Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap

This last weekend I went to Anime Central in Rosemont, Illinois. Anime Central is routinely held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center which and is the perfect size spaced for a convention like this. Not only is it the biggest anime convention in the Midwest, it’s also one of the biggest in the country!

Without fail, I go to Anime Central every year – I really like it. It has a massive Dealer Hall and awesome Artist Alley, and there’s always a lot of great cosplayers walking around, too. While I don’t cosplay myself, by heart I am a shopper and tend to drop a lot of money of money at these conventions. This was probably not my smartest move after just coming back from Japan, but this year’s Dealer Hall was remarkably well-stocked.

When people think about an anime convention, they naturally think: anime. That’s true, but anime conventions generally offer so much more about Japanese culture and bigger conventions like Anime Central have the luxury of offering booths that branch a little bit outside of the usual plushies and keychains. For example, you can buy yukata, Japanese snacks and treats, and… Japanese stationery! That’s right, anime conventions are usually a totally plausible place to boost your stationery collection without breaking the bank. Most sticker sheets I saw were Mindwave (a popular Japanese brand) for around $3 a sheet. That’s not too bad! Most of the masking tapes were Chinese bootlegs, so I didn’t venture into any of those, but they ranged about $5-6 a roll.

In addition, many artists in the Artist Alley also create stickers – so many have also started producing their own masking tapes. This is a great way to get truly unique masking tapes that nobody else has – great for swapping!

I don’t venture much into panels and cosplay, so I don’t have much to say about that here (sorry!), but if you enjoy shopping at anime conventions, Anime Central is a fantastic convention to attend. You can easily spend a full say in the Dealer Hall/Artist Alley spending money… and if you really like to dig, you can even spend two (like I did). I’ll certainly be back next year. Until then, check out my photos below from around the con.

Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap
Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap
Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap
Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap
Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap
Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap
Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap
Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap
Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap
Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap
Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap
Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap
Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap
Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap
Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap
Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap
Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap
Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap
Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap
Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap
Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap
Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap
Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap
Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap
Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap
Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap
Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap
Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap
Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap
Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap
Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap
Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap

And below is the stationery I found at different parts of the convention! I would say there were at least three booths retailing Japanese stationery, and even more selling anime stationery like memo pads and pens and things of that sort.

Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap
Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap
Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap
Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap
Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap

Here’s my haul from the con! I spent a lot more this year than I usually do – which I think is a good sign that Anime Central’s Dealer’s Hall and Artist Alley was awesome. I also did a Journal With Me video using some of the stationery I purchased. Check it out below!

Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap
Anime & Stationery Paradise! Anime Central 2019 Recap

Coming next: I’ll be busy celebrating my birthday this weekend, but then finally recapping my trip to Japan, including another convention I went to – AnimeJapan 2019! See you then~

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