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25 / F / San Jose, California
Posted 7/30/12
MegaCon 2011. Never been to a convention (wasn't even aware of what they really were), was temporarily living in the state of Florida so no friends/connections but I'm a huge Star Trek fan, and they had a large cast lineup including my favorite klingon (Michael Dorn)--why not?

I was so nervous--should I dress up or not, because apparently people did ('what the heck is cosplay?'). Then I read a blog entry by some con attendee who said that it'd be an even greater experience if newbies dressed up. So spent a couple months choosing/purchasing some poor quality Halloween Star Trek costumes (Jadzia Dax & generic red dress) online.

Went by myself, all dressed up and nervous as foeijaskdjfjseieas. But I got there, and had the time of my life; everybody was SO friendly, people recognized my character and asked for photos (honestly did NOT expect that), blew like five paychecks on merchandise, hugged Mr. Dorn, and made a couple of friends. And most importantly--purchased my first anime (Hetalia)!! I really didn't like anime at the time, but something about the atmosphere* just said to give it another shot.
*(I must partially credit this to two cosplayers I saw of Black Butler's Sebastian & Ciel in Robin dress. I didn't know the anime or characters at that time, then but I thought they looked the most fantastic of all the other cosplayer at the con. What a handsome butler, and a beautiful girl in pink dress. Heh.)

And now fast-forward--I pay for that little star on Crunchyroll, spend a majority of my hours watching anime, reading manga, making cosplays, and squealing over various fandoms. I just feel like I have so much to catch up on!!

Definitely, the events leading to, during, and after that convention has DRASTICALLY changed the path of my life for the better.
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30 / F / Oklahoma, USA
Posted 8/12/12
Anime Weekend Atlanta 2005. I was 20 years old. It was an awesome experience for a first convention--not too big, not too small. Definitely got me hooked!
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24 / M / Los Angeles / Hun...
Posted 8/21/12 , edited 8/21/12
First one was the Anime Expo at the Convention Center this year in July. I'm 21

I have a few pictures on facebook. If anyone recognizes any unidentified characters let me know.
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28 / M / Maryland
Posted 8/23/12
My first convention was Otakon 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland when I was 22 years old.
I have attended Otakon every year since then. Besides vacations and traveling, attending Otakon is the most anticipated event for me every summer.

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26 / M / Towson
Posted 8/30/12
Otakon 2012 in Baltimore was my first. I can't believe I've never went before this year; it is so great.
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25 / M
Posted 9/5/12
Mine was at Anime North 2012 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with a bunch of friends from school. It was pretty interesting and awesome, bought some stuff, met a lot of new people, took a bunch of photos and videos, volunteered and got my con money back, and I will totally go next year.

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F / Texas, USA
Posted 10/8/12
Anime Weekend Atlanta 2003 was my first con.
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M / Chattanooga, TN
Posted 10/12/12
Anime Blast Chattanooga 2011 was my first and will be going to the one this year.
And HAMA-con2012 in Huntsville was my second.
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32 / F
Posted 10/16/12
Lol FAnime is the only con I been to really, been going since 2004 when I was 21 LOL I go every year except for 2011. I plan to go next year too, with some friends and we are going to share a hotel room and it will be awesome<3 I plan to save as much money as I can<3
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23 / F
Posted 11/1/12
hello i have long time i ddint came here so
what up
what news about anime
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17 / F
Posted 11/11/12
i actually went to my first con last month - realmscon 2012. i didn't know what to expect but i had so much fun!
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31 / M
Posted 11/16/12
I went to my first CON in 2009 at the age of 25 ,and again the next year. Would like to go to one again.
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25 / F / Northern California
Posted 11/19/12
I was sixteen when I went to A-Kon 17. :3
Posted 11/20/12
SDCC '12. I was suppose to go last year, but shit happened. xD Seriously fun experience. Made me angry that I didn't cosplay or anything, lol. Definitely planning on doing it again. Hopefully next year I'll have more opportunities to go to other cons.
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18 / F
Posted 11/25/12
MCM London Expo 2012 at the age of fifteen.
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