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Yunalicia
02-10-2005, 04:18 PM
Yaya the boards have expanded. Ok i know a lot of you are saying there are too many cons but i thought there were only about 4 in Canada? anyway i was wondering if people are actually willing to fly out to go to cons? My friends and i are trying really hard to put together some kind of con here in Thunder Bay, ON cause there is NOTHING near us here. the two closest big cities are 8 hours away in either direction (excluding duluth in the states which is still four hours away). We really want to have a bigger anime and cosplay following here and this is the only way we know how to. As far as i know my friend and i are the ONLY two cosplayers inthe city. pretty much. are people willing to fly out to conventions even if they are just starting out? we figure unless this thing is preety big then we will only get to do it once. any advice for con starters??

Ochika
02-10-2005, 04:37 PM
i will personally only go as far as TTC or GO transit will take me >_>;; or as far as i can get a ride with a friend or will be able to drive myself to without going mad. personally i wouldnt go out to thunder bay for a con, but i would go to Baltimor for Otakon because i know thousands upon thousands of people will be there and its worth the money >_>;;

Cazeson_Zear
02-10-2005, 04:55 PM
Depends, Normally anywhere the Subway can take me but sometimes for special cons like Anime north, even further.

hikarilight
02-10-2005, 06:02 PM
Right now, I'm staying within the area of Toronto but with drives from parents and friends, I can manage to go a little further than Toronto but still in Ontario XD

I would like to attend a US con though, like Otakon or Anime Expo... *ish hopeful*

Amy the Yu
02-10-2005, 06:53 PM
I'm lucky enough to have my parents' place to crash at for most TO cons that are commutable to Scarborough (which AN even stretches the limit of).

And in summer, I live in Philadelphia for work, which lands me smack middle of several of the east coast cons (ie. Otakon, AnimeNext).

For just a con, I don't usually go by distance...I go by how much money I have to pay. For AnimeUSA and Katsucon (in 2 weeks), my reg fees and hotel expenses were all covered by nice friends of mine who live down there, so all I have to pay for is food and travel money. AnimeUSA saw 30 000 of my Aeroplan points wave bye-bye, but I got the plane ticket to go down there for free, so not that bad. ^^;;

I think most people will agree it's usually money and time holding them back from cons, not distance. If someone offered to take you to say...Anime Expo for $50 and they'd cover the rest, wouldn't you jump at the chance even though it's quite far?

If I was to be there already (ie. Kia and I have been talking about working in China for the summer of 2006 and we'd be insanely close to Japan, so yay for vacation in Japan), then distance isn't an issue. My trip to Beijing, China with my parents a year ago, I was 2 weeks off from making the biggest anime con there...and if it wasn't for needing to get back here for school, my parents and I agreed that I should have gone with one of my anime obsessed cousins and they were even talking about how they could nab a sewing machine off a friend and set me loose in a fabric store so I could still do the cosplaying deal. ^^

Hikarilight - Come down for Otakon this summer. =D I'm inviting all my friends from these parts to hitch a ride off one of my friends after the con to Philadelphia and stay at my place for a few days of sightseeing and then taking the Greyhound back together (which is quite a bit cheaper than taking it from Baltimore cause of strange Greyhound pricing methods).

Mekou
02-10-2005, 07:37 PM
I'll go as far as my funds will allow.

I'd sooooo LOVE to get to Otakon this year but it's not likely. -__-; No way down there, no place to stay...bleh. One day I'll get there.....maybe. -_-;

Seed-chan
02-10-2005, 08:17 PM
Come down for Otakon this summer. =D I'm inviting all my friends from these parts to hitch a ride off one of my friends after the con to Philadelphia and stay at my place for a few days of sightseeing and then taking the Greyhound back together (which is quite a bit cheaper than taking it from Baltimore cause of strange Greyhound pricing methods).
I swear to god, I'll try to go to Otakon this year. Just because. I REALLY want to go. And then I'll take you up for the offer, amy. =D

But currently, I'm sticking with Toronto Conventions, though I'll also try to go to NAF this year. But I'm a TTC freak. (It's a love-hate relationship, my parents don't have a car, so I rely on it for everything, including going to school everyday. So I love it because it's my saviour and I hate it because I'm sick of it. And FYI: 2 1/2 hour TTC rides to Anime North are NOT fun.)

hikarilight
02-10-2005, 08:21 PM
Hikarilight - Come down for Otakon this summer. =D I'm inviting all my friends from these parts to hitch a ride off one of my friends after the con to Philadelphia and stay at my place for a few days of sightseeing and then taking the Greyhound back together (which is quite a bit cheaper than taking it from Baltimore cause of strange Greyhound pricing methods).

I would love to come but it depends on the amount of cash to be used/I have, parents a-okay and etc T_______T It sounds like a good deal though~ Need more info, we can talk about that later *nods* But if I can manage, I'll let you know, eventually...

Sarcasm-hime
02-11-2005, 01:53 AM
Yaya the boards have expanded. Ok i know a lot of you are saying there are too many cons but i thought there were only about 4 in Canada? anyway i was wondering if people are actually willing to fly out to go to cons? My friends and i are trying really hard to put together some kind of con here in Thunder Bay, ON cause there is NOTHING near us here. the two closest big cities are 8 hours away in either direction (excluding duluth in the states which is still four hours away). We really want to have a bigger anime and cosplay following here and this is the only way we know how to. As far as i know my friend and i are the ONLY two cosplayers inthe city. pretty much. are people willing to fly out to conventions even if they are just starting out? we figure unless this thing is preety big then we will only get to do it once. any advice for con starters??

There are at least 10 conventions in the Toronto area, most of which are anime. That's why we think there should be more cons in areas that don't have any, rather than starting more here. ^_^;

I've flown to one con (Dragoncon in Atlanta)and driven to cons in Chicago, Montreal and Detroit but can't afford to go very far usually. If you can get a road-trip going it doesn't cost too much...

Michi
02-11-2005, 01:58 AM
When I used to live in the San Francisco area, California, I'd drive down to SoCal cons with my friends all the time. I only flew down there for cons twice. It's about a 6-7 hour drive, but it was worth it. We went to Anime Expo, which is big and well known, and Ani-Magic, which when we first went was just starting out. But we drove down anyway. I probably wouldn't drive out very far for something brand new, and I certainly wouldn't waste a plane ticket on it. ^^; Newer cons are better for the local people around it until they get more popular. >_>

HidoshiNobunaga
02-11-2005, 09:42 AM
I try to stay local. E3 (if you can call it a con, it's more of an expo) and Otakon are pretty much the only out of Ontario cons I go to. I may at some point attend an Ushicon to see some friends, but that's in the later future. I'm not even that keen about going up to Oshawa for cons really, which makes NAF a big "maybe" on my list.

Yuna-X2
02-11-2005, 10:02 AM
The farthest I will go is Toronto. That's 3 hours away, and I'm insanely poor, so Toronto is even stretching it. Woo for AnimeNorth and AC-Cubed (if I don't have midterms then)!

Chibik3r0
02-11-2005, 12:25 PM
I'm from the GTA and have travelled to Baltimore, Maryland for Otakon the last 3 years. It's always a fun car trip. I've also travelled to Columbus, Ohio for Ohayocon back in January.

Honestly, the only local con I've EVER gone to was CNAnime this past year. That'll be changing when I go to Anime North for my first time this May XD

somethingcatchy
02-12-2005, 12:21 AM
Ya, the car ride to Otakon, though long, can be fun. Getting honked at twice for having the "Otakon or '04 or bust!" was great!

If anybody has the money to spend, I would suggest the road trip to Otakon

Crimson Firefly
02-18-2005, 03:22 PM
It takes me 3 hours to get to my "home" convention. Mostly I'd consider going to other conventions if I had ample transportation not including flying (airfare is a little too expensive for me).

8 hours sounds a bit far away just to go to a Toronto con... if some US cons are under 4 hours, then why don't you check them out?

Rikku789
02-18-2005, 04:07 PM
I live super close to Toronto, only fifteen mintues away!! I get a lot of cons. But it sucks cuz Im only 14 and I have no money. So i miss a lot of things.... But like going to a con by airplane or bus, or a long drive sucks. Like theres 100s of cons in the U.S which really no fair to us Canadians. Oh, I also heard theres a con in New Brunswick! Not like I'm from there, but you any of u east coasters, theres your chance!!^^

SimiHe
02-18-2005, 10:00 PM
Well I go to con's that spike my interest. I don't go for guests or anything basically just for the events and contests..I've been to american ones and canadian ones and yeah it isn't fair at how many the US have, but think about it the US next to Japan is like the second anime provider...all we Canadian's got are Vancover and Toronto. So yeah. But I will go to a Canadian over an American anyday so in answer to this question, I will go to any con I want and I would go to the Artic if they had a con up there.

archangeli
02-19-2005, 01:21 AM
The "furthest from home" convention I've ever been to was Anime Evolution in Vancouver, BC.

And that was a bit of a fluke. My parents booked a family vacation to go there (just cuz) and THEN I found out there was a convention happening that same weekend! It was a lot of fun :) Although bringing my Paine costume onto the airplane was a bit of a headache. I was so worried it'd get damaged even though I brought it in an overnight luggage and kept it with me as a carry-on. :schitzo:

☆Skull Rabbit☆
02-20-2005, 05:04 AM
I flew to Toronto (I live in Alberta) For Anime North 2004. That will probably be my first/last time? :D I didn't have to pay for it. This year I wanted to go but its on my grad weekend. But then I was thinking that it was kind of boring anyways.

Second longest I will travel is to Anime Evolution this summer. Other than that, all my local cons are 3 hours max away.

Amy the Yu
02-21-2005, 01:57 AM
Ya, the car ride to Otakon, though long, can be fun. Getting honked at twice for having the "Otakon or '04 or bust!" was great!

My butt still hurts from all the sitting I've done to get down to Katsu and back...and I'm still only in New Jersey. Yay for another 12 hours on the Greyhound to look forward to tomorrow to get me home to TO at last.

Katsucon is now officially the con that I've gone to that has required the most hours of travel.

The tally for the trip down to Katsucon :

By bus:
Kitchener -> Toronto - 1.5 hours
Toronto -> New York - 11 hours
New York -> Mt. Laurel - 2 hours

By car:
Mt. Laurel -> Princeton - 1 hour
Princeton -> Arlington - 8 hours (supposed to take 3...we got lost about 3 times in every city and interstate interchange we passed by)

Return trip :

By car:
Arlington -> Princeton - 4 hours (we got better at not getting lost, but not enough)
Princeton -> Mt. Laurel - 1 hour (here down is all for tomorrow...assuming that being on the road during both morning and evening rush hour won't affect the speed at all...I wish)

By bus:
Mt. Laurel -> New York - 2 hours
New York -> Toronto - 11 hours

And the grand total is 41.5 hours of Greyhound and car. Allow me to say, I'm never doing that again. Fewer hours spent wandering the con than hours sitting in a vehicle, and not counting the hours of waiting done at the bus terminals (Kitchener, TO and NYC). -_-;;

Next time someone's car pooling down to an US con from TO, give me a ring plz. I'm beginning to seriously hate Greyhound and I will never trust my US east coast friends to not take the same wrong turn 5 times in a row (which happened several times) ever again.

heki-chan
02-21-2005, 02:34 AM
The farthest con I went to was..NAF lol!

Like said above, its not about distance, more about lack of money, and clash of schedules :( Like this summer was planning Otakon but now going to Miami instead...one day....one day.... i wanna go to an american con--just to see waht its like :) :)

Kia
02-21-2005, 01:51 PM
For me, the farthest I've travelled was to Montreal for Con*Cept this past November. Thankfully it was a caravan of carpoolers for that trip. If I had to rely on other forms of transportation (be it public or something else) I think I would have been less than thrilled. I think that's probably why I have't been to any other cons outside of the GTA. I usually just try and bum rides off my friends ... so if you're going my way ... ;)

StrawberryDuo
02-23-2005, 03:45 PM
I will go so far to cons if they attract my attention and keep it there.