Lets meet the team! An interview with... Claire!! ★


Recently we were lucky enough to sit down with 'Claire' from Animangapop Management to find out their role within the event, what it takes to put on these shows and try to get any juicy gossip!

[AMP]:
Hi, thank you for taking the time to join us here, How has this long break been for you?


[Claire]:
It's been a busy one. Even though we're taking a year out from AMP, we've been very active in the background.


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[AMP]:
Could you give us a summary explaining your role at Animamanga Pop and how long have you been working as a team member, please?


[Claire]:
My role at Animangapop involves managing our many exhibitors, I look after them from initial enquiries, all the way through to make sure they are where they need to be on the day and that they have everything they need. You'll also most likely see me running around to assist in other areas, like preparing panel rooms, assisting with stage events and making sure all areas of the event are running smoothly. I have been a part of the team for over 4 years now, but for the last 2 years, I have taken the role of 'Event manager', making sure everything part of the event runs smoothly.


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[AMP]:
Amazing, You have quite a busy role then, what is your favourite part of the convention?


[Claire]:
My absolute favourite part has to be the cosplay masquerade. I am a passionate cosplayer myself and I love to see all the hard work everyone has put into their outfits. Year on year they get more elaborate and I'm always excited to see what our cosplayer come up with next!


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[AMP]:
Are there any other Conventions you help out at? Or even just the cons that you attend?


[Claire]:
I actually run a smaller convention up in Weston Super Mare called Weston Super Sonic. I have been running this event since 2014. As the same suggests, this is a Sonic the Hedgehog convention that focuses all things related to "The Blue Blur"!


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[AMP]:
Other than working for Animanga Pop, you usually have a stall at the event itself, you have your own business isn’t that right? What is it like being a trader at conventions, any tips and tricks for those who wish to sell at an event?


[Claire]:
I run my own little business called Class Toons. It's a furry themed company, where I produce my own comic series, as well as artwork and parts to create your own costumes, such as ears and tails. It can be a lot of hard work to set up your own business for conventions, but very rewarding. You also see the convention differently and understand how hard every exhibitor works to bring the best they have to offer to each show.

My advice to anyone looking to set up their own trading space is presentation is key. As well as having something unique to sell, think about how to maximise your trading space. Display levels, walls to attach items, lighting and colour themes. If you can make your table stand out and make your product easy to display, you'll be more likely to attract potential buyers


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[AMP]:
I heard recently you had a trip to Tokyo, what was it like there? What was your favourite part of the city? Would you recommend anything in particular for anyone who wishes to visit?


[Claire]:
Going to Tokyo was an incredible experience. Nothing can fully prepare you for how much there is to do and see. I was there for 10 days and barely scratched the surface! I could never pick one favourite thing, as there was just so much I loved about Tokyo. Akihabara was an overload of joy for the anime nerd in me, but Odaiba was equally incredible for its shopping and incredible views of the Rainbow Bridge (and not forgetting the giant Gundam statue!). But I also loved Asakusa, for the escape from shopping to just enjoy the cultural side of the city.

If I had to enjoy one place that many people may not know of, I would recommend a little ramen shop called Jingu Ramen in Harajuku. I went there for a short lesson in ramen making and discovered my love for Japanese cuisine. The ramen was so good!


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[AMP]:
You have quite a talent when it comes to cooking, especially Japanese cuisine, what is your go-to meal you would make someone, and what made you interested in this style of cooking?


[Claire]:
If I want to really impress someone, my prize meal is Tonkotsu Ramen. It's a pork bone broth, which is cooked for a ridiculous amount of time to extract all the goodness from the bones. This is topped with well marinated Chashu pork, bamboo shoots, spring onions, a soft boiled marinated egg and a whole variety of other toppings. It usually takes me at least 48 hours to make, but all the effort is worth it for a magical tastebud trip.

My love for Tonkotsu ramen started with my trip to Jingu Ramen in Harajuku and set itself in stone after watching a documentary on the plane home called Ramen Heads. I grew a respect for the art of cooking ramen and aspire to create the perfect dish both visually and in taste.


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[AMP]:
Recently it was announced that Animanga Pop is on the road and attending in new Cities, out of the new 3 locations, which ones are you most looking forward to and why?


[Claire]:
I think Brighton would have to be the most exciting venture. Being closer to London, hopefully, we can attract bigger guests and a lot more traders, cosplayers, performers and put on the best show yet!


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