There are a few things I can add about my experience, and I thought about this before the survey that con, had sent to my email inbox this morning.
I felt as safe there as I did at MFF, really had zero issues. Everyone was friendly and I really had a great time.
Costumes both Cosplay and Fursuits
Frankly, I didn’t see that many costumes maybe 1% if that of the attendees were even wearing one. Literally, the most cosplay outfits I saw in 1 place was at Whose Lion is It Anyway?
and as you can see it was by the people running it.
I want to apologize to any other fursuiter who was there but I only saw 1 and here is proof.
I really don’t remember their name, but they were extremely understanding and posed for that photo.
Other than that you can look at my photos here
Sunday down at Anime Midwest was in a word “INCREDIBLE”. Literally some of the best panels I have ever been to I attended. The very best for me at least was called The Movie Forum hosted by Greyson Bishop, a panel barely 15 people attended. It really got into what people liked and didn’t like about some movies. We even got into films people rarely talk about such as Night of the Lepus. I really wish it ran for more than an hour, it was that good. The most unusual one was Whose Lion is It Anyway? hosted by Zuzu and company. One that is a staple at most fur cons, expect this one was Voltron themed. Was it any good you might ask? Yes, I laughed as much as the rest of the audience.
If the Swap Meet had a host I did not see one, but if you were like me and were unsure what it is. Think no further than any Yard Sale or Garage Sale you have ever been too. You set up on what space you can find as the buyers go past. I managed to sell some DVDs I won’t say how much I made. But I did make back more than half of what I spent at the con.
The rest of my time there was great and more than likely I will be back next year.
Now for what I promised, what was in that Furry Mystery Box.
I think it was a good purchase.
Now on a personal note, my 3DS shook hands so to speak with 9 more yesterday this bringing my total up to 24 for the weekend. Was it worth it? yep again I got so much stuff in those handshakes it literally will take me a couple of days to go through it all.
I would also suggest if you own a 3DS or Switch sign up for My Nintendo. Yes, Nintendo has a reward program when you buy digital games and add-ons. I know the prices of games…ouch.
I am going to Anime Midwest in Rosemont, IL this weekend and I should be there again today in a couple of hours. Overall Anime Midwest is a good anime con. Really it all comes down to what you like, and when you can go. We have 3 anime cons in my area not counting C2E2 which is more a comic/ entertainment con. There are Anime Central, Anime Midwest and Finally Con+Alt+Delete which starts this year. I like Anime Midwest a better than Anime Central as it seems friendlier.
After getting my badge I looked around where the biggest crowds are gathered. The Dealers Area isn’t it always. I swear you can find anything anime related except for videos. All of it good and all of it fair priced, I know some complain but have you ever looked outside of Ebay and see what this stuff is going for? I got a few things, including the Furry Mystery Box.
But more on that on Monday
The panels I have been too are all good there were some technical issues with sound and video displays. In one panel the video projector would only show the color red. But that was all minor issues.
Really my only complaint and I wasn’t the only one was food prices. But anyone who has ever been to Rosemont knows that all too well. The closest places are in the hotels, the others are a very long walk or bus ride away. The best option I found is Expoteria which is connected to the Convention Hall. But still, it can average $15 per person.
On a personal note, I bought my 3DS. It shook hands with 15 others and even though this is the next day. I am still finding things those handshakes benefitted me.
Speaking of which they are going to do a swap meet at Anime Midwest today. I am bringing a few things to see what happens. I have never been to one at a con before, and I am hopeful.
But more on that tomorrow