Linus Lam Network News
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AniMegaCon 2012!

Welcome to another edition of Linus Lam Network News for 2012!  This news report covers our trip to AniMegaCon 2012 for a huge weekend of anime and manga enjoyment and a whole lot more!  Held at the LVH Hotel and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada over the weekend of August 17-19, AniMegaCon 2012 saw lots of 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 AniMegaCon 2012 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 and Industry Guests included Wendee Lee, Vic Mignogna, Quinton Flynn, Jamie Marchi, Cristina Vee, Lisle Wilkerson, Linda Le, La Carmina, Victoria Holden, Charlene Ingram, Kim Doe, Danielle McRae, Cyril Lumboy, Vanessa Irino, Amanda Jones, Jez Roth, Carlos “Alucard” de Santiago, xxfruit-cakexx, and MangaFreak150. Big events included Angelic Pretty Fashion Show, AniMegaCon Idol Search, J Fashion Show, Iron Cosplay, Masquerade, Endless Waltz Formall Ball, EGL Tea, Project Cosplay, and more. Panels and workshops included Fashion and Cosplay, Music of Yuki Kajiura, Cosplay Then and Now, UNLV Anime Club, KPop Nation, Trolling 101, Fandom to Industry, and more. 

Cosplay: This year's trip to AniMegaCon saw lots of inspired costumes from numerous anime and manga characters and more! Chart-topping displays for this year included characters from Monster Hunter, Panty and Stocking, Hetalia, Soul Eater, Bleach, Pokemon, Black Butler, and much more! 
Please check out more cosplay photo coverage from our AniMegaCon stock convention archives!
Report: Coming hot off the heels of a packed 2012 schedule of blockbuster anime conventions, AniMegaCon's first dive into the anime convention scene was a risky endeavor to convince attendees that Las Vegas can host a pleasant and exciting event in the middle of a blistering hot summer.  Pleasant because of a minimal amount of live programming to keep people from being overwhelmed with too much to do.  Exciting because of the Masquerade spectacle.  Not a whole lot different from the average anime convention.  AniMegaCon had a neat little Maid Cafe, a great line-up of Guests, up-to-date gaming rooms, and plenty of informative panels and workshops, but like every event covered in the past, there are ups and downs to the attendee experience that need to be expressed.  Let's dispense with the pleasantries and move on to some hearty constructive criticism.

Hosting an anime convention in a resort casino is nothing new.  Anime Vegas and other Nevada anime conventions have proved it works out pretty well when managed properly.  The Benihana restaurant was nice enough to let photographers and cosplayers inside to take advantage of the beautiful Japanese surroundings and produce some quality pictures.  Food was pretty easy to find, hotel parking is free, hotel elevators are fast and efficient, and of course, being in Las Vegas, there's plenty to see and do around the Strip.  The LVH hot tub was nice, too.  As long as you don't give in to the temptation of the slot machines, you can indeed survive on a tight budget.  Let's face it, you'll need to save that money to afford a single $40 Saturday badge that most other conventions can do for all three days.  $60 for all three days.  Not exactly a great deal on the wallet considering how small the convention was.  Dealers also expressed dismay at the lack of traffic, tight wallets, and fairly sleepy atmosphere.  Ironic that you might want to reconsider the temptation of the slot machines and try to make some money back.

Staffers were a mixed bag.  Many were nice and just doing their jobs to make sure only badged attendees could enter convention areas.  A few attendees had complaints about receiving the wrong badges and others had been blocked from entering some open space areas that were previously wide open the day before.  Let's hope those issues can be addressed with better training for next year.

The Masquerade was the biggest white elephant in the room.  With so many amazingly talented entries, all with relatively equal amounts of craftsmanship and presentation history, it would be an understatement of the century to say that the judges had an extremely difficult and agonizing time trying to decide which one group receives the $10,001 Best in Show award.  Angel Hearts Cosplay received it based on their teamwork, craftsmanship consistency for all members, and wildcard for costumes that lit up the stage and were programmed to blink in a traveling formation accurate to IdolMaster game videos.  A very close second and huge crowd favorite that won several trophies was a big Monster Hunter group that had equally amazing costumes and a hilarious skit featuring the Monster Energy drink.  So many entries deserved extra recognition for their efforts, so I believe the $10,001 prize money should've been split up into something like $5000, $2000, and three $1000s.  Kind of makes you wonder what bonehead shyster really had the stupid cajones to go with an all-or-nothing idiot strategy rather than play it safe and be a little more fair and respectful to those who traveled all the way to Vegas to compete in the first-year event.  Congratulations to all the hardworking winners and remaining entries.  Kudos to the cosplay judges for making a very tough decision.  I just believe you deserve better.

AniMegaCon enjoys its tongue-in-cheek claim of "The Universe's Largest Anime Convention".  With only a few hundred attendees and a bit of buyer's remorse, it has a very long way to go to truly earn that title.  If you plan on attending AniMegaCon next year and you feel the same regret, be sure to hit the LVH hot tub.

Come check out more cosplay and events photo coverage from our AniMegaCon stock convention archives!

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