|Welcome to ToshoCON!|
Now, I have a pretty baseline knowledge of anime, but I haven't been into it all that much in recent years. I have my favorite animes from childhood (Sailor Moon, InuYasha, Fruits Basket, Fushigi Yugi - okay, those are more from my college years, but I'm so far removed from college that it might as well be from my childhood), but I don't really know what's new and cool today. So when stuff like Hetalia and Black Butler and Homestuck showed up at ToshoCON - well... I just went along with it all (and I FINALLY found out what those flower crowns on Tumblr were from. Turns out they aren't from anything. Just hipsters making crap up. At least, according to the one teen source I consulted with at the con).
|Paper cranes at the ToshoCON photo booth|
I did get a few pictures of the cosplay the kids had, but there were some issues with adults taking pictures of the kids at the con, so I'm a little leery about posting those. The Salt Lake Tribune had an article about ToshoCON and they have a decent-enough gallery, so you can get a good idea of what was featured. I did cosplay a little bit as the 10th Doctor - I didn't do too much because the staff was still supposed to look professional - which I did (and it was a zillion degrees inside and I was roasting enough as it was, so left the suit coat in the car). But I had my sonic screwdriver handy so people could get what I was supposed to be. I did get some pictures of my own cosplay and I have zero qualms about posting those -
|A dressed-down version of my Tenth Doctor cosplay.|
|At the Rocky Mountain Muggles booth - Davie's a Library Assistant for the system as well as a member of RMM and he had the great idea of doing a Harry Potter/Doctor Who crossover pic and this was the result.|
|By the end of the con, I had turned into Raggedy Doctor and was ready to regenerate.|
|A shot of the Anime Marketplace from the hallway|
|Me with Sydney and Paul at the Manga Swap after we had to move it inside.|
Speaking of the Manga Swap - we did have to fight the elements a bit - there were plenty of storm clouds coming in and they were blowing the tablecloths and manga around. Then it started to rain and we all had to scramble to get the manga in the building (there was room in the gaming area, so we just relocated the Manga Swap in there. The gamers didn't mind - they were all deeply into their tournament).
|The Manga Swap before the wind and rain rolled in - but plenty of dark clouds hovering over us.|
|Don't ask me to make that Pikachu again because it was a beast.|
It was funny for me - this convention was primarily for teens and designed with teens in mind. So, the majority of people at the con were so much younger than me. But every time I got to talking to these kids about our common interests, it didn't feel like there was that big of an age gap between us. I don't know what that says about my sense of professionalism and being a super-dignified librarian and take my adult responsibilities seriously - but I rather enjoyed it. Honestly, these kinds of programs are what I love best about being a youth services librarian. When I'm slogging through a busy day at the reference desk and patrons are mad about not getting their computer reservations or their holds not coming in or their fines or whatever the Angry Library Gods have decided is going to be the Problem of the Week - I think of these kids and how much fun they have and that I get the chance to work with them.
|Anime Art Contest entries|
|A peek in at the dance. There were tons more people out in the lobby and hallway.|
|This was the lobby crowd after the con was supposed to be over. Sort of wished I didn't have to break it up.|
We're hoping to make this an annual thing and I hope the Powers That Be at library administration are sufficiently impressed by this first go-round that we get to do it again.