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 A-Kon 2017 Report

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by MrAMP, Jun 17, 2017.

  1. MrAMP

    MrAMP No. 1 Fun Guy Community Contributor

    Apr 17, 2011
    Personal Text:
    Too much TMI...Too much TMI!!!
    Salutations all you fantastically fine folks out there.

    I must confess that I’m still running a little behind on all my other obligations as of late; however, I thought it best to knock this one out of the way before I forget yet again.

    Last weekend (Thursday, June 8, 2017, through Sunday, June 11, 2017), the anime convention known as A-Kon was held at the Fort Worth Convention Center, a rather large one compared to the Hilton Anatole from the last year. Before you ask, I was only there from Friday, June 9, 2017, through 5:00 PM CST Saturday, June 10, 2017, as the experience from last year did not warrant the whole four days there.

    I departed from my house at 6:30 AM Friday, June 9, 2017, and arrived at the destination around 9:30 AM. Morning traffic wasn’t so bad, but we did have to duck into Waffle House for a quick breakfast meal. For dinner both nights, I ate at the Spaghetti Warehouse with my dad, who tagged along to run some errands and act as a driver around Fort Worth.

    Once there at the convention center, I managed to quickly grab my badge and t-shirt and started to look around the convention center itself. Like I said before, it was rather large in regards to the main stage; however, the building didn’t have many rooms for panels. As a result, the convention was broken out between the convention center and two hotels, specifically the Milton for the gaming aspect of A-Kon and Sheridan for other miscellaneous panels.
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    Outside of the main show room floor, I decided to take a ton of pictures of all the cosplay there, and I must say that A-Kon did not disappoint in that department. In fact, I took over 3,000 photographs of all the various cosplayers there, ranging from large to small, men to women, women dressed as men to men dressed as women, and so much more. In fact, A-Kon had both official and unofficial gathers of all the various cosplay categories you could think of in any genre, ranging from DC to Marvel to Undertale to OverWatch. Speaking of OverWatch, that had to be the largest of all the cosplays out there, as seen in the images below. I also managed to tag quite a few Deadpools, furries, and maids…sexy sexy maids.
    Undertlae-image.jpg Overwatch-image.jpg images.jpg

    The dealer’s room and artist alley were combined into one room this year. I must say that I was not disappointed this year. The dealer’s room portion had your typical t-shirt venders, wig stylists, accessory bling, and statues galore in addition to some special guests such as Matt Herms and other voice actors. I did spend quite a bit of cash at the Antartic Press booth for the new comics of Gold Digger and Blade Bunny plus some commissions from Fred Perry and Ben Dunn.

    The dealer’s room and artist alley were combined into one room this year. Artist alley was a little bit disappointing. Granted there were new vendors there this year, the majority of the items were way into the guy on guy action or into the cutesy style of art. Additionally, some of the prints were $20 or three for $40. No offense, I don’t spend more than $10 per print. That’s my rule anyway. I will say that some of the artists were pretty boss in their style. And unlike MegaCon, there weren’t as many craft tables as in previous years.

    And before I forget, here’s the swag that I purchased. Again, the popular print was OverWatch, including the new one that @Mastergodai did for the convention of Sombra. I also found several new reference images to utilize for my commissions and found some new folks to back up on Patreon.

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