Over the weekend, DT's Asian Culture Correspondent Haniel and I headed to Otakon 2007, the giant Anime and Japanese culture fan convention in Baltimore, to scout out anime artists [stay tuned for a roundup of the sweet finds]. We didn't dress as anyone, and we didn't bring the kids, even though a con turns out to be fantastically entertaining eye candy for a kid. [What do they know, people with giant homemade wings are totally normal!] But a few dads not only did both--dress up, and bring their kids--they dressed up their kids.
[note: Part of a con's raison d'etre is posing for random strangers' photos. So far, flickr has almost 4,000 images from Otakon 2007. Most photographers are fellow fans; folks like us with official press passes were rare. There were also a few sketchy voyeur dudes, but they were only interested in babes, not babies. If you have or know other ConBaby photos, please add or flag them below.]
When I asked this dad in the Artists Alley if I could take a photo of him and his little 1-yo Naruto, he wished me luck. Naruto wouldn't sit still for anything, and no sooner did his feet hit the ground, than he took off on a dead run across the hall.
The way the otaku crowd parted in waves of "awww"'s, you'd think he was running through butter with a hot knife, not a soft, little prop. [See above how his dad holds back the curved throwing blade for himself? This is only the kid's second con, and everyone knows you don't get a real blade until your third.]
I met Rich and Emily [and The Aunt, center, in black] at one of the convention center's half a dozen Starbuck's kiosks. They brought their two-month-old daugther all the way from Pittsburgh, so duhyeah, the kid's wearing a costume. Emily's sporting an homage to Chobits, while Rich & Daughter are dressed as characters from Tite Kubo's manga/anime Bleach.
See a bit more coverage of Otakon 2007 in the daddytypes flickr stream, or go all out with the Otakon and 2007 tags [flickr]