Katsucon 2013 was the celebration of the convention’s 19th anniversary and their 4th year at the gorgeous Gaylord National on the Potomac River just outside of Washington, D.C. Even so, this convention marked a lot of first-time challenges for attendees and staff alike. Another convention had been booked the same weekend, and neither convention had been told about one another until two days beforehand. This resulted in many space-sharing conflicts and the loss of a few photographic staples of Katsucon years past, such as the gazebo area and Cherry Blossom ballrooms on the second floor.
Another challenge at Katsucon has always been that attendees are not required to buy badges to congregate in the hotel space, and therefore the attendance numbers on the official website don’t reflect the actual number of people who were present, who were also mostly cosplayers. There were so many people in the Gaylord on Friday evening and all of Saturday that finding clear spaces for photoshoots was difficult. The weather was also very cold and Sunday was incredibly windy, preventing a lot of people from shooting outside.
However, this didn’t prevent cosplayers and photographers from having another wonderful Katsucon. Katsucon has always been a convention for cosplayers to showcase their most stunning costumes, and this year definitely didn’t disappoint. Not being able to use the second floor presented a great opportunity to find new photography locations and more diverse backgrounds than ever before. On the atrium level of the Gaylord, the former restaurants on the perimeter had also been converted into conference rooms with accessible bridges that allowed for some nice, non-distracting backgrounds.
With it being the home of one of the World Cosplay Summit preliminaries for 2013, as well as the continuing high quality of costumes and photographers, Katsucon continues to be one of the premier East Coast convention destinations for cosplayers.