AnimeNEXT Con 2013


I attended the AnimeNEXT convention in Somerset, NJ over the weekend with my friends over at Otakus and Geeks and had a blast.

AnimeNEXT 2013 Girl Gone Geek badgeI 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!

Anime NEXT 2013 Princess Mononoke commission by Lily CernakAnime NEXT 2013 Lily Cernak Adventure Time Art

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.

Anime NEXT 2013 commission art by Eden Benton

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.

Anime NEXT 2013 cosplay Girl Gone Geek goodies

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.

Anime NEXT 2013 Cool Geek Maddness

Now for my favorite part of AnimeNEXT, the cosplay! 

Anime NEXT 2013 cosplay doctor who power rangers Anime NEXT 2013 cosplay Fullmetal Alchemist Anime NEXT 2013 cosplay Grey Skull Anime NEXT 2013 cosplay Journey Anime NEXT 2013 cosplay Kingdom Hearts Anime NEXT 2013 cosplay Kirby Anime NEXT 2013 cosplay parappa the rappa Anime NEXT 2013 cosplay Megaman family Anime NEXT 2013 cosplay Luigi Mario Kart Anime NEXT 2013 cosplay Lord of the Rings Hobbit Anime NEXT 2013 cosplay Ponyo Studio Ghibli Anime NEXT 2013 cosplay Sailor Moon Deadpool Marty McFly Anime NEXT 2013 cosplay Zelda Twilight Princess
Anime NEXT 2013 cosplay Spike Cowboy Bebop Vega Street Fighter Anime NEXT 2013 cosplay The Legend of Korra AnimeNEXT 2013 cosplay 9 AnimeNEXT 2013 cosplay sailor moon AnimeNEXT 2013 cosplay Porco Rosso Studio Ghibli AnimeNEXT 2013 cosplay Mario Kart AnimeNEXT 2013 cosplay green arrow AnimeNEXT 2013 cosplay Spirited Away Studio Ghibli no face Anime NEXT 2013 cosplay 2 Anime NEXT 2013 cosplay 3 AnimeNEXT 2013 cosplay Spirited Away Studio Ghibli AnimeNEXT 2013 cosplay xmen rouge gambit Anime NEXT 2013 cosplay 5 Anime NEXT 2013 cosplay 6 thor zelda AnimeNEXT2013 Cosplay 1 Anime NEXT 2013 cosplay 6 Anime NEXT 2013 cosplay Adventure Time 1 Anime NEXT 2013 cosplay David Bowie Labrynth Goblin King Anime NEXT 2013 cosplay 7 Anime NEXT 2013 cosplay 8 Anime NEXT 2013 cosplay Doctor Who Clara tenth doctor eleventh doctor Anime NEXT 2013 cosplay Adevnture Time Marceline

Anime NEXT 2013 masquerade

Some of my Vines of AnimeNEXT!

Anime NEXT 2013 Girl Gone Geek

I was con’ed out!



    1. Thank you so much <3 I dont mean to creep on your comment but my friend worked really hard on that costume and I/m so happy you like it <3


  1. !! I was the Lady Vega! Thank you so much for that shot!

    I’m happy you liked AN ^^ It was the first convention I ever went to, and it’s become my home con, if you know what I mean. It got me used to the whole “everyone must cosplay” idea, though, so when I went to NYCC for the first time I was surprised to see so many t-shirts and shorts ^^;


  2. Wow, your commissions are beautiful! And I really like the staff the “Alice in Wonderland” Cosplayer had.
    The con must have been so much fun!


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