November 21, 2004 Glendale, CA
|Dragonfest has been around for nine years, but it's mainly known as a martial arts convention. The
guest list is filled with martial artists and action movie stars. I've been a resident of the Los Angeles
area for more than 10 years, but I've never been to this particular convention, which claims to attract
more than 5,000 attendees to its one-day event.
This year, after large flyer campaigns at both Anime Expo and Ani-Magic, this convention hoped to
attract the anime and cosplay communities to attend. The organizers of the convention also set
aside a designated photo area and arranged for a cosplay contest. I decided to attend simply out of
curiousity. I wanted to see if cosplayers and anime fans would attend this event and how well it
would be received. Anime fans have always been particularly picky about the events that they go to
and they tend to avoid events that aren't heavily weighted towards anime or video games. Martial
arts and cosplay would certainly be an interesting mix. It sounded as if this would be a crazy, quirky,
yet enjoyable event to close the year with.
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