I attended Kollision Con 2015 on Saturday. It was a three-day event held this last weekend at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. It’s a small anime con that has a lot of the feel of what cons used to be, a group of people with similar interests coming together to share their love of characters and gaming.
There was a good amount of programming and it looked like they had a decent masquerade (we left just as it was starting), but for the size of the actual con floor it was over priced. There were only a handful of artists and several tables selling crafts. The artists were good and many of the tables selling crafts had interesting merchandise, but a lot of the stuff they had I could have easily made at home.
Finding the actual con floor to see the vendors was also not easy, any newcomer or casual visitor to the con would not have found them unless they spoke up and asked someone. Unfortunately most first time visitors have no idea what to expect and wouldn’t even have known that there was an actual room, they also would not have known about the gaming rooms or many of the panels.
I went to this con with money and left with the same amount, I made no purchases beyond my registration fee. This was an anime con and I expected to find some manga or at least some graphic novels. What I mostly saw was on the con floor was videos.
Even the artists they had were not anime or Manga, they were local comic writers and artists. In retrospect I should have purchased something from them, they were good, it just wasn’t what I was looking for.
However, there were some very nice people and awesome costuming hanging out on the upper levels and those are what made this con enjoyable. I also admit that when I was younger it was the events that drew me. I am certain that the events such as the Formal Ball and Accelerator garnered a lot of interest, but being more than twice the age of the average con goer it just isn’t my thing anymore.
I forgot my camera and had to use my phone, these are the best of the plethora of shots.