A-Kon is a convention staple for Texans — one of the biggest anime conventions in the country, it attracts people from all across the country. For the last 3 years, A-Kon has taken place at the Hilton Anatole, a large, beautiful hotel (with the added perk of being immediately next to Medieval Times). (See also: A-Kon 2013 and A-Kon 2014).
This year’s A-Kon, I only heard good things: Registration went quicker than ever, the food truck selection multiplied, and lines were handled well. Kudos to A-Kon — it must be hard organizing a convention with so many attendees! I’m looking forward to seeing continuous improvements each year.
This convention was a little bit different than my usual. Because of the flooding that has taken place in Texas, I was rained out of Dallas Comic Con and didn’t finish my costumes for that con. I didn’t have anything new to wear to A-Kon, and I was feeling discouraged about cosplay in general. In fact, I didn’t think I’d bring ANY costumes until I started packing the night before, and realized I had a few nearly-done costumes.
I had been wanting to do a gender-bend of Scott Pilgrim for a while, inspired by this art, and I was only missing the sword. So the night before A-Kon, despite no plans to make costumes, I found myself making a sword!
Despite how simple this costume was — seriously, my boyfriend had the shirt and wristbands, I already had the wig, and I (of course) own jeans and sneakers — it was really fun to wear. The best part of this costume is that I told my friend Joss that I was putting it together last minute, and we managed to cobble together a gender-bent Ramona also out of old cosplay stuff and my Ramona stuff! Just goes to prove that 99% of cosplay is hoarding.
The other costume I had ready and forgot about was Zoe Benson from American Horror Story — another closet cosplay. Really, it just looks like a fashionable outfit, so it was pretty comfortable. Nobody recognized me, but that’s fine by me!
My favorite part of the convention itself was, as usual, the Artist Alley. This year, the AA was as big as some dealer’s rooms at smaller conventions — there was so much art! It took me two days to see every booth. I was also pleasantly surprised by the unique types of merch offered. Now, artists are likely to offer cell phone charms, apparel, and fandom yarn as well as convention staples like prints. It’s so interesting to see the offerings evolve.
The main highlight of this con was Medieval Times! It’s a dinner and a show, where they serve you too much food and you watch knights joust and earn glorious victory. It’s really fun to cheer for your (randomly assigned) knight and we are always that group of adults who gets way too into it! This is an annual A-Kon tradition for my group, since A-Kon always falls on Colby’s birthday — it’s a super fun way to celebrate!