Final week, a well known cosplay conference made a giant announcement. They determined as an alternative of their typical 3-day conference, subsequent 12 months can be diminished to solely 2 days. On prime of that, there could be no panels or cosplay company for your entire weekend.
Whereas they didn’t specify why they made these modifications, it’s seemingly as a result of the prices of renting out the venue have gone up drastically because the pandemic. Maybe doing a 3-day conference at this venue would have been too costly for the conference organizers.
This is only one instance I’ve seen. However I’m seeing different issues over the course of 2022, akin to:
- Conference organizers being brief on employees and volunteers, making it tougher to run actions easily
- Lodge blocks taking for much longer to be launched
- The difficulties imposing and balancing security measures at conventions
Whereas lots of conventions in 2022 have been run very easily with no points (akin to MCM London Comedian Con!), not all of them have been like this. So I discussed in 2021 that it’s going to take a while to transition easily again into conventions once more, it looks like we’re nonetheless in that part.
Why do I carry this up?
Should you plan on going to a conference this 12 months or subsequent 12 months, I say to only be ready. Finest case state of affairs, the conference will run easily prefer it did earlier than the pandemic. But when not, be ready for some issues akin to:
- Elevated costs for conventions or resorts. Many issues have taken successful through the pandemic, in order that they’re attempting to get better their losses. Plus we received loopy inflation proper now!
- Be affected person on the conference. Cons are understaffed, so issues could take longer than normal, akin to lining up or stepping into the con
- Doubtlessly altering up your conference plans. Due to the costs and potential disruptions, in addition to your individual well being and security, you could wish to change up your plans. Maybe attending fewer conventions so you’ve gotten extra money to spend.
How you can put together for an Anime conference throughout these occasions
Listed here are some methods you possibly can put together your self if you happen to plan on attending an Anime conference throughout this transition part:
Verify the foundations and laws of the con and area you’re attending
Should you’re going to a con that’s out of your state/province/nation, then you’ll want to learn up on all the foundations, laws and restrictions. Some areas have lenient and even no guidelines, whereas different areas could have restrictions that you could be or might not be comfy with. Make sure to do your analysis first and see if it’s attainable so that you can attend a conference exterior of your space.
One of the best ways to seek out out the well being and security measures is to go on the conference’s official web site. They’ll normally have the knowledge on the entrance web page, or at the least a hyperlink to their guidelines.
Should you’re planning to attend a con in your space, you then in all probability already know the foundations.
One other factor to remember: conventions can change their well being and security measures on the final minute. I’ve seen conventions change their guidelines from needing the vaxx and necessary masking, all the way in which to not requiring any of this stuff in any respect. And these modifications occurred every week or two earlier than the conference was about to happen. Likewise, I’ve seen conventions not needing a masks or vaxx, to requiring a masks and the vaxx/detrimental take a look at proper earlier than the conference weekend.
So my recommendation: hold checking the conference’s web site to remain up to date on their well being and security measures.
E-book the lodge, even if you happen to’re not 100% certain you’re going
Even earlier than the pandemic, I at all times advocate for individuals to e book their con resorts prematurely. However now it’s much more necessary to e book early throughout these loopy occasions. Why?
Working example, I lately booked a lodge for a big U.S. conference subsequent 12 months. Despite the fact that there’s no assure that the con will truly occur (it received cancelled 2 years in a row), the lodge bookings nonetheless bought out inside hours of being launched!
And now with resorts having problem establishing lodge blocks for conventions, securing a lodge room is even more durable now.
That is why I counsel you to e book a lodge room as quickly as attainable, even if you happen to’re unsure if you happen to’re going. As a result of if you happen to do resolve to go, there may not be any rooms accessible. And don’t fear about losing cash; most resorts have a beneficiant cancellation coverage. So if you happen to resolve to not go, you possibly can cancel your reserving with out getting charged (so long as you cancel inside a time interval).
How will conventions be like in 2023?
I’m fairly optimistic for Anime and comedian conventions in 2023. Whereas the transition to normalcy continues to be ongoing, we’ve already made progress by bringing conventions again in 2022. Regardless of the chaotic financial system in 2022, many individuals nonetheless discovered a method to save up and attend their favourite conventions this 12 months. That simply exhibits necessary conventions are to individuals; in any case, it’s the hub of the cosplay group. Though I at all times counsel you focus in your life priorities first earlier than cosplaying/attending conventions (if you wish to examine that, click on right here).
Whereas the largest and largest conventions have undoubtedly made a comeback, I haven’t seen any new conventions pop up, if any. That is sensible as we’re simply beginning once more to carry again the conventions. It’ll in all probability take some time till we see new conference organizers take an opportunity and begin new occasions.
Once more, it’s nice to see conventions again in 2022! Actually, there was a time after we thought conventions would by no means come again through the pandemic. Let’s hope 2023 will carry extra superior conventions to attend!