I had never attended this con before, so I had no idea what to expect. What I immediately noticed was there were more people in cosplay than people not wearing any cosplay. The crowd was different from what I had experience before, but not in a bad way! A category specific convention like AnimeNEXT weeded out the casual fans and observers you would see at the larger and more general cons and left only very dedicated anime fans and it was such a lovely experience. Everyone was buzzing with excitement!
Although the floor was small, it had a variety of different booths. Artist Alley was my favorite, which I probably walked around at least 10 times. They had a little bit of everything from art and accessories to crafts and commissions. I got two commissions done, too! The first was a chibi San/Princess Mononoke by the talented Lily Cernak and she gave me the Fionna Adventure Time print for free, sweet!
The commission below that Eden Benton drew for me is absolutely amazing! I’m completely blown away. The colors and paper used really made this stand out.
Of course I wanted to buy all of the things, but I clung on to what little self-control I still had. But that doesn’t mean I left empty-handed! I got these adorable Finn and Jake Adventure Time earrings and a Totoro ring from Kelly’s Keychains. I couldn’t resist getting this BMO “Dat Ass” keychain from another booth.
One of my personal highlights was meeting the delightful Melissa of Cool Geek Madness. She follows my blog and remembered that I had a blogiversary! Etsy is my kryptonite, but I really needed some self-control at her booth because it was Etsy IRL! She has the cutest accessories and after much deliberation, I narrowed it down to the three headbands below.
Now for my favorite part of AnimeNEXT, the cosplay!
Some of my Vines of AnimeNEXT!
I was con’ed out!