With so many events happening, August is looking to be a busy month for the fandom community of the Bay Area. For those who enjoy the atmosphere of an anime con but wanted something more low key would enjoy a day at Kin-Yoobi Con.
Kin-Yoobi Con 2017 is a local anime convention held at the Newark Pavilion that brings vendors, speakers and fans for a day of fun. If you enjoy events like AOD Con or Campbell Con then this would be the perfect Sunday.
Kin-Yoobi Con had a good number of vendors selling collectables and other unique merchandise along with fan art. Even if you had no shopping agenda, it’s still fun to look through all the cool stuff and meet the many artists.
It should be noted that unlike most con’s I’ve attended, the majority of vendors at Kin-Yoobi Con were local artists. This allowed the event to have a more unique atmosphere
Panels and Activities
Cons are not just about making new friends and finding cool stuff, it’s also a chance to gain some insight in pop-culture. Kin-Yoobi Con organized a series of panels that discussed a verity of topics given by local insiders. Those who just wanted to have fun could also participate in other activities.
These are some of the panels and activities I got to checkout during Kin-Yoobi Con :
Anime Jeopardy allowed fans to put their love of anime to the test in a game of Jeopardy.
Dungeons and Dragons For Everyone is an introduction for those who have always wanted to play the iconic game. This panel discussed how anyone could build their characters, create worlds and organize games.
Wings 101 was a how to panel for cosplayers on the creation of wings for their outfits. This guide showed how to create custom wings using some popular chacters as examples.
Self-Publishing Your Work was a learning experience for upcoming authors who are looking for guidance. Steven Savage offered insight on how writers could publish their own book along with the challenges they will encounter.
A gaming area was set up for anyone who wanted to play while several tournaments were also organized through out the day. The first tournament was a Mario Kart 8 competition followed by Super Smash Bros. (Wii U version) and finally a Tekken 7 tournament.
Anyone who wanted to get some food did not have to travel far as the con had a free BBQ next to the patio while Hirotako was also catering for the event. Nothing wrong with some classic burgers but the kamikaze fires were a must try.
Not everyone has the money or resource for a weekend at a major anime con while others would prefer something more low key. Kin-Yoobi Con offered both while also being more fan and local driven which what made it unique.
If you had a chance to check out Kin-Yoobi Con 2017, share your story in the comment section below.
Disclaimer: Kin-Yoobi Con provided the passes for the day.