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Posted 3/31/15
I am a virgin when it comes to conventions.

I'm really wanna go to one here in Florida but I don't wanna go to a small one you know?

Can anybody tell me if AFO(Anime Festival Orlando) is a decent sized convention? Tickets are 50$ right now and I'm curious if it's one of the biggest ones in my area.

AFO is only about an hour away from where I live so any info could help me greatly.

Also move if i'm in the wrong section thank you!
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Captainkirko wrote:

I am a virgin when it comes to conventions.

I'm really wanna go to one here in Florida but I don't wanna go to a small one you know?

Can anybody tell me if AFO(Anime Festival Orlando) is a decent sized convention? Tickets are 50$ right now and I'm curious if it's one of the biggest ones in my area.

AFO is only about an hour away from where I live so any info could help me greatly.

Also move if i'm in the wrong section thank you!


AFO is Central Florida's third smallest con or third biggest depending on how you look at it.

You got MegaCon in Orlando coming up in about a week which is the biggest, then Metro in Tampa in July which is nearly as big, followed by AFO on the same month. Then Otronicon which is a gaming convention sometime in June and Holiday Matrsuri in December. You are spoiled for choice.
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Hey man, really appreciate you taking your time and listing out a bunch of the big conventions in my area. truly means a lot to me.

Is it worth going the whole weekend or is one day really all you need?
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Hey man, really appreciate you taking your time and listing out a bunch of the big conventions in my area. truly means a lot to me.

Is it worth going the whole weekend or is one day really all you need?


Any time.

That depends. If you are going just for the dealer room, which is a vast collection of rare and not-so-rare anime related merchandise, then one day is all you need. After the first day most of the good stuff is already bought up. Sometimes though, if you wait until the last day you can get some deals. If you are going for more that just the dealer room then a weekend pass would be good, since you can enjoy the con at a slower pace and not rush to get everything done in one day, because there is a lot of things you can do.
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It really depends on what you're going for. Megacon is the best con for shopping. It's hard to get into panels and its got a lot more than anime. Afo is smaller, but it's mainly about anime. The panels at afo are the best, you can meet a lot of the voice actors and actually talk to them, lines are smaller, and the pool parties are always a blast. There's also florida anime experience which is slightly smaller than afo, but both have grown a lot over the past few years. I would start with one of the smaller cons, my first was afo and its not as overwhelming as megacon.
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Jennbean wrote:

It really depends on what you're going for. Megacon is the best con for shopping. It's hard to get into panels and its got a lot more than anime. Afo is smaller, but it's mainly about anime. The panels at afo are the best, you can meet a lot of the voice actors and actually talk to them, lines are smaller, and the pool parties are always a blast. There's also florida anime experience which is slightly smaller than afo, but both have grown a lot over the past few years. I would start with one of the smaller cons, my first was afo and its not as overwhelming as megacon.


No kidding. One year at AFO I was setting up Battle Stadium D.O.N and Chris Sabat walked right up and started asking about the game. It was really cool.
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Jennbean wrote:

It really depends on what you're going for. Megacon is the best con for shopping. It's hard to get into panels and its got a lot more than anime. Afo is smaller, but it's mainly about anime. The panels at afo are the best, you can meet a lot of the voice actors and actually talk to them, lines are smaller, and the pool parties are always a blast. There's also florida anime experience which is slightly smaller than afo, but both have grown a lot over the past few years. I would start with one of the smaller cons, my first was afo and its not as overwhelming as megacon.


No kidding. One year at AFO I was setting up Battle Stadium D.O.N and Chris Sabat walked right up and started asking about the game. It was really cool.



That's why I love small cons not sure if it was fae or afo but I got into a pillow fight with Vic mignogna! He just walked into a giant pillow war in the hotel
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Posted 3/31/15

MysticGon wrote:


Captainkirko wrote:



Hey man, really appreciate you taking your time and listing out a bunch of the big conventions in my area. truly means a lot to me.

Is it worth going the whole weekend or is one day really all you need?


Any time.

That depends. If you are going just for the dealer room, which is a vast collection of rare and not-so-rare anime related merchandise, then one day is all you need. After the first day most of the good stuff is already bought up. Sometimes though, if you wait until the last day you can get some deals. If you are going for more that just the dealer room then a weekend pass would be good, since you can enjoy the con at a slower pace and not rush to get everything done in one day, because there is a lot of things you can do.


Can you buy tickets at the door or should I get them online? It's only like 10 days away, what do you think is best?
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Can you buy tickets at the door or should I get them online? It's only like 10 days away, what do you think is best?


If you want to save yourself $10 buy it online, if you get it at the door make sure you go there early, otherwise you'll be standing in line for a while.

I go early and get mine at the door.
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MysticGon wrote:


Captainkirko wrote:



Can you buy tickets at the door or should I get them online? It's only like 10 days away, what do you think is best?


If you want to save yourself $10 buy it online, if you get it at the door make sure you go there early, otherwise you'll be standing in line for a while.

I go early and get mine at the door.


And the final question I got is, they do sell manga at these conventions right?

And the dealer rooms usually offer cheap prices, do the Aniplex stuff usually go down pretty low or they still around 100$?
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And the final question I got is, they do sell manga at these conventions right?

And the dealer rooms usually offer cheap prices, do the Aniplex stuff usually go down pretty low or they still around 100$?


Yes they sell manga. The prices vary from vendor to vendor. Some people have really good prices and others don't. The good news is you can usually haggle your way to a better price. There are some used manga and anime dealers out and about and their prices can be very reasonable, especially if you strike up a friendly conversation with them.
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MysticGon wrote:


Captainkirko wrote:


And the final question I got is, they do sell manga at these conventions right?

And the dealer rooms usually offer cheap prices, do the Aniplex stuff usually go down pretty low or they still around 100$?


Yes they sell manga. The prices vary from vendor to vendor. Some people have really good prices and others don't. The good news is you can usually haggle your way to a better price. There are some used manga and anime dealers out and about and their prices can be very reasonable, especially if you strike up a friendly conversation with them.


Thanks for all the insight man, appreciate it!
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I really suggest going to metrocon. They're going to start making the event last four days instead of three this year. It was really fun the last time I went there, you should go there too.
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