Colossalcon part 1:Overview and Thursday

Last week I attended Colossalcon in Sandusky Ohio. This was my first year at a Colossalcon.

The hotel it took place in was very nice. The whole place had a safari jungle theme; the some of the people who worked there wore safari gear. It had a water park inside and if I hadn’t been busy with the con I might have made it over there. The room I had was a nice size, with a very good tv along with a microwave and refrigerator.

Hallways were annoyingly crowed, mainly with people just standing in the middle of the hallways being hazards to others. The hallways themselves were very big so it wasn’t the worse I’ve ever seen them, but still annoying.

The con used wrist bands as a way to identify attendees instead of badges like I’m used to. I disliked them. They weren’t as uncomfortable as I feared they would be and they did make it so you wouldn’t lose them since the only way to take them off was by cutting them. I just didn’t like the way they felt and I always liked being able to read information about people on their badges, with these you didn’t even get a name. Still they did offer badges with the year on them, I got one of those, and as a panelist I got one that said panelist as well.

Vendor room had a nice variety and was set up nicely. Though it did get easily crowded. I would have switched the entrance and the exit. I usually flow right when I enter one and with this one the exit was to the right of the entrance.

The video game room was standard fare of rhythm games, fighting games, first person shooters, and the like; not much to draw my eye. Same with Artist Alley. Nothing that really drew my especially, though there were some people selling their own comics which I wish I had checked out more.

Panels had some nice variety to them, even if I didn’t get to go to many. The set up for them weren’t to bad, but right outside the rooms was were people liked to gather in the lobby so the noise from outside was bothersome. Closing the doors helped some, but you would still occasionally hear a scream or loud yell from outside.

Food at the hotel was kind of high, what else is new. Places nearby weren’t to far off though. It took just a few minutes to drive to get some good food; just not close enough to walk.

The main attraction for me to the con was the guest list. They had Laura Bailey voice of many excellent characters including Tohru Honda in Fruits Basket and Shin-chan in Shin chan; Travis Willingham voice of Colonel Roy Mustang in Fullmetal Alchemist and Ginko in Mushishi; Michelle Ruff voice of Rukia in Bleach and Yuki in Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya; Melissa Fahn voice of Ed in Cowboy Bebop and Gaz in Invader Zim plus she’s an excellent singer; Aaron Dismuke voice of Alphonse Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, and Ion Fortuna in Trinity Blood; Chuck Huber voice of Hiro in Shin Chin and Shou Tucker in Fullmetal Alchemist; Brad Swaile whose voice several Gundam characters and Light from Death Note. All were very friendly and interesting to hear from. I think the most entertaining would have been Brad, but if I have to hear that ‘I’ll take a potato chip and eat it’ line again I will be forced to hurt someone.

Vic Mignogna was at the con as well. He was suppose to be there Friday through Saturday, but couldn’t get there till about noon on Saturday. With the big following of fans he has and the limited time available with him caused the line for his autograph to be massively long, which I skipped. Ah I’ve meet him before anyways.
Michael Sinterniklaas was scheduled to appear but wasn’t able to make it.


Cosplay at the Con
Most common series cosplayed: Fullmetal Alchemist, considering all the VAs from it no big surprise
Other common series cosplayed: Code Geass, Final Fantasy, Bleach, Naruto, Death Note, Lolita style, Gurran Laugen, Sailor Moon, and Soul Eater
Cool rare cosplays: Papillon from Buso Renkin, Melfina and Suzuka from Outlaw Star, the Gundam Wing cosplayers, and this from Azumanga Daioh

The con stared Thursday night with a few events. I was only able to be there for a little while on Thursday, mostly just getting the lay of the land and checking things out. I did get to see Chuck Huber’s panel ‘Anime and Education.’ It was an interesting idea about trying to make education more interesting to and therefore easier to learn, mostly through the use of anime, manga, and video games. There was talk of different anime and game series out at the moment that have some sort of educational aspect you could use to them; different things a series could have that would make it more educational; people shared some stories of what they’ve earned from anime.

Should have more tomorrow about Friday.


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