Kawaii Kon 2008: The Recap
We had another successful outreach event at the 2008 Kawaii Kon. The Kawaii Kon is basically a convention where anime and manga fans come together to meet and greet industry celebrities and other fans. This year we were able to get funding from our Friends group for an outreach table.
At the convention we passed out free stuff (read here, leftover summer reading incentives) and talked about library services. Many folks were happy to get goodies from us, and we were happy to bend their ear about library services. A great idea that one of the other librarians came up with this year was a prize drawing for a gift bag. The entry forms for the prize drawing gave a good idea of how many folks we were actually talking to amidst the hubbub. The winners of the gift bags were quite enthusiastic about winning and those who didn’t win got other good stuff from us. Of the goodies that we passed out, the buttons that we laboriously made were the best received. Folks were happy to show us their library card in exchange for a 2.5 inch button featuring various manga and anime characters.
The coolest thing to me is the folks cosplaying (dressing up as anime/manga characters).
Here’s my favorite cosplayer: Kon. I ran up to this guy and asked if I could take a picture of him. Then I barraged him with questions about his costume.
Me: How long did it take you to make your costume?
Kon: 1 month.
Me: What is it made out of?
Kon: Foam, material, paper plate (for the bellybutton).
Me: It’s awesome! Nice job.
Kon was really nice, and he’s already planning for his costume next year. I can’t wait to see what it will be.
Another draw to the convention are the artists and vendors. If you have an affinity for things anime/manga related the convention is a dangerous place to be. You can spend your money in a multitude of ways. I personally have a weakness for cute things and the Kawaii Kon has many a cute product. From commissioned art pieces to t-shirts to Gothic & Lolita costumes, the Kawaii Kon has many a way for you to spend your weekly allowance or in my case my weekly allowance and a half. I’ll be paper bagging lunch for the next couple of weeks.
I saw this table and couldn’t resist! I bought a couple of octopi from this craftster and wish I bought a cupcake and a kitty. I hope she’s there next year!
Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell of the Star Bulletin http://starbulletin.com/2008/04/21/news/photofinish.html