Cat ears and mermaid fins, Moses robes and the sequined suit of a pro wrestler, a Spanish inquisitor, a spaghetti-western preacher and thousands more, teeming in the whimsical, costumed spectacle of Baltimore's anime convention. Welcome to Otakon, one last time.
"It's a little bittersweet," sighed Frank Holtham, 33, a New Jersey car salesman in a yellow slicker. "The last time I'm going to be here."
The weekend convention is leaving Baltimore after nearly two decades. Organizers, who estimate that 29,000 people came Friday through Sunday, say they've outgrown the Baltimore Convention Center. Next year, Otakon will set up shop in Washington.