Linus Lam Network News
convention coverage report of
Kraken-con 2015!
 

Welcome to another edition of Linus Lam Network News for 2015!  This news report covers our trip to Kraken-con 2015 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 April 25-26, Kraken-con 2015 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 2015 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 Patrick McHale, Stephanie Sheh, William Salyers, Special Guests Hezachan, Jason Ragosta, Jason Thompson, Kurt Strubeck, Tim Pratt, and Willie Dills. Main events included a Swap Meet, Cosplay Contest, numerous Industry panels, and Improv Shows. Panels and workshops included Drawing Anime Archetypes, Intro to Sculptures, Visual Kei Music and Fashion, Starship Design, Intro to Knitting, Artist Alley Survival Guide, Making Comics, Dance Etiquette, Working in the Anime Industry, Cosplay Filmmaking, Idols of the Golden Age, Video History of Anime, Webcomics, Making Japanese Curry, Beginner's Guide to Cosplay, Origami, History of My Little Pony, Drawing Moe, Costuming on a Budget, Time Travel in Animation, Makeup Tips and Tricks, Wigs 101, American Film Adaptations of Manga and Anime, 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 Star Wars, Persona, Blue Exorcist, Soul Eater, Dangan Ronpa, Bleach, Pokemon, Black Butler, and much more! 
Please check out more cosplay photo coverage from our Kraken-con stock convention archives!
Report: Kraken Con 2015 celebrated another fine year in its Oakland digs. Split into a Spring Kraken and Fall Kraken, it offers the San Francisco Bay Area two good relaxing alternatives to the bigger summer conventions. This year's Spring Kraken was hosted in the Oakland Convention Center and Fall Kraken is due to take place on the USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier on September 26, 2015.

Pre-Registration badge pickup was a quick and painless process. No wait and no line when I arrived at 12 noon. At-con Reg lines were long but went by really fast. Staff had mobile scanners to quickly scan the barcode printouts, pick up your badge and con materials, and go! Dealers Hall was again shared with Artists Alley and had the usual assortment of vintage anime merchandise mixed with current favorites. Artists Alley took up more space than the dealers tables. Popular art included Free, Attack on Titan, Sailor Moon, and more. The popular Maid Cafe took up a space in the back and gathered quite a good crowd throughout the weekend. Gaming area took up another section with PC gaming and Dance machines. 

With most everything contained in the big hall downstairs and a few panel rooms upstairs, big colorful signage made it easy to navigate and really not need a map. Extra signs were everywhere with arrows pointed to panels and workshops. 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. There was the usual video screening lounge located next to the Gaming area.

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.

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

Be sure to visit the next Kraken-con!