Linus Lam Network News
convention coverage report of
Kraken Con 2014!
 

Welcome to another edition of Linus Lam Network News for 2014!  This news report covers our trip to Kraken Con 2014 for a huge weekend of anime and manga enjoyment and a whole lot more!  Held at the Oakland Convention Center in Oakland, California over the weekend of October 4-5, Kraken Con 2014 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 Kraken Con 2014 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 Caitlin Glass, Eric Stuart, Matthew Mercer, Nikki Rapp, Kurt Strubeck, Fon Davis, Davidson L Haworth, Daydreamer Nessa, Chris Marrinan, Random Encounters, and Pandora FX. Main Events included Voice Acting sessions, Improv Shows, Industry panels, Costume Contest, Vocaloid Concert, Talent Show, and more. Panels and workshops included Writing Fantasy, Video Game Musicals, American Film Adaptations of Anime and Manga, Miniature VFX, Working in the Industry, Ouran Host Club Slumber Party, Beautiful Backgrounds of Anime, Visual Kei, Cosplay Armor, Mecha Models, Sewing 101, Intro to Crotchet, Foam Latex with Pandora FX, Cosplay Makeup Tips and Tricks, Stop Motion Animation Magic, How Anime Gets Made, Cosplay Filmmaking 101, Rise of CG Anime, Body Casting for Props and Armor, Origami, and more.
Cosplay: This year's trip to Kraken Con saw lots of inspired costumes from numerous anime and manga characters and more! Chart-topping displays for this year included characters from Frozen, Attack on Titan, Free, Sailor Moon, Magica Madoka, League of Legends, Vocaloid, Kiriko no Basket, Sword Art Online, Pokemon, Black Butler, and much more! 
Please check out more cosplay photo coverage from our Kraken Con stock convention archives!
Report: Kraken Con 2014 celebrated another fine year in its Oakland digs. Curiously not my first time in that hotel, it was actually my second since 21 years ago at Anime Expo 1993, the last year AX was based in Northern California before it moved down to Southern California. So it was a strange kind of experience to stroll through the halls and see shades of AX past, the artists, the dealers, and even down to old school cosplays like Ranma and Sailor Moon. Other than the reminiscing of old memories, Kraken Con was a pleasant and relaxing anime convention experience.

Pre-Registration badge pickup was a quick and painless process. Lines were long but went by really fast. Staff had mobile scanners to quickly scan the barcode printout, pick up your badge and con materials, and go! Dealers Hall was shared with Artists Alley and had the usual assortment of vintage anime merchandise mixed with current favorites. Artists Alley seemed to take up more space than the dealers tables. Popular art included Free, Attack on Titan, Sailor Moon, and more. The Maid Cafe took up a space in the right-hand side and gathered quite a good crowd throughout the weekend. Gaming area took up another section with PC gaming and Dance machines.  

Big colorful signage made it easy to navigate the halls and really not need a map.  Extra signs with arrows pointed to panels and workshops located on the second level.  Most of the events ran their course, many of them scattered inside the Dealers Hall area and the rest on the second level. The always popular Costume Contest packed in quite a load of attendees and Guests of Honor gathered their own respective crowds and autograph sessions. Curiously, there was a video screening lounge located next to the Artists Alley and I'm not exactly sure how effective that was under the bright lights. The Vocaloid Concert was interesting with a faux hologram performance using backlit projector screen to simulate a dancing singing Hatsune Miku surrounded by dedicated fans with light sticks.

Though relatively small in attendance compared to the much larger summer conventions, Kraken Con is a recommended visit for those who desire a relaxing alternative that still keeps your entertained throughout the weekend. I look forward to attending next year's Kraken Con and taking another trip down memory lane.

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

Be sure to visit the next Kraken Con!