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Ron Jr
07-09-2008, 04:52 PM
How does this con compare to AnimeNext? Will be going on Sat & Sun.

Volnixshin
07-09-2008, 08:37 PM
Best to just go and find out, not all of us have been to A Next.
Its fun, I love it, maybe you'll like it too

Xailyn
07-09-2008, 09:13 PM
Even though I haven't been to either, I can say from hearing things from my friends, that CTCon is a LOT less elitist. My friends have said people at ANext were VERY stuck up about their cosplays, and that they treated newcomers very poorly, but I've heard only good things about CTCon.

Gale
07-09-2008, 10:23 PM
I've only been to ANext once, and it was only for a Friday, but I do know it is a fair amount bigger than CTcon (which I've been attending since it started and never missed). I've had a lot of friends say it is their favorite con, and its certainly one I never want to miss, if that tells you anything.

Some general info about CTcon: the hotel and convention center are attached, though I can't remember if you can move from one to the other without going outside, and combine to be a VERY nice facility. Also, it is a growing convention. Last year it saw its most difficult growing pains to date and consequently things like registration and some event managing were a mess (they just did not anticipate such an influx of non-pre-registered attendees). Now in its 6th year it will be expanding the size of its main events hall, and maybe some other things too. Despite its growing size, Connecticon continues to try and keep its close-knit "family" feel that it's always maintained so far.

If you want anymore info or have specific questions, like I said I've been going since 2003, and also I'm friends with a lot of the staff including one of the founders, the mascot, the cosplay events staff, and sort of know the con chair as well.

Volnixshin
07-09-2008, 10:34 PM
I've met some amazing ppl at CT Con, and seen some amazing things. I grew up with Anime Bioston, but CT Con, is closer, and is, well, I actually wrote a final on it. When you enter you can feel a surge of energy rush through you, literally!

Ron Jr
07-10-2008, 08:46 AM
Thanks for all the responses. Still on the fence on attending though. Hartford is not to hard to get to from LI. Just have to convince the Wife of the idea. Also whats the name of the hotel that is associated with the con? Have to check room availability. I've been going to AN for 4 years now and I have never seen any elitist attitude among the cosplayers and I have seen every type of costume from cardboard box Gundams to proffesional costumes. Cosplay at Conneticon isn't just Anime right?

stardust462
07-10-2008, 10:49 AM
Right, ConnectiCon is not just anime, they also include "gaming, web-comics, science-fiction, fantasy and related genres." You'll see plenty of non-anime cosplay (including me).

The hotel is the Hartford Marriott, but I think the rooms in the hotel block are full. Check ConnectiCon's website.

After attending AnimeNEXT for the first time last month and attending ConnectiCon for the first time last year I find them to be pretty similar in size and the amount of programming. The big differences I saw was ConnectiCon's facilities are much better for holding a convention like this, and they're not just an anime con. ConnectiCon also has an awesome video game room (I didn't go to AnimeNEXT's, but I heard it wasn't great).

Gale - IIRC you can get to the convention center from the hotel without going outside. But it takes longer than if you go outside from the second floor of the hotel.

Gale
07-10-2008, 12:04 PM
Gale - IIRC you can get to the convention center from the hotel without going outside. But it takes longer than if you go outside from the second floor of the hotel.

Yah, that's what I thought. I just most clearly remembered using the 2nd floor bit 'cause, like you said, its easier.

According to AnimeCons.com in 2007 there were 7,100 attendees to ANext and 4,600 to CTcon. Both mid-size cons, but ANext is still a fair bit bigger.

madcatz090
07-10-2008, 12:53 PM
hey just to let u know i went to anime next and ive gone to connecticon twice and im goin this year, however connecticon is so much better! Its building is very large and open spaced u can sit down with a group of friends on the floor and just chill. I realized alot in Anime Next you gotta be moving at all times and i felt like i was in a stadium or a basement, it just doesnt feel comfortable. But Connecticon you feel at ease and its air condtioned and everything is easy to find yet it is big as well. I would also like to add that hartford people actually are really nice to cosplayers outside of the con, not saying everyone is nice but it was the first time where people were like wow thats really cool. So AnimeNext or Connecticon...

I would say Connecticon.

Gale
07-10-2008, 01:44 PM
I was just thinking of something else. Of all the cons I've ever been to, CTcon at their current location is probably the most accessibly laid out convention I have ever seen, convention center or not. I'm not sure how enlarging the Main Events space will change things (I'm guessing they'll move the dealer's and/or video game rooms), but in the past they've held main events, dealers room, and video games in the three ballrooms that are set on the main hall right up the escalator from registration. The panel/workshop/screening rooms are set on the two halls at either end of the main hall, and along the exterior wall of those halls is the artists alley. I know that probably doesn't explain it well, but trust me, what it comes down to is its WAY easier to navigate than most cons.

Squeak-chan
07-10-2008, 03:50 PM
AnimeNext < AnimeBoston

Connecticon > AnimeNext

Connecticon < AnimeBoston

This year so far, AnimeNext was the WORST convention I've been to.
So it's only expected that I say Connecticon is much better than AN.

madcatz090
07-10-2008, 11:30 PM
AnimeNext < AnimeBoston

Connecticon > AnimeNext

Connecticon < AnimeBoston

This year so far, AnimeNext was the WORST convention I've been to.
So it's only expected that I say Connecticon is much better than AN.


yes yes i agree however i went to ab to this past year and the 10 hour wait in line on friday totally makes connecticon better lmao, plus it was very big so i didnt know where things were but it was still fun, and much better than anime next.

Xailyn
07-10-2008, 11:52 PM
yes yes i agree however i went to ab to this past year and the 10 hour wait in line on friday totally makes connecticon better lmao, plus it was very big so i didnt know where things were but it was still fun, and much better than anime next.

Long LineCon is Long.

madcatz090
07-11-2008, 01:31 AM
yeh it was....

Squeak-chan
07-11-2008, 03:05 AM
Long LineCon is Long.


thats why I allways order my tickets online.
... but I think you would still had to wait in line, wouldn't you?

Gale
07-11-2008, 09:20 AM
Well, admittedly, the at-the-door reg line for CTcon last year was pretty monstrous. But that's all because they weren't expecting so many people to register day-of! It was a learning experiance and I know they're much more prepared this year. Plus, after AB I imagine all cons are re-thinking how to speed up the registration process.

Squeak-chan
07-11-2008, 02:23 PM
And also, I don't know how many people know this, but this is going to be CTcon's biggest year.

Gale
07-11-2008, 03:08 PM
Well, at the rate they've been growing that's no surprise! Gosh, I remember back when we were at the University of Hartford with like 850 people. I don't know what the staff's projecting for this year but I wouldn't be surprised if we crack 5,000! ^_^

itsuki<3pudding
07-11-2008, 10:49 PM
I haven't been to Connecticon since it was under 1,000 at the university, so I think I'll be a little shocked when I go this year. XD Silly me forgot to prereg, though, so I hope they have fixed that...

My opinion probably won't help much, but I hear there is still the small con feel like back then.

Neffy
07-11-2008, 11:15 PM
As other people have mentioned, the areas where ANext and CTcon are held are quite different: ANext has a big, warehouse-y feel to it, while CTcon is held in a pretty nice convention center with actual rooms instead of partitions of black cloth everywhere. XD Also, I don't know how important this is to you, but I feel like the area around ANext has a lot more places to go around it (restaurants, stores, movie theater, etc.) while the CT convention center has a few fast food places way down the road and pretty much nothing else around.

As for the cons themselves, CTcon is smaller and has a more tight-knit and laid-back feeling, although this year could be different, what with all the growth. And there is also a greater variety (but maybe not number) of guests at CTcon, from anime personalities to web-comic artists to TV actors/actresses since it is a multi-genre con, whereas I think in my experience ANext has been able to get more... famous or high-profile guests, I want to say. Anyway, CTcon's a great con so I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

Gale
07-11-2008, 11:27 PM
Ooh, right! As Neffy mentioned, CTcon gets LOTS of webcomic guests. They may not have high profile mainstreem guests, but lots of popular webcomics are represented, particularly those with authors in the northeast. I've read a few of their blogs after the con and they really love CTcon for doing so much with them.

tmchiba
07-13-2008, 10:14 AM
Everybody else who posted has made great points so I'll just add in my two cents, each con has a different flavor to it. Though personally I enjoyed everything at CTCon a ton more than ANext, but that's just me.

ANext is located in a better location in terms of what's next to it, but the Connecticon facility is 20 times nicer.

While ANext is bigger, I didn't really notice a dramatic difference between the sizes. CTCon also has a main lobby area, where all the spontaneous craziness happens, and it's easy to know if it's going on.

I can say if you like ANext you'll probably like Connecticon, they have many of the same positives while still being somewhat unique. If you didn't like ANext, there's plenty to like about CTCon.

Ron Jr
07-13-2008, 11:24 AM
Well the decision has been made, we will be there. I just have to pre-register and book a room. I will also have to check the ferry schedule, a bit of driving cut out then.

madcatz090
07-13-2008, 12:46 PM
Well the decision has been made, we will be there. I just have to pre-register and book a room. I will also have to check the ferry schedule, a bit of driving cut out then.


Nice you'll be glad you decided to go.

Adara
07-14-2008, 01:07 PM
AnimeNext < AnimeBoston

Connecticon > AnimeNext

Connecticon < AnimeBoston

This year so far, AnimeNext was the WORST convention I've been to.
So it's only expected that I say Connecticon is much better than AN.

In my opinion, ConnectiCon is the best of the three. Anime Boston? I'd rather not walk three miles accross the con center to get to where I'm going only to wait in line... they really need to lay things out better. Bigger isn't always better :d

madcatz090
07-14-2008, 01:11 PM
In my opinion, ConnectiCon is the best of the three. Anime Boston? I'd rather not walk three miles accross the con center to get to where I'm going only to wait in line... they really need to lay things out better. Bigger isn't always better :d


I agree.

LadyHawke78
07-14-2008, 01:41 PM
True that Huge Hynes Convention Center is HUUUUUUGE, but it's always been easier logistically to lay things out on the 2nd and 3rd floors though. But I can understand how it feels like you are walking MILES to get to where you are going-- I put a LOT of miles on my feet staffing that con every year.

Connecticon vs. ANext:

Connecticon has the better facility and layout. (nice con center attached to hotel FTW)
ANext has the better location (stuff around the con center AND only a 90min drive for me.)

ANext is slightly bigger (I wouldn't be shocked if thier attendance was OVER 9000 this year) but bigger =/= better. I have a ton of fun at small cons myself. Just came from PortconMaine (1600+) where I had a BLAST.

I know a lot of people who go to both, and usually try go to both myself, so I have to say that the 'hangout factor' of both cons is well up there with me. Too bad I'm probably missing out on CTcon this year. You made a good decision to go. I don't think you'll regret it.

Ron Jr
07-14-2008, 03:08 PM
Hotel is full :bigcry: now we will have to stay 8 miles away. Going to be tough with some of the costumes.

madcatz090
07-14-2008, 03:59 PM
Hotel is full :bigcry: now we will have to stay 8 miles away. Going to be tough with some of the costumes.

Yeah... it was posted on their site but just a taxi or something? Plus the walks in Hartford are kinda of fun. LOL last year i got lost with a friend around midnight in our cosplays and we went past dance clubs with people staring at us, and even drug dealers!! lmao but we also saw other cosplayers as well...oddly enough.

Gale
07-14-2008, 10:13 PM
If you drive from your hotel to the con center you can take advantage of the parking discount. Long as you don't park there overnight you can use vouchers each day of the con that will be found at a table near reg. Not sure how much of a deal they give you, but its much better than what it would be without.

ZaQers512
07-22-2008, 06:38 PM
Yeah... it was posted on their site but just a taxi or something? Plus the walks in Hartford are kinda of fun. LOL last year i got lost with a friend around midnight in our cosplays and we went past dance clubs with people staring at us, and even drug dealers!! lmao but we also saw other cosplayers as well...oddly enough.

A bit of caveat: For those of you who don't live near here, Hartford is one of the poorest cities in the nation and also has a relatively high crime rate. I'm not trying to scare you, but just be aware of where you are and who you are with if you choose to wander around our fair city.

Gale
07-22-2008, 06:52 PM
Good warning Zach. That said, I'm fairly certain that the immediate area of the Convention center is in a nicer area of the city and within its grounds is relatively safe. I certainly know I've never had an incident in the 3 years since we've been at the con center.

Dead_Eight
07-22-2008, 09:44 PM
Hey, I was wondering(this is my first time at CTcon and my second convention) I know that it's not a giant con but relatively speaking will there be people on the street in cosplay? I'm just deciding about how to look walking from my the parking garage at my dads work (Travelers, I think you may actually be able to see the building) to the convention center. I don't wanna get stopped by the police or something 'cause I'm the only one walking down the street like that. So: cosplayers a normal sight on the streets? Or only with in about a ten yard radius of the convention center? Also where do people normally grab food? Not like Starbucks isn't on every corner but just wondering ^,^'

PatrickD
07-22-2008, 10:31 PM
Good warning Zach. That said, I'm fairly certain that the immediate area of the Convention center is in a nicer area of the city and within its grounds is relatively safe. I certainly know I've never had an incident in the 3 years since we've been at the con center.
That's probably because after 5pm on Friday, all those insurance company workers go home and the city becomes an absolute ghost town. I swear, I've NEVER seen a city of that size with so few people in it on a weekend.

There will be a few locals wandering around and they may think you're out of place, but you'll easily outnumber them as long as you have a friend or two with you.

Seriously...Hartford is DESERTED on weekends. (Which, unfortunately, also means it doesn't have much of a night life. You'll have to depend on the convention for that.)

LadyHawke78
07-23-2008, 02:02 PM
Yes. Hartford night-life is non-existant. (Even the Dunkins closes on the weekends? WTF?!?)

HOWEVER, an exit or so up 84 in Southington there are a few cool spots to hang out. Quinns and Corner Pug come to mind. My company's home office is in the Hartford/Southington area (and LOL YES I WORK IN INSURANCE. Big surprise there) and these are the places reccommended by colleagues who go up there on business.

tmchiba
07-23-2008, 02:27 PM
Yes. Hartford night-life is non-existant. (Even the Dunkins closes on the weekends? WTF?!?)

HOWEVER, an exit or so up 84 in Southington there are a few cool spots to hang out. Quinns and Corner Pug come to mind. My company's home office is in the Hartford/Southington area (and LOL YES I WORK IN INSURANCE. Big surprise there) and these are the places reccommended by colleagues who go up there on business.

Yeah everthing closes in Hartford pretty quickly at night. I believe one Dunkins is open somewhere, there are 3 within 1 block of the Old State House I think one stays open. Otherwise it's Hank Scorpios..ahem Burger King. It's a few blocks from the con center to the food places though.

Crime downtown is rare, but not nonexistent, so if ya leave the con center be with a group and keep your eyes open. There is a lot of people hanging out around the bars, but the streets are pretty vacant.

Corner Pug is in West Hartford, exit 45 Flatbush avenue I believe. Taco Bell is there as well. The landmark 24-hour Goldroc diner is exit 44. Southington is much farther down 84. There's also a 24-hour diner down 91 in Wethersfield. In the other direction some of your normal restaurants 15 minutes back down 84 in Manchester.

LadyHawke78
07-23-2008, 04:03 PM
I remember taking the Queen St. exit to get to... oh... I think it was Quinns, actually.

And yeah, Corner Pug is W. Hartford.
(My one buddy already corrected me on that!!) XD

tmchiba
07-23-2008, 04:42 PM
I remember taking the Queen St. exit to get to... oh... I think it was Quinns, actually.

And yeah, Corner Pug is W. Hartford.
(My one buddy already corrected me on that!!) XD

Yep Quinns is in southington, exit 32 will get you to Queen Street.

Though southington is like 20-30 minutes from Hartford. Still if people like Quinns there it is.

As a resident of the Hartford area for 20 years I can attest to the deadness so I'm happy to point people to Oasises (spelling?) of life.

:bigtu:

madcatz090
07-23-2008, 10:27 PM
A bit of caveat: For those of you who don't live near here, Hartford is one of the poorest cities in the nation and also has a relatively high crime rate. I'm not trying to scare you, but just be aware of where you are and who you are with if you choose to wander around our fair city.



Oh i already i knew that the night we got lost, we were told mcdonalds was close. Of course it was a little sketchy but it wasnt that bad. lol im not saying go out and have fun in the city just sharing a funny story lol. But i dont suggest looking for food at midnight.

Raxian
07-27-2008, 01:53 AM
Yeah prepare to bring stuff, or buy stuff early when you go. Because I went to this one place (NOT in costume) and let's just say, I can handle myself in most places. I was REALLY out of place and it was the only thing open at the time. I suggest, For those going...lets bring Ramen or snacks or something (In the Hotels, the Coffee machine can be used to heat water :)