I went to A-Kon [link]
in Dallas this weekend. It was great fun and I got to meet some great artists face to face like:
(thanks for allowing me to be your guest!),
Went to a interesting panel on traditional art in webcomics paneled by
. Saw lots of beautiful artwork. Saw some very inventive costumes. Watched an incomprehensible Japanese anime movie.
While I had a wonderful time there's a few things I plan to do differently next time (and there will definitely be a next time):
1. Take time off work so I can do the whole weekend. I couldn't do it this time since I had just gotten back from vacation.
2. Prepay my membership online to avoid that on-site registration line.
3. Repeat - take time off work so I can attend more classes/panels/etc.
4. Take bottled water and snacks with me so I don't expire.
5. Wear a costume! I love costumes and this would have been a prime time to do it. I hesitated since I thought I needed an anime/manga type of costume but I saw steam punk, StarTrek, a little bit of everything.
6. Bring a sturdier backpack - I managed to rip a hole in mine. Luckily I didn't lose anything.
Some things I did right!
1. Went real early on Saturday so I could stand in the aforementioned lines. Also gave me a chance to wander around without so many crowds.
2. Took the light-rail train down to the Sheraton so I didn't have to deal with driving and parking.
3. Did as much research prior to going so I could plan out which artists to look for and what events I could crowd in.
4. Brought plenty of cash so I could scarf up books/bows/anything else I wanted.
5. Wore sensible shoes (need to keep this in mind for future costuming) since I was on my feet for almost the entire time. This was the primary reason I watched that Japanese anime video. The cool dark room with plenty of seats available was very attractive around 2:30 in the afternoon.
Now to prepare for A-Kon 23!