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Anime Central 2014 – Part I

Anime CentralAnime Central flew by this year, as it tends to. Based in Rosemont, Illinois not far from Chicago’s O’Hare airport, Anime Central, or ACen, regularly attracts approximately 30,000 attendees to the Donald E Stephens Convention Center and surrounding hotels each year in mid-May. This year marked my fourth time to the convention, but was different in that I had a number of personal goals in mind — all of which I actually met. Hit the jump for Part 1 of the write-up!

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Off To Anime Central

Anime CentralNo Feedly Friday today, as I’ll be on my way to Anime Central in Chicago. This is the closest major con to me, and I’m excited to be attending for (if I’m remembering correctly) my fourth year.

I love Anime Central in particular because it’s a rather sizable con with the expected industry guests which is something I don’t always have easy access to given where I live. And on a more personal note, I also love Anime Central for their strong Special Needs/ADA department. It’s great being able to pop in line, get your badge, then hop over to the Special Needs table for an accommodation sticker that helps with cutting down on line waits, etc — no hassle.

I tend to spend far too much time in the Dealers Room, but I obviously also love the manga related industry panels. While I have a tendency to not make it to nearly all the panels I’m interested in — the con is spread across three hotels and the walk is really killer — Anime Central makes use of the extremely useful Guidebook mobile app to help with real time scheduling. I used it for the first time last year and it’s extremely helpful.

I always enjoy looking at the schedule pre-con to highlight things of interest, so I took a peek at late Wednesday night to gauge panels of interest. By no means a schedule, especially given how quickly schedules can change, but hit the jump to see what I’m interested in!

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