Anime Milwaukee (2010) is the first con that I've been to as part of the press. I was in-experience, and wasn't really familiar with camera settings, and the community. The group I was with didn't really treated me fair enough as the other members, then I lefted them. Now-a-days, I'm with ScrewAttack, being my own boss, and taking pics for the site. There's been changes at the con since I was press member.
For starters. The locations. From the UW-Milwaukee college campus, to the Milwaukee Delta Convention Center. The Milwaukee convention center is connect with the Hyatt via skywalk, and a short walk to a $10 a day parking lot. Which came in handy for me to have quick access to my photo gear when I don't wanna waste my time going back to my room just for a tripod or something.
Just two blocks away, there's a mall with a food court. The normal people were like WTF? when they saw cosplayers coming by still in costumes. Good thing the mall cops didn't have a fit with the cosplayers, especially the ones with obvious fake weapons. On the down side, not many places were open for late night munchies. Like this place called George Webb. All I wanted was a Burger and Fries, but the wait was ridiculous for getting food at 9pm on a Saturday night!!!
Anyways, this is Anime Milwaukee's third year of using the convention space. Every year, they learn what worked, and what really failed. This year, they fixed up the registration line, more space for the dealers room, put artist alley outside. Video Gaming room improved as well, cause pasted years I couldn't enter the video gaming room cause I have a bag on me, and they don't allow people with bags come into the room cause of anti-theif reasons. I think the reason why is that the people running the room is, my buddies from YoumaCon (video gaming) Staff. Not only YoumaCon staff helped out with gaming, more of my youmacon staff buddies worked on main programming as well. So it's like a mini staff reunion for me.
At the cons, I usually just run around the con taking pics of cosplayers and random acts. Some times, I'm a con staff doing staff deeds since some people knows me and knows what I can do. This time, not only I took pics at the con, I even taught three photography panels. First off, I wanna thank the con chair, and the panel programming staff for letting me have the photography panels at their con. Panel Programming was really helpful by making sure I have the cables I need to run my panel. Yet, to be honest. I screwed up at my end on planning out my panel. I had the beginner photographer down on my end, but didn't go in depth in the planning process. Then the advance panel, I didn't get much set up time, and I had some hardware issues with my laptop, cause my panel to train wreck. Then for my third panel, the post processing panel, I didn't expect much people to come on a Sunday. Yet my buddies came in anyways, and take a look on how I do my photos after taken my shots. If I have to do photography panels again, I rather be doing the support role instead of the hosting role. Anyways, I don't mind doing private lessons on how to take photos to people who already knows me.
Talking about screw ups. Oh man, I made the mistake of doing post processing and uploading pics during the time where most of the cosplayers are on the con floor. I can't believe I missed some good cosplayers that I saw from my friend's picture galleries. So ahh, whoops, my bad on that one.
My inner photo nerd took the best of me during the con. Post processing a photo is REALLY fun! None of this wouldn't be possible if it was for the Equilibrium USG RCON-210-PACMAX bag. I got 27 pounds worth of gear that I was carrying, and I manage to get stuff done cause of the bag.
As for the cosplay this year, because of how Anime Milwaukee was at the same time as KatsuCon. There wasn't many cosplays that made me say WTF!? I still manage to get some pics, and a quick photoshoot. There wasn't many exciting locations around the con to do photoshoots, and it doesn't help if the weather is less than 30 degrees outside.
Even though Anime Milwaukee got "over ruled" by a major cosplay con. Anime Milwaukee got a suprising convention guest that I personally didn't expect to get. That happen to be, Nobuo Uematsu, the music conductor of the Final Fantasy series. His concert tour happen to be on the day before Anime Milwaukee. The con staff somehow convince Nobuo to come to their con, yet sadly. He only appeared for Friday only. Major kudos to AMKE staff on that one.
Photo courtesy of Rudy Hobbs with Nobuo Uematsu.
Also, another unexpected, unoffical convention guest showed up to Anime Milwaukee. One of the 2010 ScrewAttack Gaming Convention guest, Spoony of The Spoony Experiment, came to the con. When I first notice him, I was like, isn't that one of Marzgurl buddies? It looks exactly like him, but I didn't wanna go up to him. Cause I couldn't recall his name at the time. Good thing one of my buddies give me a positive ID on him. My friend asked him why his at the con, even though from my sources that his not a fan of anime. He said his speading time with his girlfriend who's attending the con.
Photo courtesy of James S. from Midwest Karaoke Madness. Photo proof that Spoony (far bottom left corner) was at Anime Milwaukee, it was taken during Midwest Karaoke Madness Karaoke Saturday night.
Overall, Current Anime Milwaukee staff with the help of YoumaCon staff and former Anime Central staffers. The improvments of the flaws of what happen last year, and the surprise convention guests. Still a good con for the midwest con-goer scene, but cosplay this year was kind of slacking cause of how the con is on the same weekend as KatsuCon. Not many holy shit, WTF moments happen like a fire alarm drill. It was calm, lean back, no drama type of con. I'll come back next year if I got summon to go by some people.
For more photos, There's always the flickr page
And as for the Anime Milwaukee 2013 cosplay contest