Anime USA

Anime USA was this past weekend.  It was a terrific time and I want to thank not only the staff for taking such good care of me and my fellow speakers but also to the fans who were overwhelmingly awesome.  I thought, rather than offer a typical write-up, let’s just hit the highlights:

 

  • Parking in Washington DC is crazy. I can’t even itemize all the ways it was insane.
  • Washington DC road systems is documented to be difficult, but I think they’ve passed into the realm of mental illness manifested.
  • That said, the hotel itself was positively gorgeous.
  • That said, $13 a day for in-room wi-fi is absurd.
  • I don’t know how Charles ‘Anime Anthropologist’ Dunbar does it, but he remains the leading voice in geek cultural assessment and deconstruction
  • I was able to to meet Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe, whom Charles as often spoken highly of. Having met her, I learned he did not do her justice.
  • Between these two guests, the convention was pretty much nonstop entertaining, intellectual, and fun.
  • I am officially an old man because going into the games room revealed a vast array of games I had never even heard of.
  • The dealer’s room was 75% cosplay material and merchandise
  • I learned of a new immersive musical experience beyond Eien Strife: Psyche Corporation
  • This was the first convention I’ve ever done where I didn’t see a single Evangelion or Final Fantasy cosplayer. Not even a specific Final Fantasy; any of them!
  • People apparently took my Top Ten Transformers Episodes panel personally because I got some…ahem, ‘colorful’ counter-points in my email the following morning.
  • This was the first con I’ve done in recent memory where I didn’t hear the Colossus roar at least once.
  • MAGFest to the DC fandom scene is like really good weed, the weed that’s so good, all you can do is hit it and look at it. Just mention MAGFest to a geek in or around DC and see what happens.
  • It surprised me the number of anime fans for whom not only knowledge but interest in anime began and ended with Adult Swim
  • No matter what Mapquest or Google Maps tells you, add an hour to your travel time anytime you have to go through DC
  • Work is astoundingly boring after a con.

 

AUSA was a lot of fun.  For a convention that I attended long ago, to now return to, it was delightful beyond words.  I hope everybody had a great time.  Thank you to everyone who came to the panels, bought the books, and made the weekend so wonderful!

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Author: Robert V Aldrich

Author. Speaker. Cancer Researcher. Martial Artist. Illustrator. Cat dad. Nerd.

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