The Ikkicon IV anime convention was held in Austin, TX from January 1st – 3rd. Although a smaller convention, it was a lot of fun to attend. I look forward to next year. Because of a bad cold, I was only able to make the first day but I took some photos to share.
Around half of the people in attendance were cosplaying with many impressive results. It made me wish I’d set aside some time and money to join in. The dealers room was pretty well-stocked with lots of fun T-shirts and shoulder bags. Many Gundam model kits were on sale and loads of manga in English. Most of the booths were selling anime DVD’s and cosplaying supplies.
My complaints about the con were I couldn’t find any anime art books for sale in the dealers room and Ikkicon’s practice of selling “upgrades” to their badges. Most cons sell a badge and treat all fans equal. In a shameful grab for cash the heads of Ikkicon devised an extra badge called an “upgrade.” For twice the price of your ticket, you get two badges that allow you to visit the Maid Cafe, get into the dealers room an hour early each day and get into every panel before the “common rabble.” I hope fans can talk Ikkicon out of this practice for next year.
I was in tears over having to miss the What Giant Robots Can Teach Us panel on the 2nd day. Perhaps they’ll repeat it next year.
If you’re in Austin, TX for New Year’s next year then stop by Ikkicon and join the fun.