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

Welcome to another edition of Linus Lam Network News for 2015!  This news report covers our trip to Ohayo-con 2015 for a huge weekend of anime and manga enjoyment and a whole lot more!  Held at the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio over the weekend of January 30th - February 1st, Ohayo-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 Ohayo-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 Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, David Matranga, Dino Andrade, Rob Mungle, Cynthia Martinez, Gregory Houser, Michele Knotz, Josh Grelle, Bettina Kurkoski, Shin Kurokawa, Jerry Jewell, Carli Mosier, Brad Swaile, Jessica Calvello, Xero Reynolds, Helen McCarthy, Studio Capsule, Bill Rogers, and Greg Wicker. Concerts included acts by Nylon Pink, Project BECK, and Dr. Awkward.  Main events included Anime Orchestra, AMV Speed Editing Competition, Cosplay Masquerade, Greggo's Game Show, AMV Hell, and more.  Panels and workshops included Final Fantasy Mages Through the Ages, League of Legends, Breeding a Better Pokemon, Fanfiction and Beyond, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Weirdest Games You've Never Played, Space Ninjas, Japanese Hip Hop, Cats of Anime, Fandom Nightmares, Potions 101, Sewing for Steampunk and Cosplay, Construction Basics, Yaoi Fanfiction, Lolita Crush, Basic Science of Mass Effect, Pokemon Conspiracy Theories, Legend of Zelda Links Across Time, Funimation Peep Show, Comic for Manga Fans, Cosplay Chess, Japanese Kimonos, Iron Cosplay, Nutrition 101 for Cosplay, Digital Eden Karaoke, Scavenger Hunt, Paper Bag Puppets, Costumes Beyond the Basics, Creating Webcomics, Advanced Alchemy, Corsetry 101, Table Top RPGs, Mythological Archetypes in Anime, Make Music on a Nintendo Gameboy, J-Rock, Build a Home Arcade, Cheap and Easy Cosplay, Regression of Gaming, Becoming a Maho Shoujo, Kickstart Your Art, Girls' Generation Dance Tutorial, and 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 RWBY, Gurren Lagann, Dangan Ronpa, Sailor Moon, Soul Eater, Madoka Magica, Vocaloid, Dramatical Murder, Sword Art Online, Attack on Titan, Kill la Kill, League of Legends, Black Butler, and much more! 
Please check out more cosplay photo coverage from our Ohayo-con stock convention archives!
Report: Ohayo-con was all sorts of interesting moments this year, some good, some need improvement, but most of the time, it's one of the few cons that can survive a blizzard and still manage to gather a large attendance. Speaking of the blizzard, I was quick to reschedule a flight out early Sunday instead of sticking around to deal with the airport mess afterwards. Glad I made that choice. I do like a challenge and Ohayo-con does that for me, but I would hate being stuck somewhere trying to get home at a reasonable time.

Registration badge pick-up was super fast. I arrived on Friday morning around 11am and there was virtually no line left. I was able to walk right into the room, get my badge, and go! Such a nice difference than 2013 when I had to stand in line for a bit, though it appeared they had the same badge lookup boxes. I stayed at the Crowne Plaza overflow hotel across the street and I highly recommend it. It was connected by an easy skywalk to the convention center, the elevators were fast, and overall a quiet and pleasant hotel experience. I'll probably end up staying there again since the host Hyatt hotel is always so crowded for the elevators.

Not much of a change from the last time I visited. Dealers Hall and Artist Alley were combined into the upper level. Live programming panels and workshops filled in most of the hotel-attached rooms near the big staircase. Big main events and gatherings were held in the main Columbus convention center area. Video rooms were in the quieter hallways and seemed to gather a decent crowd for most of the showings. Downstairs featured plenty of gaming areas for RPG, tabletop, and rhythm dancing and rock band games for the active folks. The food court is always a pleasure to visit. The lines aren't really that long and the service to fill orders go really fast when you're hungry and need a bite to eat. I often ate at Chicken and Eggs while friends grabbed Ohio Sushi or Subway. Nearby gift shops had plenty of Ramune which I purchased to guzzle down to quench my ongoing thirst for artificially-sweetened strawberry fizz juice.

Dealers Hall and Artists Alley had the usual trendy items. I found mountains of Alpacas, shelves piled high with Pop Vinyl figurines, Nenderoids, T-shirts, and posters. Artworks consisted of the latest RWBY, Attack on Titan, League of Legends, and Sailor Moon. It was nice to see Ohayo-con embrace a bit of the Kpop culture as one of their workshops was a Girls' Generation Dance Tutorial and it wasn't hard to find lots of Kpop merchandise from the Kpoppin' USA dealer booth. Staffers were a mixed bunch. Most of them performed their rounds, looking out for traffic issues, and keeping lines in control for big autograph sessions and popular panels. Only one staffer I've encountered seemed to be on a personal power trip, putting up quite a vocal presence for such a minor infraction towards a cosplayer removing her shoes to ease her foot pain while she was sitting down. It just didn't seem to make sense on why a staffer would go out of her way to get angry about that. Other than that, most of the convention just ran on automatic.

I had a really nice time at Ohayo-con despite the weather risks and the one staffer I encountered. I'm sure they are just minor anomalies in this world full of cheaper or quieter options. I do look forward to attending the next one, hopefully with more snow but less risk to travel plans.

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

Be sure to visit the next Ohayo-con!