Going to Otakon by myself was pretty boring. I decided I was only going to go on Saturday, since the PA guys weren't going to be there to taunt with a witty t-shirt. Although, to be honest, I might have skipped Friday even if they did come, as the idea has really seemed much dumber recently than it did when I came up with it while goofing around and being silly a while ago.
Anyway, so Saturday. I was going to try to take MARC (the train) up to Baltimore, but their website says they're not open on weekends and I really don't know any better (I'm not really a public transportation kinda guy), so I drove. I proceeded to miss most of the MT panel / presentation thingy both because they started it an hour early and because finding parking near the BCC while Otakon is going on is very tough. I don't feel too bad about it though, since it didn't seem terribly interesting from what I caught of it. Not really sure what I was expecting anyway.
Other than that, I checked out the dealers' room, which seemed pretty pointless. I didn't run across anything interesting that wasn't available somewhere online for less, so I quickly lost interest. I have to wonder why they even bother having a dealers' room, but I guess maybe it's for those people who are afraid of the internet or something. I didn't bother to check out the 35mm theatre, since none of the films listed on the web site looked interesting. The video rooms probably held some promise, but the ones I stumbled across all seemed to be on the middle episodes of series for which I hadn't seen the earlier episodes, making them inaccessible. Not really a big loss, since I have plenty of stuff to watch at home. The whole artists alley / art show thingamabob (I don't really know what I was wondering through, like if they have an official art show during certain times or whatever) was pretty neat though. There was a lot of stuff that I didn't think was very good, but there were also some very cool pieces from some obviously talented people. If I'd been thinking I'd have tried to find out who these people were so I could track down their work in the future, or maybe even buy a piece, but I guess I wasn't really thinking. Anyway, at this point I didn't really feel like there was anything else to hold my attention, so I decided to go home. I realized after I got back that there was supposed to be a whole hall or wing or something devoted to gaming, but somehow that completely slipped my mind while I was there.
Overall, I don't think I'm going bother attending an anime convention again unless I have some friends to hang out with. I have a feeling that having other people I know around will probably improve the whole experience. As it was, the whole thing was kinda boring, and a high percentage of the activities going on (movies / video / shopping) I could have done at home. It probably didn't help that the crowds were rather enormous for my taste (I think it's over ten thousand people at Otakon), or that most cosplayers strike me as a bit odd.
Anyway, yeah, so there's my con report. I'm sure you're all fascinated.