Katsucon is an annual 3-day convention which traditionally takes places over the President’s Day weekend in America. This year, it’s 17th edition took place at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. Their activities include: hall cosplay, masquerade, masquerade ball, a maid cafe, karaoke etc. [..]
Wonder Festival is a bi-annual event that takes place in Tokyo at the Makuhari Messe International Convention Center. The Winter edition took place on February 6 and while the event is centered mainly around figures and garage kits, plenty of cosplayers can be found at the event as well. [..]
On November 13 and 14, at Suntec City Convention Center in Singapore took place AFA X (Anime Festival Asia), the most awaited event of the year for the otaku community in Singapore and neighboring countries. Judging from various reports of the participants (cosplayers, photographers, or simply the large public), they seem to have had a lot of fun. The foreign guests included, among others, Kaname and Danny Choo, who attended the event for the second time. [..]
Lucca Comics and Games (October 29th to November 1st 2010) is an annual comic book and gaming convention in Lucca, Italy. Launched in 1966, the event grew in importance year after year, but it’s only in 2006, for the 40th anniversary, that the fair has been moved to the city center; from that edition, the various pavilions are arranged in different squares of the old town and visitors have access to much wider areas and many more services. [..]
Youmacon is Detroit’s first and only anime convention which has been running for 6 years now. Attendees get the chance to meet their favorite anime voice actors, compete for masquerade and cosplay trophies and go through all sorts of interesting activities such as cosplay shougi, scavenger hunt, maid cafe, idol contest etc. [..]
This year at the London MCM Expo, which took place during 29-31 October, participants from eighteen countries displayed their talent and skill at the EuroCosplay final championships. First place went to Leandro from Portugal with his Cain Nightroad from Trinity Blood cosplay; second place was won by Kairi from Poland with her Ashura from Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle cosplay and the third place was won by Karen from Britain who dressed up as Rigaldo from Claymore. [..]
New York Anime Festival and New York Comic Con both took place this year at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan on October 8-10. NYAF features exclusive and extensive anime screenings, guests from America and Japan, manga, cosplay, video games, live-action Japanese cinema, fashion, food, and the cultural treasures that gave birth to Japanese pop culture while NYCC has the latest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys etc. as well as panels and autograph sessions. NYCC is the second largest pop culture convention in America.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. I have travelled to dozens of conventions in seven different countries; indeed, the cosplayers and locations are vastly different, but things are more or less the same. From a photographer’s point of view, you arrive around noon, roam to find people you know, then maybe start taking photos or just socialize. By evening, attendees wrap up and return to their respective accommodation, sometimes accompanied by a dinner group. This is not the case for US conventions.