After editing like a madman, here it is… My Otakon photos are complete!
A few weeks ago, I had the luxury of going to the east coast’s biggest convention, Otakon, down in Baltimore, MD. How did it go? Find out!
Hey guys, the inverseman here, reporting also from Otakon (two weeks ago…). And I’ll be coming straight from the convention floor. While Laevatein did a fantastic job covering the various films and events, I’ll be covering some of the other odds and ends you’ll notice at a convention and a few of the celebrity guests.
On the official side, it so happens that Johnny Yong Bosch and the band he is in, Eyeshine, were at Otakon this year. Now for those not in the know about voice actors, Korean-American Bosch got his start as the second black Power Ranger and then wove his way into our hearts back in the day with LOVE AND PEACE by voicing Vash the Stampede in “Trigun”. Johnny then went on to voice in many, many roles in anime and video games. To add to his repertoire of acting and martial arts, Bosch also has his own unsigned band, Eyeshine.
Greetings, everyone! I’ll cut right to the chase: Otakon was great! I really enjoyed it. Everything about the convention was highly enjoyable (except for the lines, but I’ll get to that in a minute). The first thing I did once I got into Otakon was head for the dealer’s hall. Now the dealer’s hall is huge. Otakon wasn’t joking when they said that an F-16 could take off in their dealer’s hall. Since the dealer’s hall was so large, I had no problem finding any of the items I was interested in. In fact, I snagged a few items that I didn’t think I’d ever find (Gundam: Ecole du Ciel volume 4 is finally in my possession!!). While some may not like large cons due to the amount of people, I think that large dealer’s halls are certainly better than small ones. The artist’s alley, similarly, was also pretty cool. I should point out that the artist’s alley itself felt like it was almost as large as Anime Boston’s dealer’s hall. Not only did it contain the artist tables, it also contained an art auction, where some artists auctioned off their works. As a result, there was a neat little gallery type thing on one end. Additionally, many people got to see the making of the large Otakon ’11 banner. Combined with the number of artist tables, the artist’s alley is definitely a place people who buy art shouldn’t miss.