Linus Lam Network News
convention coverage report of
DAiCon 2013!
 

Welcome to another edition of Linus Lam Network News for 2013!  This news report covers our trip to DAiCon 2013 for a huge weekend of anime and manga enjoyment and a whole lot more!  Held at the UC Davis in Davis, California over the weekend of May 4th, DAiCon 2013 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 DAiCon 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 Wendee Lee, JS Gilbert, Vampy Bit Me, LauraCee, Angel Hearts, Kurenai, Valkryie Kiss, and akai Sky.  Events and panels included Cosplay Contest, Anime Music Videos, Cosplay in Video Production, Maid Cafe, Fujoshi Power Hour, and Q&As with Guests of Honor.
Cosplay: This year's trip to DAiCon saw lots of inspired costumes from numerous anime and manga characters and more! Chart-topping displays for this year included characters from Black Butler, Kuroko no Basket, Vocaloid, Hetalia, and much more! 
Please check out more cosplay photo coverage from our DAiCon stock convention archives!
Report: DAiCon's second annual event deftly succeeded in pulling more attendees under its roof than last year. With more Guests and more space to hold the Dealers and Artists, DAiCon had a lot more breathing room to fit a few more events in. 

Registration was a breeze with virtually no waiting and the security staff checking bags at the door were pretty fast and efficient. The new Freeborn Hall had plenty of space to hold all the dealers tables along with the expanded artists tables. This also meant sharing space with the Guest of Honor panels for Wendee Lee and JS Gilbert along with their following autograph sessions.

Curiously, those two Guests panels were the only ones held in the auditorium while events like the Cosplay Contest were squeezed into a somewhat smaller room with lots of people standing in the back when free seats ran out. The Maid Cafe was only open until 4pm and I kind of wish it had stayed open a little longer since I've heard good things about it. Maybe next year?

The J-Rock Lounge was a nice addition featuring bands like Kurenai, Valkyrie Kiss and akai Sky. They seemed to fill up the seats nicely and the room had no problems keeping in the loud music. Gaming Lounge was a lot bigger with more consoles, tabletop rooms, and new League of Legends room filled with laptops for gaming. The Cosplay Contest was a real hit as the emcee did his best to keep the action going as quickly as possible with a few hiccups along the way.

DAiCon was all in all a nice and relaxing convention to attend, small but really pleasant. A great way to start the big convention season off by dipping your toes into a bit of the water before hurtling yourself into the mad rush of the bigger summer brothers. I look forward to attending next year's DAiCon, and hopefully get a chance to attend the Maid Cafe as well.
 

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

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