Report on D-TAC: Toronto Anime Convention 2011


Anime Fans will take advantage of any excuse to cosplay, and Hobbystar makes their money by capitalizing on this urge. The GTA’s latest event for cosplay and other otaku games was the Toronto Anime Convention, unofficially refered to as D-TAC.

This is one of the smaller conventions, with one one room for the usual events like Anime Name That Tune and one guest. Sean Schemmel, the voice of Son Goku from the hugely popular Dragon Ball series and it’s follow-ups. Dissapointingly he ended up absent from the convention. Piccolo is cooler than Goku anyway.

Typical convention go-er.Approaching the convention, held in the south building this year, the external crowd was deceptive of the event’s actual size since a lot of people were there for the neighboring Toronto Motorocycle show. I spoke to one of the organizers about the switch to south building and one of the reasons for the relocation is because in the north building, they were only able to charge people admission as con-goers entered the dealer’s room while more frugal fans chose to freely loiter in the grounds outside without paying admission. Because of the layout of the south building, they were able to charge admission to a higher percentage of attendees (as is their prerogative;).

The dealer’s room had everything anime fans wanted, BUT not in an exciting quanity. And a questionable layout leading to some suffocation. I found one Transformer who I didn’t buy since I’m hoping to get a better price on him at this year’s Botcon. I did buy a Revoltech figure of Giant Robo (awesome) whose elbow broke within minutes and I prompty lost one of his alternate hands (tragic). Most of my time in the dealer room was spent speaking with good friend Squid who told me horror stories from the Naru2u convention in Ottawa last November. She might be soon open up a blog of her adventures in Convention Vending where you’ll get the full details.

Squid's sister Tia as Fiona.As expected, the big draw is the vibrant crowd of cosplayers who make the event so much more interesting than last month’s Comic convention. Plentiful magical ponies, a lot of Homestucks, and some people who don’t care that nobody will recognitize them but they dress up as a Protomen anyway.

On train home, I met another attendee who, concisely, thought that the convention “sucked”. Based on what Hobbystar provided I can understand why she felt that way. Honestly most of my time at the convention was spent talking and eating with my friends, but I met a few new ones. Rule 1 always is: Socialization is the key to fun convention times (not guests or acquisitions). While it might have not been exciting, there was still a friendly atmosphere.

I’ve seen serveral vlogs and a few tumbler posts regarding the Convention Center’s security stepping out of line, including one instance where a male security officer entered the female’s bathroom. People eager to hate Hobbystar have jumped to blame them for this although the officers in question were likely working under contract from the managers of the venue (the Metro Toronto Convention Center).

The next convention on the calendar is Futurecon2, which is half sci-fi convention, and half New Year’s Eve party. It seems fun and I would be glad to check it out, but I’ve been invited to an actual New Year’s Eve party. then in the new year the Burlington Toy Show has another go on January 8th.



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