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Katsucon 18 – a foray into the world of anime geekdom and cosplay

Posted in 5D Mark II, Cosplay, Defrag, Photography by firthefirst on February 20, 2012

Tina and I took a weekend mini-vacation to celebrate her completing her first architectural licensing exam, getting away from Maryland by going all the way to Alexandria, Virginia.  while we were down there we spent some time at Katsucon 18, held at the Gaylord hotel across the river in Oxon Hill.  neither of us have been to any sort of anime/comic convention before so it was quite the intriguing sociocultural anthropology study.  while both of us are sort of out-of-touch with the contemporary anime scene (the most recent thing we’ve really watched being the first Fullmetal Alchemist series), I feel anyone with an open mind can enjoy the skill and energy that goes into the creation of the cosplay costumes on display at these cons.  the most exciting about attending an anime convention is, it’s as if all your childhood TV shows exploded into real life around you, with Spikes and Narutos mingling with EVAs and Boos.  a huge shout-out to John and Ashley for giving us a rundown of this interesting world.

all sorts of costumes were on display, from the near-professional to the entirely casual.  there were true manga/anime-inspired outfits, japanese video-game characters, western comic superheros, and entirely non-animation-related hilarity, like a zombie lego-man.  I don’t know how you even come up with some of these ideas.

Saturday night was the Cosplay World Summit competition, where there were some really incredible costumes on display.  unfortunately, I didn’t recognize most of the performances, but it was worth staying up for.  that, and Jeremy Lin taking down the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, really made for a great weekend.

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