Animation and Gaming recently took place right on the Ohio River in Covington, Kentucky. Though small in size compared to other conventions like Ohayocon, A&G makes up for it in spirit. It has many loyal followers and attracted lots of great costumers and guests this year.
For con-goers used to 24/7 events, it was a bit of a disappointment that due to the new venue, events had to be cut short at 10pm. This didn’t keep the rave from making the most of its limited time, though. Brightly colored attendees still waited eagerly outside the doors and the bass shook the con floors. The gaming area was extensive, and included selections like rock band (which was projected on the wall for even more of an epic rock star feel), Mario Kart, Call of Duty, and more. For those interested in the old school gaming approach, the hallway outside of the game room was lined with arcade games such as Dance Dance Revolution, Predator, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Voice actor D.C. Douglas returned to A&G, much to the delight of video game fans. He is most known for giving life to Legion, from Mass Effect 2 and 3, and villain Albert Wesker in Resident Evil 5, Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, and Marvel VS Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds. He hosted his increasingly popular 18+ Albert Wesker fanfiction panel that included many new surprises for attendees and left them rolling on the floor with laughter. He even invited fellow voice artist guest Georgia Van Cuylenberg (Oerba Dia Vanille in the video game Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2) to help in the readings, which she was more than happy do! Loving to interact with fans, D.C. is never a disappointment!
While the dealer’s room was great to look through with everything from weaponry, collectibles, plushies, corsets, hats, and so on – one can argue the bigger draw was the artist’s alley. A&G brought in some really gifted artists who showed off their fantastic wares. There were nearly three tables making up one steampunk booth, some top-notch art prints, as well as homemade plushies, pillows, stickers, and jewelry. It seemed very few attendees left the room without a purchase, proving this area has some of the best local artisans around!
While not being the biggest con in the area, A&G brought some great guests and attracted quite a few talented cosplayers, wonderful artists, and a fair amount of attendees. It will be interesting to see where they go next year and what they will have to offer.