Connecticon is a multi genre convention, one of the many growing trends in conventions in the US. This convention not only caters towards Anime/Manga fans, but Scifi, Video Game and many more. According to their site’s history, the con was founded by a group of college students, wanting a multi fandom type of convention.
The convention guests feature people involved in animation, like American VAs (Lauren Landa) to SciFi actors (Marina Sirtis). This is the type of the convention that has something for everyone. Despite such a wide range of interests for a convention, it hasn’t gotten so massive that it couldn’t be managed.
The location for the con was excellent. It was located in Hartford, CT. The city area was nice, fairly safe, and there were many different options for food. One of the most important things in a con location is what food options are available, otherwise you’ll find yourself having to drive around and leave the area to feed yourself. For someone looking to spend little, there was fast food places or if you wanted to enjoy yourself you could go to one of the nicer sit down restaurants. Everything was within a safe walking distance from where we stayed, the Hilton. The con center did offer a few food stands, but if you wanted to escape the con center the options were there.
The con center itself was an interesting. The center had a hotel attached, one you probably wouldn’t explore too much unless you were staying at the hotel there. But the con center itself was still large enough to encompass the guests, without feeling too crowded. While not having the most beautiful locations for photoshoots and gatherings, the setting is interesting with the large stairways and little grassy areas. They have fantastic open areas for cosplay gatherings and meet-ups.
One of the more unfortunate things was how easily the different panels filled up. I think part of the problem might have been the size of the rooms, and how quickly people came to go to the panels. I had a hard time going to see one. But I was able to meet some of the guest much easier. I was lucky enough to get a photo with Marina Sirtis (who is just lovely by the way).
The dealers room and artist alley was combined. While there were fewer dealers there then what would be at a bigger con like Otakon, the spacing placed between them was completely ideal. There was enough room to walk around, look at stuff, and not have to worry about running into people. The gaming room was the same way. The gaming room included a videogame room, separated by tabletop gaming.
I think one of my favorite things about the con was how it was so easy to meet up with friends. The atmosphere was very relaxed, the staff, as well as the medical staff, was all extremely friendly and helpful towards us. The con isn’t local for me, but it was worth the drive to be able to visit it.
Check out some of the amazing cosplays I saw at the convention!
Sonia Nevermind from Dangan Ronpa 2
Mami from Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Shingeki no Kyojin (Character ??? )
Plants VS Zombies
More pics can be seen here. Enjoy!