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Posted 4/9/11

caddyalan wrote:


EmperorPaine wrote:
When and where is this con being held?


Anime Central will happen during May 20-22 2011 in Rosemont, Illinois -- a suburb not far from Chicago's O'Hare Airport.

EmperorPaine, if you live in Las Vegas, and you don't plan to be Chicago in May 2011, then you may do well to search for a convention that's relevant to your interests near where you live. The options in Vegas may be limited, but you can probably find quite a few options in southern California. If you're trying to research cons, then I recommend asking on forums such as the animecons.com forum.


Thanks. Oh and I have no problems traveling. Hell I just got back from ATL and Japan (for the second time) I merely wanted to know location and date to see if I'm gonna be busy with other things. Besides that all the conventions here in Vegas are weak. No "good" events going down, no game rooms, no concerts, pretty lame all around. The guy that runs it has no idea on what he is doing. He robs from the people attending in order for him to go to Japan. It isn't something I will support for the cost he wants for it. Anime Expo gave me games rooms, AMV contest, huge ballrooms of stuff, and much more. It is worth every penny.

I haven't been to AX due to work schedule and this is why I ask about other cons in other locations. I enjoy seeing the world. As long as I don't have a major tournament to attend to or any other thing, I should be able to make this con.
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Posted 4/11/11
Thanks for the reply.

Right now it's about five weeks before ACen 2011. It's a relatively large convention that's run fairly well. There was a registration line crisis in 2008, but things have been better since then. So if you want other people's opinions of ACen 2010, here's two relevant con reports in text form -- http://dragonsanime.com/articles/roadlm-archive/358-acen-report-2010-kth.html and http://scarlet-rhapsody.com/traveling/acen2010/ . Anime-Zing podcast discussed ACen 2010 in their 51st episode... the site is down at the moment, but it should be online again soon.

My thoughts about ACen:
* Rosemont is not a bad location. It's relatively safe, and it's just one stop on the CTA Blue Line away from O'Hare Airport. And it's a short walk from the Rosemont Blue Line station to the convention site. But it's also at least 45 minutes away from downtown. And if you need to park a car, you're probably gonna pay a lot.

* Inside the convention center, there's overpriced but edible food at various kiosks, and a restaurant attached to the center known as the Expoteria. During afternoon/evening hours, Hyatt hotel staff sell slightly overpriced food in the lobby. Both of these options are much cheaper than the hotels' restaurants, and better than walking a few blocks for fast food.

* Since it's a fairly large con, there's a lot to do, and you can even find something going on in the early morning hours. The size of ACen is both good and bad... lots of good events, but I've been dismayed when I see people with wheelchairs and strollers struggling to get through crowded areas.

If you can afford to travel to Chicago, find a hotel not too far away, and get to the con... then you may enjoy it.
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Posted 4/18/11

caddyalan wrote:

Thanks for the reply.

Right now it's about five weeks before ACen 2011. It's a relatively large convention that's run fairly well. There was a registration line crisis in 2008, but things have been better since then. So if you want other people's opinions of ACen 2010, here's two relevant con reports in text form -- http://dragonsanime.com/articles/roadlm-archive/358-acen-report-2010-kth.html and http://scarlet-rhapsody.com/traveling/acen2010/ . Anime-Zing podcast discussed ACen 2010 in their 51st episode... the site is down at the moment, but it should be online again soon.

My thoughts about ACen:
* Rosemont is not a bad location. It's relatively safe, and it's just one stop on the CTA Blue Line away from O'Hare Airport. And it's a short walk from the Rosemont Blue Line station to the convention site. But it's also at least 45 minutes away from downtown. And if you need to park a car, you're probably gonna pay a lot.

* Inside the convention center, there's overpriced but edible food at various kiosks, and a restaurant attached to the center known as the Expoteria. During afternoon/evening hours, Hyatt hotel staff sell slightly overpriced food in the lobby. Both of these options are much cheaper than the hotels' restaurants, and better than walking a few blocks for fast food.

* Since it's a fairly large con, there's a lot to do, and you can even find something going on in the early morning hours. The size of ACen is both good and bad... lots of good events, but I've been dismayed when I see people with wheelchairs and strollers struggling to get through crowded areas.

If you can afford to travel to Chicago, find a hotel not too far away, and get to the con... then you may enjoy it.


Thanks for the info.
Overpriced food makes me laugh seeing how I live in Las Vegas.
Everything on the Strip is overpriced. lol
I'll have to really check my schedule to see about making it out there.
Currently I am to partake in another tournament happening here in Vegas and I believe it's around the same time as the con.
I will see and thank you again for the info.
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About three weeks left until ACen 2011. Still looking forward to it... while making sure to manage my money. I need to make sure bills get paid first, and think about important stuff (health, car/condo maintenance, keeping up with friends). I say all this because I need to make sure there's money for convention food, parking / cabs, and buying a few things in the dealers room. And because I need to be mentally ready for three days of madness.
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As a member of ACen staff I get to leave for it right now (the 16th) yay!!!...... as a side note remember ACen's unspoken rule that it doesn't start until the first ambulance is called... last year that was on Thursday.... lol oh and if you inline at all bring your skates to the embassy parking garage it's crazy fun going down the ramps all the way to the bottom chances are you will see me ill be at morgans (Youmacon's) table
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Posted 5/19/11
It's Thursday at last... "day zero" of ACen. I will be picking up my badge today (since it never arrived in the mail), and attending at least one of the pre-convention events. Tomorrow, the real event begins. I've been planning for it for so long... hopefully things will work out.
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URGENT! (Sorry to yell :)

Okay, so I'm a first time con-goer and I'm going to Anime Central in Illinois. and I'm going with a friend. I don't know how this is supposed to go so please bare with me:

1. Do you HAVE to be there for the Opening Ceremony? Because I probably won't get to the con until one PM.
2. Once we get to the center, what do we do? I pre-reg'd and I have my badge with me but once we get there do we need to go to a certain place. So basically, when we drive up and enter the door, what do we do?

If it means anything, I'm younger than 18.
Thank you for your help!
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Well, since you're registered and have your badge already, you're pretty much set. For a map and a schedule of events (the schedule on their website is rather hidden [ www.acen.org ], head on over to the convention center ( the biggest building, and the one that'll be most crowded in the area that's not a hotel ). From there, you'll find out what's happening when and where.

In responses to your questions:

1. - No, you don't have to attend the opening ceremonies, you can show up whenever you're able / want to.

2. - Like I opened with, if you have the online schedule, you may have all you need to find out what's where when. However, for descriptions of each of the panels, if you're looking for specific exhibit or artist booths, or if you want to sit in on specific panels but want more details than the general schedule provides, you'll want to head over to the registration area in the convention center to pick up a schedule, which has that and more.

Being younger than 18 just means you'll fit in and will be restricted from going to select events toward later in the night.

An time range of scheduled panel programming is as thus:
Friday (today) : noon - 2:30AM
Saturday: 8AM - 2:30AM
Sunday: 9AM - 2:30PM

There are rooms available for video games throughout the con, and there are some select events (main programming) available as part of the main programming (for music, masquerades, and such). Also, there's video programming that shows the first few eps of particular anime series throughout the con as well, as a kind of teaser to allow you to see some of the variety of anime available if you otherwise don't have access to (though if you're here, that's a moot point, but you may see anime you otherwise can't see on CR).

Additionally, there are special guests that have panels and usually have autograph signing events.

Musical Guests:
- FLOW
- RAVEMAN
- kors k
- DJ Chucky
- GUHROOVY
- NO+CHIN
- BSK
- 100mado

International Guests:
- Yoshiki
- Hideko Tamura Snider
- H. Naoto
- Sixh.
- Bob Shirohata
- Mika Nomura
- Saki

American Guests:
- Colleen Clinkenbeard
- Darrel Guilbeau
- Steve Yun
- Spike Spencer
- Russell Lissau
- Trevor Mueller
- Chris Cason
- Steve Horton
- Stephanie Sheh
- Cristina Vee
- Josh Elder
- J Michael Tatum
- Samurai Dan
- Michael Sinterniklaas
- August Hahn

For more info, you can google names, but events cover everything from "how to make a webcomic" to martial arts and even includes a CLAMP panel.

For the years I've attended, I've not been disappointed. Though, I don't have a double that could go to some of the panels that I already had planned to go to that were scheduled at the same times.
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Posted 5/20/11
Oh thank you so much! Yeah, I just didn't want to go there with any confusion.
Tyvm.
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Posted 5/23/11

vivadlifan wrote:

Oh thank you so much! Yeah, I just didn't want to go there with any confusion.
Tyvm.


how did your first experience at the con go? : )
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Posted 5/23/11
This was my fifth or sixth year in a row attending ACen. I had a lot of concerns regarding early registration on Thursday... it seemed there was only one line, regardless of whether fans were registering that day, had pre-registered and never got their badges, or just there to pick up badges. So I ended up standing in a line for about two hours, not knowing what would happen next. I brought healthy snacks along, though I neglected to bring sunscreen or an umbrella...

After that, things improved. Got to attend a pre-con get-together. Spent some time in dealers room / artist alley, and spent modest amounts of money in both places. (Got the card game Bang!, some small Bakemonogatari figures, and a physical copy of the limited-run English visual novel X-Note.) Took lots of photos, most of which turned out okay. Saw the AMV awards and Iron Editor. Talked to a variety of fans, especially while waiting.

I'm getting a bit weary of all the inevitable delays and lines associated with large cons. While smaller cons don't have as much to do, they're almost never crowded, and some of them are organized.
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