Okay here's a brief story about my first convention ever:
Spoiler for Kirito's First AniCon:
I was 20 at the time and this person and I booked a day to attend an anime convention at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto. Her parents were nice enough to drive us there, and by the time we got close the more my excitement and anxiety took over. When we got there I was still so nervous and excited that I accidently spilled my coke I was drinking on a passing attendee. Luckily he was reasonable and I avoided a conflict on my first convention. The line up was short and not surprisingly long since we've arrived early.
When I got into the booths their were many unique and interesting cosplayers that I made great conversations with and the atmosphere and being surrounded by creative and fun loving people with a similar interests really made my eye sparkle, at least that's what the girl who came with me said at the time.
I bought a couple of manga, novels, and some accessories. I managed to meet a few famous voice actors (English) and shook their hands and asked questions. During the rest of the day I participated in karaoke, anime music guessing games, and anime screenings. The whole day was so amazing and so astounding, a part of me wanted to stay there forever. Unfortunately her parents picked us up and we couldn't attend Saturday and Sunday because of our jobs at the time.
It was my first convention and one that I'll never forget. That's the story of my first anime convention.
I hope my story didn't bore you.
I'm absolutely crazy about ClariS! The sig I'm using is definite proof of my support and love for their music and creativity. Been a fan since Oreimo and haven't looked back to this day. You saw them live? Really? If you did, you'll definitely make me feel jealous to the point where I would drift into a deep depression. Jk, jk.
At my first convention (I went to two in my life time) the seatings were also free too, but the good spots often got taken pretty fast, well it's do or die at conventions at times. I want to cosplay as something but I can't because of my skin color and I'm not that good looking. I'm thinking of buying a gakuran and cosplaying as an anime high school student at a next convention.
Most conventions that I attended were at famous places that hold venues for celebrities and important business associates. The anime scene is strong among average people but as a business it's not taken as seriously compared to other countries that sponsor those events. Cosplay contest, if you have pics show them to me!
Your country and the place you live looks really pretty. I'll definitely put it in my top 5 places to visit before I hit 30 list. It looks really convenient and huge to hold many conventions/events, truly impressive. Thanks for sharing with me.
I'll be sure to takes lots of pics, you have my word! Really, I also have a couple of relatives in Mississauga too, weird coincidence.
Since you've shown me a bit of where you live. I'm show you my a bit of mine. It's not as fancy as yours but I hope you'll like what you're about to see, enjoy!
Well then. What was that first con like? Fun, exciting, a bit tired by the end of the day perhaps?
You seem like a true Claris fan. I've enjoyed their performance of Oreimo opening theme.
Btw, the seats at the anime cons I've attended are free for all, it's first come first served so secure a good spot as early as possible. They give band schedules anyway, so I know what time to roaming around and take a seat for the evening.
Conventions here are different sizes. Fairly small ones that are free admission (like the one I recently posted), large ones sponsored by manga groups or TV Stations (these are often done at WTC or SM Megamall Megatrade Hall), and really large ones held at Mall of Asia. At Cosmania happening this September, there will be guests from Japan and my cosplayer friend is saving up for premium tickets (I think only those with premium tickets can get close to the japanese guests). It's a large con, because it's also the time where final rounds for Cosplay Tournament of Champions will be held (winner will be the Philippine's representative to Anime Festival Asia 2012).
Ok, I'll be expecting the pics then. I bet they would be nice.
Oh, so you're a Canadian. I have some relatives living in Canada. They live in Mississauga.
As for me, I live in Metro Manila (Quezon City area).
I'll take that into consideration. The pictures you've taken at least to me shown that you were having a great time, and the people there as well. I don't think the type of camera matters, just the overall experience. When it comes to conventions I just want to bring out the best in what I take and not half-ass it because the overall experience is astounding. I remember my first convention, but that story will be saved for another day if you're interested in hearing it. Thanks I plan to engage more in photography a bit more when I get a new camera. I'll let you know how that goes.
Really? Oh well, at least the bands and whoever attended were having fun right, so that's all that matters. I would kill to see a ClariS like duo sings their songs on stage, and I'll fight for the 1st row seat spot. They're just so awesome! Of course I'll sell an organ or do whatever to see the real them life. The ClariS fan in me is really quite scary... oh well, they rock so that's all that matters.
I thought cons were a lot bigger in the US because of the content you get. You get the bands, artists, directors, and seiyuu's and we in Canada hardly get squat. When I do attend a convention you'll be the first to know, and I'll definitely show you the pics I take from there, Canadian style!
About the method of taking pics, the people at cons are a mixed bunch - people using cellphones, people with small digicams, some with what looks like professional phoptographer cameras, and I even saw one person with tripod and lighting equipment. Goodluck with your dreams then. ",)
Well, the audience is not the size you see in large concerts. After all, the main theme is the anime convention, the bands are just a part of it. There's at least 50-60 people watching that night. I was at the 4th or 5th row of seats in front of the stage.
People in the US don't like to do cons often? If one happens in your area, maybe you can take pics too? Curious to see how cons are done in the US.
I'm glad you liked them, particularly the first one. I'm thinking of getting into photography because taking pictures is pretty fun and interesting, plus I'm studying to become a writer as well. so I might pursue both fields as I get more used to working with a camera. As for the pics, I took the pictures with my Iphone 4S. Weird, but I just suddenly had the urge to take it because the scenery was so astounding and clear at the time.
There's nothing more beautiful than watching a sunset on Ottawa's own Parliament Hill. I plan to take a photo of a sunrise from up there soon. So that's how you do, okay, thanks!
Oh yes, I watched the link and the band is pretty interesting. There didn't seem to be a huge crowd though, but it looked like they were having a good time. The camera was a bit shaky and the volume was off at times, but none the less it was really interesting. Thanks for sharing.
Can't wait for the next convention to hit my area, this could take awhile.
It's okay, I know the feeling. I'm no great photographer either but I'll learning to do it as a side hobby. Here's a sample of a picture I've taken on a certain thread not to long ago. Note: I don't know how to single link a thread yet.
Yeah, I personally think your cosplay pics were great and the people who had their pictures taken looked to be having fun. That's my opinion and it's a genuine positive respond, no lie. They're great!
Yeah, I'm from Canada, Ottawa to be exact. I know, but conventions look more fun to me if I have something to buy. I still haven't built my anime collection yet, and with the new job that I have, it's now possible.
I read your PM and I'm going to take a look, and be sure to give me your thoughts of the photos I've taken. See you in a bit!
Thanks. Some of the pics aren't really that great, because I'm not a professional photographer. I always try to be polite and ask permission first before taking a cosplayer's pic, and thank them afterwards. Met some friends that way.
Checked, I thought you're from the Philippines. Anyway over here you don't really need much cash to enjoy conventions. Only need a ticket and you can stay all day, cons here often have live bands at night and the seats are free. This last con I attended, even the admission is free (not kidding) - we are in the 4th floor of the mall, there are people on the 5th looking at us and Superman (the stage host) is saying to those people "come on down here we have lots of seats! "
That being said. It does help that you have a job - you never know if you will see a figma that you want, so it's good to bring some pocket money if one of your goal in a convention is to take home anime figurines or other semi-expensive stuff.
Really amazing pictures of the conventions you've attended. I haven't attended a conventions in a few years now, and to be honest I'm quite jealous but happy that you're meeting interesting cosplayers and the like etc.
No problem, the convention pics you've shared is motivating me to definitely go to the next convention available and more from now on. It now helps considering that I have a job that pays really well now. So your post earns a sweet happy "treat" from you me, you've earned it! Thanks for sharing them and I look forward to seeing more from you.