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Huntington Anime Convention Attendance Up 10%, New Record
Gavin Goszica, Home Circle Media, called the Tenth Anniversary gathering “ a fun time” and “absolutely” plans on a 2014 return.
“I’ve noticed growth from this year to last year,” Goszica told HNN, calling it “an energetic vibrating” con.
Asked about top selling memorabilia , the vendor called it a “tough” call but named Hetalia, Black Butler, and Sailor Moon as most popular.
Exhibiting at 18-24 conventions per calendar year, Emily Smith operates the “geekery and fannishness” through the fabric of Nightengale Needles. A seamstress by trade, this is her third year at Tsubasacon. Smith called the Huntington gathering a “ low stress, high fun” convention, which "is something to savor because not all of them are. Many of the ones this size are less well organized. I’m pleased with the whole concept [here]. It’s a very enjoyable experience for attendee but also us vendors. You must have dedicated people on the staff, and, I think Tsubascon definitely does. In the 1,000-5,000 attendee range, this is one of the better ones. For small businesses and little artisans like us, Tsubasacon is a big deal. It's really good at what it does."
The 2013 gathering “has been even better than the previous three years,” noting Huntington has a “cheerful, friendly reliable” turnout. Her best sellers are small , soft plush toys . “I make original designs and toys of popular mascots or characters from anime.”
Robert Farley, a photographer, who has attended all ten of the conventions , recalled that the first “con” in Charleston attracted about 200 visitors. This year Huntington’s BSSA Convention Center showed off a remodel with new rooms, new carpet, and power point capacity.
During the decade of growth, he has observed that “more people are embracing and enjoying” cosplay. Wearing a costume is “not necessary to attend [but] those who do seem to have more fun. Everybody sees them doing that and wants to join in.”
Farley’s statement echoes a “right” from professional cosplay model, Elsa Littlepage, who’s trailing Neo Queen Serenity gown captured awe and imagination. She “modified” the dress to conform to character consistency. Her attire included a crown, wings, naturally flowing blonde hair, and mostly hidden golden high heel pumps, which surprised a vendor by doubling for a billfold.
Having appeared at the Motor City Con as Catwoman and at Shock-a-con as Battlestar’s “Six,” Ms. Littlepage explained that “I cosplay characters whom I look and act like. That’s what makes the best cosplay.”
She tossed Tsubascon a compliment stating, “for me [cosplay] is always about quality, not quantity.”
Littlepage will attend next week’s Charcon as Avacyn, the archangel of Innistrad from Magic the Gathering.