This past Saturday I dropped in to a convention in South Carolina called Banzaicon. I learned about the con earlier this year, but was unable to devote an entire day to going. Actually, it was a quick decision to even drop in as I was driving through Columbia to the State marching band competition about 26 miles west of the city. Although I just did not agree with the fact that Banzaicon and another convention, Cola-Con, chose the same weekend to host their events, I was surprised at the turn out for Banzaicon on the late, Saturday afternoon. After watching several Cosplay Music Videos (CMVs) it looked like the event was pretty legit.
I arrived around 5:30 PM. The Vic Mignogna signing seemed to be going on as there was a line throughout the convention space of excited attendees. Vic is an anime convention staple for a guest. He has voiced some of anime’s major stars like Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist and Dark in DN Angel. I thought it was cool that Banzaicon got him to come to little ‘ole South Carolina.
Held at the Marriott Columbia in downtown, the space seemed small which is typical for a convention in this space. You can walk the con space in mere minutes. There was a video game room, a dealer’s room, and what I assume were panel rooms although I did not see them. The giant blow up Kon and Mudkip were nice touches to the convention.
Check out this awesome Banzaicon video by Two Frame Studios
Speaking of conventions and costume, Halloween is tomorrow. Yikes! I am working on a skirt for my mother and also a Thor costume for myself. There will probably be a separate Thor post eventually.