As my second exemplary con experience, Naka Kon sealed my fate. I am now totally addicted to anime and multimedia conventions.
Experiencing Naka was a huge learning curve in my con repertoire that I’d like to share. The age group of convention-goers varied immensely; and it was the same with the cosplayers! There was a huge group of Homestuck cosplayers, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Frozen, Disney, Legend of Zelda, and other great nerd titles. There were more Link cosplays than expected, and quite a bit fewer Kill la Kill cosplayers than anticipated, but the convention had a fun and relaxing atmosphere that made a nerd feel at home. Even the non-cosplayers dressed up in a multitude of nerd gear — headphones, backpacks, animal ears, tails, and goggles were all a common sight when browsing the convention halls. There were tons of people taking photos of the cosplayers and the cosplayers were gracefully receptive to their needs. Almost no one was turned down for a picture.
The panels were interesting and filled up quickly. The late night panels were extremely funny and well-organized. I enjoyed the music put on at the danes, and the people at the dance parties were neither overbearing nor unfriendly. The game room was a dream come true (24-hours!), and the vendor exhibits were out-of-this-world. Definitely a convention I will be returning to! Thanks everyone for allowing me to photograph you and showing me a great time!