Katsucon entered their 20th year now, a fairly big millstone for an anime convention. While it started as an anime convention, Katsucon now calls itself a fan convention, open for any and all type of nerdy persuasions, but overall the focus seems to be on anime and gaming.
Katsucon has been at the Gaylord National Harbor for a couple of years now, and it’s a beautiful location for a convention. The area is closed off, basically a semi resort area, with all you need right around you. The location is the same as Magfest, so if you’ve read that entry you’ll know about the area. It’s a treat coming to this area every year.
Though this year the east coast suffered through a massive snow storm. While a lot of people tried to get in on Thursday, a ton of flights and mass transit were canceled. The convention itself still began on Friday, but as far as I know, a lot of people weren’t able to get in until much later. I did notice that some of the merchants in the dealers room suffered, because they weren’t able to get all of their merchandise on time.
Katsucon is probably most known for its pretty locations for photos. The gazebo being the highlight for a lot of cosplayers Because of the snow, a lot of people were stuck inside, so the major areas, like the gazebo and the fountain were pretty crowded. From what I could tell, the staff seemed to handle the crowds pretty well. They had the gazebo roped off, making it pretty easy to get in and get pictures.
A lot of the guests and panels were cosplay related, which shows a lot of the shift between the focus on just anime and Japanese related things to cosplay. How cosplay has really taken over conventions. Its nice to see how much people want to get involved in cosplay, how they wanted to express themselves through it.
Katsucon is probably one of my favorite cons to go and hang out with different people, because there’s so many nice areas to sit and relax. It was a great chance to cosplay with friends and meet new people at the convention.
Of course, here are pictures of some of the cosplayers I saw!