Anime convention returns to Ohio after missing 2020

SANDUSKY, Ohio – A major anime convention returns to Northern Ohio.

What you need to know

  • Colossalcon is a major anime convention held at the Kalahari Resorts in Sandusky
  • The event was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19
  • Colossalcon will have an upper limit of 7,000 this year

Everything was set up inside the convention center towards Victoria Albarn.

“When you’re at the airport and there’s a huge overalls and it’s like ‘go here, go here’, those are all the signs showing how each room, area is, so you can see exactly where you are “, Explained Albarn.

The 25-year-old is Con Chair for Colossalcon – a culture that a friend introduced to her as a teenager, and she has been in love ever since.

“And we were sitting on your computer and on the floor and watching this anime and I was like, ‘This is great! Love that! ‘ I swallowed the rest without them and then things went downhill from there, ”said Albarn. “I was like, ‘Oh, there’s this whole genre that nobody’s really opened my eyes to.'”

Colossalcon allows fans of anime and other cosplays to escape into culture. That didn’t happen in 2020 when the event was canceled due to COVID-19. A tough experience for everyone involved.

“Not having a date that said, ‘affirms how, by that date everything will be fine and you will be back to normal by that date,’ it was like how we are going to support our community,” Albarn said. “That was the biggest problem. The people who use our shows or cons in general to make a living, how are you going to support them when you don’t have a venue to make their income? “

The event will take place again in 2021, where Jessica Becker is one of the staff who bring the event to life. The Kent State University graduate was at the anime club through high school and college before attending the con.

Now she is happy to offer the fans an inviting place.

“As I got older and did conventions and so it was nice to find other people who were also blatant and not afraid to admit they liked anime, they liked video games, they listened to K-pop or C-pop, All of these other things I like in high school I wouldn’t tell people I liked because I was scared of being ridiculed for it, ”Becker said.

With a reduced capacity of 7,000 compared to the event’s more than 20,000 attendees, Albarn is just happy to be doing what she loves again.

“Seeing a bunch of people in their cosplays, like taking pictures and playing around and doing whole photo shoots, that’s the part I’m so excited about,” said Albarn. “Because you can see people like ‘you!’ are. and then you! ‘ back is like, great! ”

A personal return to cosplay, where no outfit can hide the joy of being back.

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