FanimeCon 2010

Tuesday, 1 June 2010, 12:00 | Author : Kricket
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If I didn’t know better, I would have sworn that the San Jose Convention Center was hosting a Pikachu Convention this last weekend.   Despite the fact that Pokemon was released more than 10 years ago, the number of Pokemon costumes far exceeded the usual abundance of Naruto and Bleach cosplay.  In hindsight, this might explain why the Marriott’s fire alarm went off on Day Two.

Due the popularity of cosplay, FanimeCon vendors and merchants are beginning to accommodate the cosplay community.  The number of lolita/cosplay/animal accessory booths have increased significantly during the past three years and it is now possible to find contact lenses, make-up, and wig suppliers for last-minute cosplay purchases.  I was also able to locate a newly released photography book in the Artist Alley titled “Cosplay In America.”

There was also a great line-up of cosplay panels ranging from costume design (A Cosplay Just For You; Lolita Fashion Show and Panel; Steampunk Costuming), cosplay photography (Basic Cosplay Photography; Flashing Strangers), plastic manipulation (Body Casting 101; Resin and Plastic Molding), and cosplay publications (Otaku Sanctuary Magazine).  Amitie, Janet, and I also presented two cosplay panels (Costume Maintenance; Crossplay and Other Physical Modifications).

FanimeCon was also selected to host the United States preliminary auditions for the World Cosplay Summit, an international cosplay competition held annually in Japan.  Each team must perform a three-minute cosplay skit with only two characters from the same series (For complete details, visit the Fanime WCS page.)  This year, FanimeCon provided a small, secluded room for the ten contestants to perform a skit and discuss costume construction with the judges.  After several hours of judging, Kathryn Griffin and Krystal Stoner (Fushigi Yuugi) were chosen to represent the United States Team in Nagoya, Japan!

All of these great events coupled with the return of the Black and White Ball, Music Concert, Fanimaid Cafe, AMV Contest, and Masquerade provided more than enough activities to keep everyone busy this year.

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