Linus Lam Network News
convention coverage report of
Anime USA 2012!

Welcome to another edition of Linus Lam Network News for 2012!  This news report covers our trip to Anime USA 2012 for a huge weekend of anime and manga enjoyment and a whole lot more!  Held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Wardman Park, Washington D.C. over the weekend of November 9-11, Anime USA 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 Anime USA 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 included Richard Ian Cox, Caitlin Tiffany Glass, Michele Knotz, Paul St. Peter, Phil Lamar, Chermi Leigh, Keith Silverstein, Dragon's Den Studio, Studio nasu, Jamie Noguchi, Shadowbinders, Super Art Fight, Danny "Razorfox" Valentini, Kevin Bolk, Allison Strom, Allison Henderson, Red From Regrbl, Alexa Polito, Jennifer GravesElizabeth "DizzyLizzy" Schram, Marty Gear My Cup of Tea, Club Ikeman ParadisePlatform One, Chipocrite, Charles Dunbar, The Clockwork Dolls, Psyche Corporation, Mab Just Mab, Little Miss Rollerhoops, Holly Ween, Rio, Crikett and lots more. Main Events included Ringmaster's Ball, Cosplay Burlesque, Masquerade, Karaoke Contest, and more. Panels and Workshops included Go Go Ginjinka!, Anime Parliament, 80's Nostalgia, Badly Dubbed Hentai, Victorian Inspired Fashion, Otaku Discussions, My Little Pony, Sexism in Anime Fandom, Con Survival 101, Cel Shading, Sacred Sumbols and Giant Robots, Fan Fiction Storytime Theatre, Japan's Law and Order, Japanese Survival Guide, Pokemon party, Lost in Adaptation, Con Goer's Con Trivia, Otaku on a Budget, 50 years of Anime Openings, Nostalgia Bomb, Inside the Voice Actor's Studio, Portfolio Review, How to make a Webcomic, GO Game Workshop, Origami with Caitlin Glass, Writing for Serial Webcomics, Intro to K-Pop, and more.

Cosplay: This year's trip to Anime USA saw lots of inspired costumes from numerous anime and manga characters and more! Chart-topping displays for this year included characters from Sword Art Online, Black Butler, Bleach, Sailor Moon, Tales of Abyss, Final Fantasy, Chobits, Madoka Magica, Card Captor Sakura, Yugioh, Vocaloid, Fushigi Yuugi, Inuyasha, Tiger and Bunny, Panty and Stocking, Legend of Korra, Fairy Tale, Hetalia, and much more! 
Please check out more cosplay photo coverage from our Anime USA stock convention archives!
Report: Anime USA was billed as one of the last big anime conventions for the year on the east coast.  Friends and family from all parts of the country can come together here and just relax, cosplay, do panels, voice-acting, shopping, etc, and not have to burden themselves with the rush-rush from the much larger summer conventions.

One of the most interesting parts of this year's Anime USA was the new hotel location, the Marriott Wardman Park hotel.  This hotel and the one adjacent, the Omni Shoreham (Katsucon's old digs), are rumored to be haunted and indeed have a long history of presidents, celebrities, and questionable folks who have all stayed in various rooms throughout the decades.  After asking three hotel staffers and some police officers and finally a top Marriott hotel executive, I can finally say this hotel is worth the price just for the ghost stories alone.  Rumors of cold chills, flickering lights, items misplaced, and wavering shadows are all true but have yet to be confirmed or denied, as the staffers say.  But don't let those stories deter you from staying.  It is said that these moments are quite rare and if there are ghosts, they most likely don't mean anyone any harm.

The convention itself ran on automatic.  After the disaster of Hurricane Sandy, it was known that many panels would be delayed or cancelled but it really didn't seem that way.  Most of the functions ran on time and the Dealers Hall was filled up fairly nicely.  Long lines for autograph sessions, dance rave nights, Masquerade, all staples of the anime convention saw no drop in attendance or fandom spirit.  Disaster or not, the show must go on and people needed a nice weekend escape.  Most of the staffers were pretty nice, registration went smoothly, crowd control was never an issue with a much larger hotel space, and any late-night shenanigans occurred at the bar but in a muted tired-of-too-many-summer-parties tone.  The Jam Session room was neat with one band pairing up with an authentic Australian Aboriginal Digiridoo instrument.  The Maid Cafe was a nice touch, now becoming a staple function for most anime conventions these days.

The only problem was the location itself.  The hotel is not linear, instead having a weird triangular structure, so it was quite a challenge to navigate through the maze of halls and the maps weren't very helpful.  Even some hotel staffers were a little confused at times.  Even more challenging to find the restrooms on each floor.  But other than that, no really big issues to deter one from coming back.

I suppose when one comes to Anime USA long enough and you consistently have a blast, there's not a whole lot more to say than you had a blast.  Well, I had a blast and I look forward to next year's Anime USA.  How's that for a solid endorsement?  :)

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

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