Originally Posted by Lazarathe
Hey everyone! I'm wondering how Mikomicon ranks in terms of excitment compared to ALA/PMX/Fanime. This past AX was lousy and i've decided to only go to the smaller cons, so this seems right up my alley. Can someone tell me the estimate number of attendees and if it's worth going to?
Well, to answer your question.... Have a personal review!
Mikomi Con is a smaller convention, and takes place at CSUN (a college campus in Northridge), so I think mostly locals of the area show up. Occassionally you'll get the more hardcore LA-area fans who go to every single con like it's their life's mission to attend everything (like me, lol).
It's also a lot more family oriented from what I've seen of most cons, probably because it's in such a public area. There are plenty of normies milling about since CSUN is a public location after all. They often ask what's going on and ask a lot of questions.
I like Mikomi Con and rank it in my top three California conventions year-round because it's by fans, for fans. I think (don't quote me on this) that it's run by the CSUN anime club, and because of that it's more like they know what they're doing,. The staff members are a lot more pleasant and friendly in attitude than those of a certain larger convention, and a lot of the people from the-con-run-by-a-big-friendly-bear go to this one, so familiar faces are abound.
My rating for Mikomi Con is as such:
4.5 out of 5, mainly due to there being very very few negatives (mostly involving parking, which is always a hassle at a college anyway).
- there are usually none or very very short ones!
- quality over quantity!
- friendly artists, good local networking, lovely art!
Guests of Honor
- this is slightly biased, since I'm a huge fan of JYB but... they pick REALLY GOOD ones every year!
- Masquerade and the concerts were very enjoyable, AMVs were a blast. The para-para dancers during intermission were awesome.
- Because there are less people, there is less drama.
- Excellent, especially with my introduction to Pachinko.
- Friendly and positive, ran things very smoothly.
- Anyone could start, anyone could join. I had a great time and I'll even be signing up to have a panel of my own this year if I can.
- Last year there was a Trinity Blood group that knocked my socks off with their stunning outfits. Glitter everywhere, omg! But you will definitely see some amazing cosplays wandering about.
- There are some fast food joints nearby, the college campus food court had a decent selection that wasn't too pricey and there were also food carts with instant Ramen, Calpico and other cool Japanese treats.
- Rum Party and DJ Hellsing FOR THE WIN!
- The one and only negative I found last year. It's a college campus, though, so I expected it. My advice -- GET THERE EARLY!
Now then... After singing your high praises, Mikomi Con, I would like to ask how I can start a fan-panel this year. I'm very interested in a series that's taking the world by storm -- Axis Powers Hetalia -- and I was thinking a fan-panel discussing "Just what is Hetalia anyway?" for the newbies and "Nice to see you again!" for the veteran Hetalia fans would be a great contribution to the repertoire this year.
I would like to organize it, if you'll let me.
Ah, but who should I contact to get info on such things, ne?