Ohayocon News & Notes


Ohayocon- regarded as one of the best and biggest(12,000 attendees) anime cons is almost here. Can’t wait. I have my Three day pass badge.

My slogan this year:



here is a review from the website 'Otaku Stew"

Ohayocon 2011

So it has taken me a week to write my review of Ohayocon 2011 some of the reason is because I wanted some time to reflect on my experience and the other is I have been extremely lazy. But enough about me on to the review!

About Ohayocon:

Ohayocon is a convention held annually in Columbus, Ohio to bring together fans of Japanese popular culture with the main emphasis on Anime and Manga. The convention includes a cosplay masquerade, several dances, English voice over actors/actresses and various panels dealing with fandom. The convention has been held in January since its inception and has become one of the largest winter conventions in North America.


This was my second time attending Ohayocon and the convention is much improved over last year’s edition. The dealers room along with artist alley where much larger than last years convention. The dances where held in a much larger area this time and the registration was located in a better spot than last year. On a whole the convention had a much larger feel to it not only from the change of room sizes but also from overall attendance. I have not seen the numbers but I would guess the attendance was close to 12,000 overall. The English Voice actors/actresses where super nice and the Evening of Improv with Mike McFarland was fantastic! I laughed so hard I came close to wetting myself. Carli Mosier was an absolute sweetheart but I wish she would have come over and thanked me and my buddy for introducing her to a writer from Horror Hound magazine. Christopher Ayres was a delight to meet and very funny in the improv skits. There was some fantastic cosplay which you can see my photo’s from the event here Friday and Saturday.

Pros of the Convention:
•Bigger dealer’s room.
•Bigger artist alley.
•Better ran registration.
•Great events like the Evening of Improv, Cosplay masquerade, AMV contest, Rave, Formal Ball and a dance.

Now with everything there is always a down side and Ohayocon is no exception. I personally only ran into a few issues, none of which where serious but minor problems that can be easily fixed. Line formation to panels and events was kind of a problem. The guide book did not have any panel descriptions in it and the only way you could find out was going to the room where the panel was taking place and hope that a staff member had placed the correct print out on the room. Also some of the panels never happened because the panelist backed out, which is slightly irritating. Also how many fake sword booths do you need in the dealers room? But that is just me since I have a dislike for poorly made weaponry. I have read that some people had issue with the staff security but me personally I never had a problem with them. Security is a tuff job and sometimes you have to be a hard ass to keep people safe.

Cons from the Convention:
•Line formations
•Slightly over crowded at times
•To many replica swords
•No panel descriptions in the guide book

Overall I had a blast at Ohayocon 2011 and I will be attending the event in 2012. I recommend this convention if you live close enough to drive to it. If your looking for something like an Anime Expo or larger conventions save your money and go to them. But if you find yourself in the Columbus, Ohio area and have a few bucks to spend you can not go wrong with Ohayocon! Its fun and a good sized event but there are larger and better conventions out there but not to many in the Midwest or in the middle of winter. As their saying goes “Ohayocon: the cure for the winter time blues!” Otakustew.net gives Ohayocon 2011 a…

Four out of Five Stars…


I love your slogan! :laugh: :laugh: Hope you have a great time Outlander!


It’s a little late… but: http://www.flickr.com/photos/75601830@N08/


I’ve been to the same location during Matsuricon (August con) and it is pretty cool. After dealing with the long elevator waits at the Hyatt (most often just went up the 7 or so flights of rickety stairs instead) I don’t think I’d want to stay at the Hyatt during the much bigger Ohayocon. Luckily there are a few other hotels near by, some connected by a pretty cool enclosed glass walkway (though it isn’t AC’d in the summer).

I’m not sure if 12,000 is “too big” for a con, as Katsucon 2012 didn’t feel crowded and it had almost 13,000 people this year. I didn’t go to Ohayocon 2012 as they waited forever to announce Carrie Savage (the rest of their guest list was going to be at closer cons to me), they nixed their Matt Greenfield tradition (shoot, their guest list for 2012 was tiny), and they don’t do the VIP pass thing. If guests are your thing, and they are mine, the VIP pass is essential.


A Chronicle, stories, pictures and stuff from my three days at the Con


First, here is a sneak peek at the 2012 program



Just finished my 1st day at Ohayocon. My feet hurt. Got there at 9:00 am and there was already a big crowd. There was a huge line for people to buy badges, but I pre-registered and prepaid. I just walked right in where they kept the badges, signed in, took my badge and left.
There were a lot of good cosplayers, more than last year. Plenty of catgirls, which bodes well for tomorrow’s “unofficial “Cat-girl parade. A good number of Ponies too. I tried to use my new digital camera. I can’t keep it from shaking. I hope the photos turn out.Today was the day going to artists alley and the Dealer’s room. I saw some old artist friends and made new ones. Got some art, and ordered commissions.

The dealer’s room was magnificent. It was huge. Money flew from my wallet. The wife forgot to take my plastic from my wallet.Bwaaa-haa-haaa! Got stuff for me and some friends. Plan on being here tomorrow to go to panels mostly. More later


Sigh… I so wish we were there with you. :frowning:


2nd day done.
My feet really hurt now. I’m everywhere at the con. Today was a day for panels and photographs. I went to the AMV (Anime music video) contest. It was pretty funny watching people put their own spin on Anime series tunes. Also went to the Nurse Lindsey (Ohayocon Mascot) contest. That was great. All the contestants did a good job with their Lindsey nurse costumes. I really enjoyed the Emily Dejesus roast (Emily is a long time con chairperson and wife of good friend Robert) It was lewd, raunchy, and pretty funny. I did not see Robert anywhere. Perhaps tomorrow.

I did go into the dealer’s room briefly to pick up an item for Slowhand. She already knows what it is … A pair of Cat-ears, but everything else I will send her will be a surprise. . I also checked in with some artists to see how some commission is going

Now for some bad news. I hooked my new digital camera up to my computer and (with trial and error) downloaded my pics. Just as I thought most are blurry because I could not hold the camera still. I’m more comfortable with a regular camera. Try again tomorrow.
I was going to use today as picture day, but when I got there I didn’t have it I forgot that it was still plugged in to my computer and I left without it. CRAP! CRAP! CRAP!

Final day Sunday.


outlander wrote:

Cat themed goodies… Slow is a lucky woman.


PretearHimeno wrote:

[quote]outlander wrote:

Cat themed goodies… Slow is a lucky woman.[/quote]

I am, in oh, so many ways. :stuck_out_tongue:


3rd and final day

I only stayed for just a few hours.Mostly gaming and anime viewing panels today. I’m not a gamer,so, meh. Did watch some new anime. Not as many cosplayers today. Tried out the digital camera again. I will post pics later tonight. Picked up some art and ordered commissions. I thought that as it was the last day and vendors are packing up, I could get a good deal. Not really. Some would but most wouldn’t.

I came across a table promoting Anime Central in Rosemont ,IL. It is also a big convention. I can’t go this year but will seriously think about me and the waifu flying there next year.

Funimation had a table there. Anime Network was nowhere to be seen. They should have made a presence promoting themselves and selling their stuff. TAN was always a little thick-headed about marketing. Oh wells.

Had a great weekend. Matsuricon in August is next


I think you should invest in a good pair of sneakers. Better on the feet, but be sure to break them in first.

You’d really have to pitch a good sales pitch to TAN to get them to go to a cold climate for a convention. Good luck with that!

Glad you had such a great time! But I guess those anime folk aren’t such great hagglers. Maybe those days are gone with the gypsies… :stuck_out_tongue:


My pics turned out to be all blurred crap. For much better pics of Ohayocon 2012 go here:


pics of dealers room and artist’s allay balcony above it



PDF files are so nice :stuck_out_tongue: Don’t put the couches in the elevator, please!


I just finished my only full day at Ohayocon 13. Had a fantastic time. It has grown again this year. Even more dealers, truckloads of cosplayers, great panels and Artist Alley had the most and best artists ever.

The wife had to work that day and she laughed and said “have a good time. I was still a little sleepy and not alert and I didn’t check my wallet until she left. Sure enough, she took my debit card and left me with just cash FFFFFUUUUUCCCCCKKKK!!!

I started out with a decent breakfast at home, and arrived at the con at 9:30am. The convention center parking garage was already full. I had to park about a block away.

I pre-registered for a pass, so I just walked in a special room .showed my I.D. and walked out with my pass. It took maybe a minute, as compared waiting an hour and a half for those who are buying that day.

The first thing I did was take photos of cosplayers. They were really good with their costumes. This year’s theme was Zombies so there was a lot of those, but the variety was great. Once I get them developed I will post them

Next I made a beeline to Artist allay. To meet old friends and create new ones Oh my gosh! It expanded by about 50% and the artists were all really good. I loaded up on original stuff and got business cards from new people.

Next was the Dealer’s room. The word “Room” is a misnomer. It was gigantic, easily the size of three basketball courts full of Otaku nirvana! I picked up some DVD boxed sets, manga, t-shirts, but no figurines. I must say there are no bargains at dealer’s rooms. Everything is top dollar. I also got some gifts for some friends.

I then went to the food court and had a chicken stir-fry. By then most of the panels I wanted to go to started opening
Here are the panels I went to:
Shiny Sailor Moon Musicals, Chris Ayres, Tiffany Grant, Zombies in the Closet, Dave Lister and Pokémon (Dave is an artist friend)
Anime Old Enough to Drink, Cosplay fashion show and Contest, Studio Capsule with Robert and Emily Dejesus, Artists Roundtable, Funimation Sneak Peeks, Bouncing through the years: Gainax, Anime Parody Dub Workshop

Matt Greenfield had several Panels, but I ran out of time to go to them

I made a final visit to dealer’s room and artists allay. I met Robert Dejesus and talked for a while and I made arrangement for a later commission. He was selling Ohayocon T-shirts (his artwork and pulled out some beautiful Pencil sketches not meant to be sold he would let me have for only $15 apiece Oh Hell yes I would buy them. I opened my wallet… Tapped out of cash. NNNNOOOOooo!!!.

Left the Con at 6:00 really tired. The weather was still good enough that some cosplayers went to local downtown restaurants. It was amusing to see downtown Columbus full of Elves, stormtroopers, ninjas,ect wandering around the streets of downtown Columbus.

Next up Matsuri con in August


I’m so sorry we missed this, Outlander. When in August is Matsuricon? Glad you had fun, but as a former banker, how did you let someone near your debit card???


She can be be pretty tricky. It was morning and I just woke up and did not have my Caffine yet.She was wide awake and she pulled a fast one on me. It didn’t register with me that she would do that until she drove off. It keeps me from whipping out our checking acct because I have no control at cons.