This post is to help shed some light on what exactly goes into putting on a fan-run convention. Now, I won’t go into the nitty gritty details (some of which is only meant to be known by staff, some of which differs greatly by convention), but just speak in general terms. I feel like a lot of people think staff do nothing, or underestimate just how hard staff work. I know often if there’s a problem, so many attendees come out of the woodwork going “I could do this better” or “Why didn’t staff anticipate this problem?” I know my first time staffing, it was after a year when there was a major problem with the registration system, and many people thought it should have been anticipated and a backup plan put into place. When I started going to meetings I found out that the con staff planned for everything they could imagine might go wrong…but no one had dreamed there would be a crazy person out there launching a DDOS attack at the servers!
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Cosplay is a super popular hobby nowadays, even becoming somewhat mainstream! But so many people decide they want to start cosplaying but aren’t sure how to begin. Here’s a little guide to help with that first step.Continue reading Newbie’s Guide to Cosplaying
Anime Central is the Midwest’s largest anime convention, held annually in mid-May in Rosemont, Illinois. With over 30,000 people and tons of programming, you’re guaranteed to meet new people and have fun!Continue reading Convention Breakdown: Anime Central
Reference images of the new Woz costume first seen in episode 17 of Kamen Rider Zi-O.Continue reading Costume Reference: Woz (white)
What is tokusatsu? Tokusatsu is a genre, it simply translates to “special effects” and is actually a pretty broad term. … More A Newbie’s Guide to Tokusatsu
Chicago TARDIS is a long-running Doctor Who-focused convention held in Lombard, IL, over Thanksgiving weekend. The convention will be celebrating its 20th year in 2019!Continue reading Convention Breakdown: Chicago TARDIS
So you want to attend a convention? That’s great! Nowadays there are so many different fun conventions of all different types to choose from. There’s anime cons, entertainment cons, fandom-specific cons, literature cons, and everything else under the sun.
This guide will cover the differences between types of conventions, how to gather the information you need to make a decision about which con to attend, and the steps in planning your trip to a con.
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This is a guide to the many food options available in Rosemont. As quite a few conventions take place in the area, I have been working to put this together to help people who are unfamiliar with the area decide where to eat. I live just around the corner from Rosemont, so I am pretty familiar with the town and surrounding area. I’ve tried to include as much information as I can – how far places are from the convention center, how to get there (walking/shuttles/public transit/driving/Uber/etc), and price range. I also plan to add reviews of the places as I get around to visiting and trying the food.Continue reading Rosemont Dining Guide
Directly across River Road from the convention center is a small cluster of hotels. Each hotel has one or more places to eat inside, as well, for those who do not wish to venture far from their hotel.Continue reading Hotel Cluster