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StormTroop#12
05-10-2003, 12:50 AM
How many years of Otakon have you been going to? I've been to every one sence 2000.

- Dave

DigitalCactus
05-10-2003, 12:55 AM
since 1999 here

Sami
05-10-2003, 08:23 AM
Only since 2001.. I'm such a newbie! ^-^;;

(Otakon 2001 was my first con ever!)

Hotaru's Sister
05-10-2003, 08:35 AM
99 was our first con.

cyankirby
05-10-2003, 01:36 PM
2002 was my first Otakon and my second con ever but it was great! So needless to say, I looking forward to it this year! :D

sailor-moon
05-10-2003, 01:49 PM
2001, was the 4th con i went to that year^.^

Eurobeat King
05-10-2003, 02:14 PM
I've been going to Otakon since 1998, so Otakon 2003 will be the 6th year in a row that I attend. '98 was the only time I actually DROVE from San Francisco, CA to Arlington, VA (it was being held at the Hyatt, where Katsucon 2003 was held) and back.. :thumbsup: I was helping a dealer friend, so we drove a RYDER truck cross-country for that weekend, and then back to CA for San Diego Comic Con the following weekend.. only took 45 hours driving, with stops to buy gas, eat, add oil & coolant, etc. I always enjoy talking about that great adventure a few years ago.. :skidude2:

Otakon 1999 was the first year it was held at the Baltimore Convention Center, and has grown a LOT since then. Since they now started to use the ENTIRE convention center, it's quite a hike (for me) to go from one-end to the other, about 25-30 times a day!! :thumbsup: So each year it makes it harder for me to get pics of all the cosplayers who attend, but I do my best. :) Otakon is always a challenge for me, and I welcome it. Every year I take more and more pics, so I can't imagine what the total # of pics I will take this year will be.. :crylaugh:

DarkMgcnGirl
05-10-2003, 02:15 PM
Originally posted by StormTroop#12
How many years of Otakon have you been going to? I've been to every one sence 2000.

- Dave

Same here ... since 2000 ...

Michi
05-10-2003, 02:40 PM
Um. ^^; I went to Otakon 2001, but not 2002, and now I'm attending 2003. XD I dunno what I count for. :p

Emeralda
05-10-2003, 02:45 PM
*scuttles in* 1997.. last year it was in Hunt's Valley

SailorMo
05-10-2003, 02:56 PM
since 1997 for me too.... ^_^ Had NO idea what I was getting myself into...

Amazing how much it's grown since then, eh?

Neko Cathy
05-10-2003, 03:54 PM
Since last year. Otakon 2003 will be my 3rd convention.

Tora
05-10-2003, 04:15 PM
Since Otakon 2000. It was love/addiction from then on! ~_~

Zelly
05-10-2003, 04:23 PM
You lucky Otakon veterans XD; I didn't go until Otakon 2000, and then after that I went to every Otakon and Katsucon each year :P Which makes Otakon 2003 my...*counts*..mm...seventh(?) convention? o.o

Studmaster
05-10-2003, 05:21 PM
Otakon 2002 was my first Otakon, and 3rd Convention.

Otakon 2003 will be my Second one, and my 11th Convention.

moonclarinet
05-10-2003, 05:47 PM
hehe i feel like such a newbie...2002 was my first otakon and first convention....also my only convention until otakon 2003! ::is too poor to go to more conventions ^_^;::

Eclipse180
05-10-2003, 07:37 PM
2001 was my first Otakon and con. It's the only con I go to besides the one time I attended Kastucon. All the others are too far and I'm too broke^__^;;

Nikol
05-10-2003, 07:40 PM
2002 was my first Otakon and my second con... this year will be my second year at Otakon and third con. Kind of a low count I know, but I'd rather keep it like that; gives me something to look forward toand I don't have to worry about being low of cash (I don't have a steady income to depend on)...

That and the only other con I could have gone to has moved out of my area.

DigitalCactus
05-11-2003, 02:32 AM
Ever since I first got to Otakon back in 99 I told myself I HAVE TO COSPLAY!! Its become a slight obsession as I think anyone else here will agree. I've done Otakon 99, 00, 01 & 02. The only other con I've been to was Katsucon 7. Otakon is like the one thing I look forward to with GREAT anticipation. There's no greater feeling than that rush I get days before the convention...

RealmRPGer
05-11-2003, 05:15 PM
yay... I be 100% newb!.... yay.... -.-

Jun_Kazama
05-12-2003, 12:54 PM
I've gone since 2001. I think that was my 2nd con.

LadyXenie
05-12-2003, 05:08 PM
This will be my first Otakon but my second convention. My first con was Katsucon 9..^_^;;

Hikaruchan
05-12-2003, 05:15 PM
Originally posted by Michi
Um. ^^; I went to Otakon 2001, but not 2002, and now I'm attending 2003. XD I dunno what I count for. :p

Same exact situation here

Maxima
05-16-2003, 01:18 AM
Been attending Otakon since Otakon 2000. Ever since then I have not missed a single one.

Otakon 2003 will be my 10th convention.

CelesDragon
05-16-2003, 09:33 AM
Been going since Otakon 2000. Otakon -03 will be my 10th con, as well.

Akutenshi
05-16-2003, 10:39 AM
2001 was my first otakon....my first con was Shoujocon '01...since then i've been to katsucon twice, otakon twice, shoujocon twice...AXNY and BAAF once...so I've been con going 7 times...not bad ^.^

JacksUsername
05-16-2003, 11:37 AM
heh, this will be my first Otakon, and Anime Boston a couple of months ago was my first anime con...so, yeah, I'm going to be overwhelmed by the size of this one :)

khamryn
05-16-2003, 03:20 PM
Otakon 2000 was my first time there... actually was my first MAJOR con too. ^_^;

Lyn
05-16-2003, 03:26 PM
Otakon 2000 was my first con ever. Otakon 2003 will be my 7th con. ^_^

And I agree with DigitalCactus. There is just this major excitement that comes with going to Otakon that I don't quite get when going to Katsucon. Granted, I get extremly excited about any con, but Otakon is by far my favorite.

NeoLunaAngel
05-16-2003, 04:15 PM
Originally posted by Lyn
Otakon 2000 was my first con ever. Otakon 2003 will be my 7th con. ^_^

And I agree with DigitalCactus. There is just this major excitement that comes with going to Otakon that I don't quite get when going to Katsucon. Granted, I get extremly excited about any con, but Otakon is by far my favorite.

I know what you mean!! I've been attending Otakon since 99. I went to my first Katsu this past February and it wasn't the same as Otakon. Maybe I liked it better because it was smaller, or maybe I didn't like it 'cuz I was bored..one thing I liked about Katsu...you could walk around all weekend and actually get to know people, see the same people a coupla times and get to at least know them by sight. Otakon is this huge world of anomie, in a 'society' where people are used to being pretty close knit. Uh oh..I feel a rant coming on...

It's like thousands of people who are used to sharing a passion with -maybe- twenty close friends...then all of a sudden you put them together with ten thousand other people and everyone epects everyone else to get their inside jokes or be used to their behavior....and this was why I always said that anime conventions got a little weird sometimes because you were putting normally socially ostricized people in a very social situation and to be honest they don't know how to act around others sometimes...

oh well end of rant...sorry it's not thread appropriate ^_^

Recca-kun
05-16-2003, 07:09 PM
Otakon '99 was my first convention, Otakon 2003 will be my... *counts* fourteenth.

Again, for those new to the convention Otakon is huge; it can easily be several blocks from your hotel depending on where you are staying. I would reccomend trying to plan costumes accordingly when possible, for your own comfort. ;)

Schala
05-16-2003, 08:02 PM
Originally posted by RealmRPGer
yay... I be 100% newb!.... yay.... -.-

I'm a total newbie too. ^_^;; This will be my first Otakon, and my first con. I'm really excited, but at the same time, I'm not totally sure what to expect. The only thing I know for sure is that it's really really big. ;)

Daala
05-19-2003, 07:12 AM
Otakon 99 groupie. I was such a newbie then... didn't even understand cosplay..LOL!

It used to be 2 floors of full on fun, now it's 3+ 2 more across the street..LOL. Make sure to have a good pair of shoes!

Lady Ava
05-19-2003, 06:28 PM
2 years for me ^-^

Oshi
05-21-2003, 03:04 AM
2002 was my first con ever, so this Otakon will mark my 1st whole year cosplaying/congoing, and my 10th convention! weeee.

...damn, for one year, I sure get around O.o;