Anime Expo feels like living in an anime city with all of your favorite kawaii friends, goodies, and noms in one place! This year, the con reached over 100K attendees throughout the 4th of July weekend. Since this was our second time, we were a bit more at home and wanted to share some of our favorite booths and activities.
First off, we had a blast seeing some of our absolute favorite cosplayers and customers! @omystephaniemichelle visited our booth and showed off her Super Sonico x Gloomy Bear cosplay. We also loved meeting the darling @noodlerella, who looked adorable sporting one of our Cat Face T-shirts.
The other amazing part of cons is that we get to meet our customers and see how they style their favorite Jetoy goodies! This customer paired her new Cat Face Backpack with Lolita fashion--a match made in kawaii heaven. We also helped others accessorize their bags with new Jetoy charms, pick out their favorite set of puffy stickers, and buy gifts for the cat lover in their life.
Our absolute favorite booth this year was Sailor Moon. Big beautiful graphics and a host of staff dressed as characters all the way from Sailor Jupiter to Sailor Mercury made this a special experience and photo opp. We snagged a bunch of pictures before the con opened and things got crazy!
We also loved the Rilakkuma booth run by our friends at JapanLA! This sweet bear is such a cutie, so it was so cool to tour his house and shop clothing and other accessories featuring the character.
And last but not least, we must admit that we treated ourselves to some merch! These cat paw gloves are not only snuggly but hilarious paired with our Cat Face T-Shirt (then you really look like a cat...). We saw tons of folks at the con wearing them. It was also fun to stock up on Japanese sweets and candy, even though we polished off most of it before the end of the con. Until next year, AX!
CatConLA is new to the con circuit, but it’s already our favorite place to celebrate everything to do with cats! The 90,000 square foot venue was tricked out with 150 vendors selling cute cat stuff (yours truly included!) and paparazzi-worthy visits from cat celebrities like Nala, Coffee, Pudge, and Lil Bub.
Booth offerings ranged from gifts for cat lovers to kitty-approved treats for our feline furriends. We found cat boxes that doubled as beautiful modern pieces of furniture from Curio.
To keep your house kitty friendly (read: “less appealing to destroy”), you could also find hip, eco-friendly cat scratchers. Kafbo’s cardboard scratchers are adorable—choose from a whale, a walrus, a rooster, or a mouse.
There were tons of exhibitors stocked with accessories, art, clothing, and toys for cat lovers! One of our favorites was kawaii design brand 100% Soft. The godzilla Kaiju kitties collection of stickers and art prints is like set of cat emojis with a dash of Lisa Frank, so in other words: perfect.
We also loved seeing the first-ever monthly subscription box for cat ladies from Cat Lady Box. Shirts, jewelry, home decor, accessories, art, and more, delivered in a box your cat can keep (remember: “If it fits, I sits”). KitNipBox was another subscription box we thought was cute, but this one is for cats.
There were items you and your cat could enjoy together, too. One of the CatCon’s most buzzworthy items was Fine Feline Snack Wine from Apollo Peak. Available in MosCATo and Pinot Meow, the set includes a non-alcoholic catnip drink for you to pour for your kitty along with a glass for yourself.
And after two days of CatConLA, a glass of wine was just what we needed! We’re now braving four days at Anime Expo and looking forward to a nice long break before Comikaze in the fall. We can’t wait to see what cat celebrities and swag CatConLA 2017 has in-store!