Sunday, September 2, 2018

2018 Summer Sacanime

Author: Luke Cheng

Summer Sacanime 2018 is here and all of Sacramento's best cosplay was on display at the Convention Center in downtown. As always, Sacanime drew in thousands of people to celebrate their love of anime and pop culture. It's definitely my hands down favorite convention in Sacramento to attend and I'm glad it takes place twice a year. Sadly, this year I was limited to only attending the first two days as I had a prior commitment scheduled during the third day of the con. Man, it makes me sad to miss out! But I'm glad I got the chance to experience most of the awesomeness that occurred on this Labor Day weekend.

I saw a ton of great cosplay as I walked through the Convention Center. This Weapon X cosplayer always brings the fire as Logan, and he really outdid himself with this one. The detail is stunning - wish I could have gotten a full shoot with him in this cosplay.

Cosplay group gatherings are a staple of Sacanime and this weekend the balcony was full of fandoms coming together. These group gatherings draw huge crowds to take pictures and check out the work the cosplayers have done. If you're into a certain fandom, it's worth it to go upstairs to the main list to see when the group gatherings are so you don't miss out.

I personally love Overwatch so it's a gathering I make sure I go to. Overwatch has such a fantastic diversity in their line-up of characters including different skin mods so it's cool to see what people come dressed as each and every year. Now if only I was a better Overwatch player... that'd be nice.

Cosplayers who want high quality photos of their cosplay can get a FREE photo session with professional backdrops and lighting. Perry sets up a room just for this and it's a great opportunity to take home something that shows off your cosplay. I'd certainly take advantage of this if I were in cosplay!

For myself, I always try to get in a photoshoot or two while at the con. I typically don't do photoshoot reservations anymore, but if you manage to track me down I'd definitely be game to do a shoot with you or your group. Messaging me Facebook is a great way to get a hold of me. This Sacanime I shot this group of gender-bent Disney characters across the street at the Capitol Park. We were able to get some fabulous images.

Sacanime isn't just about the cosplay, as there are many other things to do while there. Of course the panels are great to sit in on, but I have found that the game rooms are filled up with players who love table top and CCG gaming. You don't even have to know how to play a game, the folks there are totally willing to teach a game. I personally host a weekly game night and these games are fun. The game rooms are worth a visit and a try!

And of course the vendor hall is where so much happens! There is just too much to see and buy whenever I go in there. Just taking a quick trip around the hall you'll most likely see a few items you'll want to buy. The artist alley is a great place to look around and see original creations by talented creators. And if you want to get a self portrait like Mike Meyers, you can do that too!

I hope I got the chance to see you at Sacanime, if not... there's always next time or we can always schedule a shoot outside of the con. Huge thanks go out to the folks at Sacanime for putting on a great event as always. Looking forward to the next one already!


  1. Nice photo. Love street fighter characters


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