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01-07-2006, 01:09 AM
Hi, I live in BC in the Vancouver region. I am searching for a club or convention info near Vancouver. Can anybody help? I really want to cosplay but can not find anything around here. please help me...:bigcry:

01-07-2006, 01:21 AM
There's a convention in Vancouver called the "Anime Evolution."


You might have to wait a few months for that, though. It's in August of 2006...

01-07-2006, 01:26 AM
oh, thank you. do you think you know any conventions thats sooner? maybe in victoria or something? well, if you know, or anybody else, please tell me, thanks!

01-07-2006, 02:14 AM
There's a convention called KeiKon held at the University of Victoria on February 24-26: http://keikon.cjb.net/ It's in it's fourth year. The cost is $15 for the weekend.

Sakura Con, which is held every year in Seattle, is further away, but it's the biggest convention in the Pacific Northwest, and definitely worth going to. This year it'll be held March 24-26, at the State Trade and Convention Center in downtown Seattle. Cost is $45 for the weekend if you register by February 28, $60 at the door. I love this con, and a lot of our convention goers are from Canada (and elsewhere). Site: http://www.sakuracon.org/

Anime Evolution is another terrific con on the Northwest Coast. It's held August 18-20 at the Simon Fraser University Campus in Burnaby, just outside Vancouver. Cost is usually around $35 for the weekend, though it might be less if you register soon. They offer dorm rooms for rent for between $20 and $40 a night, so accomodations are cheap and nearby. I really enjoy this con because it's not too huge yet (Sakura Con can get a little overwhelming for a first-timer) and extremely relaxed; they don't flip out if you're cosplaying barefoot. The dealer's rooms are great and the college campus offers wonderful scenery for cosplay photos. Site: http://www.animeevolution.com/

If you'd like more information on these or other conventions, try checking out the "conventions" link at the top of the page, or going to http://www.anime-cons.com/events/. For both, you just scroll down to the convention you're interested in (they're listed in order of date, and the location will be right next to it) and click on the link. On this site, it'll take you straight to the homepage, while on anime-cons.com it'll take you to a short informative page first that lists date, cost, and what kind of events take place.

Have fun, and I hope to see you at Sakura Con or Anime Evolution later this year!

01-07-2006, 02:32 AM
oh, thanks, that really helps! but do you know if there is an ae limite? ya, well, thanks again!

01-07-2006, 10:58 AM
Do you mean age limit? I know Sakura Con requires all minors (17 and under) to attend with a chaperone, someone 19 or older. It doesn't have to be a parent, just someone who's legally of age. I believe Anime Evolution has the same rule, and KeiKon probably does as well; it's a pretty standard convention rule.

I think the rule is that you must arrive at the convention with your chaperone and that they must stay on the property as long as you are there, but you don't have to stay right at their side the whole time (just able to get ahold of them). Also, minors do have a curfew, usually midnight, at which time they must vacate the con premises. In the case of Anime Evolution, this means heading back to your dorm room at midnight sharp. And they do start doing badge checks after curfew. Your badge will say whether you have a youth or adult membership, and it must always be visible. (i.e., Don't try to hide it to stay out later. If you don't have your badge, they'll send you back to your room reqardless of your age.)

Most cons have their rules posted on their site. It'll usually be the link labelled "policies", so check them out. Some rules do vary from con to con, though I think most age restrictions and rules are the same.

01-07-2006, 01:52 PM
oh, thanks. but, you dont have to were a costume, do you? my mom doesnt really want to, unless she has to.

01-07-2006, 09:31 PM
Absolutely not. Cosplay is just one of the many activities you can participate in at cons. Many convention-goers do choose to wear costumes, but not everybody, and it's definitely not a requirement to get in.

A lot of attendees choose just to wear normal clothes, often an anime t-shirt, jeans, and sneakers. Parents accompanying younger fans usually just wear their normal clothes, unless they're a big-time fan or cosplayer themselves. I usually spend at least part of Friday (first day of a con) in my "casual con clothes", an anime-inspired outfit put together out of the normal clothes in my closet; for instance, a short skirt, cropped jacket, brightly colored tights, and boots, with an anime touch like big goggles or a really weird hairstyle or wig. Something a little reminiscent of Japanese street fashion.

Anyway, cosplay's just a hobby that a small percentage of anime fandom indulges in. That percentage is more visible at cons, but it's completly up to the attendee as to whether they join in.

10-03-2007, 03:51 AM
Hi, I live in BC in the Vancouver region. I am searching for a club or convention info near Vancouver. Can anybody help? I really want to cosplay but can not find anything around here. please help me...:bigcry:

There is a cosplay restaurant in Richmond, and they have pretty good food there, you should go and try. they have website, www.gogotea.ca