Convention

8th September
2011
written by Andrew Evans

Last weekend we hit up SacAnime, one of our favorite cons of the year. Held partially outdoors at the Radisson in Sacramento, the con has a real party vibe to it. Needless to say, we got precious little sleep this weekend.

We got lucky with our room placement and had an awesome view of the main stage from our balcony. We got to watch the Matsuri festival games during the day, which included sumo wrestling, target-tossing and other carnival games. Later on we got to watch the Kendo demonstration from a dojo in Scramento. Saturday night we got the behind-the-scenes look at the Eyeshine concert, which was great.

The game room was top notch this year, with everything from Pop’n Music to Typing of the Dead. There was a Maid Cafe we didn’t have time to stop into, but which looked EGL-tastic. Team Love/Hate was out demoing their sweet cars, with Jinai and co. rocking an awesome DJ set all con long.

The Dealer’s Room was super crowded – we only managed it twice the whole con, and didn’t get to see much due to all the shoulder bumping action and conflicting appointments. Hopefully they’ll get a larger space for it next year. The Artist’s Alley felt about the same as last year; cozy, fun, and definitely in need of more ventilation.

We didn’t make it to the dance this year on either night – we were busy managing our room and checking out the Eyeshine concert. I did catch a bit of Pendulum’s “The Island” and some other electro & house music. We’ll make more effort to get there next year.

We can’t help throwing a party, and this con was no exception. We had the usual DJ & margarita fountain set up, an insider’s view of Eyeshine on te balcony, and plenty to drink & chill with inside. As usual, SacAnime had a great crowd and tons of fun people stopped by. Around 1am on Sat, though, we had to shut down to go check out another friend’s party, so sorry if you stopped by after then!

We had a blast this year, and simply can’t wait to go back next year! Fortunately, we don’t have to wait too long, since it’s happening again in January. More cons should be biannual. Or bi-winning, as Charlie Sheen would put it.

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20th June
2011
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
2011
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!

2nd June
2011
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 Ani.me – 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!

28th May
2011
written by Chris Kraynik

I’ve been attending FanimeCon for twelve years straight now, both as a staffer and an attendee, and it’s been an honor to watch and help it grow.  From local guests to Studio Gainax, Fanime has kept fans entertained with a number of events and performances to please both the casual and hardcore anime fan. Today was no exception… Halko Momoi was here, and we had the pleasure of seeing DJ Helsing again as well.  He even graced the Swap Meet with his presence on Day 0, as did Jonathan Osbourne in the tabletop gaming area.

The fun continued as we enjoy Fanime’s music videos, a number of cosplay gatherings, and threw our first party of the weekend. Day 2 is here, so we’re signing off to enjoy it. We’ll see you again tomorrow for a Day 2 wrap-up… visit room 1212 if you want to meet us in person, and we’ll do a shot together if you’re of age!

24th May
2011
written by daredragoon
The Big Wow Comic Fest is a relatively new comic book convention in the Bay Area.  Located in the beautiful city of San Jose, the convention offers a large range of interest groups including science fiction enthusiasts, comic book lovers, and anime fans.  The comic festival offers a wide variety of entertainment for its guests, including panels and autographs from renowned comic book authors and artists.  In addition, they have a variety of vendors and local artists where guests can purchase items, comics, and artwork of their favorite characters.

The convention’s panels were abundant, and full of variety.  Some panels included comic book authors explaining their inspiration for their comic book characters, while others assisted students and fans with breaking in to the comic book industry.  Overall, fans are put in direct association with their icons… and idols and are able to ask them questions, and pick their brains on their artistic endeavors.

The San Jose Convention Center also has a large array of vendors and artists which sell merchandise related to their interests.  This allows a greater form of communion between fans, allowing them to feel closer to their favorite pastime by acquiring their own versions of simulacrum.  Fans also portray this by dressing up as their favorite characters, and even do this in large groups.  Besides showing off their fandom, many fans do this to gain credibility and notoriety within their community.

Overall, the convention was a remarkable success… and everyone had a great time.  The panels provided an opportunity for fans to interact with their favorite comic book creators, and both the vendor and artist hall allowed fans to purchase items which helped bring them closer to their favorite comics.  In addition, people from many walks of life… whether they be fans of comic books, sci fi, or anime… got the chance to converge at this one fan festival, and express themselves with people who share their own interests and passions.
22nd February
2011
written by Andrew Evans

This was our third year at AOD, the small but growing anime convention based in our home city of San Francisco, and was another great year spent at SF’s Kabuki Hotel. The location is fantastic for a convention since the Japantown Mall is attached to the hotel. Tons of great food ranging from sushi to crepes to fusion-themed curry pizza is on the same block as the dealer’s room and artist’s alley; and plenty of Japanese music, designer clothing and curiosities as well. There’s also a Safeway right across the street for cheap munchies and party supplies.

The con space is somewhat constrained by the size of the Kabuki Hotel, but there were plenty of rooms for running con events. They even had a separate game room with huge blocks of time dedicated to Rock Band. The panels & speakers for this convention were extra entertaining, with a few great giveaways and some informative lessons. The anime rooms had some great series to show, too – we stayed for a few episodes of Black Lagoon. The dealer’s room / artist’s alley was rather small, but packed with great cosplay supplies and collectables.

The cosplay at AOD is fantastic, although we didn’t have a full-time photographer for this con. The venue provides a lot of small outdoor spaces with bamboo and fountain themes that make great backgrounds for photo shoots, and the piano area in the hotel’s downstairs makes a great space for meeting random people and getting funny cross-over shoots. So, if you’ve been thinking about cosplaying, this is a great con to start at!

The only unusual thing about AOD is the age distribution. It skews even younger here than for normal anime conventions, and that’s saying something. To give you an idea, they had a special panel on Sunday for the old, ancient, grey-bearded anime fans ages 25 and over.

The party scene was great, with a few good room parties to hit up. Bring some extra cash, as getting drinks around Japantown can be pricey, and party-runners may want guests to chip in to help defray the costs.

All in all a great convention – we’ll definitely be there next year. Will you be joining us?

11th January
2011
written by Andrew Evans

Our second year at Anime Los Angeles was a hoot! We may have outdone ourselves on antics this year, but we had a blast doing it. The LAX Mariott was a good location as usual, featuring plenty of hall space and a beautiful outdoor pool area for social gatherings, as well as several restaurants for the inevitable con munchies. Their game room was a bit hidden off to the side, but featured some neat previews of up-and-coming SEGA titles.

The cosplay scene was amazing as ever, and included some wild shots around the pool area. Someone set up an entire row of Patapon cardboard cut-outs next to the pool for a tribe photo shoot. Someone cosplaying Zangeif was threatening to pile-dunk several other characters, and there were some truly excellent BlazBlue: Continuum Shift costumes. Since most of the rooms for the convention have balconies overlooking the pool area, it’s a great place to get spur-of-the-moment photos and show off some amusing stuff.

The party scene was off the hook! If you intend to party at this con, you better go prepared. Anime Conji had a 24-hour party room serving up nachos, chicken, soda, and other tasty treats right next to the pool. There was a Scott Pilgrim viewing party which included special drinks for each of the seven evil exes, and apparently a toga brigade marching around the halls whom we had nothing to do with.

All in all a great time, and truly a 24-hour party convention. We’ll definitely be there next year. Will you be joining us?

4th November
2010
written by clarissy

This is the con we have been waiting for all year!  Yaoi-Con is a very special convention that celebrates and fully explores the fantasy of two men in hot, steamy romance for the female fans (and some of the men too).  This weekend marks their 10th year Anniversary!  We, the Con Crashers, have eagerly anticipated this event… and this year, we’re an official group!  Yaoi-Con this year was held in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Burlingame.  The previous year’s convention was held in the Marriott Hotel in San Mateo, which was half the size of the current venue.  It was a big change, and was for the best… as a lot of the events were held in bigger rooms.

My fellow Con Crashers got to the hotel Friday evening, and prepped our official room party.  I arrived later, put on my cosplay, and handed out party flyers.  I was finally cosplaying an original character, the Yaoi Mistress.  After some modifications, I was happy with the outfit overall… as were the people who took pictures of me!  After we handed out enough flyers to get a good amount of people in our room, we decided to walk around the con and check out the Bishie Bingo event.  After bingo was done, we went back to our room and organized where the alcohol should go.  Our room became packed with cosplayers, bishie boys and other random visitors in no time.  Overall, we all had a brilliant time entertaining our guests, chatting and drinking, recruited a bartender for our “bathroom bar”, and just having a blast.

Saturday quickly became flooded with cosplayers, and I walked around the convention checking out the Dealer’s room and the Fan Market (the place for local artists show casing and selling their art).  I checked out Scuttlebutt, HamletMachine (a well known DA artist and creator of the web comic series Star Fighter), and Ponderosa.  We spent a lot of time walking around, killing time before the huge Bishie Auction began.

This event is focused around hot, pretty men who do skits and are auctioned off to the highest bidder.  They hang out with their buyer till about 3:00am.  I was impressed with some of skits these lovely boys were doing, especially the one where a Hollow Ichigo cosplayer from Bleach simply came up on stage and showed off his very well muscled body while the song “I’m Too Sexy” from Right Said Fred was playing.  However, the biggest surprise was having two popular Japanese voice actors (Hidenobu Kiuchi, and Ryoutarou Okiayu) being auctioned off!  The audience quickly became ecstatic, and bidding went through the roof!

One lucky group outbidded another group for exactly $11,000 dollars… I was flabbergasted!  Even our own Con Crashers were part of the Bishie auction.  The creator and founder of Con Crashers Andrew, and fellow Con Crashers Josh and John did a skit while cosplaying three soviet Russians.  Andrew portrayed a gay Stalin, and used “visual” aides to the Russian soldiers for Siberian Winter combat with hilarious results.  Alas, all good things must come to an end.  Sunday was our last day, and we said our goodbyes to the people we’ve met and parted ways.

Yaoi-Con was the best con we’ve crashed by far, and the room party we threw was the best part of the convention.  Please keep your eyes open for the Con Crashers when we update again for our next anime convention.  Till then, adieu!

28th October
2010
written by Andrew Evans

Con Crashers is throwing our FIRST OFFICIAL party in a suite at the Hyatt’s Yaoi-Con room block… and if you’ll be at Yaoi-Con 2010, we want YOU to join us.  Expect the entire Con Crashers crew, bishounen, cosplayers, drinking games, energetic attendees, laughs, and great alcohol when you arrive!

We don’t know our suite number yet, so visit http://3.ly/concrashers to follow us on Facebook or http://twitter.com/concrashers for Twitter to get updates.  Come early… space will be limited to the amount of bodies that we can fit in our suite, and it’s going to be crowded… especially near the alcohol.

Price: Free!  We will thank people with updates for alcohol contributions, too.

Rules: Be quiet when asked, so the party can rock all night.  That’s it!

If you use Facebook Mobile and/or Twitter Mobile, click “Subscribe via SMS” on our Facebook page or click the phone icon on our Twitter page to get updates sent to your cell.  That way, we can let you know if the party switches rooms or when we re-open the party if hotel security shuts it down… and if we decide to do a follow up party on Saturday night.

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