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Xale_D was asking on twitter what makes Anime USA cool and different than other conventions. I told him affordability, but there are at least three (or four other things) that makes us different than Katsucon or Otakon. These are the five things that makes us different from other cons:

1. Affordability-we are $50 a night cheaper than Katsucon 2010's hotel and $60 a night cheaper than Otakon's closest hotel. Anime USA has more restaurants that offer meals for under $20 in a few block area than Katuscon will. We are also alot closer for Baltimore/DC and Richmond folks than Nekocon (1-2 hours versus 3-6 hours). We are also Metro accessible (five blocks away) and have affordable flights from National (a mile away).

2. We offer different Things- We have brought Video Gaming guests to the con. We bring artists who don't do East Coast cons. We bring Taiko Drummers and Traditional Japanese Dance to the convention. We are the first con in the region to offer our own board gaming library. We are pioneers in Japanese pop and rock to conventions (all respects to the biggest pioneers at Otakon). I hope we can get a Japanese animator this year and promote him (personal challenge for Mark Pope).

3. We offer more for the money-In these times, a convention has to offer the most for the money. If it doesn't, then it isn't a viable con (EG T-mode). Anime USA offers nearly 500 hours of programming over the weekend between two main event areas, five panel and workshop rooms and six video rooms. We offer dedicated tracks to AMV's and Japanese Live Action cinema. We offer an area for TCG/Board Gaming. This is along to the traditions of an AMV contest, Masquerade, Artist Alley, Art Show and Dealers room.

4. Balance-A con has to be able to balance between frenetic energy and the ability to enjoy fellow friends, take pictures and have fun. With our hotel environment, you can relax in your room and not have to feel like you have missed half a day of con to do so. One of the reasons I go to anime cons is the energy that they have. There is an energy between the costumers, randomness and people that make it fun. We aren't so big that we have to take over a convention center to handle the people.

Those are the reasons I love Anime USA (and would still go if I didn't staff). I hope this gets some discussion going about what makes cons different from each other. It seems like there is a feeling that all cons are the same and they aren't (I have gone to a lot of them). That is why I choose with alot of thought where I put my time, money and energy. It is why I don't go to NYAF or Anime Next (they aren't worth the time, money or energy). If this sounds like an advertisement for Anime USA, I didn't intend to make it sound like an advertisement.

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xale_d
Feb. 21st, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC)
Excellent points, all of these. Thank you for posting them.
redneckotaku
Feb. 22nd, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
Your quite welcome.
supertiffs
Feb. 23rd, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
Good points! GREAT MARKETING MATERIAL. *hint hint*

Just want to point out that Richmond to Nekocon is about 1 hour give or take so that's a hard sell. They also get a lot of beach people who we aren't getting (put Katsucon is.)

T-mode is a standard start-up convention. No real comparison in terms of services offered - maybe in a few years if they still are having it?
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