#ThrowbackThursday: Once Upon a First #AnimateMiami Con

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Today on Throwback Thursday we are sharing with you Taimara’s attendance to her first con: the first ever Animate Miami.

October is one of the best months of the year: it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, a lot of people I know and love’s birthdays are this month, and on its last day, we celebrate my favorite holiday of the year, Halloween. But, now October is also the month in which we get to attend for three whole days yet another geeky convention here in Miami: Animate Miami.

Animate Miami, as it says in their website, prides itself in being a different type of convention, for it is mainly focused on Anime, Animation, Cosplay, Video Games, and Comic Books. Most comic cons (yes, there are tons more comic cons other than the infamous San Diego one) are about all things that are now considered pop culture (but back in the days when they started, we nerds were the pariah of society, but how beautifully life changes!), such as collectible and the latest comic books, movies, TV shows, other books, and merchandise based on said comic books.

So, this week’s #TBT is to when I attended the first ever Animate Miami back in January 2014, which was so successful that they decided to make it an annual con (but, due to some dating conflicts and whatnot, they actually had their second con October of the same year, and decided to keep it for that month every year thereafter). I was SO excited to attend this con because it also was my very first con ever (I then went to the San Diego Comic Con that same year, but that’s for another post), and it lived up to my expectations.

When I arrived, I realized how at home I felt with all these people who love the same things I do and that don’t care that it’s the middle of January and still wore amazing costumes and cosplays!

Here are some of the cool and creative cosplays I saw there:

The Justice League

Harley Quinn and The Joker

I laughed so much with this Stormtrooper

A Sith Lord and a Jedi got into a fight but I broke it up

This is parenting done right!

Awesome Dr. Mario and Dr. Luigi cosplay!

Learned an important lesson that day: never piss of Thor

I also wanted my bank account to be endless, for I wanted to buy so much cool merchandise they had there: tee shirts, earrings, house décor, Funkos, necklaces, posters, you name it!

Check out some of the cool stuff I saw there:

My friend actually got this incredible replica of Link's shield and sword

So many tee shirts I wanted!

I laughed a little too hard at this drawing

I got my very own drawing of Captain America and Iron Man fist bumping, signed by one of the original artist from when their comic books started to be sold

Catch Rixi and me at this year’s Animate Miami, which will be taking place the weekend of October 23rd to the 25th at the Miami Airport Convention Center and Doubletree Hotel. Don’t miss out on this super fun convention and go get your tickets now here.

All pictures were taken by Eddie de Jesus

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