Sunday, December 5, 2021

Matthew's Kumoricon 2021 Report: Part 1 - Prologue


In order to properly tell my story about Kumoricon 2021, we don't have to go all the way back to SacAnime Winter 2020, Anime Los Angeles 2020, or even Kumoricon 2019 and the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We can go back two months to September to when SacAnime returned.

13th Street looking south, with a line into the convention center on the left and a line into the hotel and registration on the right

At this point in the year, the only thing that was set in stone for Kumoricon was the hotel and we were about a month out before we would be accepted for press. Regardless, I took the time to get used once again to attending a convention in preparation, even if it was in a staff capacity that was severely limited in my general scope but was able to help out in other departments. 

The West Lobby packed with attendees

The first thing I had to get used to was the sheer volume of attendees packed in tight quarters, like the hallways and in between booths inside the Dealers Hall. I'll be honest: I was both excited and anxious and could only deal with the crowds in chunks before having to retreat to regain myself and by the end of the weekend I felt more comfortable then at the beginning.

As the convention passed and we crossed into the latter half of September, things were quiet on the Kumoricon front. And then it all changed when all the e-mails got in that we were waiting for: the press approval.

In the month to follow, preparations were in full swing and while I had a bit of practice, this was a longer trip to prepare, plan, and pack for.

From this point until the Wednesday before the convention, it was a blur of said preparation, planning, and packing.

For the most part, I thought I was ready.

Boy was I wrong.

-Prologue End-

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