Archive for June, 2011

22nd June
written by Andrew Evans

Next con, now less than two weeks away, is AM2! It was a tough call deciding between Anime Expo and AM2 this year, since both conventions promise amazing guests, tons of things to do, and top-notch cosplay, but ultimately we did Anime Expo last year and this is AM2’s first year running. We’re super excited to see what they have in store – especially since all the usual con stuff doesn’t even require a badge! Let’s hope the “free con” business model catches on.

We’re booked at the Sheraton, and will be there late Friday night through Sunday afternoon. Hope to see you there! Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for details. And if you end up going to Anime Expo instead, let us know how it was!

20th June
written by Andrew Evans

We spent last weekend at Kintoki Con, at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento. It was their first year running, and for that they did a fantastic job. There were a few small kinks (particularly with weekend pass pre-registrations) but there were a ton of activities and fun stuff to do.

We arrived on friday before the con started to get set up and check out the scene. One of the game rooms was set up, but things were pretty quiet. Saturday had a lot more going on, with three separate game rooms (one occupying the entire 15th floor), two video rooms, and plenty of celebrities to chat with. The hotel also had some great amenities such as an outdoor pool & hot tub, and balconies on the 15th floor overlooking Sacramento. The convention also hosted a cash-prize breakdancing competition which featured some incredible moves.

We threw a party Saturday night in our room, which turned out to be on a private floor, giving us an electronic bouncer gratis. We featured a margarita fountain and DJ spinning electronic music, and a glowing view of the mall across the street. Lots of cosplayers joined us after the Moon Stream show, which we heard was plagued with makeup issues from the artists, for a few drinks and some conversation. We got shut down around 1am after two visits from hotel security, and migrated to the 15th floor, where there was no alcohol, but there were DJ’s spinning pop music, fighting games, and beautiful nighttime skyline views.

Sunday was a bit more relaxed – we spent some time wandering the game rooms and talking to folks, going out to eat (though many local restaurants were closed on Sunday) and packing up to leave. Kintoki Con is small, but we think there’s a lot to it, and will definitely be going again next year. Will you be joining us?

16th June
written by Andrew Evans

Glad to report the Con Crashers & Cosplay Report will be at Kintoki Con this year! Seems to be their first year running out of a hotel, so we’re really excited to see them launch and check out what they have to offer. We’ve had a great time at SacAnime and SacCon, so we’re fans of the Sacramento convention scene.

We’ll probably have a party, gathering, or shindig of some sort. Hit us up on Twitter for the most up-to-date data and where we’re at!

14th June
written by Andrew Evans

Still working on the format – let us know what you’d like to hear about in the comments or on our Twitter or Facebook pages! Thanks for listening!

7th June
written by Andrew Evans

This was something I heard ages ago that I thought everyone knew: the 6/2/1 con survival program. At Fanime a few weeks ago we ran into some folks who hadn’t heard of it, so I thought we could explain a bit more here. 6/2/1 helps you get through a con without missing much, feeling like crap, or stinking up the place. At its heart is a set of simple rules. Every day at a convention you must:

  • Get 6 hours of sleep
  • Eat 2 meals
  • Take 1 shower

Most people start to forget those in reverse order – showers are the first to go, then eating sufficiently, then not sleeping. Showers are critically important, and keep whatever convention you’re at from being an terrifying nerd-hole, so please people, use soap. Eating two meals a day gives you enough calories to jump around to panels, run around the halls taking pictures, and posing for photos yourself. Six hours of sleep helps keep your mood up and your mind healthy. While most people experience a sense of giddiness after about 24 hours awake, by the end of a convention you will have crashed, be in a bad mood, and generally be unpleasant company.

Stick to the 6/2/1 – you’ll have a much better con.

Suggestions? Anecdotes? More pro tips? Hit us up in the comments, on Twitter or on Facebook!

2nd June
written by Andrew Evans

Fanime, Norther California’s largest anime convention, was a major success this year. As usual, we avoided the panels and major con events in favor of running into people randomly, partying like rock stars, and cosplaying for the fun of it. We roomed at the Mariott, which turned out to be party central. Our room party was on the same floor / hall as two others. If you want a good night’s sleep at Fanime, check out the Fairmont hotel and not the Mariott.

Fanime this year showed a significant crack-down on policies. We had trouble establishing our press credentials due to some site / database issues, and the Fanime staff were erring on the side of not handing out press passes. While we were eventually able to get the site back up and get our badges, this was a different story than previous years where press admission has been very friendly and understanding.

Rovers were very strict this year about peace-bonding weaponry – we weren’t in the convention center for ten minutes before a coterie of four different rovers converged on our WWII Captain America to demand inspection of his gun. They must have thought he was going to start shooting right there. Then, after we were rushed to con ops to get the weapon inspected, it was rejected as “too realistic.” This was a real WWII M1-Garand rifle stock with a solid wooden dowel substituted for the barrel. It looked good, but was obviously fake. Finally, nothing with the word “police” nor anything cop-like was allowed – again, less than a ten minute response time for our unfortunate Chris Redfield cosplayer. Be very careful what kind of cosplay you wear to Fanime (if you wear one at all), and be sure to read the rules like a lawyer.

Fanime events were as great as you would expect. There was something fun to watch at all hours on Stage 0. The raves were well-done with a variety of electronic music genres. The black-and-white formal ball declined our resident waltz-master’s real, honest-to-god waltz dancing shoes because “they didn’t look real.” We missed the masquerade and concert due to some shenanigans in our hotel room, so no report there, but we heard good things. The game room was typical, with lots of paid dancing and fighting arcade games, and console, board and card games of all stripes.

We threw a party every single night at Fanime to get the word out there about our site. We had a new addition to the host team this time – a Vodka fountain we nicknamed “Farva.” Look for it at our next con party! We got shut down by hotel security on Saturday night for being too loud, after party manager Chris had to escort a stumbling bro from another party back to his room. We started up again on Sunday, though, undeterred. If you like meeting cosplayers, hosts, con managers and industry pros, definitely hit up the next Con Crasher party – follow us on Twitter for all the details!

Finally, we got to take some pictures and hand out stickers for our friends at – if you haven’t checked out their site yet, now’s the time!

We’ll definitely be at Fanime again next year after the great time we had this year. Will you be joining us? Let us know in the comments!