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Colossal Con Cosplay Round-up Album #2

While we gear up for our big exodus to California for the annual Anime Expo, we have finally finished processing all the pics we took at Colossal Con 2017. For those of you who are not aware of what Colossal Con is or where it takes place, it is a beach party convention hosted in the city of Sandusky Ohio. With a large pool and plenty of areas for photo shoots, Colossal Con is an optimum place for cosplayers and cosplay photographers alike. As with all our photo albums, if you are one of the cosplayers within the album and would like a high res version of the image of...


Colossal Con Cosplay Round-up Album #1

Colossal Con is a notorious convention synonymous with the words “water park.” Which conveniently gives us ample opportunities to snag a bunch of great photos of everyone enjoying some time in the sun. And speaking of water parks, we even had a underwater shoot that we will include in a post later on. That being said, Colossal Con was a blast. We met a ton of great folks and here is a quick collection below: As with all our shoots, if you are one of the cosplayers in this album and would like a higher res image that what is posted, feel free to reach out to us at our...


Starfest 2017 Cosplay Album #2

Starfest is a brilliant place filled with tons of wonderful folks all collectively jazzed to geek out over each other’s outfits. Below is our second collection of people we met while attending the annual event down in Denver’s tech center. And there we have it folks! We will be coming out with a list of our top cosplays from Starfest either later today or tomorrow so stay tuned!


Starfest 2017 Cosplay Album #1

Every year we attend Denver’s annual Starfest. And with it comes a different type of cosplay community that we don’t run in to while at anime cons. So without further ado, here are the first round of photos we have processed! Well that is it for this round. Tune in and we will be doing another collection either within a few hours or the next day! And if you are a cosplayer and want a higher res copy of the image feel free to shoot us an email over at our contact page!


20 Questions: The Erica Mendez Edition

While in attendance at Colorado Anime Fest 2017, we were graced by the talent of Erica Mendez. So graceful was she that we were allowed not only the opportunity to interview her, but film said interview. Observe with your very eyes said interview! On a serious note, Erica Mendez was an absolute pleasure to work with. Very professional but extremely kind at the same time. It truly was a privilege to get the opportunity to sit down with her and chat the way we did. So I’d like to say thank you to the organizers at Colorado Anime Fest, Erica, and to those of you who took the time to watch...


The Cosplayers of Colorado Anime Fest 2017 Album 2

We’re back! This time around we have a bit shorter of an album. As with most of our albums, if you are one of the cosplayers and would like a high res copy of any of the images (sorry the ones on our site have a 8 MB limit) then reach out to us across social media or through our contact us page. And as always, great work everyone! We had a wonderful time meeting everyone in the cosplay community at COAF 2017. Cosplay is a fun and exciting community that we are always so happy to be a part of. So without further ado, here is another album: Stay awesome...


The Cosplayers of Colorado Anime Fest 2017 Album 1

Over the course of three days while at the annual Colorado Anime Fest, we met some great cosplayers. There are going to be a few shots here and there as repeats (some are from the same shoots).  There will be three batches of posts (as there will be one from each photographer). So stay turned for the others! The first group of shots were done by Nigel Wang a professional photographer that runs his own photography service outside of BentoByte. So give it a look here and be sure to follow him on Facebook. In the meantime see his shots below: Stick around for our other two albums of cosplayers...


Anime Expo 2017 Invites Fans to Vote for Guests

Anime Expo is a hell of a convention. Being the largest anime convention in the country, it’s hosts an array of amazing guests from artists to voice actors to directors and more. That being the case, I think it’s pretty incredible that Anime Expo 2017 is offering a chance to the fans and attendees to voice their picks for potential guests next year. (I’ll say upfront; if this is a yearly occurrence that I’ve managed to miss up till now, I apologize for saying it’s new. But it’s still a cool thing to do!) Anime Expo is taking interested parties votes through a survey hosted on Zoho, which you can...


Chattin’ with Chris Patton

While attending the 2016 Nan Desu Kan in Denver, CO we met up with a favorite voice actor of ours, Chris Patton. Sorry for the potato quality everyone, we forgot to bring our tripod with us and the camera had a difficult time focusing. Next time we will be sure that the quality is higher. Is there anyone you think we should interview? Send us a message or leave us a comment! We don’t mind asking the offhanded questions.


The Day 3 Cosplayers of NDK 2016

All the final pictures from NDK 2016 have been processed. Take a look below at the cosplayers we met while attending this years 2016 Nan Desu Kan in Denver Colorado. As always, if you would like a higher resolution image than what is here on the site, feel free to contact us through our contact us section.


The Day 1 Cosplayers of NDK 2016

Over the labor day weekend, a few of the BentoByte staff made their way through the streets of Denver to conduct interviews and take pictures of the cosplayers who were at NDK 2016. For those who aren’t aware, Nan Desu Kan (or NDK 2016 for short) is the largest anime convention on this side of the Rocky Mountains. So without further ado, here are the folks we met on the first day. As our website has a 8 megabyte threshold these aren’t the high res versions of the pictures. So if you are one of these cosplayers and want a copy send us an email over at the contact us...


BentoByte Will Be At Nan Desu Kan 2016

Hello everyone! As you all may have surmised at this point, we are constantly going to cons (as is evident with our cosplay photos). This labor day weekend we (a few of us) will be at Denver’s Nan Desu Kan. So if you think you are going to be there as well, be sure to come find us. As with most of the conventions we go to, we will be wearing our BentoByte blue shirts and conducting interviews as well as taking cosplay photos. Unlike other years though, our interviews won’t exclusively be just with the guests who are attending the cons. This time, we are also going to be...


Anime Expo 2016 Thoughts & Impressions

Anime Expo 2016 was the first Anime Expo I have been able to attend and I have to say upfront that it was not quite like anything I’ve experienced. I’ve been to plenty of conventions and thought I understood what I was getting into when I booked my flight to Los Angeles. Much like everyone’s favorite bastard, I learned that I knew nothing. Except that Anime Expo is the largest anime convention by attendance in all of North America. I didn’t quite grasp the just what that meant until I made my way to the Los Angeles Convention Center. I’d say that many other conventions I attended had rivers of fans making their...


Exploring the Academic Panels of Anime Expo 2016

There are a lot of things to do at Anime Expo, which takes places every year around the 4th of July. You can wander the hallways and admire some beautiful cosplay, shop for some cool and exclusive merchandise, or visit any number of panels covering a variety of subjects. Last year, I spent a lot of my time covering industry panels, but this year I decided that I wanted to do something different. If you’ve never been to Anime Expo before, the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) who operates the convention started a new initiative in 2011. The goal of which was to bring academic discussion to an otherwise pop...


The Beginner’s Guide to Anime Expo

So you’re thinking about attending Anime Expo for the first time, huh? While it can seem a bit overwhelming first, especially if you’ve never been to any other conventions, it’s actually not too bad. The goal of this guide is largely to give new attendees tips for their journey to the Los Angeles Convention Center over the 4th of July weekend, but veterans might find some use with this guide as well. So, let’s get into it. The Basics What is Anime Expo? Anime Expo is the largest anime convention in the United States, having reached 100,000 attendees in 2016. The convention typically takes place in Los Angeles at the Los...