Lauhlin Convention Center
March 31-April 1, 2012
Badge Price: Three packs of Rainbow Skittles and $5
A new feature for my website is having contributor reviews. This review is by Susan Zyzzx Nerima, she is well known for her anime and manga articles in Antarctica Monthly and Weekly National Geology. Here is her convention review for the largest Richard/Anime Convention in North America.
Anime conventions are fun experiences; I have been attending anime conventions since the late 1970’s. So many conventions are happening nowadays that a convention has to separate it from the pack. Originally, an idea between friends, Rich-Con started in 2010 and has become one of the largest conventions in the United States that no one knows about. It uses a unique combination of a focus on everything Richard related with anime and manga. The convention stunned the world when it announced it guests of honor that include guests like Richard Gere, Richard Nixon, Richard Attenborough, and convention CEO, President, and Emperor Richard Phon. The convention drew a crowd of 345,021 people over the two-day convention and it crowded the seven-roomed convention center like no other. It was an experience like no other; I suggest that people go to the website for further information.
|Official con T-shirt|
The convention had a logical layout; they split the Dealer’s hall with the Exhibition hall. The Dealer’s hall had people selling wares from pans to pianos. I bought a DVD set of the newest anime, only to find out that the box had a piece of wood wrapped in Aluminum foil. It had a “no return” policy so I happily moved onward. The Exhibition hall was so amazing; they had displays that celebrated the convention’s theme of Richard, Anime, and Manga. There was a life-size figure of Richard Gere and Richard Nixon that was insanely popular. The queue line to pose with the Richard Phon figure was 7 hours, so I ended up walking around the convention center.
|One of the staffers getting arrested,|
he stole Richard's Skittles
After doing the convention for 2 hours, I headed back to the hotel to sleep. Rich-Con is an experience like no other. How many conventions can cram hundreds of thousands of people into a convention that has a capacity of 12,000? How many conventions makes their staff buy the hotel and convention center before each convention? What is the secret of life? The answer to thousands of questions like that, not many. As I walked the blazing heat for the second day, all I can think is that there is no con like Rich-Con.