New York Comic Con 2013
This year at New York Comic Con they used a scan in and out badge
system to prevent badge loaning abuse. It did take people more time to
get in and out, but only in the morning. The rest of the day was pretty
smooth with that system and we witnessed how much easier it was for them to take out those who refuse to buy a badge.
This year we were staying in a hotel not too far from the convention
center which served free breakfast. The walk to and from made it much
easier this year. However, NYCC cordoned off walkways and streets to those who did not possess exhibitor badges which made it a little bit more difficult to get in and out.
On the first day, badges were given out and everyone had to take time
to register their own badges before using it. It was interesting to
observe the long attendee lines which were separated from the
Pro/Guest/Exhibitors/Press. They also had increased security check for
bags that every individual brought in.
Highlight for the day was the Kill la Kill Gathering at Daisuki. It
may have been a new anime but the fans are already loving it!
http://acparadise.com/acp/picview.php?p ... 22&s=17546
They were well received and we look forward to more Kill la Kill fans
next con season! Perhaps Anime LA?
The memorable part on Friday was the Ranma Panel where fans from all
ages come to reminiscence about one of the very first unique anime.
The panel included a lot of old merchandising, how the manga/comics
were presented, and the different in the old animated version to HD.
The Eva 3.0 Premiere that same night was had a full house and packed as
well. It's always nice to see dedicated fans wait to attend their
The highlight of Saturday was the Dangan Ronpa Gathering which was
probably one of the most popular gatherings of the weekend at Daisuki.
Fans were very excited to take photos of the Dangan Ronpa cosplayers
that showed up at the Daisuki stage.
Saturdays are always busy, but the Ranma Gathering was also a popular group
that fans came to take photos of at the Viz booth.
http://acparadise.com/acp/picview.php?p ... 8642&s=370
The night ended with the Viz Anime Panel which presented a lot of
sneak peaks of announcements. One that caught our attention the most
was the announcement of the world premiere of the Tiger & Bunny: The
Rising. We are very excited to see this play in theaters near us at
the same time when it releases for Japan.
This day was our goodbye from New York Comic Con and it was very
interesting this year with the new badge system. We look forward what
next year brings to us. Most of the weekend was taking coverage of our
Events with Industries but we did get a handful of coverage during the
weekend which can be viewed
Pacific Media Expo 2013
PMX is a local convention that happens in the Los Angeles area after the major summer convention gauntlet is over making it ideal for those cosplayers who showcase their costumes that they might not have finished properly. PMX as its name suggestions, isn't just another anime convention, but this also means it is less focused that other conventions. View it as a buffet and there should be something for everyon. This year it happened over Veteran's Day weekend at the LAX Hilton, where it has been for the past few years. Unfortunately, it was conflicted with another regional show Blizzcon, which arguably has a different audience. In addition, Blizzcon tickets sold out months before for the Anaheim convention center, and at a much higher price while PMX was still offering discounts close to the event. That appears to have worked since parking at the LAX Hilton was consistently sold out, making attendees have to park elsewhere closeby (Usually the airport shuttle locations).
PMX registration is a breeze and easy to get through. The LAX Hilton has notoriously bad reception in the lobby, where people like to meet, so you have to walk outside or go to your hotel room in order to get reception. The two main events for PMX were the BACK ON concert Friday and the Masquerade Saturday night. Yes the masquerade was Saturday night instead of being on Sunday afternoon. In addition, PMX masquerade offers cash prizes and some nice gift bags. For example, if you competed, you had a chance to win this Panty and Stocking Alter statue: http://www.figure-anime.com/images/stor ... ter-01.jpg
Despite that, there were 13 entries for the masquerade and we hope that more apply next year, since the prizing is excellent.
Videos of the masquerade, HD on ACParadise.com and lowres on Youtube are available now
The masquerade also featured the halftime performances of Mikarin and Angel Hearts, come watch those at your leisure too!
Photo coverage is available here, and you are welcome to submit your own coverage of PMX:
Overall : PMX is a nice small convention that occurs in the fall on an annual basis and still provides a nice venue for cosplayers to get together in between the large conventions like AX and ALA.