity to do it again, I would only because I know what to expect and what the requirements are. Let's get to the good part: the panel.
The energy of that panel was amaze-balls! I love it when I can make folks laugh, educate them, and leave them wanting more. I can't wait rebuild Anime Boobies with Kurenai Kiba for 2018 con season. Be on the look out for more physics and phuckery!
The Utena photoshoot that I helped co-host with Date Masamune on Sunday was easy and breezy. It was a ton of fun. Thank you for everyone that came out to participate in it. You guys were amazing.
Overall, this was the chillest Otakon that I have had the pleasure of attending. There were no major hiccups with panel rooms or staff not be available/helpful (unlike another con that I participated in). This was a great con for me.
So what next for me. I will be attending Baltimore Comic Con in September then New York Comic Con in October. After that it will be full speed ahead on working on cosplays for Con season 2018!
So what did you think of Otakon? Was the move worth it? Will you be attending next year? Comment and let's talk!