Sunday, April 17, 2011

Decepti-Kon 2011 Post-Con Thoughts

Like I said in my review, this convention is something that Sacramento hasn't seen: a combination of not only both Japanese and American animation but a combination of both Japanese and American subcultures.

This convention didn't have that feel of a traditional anime convention but at the same time didn't have that pure comic book convention vibe. There were a lot of things to do at this convention: check out a car show, watch R/C drift cars, learn how to speak like a pirate, watch martial art demonstrations, listen to acoustic performances, and check out the many people cosplaying. Speaking of cosplaying, it wasn't just cosplayers representing anime and manga; there were pirates and Renaissance-era costumers and Klingons.

With a 1st year convention, there's growing pains to be expected, both big and small, like not having press badges printed or having trouble with panels. There was also direct competition from the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco and other events over that weekend which made this convention might lighter than it should be. But as with all 1st year conventions, you got to give them some slack. I love the idea of the melting pot between Japanese and American subcultures into one convention and as long as this convention keeps growing and improving upon their mistakes then soon enough Decepti-Kon will be on everyone's convention list. I remember having a chat with an attendee and this person mentioned the similarities between the iPhone and Decepti-Kon: "Remember how bad the 1st iPhone was? Look at the iPhone 4 now. If Decepti-Kon is the same way, then Decepti-Kon 4 is going to be one hell of a convention."

I would like to thank Luis Perez, Director of Decepti-Kon, for allowing me to attend this convention as press; Jazel, Coordinator of Special Events and representing Team LoveHATE; and the staff for giving me water whenever I needed it. I wish everyone involved the best of luck and I hope this convention grows to its greatest potential.

See you all at Anaheim Comic Con and/or FanimeCon!

私のレポートを 読むためにありがとう。
Thank you for reading my report.

-Decepti-Kon 2011 Report End-

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