I can tell you the best part of having your own blog and no affiliation whatsoever is that you can say what you think. It may get you into trouble later, but what the hell: THIS IS SPARTA THE INTERNET!
I’m not going to spew all bile though because it was the con-goers who really made attending the convention worthwhile. I saw some fabulous costuming and people who were incredibly passionate about the hobbies they love and I found that truly inspiring. It’s a shame though that Ikkicon was marred with horrible management, bad timing and just over all miserable planning. There’s nothing more fun than trying to ask angry convention staff about programming or where you can find your panel- you’re lucky if you get a polite answer. The best thing about Ikkicon wasn’t the convention but the wonderful people who attended.
If you’re giving a panel at a convention on whatever topic then good for you! That’s very cool- if it is at Ikkicon on Friday morning then congratulations: YOU’RE SCREWED because no one can actually get
We lucked out because we were able to walk towards the registration line when someone was yelling for people to pay cash- there was NO wait and we paid and walked right in. We actually had more time at the convention than people who had been waiting to attend, planned ahead months and bought in advance. Just pay cash and walk right in next time. Just a guess but it’s probably worth the ten bucks not to wait in line for 3 hours.
(a gaggle of Yoko ) In one of the rooms we were waiting in to see a (unbeknownst to us) yet another “soon-to-be-cancelled” panel someone said last year there was a falling out among con staff (go figure) and many people were fired and/or left leaving the rest to figure out how to run a convention. Who know what the truth is- better yet, who cares? At the end of the day you still paid admission price to a convention that can’t be bothered to take itself seriously so I suggest that you do the same- until there’s major change or a significant amount of detail to the convention schedule a good deal in advance next year I highly recommend that you save your money to go to another convention who can fill out and maintain guests and a schedule. (A-kon, San-Japan)
The Good: Dealer’s Room. (Figure oriented. Not much by way of doujinshi or actual japanese products but ton of figures. Do your research before hand as prices are occasionally inflated. Some of the absolute best North American cosplay I’ve seen. Very nice people in attendance- great crowd. This convention is very cosplay oriented though not anime ‘centric’. If you are not in costume then be prepared to stand out MORE. Everyone is wearing something anime, steampunk or furry. People watching is a ton of fun.
Unfortunately due to horrible scheduling debacle Lanie could only present a fraction of her talk and was allowed only 20 minutes of the hour long scheduled space. Have I mentioned Ikkicon is the worst organized convention I have ever been to? What was good was seeing all the Dollfie collectors in the room and even seeing the girls being carried around the convention center. I didn’t bring any of mine but I am a crazy collector who protects my SDs from daylight… that’s my failure but I really enjoy seeing what other people collect!
Another highlight was the variety and quality of the dealer’s room! I was able to pick up some fantastic EXTREMELY nerdy items I have always wanted to own. If you wanted steam puck, cat ears, original art, manga, anime, anything- the vendors had your back and if they didn’t have it then they were happy to tell you where you could pick it up.
My nerd acquisitions would include my Yoko body pillow and my Ellis-chan busty mouse pad. Both are fabulous in their own right and items I thought I would never own. I have to admit the mouse pad is absolutely fantastic! It’s much more comfortable than the other padded gel mouse pad and your wrist snuggles nicely between Eliis’s large oppai. I know it sounds odd but getting a licensed mousepad is actually tougher than you might imagine.
The convention had other oppai mouse pads for around $20.00. A minor expense when Ellis was a whopping $55.00. This is not the point where I brag about an acquisition, no, it’s really about the quality and the printing of the item. I wanted one that was from Japan and also undamaged. Japan specifically because the other pads had artwork that did not fit on the mouse pad that well- or basically seemed like stolen art reprinted for the secondary market. I wanted an item licensed by the company because of the quality of art and the printing.
The Bottom Line: It’s fine to chill with friend, shop and people watch, but Ikkicon was not worth the money for the entertainment, panels or the time put in to actually get into the show. Nothing ran on time- I’m not talking a delay of minutes, no, more like at least an hour and 75% of the time whatever you paid to come and see was cancelled and or rescheduled for another day… only to never happen.