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Day 1 at WasabiCon!

Another weekend and another first for me. For the second straight weekend I went to a new (to me) con, and what a first day! So much anime and truly inspiring cosplays all around.

I spent most of my day at my friends booth but managed to wander around a bit so I could walk around the artist alley and exhibition hall, there is so much I will be going back to on day two. I just can’t wait!

One of my closest friends has a bit of a collection of Mob Psycho 100 (she’s absolutely obsessed with Reigen, with good reason) and has a small shrine to her favorite character. I am so excited because I found a whole bunch of stuff to grab at WasabiCon Portland on the second and last day to add to her collection. I can’t wait to see how she reacts to it all! I of course found some One Piece art I need to have as soon as possible, so YAY!!!!

I was a little surprised by how much 18+ is at this smaller convention, but it’s actually a bright spot and super fun. Even though the 18+ artist alley isn’t much, there are quite a few places on the show floor that have more (wink, wink), and honestly who doesn’t need more of their favorite anime characters in some sexy clothes and poses? I know I’ll be stopping by these booths to pick up a few pieces… (cough, cough-One Piece). 

All the anime cosplay was so much fun to see also, I was a little bummed I was Nanami Kento from Jujutsu Kaisen today. Only because there were so many One Piece cosplayers for the big meet-up (this is why it pays to check out the schedule beforehand folks), but I still had a blast meeting and getting photos with other Jujutsu Kaisen cosplayers! Tomorrow I will definitely be in one of my many One Piece cosplays (Robin), who is a very comfy cosplay to wear. In all honesty, I needed something easy and comfy this weekend while still dealing with my now post concussion syndrome and still being exhausted from San Diego Comic-Con (more articles on that coming soon!). 

Lastly, I have so many hopes for day 2. I’ll have more free time to roam and shop. I am also excited to hang out with my friends I made back in November at KumoriCon (they are the best and so sweet!). I also have my eye on a few panels, and as we know I try to make it to at least one panel per con (even though I wish I could make it to more!). The ones that have me the most interested are: Social media senpai, Live body paint, Let’s get Dandy!, Making money off cosplay, and Magical girls after dark. All of these and more sound really interesting, and I think I could learn a few things from them. The other really important thing I’m looking forward to is just having a nice time. My friend I’m staying with has been giving me home cooked meals the past few nights, K-dramas, puppy snuggles and lots of giggles and sarcastic snark. I couldn’t have had a more relaxing and fun time. I hope if any of you are in the area that you can stop by for a bit to enjoy this con or add it to your list for next year!

Are you at WasabiCon? What were your thoughts about it? Let us know in the comments or chat with us on Twitter at TheConCollectve.


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Ali Raphael
Ali Raphael
Ali is a professional workaholic but likes to add more to her plate by reviewing comics/books/ tv shows/movies and anime. In every other waking moment, she breathes books, manga and anything Marvel. Every day she wishes she was a Part-Time Avenger, instead of a full-time Target employee.

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