|When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. There are times when you just have to make the best
out of the situation that you are given. This was a very interesting event to close out the convention
year for me. It is a shining example of a very good lesson that I've learned this year: as long as
you know some people at an event and have friends who attend, you can have fun regardless of
what the event has to offer as far as progamming goes.
Dragonfest didn't have any vendors that catered specifically for anime fans. The designated cosplay
photo area was a dark passageway that everybody had to go through to get to the second floor
exhibits. As a photo area, is was one of the worst spots that you could pick. There were no video
games or anime videos shown. The cosplay contest was held at the end of the day, after a lot of
people had left. The morning was tough and several people immediately gave up and got refunds.
However, the majority of the cosplayers managed to stick with it and stay until the contest was over.
Finding very little room inside the Glendale Civic Auditorium, the cosplayers migrated outside and
posed for pictures in the wind and cold.
A few years ago, Anime Jungle used to host several one-day events in Little Tokyo. The first few
were well-attended, but gradually attendance decreased and the events ceased. One-day events
haven't received a lot of support in the Los Angeles area, unlike our Northern California neighbors,
where one-day events are heavily attended. However, with the success of the last few Nisei Week
events, anime picnics, and Dragonfest, single-day events might become more popular. Time will tell
if Dragonfest will be a bigger cosplay event in the years to come.
Super No. 1