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^^^A-kon 23 Coverage Starts Here^^^

A-kon is one of the biggest and is the longest running anime convention in the United States. It started in 1990 with just a little over 350 attendees. Now fast forward to 2012; with over 18,000 attendees, saying that A-kon has grown a bit is an incredible understatement. The massive con has been able to get some of the biggest names in video game and anime industry to attend as special guest. A-kon has also become a top notch venue for Japanese Bands (this year it was Oz and Ayabie), but more on the guest in a future article.

Attendees start lining up early so arriving in Dallas, Texas at the Sheraton Hotel at roughly 4 a.m. on Friday, June 1st was absolutely necessary. I’ve been to a few A-kons in the past so I knew that as soon as the 8 a.m. pre-reg opened there was already going to be a line of over 200 and even at 4 in the morning people were already starting to line up.

Normally press don’t  get in a registration line, so why was I even awake this early? I brought Morgan, my  girlfriend, who will at this time be represented by this picture to the left, and it was her very first convention. I figured that if she could come out of A-kon alive then any other convention would be a breeze. Also everybody we went with were experience A-kon vets , no sweat. So, we sat down behind a group of guys and girls sitting in a circle playing the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game (this is a common sight at any anime convention) at what was to be the beginning of the pre-reg line. On the other side of the room to my right was the line for walk in registration (people that didn’t pre-reg or missed pre-reg) The line started building there as well. We started watching a movie on my laptop to kill some time. Around 7 a.m. I looked back and the line had already built up to an outstanding size and around 8 a.m. or so the line started to move and A-kon had officially started.

After she got her registration tag and program guide and I had gotten my press pass we headed back down to the main floor and into artist alley… Continued in next article (here)

James Arledge
James Arledge
James is a passionate gamer and artist. He attended ITT Technical Institute and received an Associates Degree in Graphic Design, which led him to get an internship with The Heat Magazine as a Graphic Designer. His passion for gaming has led him to create and take the title of Editor-in-Chief of good2knowgames on the world's premiere video platform, You Tube. The video game industry is rapidly growing and that is something James strives to continue to be an integral part of, for many years to come.


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