Linus Lam Network News
convention coverage report of
Anime Weekend Atlanta 2013!

Welcome to another edition of Linus Lam Network News for 2013!  This news report covers our trip to Anime Weekend Atlanta 2013 for a huge weekend of anime and manga enjoyment and a whole lot more!  Held at the Renaissance Hotel and Cobb Galleria Convention Center in Atlanta, Georgia over the weekend of September 27-29, Anime Weekend Atlanta 2013 saw over 18,000 attendees ready to party on with a bunch of dedicated artists, live performances, gaming events, cosplay fun, and plenty of opportunities to hang out with fellow anime and manga fans. Our exciting trip to Anime Weekend Atlanta 2013 starts here!  Coverage you can count on, here at Linus Lam Network News!

Highlights: Various live programming events kept the attendees well-covered throughout the weekend. Guests of Honor included ZUN, Yuu Asakawa, Mitsuo Iwata, Toshio Furukawa, Misako Aoki, Shunsuke Hasegawa, DJ kors k, Chris Sabat, Todd Haberkorn, Johnny Young Bosch, Vic Mignogna, Amy Howard, Lisle Wilkerson, Jennie Breeden, Chris Poole, Yaya Han, Jessie Pridemore, bless4, and Eyeshine. Main events included AWA Academy Ball, Costume Contest, Frill Fashion Show, Putumayo Fashion Show, Concerts, Saturday Night Dance, AWA Maid Cafe, Bebop Lounge, Manga Library, Breakfast at Dollfie's, AWA Anime Academy Trivia, and more.  Panels and workshops included Copyright Law, Henshin History, Super Fighting Robots, Great Anime Never Released in the US, Unusual Manga Genres, Leijiverse, Adapting Characters from 2D to Real Life, Anime Angelology, Animation Around the World, Bringing Manga to North America, Sewing 101, Patterning 101, How to Taobao, Sewing with Leather, Crocheting in Cosplay, Making Wings, Japanese Street Fashion, Lolita Sewing, Ghosts of Japan, World of Wrestling in Japan, Gods of Japan, Poular Japanese Snacks, SD Gundam, Makeup FX for Cosplay, Greggo's Game Show, Tea Party Etiquette, Life Drawing, Old School Anime, Culinary Manga, Web Comic Roundtable, 25 Years of Jojo, Cosplay on a Dime, Business and Art, Obscure Tokukatsu, Bad Fanfic Theater, Touhou Trivia, Greatest Anime Openings, Totally Lame Anime, Anime Hell, Anime Match Game, Anime Cabaret, Sentai Filmworks, 
Cosplay: This year's trip to Anime Weekend Atlanta saw lots of inspired costumes from numerous anime and manga characters and more! Chart-topping displays for this year included characters from Attack on Titan, Magi, Madoka Magica, League of Legends, Free!, Final Fantasy, Sailor Moon, Vocaloid, Legend of Korra, Black Butler, Persona, and much more! 
Please check out more cosplay photo coverage from our Anime Weekend Atlanta stock convention archives!
Report: It's so hard to write anything negative about Anime Weekend Atlanta. I just can't find anything to improve. If you want a fun-filled end-of-summer weekend of shopping, great cosplay, lots of neat panels and workshops, and always a large line-up of interesting guests, then look no further than AWA. AWA is a mid-sized anime convention located in the very green heart of Atlanta, Georgia. It's a bit out there, off the beaten path from downtown Atlanta and if you're flying in, you'd need a taxi or extra time for local transportation if you want to save money and take the train since it doesn't stop directly at or near the Cobb Galleria. Weather is bit spotty at times as late September typically consists of chances of rain mixed with hot and sunny days so be prepared for extra humidity, but if you're indoors most of the time, this won't really bother you.

Registration was a quick process, never a hassle. Either Pre-Reg or At-Con Registration, the lines go fast and are very organized. Never saw anyone complain about Registration. AWA continued its own unique array of fan favorites like the Formal Evening Ball where fans can dress up in suits and formal dresses and dance in style, the Cosplay Gallery where cosplay fans can peruse some of the recreations that veteran cosplayers have made throughout the years, and a whole lot of Anime Music Video panels since AWA seems to be the hot bed of AMV creators. The usual nice extras continued like the AWA Maid Cafe, Cosplay Repair Shop, a quiet Manga Reading room, and the Karaoke Stage located in the Cobb Galleria food court area. The Dealers Hall always has the usual vendors and exhibits including the Pikachu-themed VW Beetle. I was pleasantly surprised at the huge array of Kpop goods in the music section. Lots of food trucks were rolled in this year and I got to dine on some excellent tacos and hot dogs for only $8 a plate, a really great deal for the budget-conscious attendee. I got shots of the Saturday Night Dance and it was a great disco ball of awesome lights and music, a must-go for the late-night crowd.

I had another interesting discussion with online anime distribution company Crunchyroll's return to AWA. For now, Crunchyroll seems to be much better, thanks to its own awareness campaign by making sure people see their large list of legitimate anime content they provide, offering prizes from small contests, giving away bright orange Crunchyroll wristbands, and encouraging fans to step into the booth to see how their service can be watched on virtually any mobile or home entertainment device from iPads and iPhones to Android gadgets and home theaters.

The people of AWA make the convention such a pleasure every year. Maybe it's the Southern Comfort mentality or maybe it's the nice weather. Many out-of-town cosplayers were surprised at the friendliness from everyone so maybe it's a mixture of both. The AWA staff are always consistently helpful and generally go out of their way to make sure everyone has a pleasant experience. They dutifully managed the flow of traffic with large arrow signs pointing to the correct doors to enter or exit, moved people along in the halls by vocally discouraging impromptu photos of cosplayers (there are far better places for this), and never showed any signs of stress or burnout like a few other conventions. There's always a bit of unique fun factor every year. Even when sitting at the tables near the food court, attendees have always felt the need to chat it up and talk about their weekend. It really felt like a nice big family gathering.

AWA has hands-down one of the best areas to shoot photos, never has any crowd problems, has a nice staff, and has an overall nice and pleasant feel to it. No rushing around, plenty of food options, and not too loud or noisy. AWA has my personal Seal of Approval. Try it out if you can; you'd have a wonderful time.

Come check out more cosplay and events photo coverage from our Anime Weekend Atlanta stock convention archives!

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