Costume role-playing or Cosplay is the unannounced sideshow at any fan convention. Whether it’s store-bought or handmade, it’s important to show up as your favourite character. With comic books at a high in the mainstream consciousness, cosplaying maybe more popular now than ever before. Unfortunately, Otakon doesn’t feature a costume contest, but there were many photo shoots scattered around the convention space. The following are some of the best of cosplay from Otakon 2015. Continue reading “Otakon 2015 Part 3: The Photoshoots”
Day 3: 12:30pm Kingdom Hearts Photo Shoot (Charles Street Lobby)
Day Three of Otakon 2014 felt like the end. The crowds were thinner, the lines were shorter. It felt as if the circus were leaving town and wouldn’t be back for another year. While the workshops were concluding, I as in the lobby for the Kingdom Hearts Photo Shoot. One of my favourite video game series of all time, Kingdom Hearts has been a source of pride, joy and heartache for the last twelve years.
The Video Game Hall was buzzing with excitement, as the Ultra Street Fighter 4 Tournament continued. I made my way over to the Sega Dreamcast for some Street Fighter Alpha 3 action. I’m pleased to say that I wasn’t terrible against the field, going 4-6 in 10 games. Then I jumped over to WWF No Mercy for the Nintendo 64. I only managed to play one match. It was a triple threat ladder match for the WWF Championship that lasted 38 minutes. I lost the match and the title but the experience was amazing.
I made my way from the video game hall to the Pratt Street lobby for the different photo shoots. Cosplayers from their respective shows meet up for one large photo shoot. Anime conventions, more than most; give an unscheduled entertainment in cosplaying. Like the red carpet ceremony at an awards chow, everyone wants to know who’s who and who’s wearing what.
The annual celebration of everything anime; another Otakon is upon us. The Baltimore Convention Center, for the next three days, has been transformed into the cultural capital of Japanimerica. In its 21st year, Otakon has come a long way from its small beginnings in a State College, Pennsylvania Days Inn. Now it’s filling the Convention Center to its capacity with characters from the farthest reaches of the Multi-verse. It’s my first Otakon and luckily I was able to capture the frivolity; because some of the things seen at the Con are absolutely indescribable.
There isn’t enough time to cover 100% of the Otakon experience. Believe me, I’ve tried. With that said, the following real-time rundown of DAY 1 of Otakon 2014, is only a taste of what is offered. the full schedule can be found on the Otakon website.
If you’re a Blake Shelton fan and live anywhere in the Baltimore/Washington DC metropolitan area then definitely make your way out to the Maryland State Fair on Saturday, September 3rd for an evening of fun and games filled with the hit music from Blake Shelton!