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Ohayo-con 2013!

Welcome to another edition of Linus Lam Network News for 2013!  This news report covers our trip to Ohayo-con 2013 for a huge weekend of anime and manga enjoyment and a whole lot more!  Held at the Hyatt Regency Columbus and Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio over the weekend of January 18-20, Ohayo-con 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 Ohayo-con 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 for this year's Ohayo-con 2013 included Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Studio Capsule, Jan Scott-Frazier, Brian Dobson, Fred Gallagher, Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, Darrel Guilbreau, Kyle Herbert, Richard Horvitz, Studio Nasu, Jamie McGonnigal, Studio Tavicat, Doug Smith, Spike Spencer, Amanda Winn-Lee, and Musical Guest Kazha.  Big events included Ohayocon Fantasy Ball, My Little Pony, Masquerade, Anime Mythbusters, Anime Music Video Contest, Dragonball Evolution Roast with Kyle Herbert, Cosplay Documentary, Voice Acting Q&A, and much more.  Panels and Workshops included Sailor Moon Then and Now, Ballroom Dancing Class, Pajama Jam, Martial Arts in Anime, Best Anime You've Never Heard, Anime Music Videos, A Feminist Perspective of Anime and Manga, Wide World of Vocaloid, Clash of the Animations, Name That Anime Tune, 20 Years of Sailor Moon, One Piece in Japan, Transform and Roll Out, Underrated Anime Series, Everything Ghibli, Yaoi Fodder, Guy's Guide to Girls Anime, Anime University, Matsumoto 555, Tenchi Muyo, Plastic Figures, Anime Music, Philosophy in Video Games, Asian Ball Jointed Dolls, Regression of Gaming, Otaku in Education Today, Guide to Retro Import Gaming, Armor Workshop, Male to Female Crossplay, Basic Pattern Making and Sewing, Baking for the Otaku, Scavenger Hunt, Dungeons and Dragons for N00bz, Japanese Manga Critics Love, Sacrificing Accuracy in Cosplay, Hetalia Academy, Macross, Mega Kimono, Japanese Folklore, Japanese Hip-Hop, Miyazaki's Works, Binding Methods, Religion in Anime, Con Survival for Beginners, Politics in Video Games, Ikebana Flower Arranging, Japanese Translation as a Profession, Prop Making: Concept to Creation, Anime Parody Dub Workshop, Cosplay Wigs 101, Steampunk in Gaming, Girl Gamers, Crappy Characters Awesome Shows, Cosplay for Kids, Cosplay on a Budget, Affording Lolita, Astronomy in Japan, Science of Kingdom Hearts, and much more.
Cosplay: This year's trip to Ohayo-con 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, Final Fantasy, Madoka Magica, Legend of Korra, Vocaloid, Sailor Moon, Black Butler, Pokemon, Hetalia, Soul Eater, Persona 3-4, Bioshock, Dragonball Z, Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword, and much more!
Please check out more cosplay photo coverage from our Ohayo-con stock convention archives!
Report: Ohayo-con 2013 returned to its natural digs for a week earlier this year but certainly didn't have any effect on attendance as the entire weekend was packed with mostly Ohayo-con attendees and then some.  There was another home and garden convention going on but they were mostly contained in an area much further off in the convention center.  Always a good wake-up con for many east coasters, Ohayo-con is a pretty accurate barometer of things to come.  Homestuck gatherings were huge as much as the noisy Hetalia.  A resurgence in Final Fantasy and Sailor Moon has been brewing up as well as Evangelion-related cosplays and merchandise.  Also big this year was Sword Art Online, Legend of Korra, and Dragonball Z.

Though it was small and staffed very little, Pre-Registration was amazingly fast and I was snapped through with a badge in less than a minute around 10am Friday morning.  Those with At-Con Registration had to stand in line but were quickly processed.  This is exactly how it should be done, two separate lines and a dynamic system of pre-reg and at-con reg machines.  It worked beautifully and really is the model of how smaller conventions can get their attendees regged and off to have weekend fun.

The Dealers Hall and Artists Alley is always something to behold every year.  It's like a scene from the future that I imagined when anime conventions were tiny dinky events and now fast-forward to this year's Ohayo-con, it's a real pleasure to just kind of stand there and ooohh and aaahh at how big and awesome the huge displays of anime and manga items are placed everywhere.  Ohayo-con gets a personal A+++ for having the best Dealers Hall I've ever seen.  Plenty of space to maneuver through the dealers tables and most of the merchandise was relevant to today's trends.  I especially liked the stacks of Portal 2 merchandise and am very tempted to buy some of that at the next anime con, possibly at the upcoming Katsucon.

This year's convention theme was Zombies and Ohayo-con had plenty of interesting survival-themed stations everywhere as well as zombie-fied cosplayers wandering around.  Not sure how effective that was considering that the attendance of Homestuck cosplayers outnumbered everyone else by a factor of a hundred.  It was literally hard not to run into any of them.  They were everywhere!  But admittedly, many Homestuckers get a bad rap from a few bad eggs and the gatherings were actually fairly calm and nice when contained in the convention center area.

The start of a new year also brought back old friends like Kevin Lillard of Fansview who still take cosplay photos and still remembers me and other legacy celebrities of older anime convention guests and fellow attendees.  He seems to be doing pretty well, his health is much better now and can walk around on his own and do spot coverage when he can.  He was able to attend the Masquerade and do what he does best.  All in all, a really nice Ohayo-con and I look forward to the next one!

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

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