Hello everyone! Here we are again. I know you’ve all been eagerly awaiting this report: Katsucon 2014!
Moving on, the Gaylord was a beautiful hotel, but you need a mini map in the top corner of your vision to see where you’re going all the time! I spent more time getting lost than actually getting anywhere on the first day. After you’ve really established a route it isn’t so bad, but like most other cons, don’t rely on an elevator to get you from point A to point B, or you’ll be waiting in line for at least twenty minutes just trying to find on that isn’t over capacity already. We at Chibi Parade were lucky to get a room on the third floor, so the stairs weren’t much of an issue to use at all. (I’m not in the greatest shape, so I was extremely thankful for this). The atrium was wonderful and quite possibly the most innovative thing I’ve seen in a hotel yet. The shops and restaurants there were fairly priced, surprisingly, and it was an overall nice atmosphere to mingle and people watch.
The Dealer’s Room; once you’ve seen one, you’ve pretty much seen them all. I personally found nothing overly unique about any of the tables there, although I did walk away with some pretty nice buys. I really hope you all shopped around though before investing in anything however, because there were a lot of price variances from table to table that were selling the same product. For instance, Image Anime had the Blue Rose figure from Tiger and Bunny for $65, but around the corner at a different table, we were able to find the same figure for $58. It’s only $7, but it’s worth it in the long run to really look around before investing your money.
Artist Alley was filled with incredible talent. From flower crowns to custom plushies and fan art, Katsucon really allowed the artists to pile in and sell their creativity. Complete with a section dedicated to the art auction, there was definitely more to explore here as opposed to the Dealer’s Room. My only complaint was how crowded the room was, even on a Sunday afternoon we had a hard time maneuvering through people as they lingered from table to table checking at the artists wares.
As far as events go, we actually didn’t have the chance to attend any of the ones that we had planned on going to, so unfortunately I can’t make a report about any of the guests or happenings in the anime culture. Sorry guys!
AN IMPORTANT NOTE TO ALL:
This last month has seen hundreds of con goers flooding their social media about coming down with a case of the flu after Katsucon. Chibi and I were not exempt from this, as we both came down with a serious case of the virus starting Monday night after the convention.
I cannot stress enough to all of you how important it is to stay home from a convention because you’re ill. I get it, you paid all that money to get there, worked tirelessly for hours and hours to get those cosplays done in time, etc. However, at the opportunity you get to show off all of your hard work and dedication to the lifestyle/hobby, you run the risk of infecting everyone and everything you come in contact with. As it so happened, some of the attendees contracted pneumonia from this virus. Even worse, several strands of H1N1 had also been reported.
I personally did not attend Katsucon XIX or have any affiliation with anyone who had, however it is with a heavy heart that I include the passing of Christine Larson, the chairwoman of the convention in 2013. Having contracted the flu from attending Katsucon XX this past February and having it develop into pneumonia and H1N1, Christine died of complications that conflicted with previous medical issues. Thank you, Christine, for your passion, hard work, and dedication, and most importantly, for being a friend to so many of us. Rest in peace.
Donations to help Christine’s family pay off the medical expenses are being accepted here: http://www.gofundme.com/779x2s. Even if you can’t donate, spreading the word and not coming to a convention ill will help out greatly as well.
That about sums it up for the Katsucon report guys. My next review will come around the beginning of June, after OmniEXPO in Orlando this coming May. Until then, stay thirsty, my friends.