As I mentioned earlier this week, I attended A-Kon 22 here in Dallas. It is a yearly gathering of people that originally started as a small collective sharing the then young starts of Japanese animation and has now transformed into one of the longest running, legendary conventions of its type in the United States. I went to my first one some 12 odd years ago and have kept up on the fringe during the meantime.
As it grew, so did it’s attendees and their own interests. As the convention served as both a means and a way of education and entertainment, it also served as a way to break from the tedium of everyday life. Lots of people come dressed up as their favorite character from whatever series of manga or show that they enjoy.
As time and popular culture has moved on now you have smattering of those into Steampunk, Goth style, freaks, geeks, video game nerds, artists, dancers, and writers ranging from your fair weather participant to the advanced, well-versed convention enthusiast.
Here’s a quick glance through the spectrum of what was present this past weekend:
The rest can be found here:
And for the first time in a while, I give you some bonus material in the form of one of the new Looney Tunes shorts.
Look forward to sharing more with you next week!