Las Vegas Hotel and Casino Convention Center
August 17-19, 2012
I arrived in Las Vegas on Friday night with some family members. Luckily, we were staying at the Treasure Island, a casino hotel that was very familiar to me. The hotel that Animegacon was based off was in what used to be called the Las Vegas Hilton, so I decided to use the Las Vegas Monorail from the Harrah’s station. I headed toward the convention in the morning using the monorail, which arrived very quickly. As I left the station, I walked around the casino, trying to find out where the convention was located. After a couple of minutes, I stumbled on the convention site and found my way to the preregistration line. First impressions are very important; it sets the stage that will determine the tone of the event. As I walked up to the preregistration badges, I saw stacked sheets of copier paper separated into semi-alphabetized stacks. I picked up my badge, a cheap flimsy piece of paper that barely fit in my badge holder. That was not a good first impression for my convention; at least they could have used card stock, construction paper, or cotton paper. If paper were not an option, then colored wristbands with the convention name would have sufficed. Nonetheless, I hope that in the future they will consider better quality paper in the convention badges.
|From MonHun Skit|
|From the Utena skit|
|The Animegacon girls|
In my short life, I have only attended a handful of conventions when they first started. I understand the ambitions of the people behind the inaugural year of a convention. Animegacon has the potential to grow into a larger event with its own market. For its first year, it had some successes and some improvements it needs to do. The major success it without a doubt the masquerade show which was one of the best ones I have seen in quite a long time. To compound on its successes it also needs to work on what it can improve on. The badges could be better quality so that it does not look like it was printed at someone’s house the day before. I suggest a venue that fits the size of the convention attendance would create more energy, in turn creating better memories and experiences. Animegacon has lots of potential in the future, and I hope that if they have an event next year that they can build upon their experiences from this year to make it even better.
Kris Zoleta started working in Anime Expo as a staffer in Manga Library. He worked in Staff Service in Anime Expo 2006 and became the manager of Manga Lounge from Anime Expo 2007-2010. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation, the 501(c)(6) non-profit behind Anime Expo and is one of the most recognized cosplay photographers in the West Coast.
Linda Le (aka Vampy)
Angel Hearts Cosplay