Comic And Anime Conventions: Pop Culture Central

Comic And Anime Conventions: Pop Culture Central

It's a great experience for everyone.

Though the summer is coming to an end, it's still the perfect time for the infamous anime and comic book conventions to start springing up in various locations bringing pop culture enthusiasts together. You might be familiar with the bigger ones that happened this summer like San Diego Comic Con, Anime Expo in Los Angeles, California, and maybe even Otakon that occurred a couple of weekends in Baltimore, Maryland. Luckily convention season isn’t over as the Fall season is kicking in with its conventions like New York City Comic Con in New York, New York. As an avid lover of animation, comics, and multiple TV shows, I love these kinds of conventions because it brings people together to just, well, nerd out about everything!

Being on social media sites like Facebook and Tumblr has opened up my eyes to the convention scene in multiple ways. A lot of times I see many pictures of people's cosplays, artist's booths they set up in conventions, and even exhibitions. It got me to such a point where, a couple of years ago, I just had to go to a convention and experience everything for myself. I scored lucky in 2013 as I finally got the chance to purchase tickets and attend New York Comic Con for two of the four days the convention is held. Just going to that one convention really made me appreciate how great these events can be and ever since, I’ve been making it almost a tradition to attend various conventions every year.

In the few years I’ve been attending comic and anime conventions, I’ve come to love them all, no matter how small or big they are. I’ve met so many great people (even the famous ones!), seen a handful of beautiful cosplays, and bought so much merchandise. The biggest convention I’ve ever attended was, admittedly, New York Comic Con as I made it a tradition to go the next few years after my first attendance in 2013. And even though I’m not attending it this year, I’m happy with how I’ve expanded my convention experience to more than just one convention. In fact, this past spring, I attended the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s own Sakura Matsuri event. Though it was a literal festival centric around flowers and Japanese culture, it was still a nice experience expanding out from just one convention as I saw many great things and people.

So what makes these conventions and festivals so great?

I think that it’s the atmosphere that brings out so much potential in having a fun time and meeting new people. My personal favorite thing when going to conventions is browsing through what’s known as the “Artist’s Alley” where I can browse through various artist’s works. Not only that, but a majority of these artists are freelance artists that have a following on the Internet so being able to meet some in person is always a pleasure. Another thing that I enjoy a lot in conventions is meeting new people and chatting with them, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Even just simply talking about a show or character you love is the best way to initiate a conversation, especially when they're in cosplay!

I could go on and on about my adventures at these conventions, but I think the best way to experience them is actually going there. In some ways, conventions feel like a completely different world because you're surrounded by so many people who are similar to you in so many ways. I might be stretching it a little relating the feeling of going to conventions being like I'm "home." But I know that if I never involved myself into the convention craze and scene, my life would be so different.

It's ultimately not a bad idea to check it out and go to these conventions and hey, maybe you might have a great time too!

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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What The 2019 'Season Of The Crab' Means For Your Zodiac Sign

It could be a super emotional month for everyone.


It's officially summer, and that means it's time to dive into the watery depths of Cancer season on June 21. There is a different energy in the air; different from the vibe in Gemini season. Each sign can expect to notice its effects, whether they are obvious or more subtle.

Cancer season means you're probably going to feel more moody than usual. Maybe you're crying more often. Maybe you'll feel more dreamy and intuitive. Maybe you'll be more irritable. Whatever the case, it never hurts to know what you're about to get yourself into.

So what does Cancer season mean for you, based on your zodiac sign?

1. Cancer - 21 Jun to 22 Jul


Happy solar return, cutie crustacean!

This is one of the dreamiest times of the entire year for you, but lacking structure and planning could prove stressful. You're in an imaginative zone and you may not feel like settling down before chasing the stars, but you must think ahead so things will work out.

2. Leo - 23 Jul to 22 Aug


Cancer season will find you exploring who you want to become, and what you want to leave behind. With your season just around the corner, this is also a magical time for healing and exploring yourself. Journaling, creative pursuits, or talking things through are wonderful ways to nourish your soul.

3. Virgo - 23 Aug to 22 Sep


This Cancer season, you'll find that the stars and the moon are asking you to rest. You will be faced with many choices and decisions this month. Enjoy your time fostering whatever creativity comes to mind. Do not force yourself to go out if you're not feeling up to it. It's okay to be you and be alone sometimes.

4. Libra - 23 Sep to 22 Oct


Cancer season and Neptune retrograde begin on June 21, causing you to need to pause and reflect on your goals. Change can be uncomfortable, but every small shift brings us closer to our goals. Be willing to take a risk, and let the universe push you in the direction of happiness and adventure.

5. Scorpio - 23 Oct to 21 Nov


Cancer season finds you traveling and opening new doors of opportunity. Are you really gaining anything by holding onto the past so tightly, Scorpio? Set your sights on new dreams, and leave all those people and situations that are holding you back in your rearview mirror.

6. Sagittarius - 22 Nov to 21 Dec


The question Cancer season asks you now, Sag, is whether you'll run away from your past, cling on to it, or do the emotional work necessary to process it and let it go. Appreciate the memories you are making and try not to get too wrapped up in the little things that annoy you. This is a time for experimentation.

7. Capricorn - 22 Dec to 19 Jan


You love your deadlines and goals, but remember that taking care of your emotional health will ultimately help you be more efficient! Trust your intuition, take it slow, and use the energy for play and creativity rather than detailed planning.

8. Aquarius - 20 Jan to 19 Feb


Cancer season this year is all about being comfortable and doing what you know, so go ahead and stick to that. This is also a great time for you to check in with yourself when it comes to wellness and your habits.

9. Pisces - 20 Feb to 20 Mar


This Cancer season, the heightened emotion that is in the air will bring you natural happiness. Go out, have a wonderful night under the summer stars, and use your experiences for inspiration. It will reinvigorate your soul to be more creative and more adventurous.

10. Aries - 21 Mar to 19 Apr


Cancer season finds you focused squarely on your personal life. It's a wonderful time for an adventure. Go on that hike. Wake up early and drive to the beach. You'll feel an inclination to do it all-- and you can! Remind yourself that you are capable.

It will be hard to stay focused because the vibe just feels so good, but Neptune's retrograde brings intriguing messages to your dreams, so pay close attention to your inner voice at this time.

11. Taurus - 20 Apr to 20 May


Cancer season causes emotions to be even more extreme so you'll probably reach your breaking point this month, Taurus, but you are never alone in the problems that you face. Remember to control your temper long enough to cool off and take some relaxation for yourself.

Take a day off and drive around with the windows down. Take five days off and drive to the beach to hang out and reflect. Whatever it is that you need to feel better, it is time to do it this month.

12. Gemini - 21 May to 20 Jun


Cancer is a sign that's all about security and protection, and you're really feeling those vibes right now. Your confidence is running high, as you are feeling more in control of your life. Get rid of the elements in your life that won't propel you forward.

Just as the moon and ocean cycle, so do we. Cancer is that strong energy that gets you up in your feels; it's sure to be a ride.

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