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Otakon Vegas 2014!

Welcome to another edition of Linus Lam Network News for 2014!  This news report covers our trip to Otakon Vegas 2014 for a huge weekend of anime and manga enjoyment and a whole lot more!  Held at the Planet Hollywood Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada over the weekend of January 3-5, Otakon Vegas 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 Otakon Vegas 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 of Honor included Masahiro Ando, Zach Bolton, Richard Epcar, Kelly Gneiting, Riichiro Inagaki, Kaworu Kurosaki, Jamie Marchi, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Sayaka Sasaki, Frederik Schodt, Ian Sinclair, Ellyn Stern, and Byambajav Ulambayar. Mani events included concerts, Sumo Wrestling, Masquerade, Otakon Music Festivals, Space Dandy World Premiere, and much more. Panels and workshops included Real Life of a Manga Artist, Fanfiction Writing, Anime Journalism, Cosplay Videography, From Anime to Live Action, Sailor Moon Musicals, Anime News Network, Anime Storyboarding, When Gundam Goes Bad, KPop World, Combating Otaku Stigma, When Moe Goes Bad, Anime Openings Ja Nai, Hetalia, Las Vegas Lolitas, Sewing Patterns 101, and much more.
Cosplay: This year's trip to Otakon Vegas saw lots of inspired costumes from numerous anime and manga characters and more! Chart-topping displays for this year included characters from Kill la Kill, Sailor Moon, Evangelion, Kiriko no Basket, Blue Exorcist, Panty and Stocking, Hetalia, Soul Eater, Bleach, Pokemon, Black Butler, and much more! 
Please check out more cosplay photo coverage from our Otakon Vegas stock convention archives!
Report: Las Vegas is enjoying a recent surge in anime events and now it has one more to add to the mix. Otakon Vegas debuted at Planet Hollywood Casino and Hotel pulling in just over 2,000 attendees. Staffed by a mix of Otakon veterans and local Vegas con staffers, the convention appeared to run through fairly well.

Arriving early in the morning, staffers for Pre-registration and Registration seemed to be a bit flustered with how the lines were supposed to form and when they did it didnít make a whole lot of sense. The badge pickup process seemed pretty slow but it picked up as the day progressed. Attendees were also required to wear wristbands. Most staffers were very friendly and courteous. The convention was held on the second floor above the casino and separated into two sections. The first section open to the public contained Registration, Artists Alley, and Autograph sessions. The second section requiring badges contained gaming rooms, panels and workshops, main events hall, and more.  The Information Desk at the beginning of the badges area was nice; they had updates on the schedule which I picked up every now and then.

The Dealers Hall was pretty nice, small but cozy, and never too crowded. Spotted the usual booths selling anime apparel, PVC figurines, posters, manga, artbooks, etc. Funimation booth had a big setup featuring their latest anime title Space Dandy produced by Bones. The Artists Alley had a surprising turnout, much larger than I anticipated and that was nice to see. A lot of attendees seemed to congregate around those areas. Panels and workshops were fairly well-seated and run on time. I was able to sit in one particularly hilarious panel about ridiculous Japanese trivia shows, fan-made videos, and numerous examples of weirdness that Japan has to offer. Itís those kinds of fan panels unique to the Otakon flavor that drive me nuts with excitement because I could laugh for hours with fellow attendees. Gaming was divided into tabletop and console/computers and appeared to be well-equipped with the latest titles.  Autograph lines were long and it was good to see such a large turnout for the Guests of Honor.

The Masquerade was very well-run and everyone seemed to agree with the judging results. The dance afterwards seemed pretty light but maybe itís because most people retired for the night. If photoshoots are your pleasure, there were plenty of decent areas inside the hotel to do photos although limited because of the casino portions and sometimes the crowds outside who have no idea whatís going on. Just across the street was the Cosmopolitan and Aria Shopping Center and Hotel where the backgrounds were far more delicious for cosplayers and photographers alike. I saw a few cosplayers take advantage of those opportunities because well, itís Vegas!

Starting off with the basics is how a con should start and Otakon did a pretty good job doing that. I look forward to the second annual Otakon Vegas and weíll see how that ones goes. Recommended for attendees wanting to dip their toes into the convention waters early in the year and get their fix before the big summer season attacks your wallet.

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

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