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06-05-2006, 01:31 PM
what is there to expect.
i've been to plenty of con's before.
just not this one.
do alot of people cosplay
is it large or smaller
etc etc.
as much info as i can get would be tight.
cause if im making a 2 hour trip up to canada...
it better be worth it. =]

06-05-2006, 02:28 PM
not much to do other then the dealers room, the masq and hangout honestly. It's not the best convention but I still like it:) but ya there are some events and such going on but...not many O_O;;

06-05-2006, 02:42 PM
If you consider that CNA is not only anime, it also consists of hobby/craft, horror, fantasy, sci-fi and rpg, yeah, Im pretty sure you can find something to do. There are always anime movie viewings, pannels, contests and hundreads of photoshoots glore. CNA is also surronded by restaurants and lots of interesting sights to see. If you like, Im willing to meet up and you can chill out with my group.

06-05-2006, 03:33 PM
They run a lot of role playing games and I know last year they had some great horror make-up workshops. But since it isn't fan run it is mostly based on swindling all of your money, so the dealers room is gigantic and will probably take the most of your time. If you're there for the guests (which you should be, because that's their strongest point [you've seen the guest list for this year by now I'd guess and OMGOMGOMG it's impressive, isn't it?!?]) you'll probably be in line-ups for HOURS.
Anyway, it's a good con for someone line me because I don't really like video rooms and panels, more getting to know people and chillin', and hands-on stuff.

06-05-2006, 03:35 PM
It's right in the heart of downtown Toronto, so lots of tourist places as well in and around the area and great places to do photoshoots if you so well desire =D. The great thing is, food is really cheap (lots of fast food places and food courts within walking distance)

The venue is HUGE, and hte convention itself is really big since it is a convention for not just anime, but for sci-fi, horror, comics etc as well. Expect to see lots of mingling of different streams, and cosplayers from all genres.

The guests as well are awesome. Last year Kevin Sorbo (Hercules!) came and others too...don't remember them all. But you have to pay extra for autographs, official pictures with the guest, and some discussion with guest panels.


IF you haven't been to the site already, here's hte link to the Anime side of the con. The logos on the top represent the other parts as well, and each have their own guests, events, etc.

They say that the $45 pass advertised on hte site, gets you into all areas of the con except for special ticketed events

06-05-2006, 03:48 PM
They say that the $45 pass advertised on hte site, gets you into all areas of the con except for special ticketed events

To be more specific the 'ANIME' pass gets you access to all area of the con except special ticketed events.

The other weekend passes; Comic, Sci-fi, etc... give you access to all areas of the con aswell except special ticketed events and only limited access to Anime events.

06-05-2006, 04:00 PM
Ever since they added Gaming to the Expo, CN has gotten a lot better.

I had a blast last year. In the exhibitors room (aka dealers) they have a lot of booths where u can try out some games and get free stuff after too. :)

The masq is always awesome at CN.

06-05-2006, 04:38 PM
I'd say it's pretty big, since it's not just anime fans, but then again, I've only been to Anime North and CNAnime. :P Of course, a lot of people cosplay too! And it's definitely more diverse in terms of theme.

The masquerade is definitely worth seeing!

06-05-2006, 05:31 PM
I really enjoy CNA (FX, whatever :P) myself, this will be the third time I'm going. It's really cool for me to indulge in all aspects of my geekdom, not just anime. Plus the guests are always awesome. (I don't care if it DOES take hours, I WILL see Billy Boyd and Carrie Fisher, bwahahahaha!!!)

Although at certain times of the day video rooms and panels are scarce, going to the main lobby and hanging out is just as entertaining, since you meet up with loads of people. And as many people have said, there are tons of attractions around that you can walk to if you need some fresh air. :)

Anime Dave
06-05-2006, 07:01 PM
Uh, from what I saw on the website, isn't it back in the South Building this year?

(*Checks website.*)

Yep, South Building, Hall D.

06-06-2006, 06:58 AM
oh wow. haha. alot of info.
the fact that its around stuff makes it better though.
well i guess in this case, with the way it sounds, ill be going. =]

06-06-2006, 10:45 PM
Uh, from what I saw on the website, isn't it back in the South Building this year?

(*Checks website.*)

Yep, South Building, Hall D.

Back to the south like the old days... the shame is the lack of natural light and the fact that I'll have to walk father to get to my favourite vendor.