SANDUSKY, Ohio – A big anime convention is making a comeback in northern Ohio.
What would you like to know
- Colossalcon is a large anime convention held at the Kalahari Resorts in Sandusky
- Event was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19
- Colossalcon will have a participation cap of 7,000 people this year
Everything has been installed inside the convention center towards Victoria Albarn.
“When you are at the airport and there is like the immense general and it is like” go this way, go this way “, these are all the signs that show what each room is, each area, that way you can see exactly where you are, ”explained Albarn.
The 25-year-old is the Con Chair for Colossalcon – a culture a friend introduced to her as a teenager, and she’s been in love ever since.
“And we sat down at their computer and on the floor to watch this anime and I was like ‘this is awesome! Love it!’ Binged the rest without them, and then it kind of went downhill from there, ”Albarn said. “I was like” oh, there’s this whole genre that nobody really opened my eyes to. “”
Colossalcon allows fans of anime and other cosplay to escape the culture. This did not happen in 2020, when the event was canceled due to COVID-19. A difficult experience for everyone involved.
“Not having a date that said, ‘confirmed, like, you’ll be fine on that date and you’ll be back to normal by that date’, it was like, how are we going to support our community,” said Albarn said. “It was the biggest problem. The people who take advantage of our shows or against in general to earn a living, how are you going to support them when you have no place for them to earn their income?
The event is back in 2021, where Jessica Becker is one of the workers who bring the event to life. The Kent State University graduate was at an anime club until high school and college before getting involved in the scam.
Now, she’s happy to give fans a welcoming place.
“As I got older and doing conventions and stuff, it was nice to find other people who also shamelessly loved, not afraid to admit that they loved anime, they loved video games, they were listening to K-Pop or C-Pop, all those other things like in high school, I wouldn’t tell people that I loved because I was afraid that I would be laughed at, ”Becker said.
While she has a reduced capacity of 7,000, compared to the over 20,000 that the event usually attracts, Albarn is just happy to be able to do what she loves once again.
“Seeing a bunch of people in their cosplays, like taking photos and playing and enjoying doing whole photoshoots is the part that excites me,” Albarn said. “Because like, seeing people being like ‘you!’ and then ‘you!’ the back is like, awesome! ”
A face-to-face return to cosplay, where no outfit can hide the joy of being back.