The Exhibit Hall (dealers' room) was the place to be on Friday,
the first day of the con. That day, every dealer had all their merchandise
up and ready to be sold. When I arrived at the con, I headed straight
for the dealers' room. There was a long line waiting for it to open,
but I wasn't surprised that's the way it always is.
Friday was fun, though, once I got past the line. That night,
of course, they neutered the place. . . When I found out about this,
I was mad. Extremely mad. Sure, hentai is not my favorite genre,
but it's still part of the anime category. Also, Himeya Soft and
Doki Media, both of whom had to leave, have been dealers at this
con as long as I've been attending. I remembered reading that AX
and the SPJA had sole control over the convention, which conflicted
with all the stories I heard about this incident. The otaku generation
of course blamed Disney for all of this. I admit, I still do blame
disney. No problems ever arose in past conventions about this and
minors have attended many past cons. So I wonder, if Disney is to
blame for all this. Is this all a coincidence, that the con is held
at Disney and problems arise? I think not.
On the brighter side, the exhibit hall was still one of the biggest
events of the con. The big name companies such as ADV, Pioneer,
Bandai, etc. all had huge booths. The most noteable was the Bandai
Entertainment booth. They didn't sell any merchandise but they had
previews of all their upcoming releases as well as a Gundam game
for the Dreamcast and another game for the playstation. The best
thing they did was to have contests (as far as i can tell, whoever
could yell the loudest won,) and they gave out original cels and
t-shirts. I, sad to say, was not part of that mob. While everyone
was trying to get free stuff, I went off to look for the X LD Box
Set, and found it. ^_^ ADV also had an amazing booth. Under their
logo was a TV showing some episodes of Evangelion and other series
they distribute. Behind the TV, amazingly, there was a private meeting
room for the executives of ADV. Pioneer also had an intersting booth.
They had wallscrolls up for just about every series they have the
rights to, not ordinary wallscrolls, but the thousand-dollar floor-to-ceiling
monsters. What caught my attention at this booth was what they had
behind the glass. A Lain lunchbox, holding the Lain DVD Box Set.
Manga Entertainment did not have a stunning booth, which disappointed
me. But all of the X posters certainly caught my attention ^___^.
Of course, I bought one for myself.
The exhibit hall went strong for all four days. When it came time
to close out, the dealers started to give out free posters and other
wonderful stuff, since they didn't want to carry it back with them
on their trip home. This year's hall was not as great as some of
the past. I personally liked the Anahiem Convention Center as exhibit
hall. I was looking forward to seeing Animenation.com at the hall
since I read they registered to sell. I wanted to yell at them for
not giving me an artbook I ordered months ago, but they apparently
decided to hide from me. Cowards. ^_^
And I can always look forward to future halls. . .
note from the editor :
the initial version of this article was written before i had
a chance to spread the facts regarding the con's. . . bizarre adventure.
at the time, every attendee, every staffer, had a different and
conflicting version of events. the speculations i cut out of the
article are posted here, the beginnings of a Disney