May 24th to May 26th, 2002
Regal Constellation Hotel
It is hard to believe that five years have passed since this con. This year, Anime North moved to the Regal Constellation from the hotel acoss the street. I was still using film for taking pictures.Shino Knife and PSY DOLL were the Japanese guests of honour. Ozama Tezuka was spotlighted throughout the convention. Digimon costumes abound as well as Hellsing.
Erica, was the head mistress of the artist alley and she kept the artists busy with her own art challenges.tables lined the walls of hallways.It was also the first year that I decided on a scale to challenge the Artists Alley to our first challenge, Skunk Girl which surprising got some recognition with the artist community beyond Anime North. I learned cell painting through a workshop held by Steve Bennett Jr. An artform, along with photography being lost to the digital age.
Looking back the Regal Constellation days were fun and more personal con compared to how much Anime North would grow in the next 5 years. I still look back at these years and still treasure the people and artists I met in 2002 which would set the stage for the Anime London website a year later.