Last weekend, Northern Illinois University’s Anime Association hosted its annual Karoshi-Con. Karoshi-Con is a free, public anime convention. It is the only one of its kind in the DeKalb area. Some of its features included a vendor hall, a traditional gaming room, a video game room, and various panels.
Some panels included tips and tricks of cosplay, which is dressing up as a character, special effects makeup for beginners, and tips for Dungeons and Dragons players.
Lindsay Rhodes is a university student who is from Aurora, Illinois. She dressed up as 2B from the video game, Nier: Automata. This convention made an impact with Rhodes because when she was young and wasn’t able to afford a bigger convention, this convention was a great alternative. “It’s really small, it’s really nice, kind of intimate and close. You get to see some nice faces some really cool cosplayers,” said Rhodes.
A shop owner said organizers used a lottery system to determine which vendors could be part of the space due to growing interest.
According to the Anime Association’s official Facebook page, Karoshi-Con exceeded expectations with their head count in attendance this year.
“It’s really small, it’s really nice, kind of intimate and close. You get to see some nice faces some really cool cosplayers,” said Rhodes.